Hannah Kate

poet, short story writer and editor based in Manchester

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf Live Poetry Special, Saturday 23 July, 2-3pm

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Update: if you missed today’s show, you can catch it again on the player below!

This Saturday, North Manchester 106.6FM is hosted a live music day (in partnership with ALL FM). The event kicks off at 10am, when the Lord Mayor of Manchester will be in attendance. Throughout the day, there will be live on air performances from local bands and performers, as well as public performances in the foyer of the Manchester Communication Academy (free and open to anyone who wants to pop along). Check out the full schedule on the station’s website.

As part of this day of live performances, there’ll be a special Hannah’s Bookshelf as well. I’ll be on air 2-3pm, introducing live performances by some brilliant local poets. Here’s who’ll be on the show:

Joy France is fresh back from performing poetry at the Isle of Wight Music Festival and still giddy with excitement. Most days you’ll find her on the 3rd floor at Afflecks in the Northern Quarter where she’s set up an unusual space in her role as Creative-in-Residence.

Live Music Joy

Seamus Kelly is a poet living in the north of England with deep roots in the west of Ireland. In his recent first collection of poetry, Thinking too Much, Seamus invites the reader to think about life, family, nature, politics, justice peace and society.

Live Music Seamus

Andy N is a writer, poet and sometimes ambient musician from Manchester. To date, he has published two solo books Return to Kemptown (2010) and The End of Summer (2015) with a third From the Diabetic Ward pencilled in for 2017 from Goya Press, and two split books A Means to an End (2011) with Jeff Dawson and Europa (2014) with Nick Armbrister.

Live Music Andy

William Michael Neary writes lyrical poems that cover topics including: cheese, life in general, football, nature, WW1, anti fracking, the steel industry, romance and religion. His latest booklet of 31 poems is entitled Poetry… Yours sincerely Mr Neary.

Live Music Mick

Sharon Lowe has been on the spoken word and performance poetry scene for a few years following getting the buzz while organising the Leigh & Wigan Words Together Literary Festival in 2012/13. She co-founded the community theatre company, Anteros, in 2015 and is a volunteer organiser of the Wigan Diggers’ Festival taking place in Wigan every September.

Live Music Sharon

George Melling, performing pensioner poet from Wigan, has performed at many North West venues and headlined at several. He’s breaking into the Yorkshire spoken word scene later this year as guest poet. He’s also brought out a charity CD of his poetry set to music with proceeds going to Wigan and Leigh Hospice.

Live Music George

George’s CD is available to buy direct from Wigan and Leigh Hospice, or from any of the 13 Hospice charity shops. You can also get a copy from Joy France at her creative space in Affleck’s Palace. There’s more info about the CD here.

Tune in to the show at 2pm on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area), or listen online (if you’re further afield). And if you fancy popping along to the Manchester Communication Academy on Silchester Drive, we’d love to see you there.

Missed the show? You can catch it again here:


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