Hannah Kate

poet, short story writer and editor based in Manchester

June 17, 2018

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 19 June, 12-2pm

Tune in to North Manchester FM on Tuesday at 12 for another Helping of History. This week, I’m going to be delving into the history of a green space very close to the NMFM studio… Queen’s Park in Harpurhey.

First opened in 1846, Queen’s Park on Rochdale Road is one of the oldest public parks in Manchester. The land was once owned by the Houghton family, who built Hendham Hall on the site. I’ll be talking about some of the park’s fascinating (and significant) history – both before and after its purchase by Manchester Corporation in the 1840s.

As well as the Queen’s Park chat, I’ll be taking my usual look through Yesterday’s Papers. And, as always, 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).

 

 

June 16, 2018

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 23 June, 2-4pm

Join me on Saturday at 2pm for more from Hannah’s Bookshelf on North Manchester FM. This week, I’ll be joined by the fab Catherine Burns. Catherine is the author of The Visitors, a dark and unsettling psychological thriller set on the outskirts of a northern seaside resort.

Born in Chorlton (a long time ago, before it got trendy), Catherine went to Oakwood High School then Xavarian Sixth Form college in Rusholme. Her mum was the school caretaker at Oakwood and her dad was a communist shop steward – they used to support the Soviet Union in the Olympics. Briefly rebelling against her Marxist upbringing, she went to Trinity College Cambridge then became a bond trader in the City. After a few years of those Thatcherite shenanigans she decided to move to Moscow and study at the Kino Institute then came back to the UK and taught at uni for a bit. To drag herself out of a bout of depression when her mum died, she started writing The Visitors. She was writing really just to have a reason to get out of bed in the morning and never thought she would get a publishing deal. She was totally amazed when the book was picked up by Legend Press in the UK, Simon and Schuster in the USA, Hachette in Australia (also coming soon in the Czech Republic!).

I’ll be chatting to Catherine about The Visitors, writing and publishing. And, of course, she’ll be sharing her selections for this week’s Apocalypse Books.

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 10, 2018

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 16 June, 2-4pm

Tune in to North Manchester FM on Saturday at 2pm for another episode of Hannah’s Bookshelf. This week, my guest will be the fab Ruth Estevez.

Ruth lives in Manchester, although she travels frequently over the Pennines to her native Yorkshire. Ruth has always worked in the arts, from Opera North, Harrogate Theatre-in-Education Company to Emmerdale. Her attitude of saying ‘yes’ to offers means Ruth has worked in places from Pitlochry Festival Theatre in Scotland to Shakespeare’s Globe in London. She always wanted to be an actor and studied English and Drama at Chester University, appearing as Nell Gwynne, a nun and Madame from Jean Genet’s The Maids in her final year. Acting stood her in good stead for her writing, co-writing a day long performance/workshop, The Ghost in the Machine, for Harrogate T.I.E before moving to television and becoming a scriptwriter on the BBC puppet animated series, Bob the Builder. However, it seemed acting wasn’t to be as she was drawn increasingly to writing.

Since a young age, Ruth had always made up her own worlds and characters and eventually, this love of writing won out and she wrote the novel, Meeting Coty, based on her great aunt who worked in the perfume industry in the 1920s, published by Kings Hart Books in 2007. She self-published her second novel, Erosion, whilst working as an Associate Lecturer in Scriptwriting at Manchester Metropolitan University on the BA (Hons) Film and Contemporary Video Degree Course. Ruth’s first YA novel, Jiddy Vardy, will be published by ZunTold on 21st of June 2018, and she is currently working on her second YA novel, The Monster Belt.

I’ll be talk to Ruth about her novels, and we’ll be chatting about all things creative writing. And, of course, Ruth will 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).

June 9, 2018

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

Join me on Tuesday at 12 on North Manchester FM for another Helping of History. This week, I have two fantastic guests (from either end of North Manchester) in the studio. In the first hour of the show, I’ll be joined by Christine Grime of the Edgar Wood Society, and then in the second, I’ll be welcoming Richard Long from the Friends of Angel Meadow.

Edgar Wood (1860-1935) was the most advanced English architect of his generation, stylistically moving through through art nouveau, vernacular, expressionist and finally art deco phases a decade or more before other designers. His buildings are mostly clustered in the towns of Middleton, Rochdale, Oldham, Huddersfield and Hale. The Edgar Wood Society was formed in April 2011 to promote the architecture, furniture, paintings and other work of Edgar Wood and his role in the developing Arts & Crafts movement. In particular the Society seeks to restore and secure the future of the Arts and Crafts Church, Long Street Methodist Church and Schools, Edgar Wood’s masterpiece in Middleton.

St Michael’s Flags and Angel Meadow Park is situated on the northern edge of Manchester city centre of Manchester. St Michael’s Church once stood on the site and artist L.S. Lowry depicted the area in several of his paintings. The site was home to Angel Meadow, a notorious Victorian slum. In 2004, the Friends of Angel Meadow formed to campaign for the park’s continued redevelopment, and since then considerable money has been raised through grants and Manchester City Council interest. The Friends group actively encourages preservation, fundraising and social events.

Two brilliant guests – two significant stories in our local area’s history!

As always, I’ll also be taking a 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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June 4, 2018

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 9 June, 2-4pm

Tune in to North Manchester FM on Saturday at 2pm for more from Hannah’s Bookshelf. This week, I’m welcoming the lovely Caroline England to the studio. You may remember that Caroline was first on the show back in October, talking about her debut novel Beneath the Skin.

Born a Yorkshire lass, Caroline studied Law at the University of Manchester and stayed over the border, working in the city centre as a divorce lawyer. In addition to her short story collection, Watching Horsepats Feed the Roses, Caroline has had dark twisty short stories and poems published in a variety of literary magazines and anthologies. Caroline draws on her legal career to write about secrets, betrayal and lies, hidden crime and ‘what goes on behind closed doors’. Her debut ‘domestic noir’ novel, Beneath the Skin, was published by Avon HarperCollins in October 2017 and My Husband’s Lies followed on 17th May 2018.

I’ll be catching up with Caroline, and finding out all about My Husband’s Lies.

But there’s more… as bonus content on this week’s show, I also have two fantastic extra interviews for you.

I caught up with the amazing Yrsa Daley-Ward, whose poetic memoir The Terrible has just been published by Penguin Random House. Poet, writer, actor and model, Yrsa had her debut poetry collection, bone, published last year. She’s followed that up with The Terrible, a lyrical memoir of growing up, faith, race, sexuality and mental health. I chaired the Manchester date of Yrsa’s book tour at Waterstones on Deansgate, and we took the opportunity to record an interview for the show.

I’ll also be talking to the great people at Salford Arts Theatre about their new production of Harold Brighouse’s Hobson’s Choice, which is on until 23rd June. Set in Salford in the 1880s, Hobson’s Choice is the story of shoemaker Henry Hobson, and his put-upon (but sharp as a whip) daughter Maggie. This new production is staged by Salford Theatre Company, the Arts Theatre’s inhouse professional company. I went to chat with them ahead of the press performance to find out more.

To hear all three of these interviews, 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 1, 2018

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 5 June, 12-2pm

Tune in to North Manchester FM on Tuesday at 12 for another Helping of History. This week, I have two fantastic interviews for you…

I’ll be welcoming back Alan Clegg, who was on the show last week talking about Middleton’s John Stocke Charity. This week, I’ll be chatting to Alan about the magazine Memories of Middleton, which is all about the local and social history of the area. Alan will be telling us about how the magazine came about, but also some of the great stories that have featured over the years.

My second interview is with Will Carr of the International Anthony Burgess Foundation. Will is the editor of The Ink Trade, a new collection of journalism by Anthony Burgess (Harpurhey’s famous literary son), which was launched on 30th May at the Burgess Foundation’s building in Chorlton-on-Medlock. I caught up with Will before the launch to find out more about the book, and about Burgess’s North Manchester roots.

As well as these two wonderful interviews, 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 iconic 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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May 27, 2018

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

Join me on Saturday at 2pm for more from Hannah’s Bookshelf on North Manchester FM. This week, my guest will be the fantastic Barbara Angela Kealy.

Barbara is the author of Double Deception, a crime thriller set in the world of celebrity lookalikes. Born in London, Barbara attended the local dance school at an early age, before moving to America as an au pair. After working in New York for a time, she returned to London and joined the Lissenden Players, an old-time music hall group in North London. Shortly after forwarding her portfolio to a prestigious agency, Barbara became a lookalike for the iconic Joan Collins, travelling around the United Kingdom and Europe in her exiciting new show business career. This experience inspired her first novel, Double Deception, which draws on the entertaining stories and fascinating experiences Barbara found in the ‘copycat’ world of lookalikes.

I’ll be talking to Barbara about her novel, and about her intriguing career as ‘Joan Collins’. And, of course, she’ll be sharing her selections for this week’s Apocalypse Books.

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 27, 2018

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 29 May, 12-2pm

Tune in to North Manchester FM on Tuesday at 12 for another Helping of History! This week’s show includes an interview with Alan Clegg, a trustee of Middleton’s John Stocke’s Charity.

Founded in 1692 by John Stocke, a merchant from Middleton, the charity is one of the UK’s oldest charities. It was set up to help the poor of the parish, and has been in continuous operation since its foundation. Alan is one of twelve trustees who ensure the charity’s continuous work, and we’ll be talking about the charity, but also about John Stocke himself.

As well as this, 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).

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May 20, 2018

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 26 May, 2-4pm

Catch Hannah’s Bookshelf on North Manchester FM on Saturday at 2pm. This week, my guest will be the wonderful Sharena Lee Satti.

Sharena is a poet from Bradford, West Yorkshire. She is the author of Testing Times and Broken Chains.

Sharena started writing poetry at a young age, which initially helped deal with her troubled childhood. Poetry later became a huge part of her life. She regularly performs at spoken words events, and in involved with community volunteering and work in schools. She has been interviewed by several radio stations, including BCB Radio, Drystone Radio and 5towns Radio, and she was filmed for National Poetry Day, in association with Bradford UNESCO City of Film and Bradford Libraries. Most recently, she was a guest on Sisters Corner Iqra Sky TV.

I’ll be talking to Sharena about poetry, writing and her community work. And, of course, she’ll be sharing her selections for this week’s Apocalypse Books.

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 20, 2018

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 22 May, 12-2pm

Tune in to North Manchester FM on Tuesday at 12 for another Helping of History. This week, I’ll be talking to the Rochdale Pioneers Museum about the history of the co-operative movement and the museum’s activities.

The Rochdale Pioneers Museum exists to preserve the original store of the Rochdale Pioneers and to generate an understanding of the ideals and principles of the co-operative movement. The museum aims to preserve and maintain the store building and collections relating to the Rochdale Pioneers and the co-operative movement in general, and to provide an educational experience for visitors that includes the origins and development of the Rochdale Pioneers Society in the context of 19th century Rochdale. The museum is managed for the co-operative movement by the Co-operative College.

In addition to my interview with the museum, I’ll also be taking our 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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