Ten Tales: Ghost Stories for North Manchester is a series of original fiction I’ve written for North Manchester FM. Throughout the winter, there’ll be a new hour-long story every Wednesday at 10pm, all set in the North Manchester area. From Crosslee to Crumpsall, Harpurhey to Hollinwood, there are tales of apparitions, nightmares, disturbances, messages from the beyond… and, of course, ghosts.
I’ve written these ten stories especially for the series, and you can hear them every Wednesday at 10pm on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) or online (if you’re further afield), or on catch-up for a limited time after broadcast. These are old-school ghost stories on the wireless, so close the curtains, get yourself a cup of cocoa, turn the dial, and try to ignore that rapping, tapping at your chamber door…
Tale 1: The Threat of Blossom
The cherry trees have blossomed early on Crosslee this year. The streets are colourful with their candy-floss canopies, and everyone’s waiting for the petals to drop like confetti. Spring is in the air… but what will the change of season bring for the residents of the estate?
Broadcast Date: Wednesday 23rd October 2019
Tale 2: Turkey Red
Martin thinks he’s seeing things as he takes his usual morning walk through Blackley Village and up to Rochdale Road. Is he imagining those glimpses of red? And the memories of the dyeworks that keep creeping back? Perhaps a quick pint at the Golden Lion will take his mind off things…
Broadcast Date: Wednesday 30th October 2019
Tale 3: Help the Poor Struggler
Nadia’s meeting in Hollinwood went well, but ever since then she’s been having terrible nightmares. Her friends think it must have something to do with the history of the location of her meeting, but Nadia’s far too rational to believe in that sort of thing… isn’t she?
Broadcast Date: Wednesday 6th November 2019
Tale 4: The Singular Disappearance of the Old Man from Jumbo
A Psychic Night in Middleton Junction produces some cryptic messages… but are these really messages from the beyond? and who are they for?
Broadcast Date: Wednesday 13th November 2019
Tale 5: Corporation Pop
Georgia thinks the water tastes strange at her nana’s house on Dam Head. It’s not like the water she drinks at home. It’s time for Nana to decide whether Georgia’s old enough to learn a few secrets…
Broadcast Date: Wednesday 20th November 2019
Tale 6: The Occultation of Saturn
A series of astronomical phenomena over Crumpsall Park prove baffling. Or at least, they would if anyone else had seen them. But it seems like Dave and Brian might be the only witnesses, and even they can’t agree on exactly what they saw…
Broadcast Date: Wednesday 27th November 2019
Tale 7: The Lost Map of Doctor John Dee
A chance find in an archive leads a researcher to believe she’s found a missing link in Manchester’s history. But has she bitten off more than she can chew?
Broadcast Date: Wednesday 4th December 2019
Tale 8: Tinker’s Gardens
Pam is surprised to see a hot air balloon floating over Collyhurst. It’s been a while since she’s seen one – but is there more to this balloon than meets the eye? Pam tries to work out what the mysterious appearance might mean…
Broadcast Date: Wednesday 11th December 2019
Tale 9: At Booth Cottage
A series of disturbances around Charlestown Road unsettle the neighbours. Are these ghosts of the old hospital.. or is there something darker behind it all?
Broadcast Date: Wednesday 18th December 2019
Tale 10: Christmas in Gotherswick
In the tenth and final tale, we present a festive bit of local history that’s very close to North Manchester FM’s heart. In an atmospheric yuletide tale, we go back to a time when tallow candles and turf fires kept out the winter chill, before roads and tramlines carved up the fields, and the Rochdale-road was little more than a mud track. Get yourself a warming glass of brandy and tune your wireless in for our final Ghost Story for North Manchester…
Broadcast Date: Wednesday 25th December 2019