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Story and Poem of the Month

Our Story and Poem for the month of October have very kindly been chosen by love_writing (who has just finished her MLitt with top marks - so huge congratulations to her!)

Seven Worlds, One Planet, BBC 1, BBC iPlayer, narrator David Attenborough.

There are countless wildlife programmes harkening back to the mists of time, but there’s only one David Attenborough. He’s the gold standard of natural history and been doing it a very long time. There he is onscreen, popping up in Borneo in 1964, when it was mostly jungle, now it’s not. There are wildlife sanctuaries, as soon as you say that you know something has gone drastically wrong. Here we have it, Seven Worlds, One Planet, has a didactic...

Murder One Festival - Pitching from the pulpit 02/11/19

Situated along the River Liffey, past the Temple Bar area of Dublin stands Smock Alley Theatre. Founded in 1662 as a Theatre Royal (the only one ever built outside of London) under Charles II, it has assumed many guises including a reconsecrated Church in the Victorian era. Falling into ruin after the 1916 rising and independence from England it was recently restored to its full glory including an impressive theatre space in 2012. For the next...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

I don't know if it's the interesting times we have going on, but ABCTales has certainly been very busy this past week. Our Poem of the Week is a wonderful gem from Di_hard 'Starlings' which manages to capture in so few words the awe-inspiring magic of a murmuration. Two honourable mentions to two other bird poems - Luigi's 'Geese' and onemorething's 'Tree From a Window'. Story of the Week is drew _gummerson's 'Seven Nights in the Flamingo Hotel...

Storyville: Inside Lehman Brothers, BB4, BBC IPlayer, Director Jennifer Deschamps.

Storyville: Inside Lehman Brothers, BB4, BBC IPlayer, Director Jennifer Deschamps. https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0009tpx/storyville-inside-lehman-brothers-the-whistleblowers Lehman Brothers was one of the first dominoes to fall in the 2008 crash which brought down the world’s financial systems. Debts for Lehman Brothers were around $630 billion. Take a little time to think about that. It’s like the idea of infinity. Your mind shies away...

Shooting the Engineer

There comes a time when you've got to stop fiddling around and shoot the engineer if you ever want to get the product produced. I'm about ready to turn the book loose and get it over to my designer and hope to get it published by mid-November. I'm either gonna call it Late Boomer or Late Bloomer Blarney. The title is important and difficult, like naming a band or an album. I've used ABC tales for my scratchpad and my inspiration. I'm gonna give...

For Sama by Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts, 2019, Channel 4, 9pm

https://www.channel4.com/programmes/for-sama/on-demand/66428-001 When you get personal, you get real. Waad al-Kateab, using phone and camcorder gives voice and sound and fury to what was once her home, Aleppo, before it was levelled and she, her husband and daughter, Sama, were forced into exile. There’s echoes of other diarists such as James Baldwin’s, A Letter to My Nephew, which argues ‘it’s the innocence which constitutes the crime’. Waad al...

Gdansk

In November, 1988, a crowd of around 20 000 cheered as the Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher, met Lech Walesa. He was a shipyard worker from the Lenin shipyard in Gdansk and leader of Solidarity, the independent Polish trade union movement. Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski had Thatcher’s car stopped before she reached the airport to board a Royal Airforce jet to London and presented her with a bouquet of flowers. ‘I came to see and to have a long talk with...

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