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.

Removing Eric by Kate Woodward

December 20, 2015
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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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All Songs – by Benjamin Judge

September 19, 2015
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All Songs – by Benjamin Judge

Sleeve notes for a mix-tape. In a box in a box in a box; twenty three cassette tapes; every recording of every band I have ever been in. Allow me to be your catalogue. Item One: A debut album, exactly forty five minutes long so it will fit neatly on one side of a...

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School’s Out – by Adam Farrer

September 14, 2015
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School’s Out – by Adam Farrer

My daughter Effie and I were tidying the attic, shifting some boxes of my old things, when she came across a photo of my high school graduating year. It shows a dozen rows of sixteen year olds, each in varying states of readiness for the adult world. Some of us deadpan. Some amused. Others...

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The 12th Cup – by Nick Thompson

September 14, 2015
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The 12th Cup  – by Nick Thompson

“You don’t need me to tell you how to have a wank, do you?” I look at the guy for a long beat, making sure I’m hearing him correctly. I want to say, “Now that you mention it, I could do with a hand.” But I just stare at him in awkward surprise. He...

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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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