Hannah Kate

poet, short story writer and editor based in Manchester

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 9 June, 2-4pm

Tune in to North Manchester FM on Saturday at 2pm for more from Hannah’s Bookshelf. This week, I’m welcoming the lovely Caroline England to the studio. You may remember that Caroline was first on the show back in October, talking about her debut novel Beneath the Skin.

Born a Yorkshire lass, Caroline studied Law at the University of Manchester and stayed over the border, working in the city centre as a divorce lawyer. In addition to her short story collection, Watching Horsepats Feed the Roses, Caroline has had dark twisty short stories and poems published in a variety of literary magazines and anthologies. Caroline draws on her legal career to write about secrets, betrayal and lies, hidden crime and ‘what goes on behind closed doors’. Her debut ‘domestic noir’ novel, Beneath the Skin, was published by Avon HarperCollins in October 2017 and My Husband’s Lies followed on 17th May 2018.

I’ll be catching up with Caroline, and finding out all about My Husband’s Lies.

But there’s more… as bonus content on this week’s show, I also have two fantastic extra interviews for you.

I caught up with the amazing Yrsa Daley-Ward, whose poetic memoir The Terrible has just been published by Penguin Random House. Poet, writer, actor and model, Yrsa had her debut poetry collection, bone, published last year. She’s followed that up with The Terrible, a lyrical memoir of growing up, faith, race, sexuality and mental health. I chaired the Manchester date of Yrsa’s book tour at Waterstones on Deansgate, and we took the opportunity to record an interview for the show.

I’ll also be talking to the great people at Salford Arts Theatre about their new production of Harold Brighouse’s Hobson’s Choice, which is on until 23rd June. Set in Salford in the 1880s, Hobson’s Choice is the story of shoemaker Henry Hobson, and his put-upon (but sharp as a whip) daughter Maggie. This new production is staged by Salford Theatre Company, the Arts Theatre’s inhouse professional company. I went to chat with them ahead of the press performance to find out more.

To hear all three of these interviews, catch the show 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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