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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!

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Thank you again for all the lovely reads this week. Story of the Week is mitzi44's 'A Friend Indeed'. This series has been splendid from the beginning, and this evocation of childhood friendship, and the mishaps that can befall a big sister trying to be kind, are a joy to read: A Friend Indeed | ABCtales Poem of the Week goes to 'Don't Name Them' by Mentalelf. I found this quite extraordinary. It's spare, terse even, but its story of love, pain...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Thank you for all the wonderful pieces on the site this week. There has been some stunning work, and it's been very hard to make the Picks of the Week. Poem of the Week goes to Di Hard's beautiful 'Getting Ready'. Beautiful, sensuous language, and a real feeling of strength and renewal. There are many layers to this poem, and it rewards any number of readings: Getting Ready | ABCtales Story of the Week is 'My New Nemesis', the latest fascinating...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

There's been a great variety of things posted on ABC Tales this week, and my two Picks couldn't be more different from each other. Story of the Week goes to Simon Barget's 'A Day In The Life'. It's very difficult to get it right with a story 'told' by an animal, but this one captures Essence of Cat and is also very, very funny. You don't need to be a cat lover to appreciate it. In fact, if you don't like cats, this will confirm all your...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Happy New Year! It feels a bit like tempting fate, but I'm determined to be optimistic.

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

It's so great, as we celebrate our twentieth birthday, to see that the quality of work on ABC is as brilliant and varied as ever. Story of the Week goes to Peter Bennett's 'A Hauf an a Hauf'. It takes skill and courage to use dialect as your narrative voice, and Peter manages it brilliantly with characters that leap off the page with warmth, humour and pathos: A Hauf an a Hauf | ABCtales No doubt at all in my mind about the Poem of the Week -...

Zooms, Thanks and Happy Birthdays!

Thank you so much to all the ABC Talers (and friends!) who participated in our Zoom Reading Event last Saturday. It was an absolutely brilliant evening. Special thanks to Mark Burrow for all the organisation and the compering. It will be on our YouTube channel in the New Year, so keep an eye out for it there! Also lots and lots of thanks to those who have sent donations to ABC. If your donation had a name on it you should have had a reply by now...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

First of all, of course, a reminder of our Virtual Reading Night on November 28th! Many thanks to Mark Burrow for organising it once again. Whether you fancy reading, or just watching and listening to other ABC Talers doing their stuff, do please join us if you can. It's friendly, it's unpredictable, it's thoroughly good fun, and it's free! All the details are here: https://www.abctales.com/blog/insertponceyfrenchnamehere/our-next-virtua... Our...

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