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Donations to ABC Tales

Many, many thanks to everyone who has contributed to ABC Tales via Just Giving this year. We literally wouldn't be here without you! Just Giving no longer provide us with names of donors unless they leave a message with their donation. We could obtain the list of names but we would have to pay a monthly fee of £15 for that, and it would eat into ABC's funds. So, if you donate, please do leave a message on our Just Giving site, or email jane@...

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'The Lamb that was Slain'

Storyville: One Child Nation, BBC 4, BBC iPlayer, director Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000bh0j/storyville-one-child-nation I’ve been pondering the difference between affect and effect. The former is a verb. The latter is a noun and verb. The etymology of affect suggests it has its roots in ‘a little like love’. The effect of China’s implementation of a one-child policy for couples, men and women, in the early 1980s was nothing like love. It was a top-down, Communist Party, misogynistic policy...

Book Week Scotland, Karen Campbell (2019) The Sounds of the Hours, presented in Parkhall library.

Long story. I was in Dalmuir library yesterday. For some reason I wanted to check out Antonio Gramsci’s Prison Diaries . As you know Gramsci was leader of the Italian Communist Party. Gramsci writes about how capitalism mutates and appropriates art and literature to establish a cultural hegemony. If that sounds pretty long-winded it’s probably because I don’t understand it either. Gramsci did. And it’s increasingly relevant today. The working...

Climategate: Science of a Scandal, BBC 4, BBC iPlayer, producer and director Steve O’Hagan.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000b8p2/climategate-science-of-a-scandal Our ancestors believed that the sky was round and the earth was square, the sun and all the planets circled the earth. All these things were self-evident. When emails from the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of Cambridge were hacked in 2009 the theory that global warming was a hoax gained credence and the sky really was round and the earth square...

Reading Event Thank You!

A huge thank you to all who came to our Reading Event yesterday in Soho - it was wonderful to hear you read and lovely to meet you! Next up (hoperfully) - something in the Midlands next year. Watch this space! Visit our Facebook page to see all the pics: https://www.facebook.com/ABCtalescom-230195591928/

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Thank you all for making ABCTales such a vibrant place to be. I've been choosing our picks of the week, with others, for some time now and I don't think I've ever struggled to find at least two or three stand out pieces of brilliance. Story of the Week goes to Terrence Oblong for the wonderful 'Sleep Olympics' and our Poem of the Week goes to Philip Sidney for 'Trees on the Arapuni road'. Read them both and you'll forget the weather, the...

'According To The Dandelions' by Cerasus Poetry. Review:

'According To The Dandelions' is a compilation of 50 poems on the theme of Childhood. Available to buy now on Amazon or pre-order here: https://cerasuspoetry.com . For each copy sold, Cerasus Poetry will make a donation of £5 to: www.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk A Review by Ewan: According to the Dandelions by John Wilks Those of you familiar with John’s work will recognise the craft and erudition he brings to this collection of poetry centred round...

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