Hannah Kate

poet, short story writer and editor based in Manchester

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 26 March, 12-2pm

Join me on Tuesday at 12 on North Manchester FM for another Helping of History. I’ve got two fantastic (though very different!) interviews for you on this week’s show.

In the first hour, I’ll be talking to author Denise Beddows about her latest book, The Cheetham Hill Murder: A Convenient Killing? The book reexamines the case of the murder of Frances Levin in 1933. Sparking what was described as Manchester CID’s ‘biggest manhunt’, the murder of Mrs Levin shocked the community of Cheetham Hill at the time. The police identified a homeless man William Burtoft as a likely suspect, and he was eventually tried and executed for the crime. However, as the BBC’s Murder, Mystery and My Family show revealed last year, it’s unlikely Burtoft could have committed the crime. Denise’s book picks up the story, reexamines the evidence, and pieces together the real story of what happened on that July afternoon in 1933.

I’ll be chatting to Denise on the show about the book, and about what inspired her to look into this particular case.

And then in the second hour, I’ll be talking to Sam Jenkins of the People’s History Museum about the new exhibition: Disrupt? Peterloo and Protest. This exhibition takes visitors through the past, present and future of protest, beginning with the story of the Peterloo Massacre, which is told through original artefacts. PHM’s collection, newly acquired pieces, donations and loan items are brought together for the first time, some never having been on public display before, to tell this story in the year of the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre in The National Lottery Heritage Fund supported exhibition.

I visited the exhibition and talked to Sam about the pieces on display, the story they reveal, and the ways this new exhibition interacts with the longer history of protest and demonstration – not only in Manchester, but across the globe.

Of course, as well as these two fantastic guests, I’ll also be taking my usual look through Yesterday’s Papers on the show.

Missed the show? You can catch it again here:

Catch 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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