Hannah Kate

poet, short story writer and editor based in Manchester

May 23, 2019

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

Join me on Saturday at 2pm on North Manchester FM for another episode of Hannah’s Bookshelf. This week, my guest will be the fab Frank Burton.

Frank is the author of the novel One Hundred (2019), and the short story collection A History of Sarcasm (Dog Horn, 2009), with more books on the way. His short story, ‘The World’, was featured on BBC Radio 4’s Opening Lines programme in 2009. In 2010, he created the non-profit online publisher, Philistine Press, which has published over thirty eBooks by some amazing writers.

In 2017, Frank appeared on TV as part of BBC Ouch’s Storytelling Live at the Edinburgh Festival. He is also the presenter of music and comedy podcast, Ragbag.

I’ll be talking to Frank about One Hundred, and about his writing and work in general. And, of course, he’ll be sharing his selections for this week’s Apocalypse Books.

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).

May 13, 2019

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

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

Tim is a writer and editor from York. His love of speculative fiction is the product of a childhood diet of classic Doctor Who episodes and an early encounter with Triffids. Tim’s SF novel, Snakeskins, will be published by Titan Books in May 2019, followed by a short story collection, And the House Lights Dim. Tim’s earlier books include Machineries of Mercy, You Don’t Belong Here and a non-fiction book about the 1915 silent crime film, Les Vampires. His short stories have appeared in Interzone, Not One of Us, Shoreline of Infinity and numerous anthologies, including Best of British Science Fiction and The Best Horror of the Year. Tim is also co-editor of the British Fantasy Society’s fiction journal, BFS Horizons.

I’ll be talking to Tim about Snakeskins and And the House Lights Dim (as well as his other work) on Saturday’s show. And, of course, he’ll be sharing his selections for this week’s Apocalypse Books.

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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May 13, 2019

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

Join me on Tuesday at 12 for another Helping of History on North Manchester FM. This week, I’m asking the big question: where would you go if you had smallpox in early twentieth-century North Manchester?

As a few people might know… the answer is Drinkwater Park Hospital in Prestwich. Formerly a mansion house called Irwell House, and now a public park, Drinkwater Park was opened as an isolation hospital in the early 1900s. It was specifically intended for smallpox patients. The hospital (and the illness) are no longer with us, but the park remains.

On this week’s show, I’m going to take a look at the history of Drinkwater Park and Irwell House, from its construction for mill-owner Peter Drinkwater in the late eighteenth century to the strange story of the house’s demise in 1958. And some smallpox (and turnips) in between.

In addition to this journey around Drinkwater Park, I’ll be taking my usual look at Yesterday’s Papers.

Catch the show 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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May 6, 2019

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

Join me on North Manchester FM on Saturday at 2pm for another episode of Hannah’s Bookshelf. This week, my guest will be the fab Vered Ehsani.

Born in South Africa and raised in Canada, Vered has lived in Kenya since mid-2000. She’s been a writer since she could hold pen to paper (which is a lot longer than she cares to admit). She’s the creator of the world of Mrs Beatrice Knight and the Society for Paranormals, where African Myth meets Victorian Manners. The paranormal obviously plays a big role in these books, as do quirky humour, African mythology, colonial history and tea. Lots of tea. Society for Paranormals is a series concerning dead husbands, African legends and the search for a perfect spot of tea – though one reader has also described Mrs Knight as ‘Jane Austen meets Lara Croft’! Vered is also the author of a series of shapeshifter fantasy novels with the series title Paranormal Africa.

When Vered’s not writing or teaching wellness courses, she works as an environmental consultant.

I’ll be chatting to Vered about the Society for Paranormals and Paranormal Africa series, and about writing in general. And, of course, she’ll be sharing her selections for this week’s Apocalypse Books.

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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May 5, 2019

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

Join me on Tuesday at 12 on North Manchester FM for another Helping of History. This week, I’ll be talking to local historian Les Leggett about the former Crumpsall Wesleyan Methodist Cemetery, which was situated where the car park of the Cheetham Hill Tesco store now stands.

The supermarket has now been open for ten years. I’ll be talking to Les about the controversial decision to exhume 20,000 bodies from the closed cemetery on the Thomas Street site, and about the redevelopment of that part of the village. As well as being a local historian who regularly gives talks on the history of Crumpsall and Cheetham, Les grew up in a house adjacent to the cemetery and his father was a part time gravedigger there, and so he will also be sharing his personal memories of the cemetery.

As well as my interview with Les on this week’s show, I’ll also be taking my usual look through Yesterday’s Papers.

Catch the show 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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April 28, 2019

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

Join me on Saturday at 2pm for Hannah’s Bookshelf on North Manchester FM. This week my guest will be the wonderful Icy Sedgwick.

Icy Sedgwick is a writer based in the north east of England. She writes Gothic-tinged not-quite-YA fantasy novels and Gothic short stories. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s blogging about folklore, legends and the supernatural. Icy runs the Fabulous Folklore podcast to accompany her blog, bringing you slices of fab folklore in fifteen minutes (or less).

As well as publishing a number of novels, Icy has also had short stories included in a range of anthologies, including Suspended in Dusk, European Monsters, Short Stack, Masks and Bloody Parchment: The Root Cellar & Other Stories.

I’ll be talking to Icy about her novels, short stories and other writing. And, of course, she’ll be sharing her selections for this week’s Apocalypse Books.

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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April 28, 2019

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 30 April, 12-2pm

Join me on Tuesday at 12 on North Manchester FM for another Helping of History. This week, I’m going to be talking to Alex Cropper of Manchester Jewish Museum in Cheetham Hill, and finding out more about the past, present and future of the museum.

Manchester Jewish Museum is located in a former Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue on Cheetham Hill Road. It is the only UK Jewish Museum outside London and is housed in the oldest surviving synagogue building in Manchester, which was completed in 1874. The building is a beautiful example of Victorian architecture, executed in Moorish style. Particularly noteworthy are the splendid stained glass windows and the distinctive cast-iron fitments. The building has Grade II*-listed status.

With a compelling history to tell, the building needed a new purpose after the movement of the Jewish population away from the area, and in 1984 it re-opened as a museum. The museum now chronicles the lives of Jewish people in Manchester and their contribution to making the city what it is today. The former ladies’ gallery currently houses the museum’s permanent displays, in which the history of Manchester’s Jewish community is vividly brought to life. However, following a successful fundraising bid, the museum is now looking forward to a new chapter, with a major development project planned for the next couple of years.

I’ll be talking to Alex about the museum’s history, but also about the exciting plans for the future of the museum and its collection, on Tuesday’s show.

As well as my interview with Alex, I’ll also be taking my regular look through Yesterday’s Papers.

Catch the show 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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April 23, 2019

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 27 April, 2-4pm

Join me on Saturday at 2pm for another episode of Hannah’s Bookshelf on North Manchester FM. This week, my guest will be the brill Benjamin Guilfoyle – the Woolly Hat Poet.

Benjamin is a woolly hat wearing performance poet. His unique brand of wonderfully warm, woolly and often silly words has seen him headline poetry nights all across the North of England. His poetry covers all bases from ‘cinema eaters’ to the life teachings of Brian Blessed. In 2015 he self-published his first poetry pamphlet, Level Up, and is currently working on his first poetry collection, Please Insert Disk 2, which is due to be released at some point in 2019.

Benjamin loves nothing more than to perform his poetry to a live audience and in 2019 is taking his poetry on the road with ‘The Wandering Poet Tour’. The tour will be to raise money for the Lancaster Homeless Shelter and the Lancaster Children’s Library. Benjamin will walk from Lancaster to Brighouse performing poetry in twelve towns along the way with support from local poets and performers. As part of his other poetry projects in 2019, Benjamin is working with the Morecambe Exchange to make a short film from one of his poems all about pilates. He is also animating some poetry with the help of Cumbrian animator Hannah Fox.

I’ll be chatting to Benjamin about his writing, performance and tour on this week’s show. And, of course, he’ll be sharing his selections for this week’s Apocalypse Books.

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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April 22, 2019

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 23 April, 12-2pm

Join me on Tuesday at 12 for another Helping of History on North Manchester FM. As it’ll be St George’s Day on Tuesday, it seems only fitting that this week’s show will be reporting on this year’s Middleton Pace Egg play, which was performed on Easter Monday.

Pace Egg plays are an old Easter tradition, thought to be derived from the medieval mystery play tradition. Although the Pace Egg tradition largely died out during WWI, several places now stage a revived version… and Middleton is one of those places. Now in its 53rd year, the Middleton Pace Egg play tells the story of St George fighting the Turkish Champion in defence of the King of England. It isn’t historical accurate (or PC, to be honest), but the play follows the old Easter tradition of having St George killed, and then brought back from the dead by a rather eccentric doctor. The play is performed in (and, weather-permitting, out) of various pubs in Middleton, every Easter Monday.

I’ll be reporting on this year’s play, sharing some snippets of the action and song, and chatting to the cast about their roles in this very quirky Middleton tradition.

As well as this, I’ll also be taking my usual look through Yesterday’s Papers.

Catch the show 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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April 9, 2019

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 20 April, 2-4pm

Join me on Saturday at 2pm on North Manchester FM for another episode of Hannah’s Bookshelf. This week, my guest will be the brill B.L. Faulkner.

Crime writer B.L. Faulkner was born into a family of petty criminals in Herne Hill, South London, his father, uncle and elder brothers running with the notorious Richardson gang in the 60s-80s. He did not follow in that family tradition, although the characters he met and their escapades he witnessed have added a certain authenticity to his books. Faulkner attended the first ever comprehensive school in the UK, William Penn in Peckham and East Dulwich, where he attained no academic qualifications other than GCE O-levels in Art and English and a Prefect’s badge. His early writing career was as a copywriter with the major US advertising agency Erwin Wasey Ruthrauff & Ryan in Paddington, during which time he got lucky with some light entertainment scripts sent to the BBC and Independent Television and became a script editor and writer on a freelance basis. He worked on most of the LE shows of the 1980-90s and as personal writer to Bob Monkhouse, Tom O’Connor and others. During that period, while living out of a suitcase in UK hotels for a lot of the time, he filled many notebooks with DCS Palmer case plots.

In 2015, Faulkner finally found time to start putting the DCS Palmer plots in order and into book form. Seven are finished and published so far, with number 8 at the editors. As a crime writer, Faulkner is quite particular about ‘getting it right’, and he publishes a page called UK Crime Readers and Writers Page, which has much information about the forensic crime detection methods, police procedurals and other facts of use to both reader and writer of crime and detective books.

I’ll be talking to B.L. Faulkner about his writing, the DCS Palmer series, and about crime writing in general. And, of course, he’ll be sharing his selections for this week’s Apocalypse Books.

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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