Hannah Kate

poet, short story writer and editor based in Manchester

I’m Hannah Kate – I’m a poet, short story writer and editor based in Crumpsall, Manchester. My work has appeared in local and national magazines, as well as in anthologies, and I am currently writer-in-residence at Clayton Hall, Manchester. My poetry is eclectic in content and tone, and usually inspired by whatever has got stuck in my mind at the time: owls, text messages, medieval poetry, werewolves, mental health… My fiction is off-beat and weird, and often inspired by the history and stories of Manchester and the north of England.

I’m currently seeking representation for my first novel, Yonec, a YA urban fantasy retelling of a twelfth-century poem by Marie de France. Yonec tells the story of a young woman who finds herself trapped in an abusive relationship, only to be offered escape in an unlikely form. I am currently working on a second YA novel, and an adult weird-fiction novel about the apocalypse.

For several years, I was the co-ordinator of Manchester’s Monday Night Group, but now I run Hic Dragones, a Crumpsall-based small press and events company and do freelance editing and typesetting work as part of The Creative Cats. As of November 2014, I’m also a presenter on North Manchester FM. I blog here, and also review books for Monster Librarian.

In my other life, as Dr Hannah Priest, I am an academic researcher, lecturer and writer. You can find out more about my other life on my academic blog.

Praise for Variant Spelling, Hannah’s debut poetry collection:

Delicate and strong, Hannah’s words beautifully communicate the impossibilities of communication. She explores the subtexts of what we do with our language in ways that will resonate with anyone who finds their own feelings and intents too big for semi colons.
Dominic Berry, Poet

The poems in Variant Spelling evoke a North in revolt; a place of abandoned dyeworks, soot, winter, granite and grease. Through the ‘shifting vowels’ of the title poem they celebrate a world at odds with the imposed culture of the South. It is at its most rebellious in Praise God, where Hannah ‘praises the God of the North’, a place where the ‘air hangs with burning witches’.

Rosie Lugosi, Poet and Performer