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

Watch……. Manchester on the Move . Part of the successful Thursday Lates series at Manchester City Art Gallery. The films are from the North West Film Archive and tells the story of the history of post-war transport in the North West.The evening will be introduced by Richard Brook (Manchester School of Architecture).Thursday 18 April 6.30-8.15pm Free, booking advised, see

Go see…the new season of plays at Mikron Theatre…original, innovative and a highly skilled cast of actors and musicians, they have been in existence for 42 years. Based in Marsden in Huddersfield they tour by narrowboat in the summer and by road in the autumn. They have performed in pubs, village halls, community centres and at festivals and rallies. Don’t Shoot the Messenger, their new play is a history of the postal service which was inspired by WH Auden’s Night Mail.

Listen to the arguments…..on 24 April Bruce Kent will be bringing his Scrap Trident UK Tour to Manchester. Why is the government prepared to spend £100million on Trident whilst making massive cuts across the public services? Join in the discussion at the Saffron Restaurant, Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester on the 24th April. It starts at 12.30pm, tickets are £10.
For tickets contact Jacqui Bourke at

See… A Doll’s House at the Royal Exchange 1 May-1 June. Written by Henrik Ibsen in 1879, he believed that a woman could not be true to herself in the society because; since it is “an exclusively male society, with laws made by men and with prosecutors and judges who assess feminine conduct from a masculine standpoint. At the time it was seen as hugely provocative because it questioned the role of marriage in society and showed a woman prepared to leave everything, including her children, in order to live a free life. Over 130 years later the play may seem archaic given the massive changes in women’s lives particularly in the west, but the language and the rippling tension that runs throughout the play gives it a heightened intensity. See what you think..further details see

Get involved…..Derby Peoples History Group…are looking for people to help plan their future events including; dedication of plaque to Alice Wheeldon on 1 May at 5pm and a Peace and Progress/Derby Local History Day. The next open meeting is Thursday 11th April 7.30 in The Parlour, Brunswick Pub (an accessible venue),near Derby Railway Station. Contact

Go camping…. Camp Frack 2 – 10th/12th May. NO to fracking, YES to One Million Climate Jobs!
Mere Brow, Nr Tarleton, Lancashire.A weekend of activity in opposition to fracking and other forms of extreme energy & in support of the fight for ONE MILLION CLIMATE JOBS.
Including Live Music, Presentations, Film Showings, Discussions on Campaign Strategy, Poetry, Protest Action,

Organised by a Coalition of Anti-Fracking, Trades Union and Environmental Groups including REAF, RAFF, FFF, Merseyside Against fracking, Friends of the Earth & Gtr Manchester Assoc. of Trades Union Councils

Celebrate May Day….. Greater Manchester MAY DAY March Rally Organised jointly by Greater Manchester Association of Trades Union Councils Manchester and Salford Trades Union Councils. Let’s make this the biggest and loudest May Day event we’ve had in Greater Manchester for many a year! Facebook Event Page:

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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