Hannah Kate

poet, short story writer and editor based in Manchester

July 16, 2019

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 16 July, 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 about the curious case of an almost forgotten district of North Manchester: Barnes Green.

Barnes Green sits on the border of Blackley and Harpurhey. While some people may be familiar with (or may have spotted) the Barnes Green Catholic Social Club on Factory Lane, a lot of people may not be aware that the area was considered a district in its own right once. In fact, some of the landmarks of this bit of Harpurhey (like the Farmyard Hotel and the public baths) were frequently referred to as being in Barnes Green in the early part of the twentieth century.

On this week’s show, I’m going to take a little wander through Barnes Green (with the help of a couple of old maps and some newspaper clippings!). In addition to this, I’ll be taking my usual look through Yesterday’s Papers, and sharing a little bit of bonus content in the form of a theatre review as well.

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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July 14, 2019

Rage Reads: A Selection of Angry Literature

On Saturday’s Hannah’s Bookshelf on North Manchester FM, I took a little look at a selection of angry books – or rather, books that feature memorably angry characters. There were two reasons for this… Firstly, I’ve had a tough week, and I thought it would be cathartic to spend a couple of hours enjoying a bit of literary rage. And secondly, I felt like there was some unfinished business from a show I did back in July 2018!

Last summer, I did a show about the Seven Deadly Sins and played a bit of a mean trick. I listed books for six of the seven sins, but then left Anger hanging (to make you angry). To make up for that, I thought I’d better put together an entire reading list for the final Deadly Sin. And, as promised on the show, here are the books I put on that list…

If you disagree with my choices, or think I’ve missed anything, let me know in the comments below!

Misery by Stephen King (1987)

I thought it was only fair to start with the obligatory weekly mention of Stephen King! My first thought for this list was Carrie, a book that’s definitely about rage. But I included Carrie on another of my reading lists, so I’ve selected Misery for this one. In case you’re unfamiliar with Misery, the book is about a romance writer named Paul Sheldon. After completing the last book in his Misery Chastain series and beginning a new project, Sheldon is involved in a serious car accident. Fortunately (or not, as it turns out), he is rescued by a woman named Annie Wilkes. Annie is Sheldon’s ‘number 1 fan’, and takes him back to her home to take care of him. And it all goes a bit wrong from there…

Annie Wilkes is a great example of an angry character. I love the way that, on the surface, she is sweet and wholesome – apparently just a devoted fan of Misery Chastain’s adventures. However, when she flips she really flips. Annie’s rages are iconic, not least because of Kathy Bates’s portrayal of the character in the 1990 film version.

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning by Alan Sillitoe (1958)

From unhinged rages to angry young men now… Alan Sillitoe’s debut novel may not have been the first text to introduce the character of the ‘angry young man’ (that credit is usually given to John Osborne’s 1956 play Look Back in Anger), but Saturday Night and Sunday Morning has a very good example of this particular type of anti-hero.

Sillitoe’s novel introduces Arthur Seaton, a young man working in a bicycle factory in Nottingham. Bright but disaffected, Arthur is angry – at the world he lives in, the world his parents’ generation have created and perpetuated. He’s not looking to start a revolution or a class war, but rather to rail against society in his own (rather selfish way). He drinks, he shouts, he picks fights. And, perhaps most significantly for the plot of the novel, he has an affair with a married woman (something which will have serious consequences for Arthur at the end of the novel’s first section, ‘Saturday Night’). Like Annie Wilkes, Arthur Seaton is now also perhaps best-known from the film adaptation of the novel in which he appears. In 1960, Sillitoe adapted his novel into a realist ‘kitchen sink drama’ film, and the part of Arthur was played by Albert Finney.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (2012)

It was a bit naughty including this book on the list, as it could be argued that listing it as a book about anger is a wee bit of a spoiler. But Flynn’s novel (and the 2014 film adaptation) is pretty well-known now, so I thought I’d take the risk of adding it to the list.

Gone Girl tells the story of Nick and Amy Dunne, a married couple with a bit of a rocky relationship (to say the least). The book’s central plot is the disappearance of Amy, and the suspicion that falls on Nick in the aftermath. Has he killed his wife? What secrets is he hiding? The narrative switches between two perspectives: the ‘present day’ storyline of Amy’s disappearance and the subsequent investigation (told from Nick’s point-of-view), and section’s from Amy’s diary outlining the history of her relationship with her husband. Nick presents Amy as a difficult and irrational woman; Amy describes Nick as aggressive and petulant. There are a lot of grumpy people in Gone Girl, but – make no mistake – there is also a deep and powerful rage that underlies the story.

Mr Grumpy by Roger Hargreaves (1978)

I wanted to include a children’s book on the list, and what better example could I give? Mr Grumpy is, after all, the walking embodiment of grumpiness. He’s even rude to Mr Happy!

One of the original series of Mr Men created by Roger Hargreaves, I was always a bit fascinated by Mr Grumpy. He wasn’t my favourite, but there was something very intriguing about his anti-social anger. I think the bit that really captured my childish imagination was Mr Grumpy’s irrational hatred of books – he sits down of an evening, picks up a book, and tears all the pages out. As a bit of a bookworm child, this image really stuck in my mind! Imagine being so angry, you can’t stand the concept of books and reading!

Unlike most of the characters on this list, Mr Grumpy is eventually rehabilitated – or, rather, forced into a more cheerful mood through a plan by Mr Happy and Mr Tickle. Nevertheless, he doesn’t completely change his ways, and so I think he deserves his place on today’s list!

Le Morte d’Arthur by Thomas Malory (1485)

Thomas Malory’s famous reworking (and original versions) of medieval tales of King Arthur and his knights contains numerous examples of angry individuals and people losing their temper. In fact, by the end of the tales, you’d be forgiven for thinking there was no one in Camelot who could keep a cool head. But, for today’s reading list, I’m interested in one particular hothead.

Sir Lancelot might be a poster-boy for courtly and chivalric wooing, but he’s also a character with a history of losing his temper. Worse, he’s prone to bouts of utterly chaotic irrationality, which invariably end with at least one body. Malory’s depiction of Lancelot as a victim of the ‘red mist’ is drawn from older French romances, but his take on the character certainly packs a bit of a punch. I talked specifically about Book VIII (known as ‘The Death of Arthur’), in which Lancelot’s blind rage results in the death of Sir Gawain’s brothers, Gareth and Gaheris, which sets a train of events in motion that tears down the very foundations of Arthur’s utopian society (I don’t think mentioning the fall of Camelot is really a spoiler, is it?). The mad fury of Lancelot in Malory’s tale (and in medieval romance generally) is probably the inspiration for the characterization in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Wild angry killing sprees are very much Lancelot’s ‘idiom’.

The Sculptress by Minette Walters (1993)

Since I was sort of using this reading list as a cathartic way to work through my bad mood, it seems appropriate to end with a character who is actually free from anger, rage and resentment. I have mentioned The Sculptress of the show before, as it’s a bit of a favourite of mine, but I haven’t yet included it on one of my themed lists.

The eponymous sculptress is Olive Martin, a woman convicted of the violent (and rage-filled) murders of her mother and sister. The book’s main protagonist is Rosalind Leigh, a journalist who’s been presured into writing about Olive by her publishers. When Roz meets Olive, she’s surprised to find a woman whose personality seems far removed from the brutality and anger of the crimes she’s meant to have committed. As the story unfolds, Roz starts to look into Olive’s background, and the original murder investigation, determined to uncover the truth behind the contradictory ‘sculptress’.

As I said, it seemed right to end with a character devoid of rage. And Olive Martin seems to fit the bill – she just isn’t the anger-and-hatred-filled monster she’s been painted as… or is she?

To hear more about these books, along with my rage-inspired playlight (and some relaxing bonus content in the form of recent theatre reviews), you can to listen again to Saturday’s show here:

July 9, 2019

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 9 July, 12-2pm

Join me on Tuesday at 12 on North Manchester FM for another Helping of History. I’ll be digging into my folder of miscellanies and oddities again this week, for a pick-and-mix show about Cheetham Hill and Strangeways.

I’ve got a series of little stories about Cheetham Hill‘s past to share with you – from parks to prisons to exhibitions. These are the little slices of life that I love to share on A Helping of History – the stories that shaped people’s everyday lives, but which never made the history books.

In addition to this, I’ve got some bonus content in the form of a few theatre reviews for you, plus I’ll 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).

Missed the show? You can catch it again here:

July 1, 2019

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

Join me on Tuesday at 12 on North Manchester FM for another Helping of History. This week, I’ll be talking about one of Manchester’s forgotten (by some) heroes: Hannah Mitchell.

If you go to Broadway Baths, you may have seen the Manchester Corporation plaque to mark the opening of the baths by Councillor Hannah Mitchell in 1932. If you’ve ever been to Ingham Street in Newton Heath, you may have spotted a blue plaque on one of the houses, commemorating the same councillor. But who was Hannah Mitchell? And what was her contribution to the city, and to the country as a whole?

Born to a poor Derbyshire farming family in 1872, Hannah Mitchell was a self-educated writer, politician, socialist and suffragette. She left home at 14 to find work as seamstress, before moving to Ashton, then later Newton Heath. Mitchell became a member of the Independent Labour Party, and, despite having only two years of formal schooling, wrote articles and made speeches for the ILP. She was a member of the Women’s Social and Political Union, spending time in Strangeways for her actions as a suffragette, and then later the Women’s Freedom League. She was elected to Manchester City Council in 1924, and served until 1935. She was also a magistrate, an outspoken advocate for public baths and municipal facilities, and the author of short sketches about working class life in Lancashire dialect. Her autobiography, The Hard Way Up, was published posthumously in 1968.

This is only a brief sketch of Mitchell’s life and work – I’ll be talking about this in lots more detail on Tuesday’s show!

And, of course, 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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June 28, 2019

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

Join me on Saturday for another episode of Hannah’s Bookshelf on North Manchester FM. This week, the show will be all about this year’s Portico Sadie Massey Awards, which were presented on Wednesday 26th June.

I’ll be sharing interviews with the winners, guests and organizers of this year’s awards. Plus, I’ll be joined in the studio by two of the judges:

Martin Griffin is an award-winning writer of fiction, including The Poison Boy (published under the pseudonym Fletcher Moss) as well as YA thrillers Lifers and Payback (both as M.A. Griffin). He also has 20 years’ experience teaching post-16 students, latterly as assistant head teacher and deputy head teacher.

Paul Morris is an author known for his meticulous research and exciting stories. His published works include YA fiction and poetry, including his chart-topping Beyond the Morning Sun (released in support of services charity Combat Stress), and he is currently compiling and editing a collection of poems about Peterloo and the theme of freedom, written by Manchester people.

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).

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June 24, 2019

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 25 June, 12-2pm

Join me on Tuesday at 12 for another Helping of History on North Manchester FM. This week, I’ll be talking to Jacqui Carroll of REELmcr about their film Our Sam, the Middleton Man.

Our Sam, the Middleton Man is a new community film by REELmcr, which recognises Peterloo legend Sam Bamford. Radical reformer and writer, Samuel Bamford, is beyond doubt Middleton’s most famous ‘forgotten’ son, having inspired a call for an end to poverty and the beginning of democracy, and having led a group of marchers from Middleton to St Peter’s Fields in August 1819, for what was subsequently known as the Peterloo Massacre.

But what relevance has Mr Bamford got for the now, as we approach the 200th anniversary of Peterloo? Community media company, REELmcr, produced by Middleton’s Jacqui Carroll, has worked with hundreds of local people over the last two years to make a film that brings Samuel Bamford back to modern day Middleton, introducing him to a whole new generation. The film, supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, saw young people develop a script, having gone on heritage trails to learn more about Sam Bamford. And the local hero’s real words were used in the subsequent drama, which follows the story of teenager Samantha, as she brings together the town’s young people to represent themselves in a positive way – with Sam’s encouragement that ‘there’s strength in unity lass’.

The film premiered at the Middleton Arena on Friday 26th April, and it is being screened at Manchester Central Library on Thursday 27th June, as part of the Manchester Histories Festival’s Peterloo programme. Further screenings will take place at Touchstones, Rochdale, Stockport Library, the Working Class Movement Library and the Miners Community Arts and Music Centre in Moston.

I’ll be talking to Jacqui about the film, and about Samuel Bamford’s relevance to modern-day Middleton, on this week’s show. And, of course, I’ll also be taking my usual look through Yesterday’s Papers in the second hour!

Catch 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).

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June 22, 2019

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 29 June, 2-4pm

Tune in to Hannah’s Bookshelf on North Manchester FM on Saturday 29th June at 2pm for a Greater Manchester Fringe Special!

The Greater Manchester Fringe first took place in 2012 with six different venues and a handful of shows in each. It is now in its eighth year, and there are hundreds of performances on this year’s programme (across 30 venues), which runs from 1st-31st July. The GM Fringe is a multi-venue open access arts festival providing support for all art forms to show their work, creating an arts community, and encouraging first time participation in arts production and performances across Greater Manchester. On this week’s show I’ll be talking to some of the writers, directors and performers who are taking part in the 2019 festival.

Here’s what’s coming up on the show…

Blue Lines

Winner of the Hive Award 2019, Blue Lines is Stefanie Moore’s debut play and has been developed under the mentorship of Tim Firth. Starting a new school is tough, especially if you’re a teacher faced with the unthinkable – sex education classes. Lots of them. It’s also tough if you’re the new girl and your drunken deflowering in the car park comes back to haunt you. So what happens when the new girl and the new teacher turn to each other for solace? Based on true (and horrifying) experiences of telling kids what happens when you ‘do it’, Blue Lines is a play about fertility, weird friendships and coping with the unexpected. I talked to writer Stefanie Moore (who you may remember from my That’s What She Said Special back in March) to find out more.

Drowning in Silence

Drowning in Silence began its life in a new writing evening as part of Shelagh Delaney Day 2018 and has now been developed into a one act play through workshop and collaboration. Michelle and Jane are sisters who were once very close… but then one day things changed. Their mother was always a free spirit, the life and soul of every family occasion. All appeared perfect until one day the family of four became three. Talking became a thing of the past, and each child and their father seemingly lived separate lives, dealing with the changes out of their control. I caught up with writer Roni Ellis to hear more about Drowning in Silence.

The Riot Act

On 12th August 1842, just 23 years after the Peterloo Massacre, Lancashire cotton-workers again marched in protest at appalling pay and conditions. Reaching Preston’s Lune Street the protesters were confronted by the authorities and read the Riot Act. By 13th August, seven men had been shot and four were dead. Written by Rob Johnston (long-listed for the 2017 Royal Exchange Bruntwood Prize and winner of Best Drama at the 2017 Greater Manchester Fringe Festival for Dark Satanic) and performed by Jake Talbot and Christopher Ward, The Riot Act is a gripping mix of tragedy and humour telling the story of those caught up in the momentous events of 1842. The Riot Act is being performed as part of Manchester Histories Peterloo 2019, a programme of events commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre. I spoke to writer Rob Johnston about the play.

Me, You and George Clooney

MaD Theatre Company has been creating original plays since 1996, illustrating themes and issues relevant to ordinary Northern working class folk. Their latest play Me, You and George Clooney is a heart-warming comedy about gossip, friendship and family… and Mr Clooney makes an appearance too! Nellie has not been out since she was mugged. She spends all day internet shopping and watching daytime telly, which is of great concern to her careworker Nigel, whose visits are a godsend. Nellie and Nigel watch her favourite programme, This Morning, together over a biscuit and a brew. To find out more about MaD Theatre’s new comedy play, I chatted to Rob Lees and Jill Hughes.

People are Happy on Trains

People are Happy on Trains follows a young woman as she deals with the grief of losing someone close to her. The play is set entirely on a train, and through her monologues and interactions with three other passengers on the train, her experience of loss becomes apparent. Grief is a universal experience, and this play showcases an experience that audiences will recognize, and never forget. I caught up with playwright Anna Doyle to find out more.

The Melting of a Single Snowflake

The Melting of a Single Snowflake is a new play by Salford Art Theatre’s writer-in-residence, Libby Hall. A group of outcasts, freaks and weirdos find friendship and common ground during the Summer holidays, after the disappearance of a local schoolboy unites them and forces them to examine the role they each played in his life. As they embark on a mission to find him, it becomes clear that the events of Summer ’19 will stay with them forever. This is a coming-of-age play that looks at the darker side of humanity, the ugly things that motivate and connect us. I talked to writer Libby Hall to find out more.

Underwater / When Liam Met Emmeline in Manchester / The Suitcase, the Beggar and the Wind

Gare du Nord Theatre are putting on three – very different – immersive productions at this year’s Fringe. The first is Underwater, a show in the dark, in which sea creatures and humans face the environmental apocalypse. In these three short plays, jellyfish fight turtles, killer whales discuss veganism, and prawns tickle people. Next, Liam Gallagher and Emmeline Pankhurst team up and take visitors on a two hour walkabout theatrical performance through Manchester, in an event that blends street-art theatre, historic facts, strolling around, surprises and a titbit of Mancunian twang. And then there’s The Suitcase, the Beggar and the Wind, a site-specific play in a disused warehouse on Stockport Train Station. Taking us back to the golden age of steam, it’s a piece that makes us think more about our journey ahead. I talked to Geoff Baker to find out more about Gare du Nord’s productions.

The Death of a Muse

Irish Poet W.B. Yeats was a romantic mystic with a temper that could not be held. But more than that, he was irrevocably in love with Maud Gonne. The suffragette was an activist first and mother second, with more than a few skeletons in her closet. Centuries after they have departed from the mortal realm, The Death of a Muse takes a look back at the lives and loves of the pair. All the world is watching as the two throw stones and try to condemn the other to an eternity of suffering. It is up to the audience to decide who will go to hell and who will go to heaven – iron-hearted Maud or self-centred William? I spoke to writer Róisín Doherty, plus cast members Patrick, Meg and Kerry, to find out more.

Sian Davies: About Time

Winner of the Hive Award 2019, About Time is a new solo show from comedian Sian Davies (Hilarity Bites Winner 2018). Growing up is hard, but most people manage it. Sian Davies waited until she was 27 to grow up. Everyone agreed, it was about time. About Time asks you to join Sian on her hilarious journey of self discovery. I chatted to comedy writer Sian Davies about the show.

 

The Yank is a Manc! My Ancestors and Me

A stand-up show based on a true story. In a fish-out-of-water comedy of errors, Hopwood DePree tells how he gave up Tinseltown to save his 600-year-old ancestral pile. Expect family history, culture clashes and plenty of calamities as Hopwood finds out if someone from Hollywood can make it in Rochdale. You may remember that I interviewed Hopwood DePree for A Helping of History back in November 2017. I caught up with him again to find out all about his new stand-up show.

The Greek

Manchester comedian and playwright, Lewis Charlesworth, brings his second feature play to the GM Fringe. A comic tale of a divided family, in troubling times… Northern England, 2015. The country builds to a referendum, and Mary is poor, old, alone and angry. With only a clingy neighbour to talk to, she awaits the arrival of a long-lost relative. But revealing him could cause quite a stir. The Greek is a tender comedy-drama about British identity, and the humanity on both sides of a divided country. Lewis Charlesworth has been a guest on Hannah’s Bookshelf twice before (on last year’s GM Fringe Special, and then on the regular show in November), so it was great to catch up with him again to talk about The Greek.

Mémoires d’un Amnésique

Mémoires d’un Amnésique: A Reflection of the Life and Work of Erik Satie is, in equal parts, a piano recital, a one-man play and a surrealist film, amalgamated into a unique theatrical experience. Alex Metcalfe performs Satie’s most important works, in character as the composer from the set of his Arceuil apartment. Sarah Miles’s script, edited from Satie’s own words, is narrated against the backdrop of Keith Lovegrove’s cinematic accompaniment. The show is narrated in French with English subtitles. I talked to performer Alex Metcalfe to find out more about the show (and totally mangle some French pronunciation).

You can hear all of these interviews on Saturday 29th June 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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June 16, 2019

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 18 June, 12-2pm

Join me on Tuesday at 12 for another Helping of History on North Manchester FM. This week, I’ll be talking to Zara Hakobyan, who initiated and managed the recent exhibition at Central Library: Aratta: Armenian Heritage in the North West.

The first Armenians who settled in Manchester in 1835 were silk merchants. And by 1862, it is estimated there were 30 Armenian businesses in the city. The Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church, on Manchester’s Upper Brook Street, was consecrated in 1870 and is the oldest Armenian church in the UK. Aratta, which was on at Manchester’s Central Library until 16th June, takes a look at the lives of some of the Armenian diaspora who have been making the region their home since the mid-nineteenth century. Fifteen people, aged from 22-66, have recorded oral histories, interviews where they talk unguardedly about their lives, experiences, family stories and memories. Portraits were taken at locations chosen by the interviewees, by photographers Robert Binder and Darren Bullock.

The project was initiated and managed by Zara Hakobyan – an Armenian researcher living in the north west – and funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Now that the exhibition is over, the recordings will continue to be available on an Aratta website, and will be preserved in the archives of the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre at Manchester’s Central Library.

I’ll be talking to Zara about the Aratta research and exhibition on this week’s show. And, of course, 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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June 11, 2019

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 11 June, 12-2pm

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

Following the format of my previous ‘Three Tales’ shows (Crumpsall, Cheetham Hill, Collyhurst… I’m going to run out of Cs soon!), I’ve got a selection of curious tales from Chadderton’s past. As always, these aren’t the stories that might make the history books, but a little slice of life drawn from a selection of local newspapers. I’ve got a falling-out between tradesmen brothers, hen-rustling, and a sweet little story about the Morecambe Illuminations in 1935. If there’s time, I also have a little bit of bonus Peterloo content (though, if I’m honest, that one’s Failsworth rather than Chadderton).

As well as these Chadderton curiosities, I’ll be taking my usual look through Yesterday’s Papers – and there might be a cheeky bonus theatre review for you as well!

Catch all this 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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June 5, 2019

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 8 June, 2-4pm

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

Kaite is a spoken word poet, writer, and interviewer based in Sydney, Australia. She has worked across multiple disciplines, including diplomacy and television, culminating a diverse set of interests that are reflected in her work. She lives with Chiari Malformation and syringomyelia, painful neurological conditions that affect the spinal cord. To date, she has undergone two brain surgeries to handle her conditions. From her professional and personal experience, she has become a vocal advocate for disability rights, LGBTQ rights, and women’s rights across the globe.

I’ll be talking to Kaite about her poetry, other writing and advocacy work on this week’s show. And, of course, she’ll be sharing her selections for this week’s Apocalypse Books.

But wait! There’s more! Two exciting bits of bonus content on Saturday’s show… I’ll be talking to Nicola and Christine from The Shaw Centre about Unicorns, Zombies and Other Stories, a book of children’s stories produced as part of a creative writing project at the centre. And you can also hear my review of dressed. at HOME Manchester.

Catch all this 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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