Hannah Kate

poet, short story writer and editor based in Manchester

April 9, 2019

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 16 April, 12-2pm

Join me on Tuesday at 12 for another Helping of History on North Manchester FM. This week, I’ll be talking about some of the more curious place names in North Manchester.

Quite often on the show, I talk about the origin of place names (e.g. Crumpsall, Langley, Moston), but these are usually toponyms derived from physical features of the landscape and location. However, I’m also interested in another type of place name – one that refer to the function or purpose to which people have put the location. Sometimes, this purpose has been near-forgotten, but the name remains as a hint of the fascinating local history story to be uncovered.

I’ll be sharing four of my favourite place names and their stories on this week’s show. Tune in to find out about a tower block in Collyhurst, an odd little street in Blackley, an area of Moston… and perhaps the most anticipated street ever to be built in North Manchester!

Find out more about these curious little tales on this week’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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April 9, 2019

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 13 April, 2-4pm

Tune in on Saturday at 2pm for more from Hannah’s Bookshelf on North Manchester FM. This week, my guest will be the wonderful Jack Barrow.

Jack lives in Hertfordshire, where he writes about popular philosophy in modern life. He has a particular interest in the way people are creating their own philosophies from the bottom up. He tries to bring an intellectual rigour to this field instead of merely accepting any old idea.

His first novel, The Hidden Masters and the Unspeakable Evil, is available worldwide following excellent UK reviews. It was described as ‘riotously funny and improbably probable’ by Pentacle Magazine. Jack’s latest project is a travelogue, In SatNav We Trust – A Search for Meaning Through the Historic Counties of England, a journey through ideas or science and belief, all the while searching for meaning and a bed for the night. Or is that the other way around?

I’ll be talking to Jack about his novel, his travelogue and about writing in general. And, of course, he’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 9, 2019

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 9 April, 12-2pm

Join me on Tuesday at 12 for another Helping of History on North Manchester FM. This week, I’ll be talking about the curious portion of Middleton (or is it Manchester?) that is Langley.

I say ‘curious’, because Langley’s history is often misunderstood. In fact, you would be forgiven for thinking that it had no history until the building of a large council estate in the 1950s. But on Tuesday’s show, I’m going to look right back to the medieval beginnings of the Langley Estate, through various changes in ownership, to its redevelopment as an overspill estate for Manchester Corporation (that’s right, Manchester Corporation) in the 1950s.

The Langley Estate sits in between Bowlee and Middleton, and for many centuries was connected to various landed Middleton families. It is now included as part of Middleton, which is in turn part of Rochdale Metropolitan Borough. However, from the 50s to the 70s, Langley Estate was a Manchester Corporation housing estate. On this week’s show, I’ll be discussing how (and why) that happened, and how that fits into the bigger picture of Langley’s curious history.

As well as this little look at Langley, 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 2, 2019

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 6 April, 2-4pm

Tune in the North Manchester FM on Saturday at 2pm for more from Hannah’s Bookshelf. This week, my guest will be the fab Madeleine Gomez.

Born in the Dominican Republic, raised in Chicago and currently living in Miami, Latina Madeleine Gomez wrote her first poem in 5th grade and hasn’t stopped writing poetry since. She won her first poetry contest in her teens. Since then, she has produced 4 volumes of poetry. Following her book, Love Poems for the New Millennium (2010-2014), illustrated with the art of master calligrapher Beth Lee as well as linocuts by esteemed Chicano artist Bob Rob Medina, her recent and third book of published poems, Three (2018), was awarded semi-finalist in the prestigious biennial Latino Andres Montoya Poetry Competition (University of Notre Dame).

In addition to writing poetry, Madeleine is a song writer, vocalist and Flamenco dancer. In her late twenties, she began collaborating (as Pepper Gomez) with DJ-producer Matt Warren, and her lyrics and voice found a home accompanying the various projects and DJs on the nascent Sunset Records. In 2017, Madeleine’s love of Flamenco and other non-mainstream or lesser-known musical genres resulted in the creation of Wake Up! Music. Madeleine’s Spanish and English lyrics can be found on the first two releases: Elena Andujar’s Flamenco In Time and Matt Warren’s Music is My Life.

I’ll be talking to Madeleine about her poetry, lyrics and other creative work. 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, 2019

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

Join me on Tuesday at 12 for another Helping of History on North Manchester FM. This week, I’ll be going back to one of my favourite topics… the incorporation of North Manchester townships in the nineteenth century.

On this week’s show, I’m going to be focusing on Crumpsall. You may remember that most recently I talked about the proposed incorporation of Failsworth into Manchester at the beginning of the twentieth century. Well, the incorporation of Crumpsall in 1890 was quite a different story! Far from being seduced to ‘amalgamate’ with Manchester, Crumpsall was put under a bit more pressure to make a decision. I’ll be talking about some of the discussions that took place in the township in the years prior to 1890. Tune in to the show to find out how Crumpsall ended up as part of Manchester.

As well as this, I’ll be taking my weekly 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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March 24, 2019

North Manchester FM: Hannah’s Bookshelf, Saturday 30 March, 2-4pm

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

At the age of six, Pamela was already writing proper stories, all essentially medieval romances. She was spurred on by winning a prize in a Brooke Bond (the Tea Company) creative writing competition a few years later. Being mocked by Big Sister for waking up in the middle of the night to scribble poetry, and brought to the Headmaster’s office for using the word ‘voluptuous’ in a poem she submitted to the Catholic primary school magazine did not deter her.

Member of a huge Northern tribe, Manchester native, mum and teacher-turned-author, Pamela has now published five novels: So Sister, Selling Short, The Life Coach Less Travelled, Blue is the Object and Stalkbook, as well as poetry and non-fiction.

I’ll be talking to Pamela about her novels, poetry and other writing 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).

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March 24, 2019

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 26 March, 12-2pm

Join me on Tuesday at 12 on North Manchester FM for another Helping of History. I’ve got two fantastic (though very different!) interviews for you on this week’s show.

In the first hour, I’ll be talking to author Denise Beddows about her latest book, The Cheetham Hill Murder: A Convenient Killing? The book reexamines the case of the murder of Frances Levin in 1933. Sparking what was described as Manchester CID’s ‘biggest manhunt’, the murder of Mrs Levin shocked the community of Cheetham Hill at the time. The police identified a homeless man William Burtoft as a likely suspect, and he was eventually tried and executed for the crime. However, as the BBC’s Murder, Mystery and My Family show revealed last year, it’s unlikely Burtoft could have committed the crime. Denise’s book picks up the story, reexamines the evidence, and pieces together the real story of what happened on that July afternoon in 1933.

I’ll be chatting to Denise on the show about the book, and about what inspired her to look into this particular case.

And then in the second hour, I’ll be talking to Sam Jenkins of the People’s History Museum about the new exhibition: Disrupt? Peterloo and Protest. This exhibition takes visitors through the past, present and future of protest, beginning with the story of the Peterloo Massacre, which is told through original artefacts. PHM’s collection, newly acquired pieces, donations and loan items are brought together for the first time, some never having been on public display before, to tell this story in the year of the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre in The National Lottery Heritage Fund supported exhibition.

I visited the exhibition and talked to Sam about the pieces on display, the story they reveal, and the ways this new exhibition interacts with the longer history of protest and demonstration – not only in Manchester, but across the globe.

Of course, as well as these two fantastic guests, I’ll also be taking my usual look through Yesterday’s Papers on the show.

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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).

March 18, 2019

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

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

Susan started writing fiction in the 1960s. Her first seven novels were published by mainstream publishers in the UK and the US. She and her husband, wildlife artist Peter Barrett, have co-authored a number of natural history and children’s books. Their most recent work together is a memoir of their early life in Greece, illustrated with over 200 black and white photographs taken at the time, and Peter’s line drawings. The Garden of the Grandfather: Life in Greece in the 1960s was independently published in October 2018. Susan’s last three fiction titles were self-published as eBooks and in paperback. Susan knows well the advantages and pitfalls of the indie world in the present publishing climate.

I’ll be talking to Susan about her long-standing writer career, and about her recent publications. 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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March 18, 2019

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

Join me on Tuesday at 12 for another Helping of History on North Manchester FM. This week, I’m taking a closer look at the history of Newton Heath.

Specifically, I’m taking a look at a book about the history of Newton Heath: H.T. Crofton’s A History of the Newton Chapelry in the Ancient Parish of Manchester, including Sketches of the Townships of Newton with Kirkmanshulme, Failsworth and Bradford, but Exclusive of the Townships of Droylsden and Moston (Chetham Society, 1904). Quite the mouthful, eh?

It’s surprising that I haven’t read Crofton’s History of the Newton Chapelry before. The equivalent history book for Blackley by Rev. John Booker (which Crofton references in his own work) has been an invaluable source for me, and I’ve referred to it a few times on the show. However, while Booker’s Blackley is generally a rather formal survey of the churchs and halls of the township, Crofton’s Newton reveals a different side to North Manchester life. While he gives sufficient time to the power families and landowners who owned Newton, Crofton also spends a bit of time outlining some of the quirkier tales of Newton Heath’s past.

On this week’s show, I’ll be sharing some of my favourite bits of Crofton’s book. Tune in to the show if you want to find out… where Monkey House was… how Scutch Buttock got its name… why Rev Matthew Sedgwick was known as ‘muscular Christian’… and all about the bizarre portraits that once hung in Culcheth Hall.

In addition to this wander through Crofton’s Newton Heath, 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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March 14, 2019

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

Join me on Saturday at 2pm on North Manchester FM for another special edition of Hannah’s Bookshelf. This week, I’m reporting on the 25th anniversary celebrations of the Manchester Irish Writers.

The Manchester Irish Writers was founded in 1994 at the old Irish World Heritage Centre and has been meeting regularly since. It was co-founded by Alrene Hughes and Rose Morris. MIW is a very enthusiastic group of ambitious writers at various stages in their development. Encouraged by Alrene and other visiting writers, members have gained enormously in confidence leading to the publication of six books of their collected writings. As well as providing focused workshops the group meetings have become very special social occasions where much pleasure is derived from sharing thoughts, ideas and memories.

Their publications to date include: At the End of the Rodden (Scribhneoiri 1997), The Retting Dam (Scribhneoiri 2001), Stone of the Heart (Scribhneoiri 2002), Drawing Breath (Scribhneoiri 2003), From Kerry Child to Limerick Lady (Scribhneoiri 2003) and Changing Skies (Scribhneoiri 2014). Their performances include: poetry, one act plays and monologues staged annually in the Manchester Irish Festival, the Chorlton Festival and Oldham Festival, Library Theatre, Royal Exchange and The Thirsty Scholar. A number of the writers have had books published and plays staged at The Lowry, Kings Arms, Oldham Colosseum, and London theatres.

The Manchester Irish Writers meet fortnightly on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 7.30pm, and new members are always welcome.

On Thursday 14th March, the Manchester Irish Writers celebrate their 25th anniversary with a night of performance, readings, music and dance at the Irish World Heritage Centre, North Manchester. I’ll be reporting on the event on this week’s show, with interviews from some of the group’s members, including:

Suzanne Jeans

Suzanne was born and brought up on the Wirral and worked for over 30 years in the North West of England, teaching Drama and Theatre Studies at GCSE and A Level. Suzanne took early retirement in 2017 and joined the MIW group just 12 months ago. So far, she has written a short story and a play.

Patrick Slevin

Patrick lives in Stockport. His poems have appeared in The Interpreter’s House, The Manchester Review, Degenerate Literature, The Bangor Literature Review and The Cabinet of Heed. He has been highly recommended in the Westival Poetry Prize 2018, the Westport Poetry Competion 2017 and the Gregory O’Donogue Poetry Prize 2017.

Kevin McMahon

Kevin is a poet and playwright. He’s the writer of The Claykickers’ Chorus, which was the winning script in the Kenneth Branagh International Drama Writing Award 2018.

Rose Morris

Rose Morris co-founded the Manchester Irish Writers group with Alrene Hughes in 1994 and reckons that her continued involvement, affirmation and sharing within the group has greatly enhanced the development of her own writing. Her monologues have been performed at the Library Theatre and the Royal Exchange, and her short stories and poetry have been published in the Manchester Irish Writers’ collections: The End of the Rodden, The Retting Dam, Stone of the Heart, Drawing Breath and Changing Skies, and in Something About Home (edited by Liam Harte).

Catch all these interviews – and much more! – on the Hannah’s Bookshelf Manchester Irish Writers Special this 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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