About Kate Feld

Kate Feld

Kate Feld is co-editor of The Real Story,

This author's real stories:

Q&A: Vona Groarke

Our next event, presented in partnership with The Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester, features the launch of Vona Groarke‘s wonderful new book, the single-volume personal essay Four Sides Full. One of the leading Irish poets of her generation, Vona has published seven acclaimed collections and is the editor of Poetry Ireland Review. We caught...

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Michael Symmons Roberts headlines The Real Story in August

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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The Lump by Adam Farrer

 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. On the roof...

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Nonfiction writers wanted in Manchester

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

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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Ninjas of Nonfiction #9: MFK Fisher

Ninjas of Nonfiction #9: MFK Fisher

Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher was a nice, privately-educated girl from California. Then she went to Europe and her life took an unexpected direction: she became a foodie. I would argue that she became the first foodie, and that it is because of MFK Fisher that we have foodies at all. In her many collections...

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Skins by Sarah Handyside

Skins by Sarah Handyside

This week, short nonfiction from Sarah Handyside. Image courtesy of the author. — Somewhere south a man asked us why clothes from dead Europeans end up in Africa. These clothes have a special name – the Swahili sounded like it had swallowed up the English tomb. He also asked for British opinions on witchcraft and...

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In Search of the Perseids by Naomi Racz

In Search of the Perseids by Naomi Racz

This week, an original essay from Naomi Racz. Image ‘Perseid at Butser Hill by Peter Griffin via Flickr. —- In search of the Perseids  Despite the fact that it is the middle of August, I dig out my winter coat from the closet. In its midst, summer seemed like a fixed state. It was...

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Ninjas of Nonfiction #8: Susan Orlean and Malcolm Gladwell by Dan Toller

Ninjas of Nonfiction #8: Susan Orlean and Malcolm Gladwell by Dan Toller

In my mind Susan Orlean and Malcolm Gladwell are the power couple of narrative nonfiction. I am not sure exactly why – they’re not a couple, they write about very different subjects, and – aside from the fact that they are both staff writers at the same magazine – there is no obvious connection....

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Ninjas of Nonfiction #6: Gay Talese by Benjamin Judge

Ninjas of Nonfiction #6: Gay Talese by Benjamin Judge

My wife has been ill. This essay was supposed to be finished days ago but my wife has been ill. I have spent more time with the baby. Babies prefer monkeys that rattle to essays about Nonfiction heavyweights. Progress has been slow. Without Gay Talese, it is arguable that I couldn’t have started this...

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