Story Corner

The Importance of Good Sex Education

I’m a 14 year old girl in an RE classroom in the roughest high school in the area. Apparently we have the highest teenage pregnancy rate in Europe; but I’ve heard that about most areas. I’m with the top set group as usual, so it’s assumed that we’ll be the …

How The Glass Castle Helped Me Deal With My Parent’s Alcoholism

Trigger warning: discussion of neglect, domestic violence and alcoholism – Film has the power to move you. It has an innate way to capture your dreams and fantasies, transporting you to a world beyond your own. Sometimes, it is reflects your own life, mirroring a part of you and helping …

Ed Sheeran May Have Got the Grammy, but Kesha’s My Winner

Trigger warning: suicide, mental illness, trauma, sexual assault and rape I’m not the first to write about Kesha and I sure as hell won’t be the last, but here’s the truth: Kesha saved my life. Last summer, after many long years dealing with complex PTSD that had never been diagnosed …

What’s it Like to Have a Dental Sedation?

Trigger Warning: Dental treatment, needles, blood and drugs (prescribed). — ‘It’s at the top, it’ll just twist out, no problem’ The shaking of my head is my way of saying ‘Sayeed, I appreciate your no-nonsense approach to my dental treatment, but there’s literally no f*cking way that’s going to happen.’ …

The Passenger

In October, The Nopebook ran its first ever Flash Fiction competition. We challenged writers to write a 2,000 spooky story for Halloween. Entries were shortlisted by The Nopebook’s Editorial team, and the winner was selected by  bestselling novelist Syd Moore. This is the winning entry, written by Barry Derbyshire — The …

An Alternative Halloween Ghost Story

Halloween 2011. I’ve agreed to go out-out and then it hits me that fancy dress will be compulsory. Throughout university fancy dress was almost every other week and I got tired of it so started to get silly with it. Beach party? I went as seaweed. Christmas party? In a …

Stop Making Me Relive My Sexual Assault

Trigger warning: Abuse, assault, rape, rape threats and alluding to Harvey Weinstein and the Twitter situation. — Friends, I’m exhausted. I’m emotionally exhausted from reliving my trauma every day on social media. I’m exhausted on behalf of all women and non binary folks that have to constantly share their stories …

How My Nipple Piercings Helped Me Learn to Love My Boobs

I was an early bloomer. When I was ten years old and already filling out a bra, my breasts felt like something that didn’t really belong to me. With boobs came a perceived maturity that I was forced to wear across my chest. I was still a child but the …