Hannah Kate

poet, short story writer and editor based in Manchester

May 6, 2017

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 13 May, 2-4pm

Join me this Saturday at 2pm for more Hannah’s Bookshelf on North Manchester FM. This week, I’ll be welcoming the lovely J.M. Sullivan to the show.

J.M. (aka Julie) is the author of Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles. Her debut has been hailed as a dark fantasy version of Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland with an undead twist. When she isn’t busy spinning fairy tales, you’ll find her on Twitter, where she is the host of the monthly writing game, #AuthorConfession.

I’ll be chatting to Julie about her debut novel, Alice, and the joys of Twitter writing games (amongst other things). And, of course, she’ll be sharing her selections for this week’s Apocalypse Books.

Tune in 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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May 1, 2017

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 6 May, 2-4pm

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

Gareth is an award-winning author from Bristol. His alternate history thriller, Ack-Ack Macaque, won the 2013 BSFA Award for Best Novel, spawned two sequels, and was shortlisted in the Best Translated Novel category for the 2016 Seiun Awards in Japan. His short fiction has appeared in a host of magazines and anthologies, including Interzone, Solaris Rising 3, and The Year’s Best Science Fiction, and his story ‘Ride The Blue Horse’ made the shortlist for the 2015 BSFA Award. Gareth is currently working on a new trilogy for Titan Books. The first volume, Embers Of War, will be published in Feb 2018 and followed by two sequels, Fleet Of Knives and Light Of Impossible Stars. He can be found on Twitter via @garethlpowell.

I’ll be chatting to Gareth about alternate histories, writing speculative fiction and (obviously) the wonderful Ack-Ack Macaque series. And, as always, he’ll be sharing his selections for this week’s Apocalypse Books.

Join 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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April 26, 2017

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

Tune in to North Manchester FM on Saturday at 2pm for Hannah’s Bookshelf. This week I’ll be talking to the fab Krystian Kowalczuk (aka C.K. Smithson) and Gareth Sullivan, the author and illustrator of the Boggarts of Boggart Hole Clough books.

Born in Harpurhey in 1970 when the world smelled of boiling cabbage and mince, Krystian always knew he was different. For one thing, he would refer to himself in the third person whenever he was asked to write about himself (a trait he still adopts to this day). Although he moved to Darnhill (a brick built refugee camp for Mancunians whose houses were knocked down by progress), he often returned to the area of his birth and would visit Boggart Hole Clough, a park nearby. In adult life Krystian created numerous TV scripts that he sent off to the BBC to be rejected whilst working in his dream job moving boxes around large warehouses to be loaded onto trucks. He also wrote songs and poems that he would recite to family members, who constantly asked him to shut up so they could watch Coronation St. Undeterred, the plucky Mancunian ignored their derision and at the tender age of 46 he penned the first of the Boggarts of Boggart Hole Clough books. Taking him back to his North Manchester roots, the books relate to a boggart community he created with his cousin whilst consuming beer and reminiscing about old times. Krystian now resides in Norden with his four children, wife and a dog. The latter being the only one who loves him unconditionally.

Gareth was born in Manchester but is now an established resident of monkey town, Heywood. He’s been interested in art, and particularly drawing, ever since he could hold a pencil. He’s self taught in the art of drawing and painting, and his main influences and inspiration for his characters are 1980s children’s TV shows such as Danger Mouse and Trap Door. He is also influenced by his surroundings and time spent in Boggart Hole Clough as a child, when the Clough allowed his imagination to run free. Gareth is a serving police officer of fifteen years, and at one point he worked in the Blackley and Charlestown area and was often called to the Clough for reasons other than the recent book signings and Boggart Trail. Gareth is keen on supporting local initiatives and inspiring young minds, hence his involvement with the once sleeping giant Boggart Hole Clough.

I’ll be talking to Krystian and Gareth about the Boggarts, the Clough and our own bit of North Manchester folklore. And, of course, they’ll be sharing their 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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April 21, 2017

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 22 April, 2-4pm

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

Alisha is a 16-year-old freelance poet, who was born and raised in Manchester. She uses writing as a way for her to improve her wellbeing and to manage her feelings. Writing about her personal experiences in a creative way has helped her tackle challenges and gives her a better understanding of what she’s going through. Alisha is also the project manager of Open Minds but Silent Sounds, a creative project for young people who are experiencing mental health difficulties.

I’ll be talking to Alisha about poetry and creativity, as well as her inspiring Open Minds but Silent Sounds project. 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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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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