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.

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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Nonfiction writers wanted in Manchester

November 25, 2014
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Hey essayists, creative nonfictioneers, prose poets… we want to hear from you! If  you’re based in or near Manchester and like the idea of getting up onstage and reading your work in front of people, make yourselves known to us. We at The Real Story are in the beginning stages of organising an occasional...

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Mrs Raffety by Danielle Peet

September 5, 2014
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Mrs Raffety by Danielle Peet

  Photo by Ian Turk via Flickr Short nonfiction from Danielle Peet: — She started as a whisper in a symphony. One of nine; the fifth. As the third girl she screams in the shadow of the other two. A further four survive after her. Twins are lost to diptheria; an ailment seeming to...

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Book Review: Any Other Mouth, by Anneliese Mackintosh

July 8, 2014
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Book Review: Any Other Mouth, by Anneliese Mackintosh

  Anneliese Mackintosh’s debut short story collection begins on an unnumbered page, obscured among the standard initial copyright & about the author pages. What I’m saying is that it’s a page you might miss, if you were a casual reader. It’s a page you don’t want to miss. Here’s what it says: 68% happened....

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Book Review: The Tremendous World I Have Inside My Head, by Louis Begley

May 11, 2014
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Book Review: The Tremendous World I Have Inside My Head, by Louis Begley

Franz Kafka is the modern template for ‘tortured genius.’ He once wrote that a book should be “an axe for the frozen sea within us.” Assuming, of course, that everyone has a frozen sea inside them…  In this biography, Louis Begley takes us deep into Kafka’s personal communication, his letters, his diaries, to show...

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