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

Watch….Vampires in Havana, another interesting film being shown by the Manchester Film Cooperative. Juan Padron’s animated film is a spoof on gangster and vampire movies. Set in 1933, at a convention of vampire-gangsters who are meeting in Havana to get their hands on a fabulous new potion called “Vampisol” that at last lets vampires out into the sun without the harmful effects of UV rays. Living proof is a young vampire who was raised so normally that he has no idea he is a vampire — though that will soon change. As is the norm with MFC they do not just show a film but try and get people involved in activity so they have linked the film up to a dayschool on Latin America, see the world economic crisis from a different viewpoint. The film will be shown on 22 January, 7.30pm at On the Eighth Day, Further details see

Read….Campaigning Online and Winning How LabourStart’s Act Now Campaigns are Making Unions Stronger by Eric Lee and Edd Mustill. Like me, you may subscribe to the online LabourStart and have sent messages of support to trade unions across the world. It has been in existence for 15 years and in this book we learn about their successes, including supporting union reps not just get to their jobs back but to get out of prison, and fighting for union rights and representation across the world. There are lessons for all of us to learn but it iss also an inspiration to read given the depressing outlook for trade unions in this country. To buy it use NFN

Find out.. about a history of protest Christmas cards….Glad Tidings of Struggle and Strife: Derby Peoples History 7.30 pm Wednesday 15th January The Quad, Derby DE1 3AS. Further details see

Listen to… Victoria Brittain, journalist and campaigner on 17 January, 7pm at the Friends Meeting House Mount Street Manchester . Manchester Palestine Solidarity Campaign has organised this as part of an on-going discussion group programme. Victoria will speak about the horrific situation of Palestinian child prisoners. Children as young as 10 years old are arrested, often during the night, from their homes, taken away to detention centres, usually without an appropriate adult and held for any length of time that suits the captor. They are ill-treated and often prevented from any access to their families. Join them and take part in the discussion about how we can publicise and protest at these human rights abuses.

Enjoy…. opera in Salford, no not at the Lowry but at the Kings Arms, a much friendlier and accessible venue. Opera is often seen as a middleclass pursuit. Pint sized Opera is a new company based in the northwest who want to change that, and are presenting their version of The Love Drug or L’elisir d’amore: “Sung in Italian (with English subtitles) using young professional singers, true to Donizetti’s score and the original libretto. Can the love drug turn a computer geek into a sex god? Business is booming and emotions are running high in an office not far from here. Nerdy Nemorino doesn’t stand a chance with ambitious Adina; she’s set her sights on playboy tycoon Belcore. Then dodgy “Doc” Dulcamara appears on the scene with a new wonder-drug that could change Nemorino’s life forever”…Join them at the Kings Arms in Salford on 24/25/26 Jan. £14/7. Further details see

Go on a march…..Northern Towns against the Cuts..Austerity Bites..Game Over..march on Saturday 2 February 10.15 Halifax Town Hall, followed by speeches at Halifax Piece Hall. Organised by 12 unions with the support of Yorkshire and Humber TUC. Further details see

Get active… Legal Aid is being cut in April 2013 for many areas of social welfare law, including housing, employment, benefits, debt and immigration. At this conference Free Legal Advice in Crisis on 9 February 2013, organised by Access to Advice, they are bringing together all those affected by the cuts to share ideas and experience.
‘Free Legal Advice in Crisis’ – one day conference 10am to 4pm at Friends Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester. M2 5NS.
Please book a place by emailing:

About lipstick socialist

I am an activist and writer. My interests include women, class, culture and history. From an Irish in Britain background I am a republican and socialist. All my life I have been involved in community and trade union politics and I believe it is only through grass roots politics that we will get a better society. This is reflected in my writing, in my book Northern ReSisters Conversations with Radical Women and my involvement in the Mary Quaile Club. .If you want to contact me please use my gmail which is lipsticksocialist636
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