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Story and Poem of the Month

Our Story and Poem for the month of December, very kindly chosen by Lavadis: Poem of the month is: MJG - The Goodbye - ever more moving each time I read it. Special mention for these two superb poems which could easily have won on any other month Angusfolklore - Past Dwellers (The Lost) Skinner_Jennifer - Langdale Pikes in Winter https://www.abctales.com/story/mjg/goodbye https://www.abctales.com/story/angusfolklore/past-dwellers-lost https://...

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

Selected for us this week by Ewan Story of the Week Congratulations to Celticman, his ‘A Pile Up of Boys’ is a powerful piece of writing, delivered with a narrative voice that is as real as it is vital. Hard to believe such things happened well within living memory. https://www.abctales.com/story/celticman/pile-boys Poem of the Week This week’s choice is something slightly different from Onemorething. Certain Memories is an exploration of how we...

Story and Poem of the Month

Our Story and Poem for the month of November have been picked by london_calling79: As we venture into the unkown depths of a COVID winter we have two heart-warming picks this month to warm your cockles. So cosy up, perhaps in the safety of a virus-proof blanket fort, ignore the inexorable decline of the Western world and enjoy some plain old-fashioned story-telling! For our story pick of the month we present Charlie77’s engrossing opening to...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by airyfairy on Fri, 04 Dec 2020 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...

Zooms, Donations and Happy Birthdays!

Posted by airyfairy on Fri, 04 Dec 2020 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...

Seven Nights at the Flamingo Hotel By Drew Gummerson.

Big congratulations to Drew Gummerson for the publication of Seven Nights at the Flamingo Hotel. Available here: https://www.beardedbadgerpublishing.com/ Review by Mark Burrow Seven Nights at the Flamingo Hotel by Drew Gummerson is a fast-paced, funny and filthy novel. It follows the adventures of the hotel’s hapless dishwasher and his search for love and recognition, which repeatedly ends in varying kinds of humiliation, estrangement and oodles...

Beautiful Fish by Mark Kilburn

Mark Kilburn (who writes on ABCTales as Kilb50) won the 2020 Cerasus Poetry Olympics back in July. As part of his Gold Medal prize, Cerasus has collated a collection of his poetry which is now available on Amazon: Beautiful Fish: Amazon.co.uk: Kilburn, Mark: 9798572785401: Books Here's a review by Ewan: Beautiful Fish By Mark Kilburn : A Review I was very pleased to be asked to review this collection “Beautiful Fish” by long-time ABCTales...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Firstly I hope to 'see' you at our virtual reading event tomorrow - we have an absolutely brilliant line-up, including a very welcome appearance from Tony Cook who I hope is going to read some of his work in progress. Still some spaces left if you want to be in the audience, just register with the link on the front page, but if you can't make it we will be putting it on YouTube in due course Anyway, our Story of the week goes to Mark Burrow for...

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