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

Watch…Imagine Waking Tomorrow at Three Minute Theatre on 24 April , screening at 8pm (doors open at 7pm). The film is about Bill Drummond, artist, musician and author, most famous for creating the avant-garde group KLF and burning a million pounds. He sees all his activities as art and his latest project is a choir called The 17, inspired by the concept of waking up to find that all music had disappeared.
Imagine Waking Tomorrow is an observational film that follows the artist, musician and author Bill Drummond over the course of a week in 2011. Bill was asked to be the Composer in Residence at the Sensoria festival and Manchester documentary maker Andy Benfield used the opportunity to make this touching film of Bill’s exploration of the soundscapes of the city in streets, cafés, pubs and huge steel forges.

Entrance: £3/£2 concessions.
To book, please send a message via the form at

Look….at Edith Tudor-Hart: Quiet Radicalism at the Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool. Edith (1908-73) was born in Vienna, but had to escape the government’s war against socialists. She fled to England and married a GP. Edith was a communist and was involved in spying for the USSR whilst in England. In the 30s she lived with her husband in the Rhonda Valley in Wales and used her photography to document the savage working conditions that mining families had to endure. Two of the photographs are my favourites: they show miners and their womenfolk marching through the streets of the Rhonda demanding better conditions. What is interesting is that Edith must have stood on a wall to get the photos and the miners are turning to look up at her, it must have seemed very strange to see this this young woman photographing their march. Edith used her art to document the poverty of communities in Wales and later in England, even today there is a humanity and compassion that seeps out of the images. She worked for many prestigious newspapers and magazines and covered one of the most volatile periods of history in this country.

Commemorate… In April 1932 over 400 people participated in a mass trespass on Kinder Scout, a bleak moorland plateau, the highest terrain in the Peak District.The event was organised by the Manchester branch of the British Workers Sports Federation. They chose to notify the local press in advance, and as a result, Derbyshire Constabulary turned out in force. A smaller group of ramblers from Sheffield set off from Edale and met up with the main party on the Kinder edge path. Five men from Manchester, including the leader Benny Rothman, were subsequently jailed. The trespass was controversial at the time, being seen as a working class struggle for the right to roam versus the rights of the wealthy to have exclusive use of moorlands for grouse shooting. It led to the establishment of the principle of peoples’ right to roam which has been embedded in legislation.
A Spirit of Kinder Day will be held at New Mills Town Hall on Saturday 27 April from 2.30pm. It is hoped the event will become an annual celebration.
The free event will feature talks, stalls and music. Boff Whalley, founder member of Chumbawamba, will sing the band’s tribute to the Mass Trespass, You Can, and Chapel-en-le-Frith Male Voice Choir will again lead the singing of The Manchester Rambler. A special Folk Train featuring the Chorlton Folk Club will leave Manchester Piccadilly for New Mills at 11.45am.
More information here.

Remember….…Workers’ Memorial Day – 28 April 2013, a day to remember the dead:fight for the living. Health and Safety legislation is embedded in law nationally and at a European level, but workers are still being killed and injured at work. This campaign calls for stronger trade union organisation to defend workers and for higher penalties for those companies who flout the law. In Manchester on 28 April there will be rally at Albert Square 11am to 12 noon with one minutes silence followed by music and speeches. From 12:30, at the People’s History Museum there will be a Workers Memorial Day Exhibition, short speeches and presentation of prizes for schools IWMD competition winner and refreshments. For more information contact Hilda Palmer, 0161 636 7557

Go for a walk……and see sunny Salford…On Sunday 28 April at 10.45am there will be a history walk, Radical Salford, setting off from the Black Lion, 63 Chapel Street. This walk will explore Salford’s rich radical history including the Flat Iron Market, the General Strike of 1842, vegetarian Christians, Salford’s first birth control clinic, Salford’s Socialists, Votes for Women and the disturbances in Bexley Square in October 1931. It will be led by Michael Herbert who has been researching and writing about Manchester and Salford’s radical history for many years..
Fee £6 (£5 concessions). Advance booking via

Listen to, and find out some news from the south..,,,a rap about the protests at Sussex University where students joined workers in protesting at the privatisation of 230 jobs. Further info see
For one young woman’s views on the protests see

Still time to influence the Lords… over the debate around privatisation of the NHS. There is a debate on Wednesday so get that email sent! Further info see

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. I am a member of the Manchester and Salford National Union of Journalists.If you want to contact me please use my gmail which is lipsticksocialist636
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