Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house
Watch…..two films and hear some live music…Manchester Film Cooperative’s next event is at the Antwerp Mansion in downtown Rusholme. Antwerp Mansion is: a renovation project, aiming to turn a beautiful but run down Victorian Mansion into a Music, Art and Photography Haven. See
On 24 April from 6.30pm MFC are showing Invisible Circus, a film about Bristol’s anarchist circus over three years. This is followed at 8.30pm by the excellent film Exit Through the Gift Shop in which artist Banksy tells the story of Thiweey Guetta, a French immigrant in Los Angeles and his obsession with street art. Throughout the evening there is live music from local folk group Richard Barry and the Chaps.
Entrance fee, an incredible £5/34.
Celebrate…on May 1 it’s the 39th birthday of co-operative bookshop News From Nowhere in Liverpool. Not just a bookshop, but an essential part of the Liverpool left scene. There is a whole day of events including a talk by NFN stalwart Mandy Vere on the history of the shop and how they have managed to keep an independent radical bookshop and co-operative afloat in these Amazon times.
Read……..Bedsit Disco Queen;How I Grew Up and Tried to be a Popstar…Tracey Thorn was the other half of 80s pop duo Everthing But the Girl. Her biography is a sweet and insightful glimpse into growing up in the 80s. Like me she went to Hull University and was influenced by the politics of the era which appeared in some of their songs. Before EBYG she was in a woman’s band the Marine Girls. She captures the excitement of punk…. It triggered in me a passion for pop music She is also challenged by the feminism of that time..I had discovered feminism and through my reading of Germaine Greer,Betty Friedan and Kate Millet I was finding a theoretical famework for many of the grievances I’d had since I was a teenager. Looking back at this era -she is now in her 50s -she is aware of how things have changed for young women in an industry where artifice and concealment seem most in evidence. EBTG were a great pop band because Tracey and Ben were interested in writing and performing well written songs with good melodies and it is that sincerity that comes out this book. Buy it from NFN, of course.
Find out more about the NHS……….Socialist Health Association are organising a seminar at Manchester University about the NHS. Find out about how the NHS works and how you can get involved. Its more important to do so now then ever before. The SHA has existed since the 60s and has campaigned for a universal healthcare system based on socialist principles . For more information see….
Another film….Palestinian Womens’ Scholarship fund event on Sunday 28 April 2013 at 2-5pm at Denshaw Village Hall, Saddleworth OL3 5SJ . All money raised will go to support women in Gaza and the West Bank through university education.The film - And Still they Dance charts the visit of young men and women from the Jabalia Refugee camp,Gaza to Sheffield and what has become of them since. The Palestinian film maker will be present. Tickets are £8 or £4 concessions and includes light refreshments.For tickets or more information ring 07975 908409 or email email@example.com
Support our libraries…..Oldham Council Libraries are hosting a BOOKMARK FESTIVAL – Murder, Comedy And Television, from 20 -26 April, a weeklong celebration of all things literary in the borough. Meet authors, find out about writing for TV and listen to poets. Further details see
And in the week that Thatcher died….listen to Selma James, one of the most outstanding feminist thinkers of her time, debate her legacy with Edwina Curry, ex-MP and Thatcher clone, on the BBC’s Broadcasting House see