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

Watch…..Libertarias (1996), a film showing organised by the Manchester Film Co-operative. It’s a historical drama that explores the role that women played in the Spanish Civil War. In 1936 Spain was a deeply conservative Catholic country and the SCW offered women the opportunity to become physically active in the militias that opposed Franco. Only it is never as simple as that because women in many liberation struggles face the problems of sexism and misogyny, and that was as true in 1936/7 as it is today. Libertarias gives a different perspective on the SCW, looking at the Anarchist struggle and their women’s organisation, Mujeres Libres (Free Women). The SCW was not just about fighting Franco, it was for many people the opportunity to create a society that offered true peace and justice to all sections of society.
Date: Monday, 30th of September.
Time: Doors at 7.30pm, the film to begin at 7:45pm.
Admission: £3 waged, £2 unwaged/student.
Venue: The Kings Arms, Bloom Street, Salford.

Defend the NHS……it’s a big week for all of us campaigning to stop the further privatisation of our beloved NHS so please join us…

Saturday 28 September 1.30pm at the Volunteer Centre, 95 Penny Meadow, Ashton under Lyne. Listen to local campaigners including Terry Tallis of Stockport NHS watch and the director of Tameside Healthwatch, Dr.Chand, and find out how they have been challenging the selling of our local services to Virgin, Serco etc. Also join in the debate about what we can together to oppose this privatisation. Organised by Tameside Keep Our NHS Public. Further details TamesideKONP@gmail.com

Sunday 29 September the Tories are in conference in Manchester and the TUC has organised a demo to highlight how their policies are undermining the ethos of the NHS and public services. It starts at 11am. More details see

Later that night…celebrate subversion with The Anti-Capitalist Roadshow : a collective of singers and songwriters: Frankie Armstrong, Roy Bailey, Robb Johnson, Reem Kelani, Sandra Kerr, Grace Petrie, Leon Rosselson, Janet Russell, Peggy Seeger, Jim Woodland plus the socialist magician, Ian Saville. see

Support ..Saddleworth Palestinian Women’s Scholarship Fund. On October 13 from 11-2pm there is a Fundraising Brunch to raise money to support the Sheffield Palestinian Women’s Scholarship Fund. It is helping 20 Palestinian women in Gaza to access higher education. The brunch includes breakfast, a talk by a woman recently returned from Palestine and the opportunity to buy Palestinian goods. For more information please contact:
Saddleworth.pwsf@gmail.com


And for something completely different…
…….3 October is National Poetry Day and if anyone could be said to be the poet of the north, then John Cooper Clarke is the man! To celebrate the day and find out more about Mr.CC watch Evidently…John Cooper Clarke at the Cornerhouse followed by a live streamed interview with him from Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle. Not sure why Newcastle when he lives down the road in Salford! Further details see

And for more about the north…earlier on the 3 October at 5.30pm, it’s the launch of Manchester photographer David Chadwick’s new exhibition , We Were All Here, Once in the Cornerhouse bar. The exhibition features photos from the heyday of Manchester clubs, the 70s and 80s, including the Legend, the Mayflower and Fridays. You might even see yourself in one of them…more details see

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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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