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

WatchGASLAND 2 by Josh Fox and Matthew Sanchez – the frightening story of what fracking is doing to people’s lives in the USA. Over there its called a fracking frenzy as companies are drilling thousands of wells in major rivers and destroying whole communities and their way of life. Unbelievably fracking has been excluded from the Safe Water Drinking Act so it is down to these communities to show that their source of water has been polluted. The film shows people are fighting back and it has become a major issue in the USA. In this country there is also a growing campaign and you can get involved. Join Gayzer Frackman as he walks from Astley to Barton Moss Drill site. Gayzer is undertaking a 252 mile walk over 12 days to Downing Street from his home town of Lytham. His aim; …to raise greater public awareness of the huge threat posed by fracking to public health and the wider environment, including to areas such as the North West, and to …inspire people to take steps to stop it!. Further details contact stevechik@talktalk.net

Join..the anti-fracking campaign…there is a public meeting about the proposed fracking at Barton Moss on 30 October..full details see

Support Curzon cinema workers..they work at an upmarket and arty cinema chain in London but are selling tickets that cost more than their hourly rate. Together they have joined the trade union BECTU and have asked their employer for their union to be recognised and for them to be paid a living wage. Curzon refuse to recognise the union, even though 108 out of 150 workers are members. The workers need your support- sign the petition at . Please email Curzon’s CEO Philip Knatchbull (philip.knatchbull@curzon.com) and explain why you care about Curzon staff receiving fair pay and having the right to be represented by a union if they choose to. Further details of the campaign see

Find out...about women’s history..the North West Labour History Society have organised a conference on Saturday 23 November from 10.30-5pm at the 3Minute Theatre in Manchester. Trying to get beyond the usual stuffy and smug academic world of conferences they have got together an interesting mix of historians and activists. The conference themes reflect important threads in our lives including music, what does political activism mean, and finishing with a debate on the relationship between class and gender, socialism and feminism. £10/£5.00. It is going to be popular… more information at

Go and see Macbeth by William Shakespeare, produced by Conor Mckee Productions: “Blood will have blood.””The country’s freshest physical theatre performers take you on a roller-coaster ride through Macbeth. Punctuated by thrilling stage combat, this electrifying production strips bare the text and takes you to the heart of Shakespeare’s bloodiest tragedy.” Directed by the MEN award winning Wyllie Longmore, and with original live music by Michael Cretu. See it at a variety of venues across the northwest including on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th November – Salford Arts Theatre, Salford. Further details see

Look at... Booth Hall Children’s Hospital by Reel MCR …an exhibition of photographs gathered from ex-staff and patients from the now closed Booth Hall Hospital in North Manchester. The hospital was once the heart of the community, the land was given to the sick and poor of North Manchester in 1909 by Sir Humphrey Booth, whose family once lived in the original Booth Hall. The hospital was renowned worldwide and delivered ground breaking treatment to local people and beyond. The people who worked at the hospital said ‘they were like family’. The last remaining block of the hospital was demolished in September 2013 and all that is left is the memories and photographs. Further info see
And maybe think about joining the campaign to stop more hospitals being closed…….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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