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


the pearl button

The Pearl Button (Home)….another brilliant documentary by Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzman, once more looking at the brutal history of his country; this time in Chilean Patagonia. At one time the nomadic Kaweskar (or “Water People”) paddled up and down the length of the immense Chilean coast, living in harmony with the ocean which was their life and their livelihood. The pearl button is a reference to the price paid for a young indigenous man to  be taken back to England by  a British sea captain. But there is a modern twist to the story:in the 1970s the Pinochet regime used the now deserted home of the Kaweskar people as a concentration camp and the water around it as a place to dump dissidents whom they  they  had murdered. In the film the remaining Kaweskar people tell their story, as do the survivors of the concentration camp. It’s a stunningly beautiful film, but telling a story of   conquest, genocide and horror.


easter rising

The Easter Rising,which took place in Dublin one hundred years ago next month. Glossop Labour Club have organised a day of talks and films to mark the event on Sunday 3 April. Taking part is writer Robin Stocks, author of Hidden Heroes of Easter Week which reminds us that Irish people from this side of the water went to Ireland to take part in the Rising. Further details see


kinder trespass

A new book by Mark Metcalf about local hero and communist Benny Rothman:Benny Rothman; a fighter for the right to roam, workers’ rights and socialism. He is best known for his involvement in the Kinder Trespass in the 1932, but, as Mark points out in this new book, Benny did much more in his life. As a young  man Benny was active in the Young Communist League in North Manchester and was  out on the streets  fighting the fascists; he was a lifetime shop steward; as well as active in environmental campaigns. At a time when important socialist events such as International Women’s Day and Peterloo have been taken over by a middle class elite, it is good to see an event that firmly anchors our history into a Communist tradition of activism and collectivism. And you will get a free copy of the book if you attend  a book launch on Friday 8 April 1.30-4.00pm at the WCML in Salford.


wakefield 14 april

The Fast Food Global Day of Action on 14 April in Wakefield. The fast food workers campaign, led by the Bakers and Food Allied Workers Union, is one of the most dynamic going at the moment, and other unions and activists  could learn a lot from them. They are following in the footsteps of  earlier trade union activists such as Mary Quaile, in their demands for a living wage and trade union rights. But theirs is a truly international campaign as it is linked up with the fast food workers in the USA, who will also be campaigning across 300 cities on  14 April. Further details see


radcliffe civc suite

At a modernist building before the philistines knock it down. Join the Manchester Modernists on a visit to The Radcliffe Civic Suite, which was built in 1974, and due for demolition by the end of April. The tour will  also include a look at other local art deco buildings. A bargain at £3.50/2.50! Further details see

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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