Hannah Kate

poet, short story writer and editor based in Manchester

May 25, 2022

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

Join me on Saturday at 2pm on North Manchester FM for a Festival of Libraries Special Edition of Hannah’s Bookshelf. I’m going to be finding out more about what’s coming up in this exciting (and unique) festival, which is taking place next month.

The second Manchester City of Literature Festival of Libraries takes place across Greater Manchester from Wednesday 15th-Sunday 19th June. This year’s programme includes events for all ages, as well as talks, interviews, tours, creative projects and activities at local libraries across GM and Manchester’s heritage libraries. You can see the full programme of events on the Manchester City of Literature website.

On Saturday’s show, I’ll be talking to some of the people involved in the festival. I’ll be hearing from Jenny Martin from Wigan Libraries about Look for a Book, and from North Manchester’s very own Malandra Jacks about Little Libraries. I’ll also be joined by some of the artists and writers who are taking part in various events for the festival, including Abigail Reynolds and Vera Tymchyshym.

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).

May 25, 2022

North Manchester FM: The Festival Show, Friday 27 May, 4-5pm

Join me on Friday at 4pm for The Festival Show on North Manchester FM. This week’s episode will be taking a look at what’s been on at SICK! Festival and GM Walking Festival this week, and here’s what’s coming up on Friday…

MdZ Estate Tour… I’ll be taking a closer look at Jimmy Cauty’s MdZ Estate Tour installation, which was part of The Green at Sick! Festival until Sunday 22nd May.

A Social Walk: Rochdale Canal and Moston Brook… On Thursday 26th May, I joined uProjects and NEPHRA Good Neighbours for a social walk as part of the GM Walking Festival.

Rebel Dykes… I’ll be reviewing Rebel Dykes, a new documentary by Harri Shanahan and Siân A. Williams, which was screened at HOME  on Monday 23rd May as part of Sexuality Summer School, in partnership with SICK! Festival.

Category Mistake… I’ll be talking about Category Mistake, a performance lecture by artist mandla rae on Tuesday 24th May, part of Sexuality Summer School in partnership with SICK! Festival.

What’s On… I’ll be giving you a round-up of the final events on the SICK! Festival and GM Walking Festival, plus looking forward to some of the festivals coming up in Manchester next month.

Catch the show on Friday at 4pm on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) or listen online (if you’re further afield).

May 18, 2022

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 21 May, 2-4pm

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

Jeremy is a journalist and author. Born and raised in Kendal in the Lake District, he worked for more than 20 years on newspapers and magazines in the north west of England. One of the biggest stories he covered was the Lady in the Lake murder case in 1997. He now teaches multimedia journalism at Manchester Metropolitan University, and lives in Cheshire with his wife and two children.

The Jigsaw Murders: The True Story of the Ruxton Killings and the Birth of Modern Forensics is his first book. It is a case that has haunted him since childhood as he used to live near the murder scene.​ He is now writing his second book, about the life and killing of fashion king Ossie Clark.

I’ll be talking to Jeremy about The Jigsaw Murders, true crime, and his 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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May 18, 2022

North Manchester FM: The Festival Show, Friday 20 May, 4-5pm

Join me on Friday at 4pm for The Festival Show on North Manchester FM. This week’s episode will be taking a look at SICK! Festival, and here’s what’s coming up on Friday…

Soundpaths Boggart Hole Clough… I’ll be talking to the Boggart Hole Ramblers, a local walking group, about their involvement with the Soundpaths app for this year’s festival.

I Am by Allie Crewe… I’ll be heading to St Peter’s Square to see the I Am installation by photographer Allie Crewe and talking to Bev Craig, Leader of Manchester City Council, about the exhibition.

Unmasking Masculinity… I’ll be reviewing Unmasking Masculinity, a spoken word night at FC United on Wednesday 18th May, featuring CourtsWrites (Courtney Hayles), Dave Viney and Tony Curry.

The Green… I’ll be talking in a bit more detail about some of the things you can see on The Green (the festival’s hub on Moston Lane/Hemsley Street), which is open until 22nd May.

What’s On… I’ll be giving you a run-down of what’s on at the SICK! Festival and GM Walking Festival programmes for the coming week.

Catch the show on Friday at 4pm on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) or listen online (if you’re further afield).

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May 10, 2022

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 14 May, 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 Jonathan Franklin.

Young and idealistic Jonathan left rural Suffolk to work in Brazil. After a few years in an investment bank in Rio, he bought into land in the Amazon. He soon learned that beneath the colourful mosaic of races, religions and cultures was a strong undercurrent of greed, unprincipled politics and violent crime. Building a life in the Amazon, he became acutely aware of the plight of the indigenous people and the destruction of the Rain Forest. It led him to write his first work of fiction, Red Road Green, in the hope of raising awareness of an impending tragedy that will affect us all.

Jonathan’s first book, Two Owls at Eton, was described as a classic of wildlife writing. It went straight to the bestseller list and stayed there for several weeks. Republished in 2016, it was a bestseller all over again.

I’ll be talking to Jonathan about Red Road Green, his influences and his 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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May 10, 2022

North Manchester FM: The Festival Show, Friday 13 May, 4-5pm

Join me on Friday at 4pm for the first episode of The Festival Show, my new show on North Manchester FM. This week’s episode will be taking a look at SICK! Festival and the GM Walking Festival, and here’s what’s coming up on Friday…

SICK! Festival Launch… On Saturday 7th May, I was at the launch of SICK! Festival on The Green (the festival hub on Moston Lane). I’ll be speaking to some of the people who attended about what’s on offer at this year’s festival.

Boggart Hole Bonanza… On Sunday 8th May, SICK! Festival held the Boggart Hole Bonanza at Boggart Hole Clough. I was at the event, talking to some of the clubs and organizations taking part in the Bonanza.

An interview with Louise Robbins… I’ll be speaking to Louise about this year’s GM Walking Festival and the various walks taking place across Greater Manchester throughout May.

Heaton Park Off the Beaten Track… On Tuesday 10th May, I joined one of the walks on the GM Walking Festival programme this year. I’ll be sharing my experiences of Heaton Park Off the Beaten Track on the show.

What’s On… I’ll be giving you a run-down of what’s on at the SICK! Festival and GM Walking Festival programmes for the coming week.

Catch the show on Friday at 4pm 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:

May 7, 2022

The Festival Show: A New Weekly Show on North Manchester FM

I have some exciting news to share! A new show on North Manchester FM! Join me each Friday, 4-5pm, for The Festival Show.

The Festival Show is all about the upcoming arts and culture festivals that we can enjoy this summer in North Manchester (and beyond). I’ll be talking about SICK! Festival, the GM Walking Festival, the Festival of Libraries, Manchester Histories Festival, the Greater Manchester Fringe… and more. I’ll be sharing reviews of the performances and events I’ve seen, and I’ll be letting you know what festival events are coming up. There may even be the odd guest or two.

The Festival Show will be going out every Friday, 4-5pm, until August. You can catch the show on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area), online (if you’re further afield), or via your smart speakers. Keep an eye on this blog, or my Facebook page and Twitter feed, for info about what’s coming up on the show each week.

May 4, 2022

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 7 May, 2-4pm

Join me on Saturday at 2pm on North Manchester FM for more News, Reviews and Short Interviews on Hannah’s Bookshelf. Here’s what’s coming up on this week’s show…

A review of a book by Zena Barrie I’ll be talking about Your Friend Forever by Zena Barrie (out now from Unbound).

A review of new collection of short stories… I’ll be reviewing The Cuckoo Cage, a new anthology from Comma Press.

An interview with Judy Morris I first interviewed Judy back in December 2019, and she was most recently a guest on the 2022 Live Poetry Special. Judy was a teacher and headteacher before becoming a writer. Her two books Face in the Mirror, a poetry anthology and teachers’ guide to support young people’s mental health and wellbeing, are out now from ZunTold. And in case you’re interested, Judy’s Apocalypse Books selections were New Selected Poems by Ted Hughes, The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, and Not ‘Daffodils’ Again! Teaching Poetry 9-13.

And What Are You Reading?… the section of the show where I ask writers about the books they’re reading at the moment. This week I’ve got another selection of reviews and recommendations. And if you’re a writer who’d like to take part, check out this post with details of how to join in!

Plus… you can hear my round-up of news from the World of Words. If you’ve got a news story you’d like to share, please use the News Form to submit it to the show.

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 21, 2022

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 30 April, 2-4pm

Tune in to North Manchester FM on Saturday at 2pm for more Hannah’s Bookshelf. This week, my guest will be the fab Rob Hargreaves.

Rob is the author of Clem Beckett: Motorcycle Legend and War Hero, which is out now from Pen and Sword Press. Rob was born in Bury in 1945, between VE Day and VJ Day. He’s a graduate of the LSE and had an early career in journalism in Stockport, Bolton, Sheffield, Manchester, and for the Daily Express. He then studied for a part-time law degree in the 1980s and practised as solicitor in Manchester.

Rob previously published Beyond Peterloo: Elijah Dixon and Manchester’s Forgotten Reformers, with co-author Alan Hampson, echoing the theme of forgotten working class heroes (and which I interviewed Rob and Alan about in 2018 for A Helping of History on North Manchester FM). His interest in the Spanish Civil War was sparked by Hugh Thomas’s classic book, which he received as a school prize. His new book on Clem Beckett was ten years in the making, and was triggered by coming upon a local authority ‘local interest’ sign on Glodwick Lows while out cycling.

I’ll be talking to Rob about the new book, Clem Beckett, and about Rob’s continuing interest in working class heroes. 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 20, 2022

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 23 April, 2-4pm

Join me on Saturday at 2pm for more Hannah’s Bookshelf on North Manchester FM, when my guest will be the brill Brett Gregory.

Despite being raised on working class council estate in the Midlands throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Brett completed his A-Levels to then study a BA (Hons) in Writing and Literature at the University of Derby, an MA in English Literature at the University of Sheffield and a PGCE in Further and Higher Education at the University of Huddersfield. While teaching Film Studies, Cultural Studies and Media Production throughout Manchester and Salford during the 2000s, he wrote, directed and produced the music documentaries, Iceland: Beyond Sigur Ros (2010), Manchester: Beyond Oasis (2012) and Liverpool: Beyond The Beatles (2014), as well as various music videos, commercial promos and short dramas.

Nobody Loves You and You Don’t Deserve to Exist (2022) is Brett’s debut feature film. As a contagion befalls Great Britain, and millions reflect upon the meaning of their lives, a grieving English teacher attempts to recover fragments of his shattered self as a boy, as a youth and as a man amidst the cathedrals, canals and crevices of Greater Manchester.

I’ll be talking to Brett about Nobody Loves You and You Don’t Deserve to Exist, and about his film-making work generally. 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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