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

Watch... the Northern premiere of GMO OMG…presented by Manchester Film Co-op, in association with GM Free GM and Ethical Consumer, a film by Jeremy Seifert, taking place as part of the Levenshulme Food and Drink Festival.

GMO OMG director Jeremy Seifert is in search of answers. How do GMOs affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice? And perhaps the ultimate question, which Seifert tests himself: is it even possible to reject the food system currently in place, or have we lost something we can’t gain back? These and other questions take Seifert on a journey from his family’s table to Haiti, Paris, Norway, and the lobby of agra-giant Monsanto, from which he is unceremoniously ejected. Along the way we gain insight into a question that is of growing concern to citizens the world over: what’s on your plate?

See it on Tuesday 24th June 2014 at 8pm prompt.
Admission: £3 waged, £2 unwaged/student.
Venue: Levenshulme Inspire Cafe, 747 Stockport Rd, Manchester, M19 3AR

Listen to (and read)…Torches in the Night.MA Fine Art student Stephanie Fletcher, who is from Preston, has created three stories based around one day. Using her interest in anarchist philosophy she chose political activists in Ukraine in the 1900s, Spain in 1936 and France in 2008. The stories were broadcast on local community radio Preston FM and read by local poets over the period of the day; morning, lunch and evening in August 2013. Listen to them on this website or read the stories. Fascinating stuff and is what I call real creative activism see

Go to a talk...with rather a boring title; Industry and Photography, but it shouldn’t be because Granville Williams, editor of Settling Scores, is speaking about photography and the miners strike while the other speaker is photographer Karen Rangeley. She will be talking about her project based in a textile factory and the relationship between the employees and the place where they work and socialise. It includes photos taken by the workers which reflect on the relationships created in the workplace. See what you think at also

Its on 24 June 2014, 18:30 – 21:00

The International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Engine
House, Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester, M1 5BY, United
Kingdom

Do you love concrete?..if so identify yourself by buying a brutalist badge from the Manchester Modernist Society! They also have an interesting series of events over the next few months exploring the idea of the home through 20th Century architecture. They say; Phil Griffin, writer, broadcaster and architectural raconteur will take us through the front gates, back alleys and deck access of Manchester housing during the 20thcentury. Further details see

Look at ...Big Journeys Untold Stories… a new website telling the stories of young people who arrived here alone from war zones such as Afghanistan; who settle here, but then whose future is frightening and uncertain. Filmmaker and writer Sue Clayton has been working with these young people for the last 12 years and on this website she tells their stories in stills, film and prose and most importantly tells you how you can get involved. See and for more about Sue see Support your local Destitutution Project in Oldham see

Go to a play…what do we really know about our parents? Dear Daughter is based on a memoir written by Flora Jewsbury at the age of 89. She wrote it for her daughter Edith Lundy but only to be read after she died. Set in North Manchester before and during the First World War, it is the story of a young girl, placed with a childless couple, who ends up becoming their servant. Edith says about her mother’s life; Having read it then and on two other occasions, I realized what a pillar to post life mother had experienced – no real family, moved from one home to another which involved changing schools and teachers, all linking with a hard life. It seemed to be a story that should be told. It is on at the Kings Arms in Salford 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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