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Judy, BBC 4, BBC iPlayer, written by Tom Edge and Peter Quilter, directed by Rupert Goold.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0012y9d/judy The use of the singular name implies the universal. A rose by any other name is still a rose. Judy Garland arrives in swinging London for a number of sell-out performances in The Talk of the Town in the winter of 1968. Six months later she was dead at the age of 47. Renee Zellweger is Judy, with a long chin, white butterfly masquerade mask of a face with bright red lips. Get the spiky black...

Great Scottish Writers, Meg Henderson (1997) The Holy City.

I loved Meg Henderson’s memoir, Finding Peggy, which gave her a reading audience hoping for more, hoping for better. Ask me about the story and I wouldn’t be able to tell you very much. The leading character in The Holy City, Marion McLeod, around which much of the story of Clydebank winds is Finding Peggy feisty I’d tackled The Holy City before, but lost the plot with it and put it down. I picked it up again and put it down. I’m not sure why I...

So, why do you want to write? A good question...

It as been a while... I planned to take 2022 off from writing completely. A full break. And here's why - sixteen years of writing, going through the mill of pitching, getting published, watching publishers go bust and retrieving my material back for indie platforms non-stop had taken its toll, I needed to hit the pause button. I needed to stop and take stock of why I write, what compels me to rise every morning and start typing words and...

Story and Poem of the Month

Our Story and Poem of the Month for May have very kindly been chosen by Simon Barget. Here's what he picked: Story was easy with Sean McNulty’s Phantosmia head and shoulders above the rest -- there’s a pun in there somewhere. https://www.abctales.com/ story/sean-mcnulty/phantosmia The lack of stiff competition lends an honorary mention to one more of his Moloney/Elder flights/forays: The Eerie Nerve. https://www.abctales.com/ story/sean-mcnulty/...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

It's a bank holiday so it's raining, but I hope you're enjoying it all the same. Lots of fine writing to choose from, but getting straight to the point: Story of the Week is maddan's 'The Munro Academy Poltergeist'. I've really enjoyed all of maddan's horror stories and this one is another excellent tale. You can read it here: https://www.abctales.com/story/maddan/munro-academy-poltergeist Poem of the Week is Jane Hyphen's brilliant 'If I can...

Scotland 1—3 Ukraine.

Scotland last played in the World Cup in France, 1998. The qualification campaign wasn’t a matter of life and death. It was just a game of football, which Ukraine won quite comfortably. They play Wales on Sunday to decide who goes to Qatar in November. When there’s no football on Scotland are playing. Lyndon Dykes elbows Stepanenko on the back of the head as they go for a punted high ball, and gets a booking, sums up the first-half. Dykes doesn’...

Jeannette Walls (2005) The Glass Castle.

The American Dream and Angela’s Ashes combined. Now a major motion picture (I haven’t seen it). Short chapters on life in rust-bucket America and California and what it means to be poor and smelly. Treated as an outcast. Yet throughout the reader knows Jeannette will rise. ‘One day I was walking down Broadway with another student named Carol when I gave some change to a young homeless guy. ‘You shouldn’t that,’ Carol said. ‘Why!’ ‘It only...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

We have had some brilliant things this week - please do read our ongoing prose series - esepcially Janus, Ugly Puggly, Legend of the Pah and The Castle. I'm also trying out a new idea for the Inspiration Point so do have a go and let me know if you find it helpful Anyway - Story of the Week is the first part of Kilb50's The Castle which is a fantastic read, and our Poem of the Week goes to Ewan for his wonderful All the Diamonds Raining (but do...

ABCTales' very own onemorething featured on East Ridge Review

One of our lovely poets is East Ridge Review's featured writer for May. Click the link if you'd like to find out more about her: https://www.eastridgereview.com/rachel-deering

Saint Maud (2019) written and directed by Rose Glass.

‘You are the loneliest girl I’ve ever met,’ Amanda (Jennifer Ehle) tells (Saint) Maud (Morfydd Clark). Amanda is on end-of-life care at her beach home in run down Scarborough. Maud is her live-in nurse. She takes care of her. A servant in the old fashioned sense in that she cooks her meals, feeds her, puts her to bed and gets her up in the morning. Administers (from the word minister) her medication. Maud is a trained nurse, an angel, but she’s...

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