Hannah Kate

poet, short story writer and editor based in Manchester

November 10, 2018

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 20 November, 12-2pm

Join me on Tuesday at 12 on North Manchester FM for another Helping of History. This week, I’ll be on location at St Peter’s Church, Blackley.

You may remember that St Peter’s Church was one of the buildings featured on the Who Am I? quiz last Christmas, so I thought it was time to visit its history in a bit more detail. The church, which overlooks Old Market Street in Blackley Village, was built in 1844 by E.H. Shellard. It replaced an older church, built in 1736, which in turn replaced Blackley Chapel, constructed in 1548. There was an oratory at Blackley as early as 1360, which may well have been the origin of the Blackley Chapel.

The current church – St Peter’s – is a Grade II*-listed Gothic revival building, in part because of the rare survival of its original pews, including a complete set of Gothick box pews. The church belongs to the North Manchester Deanery, part of the Manchester Diocese.

I’ll be talking to Reverend Eddie Roberts, who’ll be showing me around the church, and we’ll be talking about the church’s history, but also its identity in Blackley today.

Throughout the show, I’ll be sharing pictures on my Twitter page, so do follow along. You don’t need a Twitter account to see the pictures, just click on the link to view my timeline.

Catch this special edition of A Helping of History on Tuesday at 12 on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) or listen online (if you’re further afield).

November 4, 2018

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 17 November, 2-4pm

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

Rachel is a 23 year old model and writer who draws inspiration from all kinds of art, film and literature spanning from Pre-Raphaelite paintings to the writings of H.P. Lovecraft and Clive Barker. Her favoured medium of writing is short stories, having been scribbling away in notepads since she was a small and very morbid child. Rachel’s story, ‘The Ginnel’, came second in this year’s 3 Minute Scares competition.

I’ll be talking to Rachel about her writing, short stories 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).

November 4, 2018

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 13 November, 12-2pm

Join me on Tuesday at 12 for another Helping of History on North Manchester FM. This week, I’m going to be sharing Three Tales of Old Crumpsall.

I’ve selected three little stories about Crumpsall from three local newspapers this week. They’re all from the turn of the twentieth century, and they give an interesting little snapshot into the things that concerned ordinary Crumpsall residents in the early 1900s. As you might imagine, the Crumpsall Workhouse looms large, and I’ll be talking about the tragic case of Francis Southgate, an inmate of the workhouse who was killed by an attendant. I’ll also be talking about poisoned beer and a fraudulent stationmaster as well!

As well as these Crumpsall tales, I’ll be taking my usual look through Yesterday’s Papers. And you can pit your wits against the Who Am I? quiz – just how well do you know North Manchester’s landmark buildings?

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).

 

November 3, 2018

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 10 November, 2-4pm

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

Colin was born in Liverpool to an Irish mother and a seafaring father of Scottish descent. He became fascinated with the classic Hammer House Horror films at a very early age, and this led on to his love of horror fiction, with a particular passion for the works of Ramsey Campbell, HP Lovecraft, Brian Lumley, Clive Barker and Stephen King. Having spent much of the 90s and early 2000s playing drums or bass guitar in a variety of rock, metal, and death metal bands, Colin found that he could no longer ignore his desire to write, and so began to focus all of his creative effort in this direction. His first published fiction was for a UK Punk band called Walk the Plank, and was a four-part short story which was included as part of a four-single vinyl release. The link between his writing and music has continued in Arrive Alive, with the novel literally providing a soundtrack for the reader.

Whilst Arrive Alive is his first full work of fiction, Colin is a well-established and published researcher with over twenty journal articles and academic book chapters to his (real) name. It is partly because of his research and academic profile that he decided to write under the pen name MKN Spiers for his fictional work, but also because he likes the idea of extending the main theme of his writing, challenging common perceptions regarding identity and role. Colin is currently studying Creative Writing at Oxford University and will be working with the Liverpool Editing Company for his next three novels. Continuing to work behind the name MKN Spiers, each of the three projects will be a work of horror fiction, with his follow-up to Arrive Alive due to be released in May 2019.

I’ll be talking to Colin about Arrive Alive, and about all things horror and creative writing. 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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November 3, 2018

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 6 November, 12-2pm

Join me on Tuesday at 12 on North Manchester FM for another Helping of History. This week, I’ll be taking a trip over the border to Ashton, as I’ll be talking to Dr Andrew Crome about an upcoming event entitled Apocalyptic Ashton: John Wroe, Tameside’s Prophet.

Co-organized by Tameside Central Library and Manchester Metropolitan University, and part of Being Human: Festival of the Humanities, Apocalyptic Ashton on Saturday 17th November is a chance to discover the story of John Wroe, the nineteenth-century prophet who tried to transform Ashton into the New Jerusalem. Performed by professional actors and with an opportunity to view Tameside Local Archives‘ collection of documents relating to Wroe and the Christian Israelite Church in Ashton, Apocalyptic Ashton will reveal this fascinating part of Ashton’s past.

I’ll be catching up with Dr Andrew Crome, Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at Manchester Metropolitan University, to find out more about the event, and also get an introduction to John Wroe’s life and legacy.

In addition to this, I’ll also be taking my usual look through Yesterday’s Papers. And you can pit your wits against the Who Am I? quiz – just how well do you know North Manchester’s landmark buildings?

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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October 31, 2018

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 3 November, 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 wonderful Lewis Charlesworth (who you may remember from my GM Fringe Special back in June.

Lewis is a Bury-based former comedian and now playwright/director/actor. His debut play Cheaters: A Play About Infidelity got great reviews and was nominated for Best Comedy Play at the 2018 Greater Manchester Fringe festival. Since then, he’s continued to write and this winter sees his new piece, A Quiet Drink, tour new writing and scratch nights at north west theatres. He is now currently fundraising for next year’s big project: his new play The Greek, a comedy drama about British identity and Brexit.

The Manchester Theatre Awards blog reviewed Lewis’s debut play: “On the basis of Cheaters: A Play About Infidelity, it looks like Lewis Charlesworth’s transition from comedian to playwright has been a success.”

I’ll be chatting to Lewis about Cheaters, A Quiet Drink, and scriptwriting 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).

Missed the show? You can catch it again here:

October 23, 2018

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

Join me on Tuesday at 12 for A Helping of History on North Manchester FM. This week’s show features an interview with Martin Dodge, one of the authors of Manchester: Mapping the City.

Published by Birlinn earlier this month, Manchester: Mapping the City by Terry Wyke, Brian Robson and Martin Dodge uses historic maps and unpublished and original plans to chart the dramatic growth and transformation of Manchester as it grew rich on its cotton trade from the late 18th century, experienced periods of boom and bust through the Victorian period, and began its post-industrial transformation in the 20th century. The Peterloo Massacre, the Bridgewater Canal, the railway revolution, Trafford Park industrial estate, the Ship Canal, Belle Vue theme park, Wythenshawe garden city, the 1996 IRA bomb, Coronation Street, iconic football stadiums, and MediaCity are just some of the events and places that have put Manchester on the world’s perceptual map and are explored through a wealth of published and unpublished maps and plans in this sumptuously illustrated cartographic history.

Martin is Senior Lecturer in Geography at Manchester University. Much of his current research focuses on Manchester and he has co-curated several high-profile public exhibitions about the city. I caught up with Martin earlier this week to talk about the book, and the story revealed by the maps and plans that are included.

As well as my interview with Martin, I’ll also be taking my usual look through Yesterday’s Papers. And you can pit your wits against the Who Am I? quiz – just how well do you know North Manchester’s landmark buildings? (Also, as it’s nearly Halloween, I’m going to sharing some costume suggestions – 1836-style!)

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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October 21, 2018

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

Join me on Saturday at 2pm on North Manchester FM for this year’s Hannah’s Bookshelf Halloween Special!

With a bumper crop of entries for this year’s 3 Minute Scares competition, I’ll have lots of spooky stories for you on this week’s show. I’ll be playing the Top 6 tales from this year’s entries, before revealing the winner of the competition – Greater Manchester’s Spookiest Wordsmith!

I’ll also have some seasonal stories of my own to tell you (some real, some I’ve made up). Hopefully, this year, I won’t get plunged into darkness part way through. But you’ll have to tune in to find out if I make through the show unscathed.

You never know… I may well have other surprises in store for you…

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).

Big thanks to Breakout Manchester for once again supplying a fantastic prize for the 3 Minute Scares competition as well. The author of the winning entry will be locked in a room with just one hour to escape! Woohoo!

Update: As is tradition, I presented this year’s Halloween Special in fancy dress!

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October 18, 2018

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

Join me on Saturday at 2pm on North Manchester FM for more from Hannah’s Bookshelf. This week, I’ll be joined in the studio by the wonderful Rosa Wright. You may remember I interviewed Rosa about her show The Love Calculator for my GM Fringe Special back in June.

Rosa is a poet, performer and professional weirdo who brings witty words and playful presence to any event. She was nominated for Best Spoken Word at the Greater Manchester Fringe 2018 for her first solo show The Love Calculator and has appeared at events across the North West including Speak, Stirred and Just Write.

I’ll be talking to Rosa about her poetry and her spoken word shows. 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).

Missed the show? You can catch it again here:

October 15, 2018

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 16 October, 12-2pm

Tune in to North Manchester FM on Tuesday at 12 for another Helping of History. This week, I’m going to be talking about a (now) North Manchester-based business that turned 150 years old last week… the Manchester Evening News.

Based now at Hollinwood (on a site that has featured on the show twice, in its previous incarnations), the Manchester Evening News began life in 1868. I’m sure the paper needs little introduction, so I’ll be sharing some of the quirky stories of its history. How did the paper start? Who was Mitchell Henry? What contribution has the MEN made to British newspaper history?

And speaking of the Manchester Evening News, I’ll also be taking my usual look through Yesterday’s Papers. And you can pit your wits against the Who Am I? quiz – just how well do you know North Manchester’s landmark buildings?

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).

Missed the show? You can catch it again here: