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Elizabeth Strout (2016) Olive Kitteridge

Elizabeth Strout (2016) Olive Kitteridge Having read (and reviewed) Olive, Again , Anything is Possible and My Name is Lucy Barton in the last few months, Olive Kitteridge is the best Elizabeth Strout novel I’ve read. Some authors, most authors—myself included—tend to write the same story again and again. Different haircuts, shiny shoes, but the same characters appearing again, renewed. From writer to reader there needs to be an emotional...

Story and Poem of the Month

Our Story and Poem for the month of February have very kindly been chosen by Drew Gummerson: And coming right out of the blue, on February’s extra day, came this pitch-perfect piece from an 80s childhood in Dundalk, Ireland, https://www.abctales.com/story/sean-mcnulty/scouts-honour . Sean McNulty’s ‘Scouts Honour’ is my Story of the Month. Not a vernacular word out of place, join ‘Dixon, McGurk and myself’, down at Easy Weirs for an old school...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by Philip Sidney on Fri, 28 Feb 2020 I love writing that takes you on multiple journeys - that's just one reason I've chosen these two wonderful pieces from fabulous choices this week. Story of the week goes to Parson Thru and his atmospheric wander across time: https://www.abctales.com/story/parson-thru/buses Poem of the week is full of startling images, ideas and emotions, a woderful piece from Noo: https://www.abctales.com/story/noo/...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point.

I love writing that takes you on multiple journeys - that's just one reason I've chosen these two wonderful pieces from fabulous choices this week. Story of the week goes to Parson Thru and his atmospheric wander across time: https://www.abctales.com/story/parson-thru/buses Poem of the week is full of startling images, ideas and emotions, a woderful piece from Noo: https://www.abctales.com/story/noo/music-binds Here's the inspiration point:...

The Rise and Fall of a Porn Superstar, Storyville, BBC 4, BBC iPlayer, Director Tomer Heymann

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000frcl/storyville-the-rise-and-fall-of-a-porn-superstar I missed the first few minutes of this. I expected to see (not that I watch porn) blonde hair and silicon breasts and a solid arse so big it would have shamed a Kardashian and housed half of dancing Africa with bongo drums. Instead I got this guy, who called himself Jonathan Agassi and he was in Berlin. He dressed down to go out in a pair of tight-...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Thank you so much for all the wonderful things you've been posting this week. Never mind the storms and global epidemics - stay home and read our brilliant stories and poems instead! Poem of the Week goes to Lille Dante for his wonderfully moving tribute ' Caroline Danced' Story of the Week is the triumphant return of hudsonmoon's Craven Danger in 'Craven Danger and the Case of the Ouija' - and I'm sure you'll be pleased to know he's in the...

Barry Woodward (2009) Once an Addict.

This was one of Bob’s book, I inherited. The second evangelic one I’ve read that somebody obviously had given him. A message inside the flyleaf: ‘Be Inspired!’ I guess Bob was looking for something. We all are. I had to have a coming out party, when people found out—yes, I was a writer. And yes, a second coming out party when I admitted I believed in God—well sometimes, more often than not, but not very often. Ned Flanders in The Simpsons is the...

Elizabeth Strout (2019) Olive, Again

Olive Kitteridge aged 83 (or 84, I remember her telling ‘The Poet’, but memory is fallible is a theme here, so I’m in good company) is brash, outspoken, abrasive. All those adjectives we can associate with the orange-haired monster in the Whitehouse—those are more Olive’s words than mine—but Olive, a fictional creation of Elizabeth Strout is a human figure because she never stops questioning others or herself. To be human is always to be plural...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by airyfairy on Fri, 14 Feb 2020 It gets harder and harder to make these weekly picks, because there's just so much good stuff on the site at the moment. After much deliberation, Story of the Week goes to the first part of Drew Gummerson's new series 'The Aquarium'. Splendid, rambunctious writing, amazing characters and some laugh-out-loud moments. In other words, exactly what you'd expect from this author. And it comes with a...

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