Hannah Kate

poet, short story writer and editor based in Manchester

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).

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).

Missed the show? You can catch it again here:

January 9, 2021

A Year in Books: 1920

On this week’s episode of Hannah’s Bookshelf (my weekly literature show on North Manchester FM), I took a look back to 1920. I talked about some of my favourite books that were published that year – all a matter of personal taste, of course! You can listen to the full show on the player at the end of this post, but, as promised, here’s the list of books I included on today’s show…

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

The first book on today’s list is Edith Wharton’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Age of Innocence. Set in the 1870s, the book tells the story of a well-to-do New York couple, Newland Archer and May Welland, who are looking forward to their upcoming marriage. Things are disrupted by the arrival of May’s attractive (and married) cousin, Countess Ellen Olenska.

While Wharton’s novel is an individual story of a specific couple in the nineteenth century, it also offers some broader social commentary about class, wealth and American identity, though Wharton adopts a gentler tone than in some of her early work. Nevertheless, the dilemma faced by Newland, and the ways in which characters’ lives are impacted by money (be it old or new) and social standing, gesture towards wider ideas. And although the book has an undoubted nostalgia for the period of Wharton’s childhood (an ‘age’ that she imagines as having disappeared), this allows for some subtle comment on the period of its publication, particularly towards the end of the book.

A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay

Science fiction isn’t always a genre that’s immediately associated with the first decades of the twentieth century, and the next book on my list isn’t one that’s as well-known as perhaps it should be. In fact, it didn’t sell very well on its initial publication, and it’s only really in retrospect that its legacy and influence can be discerned.

Lindsay’s novel is a strange and philosophical tale. Yes – it does involve interstellar travel (the voyage of the title), but this is a book that’s less about advanced technology and more about the effects of interactions in alien lands. The central character is Maskull, who travels to a planet called Tormance in the Arcturus star system following a séance. There, he meets with a number of strange individuals, who talk to him about the nature of their existence and reality. A Voyage to Arcturus was an influence on C.S. Lewis, and it has been held up as a masterpiece by writers such as Clive Barker, Michael Moorcock and Alan Moore. It’s a definite must-read for anyone interested in the science fiction genre and its history.

The Cats of Ulthar by H.P. Lovecraft

The next ‘book’ on today’s list was actually a short story. This one may be a little bit unexpected, as I think I have mentioned before on the show that I’m not really a fan of H.P. Lovecraft’s writing. That said, ‘The Cats of Ulthar’ is my personal favourite story of his (and apparently it was one of his personal favourites too).

An example of Lovecraft’s earlier work – his so-called Dunsanian tales – this story is a vengeance narrative about the fate that befalls a couple of set about killing all the cats in Ulthar. When his beloved kitten goes missing, an orphan named Menes sends up a prayer that the couple will get what’s coming to them… and they certainly do. Lovecraft was a cat-lover, and this comes through in this story. It’s not just that the story warns against harming cats, it also captures a little something of the essence of our fascination with the seemingly near-supernatural creatures that have domesticated us. Cats are creatures of horror, but that’s why we love them.

The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting

This next book only half belongs on the list. It was published in the US in 1920, but didn’t see UK publication until 1924.

I’m not sure The Story of Doctor Dolittle needs much introduction, as most people will be familiar with the premise, if only from one or other of the film adaptations. It’s the story of John Dolittle, a doctor who just loves animals. When his non-human housemates start to first annoy, and then drive away, his patients, Dr Dolittle decides the time has come to turn to veterinary medicine. Interestingly, a key part of the story revolves around a vaccination programme, as Dr Dolittle ends up travelling to Africa to help with a epidemic (or, more accurately, an epizootic) affecting monkeys. However, the part of the story that most people will be familiar with is when Dr Dolittle is taught how to talk with the animals by his parrot Polynesia.

Alf’s Button by William Aubrey Darlington

And now a bit of a cheeky one… I’ve included a book that I haven’t actually read, though I have seen one of the film adaptations (I know! shocking admission!). 1920 saw the publication of a number of collections by WWI poets, as well as the beginnings of cultural and fictional reflections on the Great War. I’m fascinated by Darlington’s story, Alf’s Button, because it stands as almost the antithesis of the WWI poetry I’m more familiar with. Dulce et decorum it ain’t.

Alf’s Button is a farcical, humorous tale about a British soldier fighting in the trenches, who discovers a button that, when rubbed, makes a genie appear to grant the owner’s wishes. And, like a lot of ‘I’ve unleashed a genie who’ll do my bidding’ stories, it has hilarious consequences. The book has been adapted three times – in 1920 (almost immediately on publication), in 1930 (in a version that includes some sequences using a very early colour process, possibly Pathécolor), and as a ‘Crazy Gang’ film called Alf’s Button Afloat in 1938 (the version I’ve seen).

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

And finally… some of you may have expected to see this one here… undoubtedly my favourite book that was published in 1920! (Though, as with The Story of Doctor Dolittle, it was only the US edition that came out in 1920; the UK edition was published in 1921.)

The Mysterious Affair at Styles is the first outing for Christie’s legendary sleuth Hercule Poirot. It was also Christie’s first attempt at writing a detective novel – something that makes it all the more remarkable. The Mysterious Affair at Styles sets a template that many (most?) of her Poirot novels would follow, and that other authors would also adopt, but it also draws on earlier templates for detective fiction, particularly the stories of Arthur Conan Doyle, in setting up its amateur sleuth and his oh-so-English companion. Regular listeners of the show will know I am a big Christie fan and consider her to be a clever and ingenious writer. But I do also love the sheer arrogance at work in some of her best-known stories: Christie is one of the only writers who can tell you – multiple times, as it happens – who the murderer is within the first couple of chapters of the book, but still manage to baffle you. The Mysterious Affair at Styles is a masterful book, and it’s no wonder the world instantly fell in love with Poirot (though that did mean Christie was stuck with her little Belgian for a looong time to come!).

To find out more about these titles and my reasons for choosing them, you can listen to the show again here:

December 30, 2020

Be my guest on Hannah’s Bookshelf in 2021

So… nearly the end of 2020… and I’m starting to put together the schedule for a new year of Hannah’s Bookshelf on North Manchester FM. I’m looking forward to a return to my standard show format, with longer interviews with new guests (and, of course, a return to the Library at the End of Days). Unfortunately, for the time being, I won’t be doing live interviews in the studio, so interviews will all be done remotely (via Skype) for now.

I’d love to hear from you if you’d like to be on the show.

Writers, academics, publishers, editors, booksellers, librarians… I’d love to interview you for the show! In case you don’t know, Hannah’s Bookshelf is on every Saturday at 2-4pm on North Manchester FM. The archive of previous years’ shows is here, and you can check out previous guests’ Apocalypse Books selections here. Fancy coming along and chatting about your own work? Email me via the contact form, tweet me, or send me a voicemail.

And don’t worry if you’re not in the North Manchester area (or even in the UK)… I’d still love to hear from you. Drop me a line. 🙂

December 27, 2020

Hannah’s Bookshelf: Round-Up of 2020

It’s time for my traditional round-up post of the past year on Hannah’s Bookshelf, my weekly literature show on North Manchester FM. But this year has been far from traditional, and for more reasons than you might think.

In fact, this isn’t a full year post, as Hannah’s Bookshelf was off the air for over half of 2020. North Manchester FM began the year with a whole host of challenges – moving to a new studio, finding new funding, getting its transmitter moved to a new location to continue broadcasting – and just as it looked like we were getting everything resolved, a new challenge appeared: lockdown.

As a community radio station, North Manchester FM shows are presented by volunteers. And our new studio is in a community building, which was closed as part of the lockdown restrictions. My own (non-radio) also became increasingly busy as a result of the pandemic, meaning that I didn’t have much time to devote to volunteering for the station. And so… Hannah’s Bookshelf had to stay off the air for longer than I’d anticipated.

But all was not lost! The North Manchester FM station manager and technician managed, despite everything, to get the new studio set up and the transmitter moved. And, with the help of some new tech, to get presenters set up with ways of presenting shows remotely. I worked out a new ‘remote’ format for the show, as it wasn’t possible to do my longer interviews with new guests in the studio. By the summer, I was ready to bring Hannah’s Bookshelf back to the airwaves…

In the month leading up to the relaunch, I asked some old friends of the show to get in touch and share what they’d been up to during lockdown. We shared these recordings on social media, and they were broadcast across the station’s schedule. I called this little series Lockdown Tales.

It was lovely to hear from so many former guests on the show, who shared updates, poetry and even a couple of writing exercises and publishing opportunities. I had Lockdown Tales from Marc Nash, Antony Rowland, Alan McKean, Isabelle Kenyon, Sharena Lee Satti, David Hartley, George Melling, Sara Read, Ramsey Campbell, Amanda Steel, Andy N, and Nancy Schumann.

Back on the air! Hannah’s Bookshelf returned to North Manchester FM on the 8th August, with a slightly altered format to comply with social distancing guidelines. The show’s format was now News, Reviews and Short Interviews. I began each show with a round-up of literary news, upcoming events and new publications, and then shared my reviews of books and (online) theatre productions. My short interviews were catch-ups with former guests, with updates on what they’ve been up to since appearing on the show.

In August, I reviewed The Nature of the Beast by Carys Crossen, The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper by A.J. Fitzwater, The Oak Papers by James Canton, and Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space) edited by Catherine Lundoff. I also talked about various theatre and film productions, including JustOut Stays In productions (Hunting Swans, Laugh Track, A is for…, Accident of Birth, Total Slag and To Tell You the Truth), Homemakers at HOME (A Small Gathering, ABC (Anything But Covid) and Turkey Sausage Roll), and an online exhibition/film installation by HOME’s Future 20 Collective, Last Place on Earth.

And I got to catch up with Marc Nash, Amanda Steel, Andy N, Catherine Lundoff, and Susan Barrett as well!

September saw more catch-up interviews with former guests: Jack Barrow, Sara Read, Shona Kinsella, Ged Austin, and Rosa Wright.

I also reviewed more of the JustOut Stays In series of audio dramas (Bleach, Mrs O’Connor’s Flute, I am the most coldhearted son of a b*tch you will ever meet and Qualified), as well as five books: Manchester Happened by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Elfrida Next Door by Susan Barrett, The Beauty Within Shadow by Henry Normal, In the Event by John Birtwhistle, and In SatNav We Trust by Jack Barrow.

September also saw the return of an annual fixture in the Hannah’s Bookshelf calendar (albeit in an altered COVID-restricted format): the (Not Quite) Live Poetry Special. Thanks to the wonders of technology, I had performances from twelve amazing poets on the 19th September: Ged Austin, Martin Grey, Pete Slater, Simon Corble, Rachel Halsall, Bethany Rivers, Thomas McColl, Helen Darby, Bridie Breen, Hallie Fletcher, Amanda Steel, and Andy N. You can see more about all of these poets in this blog post.

Into October with loads more reviews… of novels and novellas (The Flame and the Flood by Shona Kinsella, Divine Heretic by Jaime Lee Moyer, The Abstainer by Ian McGuire, Fitful Head by C.J. Harter, and Blindsided by Julian Edge), short story collections (The Third BHF Book of Horror Stories edited by Darrell Buxton, and The New Abject: Tales of Modern Unease edited by Ra Page and Sarah Eyre), more of the JustOut Stays In series (Mother’s Day and Monday at the Flat Iron) and Homemakers at HOME (A Series of Metaphors About a Plague), and an audio drama by The Alternative Stories and Fake Realities Podcast (Hare Spell).

I did three catch-up interviews with old friends of the show as well this month: Elizabeth Ducie, Simon Bestwick, and C.J. Harter.

October also saw two Special Editions of the show. On the 17th, I indulged in a bit of Literary Nostalgia and went Back to 1996. You can see the list of the books I talked about on the show in this blog post. And then, on the 31st, it was my 2020 Halloween Special. And this was an extra special show for me, as I was back presenting the show live from the North Manchester FM studio for the first (and only) time in 2020! (And, as is tradition, I was in fancy dress.)

The Hannah’s Bookshelf Halloween Special featured the winners and runners-up of this year’s 3 Minute Scares competition, with spooky flash fiction from Bridie Breen, Amanda Steel, Tony Harrison, Julian Edge, Sam Crosby, Rosie Cullen, Keri Moriarty, Benjamin Francis Cassidy, and Peter Barnes. This year’s stories were judged by the brilliant Simon Bestwick, and Rosie Cullen was crowned Greater Manchester’s Spookiest Wordsmith 2020.

I began November with one of my themed Special Editions. And, as seemed fitting for the beginning of November, the theme was Locked In. You can see the list of locked in and locked up books I chose for the show in this blog post. Later in the month, I also did one of my occasional Clips Shows, featuring a selection of books from my Special Editions in 2019.

Reviews in November included a poetry anthology (Mancunian Ways edited by Isabelle Kenyon), a short story collection (Unfinished Business: Tales of the Dark Fantastic by Catherine Lundoff), two novels (The First Woman by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, and The Gossips’ Choice by Sara Read), and more audio dramas (Broken Wings and Black Dark by JustOut Stays In, and User Not Found by Dante or Die).

Just one interview this month… with Martin Gittins, who has been a guest on Hannah’s Bookshelf before, but also on my still-on-hiatus local history show, A Helping of History. In addition to this, though, I introduced a new feature to the show: What Are You Reading? I asked writers to record book recommendations and mini-reviews based on what they’ve been reading recently. In the inaugural What Are You Reading?, I had reviews from my mum (because the whole bit was inspired by a conversation I had with her), Heather Burnside, and Sarra Culleno.

And so the final month of the (slightly abridged) year on Hannah’s Bookshelf.

In December, I reviewed a new poetry collection (Apocalypse: An Anthology edited by James Keery), a short film (good dog by tiata fahodzi), a series of short TV plays from the BBC (Unprecedented), and a new novel (The Gospel of Eve by Rachel Mann). I also welcomed Rose Condo back to the show for a short catch-up interview, and spoke to Jo Flynn from Manchester City of Literature.

Also this month, I shared What Are You Reading? book recommendations from Julian Edge, Nancy Schumann, Tony Harrison, and Ramsey Campbell.

December is always a game of two halves on Hannah’s Bookshelf, with the second half of the months given over to my Christmas Specials. First up, on the 19th, it was my Pre-Christmas Christmas Special, when I showcased the incredible festive flash fiction submitted for this year’s 3 Minute Santas. I had stories from Barry Faulkner, Rosie Cullen, Michael Forester, C.J. Harter, Sarah George, Julian Edge, Tony Harrison, Amanda Steel, Andy N, Allison Symes, Dorinda Ann MacDowell, Sam Crosby, Beverley Butcher, Rachel Halsall, and Martin Elder. And then on Boxing Day, it was my Christmas Special, when I talked about a selection of festive-themed fiction. In a slight twist on my usual format, all of the books featured in this year’s Christmas Special were published in 2020, and you can see which ones I talked about in this blog post.

Just one show left (sort of) this year… and I hope you’ll tune in!

Coming up at 2pm on Saturday 2nd January, I’m doing my end-of-year show. Tune in for my personal Hannah’s Bookshelf Highlights of the Year. As always, you can listen on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) or listen online (if you’re further afield).

Happy New Year!

December 27, 2020

Happy Christmas! Some Festive Book Recommendations

This year, the Hannah’s Bookshelf Christmas Special on North Manchester FM was on Boxing Day (Saturday 26th December). As is now tradition, I devoted this show to a little selection of festive fiction to enjoy with your Christmas pudding. And this year, I decided only to include books that were published this year. You can listen to the show again on the player below, but, as promised, here are the books that I featured on this year’s festive list…

Pine by Francine Toon

Pine is a bit of a cheeky one to start off today’s list, as it’s not actually set at Christmas. However, it’s set in the run-up to Christmas, and it’s so beautifully evocative of winter that I think it counts. A modern Gothic novel set in a remote village in the Scottish Highlands, Toon’s novel begins at Halloween, when Lauren’s dad Niall takes her guising around their small village. Their journey home is disturbed when a distressed woman steps out in front of their car, obviously in need of some help. Niall and Lauren take the woman home with them, but in the morning she’s gone.

Pine is an evocative and atmospheric read – part thriller, part Gothic tale. Although it’s not set at Christmas, it’s a perfect winter story with some compelling characters and a memorable setting. It’s a great book for reminding you why we have so many winter festivities – without them, it can seem awfully dark out there.

The Dead of Winter by Nicola Upson

The next book on today’s list is more definitively set at Christmas. The Dead of Winter is the latest instalment of Upson’s 1930s-set crime series, in which real-life Golden Age mystery writer Josephine Tey is cast as the main character. The Dead of Winter sees Josephine accompanying her friend DCI Archie Penrose to St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall for what is meant to be a lavish and memorable Christmas party. However, as you might guess, there’s something dark on the horizon. A number of crimes (no spoilers!) put paid to the party atmosphere, and bad weather sees the island cut off from the mainland. Archie – ably assisted by Josephine and her lover Marta – must investigate without assistance. And to make matters worse, there’s a rather famous film star among the party who might be in need of additional protection.

The Dead of Winter is a modern take on Golden Age cosy Christmas crime, but it’s certainly a charming one. Upson weaves ‘real-life’ characters into her fictional plot with ease, and it’s clear she’s done her research here. Overall, it’s a book that’s affectionate towards both the people who make (perhaps surprising) appearances, but also towards the genre and the writers who defined it. And it is definitely a Christmassy read.

Christmas Angels by Rowan Dobson

Something a bit different now… though this one is undeniably full of Christmas spirit! Christmas Angels isn’t narrative fiction per se, though, and it’s definitely not a crime story! It’s a rather cute little stocking filler of a book that turns an affectionate and sometimes humorous eye on the angels/fairies that sit on top of our trees each year.

Dobson’s book is a series of charming photographs of much-loved family angels of different ages, styles and materials. Each picture is accompanied by a short profile of the angel, listing its age, what its made of, who owns it, and then a short little glimpse of its biography. Some of the profiles explain how and when an angel was made, some offer a quirky little suggestion of personality, and some share details of its journey from tree to tree that are suggestive of an intriguing (and much bigger) story. It’s a beautifully put-together book, and one that is bound to make you smile. It may also make you think a little more about the figure adorning the top of your own tree.

The Christmas Killer by Alex Pine

Back to crime fiction now, but something a little more contemporary than The Dead of Winter. The Christmas Killer is a police thriller, rather than a cosy mystery (though it does have a bit of a whodunnit element as well). It’s also set in the present – however, like all the contemporary books on this year’s list, it’s not set in the actual present day!

The main character is D.I. James Walker, who has moved from London to a small village in Cumbria with his wife Annie, after being threatened by a nasty piece of work. James and Annie hope that village life will be quieter, but the peace doesn’t last very long. A horrible message, written on a Christmas card, is deposited on their doorstep. Someone is planning to carry out a series of murders during the festive period. Pine’s novel has plenty of snow, a remote village cut off, and the finger of suspicion pointing at formerly friendly neighbours. It’s certainly a contemporary crime novel, but it’s got a good bit of Christmas factor about it as well.

The Snow Ball by Brigid Brophy

This one’s a little bit of a cheat (but only a little bit). Brophy’s novel was originally published in 1964, but it’s been republished in a new edition (with a foreword by Eley Williams) this year, so I think I can still include it on my list. This is also the first of the two New Year-themed books on the list, so we’re moving a little past Christmas now.

The Snow Ball is set at a New Year’s Eve costume ball in London. It’s a luscious and seductive tale of sexual politics, operatic grandeur, and the ever-present sense of mortality – or, as the protagonist Anna puts it, ‘sex, death and Mozart’. Brophy’s work is overdue a revival, and The Snow Ball is a great place to start. As the blurb will tell you, it was considered a ‘scandalous’ book in the 1960s. It’s still an unusual and thought-provoking read today. And it will make you feel like throwing an extravagant costume party… before making you wonder whether that’s really such a sensible idea!

This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens

It wouldn’t be a festive reading list without a bit of romance! The final book on my list is unashamedly romantic. It’s also set at New Year’s Eve. Well, to be more accurate, it’s set on multiple New Year’s Eves (and other times as well).

Minnie and Quinn were born a minute apart on New Year’s Eve in 1989/1990. After that moment, their lives went off in quite different directions (or did they?). When the two are reunited on their thirtieth birthday, they discover that fate has been keeping them closer than you might have thought. Although this isn’t my usual genre of choice, I found This Time Next Year a charming and enjoyable read, full of the magical promise of New Year’s Eve. I put a lot of my enjoyment down to the characterization. Yes – Minnie and Quinn are the leads in a literary rom-com, but they’re also three-dimensional and really rather likable.

This was an odd book to end on, as it’s the only book on my list that is explicitly set in the year 2020. Except, it’s not set in the 2020 we’ve just experienced (as an author’s note at the end explains, the book was written pre-COVID). And so, not only do we get the romance of Minnie and Quinn’s ever-entwined lives, but also the poignant romance of a year that never was. Still… this time next year, eh?

To find out more about these books, and my reasons for choosing them, you can listen to the Hannah’s Bookshelf Christmas Special here:

December 20, 2020

Two Festive Shows from Hannah’s Bookshelf

Coming up on North Manchester FM over the festive period… two Special Editions of Hannah’s Bookshelf for you…

Christmas Special

Tune in on Boxing Day, Saturday 26th December, 2-4pm, for the Hannah’s Bookshelf Christmas Special. As is the tradition, I’ll be talking about a selection of my favourite festive fiction. But as a bit of a change this year, this year’s list is made up entirely of books published this year. Want to find out what brand new winter-themed books are on this year’s list? Catch the show on Saturday at 2pm!

Missed the Christmas Special? You can catch it again here:

New Year Special

Sadly, due to the various upheavals and restrictions, I can’t do my usual Apocalypse Books New Year Special. But I’ve got something else for you instead! Tune in on Saturday 2nd January, 2-4pm, for my Highlights of the Year Special. I’m going to be sharing some clips from the show in 2020, so expect some poetry, flash fiction, reviews and interviews on this slightly different New Year Special. (And don’t worry… we’ll be returning to the Library at the End of Days in 2021!)

Missed the New Year Special? You can catch it again here:

Tune in to Hannah’s Bookshelf every Saturday, 2-4pm, on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) or listen online (if you’re further afield).

December 14, 2020

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 19 December, 2-4pm

Tune in to North Manchester FM on Saturday at 2pm for a festive edition of Hannah’s Bookshelf… it’s my pre-Christmas Christmas Special!

On this week’s show, I’ve got a wonderful selection of seasonal flash fiction, courtesy of this year’s 3 Minute Santas writers: Barry Faulkner, Rosie Cullen, Michael Forester, CJ Harter, Sarah George, Julian Edge, Tony Harrison, Amanda Steel, Andy N, Allison Symes, Dorinda Ann MacDowell, Sam Crosby, Beverley Butcher, Rachel Halsall and Martin Elder. The writers have all created beautiful bite-sized tales to get you in a Christmas mood, so pull up a chair, pour yourself some eggnog, and settle in for some fabulous festive fiction. There’ll even be some Christmas music too!

Catch the Hannah’s Bookshelf pre-Christmas Christmas Special 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:

December 9, 2020

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 12 December, 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 new novel by Rachel Mann I’ll be talking about Rachel Mann’s novel The Gospel of Eve (out now from Darton, Longman and Todd).

An interview with Jo Flynn from Manchester City of Literature I’ll be talking to Jo about the UNESCO City of Literature designation, how Manchester got the designation, and the launch of their brand new website.

An interview with Rose Condo I first interviewed Rose Condo in November 2019. Rose is a Canadian writer, performer and award-winning poet. A multiple slam champion she has performed throughout the UK and internationally. Her project, The Empathy Experiment, won Best Spoken Word Show at the 2019 Greater Manchester Fringe Awards. Rose’s debut collection, After The Storm was recently published by Flapjack Press. And in case you’re curious, Rose’s Apocalypse Books selections were The Republic of Love by Carol Shields, Munsch More by Robert Munsch, and The Complete Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson.

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 weekly 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: