30th August What’s On

Partisan Social Centre:
Check out what is happening at Manchester’s Social Centre Partisan this month by visiting:

Anarchist Bookfairs:
List of upcoming anarchist (and radical) book fairs:

Saturday 1st September

“There is no such place as Manchester”: a fictional walk around Manchester

“This will explore Manchester as depicted in novels in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The walk will look at how Manchester has appeared in novels such as Shabby Tiger and Fame is the Spur by Howard Spring, Resurrection Road by Millie Toole, Slavery by Bart Kennedy, The Angel Stone by Livi Michael as well as a number of others.

Howard Spring wrote in Shabby Tiger that ‘there is no such city as Manchester,” meaning that the city is as much a city of the imagination as it as of day to day to reality. In this walk I will be exploring at how novelists have imagined Manchester.”

The walk costs £8 and places can be booked by emailing me : redflagwalks@gmail.com

It will begin from the main entrance to Manchester Cathdral at 11am and last two hours. It will finish outside Manchester Central Reference Library” .

Saturday 8th September


This is in Warrington!

Thursday September 13th

Join Partisan Collective X Pen Fight and Pluto Press for an evening lecture and discussion with Thomas Schmidinger, author of Rojava: Revolution, War and the Future of Syria’s Kurds

The Kurdish territory of Rojava in Syria has become a watchword for radical democracy, communalism and gender equality. But while Western radicals continue to project their own values onto the revolution, the complexities of the situation are often overlooked or misunderstood.

Based on over 17 years of research and fieldwork, Thomas Schmidinger provides a detailed introduction to the history and political situation in Rojava. Outlining the history of the Kurds in Syria from the late Ottoman Empire until the Syrian civil war, he describes the developments in Rojava since 2011: the protests against the regime, the establishment of a Kurdish para-state, the conflicts between the parties about the administration of the Kurdish territory and how the PYD and its People’s Councils rule the territory.

The book draws on interviews with political leaders of different parties, civil society activists, artists, fighters and religious leaders in order to paint an complex picture of the historical conflict and the contemporary situation.

Thomas Schmidinger is a Political Scientist and Cultural Anthropologist based at the University of Vienna. He is Secretary General of the Austrian Association for Kurdish studies. He is the author of Rojava (Pluto, 2018), which received the Mezlum Bagok award. He has written extensively on Kurdistan, Sudan, Kosovo, jihadism, migration and Muslim communities in Europa.

The author will be discussing his book, and there will be time for a Q&A afterwards. Copies of Rojava: Revolution, War and the Future of Syria’s Kurds will be available to purchase too.

Partisan Collective, 19 Cheetham Hill Road, M4 4FY

Book (FREE): https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/thomas-schmidinger-rojava-at-partisan-collective-tickets-49649279331

Saturday 6th October

The next Mary Quaile Club event is called “Dreams and Nightmares: Feminist Utopias and Nightmares.”

“We will be looking at at how a number of C20th women writers imagined the future, both as utopia, and its opposite, dystopia.

We will also invite the audience in discussion to imagine and share their own vision of utopia.

Our two guest speakers are Una McCormack and Ciara O’Sullivan”.

2pm at Levenshulme Old Library, 28 Cromwell Grove, Levenshulme, Manchester M19 3QB.

The event is free with a collection at the end.

Tuesday 9th October 2018

Autumn Course on the History of Radical Manchester

Michael Herbert be teaching a 10 week course on the history of Radical Manchester in the autumn.

This  will  begin on Tuesday 9th October, 11am to 1pm, at the Working Class Movement Library, 51 Crescent Salford M5 4WX.

The cost will be  £60.

Manchester and the surrounding area was the centre of the Industrial  Revolution which transformed Lancashire, and then the rest  of the world. Old methods of production at home were swept aside and replaced by production in massive mills. A class was created who had nothing to sell except their labour – the industrial working class.

On this course we will look at the movements  for social reform and political justice which arose in  Manchester  in response  to the “factory system” as it was called at the time.

The course  will include:

  • Thomas Walker and the radicals of the 1790s who were inspired by the writings of Thomas Paine.
  • The Luddites Risings in 1811 and 1812
  • The Peterloo Massacre  of 1819
  • The followers of  the radical  writer Richard Carlile in  Manchester  in the 1820s
  • The resistance to the introduction of the Poor Law in the 1830s
  • The movement  for factory reform
  • The Chartist  movement  1838 to 1848
  • Karl Marx and Frederick Engels in Manchester
  • The Clarion movement  1891 to 1914

for more information or to book a place on the course, please email me : redflagwalks@gmail.com


Saturday 1st December 2018

Manchester & Salford Anarchist Bookfair

Saturday 8th December



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