Hannah Kate

poet, short story writer and editor based in Manchester

December 12, 2019

Two Festive Shows from A Helping of History

Christmas Special

The Helping of History Christmas Special will be on Christmas Eve this year. On Tuesday 24th December, 12-2pm, I’ll be sharing some special memories of North Manchester’s Christmases past. Tune in to hear about the festive season in Harpurhey, Moston, Miles Platting, Cheetham Hill and Crumpsall over the years.

New Year Special

And then on New Year’s Eve, 12-2pm, tune in for a Yesterday’s Papers New Year Special. I’ll be looking at the local papers from the days between Christmas and New Year 1941, and sharing some of the stories and features. What did the end of 1941 look like to Mancunians?

Tune in to A Helping of History every Tuesday at 12 on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) or listen online (if you’re further afield).

December 12, 2019

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 Saturday 21st December, 2-4pm, for the (slightly early) Hannah’s Bookshelf Christmas Special. As is the tradition, I’ll be talking about a selection of my favourite festive fiction (including some quite recent choices). Want to find out what books are on this year’s list? Catch the show on Saturday at 2pm!

New Year Special

And then, on Saturday 28th December, 2-4pm, it’s my (again, slightly early) Apocalypse Books New Year Special. I’ll be featuring some of my highlights of Hannah’s Bookshelf in 2019, including a selection of the books saved by my guests for The Library at the End of Days.

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 11, 2019

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 17 December, 12-2pm

Tune in to North Manchester FM on Tuesday for another Helping of History. This week, I’m going to be getting into the festive mood (before next week’s Christmas special) with a selection of Christmas Crackers.

Once again, I’ve dipped into my folder of oddities – those little slice-of-life stories I collect, which might not make it into the history books but are still very entertaining and interesting. Rather than choosing a place to focus on this week, I’ve chosen a season! All the stories on this week’s show will be about Christmas in Manchester and the surrounding areas.

Expect complaints about the weather, nostalgia for Christmases past, Orthodox celebrations in Higher Broughton, beer-less celebrations in Crumpsall, complaints about the weather, and suspiciously suntanned police officers in Bury. Oh, and complaints about the weather. The stories on this week’s show span over 120 years, but there’s something reassuring in their consistency. So tune in for some very Mancunian Christmas Crackers!

As well as these festive crackers, of course I’ll also be taking my usual look through Yesterday’s Papers on this week’s show.

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).

December 10, 2019

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 14 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’ll be playing a selection of brilliant festive flash fiction, courtesy of this year’s 3 Minute Santas writers: Bridie Breen, Sarah Mosedale, Alan McKean and Amanda Steel. I’ll probably sneak a little taste of my own flash fiction in there as well! As well as these new stories, I’m going to be reviewing some of my most recent reads and sharing some books recommendations from my October/November reading list.

For all this – and some Christmas music too – catch this show on Saturday at 2pm on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) or listen online (if you’re further afield).

December 8, 2019

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 10 December, 12-2pm

Join me on Tuesday at 12 on North Manchester FM for another Helping of History. This week’s show is all about… trains!

Inspired by a number of things – not least a recent visit to the East Lancashire Railway – I’m devoting this show to talking about the railways, and the impact they had on our local area. I’m particularly interested in one company – the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway – which was arguably one of the most significant railway companies in the north (and in the UK as a whole). I’ll be talking about the company’s formation in 1847, and about the way it utterly transformed travel around and to North Manchester. And, although I will be talking about the company’s demise, I want to take a look at its legacy. What did the L&YR ever do for us?

As well as this little journey through the history of trains, I’ll also be taking my usual look through Yesterday’s Papers on this week’s show.

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).

Missed the show? You can catch it again here:

December 3, 2019

OUT NOW: Nothing (Hic Dragones, 2019)

Bleak landscapes, empty hearts, insignificant lives, dystopian futures, extinction, limbo, uncertainty, death. A beautiful void or a horrific state of being. The simple complexity of nothingness.

A new anthology of short stories, edited by Hannah Kate, that take place when everything has gone, in the empty spaces that are left, and with the people that cling to a last deceptive semblance of something—anything—in the face of the void. Embark on a journey to nowhere, with no one, meaning nothing.

Contents:
‘Four Blank Pages’ by Daisy Black
‘Nobody’ by K. Bannerman
‘Nothing but Darkness’ by Patrick Lacey
‘A Banquet of Stars’ by Anthony Cowin
‘The Empty People’ by Amanda Steel
‘Ashes’ by C.V. Leedham
‘State of You’ by Jeanette Greaves
‘Projection’ by Ackley Lewis
‘The Experiment’ by Sally Davies
‘Mrs Frankenstein’s Void’ by Valentine George
‘The Forever Sea’ by Melanie Stott
‘The House Lights Dim’ by Tim Major
‘Trap Street’ by Hannah Kate
‘White Stone’ by Rue Karney
‘The March’ by M. Raymond
‘The Sum of our Memories’ by Sara L. Uckelman
‘Traps’ by David Turnbull
‘The Hole is Waiting’ by Tony Rabig
‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Square’ by Nancy Schumann
‘Blisters’ by Sarah Peploe

For more information, or to get a copy of the book, please visit the Hic Dragones website.

December 3, 2019

Share Your Christmas Memories!

People of/from North Manchester (or people with a vague North Manc connection)! I’m looking for some Christmas memories to share on a very festive radio show to be broadcast on North Manchester FM on Christmas Eve. Would you share your stories with me?

All you need to do is hit ‘Start Recording’ on the button below, and tell me about your favourite Christmas memories. I want to gather as many of these as possible, for broadcast on NMFM on Christmas Eve at 12.

What’s your favourite thing about Christmas?
What’s your best memory of Christmas growing up?
What does the Christmas season mean to you?

Just click ‘Start Recording’, make sure your mic’s on, and send me your story.

Deadline for submission Sunday 8th December.


December 3, 2019

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

Catch Hannah’s Bookshelf on North Manchester FM this Saturday at 2pm, when I’ll be welcoming the fantastic Judy Morris and Elaine Bousfield of ZunTold Publishing to the studio.

Judy trained as a teacher, and taught hundreds of pupils over a twenty-five year classroom career before becoming a headteacher and then a writer. Since the earliest days of her teaching career she’s written poems, stories and plays to use with children in the classroom. She’s always been passionate about teaching, delivering high-quality education and giving students a voice in their learning whilst helping them to develop resilience, good mental health and personal wellbeing. Through her writing, she focuses on developing wellbeing using the power of language.

Elaine is the founder of ZunTold, a new publishing company based in Manchester. ZunTold publishes middle grade and YA fiction and has a particular interest in Fiction as Therapy – working with fiction as a way of exploring feelings, issues and developing insight into the complexity of being human. Elaine trained as counsellor and worked for many years with young people. In 2001 she founded XenZone and in 2004, Kooth, an online counselling and support platform for children and young people aged 11-25. Today she remains the founder and a director of the company. This work was the inspiration for ZunTold and the company has plans to work with writers to develop work that can be helpful to readers be they young people, teachers, parents or therapists.

I’m going to be chatting to Judy and Elaine about publishing and writing, and about mental health and wellbeing. And, of course, they’ll be sharing their 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:

December 2, 2019

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 3 December, 12-2pm

Join me on Tuesday at 12 on North Manchester FM for another Helping of History. Today I’m going to raising something of a complicated question – What is North Manchester? And I’ll be looking at the Curious Case of Beswick.

When you think of Beswick now, you probably think of it as a district of east Manchester. But what is its historical identity? And why was it once part of North Manchester? On this week’s show, I’m going to be introducing a bit of the history of Beswick (and its close neighbour Bradford), and talking about what this tells us about the creation of North Manchester township in 1896 and the wider history of Manchester.

As well as this little trip to Beswick on the show, 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).

Missed the show? You can catch it again here:

November 27, 2019

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

Join me on Saturday at 2pm on North Manchester FM for another episode of Hannah’s Bookshelf. This week, my guest will be the brill Rachel Mann.

Rachel is an Anglican parish priest and writer. She was Poet-in-Residence at Manchester Cathedral between 2009 and 2017 and is the author of five books, including Fierce Imaginings: The Great War, Ritual, Memory and God (DLT, 2017). She is Visiting Fellow in Creative Writing and English at Manchester Metropolitan University. She is the editor of Carcanet’s New Selected Poems of Christina Rossetti (2020). Her poetry was anthologised in Carcanet’s New Poetries VII (2018) and her debut collection, A Kingdom of Love, came out in 2019.

I’ll be talking to Rachel about her poetry, writing and teaching on this week’s show. 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: