Welcome to The Real Story

The Real Story is a celebration of creative nonfiction. Not that there’s anything wrong with fiction. Look, we like making stuff up as much as anyone else does, but we’re more excited about the creative possibilities of telling the truth. We love true stories (and even mostly true stories), personal essays, memoirs, diaries, sketches and literary journalism. Reality is so much stranger than fiction. Tastes better, too.

‘Night’ by Eli Regan

November 27, 2016
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‘Night’ by Eli Regan

And I walk with abandonment, want to walk it off. Needing to distract myself. I anaesthetise myself with my child. I feed her. I change her. I play with her. I comfort her in the night. This night is different. She’s not here. I can’t anaesthetise myself from life. I can’t distract myself. I...

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‘Hero’ by Sophie Parkes

October 30, 2016
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‘Hero’ by Sophie Parkes

Today’s date had been circled on my calendar for weeks. It would be my first solo drive, my first drive to Oxford, and, most importantly, the first time I’d attend a gig by myself. I had printed out the ticket and placed it on the passenger seat next to me as, checking mirrors for...

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Q&A: Horatio Clare

September 22, 2016
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Q&A: Horatio Clare

Horatio Clare is an author and journalist. He has written two memoirs, the Somerset Maugham Award-winning Running for the Hills and Truant: Notes from the Slippery Slope, as well as two works of travel and nature writing: A Single Swallow and Down to the Sea in Ships. He wrote and edited Sicily Through Writers’...

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‘But Is’ by Holly Aszkenasy

July 24, 2016
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‘But Is’ by Holly Aszkenasy

After I dropped out of my PhD, I took the first job I was offered, because I needed it, but also because it sounded weird and interesting. It was at a small, devoutly religious Jewish high school for girls that was right in my neighbourhood, actually, though I’d never noticed it before. This was...

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The Real Story LIVE with Horatio Clare

July 13, 2016
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The Real Story LIVE with Horatio Clare

On Saturday October 22nd The Real Story will host a special Manchester Literature Festival edition of our live show at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation. We welcome author Horatio Clare as headliner, supported as always by a selection of writers reading essays crafted especially for the event; Nija Dalal-Small, Sophie Parkes and Adam Farrer....

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