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

Sell-Off-web Sell Off the Abolition of your NHS, a screening organised by Greater Manchester KONP and the Manchester Film Cooperative at 7pm on Wednesday 8th April at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation. A film that will make you angry enough to want to join the campaign to stop the privatisation of the NHS and there are plenty of campaigns across this region to get involved in. The filmmakers say; The style of the film is intimate, hand-held scrupulousness. Interviews take place in discreet corners of hospitals, surgeries and streets, the images at times elevated by a powerful soundtrack, leaving the viewer with an overall admiration for the doctors speaking out, combined with anger at what’s happening. Not just a film but there will an opportunity to question candidates from Green, Labour, National Health Action and TUSC parties.

Learn about
man museum…the culture of Fiji, Rotuma, Tonga and Tuvalu. Alice Searle, aid worker and teacher,  who worked in the South Pacific, will lead a talk about the importance of fans, baskets and mats and their cultural significance. You will be able to handle the objects and find out how they were made. Collection Bites: Women and Weaving in the South Pacific Islands is at the Manchester Museum on April 1 from 1-2pm. Further details see

rising of bellaThe Rising of Bella Casey by Mary Morrissy. A novel about the playwright Sean O’Casey’s sister. Never knew he had one. It’s a grim story of working class life in Dublin, beginning in the latter part of the 19th century and then taking us to Sean’s debunk to Britain and a life of celebrity. Bella was his only and older sister, who helped bring him up. Like many women there are few historical facts about her life except for Sean’s autobiography, which spanned six volumes, in which he killed her off ten years prior to her actual death. Mary Morrissy has created a believable interpretation of life in Dublin, with its harshness and deprivation for the working classes. Bella is a bit of a victim, which annoyed me, but I love her daughter, Babsie, who brings the factory girls out on strike. You can see why women such as Mary Quaile were forced to flee the city for jobs and a different life. Buy it from

Find out
doctor who and….about the communist, Malcolm Hulke, who wrote scripts for Dr.Who in the 1970s. Radical historian, Michael Herbert, is launching his pamphlet; “Dr.Who and the Communist Malcolm Hulke and his career in television” on 19 April at the Fab Café in Manchester. Terrance Dicks, who worked on Dr.Who as a script editor from 1968-1974, will be taking part in the discussion about Hulke’s career. It,s going to be popular so book your tickets at
Buy the pamphlet for only £4 at

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

  1. Ross Bradshaw says:

    I’ll do a Facebook thing about the Hulke talk.

    Ross Bradshaw Five Leaves Publications Broadway Business Centre 32a Stoney Street Nottingham NG11LL 0115 9693597

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