I am the Editor of The Real Story, an Arts Council England-funded online publisher and spoken word event series, working to nurture emerging creative nonfiction talent in the UK. My writing can be found in numerous publications, including Northern Soul, Squawk Back, The Real Story, BBC Online, This Is Not TV, The Drabble, Eight Albums, Flashflood and in the short story collection Flash Nonfiction Funny, edited by Dinty W. Moore. In 2019 I became the inaugural Writer in Residence for Peel Park, Salford.

I have performed at a number of arts and literature festivals, including Sheffield Doc/Fest, the Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival, the WAM Words and Music Festival and the Manchester Literature Festival. I have run workshops on creative nonfiction writing and spoken word skills for The University of Salford’s Festival of Research, the Northern Light Writers Conference, the Prestwich Arts Festival and the Greater Manchester Fringe Development Conference.

In October of 2019 I was awarded a Developing Your Creative Practice grant by Arts Council England to complete my first essay collection, GOD HATES WITHERNSEA.



“Funny and thought provoking. Really interesting, light touch work.” – Jenn Ashworth, author of Fell and Notes Made While Falling.

“Brilliant. A lovely style, humour and warmth, which just shines. Bloomin’ ace.” – Emma Jane Unsworth, author of Animals and Adults.

“Adam Farrer has the rare talent of writing funny stories that are actually funny. He can also write a deft line of prose. Fans of David Sedaris, get on this.” – MacGuffin.

“I just don’t get why you’d want to tell people all this private stuff.” – My dad.

Photos by Sarah Myers and  Ben Harrison


6 thoughts on “About

  1. Oops. And thank you for following my blog! I am hoping to have new, original content soon. My focus lately has been mostly aimed at looking after our ancient kitty (she’s 20!), but hopefully I can get back to writing soon.

    Hope you are having a great weekend! 🙂

  2. You are most welcome. I enjoy your writing immensely! You really are very talented. 🙂

    And about the Real Story piece, I think I can relate so well because addiction has affected my family to a large degree. It’s a horrifyingly destructive force. Again, I am very sorry for you’re loss.

  3. Thank you. You’re very kind. I also saw your comment on my The Real Story piece, which was similarly supportive and appreciated. After trundling along on a few dozen views since last year this is all a bit overwhelming if I’m honest.

  4. Hello Adam!

    I’m so glad you were featured on Freshly Pressed. Your Workshop stop is fascinating and hilarious. I got so sucked into reading how you made it through the day that when my thumb accidently hit the back button on my phone, I actually got mad and started swearing!

    “What was the title of his post? S**t I hope I can find it again,” and similar thoughts ran through my mind as I frantically scrolled through the list again. Fortunately for me, your pic of those large file clip thingies (have forgotten what they are actually called), helped me to spot your it again.

    I love your sense of humour and envy your people watching abilites. I’ve done some quick digging through the rest of your blog and intend to explore some more after I get some sleep. (It’s 3:00 AM for me.)

    Anyway, just wanted to drop a note to say hi and let you know how much I enjoy your writing. You sir, have just gained another devoted Follower! 🙂

    Cheers from across the pond. 🙂

    p.s. I also plan to check out the link to your published work, so thanks for including it on your About page.

  5. Couldn’t sleep, so started to draft a new ;post for my blog, got a bit distracted and started clicking here and there as you do, when a few hours later, I arrived here.

    I have read a some of your posts and admire your style and humour. A light went on when I read your comment about memoir – like you I have always been able to tell stories about things that have happened (my Welsh grandmother was a story-telling genius) and people have been interested enough to urge me to write these memories down, I have written a few memoir posts but always felt as though I were cheating; writing from memory instead of being ‘writerly’ and making up a story.

    After reading this page it almost seems as though I have been waiting for someone to tell me it’s OK to be me and write, so I shall.
    I will also be following a fellow Lancastrian!

    Thank you


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