Watch… Miners Film Weekender at Moston Small Cinema on Sunday June 23. A fascinating mix of films including Young Hearts Run Free which is set in1974 during the miner’s strike in a village in Northumberland. After the film there is the opportunity to speak to the director, Andrew Simpson. Followed by A Day in the Life of a Miner – 1910 short from the North West Film Archive. All for £3!!
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Promenade…at Manchester Sound; the Massacre the latest play from the Library Theatre Company. An interesting mixture of 1819 and the Peterloo Massacre with the life and times of 1989 and the Hacienda nightclub. The modern story falls down in comparison with the exciting and radical events of 1819. The women in the play, Rachel Austin and Janey Lawson steal the show as they have the best and most interesting parts playing Jemima Bamford and Mary Fildes. For me the most relevant parts of the play was when the historical characters challenged the modern women about their lives. There were radical and progressive movements going on in 1989 but they were happening outside the Hacienda and in the travellers movement and the workplace. But its worth seeing for the recreation of the Peterloo and the mixture of drama, film and sound. Further details see
Support the NHS…….join in the 65 birthday party at Trafford General Hospital on Friday 5 July from 2pm onwards. Trafford General was the birthplace of the NHS but, like many other sections of the NHS is under threat, join campaigners as they hold hands around our hospital followed by a short march and then a birthday party in the park. Further details see
And…all our Accident and Emergency depts. across Gtr. Manchester are under threat but the one most needing our support is Bolton and they have called a rally and demonstration on Saturday 6th July 11am-12.30pm Bolton Town Hall square. They say:
This is open to all across Greater Manchester with the title “Save all our A+Es”. This coincides with the 65th anniversary of the NHS and activities are being encouraged by many NHS trade unions. We hope to get wide sponsorship from trade unions, faith groups, community groups. If you know any group who would support this, please ask them. Further details see
And don’t forget on Monday 17 June at 6.30pm there’s a launch event with Louise Purbrick for Dave Hann’s book Physical Resistance: Or, A Hundred Years of Anti-Fascism.
Physical Resistance is an activist’s history of anti-fascism in Britain from the early twentieth to the twenty-first century. It is based on over twenty interviews with anti-fascists from the 1930s to today and presents insights into how everyday life and street politics are entwined, weaving together life histories with detailed archival research.
Dave Hann died in 2009. A plasterer and political activist, he left little except a manuscript of over 100,000 words and trunk full of anti-fascist leaflets. His partner Louise Purbrick completed the book, saw it through to publication and in so doing reflected upon the writing and activism of the person with whom she had lived.
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