Join me on Saturday 23rd February, 2-4pm, for a very exciting Hannah’s Bookshelf Live Poetry Special on North Manchester FM. I’ll have twelve amazing poets performing their work live from the North Manchester FM studios in Harpurhey. Check out who’s going to be on the show…
Chris writes poetry about trauma and shares it, and others’ work on the subject, on his website, The Archaeology of Trauma. He doesn’t really consider himself as a poet in any traditional sense, but rather holds the conviction that writing about personal trauma can help in the process of ‘mending’ from it.
Formerly an award-winning playwright, Lindy has recently adopted poetry as a way to express her ideas and emotions, following her brother’s diagnosis of MS. Her poetry has been included in several anthologies and literary magazines. She is proudest of the poem, ‘Seeds’, included in Poems for Grenfell, which took her further towards performance poetry which draws on her theatre background as well as her love of language.
Bridie 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.
Maggie has performed her poetry across the UK, Ireland and the Caribbean and has published 5 books of poetry. Her poetry is a blend of the Caribbean and England. Originally from Guyana, Maggie has won prizes including the Guyana Prize, the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and the Welsh International Poetry Prize, and her poem ‘Lit by Fire’ was commissioned by the BBC for National Poetry Day.
Originally from Houston, Texas, Randall now lived in New Mills in Derbyshire where he writes poetry, walks in the hills, and facilitates the Write and Release Poetry group. He also cooks and sells vegan Tex-Mex food from time to time.
Pete Slater is an accidental poet who has been writing since the tender age of 59. He’s now a lover of the spoken word and a regular at various open mic events.
Joanna is a poet, playwright and reluctant early riser. She writes about dragons, mental health and how the patriarchy can do one. If she can work out how to quit the day job and still make rent, you’ll never shut her up.
Sharena Lee is the author of Testing Times, Broken Chains and Unapologetic. She is a very passionate poet from Bradford, West Yorkshire, who writes poetry about her own personal life, current environmental issues, social stigmas, homelessness, poverty and discrimination.
Jan is a blogger whose work consists of prose, poetry and non-fiction. Themes covered in her work range from mysticism to the surreal, many laced with a dollop of humour.
Paul Morris was a successful lawyer before becoming an author known for his meticulous research and exciting stories. His published works include YA fiction and poetry, including his chart-topping book Beyond the Morning Sun, released in support of services charity Combat Stress. He serves as a judge in the Portico Sadie Massey Awards for Young Readers and Writers and has edited several books.
Andy N is the author of three poetry collections, the most recent being The Birth of Autumn. He also co-runs Speakeasy, Stretford’s leading poetry open mic, and runs/co-runs the podcast series Spoken Label and Reading in Bed, on top of regularly doing ambient music under the name Ocean in a Bottle.
Amanda Steel is the author of the forthcoming YA novel First Charge, which is about Meredith, a fifteen-year-old mermaid descendant with an important mission. Amanda also co-hosts the podcast Reading in Bed, and sometimes she writes under the pen name Aleesha Black.
These wonderful poets will all be performing live on the show on Saturday 23rd February, 2-4pm. You can catch the show on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) or listen online (if you’re further afield).