Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house
Watch…Lincoln (2013)…in the 1860s Manchester textile workers supported the economic blockade of the southern states of America, even though, as the supply of raw cotton dried up, many of them lost their jobs. Lincoln sent a letter of thanks to the people of Manchester and you can see a copy of it on the Lincoln statue in Brazennose Street in the city centre. This film deals with the last months of the American Civil War and Lincoln’s successful attempt, by any means necessary, to pass an amendment to the Constitution abolishing slavery in the USA. It is an anti-war film, graphically showing battlefields and injured soldiers. His own personal life is touched by the death of his young son, whilst his older son wants to join the war. Daniel Day Lewis plays Lincoln as a deeply humane person, whilst not underplaying his sharp politicking to get his anti-slavery legislation through the Congress.
See…The Trojan Women, a production by Salford City College. First performed in 415BC, this rewritten and reworked piece comments on modern warfare between the Middle East and West, and how wars in these countries have changed the role of women in their society, forever.
Tuesday 5 February – Friday 8 February 2013 at 7pm
Ben Kingsley Theatre Pendleton Sixth Form Centre Tickets can be purchased at the Ticket Office in the collge or by phoning 0161 631 5000.
Read…. Raised from the Ground by Jose Saramago (1922-2010). He was a Portuguese writer and Communist who wrote novels that reflected his politics, most notably in Raised from the Ground. A novel based own background (his parents were landless peasants) in which he describes the lives of the poor of Portugal. “What kind of world,” it asks, “divides into those who make a profession of idleness and those who want work but can’t get it”? . Buy it from
Support. Freedom Books,.one of the oldest and largest anarchist bookshops in the country. It doesn’t just sell books, but provides essential services such as drop-in sessions on Sundays for people seeking advice on prisoner support run by London Anarchist Black Cross and, on Fridays, advice on the law from Legal Defence and Monitoring Group. Last Friday they were firebombed and need donations to help replace stock and repair the shop. See
Don’t forget….LGBT month at the Working Class Movement Library on Saturday 9 February as they mark both National Libraries Day and LGBT History Month with a talk on Eva Gore-Booth and Esther Roper by Sonja Tiernan, who used the Library for her research. See my review of Sonja’s book at
The talk begins at 2pm, it’s free, and everyone is welcome. Further information see wcml.org
Help save the NHS….. Up to five local A&E units across Greater Manchester are under threat of closure or downgrading under the proposed “Healthier Together Review” of how local NHS services are provided and, or as a result of other cutbacks, or alleged efficiency savings or so-called improvements to NHS services. In order to help prevent this and to better co-ordinate fight to save ALL OUR Greater Manchester A&Es, hospitals, ambulance and other NHS services – GMATUC in conjunction with Greater Manchester Keep Our NHS Public are organising an Open Conference on 16th February in Manchester city centre .Speakers include: Dr. John Lister (Health Emergency Campaign) Dr. David Wrigley (NW GP – Keep Our NHS Public)
The organisers want to encourage all people who are concerned about the attacks on the NHS to attend the conference. It will give people the information and support in order to start their own local campaign. Further details see
Finally a song to cheer us all up……see