Hannah Kate

poet, short story writer and editor based in Manchester

April 15, 2018

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 24 April, 12-2pm

Join me on Tuesday at 12 for another exciting Helping of History on North Manchester FM. This week, I’ll be on location at Heaton Hall.

Heaton Hall, a fine neo-classical building in Heaton Park, North Manchester, was the ancestral home of the Egerton family. Sir Thomas Egerton, the 7th baronet, had the Hall rebuilt in the 1770s with James Wyatt as architect. Sir Thomas, created Lord Grey de Wilton in 1784, and Earl of Wilton in 1801, was succeeded by his grandson, the second earl, in 1814. The Hall and the estate were sold to Manchester City Council in 1902. Heaton Park is the largest municipal park in Europe.

I’ll be talking to Andrew Walker and David Blood from the Friends of Heaton Hall, who’ll be showing me around the hall and explaining some of its history and architecture.

Throughout the show, I’ll be sharing pictures of my visit on my Twitter page, so do follow along. You don’t need a Twitter account to see the pictures, just click on the link to view my timeline.

Catch this special edition of A Helping of History on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) or listen online (if you’re further afield).

April 15, 2018

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 21 April, 2-4pm

Tune in on Saturday at 2pm for another edition of Hannah’s Bookshelf on North Manchester FM. This week, I’ll be welcoming Tracey Norman to the show.

Tracey is an actress and author living near Dartmoor in Devon. She writes in a number of genres – to date, she has written Lovecraftian horror, a children’s book and a historical drama entitled Witch, based on a 1687 witch trial from Lyme Regis in Dorset. Currently, she is working on the first in a series of High Fantasy novels and a non-fiction which expands on the research she undertook for her play.

When she is not writing, Tracey narrates audiobooks and has a lengthy list of Audible credits. She is one-third of the indie audio production house and theatre company Circle of Spears Productions and has more years of acting experience than she cares to admit. She has been known to attempt cat herding and child wrangling, with varying degrees of success, drinks far too much coffee and has a slightly unhealthy obsession with sock wool.

I’ll be talking to Tracey about her writing, her play, and the many other hats she wears. 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).

April 15, 2018

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

Join me on Tuesday at 12 on North Manchester FM for a very exciting Helping of History. This week, I’ll be on location at the Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester.

The Transport Museum, which is on Boyle Street in Cheetham Hill, tells the story of public road transport in Greater Manchester from its very beginnings in 1824 to the present day. The collection spans over 100 years, from an 1890s horse bus to a full size prototype Metrolink tram. Opened in 1979, the Museum is a partnership between Transport for Greater Manchester and Greater Manchester Transport Society and is an early example of successful partnership working between a local authority and a voluntary body.

I’ll be talking to Paul Williams, one of the museum’s volunteers, who’ll be showing me around the collection and giving us a glimpse into the story of North Manchester’s buses, trolley buses and trams (and the people who drove and rode them).

Throughout the show, I’ll be sharing pictures of my visit on my Twitter page, so do follow along. You don’t need a Twitter account to see the pictures, just click on the link to view my timeline.

Catch this special edition of 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).

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April 7, 2018

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 14 April, 2-4pm

Join me on Saturday at 2pm on North Manchester FM for another edition of Hannah’s Bookshelf. This week, my guest will be the lovely Debz Butler.

Debz is a poet that performs around the northwest. Her work focuses on her experience as a woman, nurse, wife and mother as well as politics she can’t rant on Facebook about. She also runs her own spoken word open mic night – Testify Chester – that aims to amplify marginalised voices within the poetry community.

I’ll be talking to Debz about poetry, performance and her new open mic night. And, of course, she’ll be sharing her selections for this week’s Apocalypse Books.

Catch us 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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April 7, 2018

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

Tune in on Tuesday at 12 for another Helping of History on North Manchester FM. This week, I’m going to be talking about the legacy of Alliott Verdon Roe, better known by the name of the company he founded – Avro. So I’ll be talking aeroplanes, manufacturing and wirelesses, and factories in Newton Heath and Chadderton!

And, as always, I’ll be taking a look at 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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April 2, 2018

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

Join me on Saturday at 2pm on North Manchester FM for another edition of Hannah’s Bookshelf. My guest this week will be the fabulous Cat Rambo.

Cat lives, writes, and teaches atop a hill in the Pacific Northwest. Her 200+ fiction publications include stories in Asimov’s, Clarkesworld Magazine, and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. She is an Endeavour, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award nominee. Her 2018 works include Hearts of Tabat (novel, WordFire Press) and the updated 3rd edition of Creating an Online Presence for Writers. For more about her, as well as links to her fiction and her popular online school, The Rambo Academy for Wayward Writers, see her website.

I’ll be chatting to Cat about her writing – and her many publications – and about the other writing projects she’s involved in. 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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April 2, 2018

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

Join me on Tuesday at 12 for another Helping of History on North Manchester FM. This week, I’m going to be talking about the literary daughters of Cheetham Hill.

Although they moved on and lived elsewhere in adult life, the writers Frances Hodgson Burnett, Jessie Fothergill and Maria Theresa Longworth (better known as Theresa Yelverton) were all born in Cheetham Hill in the nineteenth century. I’ll be sharing a bit about their backgrounds and stories on this week’s show.

And, as always, I’ll also be taking a look through Yesterday’s Papers, and you can put your wits against the Who Am I? quiz – just how well do you know North Manchester’s landmark buildings?

Tune in 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 listen again here:

March 26, 2018

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

Join me on Tuesday at 12 for another Helping of History on North Manchester FM. This week, I’ll be joined in the studio by the wonderful Friends of Clayton Hall.

Clayton Hall is a Grade II*-listed building and a rare example of a moated, medieval site. Standing on a scheduled ancient monument, it is situated in Clayton Park. The original hall was built for the Clayton family in the 12th Century; it later passed into the hands of the Byron family, of which the poet Lord Byron was a member. The Byrons lived here until they sold it to two London merchants, George and Humphrey Chetham. The hall was partly rebuilt and enlarged in the 18th century with further remodelling taking place in the early and late 20th century.

Clayton Hall is owned by Manchester City Council and managed by the Trustees and Friends of Clayton Park who open the Hall to the public and organise and run school and group visits. Rooms in the later part of the building have been dressed in Victorian style and offer an opportunity to see what it would have been like to live here in the late 1800s. The timber section includes a Clayton Hall/Manchester memories room, a Humphrey Chetham room and a tea room/gift shop.

I’ll be talking to the Friends of Clayton Hall about this significant building, and also about their work to preserve and promote this bit of our local history.

As always, I’ll also be taking a look through Yesterday’s Papers on the show. And you can pit your wits against the Who Am I? quiz – just how well do you know North Manchester’s landmark buildings?

Tune in 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:

March 18, 2018

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

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

Mark is an independent folklore researcher and author based in the South West of the UK. He is a committee member of the Folklore Society and the creator and host of The Folklore Podcast – a globally listened to internet podcast which has enjoyed around half a million downloads in its first 18 months. Mark holds the UK’s largest archive of sightings, eyewitness accounts and traditions pertaining to the phenomena of ghostly apparitions of Black Dogs, which formed the inspiration for the novel The Hound of the Baskervilles. His book on the subject, Black Dog Folklore is the only full length study on this area by a single author. Mark is currently writing a new book of extended essays on a variety of folklore subjects and a series of monographs on folklore. He also narrates audiobooks for Audible and for the production company Circle of Spears, which he co-owns.

I’ll be talking to Mark about black dogs, folklore and his podcast. And, of course, he’ll be sharing his selections for this week’s Apocalypse Books.

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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March 18, 2018

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 20 March, 12-2pm

Join me on Tuesday at 12 for another Helping of History on North Manchester FM. This week, I’ll be going Crumpsall Crackers… talking about the old CWS Biscuit Works at the bottom of Crescent Road.

As well as the biscuit chat, I’ll also be taking my usual look at 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?

Tune in 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: