Hannah Kate

poet, short story writer and editor based in Manchester

September 13, 2020

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf (Not Quite) Live Poetry Special, Saturday 19 September, 2-4pm

Join me on Saturday 19th September, 2-4pm, for my annual Hannah’s Bookshelf Live Poetry Special on North Manchester FM. Except, of course, this year we’ll be Not Quite Live… but I’ve still got 12 amazing poets lined up to perform their work for you (they just won’t all in the same room, and none of us will be within 2 metres of each other). Check out who’s going to be on the show…

Ged Austin
Ged Austin is a Mancunian poet, author, playwright, actor, local historian, art director and curator. He’s also a homelessness outreach worker and fundraiser, the co-director of the Manchester Indie Filmmakers Group, and a spiritual life coach.

 

 

Martin Grey
Martin Grey is a Nottingham based performance poet. His debut collection, The Prettyboys of Gangster Town, was released in 2020 through Fly on the Wall Poetry. He is also a director of World Jam, a global poetry and music charity, and eats far too many custard creams.

 

 

Pete Slater
Pete Slater is an art school dropout from the 60s, who sort of fell into poetry by accident some 40 years later. He discovered performance poetry at an open mic 6 years ago, and hasn’t stopped writing or performing since. And he’s still writing through the madness of this pandemic and managing to read through the wonder of modern technology.

 

Simon Corble
Simon is a playwright, performer, photographer and poet. He grew up in rural Oxfordshire and Cheshire before training as an actor in Manchester, where he was based for many years before moving to the Peak District in 2007. His collection of poetry and photography, White Light White Peak, was published by Fly on the Wall Press in 2019, along with the launch of his live show, which mixes his performance of the spoken word with projected images and sound recordings from the Peak District.

Rachel Halsall
Rachel Halsall is a 25-year-old writer based in Manchester, which has provided great inspiration for many of her works. She has had multiple publications in anthologies, featured on the radio, and now has a WordPress blog called The Lady Ruthless.

 

 

Bethany Rivers
Bethany Rivers was shortlisted for the Overton Poetry Prize and the Snowdrop Poetry Competition in 2019. She has two poetry pamphlets: Off the Wall from Indigo Dreams (2016) and the sea refuses no river from Fly on the Wall Press (2019). She is the editor of As Above So Below online poetry magazine, and she has taught creative writing for 14 years.

 

Thomas McColl
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 this 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 Landing Place, Celine’s Salon, The Quiet Compere, Birkbeck Writer’s Room and Newham Word Festival – and has been featured on BBC Radio Kent, East London Radio and TV’s London Live.

Helen Darby
Helen Darby is a queer poet from Manchester who has been appearing at spoken word nights around the North West since 2018. She writes about place, gender, class, recovery, philosophy, sex, isolation and friendship. She has performed invited guest slots at Lancaster Spotlight, That’s What She Said Manchester, Superbia for Manchester Pride, Manchester Museum, New Mills Festival, The Bronte Festival of Women’s Writing, Stirred and She Grrrowls in Edinburgh Free Fringe, amongst others.

Bridie Breen
Bridie Breen is an Irish-born, Manchester-matured poet. She loves the human condition, the good, the bad and the ugly. She writes it as it is, for the joy of getting it down.

 

 

Hallie Fletcher
Hallie Fletcher is a published poet who is currently studying an MA in Literature. She has self-published two books. After falling pregnant at fifteen and growing up in Harpurhey, she has always used writing as her therapy, and her two children inspire her every single day to succeed in life.

 

Amanda Steel
Amanda Steel is the author of several novels and poetry collections, including Ghost of Me and Always Darkest Before Dawn. She also works as a copywriter, and is the co-host of the book review podcast Reading in Bed, which now has a spinoff podcast called Reading in Bed Extracts.

 

Andy N
Andy N is the author of four full-length poetry collections, the most recent being the streets were all we could see and the lockdown was all we could see, co-written with Amanda Steel. He is also the co-host of Stretford’s open mic literature night Speak Easy, does podcasts as varied as Spoken Label, Reading in Bed, Wrestle Talk and Comics Unity, and does ambient music as Ocean in a Bottle.

 

These wonderful writers and performers will all be appearing on this week’s Hannah’s Bookshelf on Saturday from 2pm. You can catch the show on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) or listen online (if you’re further afield).

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September 10, 2020

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 12 September, 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…

An interview with Sara Read I first interviewed Sara back in April 2016 (and then, as a bonus, I spoke to her again in June 2017 as well). Sara is an academic who specialises in the cultural and literary representations of women, reproduction and medicine in the seventeenth century, and a lecturer in english at Loughborough University. Her debut novel The Gossips’ Choice is out now from Wild Pressed Books.  In case you’re curious, Sara’s Apocalypse Books choices were The Midwives Book by Jane Sharp, Katherine by Anya Seton, and The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde.

A review of a new poetry collection from Flapjack Press I’ll be talking about The Beauty Within Shadow, a new collection by Henry Normal, which was published this month by Flapjack Press.

An interview with Shona Kinsella My first interview with Shona Kinsella was back in October 2017. Shona is the author of stone age fantasy Ashael Rising, dark Scottish fantasy Petra MacDonald and the Queen of the Fae, and industrial fantasy The Flame and the Flood. She’s the editor of the British Fantasy Society’s fiction publication, BFS Horizons, as well as lead judge for the BFS Short Story Competition. She lives on the beautiful banks of Loch Lomond with her husband and three children. And, in case you’re interested, her Apocalypse Books choices were Stephen King’s IT, Magician by Raymond E. Feist, and Karin Slaughter’s Blindsighted.

Reviews of two radio plays from JustOut Theatre I’ve chosen two more plays from the JustOut Stays In radio play series to talk about on this week’s show: ‘I am the most coldhearted son of a b*tch you will ever meet’ by Issy Flower and ‘Qualified’ by Lee Thompson.

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:

September 2, 2020

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 5 September, 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 book by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi I’ll be reviewing Manchester Happened, a short story collection by award-winning author Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi (published by Oneworld Publications).

Reviews of two radio plays from JustOut Theatre I’ve chosen two more plays from the JustOut Stays In radio play series to talk about on this week’s show: Bleach by Max Kyte and Mrs O’Connor’s Flute by Suzan Young.

An interview with Jack Barrow I first interviewed Jack Barrow in April 2019. Jack lives in Hertfordshire, where he earns a living writing about things in engineering. He’s written a novel about master magicians who save the world at weekends, and his travelogue In SatNav We Trust was published in 2020. In case you’re curious, Jack’s Apocalypse Books choices were The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig, and The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson.

And a review of a book by Susan Barrett You heard us talking about Elfrida Next Door on last week’s show, and so this week I’ll be reviewing it for you!

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:

August 26, 2020

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 29 August, 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…

An interview with Susan Barrett I first interviewed Susan in March 2019. Susan Barrett is an experienced writer of fiction and non-fiction whose work has been published since the 1960s. Elfrida Next Door is her 12th novel, and the fifth she has brought out independently. Susan is married to wildlife artist Peter Barrett. They live in Devon near their daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. And in case you were wondering, Susan’s Apocalypse Books selections were Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee, True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey, and the Complete Works of Shakespeare.

A review of a book from Queen of Swords Press I’ll be reviewing Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space), an pirate-themed short story anthology, edited by Catherine Lundoff and published by Queen of Swords in 2018.

Reviews of two radio plays from JustOut Theatre I’ve chosen two more plays from the JustOut Stays In radio play series to talk about on this week’s show: Total Slag by Sophie A. Mitchell and To Tell You the Truth by Daniel Kearney.

And I’ll be talking about a short film from HOME I’ll be talking about Last Place on Earth, an interactive, 360-degree film by HOME Manchester’s Future 20 Collective in collaboration with Studio Morison.

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:

August 25, 2020

Performers Wanted for (Not Quite) Live Poetry Special

Want to perform your poetry on the radio?

The annual Hannah’s Bookshelf Live Poetry Special is back! (A little bit delayed, and with some slight changes…)

On Saturday 19th September, Hannah’s Bookshelf on North Manchester FM will be hosting a (Not Quite) Live Poetry Special. I’d like to invite poets and spoken word performers to get involved and perform their work on the show.

Due to COVID restrictions, it won’t be possible to invite performers into the studio this time, so I’ll be asking poets to pre-record their performance with me prior to the show. The good news is that means we can invite poets from anywhere in the world to perform, as geography isn’t a barrier this time!

Whether you’re a veteran performer or new to reading your work, I’d love to hear from you. Drop me a line via the Contact page, tweet me or message me on Facebook if you’d like to perform or would like more information about how to take part. Slots are limited, and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

The Hannah’s Bookshelf (Not Quite) Live Poetry Special will be going out on North Manchester FM on Saturday 19th September at 2-4pm. It will be broadcast on 106.6FM (in the North Manchester area) and online (for the rest of the world). Performance slots are 6 minutes long.

August 19, 2020

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 22 August, 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 short film by Karen Cogan I’ll also be reviewing Turkey Sausage Roll, a COVID-inspired short film written and directed by Karen Cogan as part of the Homemakers series from HOME, Manchester.

An interview with Andy N I first interviewed Andy N back in October 2016, and he’s been a regular guest on my Live Poetry Specials. Andy is the author of four full-length poetry collections, the most recent being the streets were all we could see and the lockdown was all we could see, co-written with Amanda Steel. He is also the co-host of Stretford’s open mic literature night Speak Easy, does podcasts as varied as Spoken Label, Reading in Bed, Wrestle Talk and Comics Unity, and does ambient music as Ocean in a Bottle. In case you’re curious, Andy’s Apocalypse Books choices were The Girl with all the Gifts by M.R. Carey, The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster, and Billy’s Rain by Hugo Williams.

An interview with Catherine Lundoff I interviewed Catherine Lundoff in February 2018. Catherine is an award-winning writer, editor and publisher from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her books include Silver Moon, Out of This World: Queer Speculative Fiction Stories and Unfinished Business: Tales of the Dark Fantastic. She is also the editor of Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space), as well as several other anthologies. In addition, she is the publisher at Queen of Swords Press, a small press publisher specializing in fiction from out of this world. And in case you were wondering, Catherine’s Apocalypse Books were The Encyclopedia of Country Living, Persuasion by Jane Austen, and The Language of the Night by Ursula K. Le Guin.

And a review of a new book by James Canton… I’ll be reviewing The Oak Papers, Canton’s homage to the oak tree and the importance it plays in our lives, which was published by Canongate earlier this month.

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:

August 8, 2020

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 15 August, 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…

Reviews of two radio plays from JustOut Theatre I’ve chosen two more plays from the JustOut Stays In radio play series to talk about on this week’s show: A is for… by Jilly Sumsion and Accident of Birth by Trevor Suthers.

A review of a swashbuckling collection of short stories… I’ll be reviewing The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper by A.J. Fitzwater, a collection of short stories about a fantastical pirate called Cinrak (who happens to be a capybara), published by Queen of Swords Press.

An interview with Amanda Steel I first interviewed Amanda way back in July 2016, but she’s been a regular performer on the Hannah’s Bookshelf Live Poetry Specials since then. Amanda is the author of several novels and poetry collections, including Ghost of Me and Always Darkest Before Dawn. She also works as a copywriter, and is the co-host of the book review podcast Reading in Bed, which now has a spinoff podcast called Reading in Bed Extracts. In case you’re curious, Amanda’s Apocalypse Books choices were Plague Town by Dana Fredsti, IT by Stephen King, and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.

And a review of a short film by Ugly Bucket I’ll also be reviewing ABC (Anything But Covid), a short film produced by the Liverpool-based physical comedy company as part of the Homemakers series from HOME, Manchester.

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:

August 5, 2020

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

It gives me great pleasure to be able to once again say… Join me on Saturday at 2pm on North Manchester FM for Hannah’s Bookshelf! I’m returning to the airwaves with a slightly different format for the show, so tune in to hear News, Reviews and Short Interviews! Here’s what’s coming up on this week’s show…

An interview with Marc Nash Marc was a guest on Hannah’s Bookshelf back in September 2018, and we’re going to be catching up on this week’s show. Marc has published five flash fiction collections and five novels, with his sixth due to be published in April 2021 by Lendal Press. His fifth novel Three Dreams In The Key Of G was shortlisted for the Not The Booker Prize. Marc lives and works in London. And in case you’re curious, Marc’s Apocalypse Books choices were Last and First Men by Olaf Stapledon, This is Not a Novel and Other Novels by David Markson, and Endgame by Samuel Beckett.

Reviews of two new radio plays from JustOut Theatre I’ve chosen two plays from the JustOut Stays In radio play series to talk about on this week’s show: ‘Hunting Swans’ by Ellen J. Baddeley and ‘Laugh Track’ by Liam Gillies.

A review of an academic book on werewolves… I’ll be reviewing The Nature of the Beast: Transformations of the Werewolf from the 1970s to the Twenty-First Century by Carys Crossen (University of Wales Press, 2019), a new study of werewolves in popular fiction.

And a review of a short film by Ad Infinitum I’ll also be reviewing A Small Gathering, a COVID-inspired short film (or rather a trio of short films) produced by the Bristol-based theatre company as part of the Homemakers series from HOME, Manchester.

Plus there’ll be the first of my weekly round-ups of literary news from Manchester… and beyond! (Don’t forget you can submit your stories at any time for inclusion in my weekly news segment via my News 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:

July 29, 2020

Hannah’s Bookshelf is Back on the Air!

I’m very pleased to be able to announce that Hannah’s Bookshelf is returning to North Manchester FM from Saturday 8th August, 2-4pm. After a hiatus (which was a wee bit longer than expected), the show will once again be going out weekly on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) and online (if you’re further afield).

Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, Hannah’s Bookshelf will have a slightly different format for a while. But there are lots of opportunities to get involved, and I’d love to hear from you. Over the next few months the show will focus on News, Reviews and Short Interviews. The (Not Quite) Live Poetry Special and 3 Minute Scares Competition will also be back in the autumn.

Got a story to share about a publication, competition, call for submissions, event or… well, anything else? You can submit it directly via the News Form for inclusion on the show.

Hannah’s Bookshelf is currently open for review requests for books and theatre, film and performance events (online only for now). Get in touch via the Contact Form if you would like me to review your work on the show.

Keep an eye on the website or follow me on Twitter or Facebook for info about upcoming episodes. I’m really looking forward to getting back on the airwaves in August!

July 12, 2020

I Think This Was Important (A Found Poem)

I Think This Was Important
One Hundred Days of Quarantine

by Hannah Kate

stay at home save lives      greggs   pe with joe
hantavirus      boycott wetherspoons       pe with joe
prince charles   nhs volunteers         thank you baked potato
dyson    coronavillains    clap for nhs
pray for boris    lisbon lions      chester zoo
clocks go forwards     richard branson       animal crossing new horizons
letter from boris       kate mccann    when coronavirus is over
stephen kinnock       backstreet boys        michael rosen
paul chuckle     llandudno goats    nightingale hospital

april fool’s day        wimbledon     daily briefing
ask rishi       eddie large     one man two guvnors
thank you jeremy      r.i.p. areema      fancy dress pe with joe
labour leadership election     keir starmer      virtual grand national
queen’s speech     shadow cabinet     lord bath
jacinda ardern  doncaster council     honor blackman
clap for boris   don’t buy the sun      sue murphy
passover      easter at home         lockdown extension
emily maitlis    boycott asos    red dwarf the promised land
good friday    boris the butcher       dogs during lockdown
ross kemp     downing street briefing        bigger on the inside
priti awful    stirling moss     tim brooke-taylor
labour leaks    quiz    best of british
nufc takeover    once things get back to normal        peter capaldi
you clap for me now    justice for the 96         great british menu
captain tom moore      two point six challenge        me at 20
westminster bridge     bat appreciation day     scarves out for norman
we stand with lyra    record store day         where is boris?
farewell sarah jane      edam    meteor shower
tony blair        virgin atlantic    yellow candle
happy birthday your majesty   nhs million    prince
earth day       raab     refund passengers
st george’s day        ramadan mubarak       the big night in
dettol     domestos       toilet duck
al pacino      world penguin day      kim jong un dead(?)
lesbian visibility day    london marathon        alien day
boris is back(!)          greggs   panorama
minute’s silence        ed balls day      our girl
boris baby       extend the lockdown    assassin’s creed
happy birthday captain tom    frankenstein    museums from home

may day        beltane  friday night dinner
world naked gardening day     world cup rewind        eurovision again
david icke      five tests        antiques roadshow
may the 4th be with you        midnight sun    pe with rosie
nhs app        neil ferguson     where is boris?
adele    my boy lollipop         supermoon
bank holiday weekend       keep the lockdown        clap for our keyworkers
david attenborough     ve day 75         we’ll meet again
i’m bored      covidiots         world cup rewind
stay alert        boris speech     prerecorded
staying alert       thanks boris   piers morgan
rory kinnear     furlough scheme        bryan adams
fred perry      taylor wimpey  watermelon sugar
clap for keyworkers     resign dorries   antiviral wipe
school uniform day     daily mail       so, the r…
bundesliga is back(!)    hyde park       halloween at home
donkeygate     neil gaiman      dirty dancing
mental health awareness week         international museum day      9 in a row
easyjet         anne boleyn     pick for britain
hottest day of the year   pmqs       thank a teacher day
tony slattery      jennifer arcuri   nhs surcharge
manchester remembers        bank holiday weekend       world goth day
durham     dominic goings        double standards
eid mubarak   barnard castle     truth twisters
boo for boris   towel day         brian may
happy birthday jeremy corbyn        springwatch      the ickabog
happy birthday gazza   liaison committee        justice for george floyd
track and trace         not moving on         geoff capes
national biscuit day     black lives matter       minneapolis
amish    antifa    rocket launch
pentecost      anonymous       epstein

ikea       ebola    bunkerboy
blackout tuesday        moggconga    sex ban
take the knee    k-pop stans     madeleine mccann
meghan markle       chlorinated chicken    face coverings
world environment day       babygate      13 reasons why
d-day 76        uk protests      virtual pub crawl
edward colston        lockdown failed      kettle crisps
carers week    world oceans day     broadchurch
teagate      miss hitler     little britain
boycott sainsbury’s    buy sainsbury’s          support bubble
baden powell   shamima begum        ps5 reveal
fawlty towers   twitter shagger         blue peter
trooping the colour     churchill statue         keith palmer
grenfell    rampgate     patrick hutchinson
loneliness awareness week    primark      marcus rashford
royal ascot    free school meals       dexamethasone
football’s back(!)      daniel rashford      tim tams
dame vera lynn        games of thrones       google-apple
happy birthday boris    ian holm        katie hopkins
forbury gardens          tulsa    summer solstice
stonehenge     father’s day    twexit
windrush day   comic sans      shielding
nigel havers    pubs reopening         boycott wetherspoons
heatwave       i should be at glasto     sewing bee
virgin media down     bournemouth beach    rebecca long bailey
trafford centre  durdle door      lfc champions
armed forces day          pride 2020          justice for shukri abdi
fa cup   bowie     the road to coronation street
michael rosen  wimbledon     reopening
new deal       build build build       leicester lockdown

#COVID-19 #100Days

 

 

This is a found poem that I created during the first 100 days of the UK coronavirus lockdown (beginning on 23rd March). I used Twitter trends for my local area (Manchester) for each, collecting and curating them to create a poem about how I saw people responding the lockdown. I used a little bit of poetic licence too. As well as capturing some of the serious issues that arose during those 100 days, I also wanted the poem to be a record of some of the ephemera and trivia that occupied our minds, and how quickly some of these things passed.