The Stories We Tell

THE STORIES WE TELL is an initiative funded by Arts Council England and the National Lottery. It has two aims: to bring cutting-edge essays about the experience of writing & creation to a wide audience of readers and writers, and to provide free writing workshops, with leading writers, to under-represented groups of new and emerging writers.

To date, contributors to the project include Bernardine Evaristo, Kerry Hudson, Chris Power, Nikesh Shukla, Raymond Antrobus, Sarah Hall, Adam Foulds, Alex Wheatle, Sharon Duggal, Eley Williams, Hannah Lowe and (coming soon) Jacob Ross. More contributors to come…

Major partners include The British Library’s Eccles Centre and Community Office, New Writing South and Arvon. THE STORIES WE TELL is grateful to each for their support.


I ‘The Stories We Tell’ Writer-to-Writer Series (essays)

II ‘The Stories We Tell’ Workshops and Events

You can also find the Writer-to-Writer Essay Series on Arvon’s site:

‘The Stories We Tell’ at Arvon


‘The Stories We Tell’ Director, Alison MacLeod, is an award-winning novelist, short story writer and academic. Her 2017 book, All the Beloved Ghosts, was shortlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize for best short fiction collection in the UK and Ireland. It was a finalist for Canada’s Governor General’s Award for Fiction, and was named one of the Guardian‘s ‘Best Books of 2017’. Her novel, Unexploded, was long-listed for the 2013 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, named one of the Observer‘s ‘Books of the Year’, and serialised for BBC Radio 4. In 2016, she was jointly awarded the Eccles British Library Writer’s Award. Alongside her writing, she has served as a judge for numerous literary prizes and awards, and has appeared at literary festivals worldwide. She is Visiting Professor at the University of Chichester (UK), a regular tutor for Arvon, and has been an occasional contributor to The Sunday Times, the Guardian and assorted BBC programmes.