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Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by Philip Sidney on Fri, 23 Oct 2020 We've had some delicious pieces this week but poem of the week goes to Queen Beatle with a bone-crunching morsel: https://www.abctales.com/story/queen-beatle/falcons-regret story of the week is heart-warming take on enduring love from Ice Rivers: https://www.abctales.com/story/ice-rivers/bangers-galway-hooker here's the inspiration point: https://www.abctales.com/inspiration-point-ip Philip Sidney's...

Story and poem of the week and the inspiration point.

We've had some delicious pieces this week but poem of the week goes to Queen Beatle with a bone-crunching morsel: https://www.abctales.com/story/queen-beatle/falcons-regret story of the week is heart-warming take on enduring love from Ice Rivers: https://www.abctales.com/story/ice-rivers/bangers-galway-hooker here's the inspiration point: https://www.abctales.com/inspiration-point-ip

Notes, Ali Smith (2019) Spring.

Ali Smith (2019) Spring. Ali Smith is the same age as me and was born in Inverness, Scotland (for those of you that don’t know Inverness is in Scotland—yeh, that happens). She’s an international star whose writing is lauded. The Guardian , for example, called Autumn , ‘The novel of the year’. I stuck with Spring and read it from start to finish. I found bits of it a chore and probably wouldn’t have read beyond the first ten pages, but for her...

My Brain In All Its Perfidious Beauty

2020 Cerasus Poetry Olympics Souvenir Anthology

Summer's Up

Summer’s Up! We’ve all had a great summer, after a lousy spring when the virus ran riot through the population, and hospitals were sorely pressed to cope with the flood of virus victims. The worst of it perhaps was the way it ran riot through many care homes, when people were not sufficiently isolated from the virus, after the hospitals sent older patients back to or into care homes for their care. But summer was okay. Most of us thought we had...

Celtic’s first eleven against Rangers—who’s in and who’s out?

Goalkeeper is an easy pick. Celtic hired a private jet to bring Vasilos Barkas back from a recent international. He was on the bench for Greece. He’s not really done anything that Scott Bain, or Conor Hazard, or you’d expect any other bog-standard goalie to do. He’s certainly not won us matches the way—may he rot in reserve-team-football hell the Southampton keeper we got on loan last season did. Hope we don’t need him, but time for Barkas to...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Big congratulations this week to sean mcnulty for his two parter 'Phil Longley Was Still There' which is our Story of the Week and to D Marie for 'House Ghost' which is our Poem of the Week. Both brilliant! https://www.abctales.com/story/d-marie/house-ghost https://www.abctales.com/story/sean-mcnulty/phil-longley-was-still-there Here's the Inspiration Point: https://www.abctales.com/inspiration-point-ip and I hope you all have a wonderful...

Kevin Woods 10/3/1967- 15/10/2020, R.I.P.

I couldn’t find my phone, and I asked Mary to ring it. And I’d a message from Laughing Boy, Craig—telling me his older brother, Kevin, was dead. My thoughts were Kevin’s poor old mum, Lynn. But Kevin always kept an eye out for Laughing Boy. And when he hooked up with Carla and her son, Aaron, they were part of the family. When Jack was born, Kevin taught him how to fucking swear. These were the kind of life skills he had to learn, pronto, or...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Lots of wonderful things to read on the site this week, and our Picks are two absolute gems.

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Lots of wonderful things to read on the site this week, and our Picks are two absolute gems. Story of the Week is Rosalie Kempthorne's beguiling 'Boys and Girls', a response to last week's Inspiration Point. It's a fairy tale and, like all the best fairy tales, it has an unsettling edge and hints of darkness amongst the beautiful magic: https://www.abctales.com/story/rosaliekempthorne/boys-and-girls Poem of the Week is Noo's searing 'Oath'. It's...

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