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.

Michael Symmons Roberts headlines The Real Story in August

July 30, 2015
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We’re pleased to announce the third live edition of The Real Story will feature headliner Michael Symmons Roberts: Forward, Costa and Whitbread Prize-winning poet, Professor of Poetry at MMU and co-author of essay collection Edgelands. Also on the bill are novelist Marli Roode, writers Adam Farrer and Nick Thompson and co-hosts Kate Feld and...

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Chasing the Lights – by Mark Powell

April 19, 2015
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Chasing the Lights – by Mark Powell

It’s just a few days until Stuart Maconie headlines The Real Story Live! To get y’all excited, here’s a new essay by Mark Powell. Mark will be reading it, alongside Sarah Handyside, Danielle Peet, and co-editors Nija Dalal and Kate Feld on April 22 at 7:30pm at Gulliver’s in Manchester. More info here. —— A crisp March...

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Stuart Maconie headlines the 2nd Real Story: LIVE!

March 24, 2015
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Stuart Maconie headlines the 2nd Real Story: LIVE!

Come hear five writers read thrilling stories from real life at Manchester’s live creative nonfiction night. The headliner for our second event is Stuart Maconie – broadcaster, journalist, columnist and author. Also on the bill are writers Danielle Peet, Sarah Handyside and Mark Powell alongside Real Story co-hosts Kate Feld and Nija Dalal. Wednesday, April 22at 7:30pm –...

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The Lump by Adam Farrer

January 14, 2015
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 To whet your appetite for our first reading event, here’s a new essay by Adam Farrer, ‘The Lump’. Adam will be reading it, alongside Laura Barton, Benjamin Judge and co-editors Nija Dalal and Kate Feld on January 20 at 7:30pm at Gulliver’s in Manchester. More info here. Image by Emma Farrer.   —–  ...

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The Real Story: LIVE!

December 19, 2014
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The Real Story: LIVE!

Come hear five writers read thrilling stories from real life at Manchester’s first live creative nonfiction night. Our headliner is Guardian writer and novelist Laura Barton. Also on the bill are writers Benjamin Judge and Adam Farrar alongside Real Story co-hosts Kate Feld and Nija Dalal. Tuesday 20 January 2015, 7:30pm, Gullivers, Oldham Street,...

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