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

cnd film
Now More than Ever the premiere screening of a new film about people, protest and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in Greater Manchester. CND has been one of the most important national organisations in the history of radical movements in this country. In the late 1970s when I first joined it was at the cutting edge of the debate around what kind of society we want to live in and it woke people up to the shocking horror of the potential use of nuclear weapons. Many people went to Greenham to oppose the siting of cruise missiles in this country: many others took part in demos and protests across the UK. Today when we still have thousands of nuclear weapons in the world we need CND even more. This film is an important part of the debate about why people get involved with peace campaigns and hopefully this and other screenings will bring new activists into the campaign. Book here

why be a wife
See Red at Huddersfield Gallery. See Red was a women’s silkscreen printing collective that produced posters and illustrations for the women’s liberation movement. Their aim; to challenge negative images of women in the media. If you were around in the 70s and 80s you will recognise their style. One of the memorable ones was of a woman dressed as a bride, the slogan of the poster was Is there life after marriage; Y BA Wife. More controversial was their poster highlighting the human rights abuses against republican women by the British government at Armagh prison in Northern Ireland in the 80s. The artists produced the posters as part of a collective, they were not in it to make money or become well-known, they did it to change society’s views about women and promote a better way of living. This is art at its best: direct and challenging and they made a difference!
The display at Huddersfield Art Gallery will include a selection of posters and archival material produced by the collective between 1974-1983 exploring both the history of the workshop and its legacy today. Further info see

Rising of the Moon 111-23201

out about Chartism in Bradford. Chartism was one of the most influential working class movements. It was born out of despair with the political system after the failure to get the franchise widened to include the working classes in 1832, (nothing new there), after the introduction of repressive legislation against the poor in the New Poor Law, and the failure to get the repeal of the Act of Union with Ireland (anti-imperialist) ; the Chartists wanted a whole new world. “The Rising of the Moon” a new play about Chartism was produced by the theatre company Northern Lines.   Javaad Alipoor wrote and directed it. It was funded by Bradford MDC and the National Lottery. Sadly the play is not touring but you can download a podcast. See
Also look at Rebel Road, a section of the Unite website that celebrates trade union and labour movement heroes which signposts statues, plaques or buildings as well as museums and exhibitions that are worth visiting to find out more about our labour history. See

the dignity of chartism
The Dignity of Chartism, a selection of essays by Dorothy Thompson. She spent fifty years of her life uncovering the real story of Chartism and made us all aware of the significance of its role in our radical history. Dorothy showed us that it was a movement with class at its heart, that women played a key role in the organisation and that it was led by an Irishman, Feargus O’Connor, who inspired a generation. She was married to Edward Thompson and together they pursued their politics and historical studies. This book includes a previously unpublished essay on Halifax Chartism that they both wrote and is for the first time available to read. I think this is an important book to read at a time when activists seem overwhelmed with a neo-liberal agenda. It is a study of how working class people changed society and shows how we can do it too.

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

  1. Hi. Thanks for mentioning our play The Rising of the Moon. Just a quick heads up, our play wasnt produced by unite the union, but my theatre company Northern Lines, I wrote and directed it and it was funded by Bradford MDC and the National Lottery.

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