The OKasional Cafe is a squatted space which holds a daily cafe, regular vegan meals and functions as a radical space for meetings, organising actions, workshops and events. It runs until 18th March at the ‘Gamecock Pub’, check out their programme to see what they have lined up…
Friday 9th March
Saturday 10th March
Ethel Carnie Holdsworth (1886-1962) was a working class writer, socialist and feminist who started in the mills in Lancashire at the age of 11. Her poetry brought her to the attention of the editor of The Clarion, Robert Blatchford, who helped her to get work as a writer . She wrote poetry and novels, edited the Woman Worker as well as anti-fascist magazine the Clear Light. One of her novels, Helen of Four Gates, was filmed in 1920.
On Saturday 10 March at 2pm Dr Nicola Wilson will speak about Ethel at the Working Class Movement Library as part of the library’s celebration of International Women’s Day. Nicola has written the introduction to a new edition of This Slavery, first published in 1925. Also speaking at this event will be Karen Bosson, NW Women’s Committee, Communication Workers union, who will discuss her exeriences as a trade union activist
We’re showing The Day The Country Died, a documentary about early eighties anarcho-punk, at the OK Cafe at the Gamecock pub on Boundary Lane in Hulme from 6.00pm on Saturday 10th March.
Tuesday 20th March
Manchester Film Co-op presents: Otto; or, up with dead people
A young zombie named Otto appears on a remote highway. He has no idea where he came from or where he is going. After hitching a ride to Berlin and nesting in an abandoned amusement park, he begins to explore the city. Soon he is discovered by underground filmmaker Medea Yarn, who begins to make a documentary about him with the support of her girlfriend, Hella Bent, and her brother Adolf, who operates the camera. Meanwhile, Medea is still trying to finish Up with Dead People, the epic political-porno-zombie movie that she has been working on for years. She convinces its star, Fritz Fritze, to allow the vulnerable Otto to stay in his guest bedroom. When Otto discovers that he has a wallet that contains information about his past, before he was dead, he begins to remember details about his ex-boyfriend, Rudolf. He arranges to meet him at the schoolyard where they met, with devastating results.
The film starts at 7.45 and is followed by discussion. Entry is £3 for waged, £2 for unwaged, low waged, OAPs and students.
Upstairs at Kings Arms, 11 Bloom Street, Salford
Wednesday 28 – Saturday 31 March (Post-show discussion on Thursday 29th March)
Wizard: A new theatre show by Dominic Berry
When an agoraphobic Wizard shares his world of tea loving carpet goblins and a zombie slaying dish rack with a neighbour from the flat above, three days of magic change both their lives forever.
Contact, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6JA8pm Tickets: £8/5
Booking: http://contactmcr.com/whats-on/896-wizard/ 0161 274 0600
Red Flag Walks
Saturday 3 March 10. 30am. I will be speaking about Len Johnson, the Manchester black boxer and Communist. Len was one of Manchester’s finest boxers in the 1920s, but was denied a title because of his race. In later life he was an active Communist in the 1940s and 1950s. This talk will take place in the Friends Meeting House.
Sunday 4 March, meet at noon, outside the Co-operative bank, Corporation Street. This walk is called “Up Then Brave Women”. and will explore the history of radical and socialist women in Manchester, including the Co-operative movement, the Town Hall, trade unionism, the Clarion movement, the Manchester Guardian and Peterloo
The walks cost £7/£6, the talk is free. Numbers are limited and bookings can be made through the Manchester Histories Festival website. http://www.manchesterhistoriesfestival.org.uk.
Any what’s ons?