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Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Last week's Inspiration Point produced some wonderful work, and our Poem of the Week is one of those pieces. Jenny Skinner's 'Stone Loach' is a marvellous piece of nature writing, beautifully written and full of atmosphere: Stone Loach | ABCtales Story of the Week goes to Simon Barget's 'No. 782', which takes us to a place where we can reflect on where the time went and what it all means. It has a lot of humour, and much that pretty much all of...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

And here we are, hurtling towards to autumn. I saw my first advert for an Advent Calender the other day. Just...wrong. Story of the Week goes to The Prologue of Drew Gummerson's new tale 'The Long And Spectacular Life of Agnes Magnusdottir'. It's beautifully written, with vivid characters and this author's customary wit and flair. You'll want to got straight on to the next bit. The Long and Spectacular Life of Agnes Magnusdottir | ABCtales Poem...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Greatly excited about our next online Reading Event, on 26 August! These evenings are always a lot of fun, and it's so lovely to hear people reading their work. Many thanks to Mark Burrow for doing the organising again, and you can find out more (and sign up!) here: https://tinyurl.com/9t4mr45u Our Story of the Week goes to Simon Barget's funny, brilliant and bizarre 'Me'. Narcissism isn't just about shouting your mouth off to gain attention,...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Great to see that even with the easing of lockdown and the various sporting distractions going on, ABC Talers have still managed to find the time to post some brilliant work. Story of the Week is 'First Last Friday' by ice rivers. Like many of the best stories, it's deceptively simple. It's one of those pieces where nothing and everything happen at the same time. The ending might be heartbreaking, or it might be the start of something else...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Two more wonderful pieces for our Picks this week. Story of the Week goes to Terrence Oblong's 'The Word Police'. Funny, surreal, and yet so very, very familiar to those of us attempting to extract inspiration from our little grey cells and get something, anything, on the page: The Word Police | ABCtales Poem of the Week is bhi's beautiful 'In the shadow of geraniums'. A vivid, thought-provoking piece full of colour and life, its imagery lingers...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

I've greatly enjoyed another week of tremendous ABCTales writing, and this week's Picks are absolute stunners. Story of the Week is Mark Burrow's 'Council Estate Jesus'. Wonderful characters and dialogue that build tension so that the whole structure balances on a knife-edge. By the end, you feel you've glimpsed, and learned from, something very important: Council Estate Jesus | ABCtales Poem of the Week is Yutka's 'Impaired'. This finds beauty...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Two very differently styled pieces for our Picks this week. What they share is passion, conviction and, of course, brilliant writing. Story of the Week is TJW's 'Lap Dance'. This writer puts his heart, soul and pretty much all the rest of him into everything he writes. This is about someone trying to build a life after experiences that refuse to let him go: Lap Dance | ABCtales Poem of the Week is Di_Hard's 'just deserts'. The frustration of...

SITE MAINTENANCE MONDAY 29 MARCH

We've been advised by the server that this is now likely to take place later on in the day/early evening, but there's a chance it will go on until Tuesday. Again, many apologies for the inconvenience. Hopefully it will all go smoothly and we'll be back soon!

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Happy springtime, everybody! Let's hope the brighter days bring brighter times. Please don't forget that the site will be down for maintenance on 29 March. Our Story of the Week is 'Craven Gets Flashed', Episode XVI of hudsonmoon's brilliant and increasingly surreal Craven Danger series. Laugh out loud funny, you can enjoy this as a stand alone piece or do what any sensible person would do and read all the episodes: Craven Gets Flashed XVI |...

SITE MAINTENANCE

SITE MAINTENANCE 29 MARCH Just to let you know, our server will be carrying out maintenance on the site on 29 March. This is across all the sites they serve, so unfortunately we can’t give you the precise time it will start, or how long the site will be down for. Many apologies for the inconvenience. Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible!

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