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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...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Lots of wonderful things to read on the site this week, and our Picks are two absolute gems. Story of the Week is Rosalie Kempthorne's beguiling 'Boys and Girls', a response to last week's Inspiration Point. It's a fairy tale and, like all the best fairy tales, it has an unsettling edge and hints of darkness amongst the beautiful magic: https://www.abctales.com/story/rosaliekempthorne/boys-and-girls Poem of the Week is Noo's searing 'Oath'. It's...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Really enjoyed reading the many wonderful and interesting pieces on ABC Tales this week! Story of the Week is the first chapter of Kilb50's brillaint four-parter 'Brewster's Way', the tale of an only child who decides to take on God. Immensely readable and witty, the story as a whole has been one of the highlights of my week. Do follow the links to all the parts! https://www.abctales.com/story/kilb50/brewsters-way-1 Poem of the Week is Jupiter...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Lots of marvellous writing on the site again this week and, of course, our first Zoom reading event! Many, many thanks to all the wonderful writers who came to read and listen - the variety of voices and material was a complete joy. And a special thank-you to Mark Burrow, who organised it all and compered on the night. One comment referred to our Poem of the Week as 'stonkingly good', and I can think of no better way to describe 'Salamander' by...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Just as we thought it was safe to come out a little bit more...it seems as though some of us at least are going to have to retreat again. I do hope everyone out there is keeping safe and well. Don't forget our Virtual ABC Reading Night on August 27th - all details and instructions are here: https://www.abctales.com/blog/insertponceyfrenchnamehere/virtual-reading-night Our Story of the Week is this episode from Ewan's marvellous thriller 'Mr...

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