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Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Big congratulations to London_calling79 for 'Compassion Fatigue' which is our Poem of the Week, with a very honourable mention to PoetonaHill for 'Tribes', and to Celticman for his extremely funny and completely surreal 'the weather forecast' which is our Story of the Week.


ABCTALES READING – LONDON, 3rd FEBRUARY We’re happy to announce our next abctales readings evening, all set to take place in London on Saturday, 3rd February. Yes, a Saturday! We’ve been thinking that holding it on a weekend might give more of you a chance to take part than on a school night … and give us more time for socialising before and after the event. It’s an opportunity for anyone to come along and read their work – poetry or prose – to...


November's picks very kindly chosen by love_writing: Gosh it's so difficult, there are so many good pieces, but these are the two which have stayed with me; Poem: 'At the Arts Council in Manchester' It's a well crafted thought-provoking piece which mixes in a startling way everyday moments with death. Story: 'Poppy' This story told from child's perspective has stayed with me since reading it. It's hard- hitting in its innocence. https://www...


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Maggyvaneijk's First Book Now Available on Pre-order!

Very exciting news! One of our best poets on ABCTales - maggyvaneijk - has her first book coming out in January. You can pre-order it here: 're+sad

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by airyfairy on Fri, 01 Dec 2017 Our Story of the Week is Richard Dobbs's 'The Stacks of Llandarcy', which combines social commentary with a moving account of a father and son relationship: Poem of the Week is Well-Wisher's 'School', a piece of automatic poetry that has stayed with me since the first moment I read it:

Cerasus Poetry - call for submissions from ABC poets

Posted by airyfairy on Wed, 22 Nov 2017 A really exciting new opportunity for ABC poets, being run by one of our most long-standing and talented contributors! Posted by Cerasus Poetry on Wed, 22 Nov 2017 Cerasus Poetry is a joint venture in association with ABCtales to assist selected members to collate, edit and publish their poetry collections as quality paperbacks and e-books, which will be available to buy from major online retailers as well...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Posted by Philip Sidney on Fri, 17 Nov 2017 Two sad but thoughtful pieces for picks of the week. Poem of the week is the small but beautifully crafted, Dot, by John thornfield: Story of the week is, Poppy, by gletherby: Here's the inspiration point - have fun! Philip Sidney's blog


Story and Poem for the Month of October very kindly chosen by VeraClark: The most recent of Lille Dante’s Blue Books Restored Fragments gets Poem of the Month. It is a thoroughly accomplished series of fragmentation that straddles narrative poetry and prose-poetry. I love that this is work that refuses to conform to generic boxes. These are allegorical beads which colour memory and the taste of emotions. Each sequence stands alone as a fusion of...


Poetry Monthly – November Hello all, Well, autumn is truly on us! But that’s a good opportunity to snuggle up or take brisk walks (or both) in order to get your creativity buzzing. October’s Poetry Monthly (Sincere Thanks and Farewell to Sentimental Items) had less posts than some months have had, but it still produced some impressive writing. Here are three poems to go back to: