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Story and Poem of the Month

Our Story and Poem for the month of September have very kindly been chosen by Parson Thru: Poems Great poetry pieces to choose from this month. In the end, Coolhermit’s poem “Tenebris Interlucentem (into the darkness… light)” hooked me with its cruel but unavoidable parody of pub readings. It’s a great piece of contemporary realism with grittiness and soul. Crucially, it turns; only for the burning bush to vanish in smoke and be quenched by...

Some Good News!

Very pleased to let you know Ewan has reached the shortlist for the Poetry Book Awards with 'Last Night I Met John Alcock' published by Cerasus Press. All details here: And you can buy the book here: Big congratulations to him and fingers all crossed!

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by Philip Sidney on Fri, 25 Sep 2020 Another week in paradise - oh well, at least we have writing and reading to help us through tough times. Thank you to all of you have contributed this week - you do more good than you know. Poem of the week is a dark one - but anxiety is running high and I think many of us can relate -many thanks to London_Calling for Run: We've had a few darkly funny...


Thanks to Mark Burrow's tecchie skills, you can now see the ABC Tales Virtual Reading Event on our YouTube channel!

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Another wonderful selection to choose from this week. Thank you to everyone who's posted something. Big congratulations to winking_tiger for 'Green' which is our Poem of the Week, with a very honourable mention for ralph's 'Bucks from a Cuban' Story of the Week goes to Sean McNulty for 'Something You'll Have to Live With' - and again honourable mentions to rosaliekempthorne for "Gideon Gunther' and to Mark Say for 'You Were Made For Me' Read...


Delighted to say that our very own Coolhermit (Rick Gammon) has made the Poetry Shortlist for the King Lear Prizes! Read all about it here:

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by airyfairy on Fri, 11 Sep 2020 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 brilliant 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!

Story and Poem of the Month

Our Story and Poem for the month of August have very kindly been chosen by hudsonmoon: August proved itself difficult—as usual. Hot and sticky and sprinkled with a most uncomfortable political climate. Throw Covid-19 into the mix, shake vigorously, then pour yourself a tall glass of Why Did I Even Get Out of Bed this Morning? But I have to say that the writers around here never fail to pump a lot of heart and soul back into the atmosphere. That...


It's always great to share good news, so when I saw this today I thought it definitely deserved a place on our front page. Our very own Ewan has just found out he's made it to the long list for the 2020 Poetry Book Awards! You can read about it here: Published by Cerasus Press, 'Last night I Met John Adcock' can be bought here: (Amazon link) Big congratulations to Ewan...


Gaia's Angry Daughter is a new collection by Sylvia Clare - sylviec on ABCTales. Here's what she says about it: 'My new volume of poetry focusses on nature and the politics of unkindness to humans and climate alike, ecocide. But as well i celebrate the beauty of nature and how it influences me through the year, how important it is to us all and how much love is at the heart of everything, or should be. When it is not then things go wrong and...