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ABCTales Virtual Reading - The Debriefing!

Dear All, I just wanted to say a big thank you to all of you for last night. It was a lot of fun and the quality of the readings was really something quite special. Here's the list of readers -- do check out their work on https://www.abctales.com/ Mark P (we will get you in for a full reading next time!) Luigi Pagano Sean McNulty Rhiannon Lem Ross Lowe LittleRedHat Frances (check out that podcast https://soundcloud.com/user-291481238/the-fran-...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by airyfairy on Fri, 26 Feb 2021 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...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Difficult to choose, as always. Nice to see Terrence Oblong back and indeed Craven Danger’s misadventures and the disturbingly funny pieces from Simon Barget. Story of the Week is from a debutant writer Russ Lowe. “Take It Back”. It’s a bitterly funny time-machine piece, with sly nods to Back to the Future and a bitterly funny tone. Welcome to ABCTales. https://www.abctales.com/story/rosslowe/take-it-back Poem of the Week is always a difficult...

Story and Poem of the Month

Our Story and Poem for the month of January, very kindly chosen by onemorething: As always, with such a wealth of diverse and fantastic writing shared here, it’s very hard to choose just one poem and story. Poem of the Month is Kilb50’s To A Lone Sailor. Such a beautiful poem. It left me lost for words and deeply moved. https://www.abctales.com/story/kilb50/lone-sailor Special mentions: Rosa Cruz’s Fair Maids of February is wonderful - you can...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point - and a special announcement!

First - we've decided to have another virtual reading event at the end of this month and we'd love to see you there! We've had two so far and they've been brilliant. Do register early, as Mark says, places fill up very quickly. You can read or just be there: ABCTales Virtual Reading Description ABCTales is holding a virtual reading night on Saturday 27th February (UKT), running from 19:00 to 21:00. Our members will be reading poems, short...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by airyfairy on Fri, 29 Jan 2021 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...

Invitation: free Gresham lectures: John Mullan, Powers of the Novel; Mathematical Journeys and Structure in Fiction, Sarah Hart

We were sent this information recently, and I thought some of you might be interested. It's free and available to anyone - not just UK-based: I was hoping to invite you and your members to our free online Gresham lectures on literature; Professor John Mullan is giving an amazing series on the Powers of the Novel, (next one is Crime in Fiction on 24 Feb); and Professor Sarah Hart, who is a Maths Professor, is talking about Maths in fiction (next...

'No Good Deed' By Ewan Lawrie. A Review

Very pleased to announce the publication of No Good Deed by ABCtales’ very own Ewan Lawrie. With no preview copy, he kept us on tenterhooks to the last, so those of us who pre-ordered are mostly where Tony Cook is: ‘Ewan Lawrie's new book 'No Good Deed' arrived through my letter box yesterday. It's the follow up to the excellent Gibbous House, a Gothic romp of mind blowing proportions. I can't wait to get stuck into it to find out what Moffat...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by Ewan Some wonderful work on the site this week. Everyone should pat themselves on the back. Story of the Week is bhi’s ‘The Anatomy of a Death’ -as intriguing a beginning of something as I’ve ever seen. https://www.abctales.com/story/bhi/anatomy-death Poem of the Week is #Peel Park, New Year’s Eve# by Ralph. Evocative, memorable and not a word wasted, it’s an affecting read. https://tinyurl.com/PeelParkNYE Many congratulations both. I...

Sad News

Two sad pieces of news for you today. We've lost two very dear members of our community - Denzella and Coolhermit. They will both be greatly missed. I'm afraid I didn't know Denzella well but she was talented, kind and very funny and hugely supportive to other ABCTalers. If you want to look back at her work you can find it here: https://www.abctales.com/user/denzella We have been trying to find a family member to let them know of her body of...

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