Hannah Kate

poet, short story writer and editor based in Manchester

April 8, 2017

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 15 April, 2-4pm

Join me on Easter Saturday at 2pm on North Manchester FM for Hannah’s Bookshelf. This week, I’ll be talking to the brilliant Peter May, author of the award-winning Entry Island, the Lewis Trilogy, the China Thrillers and the Enzo files (among others).

Peter was born and raised in Scotland. He was an award-winning journalist at the age of twenty-one and a published novelist at twenty-six. When his first book was adapted as a major drama series for the BBC, he quit journalism and during the high-octane fifteen years that followed became one of Scotland’s most successful television dramatists. He created three primetime drama series, presided over two of the highest-rated serials in his homeland as script editor and producer, and worked on more than 1000 episodes of ratings-topping drama before deciding to leave television and return to his first love, writing novels.

He has won several literary awards in France, received the USA’s Barry Award for The Blackhouse, the first in his internationally bestselling Lewis Trilogy; and in 2014 Entry Island was awarded the ITV Specsavers Crime Thriller Book Club Best Read of the Year, as well as the Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year. Peter now lives in south-west France with his wife, writer Janice Hally.

I’ll be talking to Peter about his writing and research, including Cast Iron, the latest (and final) instalment in the Enzo Macleod series. And (as always) Peter will be sharing his 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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April 4, 2017

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 8 April, 2-4pm

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

Joyce lives in Singapore. Her fiction has appeared in The Apex Book of World SF II, We See A Different Frontier, Cranky Ladies of History, and Accessing The Future. Joyce also co-edited The Sea is Ours: Tales of Steampunk Southeast Asia with Jaymee Goh. She also writes under the name J. Damask.

I’ll be talking to Joyce about writing, steampunk fiction and (no doubt) werewolves. 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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March 26, 2017

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 1st April, 2-4pm

Tune in this Saturday at 2pm for Hannah’s Bookshelf on North Manchester 106.6FM. This week, my guest will be the fab Grace Timperley.

Grace is currently studying part-time at the University of Manchester for a PhD in medieval literature. Her project concentrates on lost heirs and disinheritance in the Middle English romance genre. In 2013, she began working for Manchester Cathedral, where she went on to find some links between the rich medieval fabric of the building and her University research. In 2017 Grace moved from the Cathedral to work in Communications for Dimensions, an organisation supporting people with Autism and Learning Disabilities. During her PhD studies she has also worked as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Manchester, introducing undergraduate students to Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

I’ll be talking to Grace about romance, her work at Manchester Cathedral and other medieval things. And, as always, 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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March 20, 2017

OUT NOW: Into the Woods (Hic Dragones, 2017)

A new collection of eighteen sinister sylvan tales, edited by Hannah Kate. Available in paperback and eBook.

“They were only trees, after all. Only trees.”

A magical place steeped in mysticism. A foreboding place of unspeakable terror. The forest is a place of secrets, a place of knowledge, a place of death, and a place of life. What resides within its shadows? Demons, fair folk, that man the adults warned you about… and the trees. The trees are everywhere. Is it safer to stay at home? Or are you ready to take a journey… into the woods.

Contents:

‘In the Dirt, Under the Trees’ by Megan Taylor
‘The Collectors’ by Jaki McCarrick
‘Forgotten Falls’ by Cameron Trost
‘The Crying Tree’ by Patrick Lacey
‘The Trees on Bundam Hill’ by Rachel Halsall
‘What’s Mine is Yours’ by Magda Knight
‘The Green Road’ by Tracy Fahey
‘Dear Hearts’ by Jessica George
‘In the Trees’ by Ramsey Campbell
‘Long Stay’ by S.A. Rennie
‘In the Hidden Hollow’ by Ross Smeltzer
‘Where You End and I Begin’ by Martin Cornwell
‘A Winter’s Tale’ by Nancy Schumann
‘Cord’ by Jan M. Flynn
‘Guests’ by James Tawton
‘Knotweed’ by Hannah Kate
‘St Erth’ by Tim Major
‘I Bury my Bones’ by Jane Bradley

For more information, or to buy a copy, please visit the Hic Dragones website.

March 17, 2017

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 25 March, 2-4pm

Tune in to North Manchester FM this Saturday at 2pm for Hannah’s Bookshelf. This week, my guest will be the brilliant Andrew Hook.

Andrew has had over 140 short stories and thirteen books published in the past twenty years, from crime to SF to horror to mainstream. His most recent publications are the novella, The Greens, a short story collection, Human Maps, and a non-fiction appraisal of Luis Bunuel’s 1962 surrealist movie, The Exterminating Angel.

Andrew and I will be talking about his work, and about slipstream and genre fiction. And, of course, he’ll be sharing his 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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March 11, 2017

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

Tune in on Saturday at 2pm for Hannah’s Bookshelf on North Manchester FM. This week, I’ll be chatting (transatlantically) to the lovely Jan M. Flynn.

Jan lives in California’s Napa Valley (and yes, she loves wine) with her husband Michael, an actor, and her dog Molly, a con artist. Jan is the author of Corpse Pose: And Other Tales, a collection of Twilight Zone-esque short stores, which was released on Amazon’s Kindle Select in January, 2017. Other work appears in literary journals including Midnight Circus, The Binnacle, and 2017’s Noyo River Review, as well as anthologies. ‘Cord’, a tale placed in an alternative, haunted American past, appears in Into The Woods. Her short stories have won both First Place and Honorable Mentions in Writer’s Digest annual competitions. Her debut novel The Moon Ran After Her is based on the experiences of women in her extended family who survived the Armenian Genocide, and she’s at work on another historical novel and more short stories.

I’ll be talking to Jan about speculative and historical fiction, her writing, and – very exciting – she’ll be reading a extract from her short story ‘Cord’. And, of course, Jan will be sharing her selections for this week’s Apocalypse Books.

Catch 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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March 5, 2017

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

Join me this Saturday at 2pm for Hannah’s Bookshelf on North Manchester FM. This week, my guest will be the brill Kiri Pritchard-McLean.

Welsh Comedian Kiri has been making something of a name for herself in the short time she’s being performing stand up comedy and has achieved further success as one quarter of multi-award winning sketch group Gein’s Family Giftshop (in capacity as writer/director). A unique and assured comic voice, Kiri is whip smart with material to match. An apprenticeship on the North West comedy scene equips Kiri with a presence beyond her years and the rare ability to be challenging in her material without alienating her audience.

I’ll be chatting to Kiri about her writing and performance work, and about comedy writing in general. 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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February 22, 2017

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

Join me on Saturday at 2pm on North Manchester FM for Hannah’s Bookshelf. This week, I’ll be talking to the wonderful Hugh Fraser.

Hugh is best known for playing Captain Hastings in Agatha Christie’s Poirot and the Duke of Wellington in Sharpe. His films include Patriot Games, 101 Dalmations, The Draughtsman’s Contract and Clint Eastwood’s Firefox. In the theatre he has appeared in Teeth’n’Smiles at the Royal Court and Wyndhams and in several roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

He has also narrated many of Agatha Christie’s novels as audio books. His novels Harm and Threat are published by Urbane Publications. You can follow Hugh on Twitter @realhughfraser.

I’ll be talking to Hugh about novels, acting and music on Saturday at 2pm. Catch us on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) or listen online (if you’re further afield).

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February 22, 2017

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 25 February, 2-4pm

Join me on Saturday at 2pm for Hannah’s Bookshelf on North Manchester FM. This week, my guests will be the wonderful Andrew Simpson and Peter Topping, authors of Manchester Pubs: The Stories Behind the Doors. (You may remember, I had a brief chat with Andrew and Peter as part of the North Manchester FM broadcast from this year’s Manchester Beer and Cider Festival.)

Andrew writes extensively on a range of historical subjects, contributing to various publications including a Canadian one, and produces a popular history blog about Chorlton-cum-Hardy (and more). His books include a study of rural Chorlton-cum-Hardy in the nineteenth century and a book on Manchester and the Great War, and he has been commissioned to write the history of a well known Manchester children’s charity.

Peter was born in Preston, the son of an engineering pattern maker and a sewing machinist. After spending four years at art college, he took up a job in Manchester, working in advertising. Peter went on to work at various ad agencies, until he decided to go freelance. Taking inspiration from the vivid colours of Burnley Artist Liam Spencer and the digital techniques of David Hockney, Peter decided to go back to his fine art roots and paint the rows of shops in Chorlton for what became his ‘Moment in Time’ series. It was at this time that his friendship with Andrew was rekindled and their working relationship was born.

Andrew and Peter have collaborated to produce a history of Didsbury, a book on Manchester Pubs and the story of an Elizabethan manor house, and they have just completed working on the history of Alexandra Park.

I’ll be talking to Andrew and Peter about their various collaborations, and about their interest in Manchester history (and Manchester pubs). And, of course, they’ll be sharing their 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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