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Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house

Watch…The Mill (Channel 4) a series created by left wing writer John Fay and set at Quarry Bank Mill in Cheshire charting the rise of radical politics. Not the usual its grim up north programme but a series that has … Continue reading

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Book Review; Miss Nobody by Ethel Carnie

Ethel Carnie grew up in one of the most vibrant and progressive eras for working class people. It was a period of the birth of the trade union movement, of mass unrest on the streets and in workplaces and the … Continue reading

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Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house

Watch…Manchester Film Co-operative – in association with the IF Campaign –have put together two films about the real economic crisis. It’s a double billing of We’re Not Broke and the award-winning Secret City. 6.30pm – 8.pm: We’re Not Broke, the … Continue reading

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Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house

Watch…….William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe(DVD) You may have heard of Chartist journalist and lawyer Ernest Jones who went to prison for his politics in the 19th Century or Gareth Pierce and Michael Mansfield who have taken a rigorous political view … Continue reading

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Book review; Behind the Lines by Michael Crowley

Behind the Lines; Creative Writing with Offenders and People at Risk – Michael Crowley Waterside Press ISBN 978-1-904380-78-8 There is a treasure in the heart of every person if only you can find it (Winston Churchill) Micheal Crowley has been … Continue reading

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Stop, Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house..

Watch…Breaking Bad (DVD series 1-3) Walt is a chemistry teacher in New Mexico. USA. He is diagnosed with cancer, his wife is pregnant and his son is disabled. With no medical insurance to pay for his cancer treatment he uses … Continue reading

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Eva Gore- Booth: Irish feminist, political activist, poet..

Eva Gore- Booth An Image of such politics by Sonja Tiernan (Manchester University Press) ISBN 978-0-7190-8232-0 Ruth and Eddie Frow were the first people to tell me about Eva Gore- Booth and her companion and fellow activist Esther Roper. They … Continue reading

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Stop! Look! Listen! a weekly selection of some of my favourite films/books/people…

Watch…Caramel, (2007) set in Beirut in a beauty salon, this film concentrates on women’s lives, rather than the politics of the Middle East. In beauty salons across the world women gather together to chat, exchange secrets and seek support from … Continue reading

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Stop! Look! Listen! a weekly selection of some of my favourite films/books/people…

Watch…..Las Acacias (2011 Argentina) A lorry driver, a road journey from Paraguay to Buenos Aires and a woman with a child who joins him on the trip. There is little script and the baby plays a big role in bringing … Continue reading

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Book review: This Slavery by Ethel Carnie Holdsworth

This Slavery by  Ethel Carnie Holdsworth (Trent Editions, 2011)  ISBN 9781842331415 What do you think about when the words “working class family” is mentioned? Ricky Tomlinson in “The Royle Family”?  Or a scene from “Coronation Street”. There are very few … Continue reading

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