Hannah Kate

poet, short story writer and editor based in Manchester

March 5, 2021

Clayton Hall: More Writing Prompts (Week 1)

Due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis and lockdown restrictions, Clayton Hall is still closed to the public. You may remember that last May, as the Hall’s writer-in-residence, I put together some short writing exercises inspired by the Hall and the things you can find there. This month, I’ve created a second set of exercises, which were shared on the Hall’s social media each day this week. Here they all are in one place for you!

March 3, 2021

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 6 March, 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 novel by Jonathan Young and Dennis HoughtonI’ll be talking about Key to Yesterday, a new novel (partly set in Manchester) by local authors Jonathan Young and Dennis Houghton.

An interview with Lucy Hounsom I first interviewed Lucy in August 2017. She is the author of The Worldmaker Trilogy, and her first book, Starborn, was shortlisted in the 2016 Gemmell Awards for Best Fantasy Debut. Her fourth book, Sistersong, a reimagining of the folk tale ‘The Twa Sisters’ is set in Devon and is published by Pan Macmillan in 2021. And in case you were wondering, Lucy’s Apocalypse Books selections were The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, and Middlemarch by George Eliot.

A review of a new book by Ramsey CampbellI’ll be reviewing The Searching Dead, a new novel by horror legend Ramsey Campbell (out now from Flame Tree Press).

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 on 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. For review requests, please get in touch via the Contact Form.

Catch Hannah’s Bookshelf 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 24, 2021

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

Tune in this Saturday at 2pm for another episode of Hannah’s Bookshelf on North Manchester FM. This week, I’ll be talking to the brill Diarmid MacArthur.

Hailing originally from Campbeltown, Diarmid has, for the past twenty years, lived just outside the West Renfrewshire village of Lochwinnoch, where he and his family row on Castle Semple loch (weather permitting, of course). Optician by day, he has played guitar and keyboards in a variety of bands, although stardom has, alas, remained elusive! However, for much of his adult life he has dabbled in writing. Diarmid’s first novel was started in 2016 and self-published in 2017. Archie Bluesky told the unusual tale of Archie Blue, a troubled (aren’t they all…) West of Scotland Detective Inspector who, in the course of his duty, becomes embroiled in a somewhat ‘love/hate’ relationship with alien Kharalaya 7 Calfarr as they search for a deadly weapon, deposited on Earth many years previously. The sequel, Keeper of Souls, was released in 2018 and the third, The Man from Hoomp, was well underway when he was approached by his publisher, Lesley Affrossman at Sparsile Books, to become their crime author.

Drown for your Sins, the first in the DCI Grant McVicar crime series, was launched in Waterstones Byres Road, in October 2019. The second in the series, Dress for Death, was due for release in 2020 but, for rather obvious reasons, this was postponed. It is now due for release in April 2021. Diarmid has finished the third in the DCI McVicar series, Link to a Kill, and is currently working on a different project.

I’ll be talking to Diarmid about his novels, the DCI McVicar 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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February 23, 2021

Performers Wanted for (Not Quite) Live Poetry Special 2021

Want to perform your poetry on the radio?

The annual Hannah’s Bookshelf Live Poetry Special is back! (But not quite live…)

On Saturday 3rd April, Hannah’s Bookshelf on North Manchester FM will be hosting its annual (Not Quite) Live Poetry Special. And once again, I’d like to invite poets and spoken word performers to get involved and perform their work on the show.

Due to COVID restrictions, it’s still not possible to invite performers into the studio, so I’ll be asking poets to pre-record their performance with me prior to the broadcast. The good news is that means we can invite poets from anywhere in the world to perform, as geography isn’t a barrier!

Whether you’re a veteran performer or new to reading your work, I’d love to hear from you. Drop me a line via the Contact page, tweet me or message me on Facebook if you’d like to perform or would like more information about how to take part. Slots are limited, and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

The Hannah’s Bookshelf (Not Quite) Live Poetry Special will be going out on North Manchester FM on Saturday 3rd April at 2-4pm. It will be broadcast on 106.6FM (in the North Manchester area) and online (for the rest of the world). Performance slots are 6 minutes long.

February 17, 2021

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

Join me on Saturday at 2pm on North Manchester FM for another episode of Hannah’s Bookshelf. This week, I’ll be welcoming the brill Katherine Horrex to the virtual studio.

Katherine was born in Liverpool, grew up in Hull, and lives in Manchester. Her poems have appeared in the Forward Prizes 2021 anthology, the Times Literary Supplement, Morning Star, Poetry London, Poetry Salzburg Review, and others. Her first collection Growlery is published by Carcanet. Katherine currently works as a tutor and teaching assistant in Manchester.

I’ll be talking to Katherine about her new collection, her writing and influences, and about poetry more generally. 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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February 10, 2021

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

Tune in this Saturday at 2pm for another episode of Hannah’s Bookshelf on North Manchester FM. This week, I’ll be talking to the fabulous Julian Edge, who you may recall was a contributor to both 3 Minute Scares and 3 Minute Santas last year.

Julian is from Stoke-on-Trent, but that’s another story. He worked around the world as English language teacher and teacher educator, moving to Manchester in 2005, first to take up a post at Manchester University and later working as a counsellor for Age UK. He has published a number of books and articles on professional and personal development and two novels, Satisfaction in Times of Anger (2017) and Blindsided (2020). He is excited by storytelling and experiencing the creative processes involved, especially through working with others in writers’ groups.

I’ll be talking to Julian about his novels, and about storytelling and 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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February 3, 2021

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

Join me on Saturday at 2pm on North Manchester FM for another episode of Hannah’s Bookshelf. This week, I’ll be welcoming the fab Beverley Butcher to the show.

Beverley was born and raised in rural Lincolnshire, descended from generations of tenant farmers and agricultural workers. She left school in the 80s with no qualifications, then went to the local tech college to pursue her love of reading and literature, eventually moving to Manchester and graduating with a degree in English Language & Literature. After working in dozens of temporary jobs (road crew, courier, review writer, bar manager, librarian) she began working in the NHS as a mental health support worker. She trained as a nurse and has worked in frontline mental health care for over 20 years.

In January 2020 she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent treatment during the Covid pandemic lockdown. Based on her experience of cancer treatment and the transition from nurse to patient, she wrote the piece ‘Sisterhood of Broken Dolls’, which is one of eight pieces chosen to feature in the new anthology of speculative fiction on the subject of chronic illness and ‘misbehaving bodies’, Disturbing the Body, which was published by Boudicca Press in January. Beverley has previously published short stories and is now working on a longer piece, a folk horror novel set in Lincolnshire.’

I’ll be talking to Beverley about her writing, experiences and influences. 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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January 27, 2021

North Manchester: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 30 January, 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…

An interview with Rachel Mann I first interviewed Rachel in November 2019. Rachel is an Anglican Priest, poet, writer and broadcaster based in South Manchester. Her previous books include Fierce Imaginings, which was shortlisted for the 2019 Michael Ramsey Prize for theological writing, the bestselling Lent course From Now On, and her memoir Dazzling Darkness. She is also a visiting Teaching Fellow at the Manchester Writing School, Manchester Metropolitan University. And in case you’re curious, Rachel’s Apocalypse Books selections were Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers, A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell, and Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel.

A review of a poetry collection by Hallie Fletcher… I’ll be talking about Love, Sex and Death, a collection of poetry by North Manchester writer Hallie Fletcher.

A review of a novel by Bonné Bartron I’ll be reviewing Whispers, Bartron’s debut thriller, which came out last year.

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 on 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. For review requests, please get in touch via the Contact Form.

Catch Hannah’s Bookshelf 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:

January 20, 2021

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

Join me on Saturday at 2pm on North Manchester FM for another episode of Hannah’s Bookshelf. This week, I’ll be welcoming the brill Andy Redsmith to the show.

Andy is the author of the Inspector Paris fantasy-crime-comedy novels. His debut novel Breaking the Lore was published by Canelo in April 2019. The follow-up Know your Rites was published in July 2019.

Andy was born in Liverpool and grew up in Runcorn. For university he moved the enormous distance to Salford and has lived in Manchester ever since. He says the people there are great, but we don’t talk about football. He worked for many years as a project manager in the computing industry, a job which really is every bit as exciting as it sounds. Eventually the call of writing became too hard to ignore and he went off to do that instead. Over the years in IT he worked with some very clever people and some complete weirdos, none of whom bear any resemblance to the characters in his books. Honest. He has a wonderful wife, a great son, and a loft full of old Marvel comics. One day he’ll get round to selling them. That’s the comics, not the family.

I’ll be talking to Andy about the Inspector Paris novels and about his own particular blend of fantasy-crime-comedy fiction. And, of course, Andy will 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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January 13, 2021

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 16 January, 2-4pm

Join me on Saturday at 2pm for another episode of Hannah’s Bookshelf on North Manchester FM. And I’m delighted to be welcoming a brand new guest to the show! This week, I’ll be talking to the brill Anthony Briscoe.

Anthony is a performance poet and socially-engaged artist from Blackpool, currently living in Manchester. His poetry ranges from socio-political commentary, space, advertisements replacing love, and even clown funerals. Anthony likes to mix the serious and the silly to discuss meaningful issues through an absurdist lens, using his background in theatrics (BA Hons in Contemporary Theatre, Lancaster University) to add an energetic, engaging and entertaining performance to all his material.

I’ll be talking to Anthony about his poetry and performance work, and about writing in general. And I’m very happy to say we’ll be returning to The Library at the End of Days for the first time since 2019, as Anthony will 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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