Hannah Kate

poet, short story writer and editor based in Manchester

December 9, 2018

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 15 December, 2-4pm

Tune in to North Manchester FM on Saturday at 2pm for the Hannah’s Bookshelf 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: Rachel Halsall, Richard Dee, Keri Moriarty and Allison Maier. I might even sneak a little story of my own in there too! As well as these new stories, I’m going to be reading a classic festive ghost story to get us all in a seasonal mood.

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 9, 2018

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

Join me on Tuesday at 12 on North Manchester FM for another Helping of History. This week, I’m going to be looking at slightly more recent history, as I’ll be talking about the Electric Circus in Collyhurst.

Last week saw the sad news of the death of Pete Shelley, founder member (with Howard Devoto) of Buzzcocks. Given that Buzzcocks (allegedly) signed their first contract on the bar of the Electric Circus, I thought it seemed fitting to give a bit of attention to the dilapidated bingo hall in Collyhurst that, for a short time, was the heart of Manchester’s punk scene. Tucked away on the corner of Collyhurst Street and Teignmouth Avenue, Electric Circus towards the end of 1976. During its short life, it hosted gigs by bands such as Buzzcocks, The Damned, The Fall, The Clash, The Jam and Warsaw (who went on to become Joy Division). It also hosted The Sex Pistols at a time when they were pretty much banned from playing in the UK.

I’ll be talking a bit about the history of the club, but also about the surrounding area. How did a club like this come to be located on Collyhurst Street? And how did it fit in (or not) with the rest of the area? Find out more on Tuesday’s show!

In addition to 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).

December 6, 2018

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

Join me on Saturday for another episode of Hannah’s Bookshelf on North Manchester FM. This week, my guest will be the brill Daniel James.

Daniel is an author and journalist from Newcastle upon Tyne. A journalist for a decade, Daniel was nominated for several awards during his career and was a finalist for UK Young News Writer of the Year. The Unauthorised Biography of Ezra Maas is his debut novel. It was published in November 2018 by Dead Ink Books, an ambitious independent publisher based in Liverpool and supported by Arts Council England.

Compelling and suspenseful, The Unauthorised Biography of Ezra Maas is the story of a journalist searching for the truth about a reclusive artist through 60 years of unreality. A chilling literary labyrinth, the book combines postmodern noir with pseudo-biography, letters, phone transcripts, emails and newspaper clippings.

I’ll be talking to Daniel about the book, and about his 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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December 3, 2018

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 4 December, 12-2pm

Join me on Tuesday at 12 on North Manchester FM for another Helping of History. This week, I’ll be talking to Celia Cropper from Friends of Broadhurst Park.

Broadhurst Park in Moston is a diverse and varied green space in North Manchester. Really, we’ll be talking about Broadhurst Park, Broadhurst Clough and Broadhurst Fields on the show. Comprising everything from a formally laid-out park to wetland to football pitches, this is a fascinating patch that’s home to interesting flora and fauna, and which has a really interesting history. The Friends of Broadhurst were set up to protect and preserve this unique green space. They have also researched and shared stories of the park’s history.

I’ll be talking to Celia about the work the Friends do, the events they put on, and the research they’ve done into the history of Broadhurst Park, Clough and Fields.

In addition to 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).

Missed the show? You can catch it again here:

November 29, 2018

Be my guest on A Helping of History in 2019

Are you involved with local history in North Manchester? Got an interesting group or project you’d like to talk about? Then I’d love to hear from you!

A Helping of History is my local history show on North Manchester FM, which goes out weekly on Tuesdays at 12. The show highlights the people, buildings and stories that have shaped the place we live. I’m interested in hearing from people who’d be up for being interviewed on the show, whether it’s volunteers, researchers, writers, curators, or anyone else involved in preserving and celebrating the history of North Manchester (and Prestwich, Broughton, Hollinwood, Failsworth, Alkrington, Middleton, Chadderton… all the neighbours!).

If you’d like to come on the show in 2019, please get in touch. You can email me via the contact form on this site, tweet me, or leave me a voicemail.

I’d love to hear from you! 🙂

November 29, 2018

Be my guest on Hannah’s Bookshelf in 2019

So… nearly the last month of 2018… and I’m starting to put together the schedule for a new year of Hannah’s Bookshelf. I’d love to hear from you if you’d like to be on the show.

Writers, academics, publishers, editors, booksellers, librarians… I’d love to interview you for the show! In case you don’t know, Hannah’s Bookshelf is on every Saturday at 2-4pm on North Manchester FM. Among the brilliant writers I had on the show in 2017 were Catherine Lundoff, Caroline England, Melvin Burgess, Marc Nash and poet Gordon Zola. The archive of last year’s shows is here, and you can check out previous guests’ Apocalypse Books selections here. Fancy coming along and chatting about your own work? Email me via the contact form, tweet me, or send me a voicemail.

And don’t worry if you’re not in the North Manchester area (or even in the UK)… I’d still love to hear from you. We can always do a pre-recorded or remote interview. Drop me a line. 🙂

November 25, 2018

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 1 December, 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 wonderful 1 coolpoet (aka Rebecca Riley).

1 coolpoet is a Liverpool-based artist who has been writting for about two years. She started out as a dancer and actor. She wrote a short play as part of Liverpool’s Unity Theatre scratch night, and this is when she discovered her love of writing. She wanted to break the fourth wall and used poetry to do this, although at the time she didn’t realise that’s what it was. She always thought poetry was delicate and complicated, but her work is gritty and focuses on real-life issues. She believes if she has encouraged people to open up after listening her, she has done her job.

I’ll be talking to 1 coolpoet about her work, and about the power of poetry. 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:

November 25, 2018

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 27 November, 12-2pm

Join me on Tuesday at 12 for another Helping of History on North Manchester FM. This week’s show features an interview with Karen Shannon of Manchester Histories, when we’ll be talking about plans for the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre.

In October this year, Manchester Histories and the People’s History Museum announced that they had secured a substantial grant from the National Lottery to deliver a programme of work in 2019 to mark the bicentennial of Peterloo. There will be public events, learning and community projects led by the themes of protest, democracy and freedom of speech, as well as new learning resources produced by Manchester Histories in partnership with the People’s History Museum and Historic England.

I’ll be talking to Karen on this week’s show about next year’s programme of events, but also about the importance of commemorating Peterloo – not only for Manchester, but for Greater Manchester (and beyond).

In addition to 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).

Missed the show? You can catch it again here:

November 22, 2018

OUT NOW: The Black Room Manuscripts Volume Four, ed. by J.R. Park and Tracy Fahey (The Sinister Horror Company, 2018)

A new collection of tales of terror, including ‘Planning Permission’, a story of municipal horror from yours truly…

Some words are born in shadows.

Some tales told only in whispers.

Under the paper thin veneer of our sanity is a world that exists. Hidden just beyond in plain sight, waiting to consume you should you dare stray from the street-lit paths that sedate our fears.

For centuries the Black Room has stored stories of these encounters, suppressing the knowledge of the rarely seen. Protecting the civilised world from its own dark realities.

The door to the Black Room has once again swung open to unleash twenty four masterful tales of the macabre from the twisted minds of a new breed of horror author.

The Black Room holds many secrets.

Dare you enter… one final time?

Contents:

Foreword by Michael David Wilson
Prologue by Tracy Fahey and J.R. Park
That Thing I Did by Tracy Fahey
Eating the Dream by K.A. Laity
A Clear Day in a Season of Storms by Simon Avery
The Hanging Boy by Gary McMahon
Mam’s Girl by J.L. George
Tears of Honey by John McNee
Deciper by Daniel Marc Chant
Tap, Tap… by Marie O’Regan
Black Silk by Benedict J. Jones
Dragged Down by Ramsey Campbell
Palace of the Damned by C.L. Raven
Brooks Pond by Mark West
Planning Permission by Hannah Kate
Shrivelled Tongues of Dead Horses by Erik Hofstatter
Death Wish by Margrét Helgadóttir
Size Isn’t Everything by James Everington
Pain Has a Voice by Stephen Bacon
Swimming Out to Sea by Penny Jones
Reanimation Channel by Mark Cassell
Craft Ail by Duncan P. Bradshaw
Dr Zwigli’s Last Paper by Elizabeth Davis
Laurel by Terry Grimwood
Tide Will Tell by V.H. Leslie
The Last Horror Story by Tracy Fahey and J.R. Park
Epilogue by Tracy Fahey and J.R. Park
Afterword by Jim Mcleod

All proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to Refuge. For more information, or to buy a copy, please visit the Sinister Horror Company website.

November 22, 2018

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 24 November, 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 fab Andre Govier.

Andre is an author from North Yorkshire. After hearing on the radio one day that only 10% of books which get downloaded on Kindle are actually read by the purchaser, he started to write books especially for teenagers and young adults. These were easy to read, first-person narratives which had age-appropriate comedy storylines, but they could easily be consumed in one day. The first of these books was Liar Girl, which tells the story of a 16-year-old girl, who, although not a bad person, is a compulsive liar.

Andre is also an ambassador for the Manchester-based charity Reverse Rett, who are working tirelessly to fund a cure for the devastating neurological development disorder that is Rett Syndrome. He has taken part in many events and raised large amounts of money for this cause to help put a condition ruining the lives of 350,000 into history. He used his writing skills to tell the story of a mother who had a daughter with Rett Syndrome, from birth through all the stages of this condition’s development, in a book called Living Like Livvy. All proceeds from the book are being donated directly to the charity.

I’ll be talking to Andre about Living Like Livvy, and his other writing. 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).

Missed the show? You can catch it again here: