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Merry Christmas!

Time to dust down the underwhelming decorations, hope the lights don't fuse the electrics and wish all ABCTalers a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. Thank you so much for the wonderful poetry and prose you've shared with us, and for the endless encouragement and generosity you've offered to your fellow writers. The biggest thank you goes to our wonderful team of editors who give their time freely to keep things running and to John our...

Eastendbutchers Short Story Collection.

Posted by jolono on Mon, 17 Dec 2018 My new book is now available on Amazon. It's a collection of 25 short stories. Some have been on here and some haven't. Some I've brought back to life and given them a bit of a twist. I was always worried of losing them somewhere, I recently moved house and couldn't find my external hardrive( where I keep all my writing), for weeks. Once I found it I thought, why don't I publish them and then they'll always...

"Last Night I Met John Adcock" A Review

Posted by Ewan on Sat, 08 Dec 2018 "The most difficult thing for me to remember is that a poem is made of words and not of the expanding heart, the overflowing soul, or the sensitive observer. A poem is made of words." W S Graham Last Night I Met John Adcock, is Ewan's first collection of poetry to be published and features a number of the excellent poems he has shared on ABCtales. The poems move from the relative drudgery and small thrills of...

OUTBRANCHING by Scharlie Meeuws: A Review

Review by Noo: There is a fragility and beauty running right through Scharlie Meeuws’ collection of poetry,Outbranching. The collection is split into four sections, moving from memories and dreams, through betrayal and darkness, to nature, wisdom and finally, healing. As you read the poems in each section, you make this same journey and are both touched and transformed by the words in each poem. Scharlie has her own take on the world, but there...

STORY AND POEM OF THE MONTH

Our picks for the month of November have been chosen by rjnewlyn: November’s an odd month – a bit past proper autumn, not quite proper winter. Back in the day it used to tie with February as my least favourite time of year, but I’ve come to view it with more affection of late (I was going to say ‘warmed to it’ but that wouldn’t be quite right). Perhaps it’s the Tom Waits song (of the same name) that did the trick. There were certainly some good...

POETRY MONTHLY

Poetry Monthly – December Hello all, Hope everything is good where you are and that the short days and long evenings are giving you lots of chances to write! Poetry Monthly in November asked you to have a go at writing haikus and tankas. Here are some beauties to have another read of: https://www.abctales.com/story/rhiannonw/3-wintry-haiku https://www.abctales.com/story/alice-hamilton/park https://www.abctales.com/story/luigipagano/3-...

STORY AND POEM OF THE MONTH

Our Story and Poem for the month of October have been chosen by Philip Sidney: October is that strange month of transition. It sits on the border of life and death. A time for contemplation and a time to be unsettled. So many pieces across the month have played with these ideas but I have pulled out two that wrong-footed me with their strange yet recognisable ideas. Poem of the month is Noo’s meditation on death and its borders. I found it...

STORY AND POEM OF THE MONTH

For the month of September our picks have very kindly been chosen by Mark Say: Poem of the month At sea with you by caribou_ A clever and powerful expression of longing that combines the sense of wanting someone with the knowledge that it would be a destructive relationship. It manages to simultaneously convey a sense of ecstasy and foreboding. https://www.abctales.com/ story/caribou/sea-you Other stand-outs were Tangerine Static by lavadis, a...

STORY AND POEM OF THE MONTH

Story and Poem for the month of August very kindly chosen by Rhona Miller (love_writing): Attempting to choose two pieces this month has left me with literally no nails left! There has been an overwhelmingly amazing amount of talent in both poetry and prose. I’ve finally selected two pieces which have continued to linger in my head, both for their skill and the emotive responses they’ve provoked. First up is Brooklyn Heart by Michael Valentine...

STORY AND POEM OF THE MONTH

Story and Poem for the month of July very kindly chosen by Alex Smith (london_calling79): As Benvolio put it: ‘These hot days is the mad blood stirring.’ At this time of year there seems to be something in the air, maybe it’s Mercury in retrograde, morons in the White House or just the fact that it’s been too damn hot to sleep but I’m not complaining as this month has produced some phenomenal writing here on ABCTales. My pick for Poem of the...

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