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

Watch.Ethel MacDonald – An Anarchist’s Story. A fascinating film about a working class woman who became an anarchist and writer. Ethel was born in 1910 in a mining community in Lanarkshire in Scotland. Life offered few opportunities for working class women and Ethel wanted to break free from being a housewife or low paid worker. She became involved in politics and went from membership of the Independant Labour Party to the United Socialist Movement in 1934 and anarchist politics. When the Spanish Civil War broke out in 1936 she travelled clandestinely to Spain and took an active role in providing first hand testimonies from the inside of the anarchist revolution in Barcelona. and, through her radio broadcasts, became the international voice of Spanish anarchism. This film was made to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Spanish Civil war and it reminds us of the way in which working class people in particular played such an important role in trying to defeat fascism, not only in Spain but also in this country. Ethel’s story is fascinating as is the story of the role of Spanish women in the anarchist movement.Watch it on Youtube at

Go seeWrong ‘Un – A Suffragette’s Story another story about one woman’s search for equality and freedom. Made by left wing theatre company Red Ladder it is set in 1918 at the time when women are about to get a limited right to vote. Annie Wilde is a Lancashire mill girl who is enthused by the suffragette campaign and the play tells her story of her journey from schoolroom to prison cell. It is a musical drama that takes on the major issues of class, privilege, hope and disappointment. Sounds exciting! You can catch it at the Lowry this week see

and also seeBlindsided starring Julie Hesmondhalgh. She is best known for her role as Hayley Cropper in Coronation Street, but she has worked in some of the best northern dramas including Clocking Off and Black Roses: The Killing Of Sophie Lancaster. In recent years she has become involved in local politics in the Manchester Peoples Assembly. Blindsided is set in Stockport in 1979 and the Isle of Man in 1997 and is about a young woman and her search for love. It starts on 23 January further details see

Support a different view of the First World War. This year, to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, Peace News is launching a major new project: The World is My Country: A Visual Celebration of the People and Movements that Opposed the First World War. It will celebrate key figures and events from the organisations that were part of the anti-war movement at that time. The posters can be used to promote a different view from the nostalgia fest we are promised by the Tory government. You can help by making a donation, for further information 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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