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Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

This last week of March has been a colourful one - thanks to a great inspiration point. It's been like sifting though a tin of chocolates to choose two delectable pieces - but - our poem of the week is a gorgeous evocation of the season from Rhiannon: Our story of the week is an irreverent and humorous piece from Mikesize1:

'Waiting For Another Velvet Morning' by Julia Macpherson. Reviews!

This one is personal for a few of us on ABCTales. Julia (Overthetop1) was one of our much loved users as is her mother Coral (seashore). Two of our most talented poets very kindly agreed to provide reviews which you can read below, and then I've copied Cerasus Poetry's post which contains a link to buy the book. I've read it. You should too. It's extraordinary: Julia MacPherson’s Waiting For Another Velvet Morning by Maggy Van Eijk (maggyvaneijk...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Before I get onto the Picks of the Week, I'd just like to ask all of you to make sure the email addresses on your accounts are current and functioning. Sites like ours are regularly visited by publishers, and you could be missing out on exciting opportunities if no-one can get in touch with you! If you need help with changing your email, let me know. For the Picks - big congratulations this week to Rosalie Kempthorne for "Lydia" and to Ewan for...

Disoccidented by Alfie Shoyger: A Review

I 've been asked to share this review Alfie Shoyger received for his first collection which is on sale now, and I do so with pleasure: "Disoccidented" is the first collection published by Alfie Shoyger, a poet with whose work I am familiar through the writer’s website ABCTales. “Caveat Lector” is perhaps what I should say first. Some sentiments and opinions within the collection may well offend the sensibilities of readers. This should in no way...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by airyfairy on Fri, 15 Mar 2019 Our Story of the Week is proudwing's mysterious and witty 'The Paperweight'. Works wonderfully as a standalone, but we are promised more, and hopefully soon! Poem of the Week is Alfie Shoyger's bonkers and brilliantly funny 'Squirrel Quarrel, North Hackney'. A real treat that brightened up my week:


Many thanks to Alfie Shoyger for March's slightly delayed Poetry Monthly: Rimas Dissolutas. This is a form where, within verses, there are no rhymes at all. However, all subsequent verses rhyme with the first one. Each verse can be as long as you want, and you can have as many verses as you want, so for example it could be ABCD ABCD ABCD etc, or ABCDEF ABCDEF ABCDEF, or whatever. Picture Credit:


Our Story and Poem for the month of February very kindly chosen by Jolono: It never gets any easier. Choosing the winners for February gave me a few headaches, and no it wasn’t the three glasses of Red wine that I had whilst going through all of them! But winners have to be picked and here they are... This month’s winner for SOTM is TFH with La Femme d’argent. A moving tale of a romantic visit...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by Philip Sidney on Fri, 01 Mar 2019 With a bushel of cherries to choose from this week deciding on the story and poem of the week was quite a task. There were two pieces that reached out to me though - so: story of the week goes to Linda Wigzell's intriguing and compelling piece of life writing: Poem of the week goes to Jane Hyphen's evocative piece: https://www...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Big congratulations to TFH who gets my vote for Story of the Week with 'La Femme d'argent' and to Ewan for 'A Conversation in Hester Pit. 16 January 1862' which is our Poem of the Week' Do read them both (and don't forget Ewan is still looking for pledges for his second novel here: )

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Difficult as ever to choose, but in the end Story of the Week is mikesize1's 'Elephant Nest: Chapter One'. It made me laugh, it made me flinch, it made me wonder what was coming next: Poem of the Week was even harder. Eventually I went for Di_Hard's 'driverless', but with a more than honourable mention for the poem that inspired it, Jane Hyphen's 'Drivers'. Please do read both:...