Hannah Kate

poet, short story writer and editor based in Manchester

July 23, 2021

Clayton Hall: Summer Writing Prompts (Week 1)

As writer-in-residence at Clayton Hall, I’ve done a couple of sets of short writing exercises inspired by the Hall and the things you can find there during lockdown (the first set was last Spring, the second this Spring). Due to ongoing lockdown restrictions, Clayton Hall is still closed to the public, so I thought I’d do a third Summer-themed set of exercises for this month. Please feel free to take some inspiration from these prompts and mini-exercises in your writing – they’re suitable for ages and abilities. These writing prompts were shared on the Hall’s social media each day this week, but here they all are in one place for you!

July 21, 2021

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 24th July, 2-4pm

Join me on Saturday at 2pm for more from Hannah’s Bookshelf on North Manchester FM. This week, I’ll be chatting to the fab H-J Hoyles (aka Hadley-James Hoyles), who you may remember was one of the performers on this year’s (Not Quite) Live Poetry Special back in April.

H-J Hoyles is a poet, musician, author and teacher from North Yorkshire, who is based in Edinburgh. His poetry is concerned with the impact of nature on the human psyche, the effects of the landscape on mental health and cultural memory, and modern day myth-making. He is the founder of the Alcove poetry organisation in Edinburgh, a member of The Heretics, also based in Edinburgh, and has been published by the likes of Poetry Lab Shanghai, Together Behind Four Walls, The Inkwell, Yellerzine, The Klecksograph and MONO. His debut pamphlet, Songs of the Hen Ogledd, is available from Wild Pressed Books.

I’ll be chatting to Hadley about Songs of the Hen Ogledd and about his poetry and writing more broadly. 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 FM area) or listen online (if you’re further afield).

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July 14, 2021

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 17 July, 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 wonderful Johnny Mains.

Johnny is a British Fantasy Award winning editor and author. His first book, 2010’s Back From the Dead: The Legacy of the Pan Book of Horror Stories led him directly to working with Pan Macmillan and bringing out the very first volume of The Pan Book of Horror Stories originally published in 1959. From there he created the critically acclaimed Dead Funny: Horror Stories by Comedians (co-edited with Robin Ince), several volumes of Best British Horror and brought to print many lost works of Victorian fiction by female writers. He is also the author of three collections and one novel. He lives in the South West of England.

I’ll be talking to Johnny about his books, and about horror 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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July 7, 2021

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 10 July, 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 Matt Cook.

Matt was born in Chelmsford, Essex. His short and non-fiction have appeared in The Stockholm Review of Literature, Cooldog Short Story Prize, Oblong Magazine, Number Eleven, Spelk, Boneshaker, Tusk, Small Doggies, Pygmy Giant, Imbroglio and the Cambridge Short Story Prize shortlist 2020. Life on Other Planets is his first novel. He lives in Liverpool with his wife and children where he works as a freelance writer.

I’ll be chatting to Matt about his debut novel, and about his short stories. 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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June 30, 2021

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 3 July, 2-4pm

Tune in this Saturday at 2pm for more from Hannah’s Bookshelf on North Manchester FM. This week, I’ll be talking to the brill Thomas McColl. (You may remember that Thomas was one of the performers on last year’s (Not Quite) Live Poetry Special.)

Thomas McColl has had poems published in magazines such as Envoi, Iota, Prole, International Times and Ink, Sweat & Tears, and his latest collection, Grenade Genie, came out last year with Manchester-based publisher Fly on the Wall Press. Tom’s read his poetry and stories at many events in London and beyond – including Fire and Dust, Celine’s Salon, The Quiet Compere and Manchester’s Speak Easy (run by Andy N) – and has been featured on BBC Radio Kent, BBC Radio WM, Brum Radio and previously on Hannah’s Bookshelf.

I’ll be talking to Tom about his writing and his latest collection, and about his influences and inspirations. 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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June 23, 2021

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 26 June, 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 Ramsey Campbell I’ll be talking about Somebody’s Voice, a new book by Ramsey Campbell (out now from Flame Tree Press).

A review of a new book by Anne Goodwin I’ll be reviewing Matilda Windsor is Coming Home (out now from Inspired Quill).

An interview with Barbara Angela Kealy I first interviewed Barbara back in June 2018. London born, with an Irish father and Italian mother, Barbara was the fourth of seven children. Never a shrinking violet, Barbara, together with her sister Sandra, attended the local dance school at an early age, loving the opportunity to perform on stage whenever the teachers arranged shows for the public. Shortly after forwarding her portfolio to a prestigious agency in London, Barbara became a lookalike for the iconic actress, Joan Collins, travelling around the United Kingdom and Europe in her exciting new showbusiness career. This has fuelled her life experiences, and certainly her first book, Double Deception. And in case you’re interested, Barbara’s Apocalypse Books choices were The Magician’s Way by William Whitecloud, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, and Murder Most Royal by Jean Plaidy.

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 of 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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June 16, 2021

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

Tune in this Saturday at 2pm for more from Hannah’s Bookshelf on North Manchester FM. This week, I’ll be talking to the fab Gaynor Jones. You might remember that Gaynor was one of the people I spoke to way back in March 2019 for my That’s What She Said International Women’s Day Special. It’s a pleasure to welcome her this week to the Hannah’s Bookshelf virtual studio!

Gaynor Jones is a northern writer, currently based in Oldham. She is the recipient of a Northern Writer’s Award and has won or been placed in competitions including the Bridport Prize, Bath Flash Fiction and the Mairtín Crawford Award. She has performed her work at spoken word nights across Manchester and at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe as a guest of For Books’ Sake. Her novella-in-flash Among These Animals was published in March 2021 and she has recently signed with Laura Williams at Greene & Heaton.

I’ll be talking to Gaynor about her new novella and her flash fiction, and about her writing in general. 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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June 9, 2021

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 12 June, 2-4pm

Tune in this Saturday at 2pm for more from Hannah’s Bookshelf on North Manchester FM. This week, I’ll be talking to the fab Bonnie Meekums.

Bonnie’s debut novel, A Kind of Family, was published by the USA-based independent publisher Between the Lines Publishing in January 2020, to 5* reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. Her words have also been published online by Reflex Press, the Poetry Health Service, and Open Page Literary Journal. She was longlisted for the Reflex Press summer 2020 flash fiction competition, and shortlisted for the 2020 King Lear Chairman’s Prize. So far in 2021, Bonnie has been nominated by Reflex Press for the Best Short Fictions Anthology.

As a working-class girl in 1950s London, libraries gave Bonnie access to stories when there were few books in the household, but her dad made up bedtime stories for her and her sister, described in her short creative memoir The Story Hunter (Dear Damsels, 2019). Bonnie and her sister have co-authored a book-length memoir about working-class childhood in south-East London, Remnants of War, which was self-published in April. She also writes a blog entitled Ramblings.

I’ll be talking to Bonnie about her novel and her memoirs, and about writing and storytelling in general. 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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June 2, 2021

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 5 June, 2-4pm

Join me on Saturday at 2pm on North Manchester FM for a Festival of Libraries Special Edition of Hannah’s Bookshelf. I’m going to be finding out more about this exciting (and unique) festival, which is taking place this month.

The Manchester City of Literature inaugural Festival of Libraries takes place across Greater Manchester from Wednesday 9th-Sunday 13th June. The packed programme of events includes in-person, virtual and outdoor events for all ages, as well as talks, interviews, tours, creative projects and activities at both local libraries across GM and Manchester’s heritage libraries. You can see the full programme of events on the Manchester City of Literature website.

On Saturday’s show, I’ll be talking to some of the many (many!) people involved in the festival. I’ll be chatting to Ivan Wadeson, Executive Director of Manchester City of Literature, and taking a trip to Chetham’s Library, the oldest public library in the English-speaking world, to speak with librarian Fergus Wilde. I’ll also be joined by some of the artists and writers who are taking part in various events for the festival, including Mike Garry, Rosie Garland, Charlotte Wetton, Lydia Hounat, Anjum Malik, Ruth Yates, Michelle Collier, Ella Otomewo and James Holt.

It’s going to be a library-tastic show, with lots of info on the history of Manchester’s libraries, but also some thought-provoking ideas about the future.

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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May 26, 2021

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 29 May, 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 book by Christopher Mooney I’ll be reviewing Whisky for Breakfast, the debut short story collection from Christopher Mooney (out now from Bridge House Publishing).

An interview with Caroline Kelly about the upcoming Festival of Libraries Caroline Kelly is the Creative Producer of Manchester City of Literature‘s Festival of Libraries, taking place across Greater Manchester on 9th-13th June this year. I’ll be talking to Caroline about what’s coming up at the festival and finding out more about this project.

A review of a history book by Stephen Carver I’ll be talking about The Author Who Outsold Dickens: The Life and Work of W.H. Ainsworth (out now from Pen and Sword 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 of 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: