Hannah Kate

poet, short story writer and editor based in Manchester

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).

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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

November 7, 2019

3 Minute Santas – Festive Flash Fiction Wanted!

A call for seasonal submissions to be broadcast on the radio!

Can you tells a festive story in just 3 minutes? Hannah’s Bookshelf presents 3 Minute Santas – back for its third twinkling year on North Manchester FM!

I’m looking for recordings of festive (not necessarily Christmas) stories for inclusion on my radio show on Saturday 14th December – but they can only be 3 minutes long! Stories are welcome from anywhere in the world, and in any genre. A selection of 3 Minute Santas will be broadcast on the show on 106.6FM (in the North Manchester area) and on digital (for the rest of the world) – and don’t worry, there’s always ‘listen again’ feature if you’re in a different time zone!

3 Minute Santas isn’t a competition, but a call for submissions. It’s open to anyone, and the more the merrier! For details of how to submit a story, just click here. The deadline is midnight on Thursday 5th December.

And please do share this info with anyone you think might be interested!

November 3, 2019

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 9 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 wonderful Laura Harper.

Laura Harper is an award-winning scriptwriter for theatre and film. She has had work performed at Southwark Playhouse, Bread & Roses Theatre, The Royal Exchange Studio, 53Two, Tristan Bates Theatre, Studio Salford, The Dukes Theatre, Oldham Coliseum, Hope Mill Theatre, and The Bunker Theatre, London. She has been commissioned to write pieces by the Manchester Actors and Directors Partnership, University of Manchester and The Manchester College. Her short screenplay Sit was selected by Elicit Pictures following an international talent search.

Laura’s awards include the Madeline Boden Award for Best New Play, the Iron & Fire Award for New Writing, Runner Up of the Derek Jacobi Award for New Writing, and most recently, the WFTS Award for Best New Writing.

I’ll be talking to Laura about her scripts – and her awards – 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 2 on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) or listen online (if you’re further afield).

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November 2, 2019

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 5 November, 12-2pm

Join me on Tuesday at 12 for another Helping of History on North Manchester FM. This week, we’re taking a little look at Cheetham Hill’s sporting history.

As it’s such a diverse and vibrant area, it should come as no surprise that Cheetham Hill has a fascinating history of varied sporting activities. Today’s show takes a look at some of the stories and memories associated with sports and Cheetham Hill. I’ll be talking about a couple of interesting venues (a UK first, and a Manchester first), some illuminating exhibits at the Manchester Jewish Museum relating to a particular pass-time, and a ‘sporting oasis’ that’s been going strong since 1847. Interested? Then get your pumps on, because it’s time for a bit of P.E.!

In addition to this week’s stories of Cheetham Hill’s sporting past (and present), 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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October 26, 2019

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

Join me on Saturday at 2pm for another Hannah’s Bookshelf on North Manchester FM. This week, my guest will be the amazing Rose Condo.

Rose is an award-winning Canadian spoken word artist currently based in North of England. A multiple slam champion, she has performed at spoken word nights and festivals throughout the UK and internationally since 2013. She has been the host and organiser of the monthly Spoken Word event ‘Queenie’s Coffee House Night’ since 2015. Her solo show The Empathy Experiment won Best Spoken Word Show at the 2019 Greater Manchester Fringe Awards and received critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe. She has written and toured two previous spoken word shows – The Geography Of Me and How To Starve An Artist – the latter of which was Runner Up Best UK Spoken Word Show at the 2017 Saboteur Awards.

Rose’s work is unapologetically feminist, oftentimes wry, occasionally raw, but always honest and compassionate. You may remember that I reviewed her GM Fringe show, The Empathy Experiment, on Hannah’s Bookshelf in July this year.

I’ll be chatting to Rose about her spoken word shows and slam poetry. 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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