Category Archives: labour history

Read my weekly roundup of radical arts and politics… The Class, The Stars are made of Concrete,Spain in our Hearts

Watch The Class ( Film 4 on 19 May)  another brilliant French film which reflects on the changing nature of French society, and the  impact of new communities from ex-colonies in Africa. Based on a book written by a French … Continue reading

Posted in anti-cuts, book review, Communism, drama, education, films, human rights, labour history, Manchester, Uncategorized, working class history, young people | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Read my weekly roundup of radical arts and politics..Johnny Guitar,Dare to be Free, People before Profit and John McGahern

Watch Johnny Guitar (Home). A classic film, looks like a western but isn’t. Made in 1954 by Nicholas Ray it reflects on US society at that time, McCarthyism and the witchhunt of radicals in society. Joan Crawford, 49, plays Vienna, … Continue reading

Posted in anti-cuts, book review, Catholicism, drama, feminism, films, human rights, Ireland, Irish second generation, labour history, Manchester, novels, political women, Socialist Feminism, trade unions, women, working class history | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Keep a diary for the day on 12 May and make your mark on history!

History is dominated by the establishment. In books, television and radio the agenda is one of kings and queens, the First and Second World Wars, and generally the people with power. Where are the people who made this country a … Continue reading

Posted in anti-cuts, education, feminism, labour history, political women, Uncategorized | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Read my weekly roundup of radical arts and politics..new films on Joan Littlewood, Mass Observation, Nightmail and Zinky Boys

Watch                 O What a Lovely War; a Tribute to Joan Littlewood   (free, click on the link). It’s hard to imagine a character such as Joan running a theatre these days. An … Continue reading

Posted in book review, Communism, drama, education, feminism, films, human rights, labour history, Manchester, political women, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

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

Watch Dheepan (Home)…how much do we really know about the refugees who escape war in their country and arrive in the west? Few people know about the war in Sri Lanka and the role of militants, the Tamil Tigers, who … Continue reading

Posted in anti-cuts, book review, drama, feminism, films, human rights, Ireland, Irish second generation, labour history, Manchester, music, novels, political women, trade unions, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Celebrating women of the Easter Rising; my review of We Were There 77 Women of the Easter Rising

Today is the actual day of the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising in Dublin when revolutionaries tried to kick the British government out of Ireland. Not an anniversary that the Irish government really wants to celebrate properly; it might … Continue reading

Posted in anti-cuts, book review, feminism, human rights, Ireland, Irish second generation, labour history, Manchester, political women, Socialist Feminism, trade unions, Uncategorized, working class history | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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

      Watch  Public Eye (DVD.) As drama on our television screens seems to be dominated by murder and violence, it’s good to remind ourselves that there was a time when stories about the seediness and smallness of  people’s … Continue reading

Posted in Blacklisting campaign, book review, drama, education, films, human rights, labour history, Manchester, peace campaigns, trade unions, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment