… 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.
…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
…The 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
….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