Alternative Stories and Fake Realities

Alternative Stories and Fake Realities
Alternative Stories and Fake Realities is a podcast designed to promote new and original audio drama, poetry and writing from across the English speaking world. Working with themes we will produce high quality content aimed at providing new perspectiv…

Out of the Darkness: An Audio Drama
Aug 7 • 34 min
As lockdown eases in London a group of friends decide to meet up for the first time in three months. As they travel they reflect on what lockdown meant to them. This is a collaborative audio drama project with some of our actors writing and performing…
Undertow by Nicholas John
Aug 4 • 16 min
Undertow is a short story by Nicholas John inspired by and featuring music from British acoustic duo Show of Hands.
The Bomb : An Audio Drama
Jul 31 • 21 min
Dex Industries’ top scientist has developed a new weapon and it’s about to be tested but how devastating will the new bomb be? The Bomb is a prequel to The Blood Road series of novels by Emily Inkpen
Letters Home : Poetry by Jennifer Wong
Jul 28 • 21 min
Jennifer Wong is a poet living and working in London and originally from Hong Kong. Her poems deal with the idea of life in a city and culture very different from our own. As well as her poems, in this podcast Jenny offers insight into her writing process…
Mother of Floods
Jul 24 • 12 min
In the edition we review the new novel, “Mother of Floods” by Madeleine F White and bring you an interview with the author. We have excerpts from the novel read by Madeleine herself and we look at her plans for a sequel and other writing projects begun…
The Bomb : An interview with author Emily Inkpen
Jul 21 • 13 min
In this edition we bring you an interview with Emily Inkpen, the author of our forthcoming science fiction audio drama The Bomb. We also have previews from the drama and a look forward to some other upcoming content.
Through The Trees Part 2
Jul 17 • 21 min
Through the trees is an anthology about trees and woodlands, their folklore and mythology. Dealing with the subjects of transformation and change into and from trees our writers use poetry and monologue to tell their stories inspired by folk and fairy…
Through The Trees Part 1
Jul 10 • 18 min
Through the trees is an anthology about trees and woodlands, their folklore and mythology. Dealing with the subjects of transformation and change into and from trees our writers use poetry and monologue to tell their stories inspired by folk and fairy…
Dragon Cloak : Poems by Angela Stoner
Jul 7 • 10 min
Dragon Cloak and other poems by Angela Stoner is the fifth and last in our series of podcasts featuring the work of women poets from Cornwall.
Out of Towners : An Audio Drama
Jul 3 • 29 min
Allison and Jenny have been together for 6 months but Jenny is falling out of love with New York City. Can their relationship survive if she moves away from the city?
Dust : Poems by Lesley Hale
Jun 26 • 8 min
In part 4 of our short series on women poets from Cornwall we feature three poems from performance poet Lesley Hale.
Small Island : An Interview with actress Amy Forrest
Jun 19 • 12 min
The National Theatre stage production of Small Island by Andrea Levy will be available to watch worldwide on the NT At Home YouTube channel from 18th June. Amy Forrest who has appeared in recent episodes of this podcast was part of the cast playing the…
The Lake Isle
Jun 16 • 44 min
A psychological drama in which Kirsty Monroe, a busy young executive in London struggles to maintain a relationship with her younger sister whilst holding down a difficult job. When Helena disappears Kirsty must track her down and try to patch up their…
The Lake Isle : Preview Edition
Jun 12 • 17 min
In this edition we preview our upcoming drama The Lake Isle with lead actor Kelsey Griffin. We also look ahead to another drama production, a sequel to our 2019 Christmas production, The Out of Towners Club written by Jackie Jorgenson and Mary McDonald.
Ella Frears
Jun 9 • 12 min
In this edition we feature poems from Cornish Poet, Ella Frears. Ella is one of the most prominent young poets in Britain at this time with her collection “Shine Darling” attracting praise from many quarters including the Guardian Newspaper in its…
The Seeing Trees
Jun 5 • 34 min
In the forests of Scandinavia a family is besieged by a malicious raven which watches and follows them everywhere they go. How will they escape from this curse and at what cost? The Seeing Trees is a dark nordic mystery with elements of violence, peril,…
Jun 2 • 23 min
This edition is called Raven. It features the short story “The Raven’s Call” by Charis McRoberts and a preview of The Seeing Trees, our forthcoming audio drama which features a raven. This podcast also includes interviews with Charis McRoberts, Kaitlin…
Sound Design and Music for Audio Drama
May 29 • 71 min
In part 3 of our series on creating audio drama we discuss sound design and music with guests Hedley Knights from We Fix Space Junk, Daniel French from Fishbonius Sound Design and the Chronosphere Fiction Podcast, Richard Campbell from Red Valley, John…
May 22 • 40 min
Selkie is an original audio drama by Signe Maene. Selkies are mythical creatures from northern European folklore. Seals that can transform to human form by shedding their skin they are particularly prevalent in Scottish folklore . In our story, Andrew…
Selkie Preview
May 19 • 8 min
In this short bonus edition we preview our forthcoming audio drama Selkie by Signe Maene. We talk to Signe herself and to Sophie Macnair who plays the selkie in our story. We also hear from John Spiers, the folk musician who performs the theme music for…
Mary J Oliver and Cornwall
May 15 • 12 min
In this edition, the second in our series featuring women poets from Cornwall in the South West of England, we feature the work of Mary J Oliver. We also look at Cornwall itself and its enduring influence on artists, writers and poets with presenter…
A Memory of Robin
May 11 • 23 min
A Memory of Robin is an audio drama from writer David Green. It tells the story of Gem, the daughter of a woman called Robin whose last few days of life we follow through extracts from her voice diary as she seeks to escape the confines of an increasingly…
Sarah Cave Poetry
May 8 • 7 min
In this poetry edition we feature Cornish Poet Sarah Cave and her poem cycle The Eidolon Triptych. Poems are read by Jade Matthew with music and soundscapes by Chris Gregory
Voice Acting Special
May 4 • 67 min
In this special edition presented by Amy Forrest we look at the techniques, equipment and training you’ll need to make a career as a voice actor by talking to a number of actors who have made the switch successfully.
Historical Audio Drama
May 1 • 22 min
In this edition we explore podcasts producing historical audio drama. In a medium dominated by Sci Fi we look at some podcasters telling stories from the past and their inspiration and methods for doing this.
Very Short Stories
Apr 27 • 12 min
Very short stories and microfiction are terms for tiny pieces of writing that can tell an entire tale in a small number of words. We feature 10 different tiny stories in this podcast.
Ladylikes in Lockdown
Apr 24 • 44 min
This week we bring you comedy sketches and conversation from Phoebe and Miztli of the acclaimed sketch comedy duo Ladylikes.
Audio Drama Creators : Special Edition
Apr 20 • 67 min
In this special edition we look at the techniques, processes and practicalities of creating audio drama with the creators of some of the best and most exciting drama podcasts out there.
Sarah Corbett : The Witch Bag
Apr 17 • 24 min
The Witch Bag is a poetry collection by Sarah Corbett. Originally published in 2002, 18 years on we review and reimagine the collection assessing its impact as art and on the life and career of Sarah as a poet.
Lockdown Diaries : Rachel Lightfoot
Apr 13 • 17 min
Rachel Lightfoot is a comedian, poet and blogger from Sheffield, South Yorkshire and in this short episode she shares her thoughts, fears, observations and ideas about isolation alongside a couple of her poems.
The Angel’s Calling Part 4
Apr 10 • 28 min
“The End of The Beginning “, Part 4 of the Angel’s Calling by Victoria J.Price, a fantasy audio drama miniseries from the Alternative Stories and Fake Realities Podcast.
Sarra Culleno Poetry
Apr 6 • 5 min
In this short extra edition of the podcast we bring you two poems from British poet Sarra Culleno.
The Angel’s Calling Part 3
Apr 3 • 21 min
“The Witches’ Secret”, Part 3 of the Angel’s Calling by Victoria J.Price, a fantasy audio drama miniseries from the Alternative Stories and Fake Realities Podcast.
Artists in Isolation
Mar 30 • 22 min
Artists in Isolation is a special edition of the podcast looking at the ways in which artists can adapt their working lives and creative processes to cope with the isolation caused by the Covid 19 crisis. It features actor Jade Matthew, folk musician John…
The Angel’s Calling Part 2
Mar 27 • 26 min
“Alexander’s Mission”, Part 2 of the Angel’s Calling by Victoria J.Price, a fantasy audio drama miniseries from the Alternative Stories and Fake Realities Podcast.
The Angel’s Calling Part 1
Mar 20 • 30 min
“The Girl and the Angel”, Part 1 of the Angel’s Calling by Victoria J.Price, a fantasy audio drama miniseries from the Alternative Stories and Fake Realities Podcast.
Mar 13 • 19 min
“This Rough Magic I Abjure” by Ruthanne Reid
Flash Fiction
Mar 6 • 23 min
In this episode we feature flash fiction from 4 British Writers. All 4 stories have as a theme parents or parenthood.
Peter Finch :The Machineries of Joy
Feb 14 • 27 min
This edition we feature 9 poems from Peter Finch’s new collection “The Machineries of Joy”
Into the Glasshouse
Feb 7 • 19 min
A young woman embarks on a journey of self discovery and finds herself becoming involved with a group of artists, musicians and poets in New York’s East Village
Like Tying a Shoelace
Jan 31 • 13 min
Like Tying a Shoelace by Sonia Rosa Ciocca is a short drama looking at the options we have in our lives and how our futures could be different based on the choices we make.
Wayfaring Stranger
Jan 24 • 10 min
Wayfaring Stranger contemplates the end of everything through a simple folk tune passed down through the generations of one family.
Review, preview and Writer Invitation
Jan 17 • 17 min
A look back on our content in 2019, a preview of 2020 and an invitation to writers to join the podcast
The Out-of-Towners Club
Dec 18, 2019 • 37 min
It’s not all fun and parties when you have to spend Christmas away from your friends and family. For our Christmas edition we meet some of the members of the Out of Towners Club as they plan for Christmas in New York City.
Mary J Oliver : Jim Neat
Dec 13, 2019 • 25 min
In this edition of the podcast we adapt extracts from Mary J Oliver’s memoir / travelogue / poetry collection about her father, Jim Neat, a hobo in depression era Canada.
Anglia : Part 4
Dec 6, 2019 • 33 min
A storm is gathering as Rachel and David head out to sea with the mysterious Davies. Millie and Laura are trying to find Rachel while Awira’s fate lies in the balance.
Anglia: Part 3
Nov 29, 2019 • 32 min
Journalist Rachel Woods’ investigation into the ongoing migrant crisis continues with help from Millie. Meanwhile, Kurdish migrant Awira and her friends are starting to feel the net tighten around them. What can Rachel and Millie do to help?
Anglia : Part Two
Nov 22, 2019 • 34 min
Journalist Rachel Woods continues her investigation into the migrant crisis unfolding in a remote part of Eastern England. Meanwhile Millie meets Awira, a migrant trying to evade the British authorities.
Anglia Part One
Nov 15, 2019 • 35 min
The year is 2029 and the effects of climate change are taking hold all around the globe. In one small coastal community in eastern England waves of migrants are coming ashore to escape the wars and famine the climate crisis are causing in their own…
Farewell Monologue 5 : Eva
Nov 8, 2019 • 16 min
Eva is a writer struggling to come to terms with the mixed emotions associated with finishing the novel which has dominated her life for over a year.
Halloween Special
Oct 29, 2019 • 20 min
Alison Daniels is given a wind-up musical box to look after overnight. But what secrets does the box hold and why does it keep playing of its own accord? Our ghostly short story A Musical Box is read by Abigail Reno.
Farewell Monologue 4: Fading Fires
Oct 25, 2019 • 11 min
In this edition poet Cheyenne Bramwell presents her long form poem Fading Fires which she performs herself. In the style of an epic poem, this work imagines a civilization, reeling from war and hardship and learning to live at peace once more.
Farewell Monologue 3: Mojave
Oct 18, 2019 • 14 min
In this latest edition of our Farewell Monologue series of short episodes Chelsie Buckner, the poet known as Poems and Peonies performs her verse story, Mojave.
Farewell Monologue 2 : Rainbows
Oct 11, 2019 • 11 min
In the second of our series of Farewell Monologues we take a look at bereavement through the eyes of our regular presenter, Kelli Winkler.
Poetry Special
Oct 4, 2019 • 18 min
In our first poetry special edition of the podcast we feature the work of three poets: Will Burns, Chelsie Buckner and Julie Stevens.
Farewell Monologue 1 : Sarah
Sep 25, 2019 • 11 min
Sarah, played by Abby Hilden is a young woman leaving a relationship and contemplating an uncertain future.
Showcase Edition
Sep 6, 2019 • 20 min
A showcase edition of the podcast supporting our Audio Verse Awards nomination
The Adults in the Room
Aug 14, 2019 • 30 min
Two cousins reunited after many years unearth a dark family secret that threatens to destroy their relationship.
“Porcelain” An Audio drama inspired by the story of Echo and Narcissus
Jul 12, 2019 • 28 min
in the audio drama “Porcelain” a young singer songwriter struggles with anxiety and her own identity as she tries to make her way in the world of music.
The Daphne and Apollo Episode
Jun 28, 2019 • 35 min
A modern retelling of the story of Daphne and Apollo