Real Life Stories

Dec. 16, 2020, 12:20 p.m.

This collection of thought-provoking essays on death, dying, bereavement and legacy serve to remind us that each experience is different, yet we are not alone.

Real Life Stories, is part of the huunuu virtual literary festival, set to be held in February 2021. 

We have decided to hold the literary festival about death, dying, bereavement and loss as we believe it's important to talk about these difficult subjects and the emotions that arise.

Words can be helpful, they can help us to understand our part in events that can seem out of our control. We wanted to pull this together into a different sort of literary festival, which we hope helps people to start thinking about their mortality, think about their place in the world and support those that are experiencing loss.

We hope that by curating these real life stories we can bring support to those reading them. We all have messy big emotions that can be hard to navigate. By sharing, we can begin to understand that we are in this thing called life (and death) together.

These stories and more will be curated into a collection after the festival, which we hope to share with a wider audience.

We have four inspiring stories already, which the writers have been kind enough to share to get us going.

You can read those by clicking here

It can be a challenging and emotional experience to write about events from your own life. ​So, please be sure that you are comfortable with sharing and be aware that these may reach a wide audience.

If you'd like to contribute to our collection, please email: with Real Life Stories in the subject header. We are ideally looking at a piece of 800 words long up to 2000. If you would like some further guidance before submitting, please ask us at the email address above.

If you've been affected by any of the existing stories and would like to access grief support, we can recommend:



Grief Chat

The Samaritans

Further information about our different literary festival coming in the New Year.

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