Hannah Kate

poet, short story writer and editor based in Manchester

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December 4, 2016

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 10 December, 2-4pm

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Join me on Saturday at 2pm on North Manchester FM for Hannah’s Bookshelf. This week, my guest will be the brilliant Nigel Barlow.

Nigel is the editor of About Manchester, a news and feature online magazine for Greater Manchester. He is also the author of Around Manchester: An Historical, Cultural and Social Journey Around Manchester and Salford.

Nigel has lived in East Manchester for fourteen years, deciding on a change of career in his forties from accountancy to writing and journalism. Around Manchester is his first book and he is currently working on a second. The book begins just a five minute walk from his house.

I’ll be chatting to Nigel about Around Manchester, and about some of his fascinating research into Manchester’s history. And, of course, he’ll be sharing his selections for Apocalypse Books.

Tune in on Saturday at 2pm on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) or listen online (if you’re further afield).

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November 27, 2016

Writers! Want to be a guest on Hannah’s Bookshelf?

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So… we’re entering the last leg of 2016… and I’m starting to put together the schedule for a new year of Hannah’s Bookshelf. I’d love to hear from you if you’d like to be on the show.

Writers, academics, publishers, editors, booksellers, librarians… I’d love to interview you for the show. In case you don’t know, Hannah’s Bookshelf is on every Saturday at 2-4pm on North Manchester FM. Among the wonderful writers I had on the show in 2016 were Ramsey Campbell, Emma Jane Unsworth, Gwyneth Jones, David Hartley and Matthew Frost of Manchester University Press. The archive of last year’s shows is here, and you can check out previous guests’ Apocalypse Books selections here. Fancy coming along and chatting about your own work? Email me via the contact form, tweet me, or send me a voicemail.

And don’t worry if you’re not in the North Manchester area (or even in the UK)… I’d still love to hear from you. We can always do a pre-recorded or remote interview. Drop me a line. 🙂

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November 27, 2016

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 3 December, 2-4pm

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Tune in to North Manchester FM on Saturday at 2pm for Hannah’s Bookshelf. This week, I’ll be joined in the studio by the fab Pete Kalu.

Pete is a novelist. He has sung opera in German, been detained in Calabar, Nigeria, busked near Islamabad, Pakistan and felled trees in Canada. Some of this is untrue. His young adult novels – Silent Striker, Being Me and Zombie XI – have been published recently by HopeRoad. His short story, ‘Getting Home (The Proofreader’s Sigh)’ can be found in the 2015 Peepal Tree short story collection, Closure. Among his other publications are the romantic comedy Diary of a Househusband and the science fiction novel Black Star Rising (both X Press). Until recently, he ran a carnival band, The Moko Jumbies. You can follow him on Twitter @peterkalu.

I’ll be talking to Pete about all his novels, and – as always – he’ll be sharing his selections for Apocalypse Books in the second hour of the show.

Catch us on Saturday at 2pm on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) or listen online (if you’re further afield).

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November 22, 2016

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 26 November, 2-4pm

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Tune in to North Manchester FM on Saturday at 2pm for Hannah’s Bookshelf. This week, my guest will be the lovely Kim Bannerman.

Kim lives on Vancouver Island, Canada, where she writes short stories, novels, and screenplays. Her stories have appeared in journals like Room of One’s Own and Parabola Magazine, and in anthologies like the groundbreaking Paraspheres (2006), 100 Stories for Queensland (2011) She’s Shameless (2009), Wolf-Girls (2012), Girl at the End of the World (2014), In the Company of Animals (2014), and In An Unknown Country (2016). She is the author of five novels: The Mark of the Magpie (2014), The Tattooed Wolf (2014), Bucket of Blood (2011), The Fire Song (2011), and The Wolf of Gilsbury Cross (2006). Kim and her husband Shawn Pigott run Fox&Bee Studio, an independent film company. You can follow Kim on Twitter at @kimbannerman.

I’ll be talking to Kim about her writing, her inspirations (particularly the way a sense of place inspires her writing) and (of course) wolves. Kim will also be sharing her selections for this week’s Apocalypse Books.

Catch us on Saturday at 2pm on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) or listen online (if you’re further afield).

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November 15, 2016

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 19 November, 2-4pm

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Tune in to North Manchester FM on Saturday at 2pm for Hannah’s Bookshelf. This week, I’ll be joined by the lovely Christopher and Keri-Ann Moriarty from Bunbury Magazine.

Bunbury Magazine is an arts and literature magazine, covering everything from writing in all forms and genres, to fine art, from music to stand up comedy and everything in between. Their ethos is ‘if you love it, we’ll love it’. They have had all kinds of submissions since they started and really enjoy seeing new faces come to them, as well as welcoming back regular contributors time after time. In the past, they have interviewed people such as Phil Jupitus (from Never Mind The Buzzcocks), Jasika Nicole (star of TV’s Fringe and from Welcome to Night Vale) and Michael R. Perry (writer of the film The Voices, which starred Ryan Reynolds). To date, they have released 14 issues and one anthology.

I’ll be chatting to Christopher and Keri-Ann about their work and about the magazine. And, of course, they’ll be sharing their selections on this week’s Apocalypse Books.

Join us at 2pm on Saturday on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) or listen online (if you’re further afield).

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November 8, 2016

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 12 November, 2-4pm

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Join me on Saturday at 2pm for Hannah’s Bookshelf on North Manchester FM. This week, my guest will be the fab Pete Slater.

Pete is an art college dropout from the seventies. An accidental poet, he has been writing for about six years now and has been performing for around five and a half – smitten since discovering performance poetry, something he didn’t know existed until he met two guys called The Nearly Dead Poets. Since then he has shared his words at various venues around the North West and beyond, collaborated with an old friend to perform spoken word with cigar box guitar as Muse ‘n’ Blues, and recorded a CD. He has also been working with Insyt Media to share and fuse poetry with young rappers, MCs and beatboxers.

I’ll be talking to Pete about his work – and about poetry in general. And, of course, he’ll be sharing his selections for Apocalypse Books in the second hour of the show.

Tune in on Saturday at 2pm on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) or listen online (if you’re further afield).

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November 8, 2016

Victorian Gothic Faust Penny Dreadful – OUT NOW

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Issue 1 of the Digital Periodicals edition of George Reynolds’s Faust is available now – and it only costs £1! The next issue will be out on Friday, but there’s still plenty of time to catch up with Issue 1 before then… and it’s pretty wild stuff too…

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The year is 1493, and a penniless young student has made a momentous bargain to save himself from the noose. He says he did it for love… but will the lure of power and vengeance be too great?

Elsewhere, another young man is summoned by the Vehm – a secret tribunal that takes the law into its own hands and conducts clandestine trials and punishments. What do they want with Charles Hamel? And does this have anything to do with Count Manfred’s dubious claim to Linsdorf Castle?

On top of all this, Manfred has attacked Rosenthal Castle! And Theresa has been abducted! Has she bought herself enough time? Or will the dastardly Manfred force her into marriage? And just why does that old portrait look so much like Theresa’s handmaiden?

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This is the first modern edition of the classic penny dreadful version of Faust, and it’s fully illustrated and compatible with all e-readers. Issues will be released fortnightly and are available exclusively from the publisher’s website. Check out the video trailer here:

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November 1, 2016

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 5 November, 2-4pm

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Tune in to North Manchester FM on Saturday at 2pm for Hannah’s Bookshelf. This week, I’ll be talking to the wonderful Stephen Morris (in another transatlantic interview).

Stephen has written for both popular and academic audiences. His novels, both historical and contemporary fantasy, incorporate authentic medieval and Renaissance occult beliefs and practices as well as local history and legends. Many of the books reintroduce obscure characters from folklore, reveal forgotten aspects of more commonly known folkloric characters, or explore the relationship between the occult and religion. With degrees in medieval history and theology from Yale and St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Academy, he is a former priest and has served as the Eastern Orthodox chaplain at Columbia University. His academic writing has dealt primarily with Late Antiquity and sexuality in Byzantine church life.

I’ll be talking to Stephen about his novels, his academic work and the folklore that inspires his work. And, of course, he’ll be sharing his selections for Apocalypse Books in the second hour of the show.

Catch the show on Saturday at 2pm on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) or listen online (if you’re further afield).

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October 28, 2016

PRESS RELEASE: Victorian Gothic Faust Penny Dreadful Launches at Halloween

On 28th October 2016, North Manchester-based micro-press Hic Dragones will launch a new edition of the 1847 penny dreadful FAUST. Written by best-selling Victorian author George Reynolds, this Gothic version of the Faust legend was serialized in the mid-nineteenth century in the penny papers. It tells the story of a man who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for power, vengeance and wealth, against the backdrop of secret tribunals and power struggles in medieval Europe.

This is the first modern edition of Reynolds’s FAUST, and the meticulously transcribed collection also features all of the original illustrations. The eBook serial will be published in 12 fortnightly instalments by Hic Dragones’ Victorian Gothic imprint Digital Periodicals, joining their catalogue of classic penny dreadful titles such as VARNEY THE VAMPIRE, THE MYSTERIES OF LONDON and WAGNER THE WEHR-WOLF.

Editor Hannah Kate says: ‘Many people will be familiar with the Faust legend from the versions written by Marlowe, Goethe or Mann. But this is the quintessential Victorian Gothic take on the story – full of scheming nobles, masked identities and daring escapades. It’s surprising that Reynolds’s FAUST fell into obscurity, as the author was one of Victorian London’s pulp fiction stars. This new edition will bring his work to a whole new audience.’

FAUST will be available in Kindle and ePub format at £1 per issue from the publisher’s website.

A video trailer is available to watch here:

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For further information, please contact Hannah Kate.

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October 25, 2016

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 29 October, 2-4pm

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Listen to North Manchester FM on Saturday at 2pm for the Hannah’s Bookshelf Halloween Special. This week, I’ll be joined in the spooky studio by the fangtastic Sorcha Ní Fhlaínn. You may remember that Sorcha appeared on the show way back in January 2015… well I’ve persuaded her to come back on the show for my Halloween edition.

Sorcha is a lecturer in Contemporary American Literature and Film Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University. As well as lecturing on a wide range of books and films, Sorcha has published articles on horror and the Gothic. She is the editor of The Worlds of Back to the Future: Critical Essays on the Films (published by McFarland in 2010) and Clive Barker: Dark Imaginer (coming 2017 from Manchester University Press), and is currently working on a book entitled Postmodern Vampires: Film, Fiction and Popular Culture.

Sorcha and I will be talking about our favourite creepy subjects (of course), but we’ll also be counting down the Top 5 stories in the 3 Minute Scares competition. In the second hour of the show, we will be revealing the winner – Greater Manchester’s Spookiest Wordsmith!

Tune in on Saturday at 2pm on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) or listen online (if you’re further afield).

Update: I did wear fancy dress on the show this week. Not ideal for radio, obviously. So, as promised, here’s a picture to prove it…

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