Hannah Kate

poet, short story writer and editor based in Manchester

June 3, 2019

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 4 June, 12-2pm

Join me on Tuesday at 12 for another Helping of History on North Manchester FM. This week, I’m talking Peterloo again… with another chance to parts of my interview with Polyp and Eva Schlunke, the creative team behind Peterloo: Witness to a Massacre, a new ‘verbatim’ graphic novel about the events of 16th August 1819.

A longer version of this interview was broadcast on Saturday’s Hannah’s Bookshelf, but as the topic is such a significant part of local history, I thought I’d share it with my Helping of History listeners as well. You can hear us discussing the book, and the historical sources, on Tuesday’s show.

In addition to this, I’ll also be taking my usual look through Yesterday’s Papers.

Catch the show 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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May 30, 2019

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 1 June, 2-4pm

Join me on Saturday at 2pm for another Hannah’s Bookshelf on North Manchester FM. This week, my guests will be the fantastic Polyp and Eva Schlunke, the creative minds behind Peterloo: Witnesses to a Massacre, a new graphic novel published by New Internationalist and Myriad Editions.

Peterloo: Witnesses to a Massacre is a unique, first-of-its-kind visual project, using only direct testimony of the time (letters, memoirs, journalist’s accounts, spies’ reports, courtroom evidence…) woven together using graphic-novel style illustrations created by professional cartoonist, illustrator and graphic novelist Polyp. The script was edited by Eva Schlunke, based on original research by Professor Robert Poole (University of Central Lancashire, consultant historian to the Peterloo 2019 anniversary programme).

Polyp (Paul Fitzgerald) is a full-time political cartoonist whose work has been published around the world by many different educational and campaign groups. He is author of Speechless, a word-free cartoon history of the world, and The Co-operative Revolution, a graphic novel about the history of the co-operative movement, and he is joint author (with Eva Schlunke) of the children’s book Little Worm’s Big Question. Polyp recently installed an 8ft Peterloo mural (based on the centre page image from the graphic novel) in the historic Abercromby pub near the sight of the massacre. He is the chair and founder of the Manchester-based Peterloo Memorial Campaign.

Eva Schlunke is a fine artist, illustrator, activist and campaign prop builder, and is joint editor of the book, helping compose the source documents into a dramatic narrative format. She created and was one of the key artists behind the ‘Peterloo Picnic’ and ‘Peterloo Tapestry’ mass participation public events of 2015/6. She also acted as script editor for the project.

I’m going to be talking to Eva and Paul about the new Peterloo graphic novel, and about the plans for the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo massacre. And, of course, they’ll be sharing their selection for this week’s Apocalypse Books.

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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May 23, 2019

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

Join me on Saturday at 2pm on North Manchester FM for another episode of Hannah’s Bookshelf. This week, my guest will be the fab Frank Burton.

Frank is the author of the novel One Hundred (2019), and the short story collection A History of Sarcasm (Dog Horn, 2009), with more books on the way. His short story, ‘The World’, was featured on BBC Radio 4’s Opening Lines programme in 2009. In 2010, he created the non-profit online publisher, Philistine Press, which has published over thirty eBooks by some amazing writers.

In 2017, Frank appeared on TV as part of BBC Ouch’s Storytelling Live at the Edinburgh Festival. He is also the presenter of music and comedy podcast, Ragbag.

I’ll be talking to Frank about One Hundred, and about his writing and work in general. And, of course, he’ll be sharing his selections for this week’s Apocalypse Books.

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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May 17, 2019

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 28 May, 12-2pm

Join me on Tuesday at 12 on North Manchester FM for A Helping of History. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to present the show I had planned about Babes in the Wood (or is it?) last week… but you can hear all about it this week instead!

I seem to be continually drawn to the Langley family at the moment. Not only did I devote an entire show to Langley in April, but two weeks ago the show was about Drinkwater Park, which once fell under the domain of the Langleys of Agecroft. But… this week’s show wasn’t inspired by either of those topics. In fact, it’s all about a little story I spotted while looking in to the history of Alkrington.

In his book Dark Irwell, Cyril Bracegirdle claims that the pantomime Babes in the Wood was inspired by a real-life event that took place in the fourteenth century. The story begins with an inheritance dispute between the Radcliffe, Prestwich, Langley and Holland families over lands at Alkrington and Prestwich. It’s a complicated story, involving illegitimate sons, a daughter retreating to a convent, suspicious marriages, and John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster. But by 1374 (so the story goes), the lands were being held in trust for the young Roger de Langley, who was still a minor. Step forward the dastardly Robert de Holland, intent on getting the lands for himself, who kidnapped Young Langley and his sister and whisked them away to the forest.

Did John of Gaunt really rescue Young Langley and his sister from the forest? Was this story really the inspiration for Babes in the Wood? What evidence is there for the villainous plotting of Robert de Holland? Find out on this week’s show!

As well as discussing this fourteenth-century legend, I’ll be taking my usual look through Yesterday’s Papers on the show.

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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May 13, 2019

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 18 May, 2-4pm

Join me on Saturday at 2pm for Hannah’s Bookshelf on North Manchester FM. This week, my guest will be the wonderful Tim Major.

Tim is a writer and editor from York. His love of speculative fiction is the product of a childhood diet of classic Doctor Who episodes and an early encounter with Triffids. Tim’s SF novel, Snakeskins, will be published by Titan Books in May 2019, followed by a short story collection, And the House Lights Dim. Tim’s earlier books include Machineries of Mercy, You Don’t Belong Here and a non-fiction book about the 1915 silent crime film, Les Vampires. His short stories have appeared in Interzone, Not One of Us, Shoreline of Infinity and numerous anthologies, including Best of British Science Fiction and The Best Horror of the Year. Tim is also co-editor of the British Fantasy Society’s fiction journal, BFS Horizons.

I’ll be talking to Tim about Snakeskins and And the House Lights Dim (as well as his other work) on Saturday’s show. And, of course, he’ll be sharing his selections for this week’s Apocalypse Books.

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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May 13, 2019

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 14 May, 12-2pm

Join me on Tuesday at 12 for another Helping of History on North Manchester FM. This week, I’m asking the big question: where would you go if you had smallpox in early twentieth-century North Manchester?

As a few people might know… the answer is Drinkwater Park Hospital in Prestwich. Formerly a mansion house called Irwell House, and now a public park, Drinkwater Park was opened as an isolation hospital in the early 1900s. It was specifically intended for smallpox patients. The hospital (and the illness) are no longer with us, but the park remains.

On this week’s show, I’m going to take a look at the history of Drinkwater Park and Irwell House, from its construction for mill-owner Peter Drinkwater in the late eighteenth century to the strange story of the house’s demise in 1958. And some smallpox (and turnips) in between.

In addition to this journey around Drinkwater Park, I’ll be taking my usual look at Yesterday’s Papers.

Catch the show 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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May 6, 2019

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 11 May, 2-4pm

Join me on North Manchester FM on Saturday at 2pm for another episode of Hannah’s Bookshelf. This week, my guest will be the fab Vered Ehsani.

Born in South Africa and raised in Canada, Vered has lived in Kenya since mid-2000. She’s been a writer since she could hold pen to paper (which is a lot longer than she cares to admit). She’s the creator of the world of Mrs Beatrice Knight and the Society for Paranormals, where African Myth meets Victorian Manners. The paranormal obviously plays a big role in these books, as do quirky humour, African mythology, colonial history and tea. Lots of tea. Society for Paranormals is a series concerning dead husbands, African legends and the search for a perfect spot of tea – though one reader has also described Mrs Knight as ‘Jane Austen meets Lara Croft’! Vered is also the author of a series of shapeshifter fantasy novels with the series title Paranormal Africa.

When Vered’s not writing or teaching wellness courses, she works as an environmental consultant.

I’ll be chatting to Vered about the Society for Paranormals and Paranormal Africa series, and about writing in general. And, of course, she’ll be sharing her selections for this week’s Apocalypse Books.

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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May 5, 2019

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 7 May, 12-2pm

Join me on Tuesday at 12 on North Manchester FM for another Helping of History. This week, I’ll be talking to local historian Les Leggett about the former Crumpsall Wesleyan Methodist Cemetery, which was situated where the car park of the Cheetham Hill Tesco store now stands.

The supermarket has now been open for ten years. I’ll be talking to Les about the controversial decision to exhume 20,000 bodies from the closed cemetery on the Thomas Street site, and about the redevelopment of that part of the village. As well as being a local historian who regularly gives talks on the history of Crumpsall and Cheetham, Les grew up in a house adjacent to the cemetery and his father was a part time gravedigger there, and so he will also be sharing his personal memories of the cemetery.

As well as my interview with Les on this week’s show, I’ll also be taking my usual look through Yesterday’s Papers.

Catch the show 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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April 28, 2019

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

Join me on Saturday at 2pm for Hannah’s Bookshelf on North Manchester FM. This week my guest will be the wonderful Icy Sedgwick.

Icy Sedgwick is a writer based in the north east of England. She writes Gothic-tinged not-quite-YA fantasy novels and Gothic short stories. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s blogging about folklore, legends and the supernatural. Icy runs the Fabulous Folklore podcast to accompany her blog, bringing you slices of fab folklore in fifteen minutes (or less).

As well as publishing a number of novels, Icy has also had short stories included in a range of anthologies, including Suspended in Dusk, European Monsters, Short Stack, Masks and Bloody Parchment: The Root Cellar & Other Stories.

I’ll be talking to Icy about her novels, short stories and other writing. And, of course, she’ll be sharing her selections for this week’s Apocalypse Books.

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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April 28, 2019

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 30 April, 12-2pm

Join me on Tuesday at 12 on North Manchester FM for another Helping of History. This week, I’m going to be talking to Alex Cropper of Manchester Jewish Museum in Cheetham Hill, and finding out more about the past, present and future of the museum.

Manchester Jewish Museum is located in a former Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue on Cheetham Hill Road. It is the only UK Jewish Museum outside London and is housed in the oldest surviving synagogue building in Manchester, which was completed in 1874. The building is a beautiful example of Victorian architecture, executed in Moorish style. Particularly noteworthy are the splendid stained glass windows and the distinctive cast-iron fitments. The building has Grade II*-listed status.

With a compelling history to tell, the building needed a new purpose after the movement of the Jewish population away from the area, and in 1984 it re-opened as a museum. The museum now chronicles the lives of Jewish people in Manchester and their contribution to making the city what it is today. The former ladies’ gallery currently houses the museum’s permanent displays, in which the history of Manchester’s Jewish community is vividly brought to life. However, following a successful fundraising bid, the museum is now looking forward to a new chapter, with a major development project planned for the next couple of years.

I’ll be talking to Alex about the museum’s history, but also about the exciting plans for the future of the museum and its collection, on Tuesday’s show.

As well as my interview with Alex, I’ll also be taking my regular look through Yesterday’s Papers.

Catch the show 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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