Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house
Watch…….films about Iceland and hear some short stories from author Agust Borgpor Sverrisson. Agust has worked as a journalist, copywriter and translator and is a well-known blogger and commentator in Iceland on literature and politics.
He is an acclaimed Icelandic author and the two films are based on short stories by Jon Atli Jonasson and Agust’s own short story Disappearing into the World. See them on 24 January at 7-9pm at Madlab. Further info see
Look…….new exhibition by Maurice Carlin First… Next… Then… Finally... Castlefield Gallery solo show, Preview 6 – 8pm on Thur 7th February. The show continues until 17th February. Maurice says….This is my first solo exhibition in Manchester. I’ll be showing a series of new work consisting of print, performance and film works plus a specially commissioned essay by Philip Auslander. More info about the exhibition is available on Castlefield gallerys website. I’m really excited about this show, it would be great if you can make it along!
Read…. about the history of the cooperative movement in a fabulous graphic novel The Co-operative Revolution. The movement started in Rochdale in 1844 and has now spread across the world making a real difference in countries such as Argentina during their economic crisis in the 90s. People took over bankrupted businesses and ran them as co-ops. An important lesson for us at the present time. The story in the book continues and takes us to Rochdale in 2044 where co-ops are now an important part of the economy of the country. The illustrations by Polyp are beautiful and engaging and certainly turn an important story to an inspiring one.
Join the campaign to sack Nick Griffin…….In 2009 Griffin won his seat in the European Parliament by a whisker – under 5,000 votes. Hope Not Hate want to ensure that in 2014 Griffin and the BNP in the north-west are ejected from the parliament once and for all. They say Sack Nick Griffin will be a positive and exciting campaign spread across the region. It will bring together a broad progressive coalition of trade unionists, faith and community groups and individuals all with the one aim of unseating Nick Griffin. Also, with the BNP in major financial trouble and Griffin funnelling money to the party from his post in the EU, when we take him out in 2014 we remove one of the BNP’s last major sources of income. This could be the campaign to bankrupt the BNP. Now that’s worth signing up for! See
Sign the petition…to get Amazon to pay their taxes…independent booksellers Frances and Keith of Kenilworth & Warwick Bookshops are asking people to sign the petition: In our book, that is not a level playing field and leaves independent retailers like us struggling to compete just because we do the right thing. And that is why we’ve started a petition see a petition on Change.org calling on Amazon to pay their corporation tax in the UK. Click here to join us. see
Celebrate…. 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 The talk begins at 2pm, it’s free, and everyone is welcome. Further details see
Challenge the cuts….Greater Manchester Community Union have organised a meeting on THE CUTS, HOW THEY AFFECT YOU AND WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT
Tuesday 12th Feb Tuesday, 7.30pm, Friends Meeting House, Manchester.