The Real Story: In the Half-light

What happens in the place between light and dark, where one thing is changing into another? Join The Real Story for an evening of twilight stories and marginal expeditions with bold and gifted writers challenging the conventional literary narrative. On Thursday May 17th, authors Maria Fusco, Rachel Genn, May-Lan Tan, Joanna Walsh and Dimitra Xidous will perform their specially commissioned nonfiction pieces at this event at The King’s Arms in Salford as part of the Not Quite Light Weekend 2018.

About our writers:

MARIA FUSCO is the author of several books including Give Up Art (New Documents), her new collection of critical writing. Her award-winning work crosses the registers of criticism, fiction and theory. Artangel called her ‘one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary writing in the UK.’ Born in Belfast, she’s based in Scotland, where she is a Reader at Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh.

RACHEL GENN is the author of the novel The Cure (Corsair) and the creator of the National Facility for the Regulation of Regret, a quasi-institution whose output spans film, writing and installations. A former neuroscientist, she is currently a lecturer in creative writing at the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University and lives in Sheffield.

MAY-LAN TAN is the author of a collection of short stories, Things to Make and Break (CB Editions), which was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. Her stories have appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, the Atlas Review, The Reader and Areté. Recent projects include illustration, electronica and durational performance art. She lives in Berlin.

JOANNA WALSH is the author of Hotel, Vertigo and Worlds from the Word’s End. Her new book Break.up, a novel in essays, will be published in May. She runs @read_women, described by the New York Times as “a rallying cry for equal treatment for women writers” and is a contributing editor at 3:AM Magazine and Catapault. She was awarded the 2017 Arts Foundation Fellowship for Literature (Creative Nonfiction).

DIMITRA XIDOUS is the author of the poetry collection Keeping Bees (Doire Press). She was a finalist in 2014 The Malahat Review Open Season Awards and short-listed for The 2013 Bridport Prize. Her work has been featured in The Stinging Fly and is forthcoming in the anthology Under the Influence (gorse editions). She also co-edits poetry and art magazine The Pickled Body. Originally from Ottawa, Canada, she currently resides in Dublin.

Don’t miss this one, folks. Doors at 7:30pm. Tickets: £5/£3 concs.​ Further details and updates will be added on our Facebook page in the run up to the event.