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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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David Wilson (2019) My Life With Murderers.

Below the typeface of David Wilson’s name is the tag ‘The UK’s Leading Criminologist’. Fourteen other books written (or co-written) by Wilson about well-known criminals and criminal justice system are listed inside the cover. It was only when I had neared completion of the book, and the Chapter Theory into Practice: Interview with a Murderer, I realised this was a programme on Channel 4 that I’d watched. Here we had encapsulated everything...

Double Agent

Whites in the SAPS

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by Philip Sidney on Fri, 08 Nov 2019 I do hope you're not paddling in flood water but if you're dry inside - stay there and curl up with ABCtales to take your mind of the unncertain weather. There's so much to enjoy this week. A feast of poetry which made it very difficult to choose one to be poem of the week - but I've gone with Agnosticnun's stunning take on the IP: The Language of Dead Flowers https://www.abctales.com/story/agnosticnun...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point.

I do hope you're not paddling in flood water but if you're dry inside - stay there and curl up with ABCtales to take your mind of the unncertain weather. There's so much to enjoy this week. A feast of poetry which made it very difficult to choose one to be poem of the week - but I've gone with Agnosticnun's stunning take on the IP: The Language of Dead Flowers https://www.abctales.com/story/agnosticnun/language-dead-flowers Prose is just as...

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