Some films about Hulme at Hulme Film Night. I lived there in the early 80s when it was a weird mix of students, ex-students and locals. The flats were deemed as “hard to let” and rent for a flat in the notorious crescents was about £20 a week. Things happened, one morning I came out of my flat to go down the stairs and the police had cordoned it off because someone had been stabbed. Overall, though, it was a laid back community, until the riots, which saw everyone on the same side; against the police. Some of us took part in the Moss Side Defence Committee raising money for the kids who had been wrongfully arrested and sent down. Eventually I left and the flats were knocked down and “regenerated”. In other words they kicked out the poor people and sold off most of the new flats and houses to the better off. Hulme was then deemed a safe and desirable place to live as it was close to the Uni’s and the city centre. These films tell about a different world. It will be popular, get your tickets now. Organised by the Manchester Modernist Society it is on Thursday 25th June from 6.00pm and in association with the North West Film Archive and Manchester Metropolitan University. See
to Dreamers, a new musical about Oldham with original songs plus 90’s indie classics. “It’s the 90’s and every weekend a group of young girls shake off the weekly grind with a messy night on the town. They don’t care if Monday’s blue, Tuesday’s grey and Wednesday too. It’s Friday- they’re in love. They never know where the evening will take them or who they’ll wake up with the next morning, but one thing they do know is they’ll end up in the smallest night club in the world with the biggest tunes – Dreamers. These girls don’t care about the future, they have all they need right now, and it feels like it will go on forever.” Great to see local stories being told and written by local playwrights. Support Oldham they need your money!!!
Written by playwrights Cathy Crabb and Lindsay Williams. Read about Cathy’s views on being a northern writer in my book see
It is on from 19 June to 4 July get your tickets here
No to austerity! Of course you would! But the general election was dominated by parties of the austerity; Tories and austerity lite; Labour. On 2 July at 7pm at the Nazarene Church in Ashton Unite the Community branch have organised a meeting about the austerity and to raise awareness of what is happening in Tameside. Locally we have Tameside against the Cuts who support the unemployed but there is little else going on to challenge the massive cuts in local services and jobs. CharIotte from TAC is speaking alongside a Labour councillor and a Communist Party representative who stood in the local elections. Organised by Unite the Community. Further details contact Charlotte at firstname.lastname@example.org and donate to a film about austerity see
Maybe Mark will come to the northwest!
out about roller derby at this interesting exhibition at the community gallery at Oldham. Rainy City Roller Girls: Hit Like A Girl! Rainy City Roller Girls are from Oldham and are one of the top roller derby teams in the UK and Europe. Roller derby is one of the biggest female sports activities in Europe and you can see why when you watch the film of their matches. It harnesses all the aggression that women, in this case young, have. But unlike running it is a communal activity and I think that combined with the obvious health benefits makes it a fun and supportive sport to get involved with. It is also the answer to sexism; get fit and hit back!
The exhibition is only small but I think is one of the strengths of Gallery Oldham that it can allow local groups to get publicity for their activities. Further info see