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

still the enemy Still the Enemy Within (Cornerhouse and Moston Miners) an award winning documentary that was funded by individuals and trade unions. The film includes new interviews and archive material that has never been shown before. You probably know the story, 160,000 miners challenged the Tory Government over its, secret, plans to close down the coal industry. This is their story and the story of the many people who joined the NUM in what became probably one of the most important disputes in recent times. At the Cornerhouse event there will be a Q&A with the producer Mark Lacey and Cath Booth who was involved with the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners.

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cable streetwhat it means to be an activist and I mean not just going to meetings but physically opposing fascists on the street!. Mike Luft has been active in anti-fascist struggles all his life. He says; ““I grew up in Manchester in the 1940s and my family background included Rumanian, Russian, Irish and Scottish roots. In my neighbourhood I was surrounded by refugees. But it was a political, a communist background where opposing racism and particularly fascism was part of my lifeblood.” Mike is talking about his life and struggles at the WCML in Salford on Wednesday 15 October at 630pm. Further info contact

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BV and chethamsSampling Belle Vue: a 21st-century remix at Chethams Library. Loved this fascinating mix of Art students reinterpreting the BV archive. Didnt know the archive existed and there are some wonderful artefacts including postcards, guides, ceramics and photographs. The students looked at these and reinterpreted them to reflect their viewpoint. They were particularly horrified by the way the animals in the zoo were treated and this is shown in some of the pieces that they produced. Chethams is a little gem and well worth a visit.

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Hannah Mitchell

Hannah Mitchell

Hannah Mitchell. On Saturday 18 October 2014 the Mary Quaile Club will celebrate the life of Hannah Mitchell at the Topaz Cafe, Katherine Street, Ashton-under-Lyne from 10.30-3.30pm. Hannah was a member of the Independent Labour Party, a suffragette, a peace activist and councillor in Manchester. From 1900-1910 she lived on Elizabeth Street in Ashton. The day will include a number of talks about her life, songs, some readings from her autobiography The Hard Way Up. Playwright Eileen Murphy, will read her play about Hannah’s life.Entrance fee is £6.00 waged and £4.00 unwaged and includes lunch. Places are limited and must be booked on advance by emailing


Tameside against the Cuts

Tameside against the Cuts

National Boycott Workfare Week: Saturday 4th – Sunday 12th October 2014 there are various events going on across the region. They want to to highlight the unfair use of benefit sanctions. Last week in Ashton a man was sanctioned for attending a relative’s funeral.Further info see  Find out about the reality of life on benefits read this great blog see and watch some direct action as people chase away bailiffs see


cassette boy.Cassette boy has mashed up Cameron’s conference speech and produced the Cameron rap ….hilarious! See


Listen to
martin harris centre
…some free classical music. Walter Carroll Lunchtime Concert Series – Shakespeare à la Russe: Voice and Piano on October further info 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. 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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