Watch.. Lust / El Shooq…showing as part of a very small Arab Film Festival at the Cornerhouse in Manchester. Made in 2011 and exploring the lives of people living in al-Labban a poor neighbourhood in Alexandria, Egypt. Central to the drama is Umm Shooq, who has fled her rich family to be with the man she loves and live a life of poverty. Lust is part of a new wave of Egyptian films that seek to represent the lives of the poorer people and those who most need a revolution sadly it is only on once (!!) on Monday 24 June at 530pm see
Look at….. The Al Mutanabbi Street Coalition is a group of artists, writers and poets. Named after the 10th century classical Arab poet, Al-Mutanabbi Street is the heart and soul of the Baghdad literary and intellectual community. On March 5, 2007, a car bomb was detonated on the street. At least 30 people were killed and 100 were wounded. The Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition was formed soon afterwards, in response to not just the tragic loss of life, but also to the idea of a targeted attack on a street where ideas have always been exchanged. This exhibition is the result of a project conceived by poet Beau Beausoleil and artist Sarah Bodman to “re-assemble” the “inventory” of reading material that was lost in the car bombing.
Book artists from around the world were asked to produce works which reflected both the strength and fragility of books, but also showed the endurance of the ideas within them, in response to the attack on the heart and soul of the Baghdad literary and intellectual community.
“The project is both a lament and a commemoration of the singular power of words. We hope that these books will make visible the literary bridge that connects us, made of words and images that move back and forth between the readers in Iraq and ourselves” – The al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition
See it at John Rylands Library further info see
Go to a meeting..the local branch of the National Union of Journalists have organised a meeting”WOOLWICH: WAS THE MEDIA’S RESPONSE RACIST?” A discussion about media coverage after the Woolwich murder on Tuesday June 25 at 6pm at the Friends Meeting House in Manchester. Speakers include representatives from the PCS and Human Rights Commission, United Against Fascism. Its open to non members of the NUJ.
Want to be a writer…. At 3Minute Theatre on Saturday June 29 at 7pm ‘Ripples in Concrete‘ Sharing and Discussion on New Writing Development
Supported by Arts Council England, North West Theatre Director Charlie Mortimer is exploring best practice in working with new writing.
Helen East’s piece looks at the unlikely relationship between an asylum seeker and her council estate neighbour, mediated by her visiting social worker. It deals with many difficult issues.
Via this process Charlie and Helen shall explore the most effective ways of nurturing a new script from first draft to a production ready script. They shall be sharing their discoveries, taking questions and demonstrating to audiences, with the aim of creating and offering sound advice to creative’s in the North West who wish to engage and develop new writing. Further information see
Commemorate the life of Edith Rigby…. in preparation for the commemoration of the life of Edith Rigby on Sat 6th July, there will be a bring and share suffragette costume making workshop with Helen McHugh at Bolton Socialist Club, 16 Wood Street off Bradshawgate Bolton BL1 1DY from 10am – 2pm. Why not drop in for half an hour when you can for a coffee, or stay for lunch! More details 07773 508 366.
Support…. Merseyside Asbestos Victim Support Group and watch Burjesta Theatre in “The Real Monsters Revealed”A tale of…Industrial Pollution…The Appropriation of Science for Profit…And the Continuing Battle to Rid the World of Asbestos And the Exploitation of Workers Worldwide. Thursday 4th July @ The Casa, Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9BQ 7pmDonations on the door for Merseyside Asbestos Victim Support Group. Further details see
Come to a book launch and a tea party………..on 12 July at the Working Class Movement Library from 530-730pm Greater Manchester Keep Our National Health Service Public (KONP) have invited co-editor of NHS SOS to discuss the massive changes, for the worse, that have effected this important public institution. But KONP are also asking for you to join them in a discussion about their campaign and how you can get involved….over a cup of tea and a cake. Further details see firstname.lastname@example.org Read my review see