Hannah Kate

poet, short story writer and editor based in Manchester

November 15, 2017

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 18 November, 2-4pm

Join me on Saturday at 2pm on North Manchester FM for this week’s Hannah’s Bookshelf. Saturday’s guest will be the lovely Harriet Goodchild.

Harriet was born in Glasgow and lives in Edinburgh. She travelled between them the long way round, via New England and middle England, and along the way she studied flies and silkmoths and plants that glow in the dark. Her background in science (BSc in Zoology and PhD in Chronobiology) is why she writes fantasy: it allows her to make stuff up and indulge her love of folk songs. She is the author of two novels, After the Ruin and The Crooked Path, both published by Hadley Rille Books.

I’ll be talking the Harriet about her novels, and about the relationship between science and fantasy. And, of course, she’ll be sharing her selections for this week’s 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 14, 2017

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 14 November, 12-2pm

Join me on Tuesday at 12 on North Manchester FM for another Helping of History.

On this week’s show, I’m going to be talking about a fascinating story that begins in the East End of London, takes in Canada and China, before ending in North Manchester. Do you know the story behind the grave of ‘Ma Kun’ in Blackley Jewish Cemetery? Find out more on the show!

And, as always, I’ll be reading Yesterday’s Papers, and you can pit your wits against the Who Am I? quiz – just how well do you know North Manchester’s iconic buildings? I’ll also be sharing another instalment of The Heaton Park Mystery, a baffling and tragic real-life case from 1883.

Tune in on Tuesday at 12 on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) or listen online (if you’re further afield).

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November 5, 2017

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 11 November, 2-4pm

Tune in to North Manchester FM on Saturday at 2pm for Hannah’s Bookshelf. This week, I’ll be talking to the brill Inés G. Labarta.

Inés is a nomad writer and illustrator. She has lived in Spain, Ireland, Scotland and is currently established in England, where she is working on a Creative Writing PhD at Lancaster University. Her publications include a trilogy of novels, Los Pentasónicos (Edebé, 2008-2010) and the novellas McTavish Manor (Holland House, 2016) and Kabuki (Dairea, 2017). Her art can be found at worderlust.wordpress.com. She loves hiking, apples, Japan and the Highlands.

I’ll be talking to Inés about her writing, illustration and PhD work. And, of course, she’ll 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 4, 2017

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 7 November, 12-2pm

Tune in on Tuesday at 12 for another Helping of History on North Manchester FM. This week, I’m going to be talking about Middleton’s Hopwood Hall with the fab Hopwood DePree.

Hopwood DePree was raised in the United States where he graduated from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He began his career as an independent filmmaker, winning awards and critical acclaim. He has worked with top Hollywood studios and production companies, and has financed and produced projects in collaboration with multiple Academy Award winning and nominated artists. Hopwood consults on entertainment and media ventures for celebrities and brands and has been recognized for his accomplishments by CNN, BBC, Wall Street Journal, Variety, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Sun-Times, The Washington Post, and The Telegraph among others. But now, he’s in Middleton, helping to rescue the Grade II*-listed Hopwood Hall (his ancestral home) from years of neglect. Hopwood has pledged both passion and resources to help preserve the building and its estate.

As well as my interview with Hopwood, Tuesday’s show will a new instalment of The Heaton Park Mystery – the baffling real-life case from 1883 – and I’ll be reading Yesterday’s Papers. And, of course, you’ll be able to pit your wits against the Who Am I? quiz – just how well do you know North Manchester’s buildings?

If you’ve got a question or a comment about Hopwood Hall, or if you think you’ve got the answer to the quiz, don’t forget to text the studio on 07555 461066 or tweet me @HannahKateish.

Catch A Helping of History on Tuesday at 12 on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) or listen online (if you’re further afield).

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November 2, 2017

3 Minute Santas – Festive Flash Fiction Wanted

In response to some comments on my 3 Minute Scares competition for Hannah’s Bookshelf on North Manchester FM, I’ve decided to do something a bit different at Christmas this year. Say hello to… 3 Minute Santas!

I’m looking for recordings of festive (not necessarily Christmas) stories for inclusion on my radio show on Saturday 16th December – but they can only be 3 minutes long! Stories are welcome from anywhere in the world, and in any genre. A selection of 3 Minute Santas will be broadcast on the show on 106.6FM (in the North Manchester area) and on digital (for the rest of the world) – and don’t worry, there’s a ‘listen again’ feature just in case you’re in a different time zone!

3 Minute Santas isn’t a competition, but a call for submissions. It’s open to anyone, and the more the merrier! For details of how to submit a story, just click here. The deadline is Sunday 3rd December.

And please do share this info with anyone you think might be interested!

October 31, 2017

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

Join me on Saturday at 2pm on North Manchester FM for this week’s Hannah’s Bookshelf. I’ll be welcoming back the lovely Paul Morris, and also talking to Emily Graham and Macey Wareing, two of the winners of the Portico Library’s Sadie Massey Awards.

The Portico Sadie Massey Awards organise reading and writing competitions for young people aged 8 – 18. Students can either enter a review on a book of their choice or a piece of creative writing set in the North of England. The competition is organised by The Portico Library, an amazing historic library in Manchester City Centre. This year’s winners not only received book tokens and author visits to their schools, but they also had their entry published in a book called Time Travellers and the Crystal Dome: Stories from The Portico Library. This book is published by Stockport’s Seven Arches Publishing and has four fantastic stories about time travelling kids who go back to the past to encounter famous historical figures.

Paul is the author of the children’s book, Time Traveller Danny and the Codebreaker, a time travel adventure that takes Danny Higgins into the secret world of Bletchley Park during World War II, where he meets Alan Turing. The book is part of the Time Traveller series published Seven Arches. Paul is one of the authors of Time Travellers and the Crystal Dome.

Emily is 18 years old and has just left Bolton School for Girls. In her last year she composed a special homage to her home town Bolton, which won her the top writing prize in the awards this year. Macey Wareing attends Oak Tree Primary school and she is 9 years old. She wrote a fantastic review of Chris Riddell’s Ottoline and the Yellow Cat that caught the attention of the judges.

We’ll be talking about the Portico Library, the Sadie Massey Awards, and hearing about the girls’ fantastic winning submissions. We may even have a few new Apocalypse Books selections to talk about…

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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October 30, 2017

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 31 October, 12-2pm

Tune in on Tuesday at 12 for A Helping of History on North Manchester FM. This week, it’s my Halloween Special!

I’ll be talking about (possibly) the most haunted area of North Manchester, which I’m nicknaming Creepy Corner. I’ll also be revisiting a very different Halloween when I read Yesterday’s Papers, as this week’s newspaper is from 31st October 1939. And, of course, we’ll be having the third instalment of The Heaton Park Mystery, a baffling real-life mystery that took place in 1883, and you can pit your wits against the Who Am I? quiz – just how well do you know North Manchester’s landmarks?

Do you have any spooooooky tales of North Manchester to share? Or any memories of Halloweens past that you’d like to tell? I’d love to hear from you! Text the studio on 07555 461066 or tweet me @HannahKateish.

All this, plus some vintage Halloween music, is coming up on Tuesday at 12. Catch A Helping of History on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) or listen online (if you’re further afield).

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October 26, 2017

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 28 October, 2-4pm

Join me on Saturday at 2pm on North Manchester FM for this year’s Hannah’s Bookshelf Halloween Special.

I’ll be telling a few spooky North Manchester stories, and counting down the winners of this year’s 3 Minute Scares competition – before revealing the identity of Greater Manchester’s Spookiest Wordsmith. We’ll also be treated to a bit of creepy fiction from the fantastic Simon Bestwick (one of the judges of this year’s competition).

For all this and more Halloween spookiness, 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: As is now tradition, I hosted the show in Halloween costume.

And yes, the lights really did go out in the studio while I was broadcasting. It was truly unsettling!

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October 24, 2017

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 24 October, 12-2pm

Join me on Tuesday at 12 on North Manchester FM for A Helping of History – my local history show.

Last week’s show was all about the Blackley and Crumpsall dyeworks, the Delaunays and the Borelles. This week I’m going to be talking about another famous North Manchester family and telling the story of why composer Frederic Chopin once came to stay in Crumpsall. If you’ve got a story or a memory about North Manchester, I’d love to hear from you! Text the studio on 07555 461066 or tweet me @HannahKateish.

Also on this week’s show, I’ll be reading Yesterday’s Papers, and you can play along with this week’s Who Am I? quiz – just how well do you know North Manchester’s buildings? And stay tuned for the second installment of ‘The Heaton Park Mystery’, a baffling real-life mystery that took place in 1883.

Tune in on Tuesday at 12 on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) or listen online (if you’re further afield).

Missed the show? You can listen again here:

October 17, 2017

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 17 October, 12-2pm

Join me on Tuesday at 12 on North Manchester FM for A Helping of History – my new local history show.

Last week’s show ended up being focused on parks (particularly Boggart Hole Clough and Heaton Park), so this week I’m going look at a different aspect of our area’s history: dyeworks. I’ll be talking Turkey Red, the Delaunays and the Borelles. If you’ve got a story or a memory about the Blackley and Crumpsall dyeworks, I’d love to hear from you! Text the studio on 07555 461066 or tweet me @HannahKateish.

Also on this week’s show, I’ll be reading Yesterday’s Papers, and you can play along with this week’s Who Am I? quiz – just how well do you know North Manchester’s buildings? This week, you can also enjoy the first installment of ‘The Heaton Park Mystery’, a baffling real-life mystery that took place in 1883.

Tune in on Tuesday at 12 on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) or listen online (if you’re further afield).

Missed this week’s show? You can catch it again here: