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


..A Taste of Honey… the original film made in 1961, see Manchester and Salford in glorious black and white. Fascinating footage of Piccadilly, St. Ann’s Square, Albert Square and the Crescent in Salford. Wonderful closeups of Rita Tushingham and Dora Bryan as we enter the world of Shelagh Delaney.

Be inspired
BBP honey
Buzzin’ on the roofs, Manchester and Salford’s Urban Bees…a film made about how local people have become involved with saving bees. Fascinating footage of the city and the unusual venues that now have bee hives on their roofs including the Printworks… see

Defend the right to protest…again


Every week a small group of people, Tameside against the Cuts, stand outside Ashton Jobcentre to highlight the iniquities of the benefit system, in particular the unfair use of benefit sanctions and forcing people to go and work for local companies for benefits only and with little prospect of getting a job. Some of the claimants are frightened to join them for fear of being sanctioned but this is a democratic country and just because you are on benefits  doesn’t mean that you cannot oppose the government…well,maybe not, this week one man joined the protestors and next thing that happened was that his JSA was sanctioned. TAC are helping the man to challenge it, please sign their petition to show the Jobcentre that claimants have rights just like me and you,  see
Read more about it here

Learn about….
empty cages

..a campaign to oppose the North Wales Mega-Prison. More people are going to prison, some of them because they are poor, at the same time the government is building bigger prisons and privatising the prison system. This organisation is actually challenging the nature of prison itself and asking questions about why we send people to prison and what is its purpose. It is asking key questions about the nature of the society we live in and how we treat some of the poorest and most vulnerable in our society. Join the debate at 7pm on 19 November, Friends Meeting House, Mount Street Manchester. Further info see

Oppose mental health cuts
crisis in mental health

……there is a crisis in mental health services in the northwest and at this meeting users, workers and everyone are invited to join the campaign against further cuts. It’s on 22 November 12.30-2.30pm at Cross Street Chapel in Manchester. Further info see

Meet up with

…likeminded people at a Campaigns Bazaar on 27 November 7pm – 10pm at Academy 2, Students Union, University of Manchester. It is being organised by Manchester Mule, Young Greens and others. They say;“Each group will introduce themselves on stage with a 5-min talk, video or presentation. Groups will have info stalls and there will be plenty of time to ask questions and learn more about what everyone is doing.
The Bazaar is for students, campaigners, and anyone who wants to make a change in the place where you live: whether writing for alternative media, online campaigning or direct action, there’s something for everyone.

Go to
manc and salford anarchist

…Manchester and Salford Anarchist Book Fair in Manchester on 29 November..more than just books, food, crafts but also talks about some of the important subjects of the day. One of the few events that brings together people from a wide range of ages and ideas. And it’s free!! 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. .If you want to contact me please use my gmail which is lipsticksocialist636
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