Hannah Kate

poet, short story writer and editor based in Manchester

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 25 February, 2-4pm

Join me on Saturday at 2pm for Hannah’s Bookshelf on North Manchester FM. This week, my guests will be the wonderful Andrew Simpson and Peter Topping, authors of Manchester Pubs: The Stories Behind the Doors. (You may remember, I had a brief chat with Andrew and Peter as part of the North Manchester FM broadcast from this year’s Manchester Beer and Cider Festival.)

Andrew writes extensively on a range of historical subjects, contributing to various publications including a Canadian one, and produces a popular history blog about Chorlton-cum-Hardy (and more). His books include a study of rural Chorlton-cum-Hardy in the nineteenth century and a book on Manchester and the Great War, and he has been commissioned to write the history of a well known Manchester children’s charity.

Peter was born in Preston, the son of an engineering pattern maker and a sewing machinist. After spending four years at art college, he took up a job in Manchester, working in advertising. Peter went on to work at various ad agencies, until he decided to go freelance. Taking inspiration from the vivid colours of Burnley Artist Liam Spencer and the digital techniques of David Hockney, Peter decided to go back to his fine art roots and paint the rows of shops in Chorlton for what became his ‘Moment in Time’ series. It was at this time that his friendship with Andrew was rekindled and their working relationship was born.

Andrew and Peter have collaborated to produce a history of Didsbury, a book on Manchester Pubs and the story of an Elizabethan manor house, and they have just completed working on the history of Alexandra Park.

I’ll be talking to Andrew and Peter about their various collaborations, and about their interest in Manchester history (and Manchester pubs). And, of course, they’ll be sharing their selections for this week’s Apocalypse Books.

Tune in 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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