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

WatchThe Pervert’s Guide to Ideology(DVD) a film made by cuddly philosopher Slavoj Žižek. I love films that try and to educate us about big ideas and Zizek is the opposite (!!) of the usual squeaky clean presenter. The film exposes how cinema, as the art of dreams, reveals much about the form and status of the ideologies that underpin modern society. Zizek examines the way in which ideology dominates our lives even if we do not notice it. To get his message across he uses clips from films ranging from The Sound of Music to Taxi Driver. The film is a bit longwinded at over two hours and, although entertaining, does become a bit repetitious towards the end. But it is good to see a film that encourages you to think about the world we live in….now just have to do something about it…………..

Join… the campaign to sack Nick Griffin as Northwest MEP. Hope not Hate are holding a northwest conference on 27 October at the Unison offices in Manchester. You can find out about the campaign and meet up with other activists from across the northwest. Further details see

Listen.. Reem Kelani in concert. She is a fantastic performer with a distinctive voice. At this concert she is accompanied by Bruno Heinen (piano)and Antonio Fusco (percussion) at 7.30pm Saturday 26th October at the Ted Hughes Theatre, Calder High School, Brier Hey Lane, Mytholmroyd, HX7 5QN. Advance tickets – £10, Concessions – £8, Children under 12 – £4 available from Jenny on 07801 275674 or by emailing

Find out aboutHidden between the pages: British socialist fiction, 1884-1914.The last talk in the WCML’s current Invisible Histories series takes place on Wednesday 23 October at 2pm. Deborah Mutch’s talk will uncover some of the many forms of fiction used by activists in their desire to create a socialist society. Further details see

Remember... the miners of Bradford Pit…Bradford, as in East Manchester, and nowadays the home of Manchester City FC. My father and uncle worked there and it was the main workplace for many local men. For many years three men who worked at Bradford have been trying to raise money to establish a monument to the pit. On Saturday 26 October from 7.30pm a fundraiser will be held at the Moston Miners. Only £3.50 on the door. There will be live bands, a DJ, guest speakers and films. 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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1 Response to Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house

  1. mary business kirrane says:

    My dad worked at Bradford pit too! He was pensioned off in 1960 with a fractured skull after an accident at work, and lived on until this February when he died at the age of 96. He had a mass on each lung for decades from mining, and the hospital consultants used to get the young doctors to come and look at all the little bits of coal buried in his skin because it was something increasingly rare to come across, and most younger docs have never seen it. Dad went into the pits in WW2, as did 2 of his brothers and 2 brothers-in-law. Only two of my generation went underground, my cousins Tony and Mick, who both died before the age of 60 with lung problems contributing to their deaths. Love the blog. Keep up the good work. Mary Kirrane Date: Sun, 20 Oct 2013 08:51:23 +0000 To:

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