Hannah Kate

poet, short story writer and editor based in Manchester

April 15, 2018

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 17 April, 12-2pm

Join me on Tuesday at 12 on North Manchester FM for a very exciting Helping of History. This week, I’ll be on location at the Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester.

The Transport Museum, which is on Boyle Street in Cheetham Hill, tells the story of public road transport in Greater Manchester from its very beginnings in 1824 to the present day. The collection spans over 100 years, from an 1890s horse bus to a full size prototype Metrolink tram. Opened in 1979, the Museum is a partnership between Transport for Greater Manchester and Greater Manchester Transport Society and is an early example of successful partnership working between a local authority and a voluntary body.

I’ll be talking to Paul Williams, one of the museum’s volunteers, who’ll be showing me around the collection and giving us a glimpse into the story of North Manchester’s buses, trolley buses and trams (and the people who drove and rode them).

Throughout the show, I’ll be sharing pictures of my visit on my Twitter page, so do follow along. You don’t need a Twitter account to see the pictures, just click on the link to view my timeline.

Catch this special edition of 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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April 7, 2018

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 14 April, 2-4pm

Join me on Saturday at 2pm on North Manchester FM for another edition of Hannah’s Bookshelf. This week, my guest will be the lovely Debz Butler.

Debz is a poet that performs around the northwest. Her work focuses on her experience as a woman, nurse, wife and mother as well as politics she can’t rant on Facebook about. She also runs her own spoken word open mic night – Testify Chester – that aims to amplify marginalised voices within the poetry community.

I’ll be talking to Debz about poetry, performance and her new open mic night. And, of course, she’ll be sharing her selections for this week’s Apocalypse Books.

Catch us 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 7, 2018

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 10 April, 12-2pm

Tune in on Tuesday at 12 for another Helping of History on North Manchester FM. This week, I’m going to be talking about the legacy of Alliott Verdon Roe, better known by the name of the company he founded – Avro. So I’ll be talking aeroplanes, manufacturing and wirelesses, and factories in Newton Heath and Chadderton!

And, as always, I’ll be taking a look at Yesterday’s Papers. And you can pit your wits against the Who Am I? quiz – just how well do you know North Manchester’s iconic buildings?

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 2, 2018

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 7 April, 2-4pm

Join me on Saturday at 2pm on North Manchester FM for another edition of Hannah’s Bookshelf. My guest this week will be the fabulous Cat Rambo.

Cat lives, writes, and teaches atop a hill in the Pacific Northwest. Her 200+ fiction publications include stories in Asimov’s, Clarkesworld Magazine, and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. She is an Endeavour, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award nominee. Her 2018 works include Hearts of Tabat (novel, WordFire Press) and the updated 3rd edition of Creating an Online Presence for Writers. For more about her, as well as links to her fiction and her popular online school, The Rambo Academy for Wayward Writers, see her website.

I’ll be chatting to Cat about her writing – and her many publications – and about the other writing projects she’s involved in. 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 2, 2018

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 3 April, 12-2pm

Join me on Tuesday at 12 for another Helping of History on North Manchester FM. This week, I’m going to be talking about the literary daughters of Cheetham Hill.

Although they moved on and lived elsewhere in adult life, the writers Frances Hodgson Burnett, Jessie Fothergill and Maria Theresa Longworth (better known as Theresa Yelverton) were all born in Cheetham Hill in the nineteenth century. I’ll be sharing a bit about their backgrounds and stories on this week’s show.

And, as always, I’ll also be taking a look through Yesterday’s Papers, and you can put your wits against the Who Am I? quiz – just how well do you know North Manchester’s landmark buildings?

Tune in 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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March 26, 2018

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 27 March, 12-2pm

Join me on Tuesday at 12 for another Helping of History on North Manchester FM. This week, I’ll be joined in the studio by the wonderful Friends of Clayton Hall.

Clayton Hall is a Grade II*-listed building and a rare example of a moated, medieval site. Standing on a scheduled ancient monument, it is situated in Clayton Park. The original hall was built for the Clayton family in the 12th Century; it later passed into the hands of the Byron family, of which the poet Lord Byron was a member. The Byrons lived here until they sold it to two London merchants, George and Humphrey Chetham. The hall was partly rebuilt and enlarged in the 18th century with further remodelling taking place in the early and late 20th century.

Clayton Hall is owned by Manchester City Council and managed by the Trustees and Friends of Clayton Park who open the Hall to the public and organise and run school and group visits. Rooms in the later part of the building have been dressed in Victorian style and offer an opportunity to see what it would have been like to live here in the late 1800s. The timber section includes a Clayton Hall/Manchester memories room, a Humphrey Chetham room and a tea room/gift shop.

I’ll be talking to the Friends of Clayton Hall about this significant building, and also about their work to preserve and promote this bit of our local history.

As always, I’ll also be taking a look through Yesterday’s Papers on the show. And you can pit your wits against the Who Am I? quiz – just how well do you know North Manchester’s landmark buildings?

Tune in 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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March 18, 2018

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 24 March, 2-4pm

Tune in to North Manchester FM on Saturday at 2pm for another Hannah’s Bookshelf. This week, my guest will be the fab Mark Norman.

Mark is an independent folklore researcher and author based in the South West of the UK. He is a committee member of the Folklore Society and the creator and host of The Folklore Podcast – a globally listened to internet podcast which has enjoyed around half a million downloads in its first 18 months. Mark holds the UK’s largest archive of sightings, eyewitness accounts and traditions pertaining to the phenomena of ghostly apparitions of Black Dogs, which formed the inspiration for the novel The Hound of the Baskervilles. His book on the subject, Black Dog Folklore is the only full length study on this area by a single author. Mark is currently writing a new book of extended essays on a variety of folklore subjects and a series of monographs on folklore. He also narrates audiobooks for Audible and for the production company Circle of Spears, which he co-owns.

I’ll be talking to Mark about black dogs, folklore and his podcast. And, of course, he’ll be sharing his selections for this week’s Apocalypse Books.

Catch the show on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) or listen online (if you’re further afield).

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March 18, 2018

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 20 March, 12-2pm

Join me on Tuesday at 12 for another Helping of History on North Manchester FM. This week, I’ll be going Crumpsall Crackers… talking about the old CWS Biscuit Works at the bottom of Crescent Road.

As well as the biscuit chat, I’ll also be taking my usual look at Yesterday’s Papers. And you can pit your wits against the Who Am I? quiz – just how well do you know North Manchester’s landmark buildings?

Tune in 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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March 15, 2018

Press Release: Q&A with Melvin Burgess

hosted by Hannah Kate at The Portico Library

19th April 2018, 6.30pm
IBBY and Portico Members: Free
Students: Free
Standard: £3.00

The Portico Library hosts acclaimed author, Melvin Burgess, for a Q&A session that is supported by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY).

A Patron of the Portico Library, Melvin Burgess is an award-winning author of children’s and young adult fiction. Often referred to as ‘the godfather of teen fiction’ by the British press, his novel Junk, published in 1996, was widely lauded for its realistic portrayal of youth, drugs and sex. He was nominated for the prestigious 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Award, which is presented biennially by IBBY. Previous winners of the award have included Tove Jansson and David Almond.

Many of Melvin Burgess’s young adult novels are known for their incisive and gritty portrayals of teens blended with dark realism. His first novel, The Cry of the Wolf, was published in 1990 and he has since written over 30 books. He was a recipient in 1997 of both the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and the Carnegie Medal in recognition of an outstanding year for the author. Junk was adapted for the stage as well as for the screen by the BBC for their anthology series, scene, in 1999.

His 2003 novel, Doing It, was known for pushing the boundaries for its exploration of contemporary morality for teenagers and went on to win the LA Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature in 2004. The controversy caused was such that it prompted outrage from the then Children’s Laureate, Anne Fine. His repertoire also includes writing for the screen, when in 2009 he wrote The Well for BBC Two. More recently, his latest novel, Persist, was published in 2015 and was well-received.

Born in Sussex in 1954, Melvin Burgess grew up in Ifield before moving to Reading at the age of 12; he has described himself as ‘extremely dreamy and shy’ during childhood. After leaving school, and after a nudge from his father, he enrolled onto a six-month journalist training course for a local newspaper. After deciding he wanted to have a career in writing, he left his role at the newspaper shortly after finishing training and began to write. A few years later he moved to Bristol and his years there inspired Junk. Moving to London in 1983, he began to write short stories, plays for radio and children’s fiction, before being published in 1990, when his first novel, The Cry of the Wolf, was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. The Cry of the Wolf has more recently been shortlisted in 2018 for Italy’s Stega Ragazze e Ragazzi Award. Burgess’s latest book, The Lost Witch, is published with Andersen Press and due for release in August 2018.

The event will be chaired by Hannah Kate, a poet and short-story writer based in Manchester, whose work has appeared in various magazines and anthologies. As well as being an academic writer (under the name Hannah Priest), she is a presenter for North Manchester FM and the host of a popular literature show, Hannah’s Bookshelf.

The event is supported by IBBY UK.

For further information please contact Aoife Larkin at the Portico Library.

Tickets available from Eventbrite.

March 12, 2018

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 13 March, 12-2pm

Tune in to North Manchester FM on Tuesday at 12 for another Helping of History. This week’s show will be electrifying… I’m going to be talking a little bit about electrical engineer Sebastian Ziani de Ferranti (known as the ‘English Edison’), and the factories his company built in Hollinwood and Moston. Stay tuned, as I’ll be revealing Ferranti’s most dramatic electrical ambition (which, sadly, has never come to pass).

In the second hour of the show, I’ll be talking to the organizers of the ‘Electric Generations’ exhibition at the Irish World Heritage Centre in Cheetham Hill, which opened last Thursday.

As always, I’ll also be taking a look through Yesterday’s Papers, and you can pit your wits against the Who Am I? quiz – just how well do you know North Manchester’s landmark buildings?

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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