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

Watch…..Budrus at 7pm on 18 July organised by the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign. Written and directed by Julia Bacha the documentary has won many awards. Ayed Morrar is a Palestinian community organiser who brings together local Fatah and Hamas members with Israeli supporters in a non-violent campaign to stop his village, Budrus, being destroyed in the construction of Israel’s Separation Barrier or Berlin Wall depending on your politics. Central to the film is the involvement of Morrar’s 15 year old daughter and her female comrades who show how women are often more inclined to lead the vanguard of a movement. The film is not just action packed, but inspiring for all people across the world who attempt to challenge the Goliaths of repressive regimes. Further details see

SupportLove Hurts Actually…on 16 July at 3Minute Theatre ..a new show by the talented Monkey Poet. It is a fundraiser for his run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. What is Love? It blinds. It hurts. Sometimes it dare not speak its name. It is forgiveness, stalking, murder most foul and sweet-talking. Tales from Spermatozoa to Grave. Further details see

Go toIn Our Times 2013, an innovative mix of performance and music expressing the realities of living in poverty in the UK today. It includes extracts from Kellie Smith’s new play Dog Eat Dog and the world premiere of a 10 minute animated opera Death Invisible. Created by Collective Encounters, based in Liverpool, a professional arts organisation specialising in theatre for social change through collaborative practice. Further details see

You are invited to lunch….by Quarantine Theatre….it’s an opportunity to talk to this innovative theatre company and have a free curry at the Kabana Café in the Northern Quarter. Next date is 17 July between 12 and 2.30pm. Contact them at info@qtine.com or telephone 0161 830 7318

Book now …Peace and History Conference 20-21September 2013 in Manchester.Its topic is The Peace and Anti-War Movement on the eve of the First World War. Lessons for Today. This year is the 100 anniversary of Benjamin Britten’s birth and the film Peace and Conflict will be shown. Britten was leftwing and a pacifist and in this film it shows how these ideals were encouraged by his education at the progressive school Gresham’s in East Anglia. The day features talks on the Northern Friends Peace Board centenary, on peace activist and suffragist Isabella Ford and on the View of Two Communities on the eve of the First World War in Germany and England. Further details see

Listen to…Yasmine Hamdan and her new CD Ya Nass (meaning Hey people Yo) She has become known as the modern face of Arabic music. Her songs are in Arabic with a mixture of Lebanese, Kuwait, Palestinian, Egyptian and Bedouin dialects. The songs reflect her musical interests ranging from her aunt’s lullabies to the Cocteau Twins. Listen to her at

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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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