Hannah Kate

poet, short story writer and editor based in Manchester

December 3, 2019

Share Your Christmas Memories!

People of/from North Manchester (or people with a vague North Manc connection)! I’m looking for some Christmas memories to share on a very festive radio show to be broadcast on North Manchester FM on Christmas Eve. Would you share your stories with me?

All you need to do is hit ‘Start Recording’ on the button below, and tell me about your favourite Christmas memories. I want to gather as many of these as possible, for broadcast on NMFM on Christmas Eve at 12.

What’s your favourite thing about Christmas?
What’s your best memory of Christmas growing up?
What does the Christmas season mean to you?

Just click ‘Start Recording’, make sure your mic’s on, and send me your story.

Deadline for submission Sunday 8th December.


December 3, 2019

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

Catch Hannah’s Bookshelf on North Manchester FM this Saturday at 2pm, when I’ll be welcoming the fantastic Judy Morris and Elaine Bousfield of ZunTold Publishing to the studio.

Judy trained as a teacher, and taught hundreds of pupils over a twenty-five year classroom career before becoming a headteacher and then a writer. Since the earliest days of her teaching career she’s written poems, stories and plays to use with children in the classroom. She’s always been passionate about teaching, delivering high-quality education and giving students a voice in their learning whilst helping them to develop resilience, good mental health and personal wellbeing. Through her writing, she focuses on developing wellbeing using the power of language.

Elaine is the founder of ZunTold, a new publishing company based in Manchester. ZunTold publishes middle grade and YA fiction and has a particular interest in Fiction as Therapy – working with fiction as a way of exploring feelings, issues and developing insight into the complexity of being human. Elaine trained as counsellor and worked for many years with young people. In 2001 she founded XenZone and in 2004, Kooth, an online counselling and support platform for children and young people aged 11-25. Today she remains the founder and a director of the company. This work was the inspiration for ZunTold and the company has plans to work with writers to develop work that can be helpful to readers be they young people, teachers, parents or therapists.

I’m going to be chatting to Judy and Elaine about publishing and writing, and about mental health and wellbeing. And, of course, they’ll be sharing their 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).

Missed the show? You can catch it again here:

December 2, 2019

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

Join me on Tuesday at 12 on North Manchester FM for another Helping of History. Today I’m going to raising something of a complicated question – What is North Manchester? And I’ll be looking at the Curious Case of Beswick.

When you think of Beswick now, you probably think of it as a district of east Manchester. But what is its historical identity? And why was it once part of North Manchester? On this week’s show, I’m going to be introducing a bit of the history of Beswick (and its close neighbour Bradford), and talking about what this tells us about the creation of North Manchester township in 1896 and the wider history of Manchester.

As well as this little trip to Beswick on the 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).

Missed the show? You can catch it again here:

November 27, 2019

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 30 November, 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 brill Rachel Mann.

Rachel is an Anglican parish priest and writer. She was Poet-in-Residence at Manchester Cathedral between 2009 and 2017 and is the author of five books, including Fierce Imaginings: The Great War, Ritual, Memory and God (DLT, 2017). She is Visiting Fellow in Creative Writing and English at Manchester Metropolitan University. She is the editor of Carcanet’s New Selected Poems of Christina Rossetti (2020). Her poetry was anthologised in Carcanet’s New Poetries VII (2018) and her debut collection, A Kingdom of Love, came out in 2019.

I’ll be talking to Rachel about her poetry, writing and teaching on this week’s show. 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).

Missed the show? You can catch it again here:

November 26, 2019

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 26 November, 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 tripe.

I have to admit I stumbled upon the subject for today’s show quite by accident – but I was immediately fascinated! Tripe Colony was an area of terraced housing in Miles Platting, which was built in the late 19th/early 20th century, and finally pulled down in the 1990s. The district (or, perhaps, sub-district is the more accurate term) was so named because the houses were originally built by J.R. Pendlebury, a successful tripe-dresser and factory owner in East Manchester. While not exclusively tied houses, many of the people who originally lived in Tripe Colony were workers at Pendlebury’s.

The existence of Tripe Colony is brand new to me, so I still have a lot to learn. On this week’s show, I’m going to share some of the information that’s out there – including a couple of really interesting articles – and the stories I’ve been able to gather.

As well as this tripe story, I’ll also 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).

Missed the show? You can catch it again here:

November 14, 2019

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 23 November, 2-4pm

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

Isobelle is an author of paranormal romance novels, and a woman who wears different masks: mother-writer, wife-professional, scholar-novelist. Currently living in Manchester, she has been drawn to the little known, the secret stories, about the people and the nations: the English, the Irish, the Scots, the Welsh, and those who are now part of these nations whatever their origins. Her vision and passion are fuelled by her interest and background in history and, paradoxically, shaped by growing up in a clan steeped in lore, loyalty and legend. Isobelle is intrigued by forces that simmer beneath the surface of these cultures, the hidden passions, unsaid desires, and yearnings unfulfilled.

I’ll be talking to Isobelle about her novels, writing and interest in history. 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).

Missed the show? You can catch it again here:

November 14, 2019

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 19 November, 12-2pm

Tune in on Tuesday at 12 for another Helping of History on North Manchester FM. This week, I’m going to be taking another look in my folder of quirky oddities and curiosities – those stories that didn’t make the history books, but that offer a little slice-of-life from the past. As last week’s show was a Middleton Miscellany, I’m calling this week’s show a Prestwich Pot Pourri!

I’ve got a shocking tale of seduction from 1843 (with a bit of a twist in the tail), a festive treat for some older gentlemen, and sightings of an uncanny apparition. Even by my standards, today’s stories are rather strange!

As well as sharing my little Prestwich Pot Pourri, I’ll also be taking my usual look through Yesterday’s Papers on the show!

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).

Missed the show? You can catch it again here:

November 13, 2019

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 16 November, 2-4pm

Join me on Saturday at 2pm on North Manchester FM for Hannah’s Bookshelf. This week, I’ll be joined in the studio by the fab Sarra Culleno.

Sarra is a London-born, Manchester-based poet, a mother of two and an English teacher. She performs open mic poetry events and slams across the UK. She writes about children’s rights, motherhood, identity, gender, age, technology, the environment, politics, modern monogamy and the education system. She has work published by Les Femmes Folles in Nebraska (‘Lost in my DMs’, ‘Song of the Young Mother’, and ‘Phone Phantom Pantoum’), Three Drops Press (‘PMT Virelai’), Hidden Voices (‘Hansel and Gretel the Woodcutter’s Children’) and in The Bollocks to Brexit Anthology (‘Terza Rima’s Woke Blog’).

Sarra was longlisted for the Cinnamon Press Pamphlet Prize and appeared as Featured Poet at the Herstories Festival, Celebrate Whalley Range and That’s What She Said (For Books’ Sake). She also appeared as a Special Guest reader in the Greater Manchester Fringe show, Streetlights&Fairylights at The Hope Aria Theatre.

I’ll be chatting to Sarra about her work, poetry and performance. And, of course, she’ll be sharing her selections for this week’s Apocalypse Books.

Catch the show on Saturday at 2 on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) or listen online (if you’re further afield).

Missed the show? You can catch it again here:

November 10, 2019

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

Join me on Tuesday at 12 for another Helping of History on North Manchester FM. This week, I’ll be looking at some odd little stories that I’m calling ‘Miscellaneous Middleton’.

I’ve dipped into my folder of little curiosities that would never make the history books, but that are still interesting tales of times gone by. This week, I’m focusing on Middleton in the first half of the nineteenth century. I’ve got a couple of stories of impersonation and fraud (including one that feels like it’s straight out of an Arthur Conan Doyle story!), a spat between florists, and a sad story about funerals. It’s a quirky slice-of-life on this week’s show!

As well as these Miscellaneous Middleton stories, I’ll also be taking my usual look through Yesterday’s Papers on the show.

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).

Missed the show? You can catch it again here:

November 8, 2019

Launch Party for Nothing Anthology

Join Hic Dragones for a belated birthday party for Nothing, an anthology of dark fiction edited by Hannah Kate, on Friday 29th November, 7pm, at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester.

Bleak landscapes, empty hearts, insignificant lives, dystopian futures, extinction, limbo, uncertainty, death. A beautiful void or a horrific state of being. The simple complexity of nothingness.

A new anthology of short stories that take place when everything has gone, in the empty spaces that are left, and with the people that cling to a last deceptive semblance of something—anything—in the face of the void. Embark on a journey to nowhere, with no one, meaning nothing.

Come and join us for a belated birthday party for Nothing, an anthology of bleak and anxious fiction from Hic Dragones. There’ll be readings from contributors, free drinks, discounts and some party surprises – there’s really nothing left to do but party.

Readings from Hannah Kate, Valentine George, Amanda Steel, Melanie Stott, Jeanette Greaves, Sara L. Uckelman and Daisy Black, plus a special contribution from K Bannerman.

Friday 29th November, 7-9pm
International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Cambridge Street, Manchester M1 5BY
Free event – booking required.

Click here to book tickets for the Nothing Party