Hannah Kate

poet, short story writer and editor based in Manchester

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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February 10, 2017

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

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

Lee was born in Kingston-Upon-Hull, the global capital of culture. There, fantastical stories and daft thoughts helped him hide from real life to survive the 80s and 90s, until Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom inspired him to study Religion at Lancaster University. This blew his mind. He negotiated his return to Hull with some short stories that were published by Route – before returning to his fantasy master-plan to write The Bastard Wonderland, a genre-wrestling fantasy which he describes as a ‘kitchen sink epic’. He currently lives in Hull with his family, where he works in libraries, and as a writer-in-residence for St Mary’s College as part of the First Story charity. He is also trying to write more books, and has no spare time.

We’ll be chatting about Lee’s writing and his acclaimed novel (and maybe a little bit about Hull too!). And, of course, he’ll be sharing his selections on 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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February 10, 2017

Into the Woods Launch Party

Come and join us at the launch party for Into the Woods, a new collection of short stories from Hic Dragones.

Friday 17th March 2017, 7-9pm
International Anthony Burgess Foundation
3 Cambridge Street
Manchester M1
FREE EVENT

Into the Woods – eighteen sinister sylvan tales

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.

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

Join us at the launch party on Friday 17th March. Readings by: Ramsey Campbell, Tracy Fahey, Jane Bradley, Magda Knight, Martin Cornwell, Hannah Kate, Megan Taylor and Nancy Schumann

Free wine reception, giveaways and launch discount on the book.

February 5, 2017

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

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

Brian hails from Walla Walla, Washington. After receiving a degree in creative writing from Eastern Washington University, he moved abroad to teach English in the Czech Republic, London, and Manchester, UK. Upon moving back to the States, he published his first novel, Bad Publicity, through the now-defunct Porfirio Press. His essays on pop culture have been posted on ComicBookMedia.com and in Vex Mosaic, and his short fiction has been published in various websites, anthologies, and been read aloud on the Drabblecast. You can follow him on Twitter @BrianCBaer.

I’ll be talking to Brian about his writing and pop culture, and, of course, he’ll be sharing his selections for this week’s Apocalypse Books.

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

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January 24, 2017

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

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

Jamie Ryder is a short story writer and freelance copywriter from Manchester. His short stories and poetry have appeared in Fireborn Publishing, New Realm Magazine, shortstorysunday.com and Inkposts. He runs the pop culture website The Comic Vault and animal protection website Wings And Wild Hearts.

I’ll be talking to Jamie about writing, pop culture and short stories. 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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January 24, 2017

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

Join me this Saturday at 2pm on North Manchester FM for Hannah’s Bookshelf. This week my guest will be the lovely Alrene Hughes.

Alrene grew up in Belfast, but she has lived all her adult life in Manchester. She taught English for twenty years and now writes full time. A founder member of the Manchester Irish Writers, she wrote poetry and short stories for many years before deciding that what she really wanted to do was write a novel.

She is a family saga/historical romance writer. Her WW2 trilogy – Martha’s Girls, The Golden Sisters, and A Song in My Heart – is set in Belfast and focuses on the lives of one family as they experience the hardships, tragedy and romance of war time. She is currently writing a family saga set in WW2 Manchester.

I’ll be chatting to Alrene about her trilogy, and about writing in general. 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).

Missed the show? You can catch it again here: