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

salt of the earth
The Salt of the Earth(Home). A documentary about my favourite photographer Sebastião Salgado. I have always been fascinated by his black and white photos and by the deep humanity that is expressed through them. Over forty years he has spent time in many continents photographing some of the worst aspects of humankind including war, poverty, exploitation and famine. In this documentary we find out more about the man and the close working relationship he has with his wife and business partner, Lélia Wanick. I would have liked to find out more about her and how they juggled having two children, one of them disabled, alongside pursuing their photographic projects. Highly recommended.

the big ride
The Big Ride a fundraiser for medical aid for children; the Middle Eastern Children’s Alliance. The ride is from Edinburgh to London, arriving at Parliament on 9 August. There are eight cyclists from Manchester taking part and one of them is Jill Woodward. You can donate by going to The Big Ride Palestine see


out about the growing popularity of cycling in this film being shown by the Manchester Film Cooperative on Friday 31 July. MFC and Critical Mass Manchester are showing the documentary Bicycle and launching a new book by Carlton Reid Roads Were Not Built for Cars.
They say “Bicycle” is a humorous, lyrical and warm reflection on the bicycle and cycling and its place in the British national psyche”.
Further details see

cnd film

the commitment of peace campaigners in the northwest to a peaceful world. Watch this new film where activists remind us of this important part of our radical history. Recent events such as the arrest of a whistleblower at the Faslane Trident base show the importance of peace campaigns. CND was once a powerful force in the politics of this country but the issue of Trident was barely mentioned in the general election (except in Scotland) take part in the discussion following the film. More details see

frank green

At some scouse art. Frank Green has been painting his native Liverpool for fifty years and in this exhibition at St. George’s Hall they provide a moving history of the massive changes that have taken place to some of its iconic and not so iconic buildings. Frank has painted the important buildings including the Town Hall, the main football grounds and the cathedrals that are how we see Liverpool. But he has also painted many of the streets, churches and buildings that are/were an important part of local communities in less well-known suburbs including Tuebrook, Everton and Wavertree. The exhibition is a tribute to his love for the city and well worth viewing. See it at

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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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