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The Real Story LIVE with Horatio Clare

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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‘Architecture and Absorbing Sounds’ by Laura Tansley

‘Architecture and Absorbing Sounds’ by Laura Tansley

My mother needs an exorcism. That’s what she said to me one evening. Because she wakes up screaming sometimes, seeing people when sleep suddenly leaves her, strangers slinking round the room she’s trying to get rest in. She thinks it’s her, believes there’s some internal work needed on her soul, some patch that needs...

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‘Mr Moore’ by Ebba Brooks

‘Mr Moore’ by Ebba Brooks

When I was eight I loved wandering around the shore near the village where I lived. When the tide was out the rocks and seaweed went on for miles. One day, I was climbing over boulders covered in bladderwrack when I met a man crouching beside a rock pool. He wore shorts, walking boots...

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The Real Story: LIVE! headlined by Amy Liptrot

The Real Story: LIVE! headlined by Amy Liptrot

We are delighted to announce that we have confirmed the headliner for our next live show: Amy Liptrot, whose stunning memoir The Outrun has been garnering rave reviews. Describing it as ‘a future classic,’ The New Statesman said ‘Liptrot is an Orcadian warrior with the breeze in her blood and poetry in her fingers.”...

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‘Psychiatric Ward, December 24th, 1985’ by Kate Jones

‘Psychiatric Ward, December 24th, 1985’ by Kate Jones

The room is filled with elderly women sitting in two rows of chairs facing one another. Silver and gold foil garlands are strung haphazardly in each corner. A cover version of I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas plays loudly from small speakers hung on the wall. The ward stinks like the toilets down at...

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‘Congealed’ by Clare Archibald

‘Congealed’ by Clare Archibald

It flows from inside you. Edgeless pools of blood that coat you, occasionally solidifying around your life, with you in the middle as the rotting candied apple. Fractures in the red shell that covers you are lit up by hormonal charges that sear you with lust and loathing. After all, you are woman. For...

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The Fourteen Stations of Blasphemy by David Hartley

The Fourteen Stations of Blasphemy by David Hartley

Station One In September 1996, my Dad turned 40. On that birthday he stared into our fireplace and decided that he was no longer a Christian. He’d been harbouring doubtful thoughts for twenty-four church-going, bible-reading years, during which time we had all been dutiful members of the local parish. But Dad’s faith had been...

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The Regulars by Thom Hammersley

The Regulars by Thom Hammersley

There’s a tall, imposing man; a living, breathing brick wall with a moustache. He barks the word “hello” at me with such a lack of humility that it always feels more like a threat than a greeting.   There’s an older man with unkempt pale yellow hair like a small pile of wilted straw....

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The Real Story: LIVE! headlined by Jenn Ashworth

The Real Story: LIVE! headlined by Jenn Ashworth

We’re delighted to announce that Jenn Ashworth will be headlining the first The Real Story: LIVE! event of 2016 at Gullivers, Manchester on January 21st. Jenn Ashworth was born in 1982 in Preston, where she still lives. She studied at Newnham College, Cambridge and the Centre for New Writing at the niversity of Manchester....

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Removing Eric by Kate Woodward

Removing Eric by Kate Woodward

For a while, before his death, Eric lived with the Stephenson family, who were my nearest neighbours when I lived in the Peak District. On a good day I could shout to the Stephensons from my yard, my voice carried downhill on the constant wind. When a northerly blew in, communication was possible in...

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