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Hidden 9pm BBC 4, BBCiPlayer, directed by Gareth Bryn

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p066svr5/hidden-series-1-episode-1?ns_mchannel=email&ns_source=&ns_campaign=PANUK_DIV_23_IPL_Recommends_D&ns_linkname=bbcone_hiddendrama_dramathriller&ns_fee=0 As any of my long-term blog readers knows (which numbers about two and a bit) the embourgeoisement thesis that was used to determine whether working class folk can become middle class by becoming Luton car workers or continually...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point.

What a great week for poetry, I've been dithering over: https://www.abctales.com/story/ladle/borrowed-days https://www.abctales.com/story/richard-l-provencher/its-more-poetry and https://www.abctales.com/story/parson-thru/fuente-de-la-mora They each did wonderful things to my heart and head - but I had to plump for Ewan's deceptively simple portrait of loss for poem of the week: https://www.abctales.com/story/ewan/here-are-things-0 There's been...

John Banville (2016) Time Pieces: A Dublin Memoir. Photographs by Paul Joyce

Einstein was right, time is distance. John Banville asks ‘when does the past become the past?’ The answer, of course, is it doesn’t, but it does. Recently, the citizens of Ireland voted to modify the law and allow women to have abortions in their country. Banville tells a story of how his mother was reprimanded by the parish priest for reading ‘Women’s Own’ magazine showing the influence of the Catholic Church in controlling people’s lives. Only...

POETRY MONTHLY

Poetry Monthly – June I hope everything is good where you are and you’ve managed to enjoy some sunshine! Some inspired writing as usual on ABCtales from last month’s focus of ‘A Leap of Faith’. Here are a couple to have another read of: https://www.abctales.com/story/luigipagano/leap-faith https://www.abctales.com/story/jane-hyphen/base-camp June’s focus is ‘In your shoes’. Enjoy where your ideas (or the shoes!) take you and I look forward to...

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We Read in Seasons

As someone who reads everything: Y.A, mysteries, crime/ suspense thrillers, memoirs, historic fiction, nonfiction, romantic fiction, contemporary, dystopians etc, you name it; I thought I'd put a list for the undecided readers looking for something to read this summer. I'll start off with: 1. The Force by Don Winslow I love this book. Writing: addictive. Protagonist: enthralling. Ending: impactful. Simply put, it's a story about a cop taking on...

Lullaby by Leila Slimani

Lullaby is plot, point of view, sharply drawn characters, shock by information. It won the Prix Goncourt. Would it have won a prize from a panel of English-speaking judges? I don't know. I think the mainstream literati prefer books where less happens and more is 'off the page' in nuanced hints, where we are given 'the information' by mannerisms of gesture, and half sentences. Lullaby gives us the pieces of a horror puzzle in a clever, well-...

STORY AND POEM OF THE MONTH

Huge thanks to Parson thru for choosing our Story and Poem for May: Pick of the month for May 2018 Poem Pick of the month for me has to be Romance Killer by Socialeaf, 3 May 2018. Wistful thoughts on relationships, framed within an intimate moment on a beach. Stream of consciousness piece with a small child as mediator, distractedly coping with a melting ice-cream (we’ve all been there) and bringing life back into equilibrium. The author draws...

James Kelman (2008) Kieron Smith, Boy.

Kieron Smith, Boy almost in a stream of consciousness, single-minded, dizzying prose, which for over 400 pages guides you through the before and after of late 1950s Glasgow with its decaying tenements and rats and squalor and then the promise of new greenfield sites and housing schemes, mile after mile of houses with inside toilets but nothing much to do. I’m guessing the first part is near Govan, where Kieron lives with his mum and dad, who has...

The Grandmaster

South Africa - Kenny Solomon

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