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House of Maxwell, BBC 2, BBC iPlayer, Narrator Shaun Dooley, Director Daniel Vernon.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p0b64mbt/house-of-maxwell-series-1-episode-1 https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p0b64n6s/house-of-maxwell-series-1-episode-2 https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p0b64nww/house-of-maxwell-series-1-episode-3 Who are you? What are you? Robert Maxwell. 'All life is a choice. And if you want to succeed, you’ve got to commit yourself. Be single-minded. Duty is more important than love. That’s what I was...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

So many wonderful pieces posted here on ABCTales this week. Thank you so much to all of you, not just for the writing but for the generous support you give others whenever you leave a comment. Story of the Week goes to TJW for 'The Most Beautiful Woman in the World' and Poem of the Week to Magnolia Fay for 'Ciao Nonna' - both very different tributes to women and also both very welcome distractions from the horrors we hear about daily. It's good...

Story and Poem of The Month

Our Story and Poem for the Month of March, very kindly chosen by hudsonmoon: Picks of the Month March 2022 Why me? Do you not realize the suffering that goes along with picking poems and stories of the month? The agony? The self-doubt? Am I even worthy of such a task? The answer, of course, is no. That’s because I always assume someone is better suited to the task. But that someone else is busy — busy prancing merrily in a park picking...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by airyfairy on Fri, 01 Apr 2022 No difficulty at all in choosing our Story of the Week this time - an episode of jeand's brave and absorbing account of her experiences of what started out as Bell's Palsy and has now taken an even more complicated turn. Please do read this, and the other parts of Jean's story. I know everyone on the site will want to send her all the very best: Janus Look 4 | ABCtales Poem of the Week goes to smokejack's...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

No difficulty at all in choosing our Story of the Week this time - an episode of jeand's brave and absorbing account of her experiences of what started out as Bell's Palsy and has now taken an even more complicated turn. Please do read this, and the other parts of Jean's story. I know everyone on the site will want to send her all the very best: Janus Look 4 | ABCtales Poem of the Week goes to smokejack's 'Undertow'. It's a swirling, hypnotic...

Fill Fuller: Forever Endeavor by Ice Rivers. Out Now!

I'm very pleased to announce that ABCTaler Ice Rivers' second book Fill Fuller: Forever Endeavor is now available! Here's what he says: Everybody has a book inside. A writer discovers that inside book and puts it on the outside with words that stay. With the help of ABC tales, I've discovered two books or maybe one huge book. The latest discovery is called Fill Fuller and it's a continuation/follow up of the first book called Full Filler. Most...

How's your day going?

The story so far: Got up with the intention of attending a Body Balance class at the Leisure Centre. Arrived and found no parking spaces and vast numbers of cars arriving and disgorging children. (Many children.) Undaunted, I finally found a parking space and went in to join the class, around five minutes late. Turns out it's a 'bring your own yoga mat' class. I have no yoga mat. Undaunted, I find a space and start to take part. The reaching and...

Colson Whitehead (2021) Harlem Shuffle.

Colson Whitehead won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel about a magical underground railroad that took slaves from the South not to safety, but not to slavery either. Harlem Shuffle has no such tropes. Ray Carney is trying to get by selling furniture on 125 th Street. 1959, America is on the up and up. Not that you’d know if you were a black man. He needs to walk the line of being crooked enough to be straight. Everyone is on the take from the cop...

Roddy Doyle (2021) Life Without Children.

Roddy Doyle makes you smile. You just need to think of that line from The Commitments , ‘We are the black men of…’ whatever it was. I’m never very good at remembering. He wrote about the housing crisis in Dublin. Rosie ( https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p09lk76z/rosie ). How letting the market sort things out is darkest doublethink, whilst helping take a hammer to poor people’s lives. What I’m building up to saying is aye, Roddy Doyle, but...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point 18th March 2022

As per usual, the stream of good material flows ever on. It cheers me up no end to know that – every day – there is something to read that is brilliant, beguiling, or brave,. Sometimes a piece is all three. Story of the W eek was a tough choice again this week. Rosalie Kempthorne produced several of her off-kilter, disturbing, yet believable pieces. Part one of the first of them is here Jack O’ Donnell (Celticman’s) fishermen’s tale ‘The Ten...

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