Alternative Stories and Fake Realities

"    Alternative Stories and Fake Realities " Podcast
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 perspectives on existing stories and ideas as we bring fresh and original writing into the world. We will use actors and writers from the United Kingdom and North America to offer a trans-Atlantic feel to our work. Content will be added when ready rather than on a strict week-by-week or month-by-month basis. Please check out our website

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This introductory sound files provides an overview of what Alternative Stories is all about and describes and previews some of our upcoming productions.

This introduction is voiced by Kelli Winkler and features the voices of Tiffany Clare, Catharine Daddario and Jackie Jorgenson.


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A modern retelling of the story of King Midas

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A modern retelling of the story of Daphne and Apollo

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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.

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The goddess Hera has transformed Galanthis, played by Catharine Daddario, into a cat.

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A short episode about Circe, goddess of magic in the classical mythology

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Two cousins reunited after many years unearth a dark family secret that threatens to destroy their relationship.

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Jenna is part of a group of warriors sent to slay the gorgon Medusa. As she grapples with her own terror at encountering the monster she begins to feel empathy for her adversary. But will empathy be enough to save her and her companions?

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A showcase edition of the podcast supporting our Audio Verse Awards nomination

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Sarah, played by Abby Hilden is a young woman leaving a relationship and contemplating an uncertain future.

Season: 1 Episode: 11
In our first poetry special edition of the podcast we feature the work of three poets: Will Burns, Chelsie Buckner and Julie Stevens.

Season: 1 Episode: 12
In the second of our series of Farewell Monologues we take a look at bereavement through the eyes of our regular presenter, Kelli Winkler.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Season: 1 Episode: 16
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.

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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 countries. This is the story of three women whose lives are affected by the crisis. This is the first of four parts.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

Season: 2 Episode: 1
A look back on our content in 2019, a preview of 2020 and an invitation to writers to join the podcast

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Wayfaring Stranger contemplates the end of everything through a simple folk tune passed down through the generations of one family.

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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.

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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

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This edition we feature 9 poems from Peter Finch's new collection "The Machineries of Joy"

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In this episode we feature flash fiction from 4 British Writers. All 4 stories have as a theme parents or parenthood.

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"This Rough Magic I Abjure" by Ruthanne Reid

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"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.

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"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.

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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 Spiers and writer, blogger and podcaster Christina Castaneda.

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"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.

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In this short extra edition of the podcast we bring you two poems from British poet Sarra Culleno.

Season: 2 Episode: 13
"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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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This week we bring you comedy sketches and conversation from Phoebe and Miztli of the acclaimed sketch comedy duo Ladylikes.

Season: 2 Episode: 18
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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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 oppressive and totalitarian government.

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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 Hollye Sangster.

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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 the drama.

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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 discovers a selkie whilst walking on the beach near his home. He immediately falls in love aiming to make the selkie his wife.

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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 Bartmann of the How I Make Music podcast and Chris Gregory of Alternative Stories and Fake Realities.

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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 Felix author of "The Seeing Trees" and Amy Forrest.

Season: 2 Episode: 28
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, horror, language and elements that some listeners may find disturbing. Please do not listen if you object to any of the above.

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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 selection of the best recent poetry books. Readers are asked to note that this episode contains strong language and explicit content which some readers may find offensive. Please avoid if this is likely to be the case.

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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.

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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...

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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 role of Mrs Ryder and in this short edition she discusses the importance of the play, how she was cast in it and the importance of the arts during the coronavirus crisis.

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In part 4 of our short series on women poets from Cornwall we feature three poems from performance poet Lesley Hale.

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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?

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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.

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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 stories, classical mythology and lived experience.

Season: 2 Episode: 37
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 stories, classical mythology and lived experience.

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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.

Season: 2 Episode: 39
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 during lockdown.

Season: 2 Episode: 40
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 and provides background to the 5 poems we feature.

Season: 2 Episode: 41
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

Season: 2 Episode: 42
Undertow is a short story by Nicholas John inspired by and featuring music from British acoustic duo Show of Hands.

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