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

WatchWe Live in Two Worlds ..a number of films about a flawed but important public service facing privatisation, the Post Office which in the 1930s had its own film unit, the GPO Film Unit. On Thursday 30 May, 6.30-8.30pm, the Manchester City Art Gallery are showing a selection of films made between 1936 and 1938, including the experimental animations of Len Lye and Norman McLaren, as well some well-loved classics and less well-known films. The screenings will be followed by a discussion.

The evening is free, but advance booking is advised. Book tickets at

Listen…to a footballer who has something to say. Mahmoud Sarsak is a talented midfielder for the Palestinian national football team whose career was destroyed by three years detention without charge or trial in an Israeli jail .
His incarceration only ended in July 2012 after a three month hunger strike and an international outcry on his behalf by individuals and organisations, including former French international and Manchester United star Eric Cantona, FIFA President Sepp Blatter and the international professional footballers’ federation FIFPro.
In April-June this year the sportsman and former detainee is touring Europe to thanks those who campaigned for his release and to highlight the experience of Palestinian prisoners and of Palestinians dealing with discrimination in sport and in other areas of their working and personal lives.

Join him on Monday 27th May 5.30pm onwards at the Saffron Restaurant , 107, Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester M8 8PY. This has been organised by the Manchester Palestine Solidarity Campaign
For more information contact Norma 07903668500

Find out moreWorlds within worlds: punk ladies, riot grrrls and fanzine culture.
Cazz Blaise, writer on women and punk, will be giving a talk on Wednesday 29 May at 2pm at the Working Class Movement Library in Salford. She will discuss the role women played in the UK punk scene and the UK incarnation of the female focused, female dominated Riot grrrl scene. Further info see

Discover ..the wonderful music of Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius, played by the BBC Philharmonic next month. His work not only redefined what was central to the character of the symphony, but was also part of the nationalist movement in Finland. Sibelius was heavily inspired by Nordic folk legends, basing a fair amount of his tone poems on old stories and literature. When Russia invaded Finland during the Second World War he refused to leave the country. Further details see

Go to….Brian Clarke: Born Oldham 1953. Brian was born and educated in Oldham and is the world’s best-known stained glass and architectural artist. Look up when you are shopping in Oldham Spindles shopping centre and see his work celebrating another Oldhamite, William Walton. Visit Gallery Oldham to see another aspect to Brian’s art; his drawings. He is 60 this year and the work looks back on his life in his hometown, particularly celebrating his love of cotton mills. You can meet Brian on 5 June at 2pm when he will be giving an illustrated talk on his work. There is no charge but booking is essential – phone 0161 770 4653 to reserve a place. Further details see

Celebrate…. the life and ideas of Wigan born and bred Gerrard Winstanley (1609-1676) and the 17th Century Diggers movement he became the inspirational theorist and spokesperson of. The third annual Wigan Diggers festival takes place on 7 September. Enjoy poetry, music, film and song and its all free!
This year they have established an annual award bearing the name of Gerrard Winstanley and will present it, ideally at the festival each year, to an individual or a group, in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the cause of making the Earth a common treasury for all, in the spirit of the Great Wiganer. This year the award is being presented to veteran left-winger and former Labour MP Tony Benn, someone who has himself described the Diggers as the first “true Socialists”.
Further details 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. .If you want to contact me please use my gmail which is lipsticksocialist636
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