No walks this month, but I am giving two talks as follows:
Thursday 20 June 6.30pm
Feminists in the early Co-operative Movement
Venue: Rochdale Pioneers Museum, 31 Toad Lane, Rochdale
More information here
Saturday 22 June, 11am
Votes for Women!
Venue: Charles Roe House, Chestergate, Macclesfield.
This is an event in the Barnaby Festival. More information here
Other events happening locally…
Monday 17 June, Working Class Movement Library
Launch event with Louise Purbrick for Dave Hann’s book Physical Resistance: Or, A Hundred Years of Anti-Fascism. More information here
Library Theatre production, Manchester Sound: the Massacre
8 June – 6 July
In an underground club in Manchester, two groups of idealists meet. Both are looking for utopia, or, at the very least, something like euphoria. Both are being hounded by the law. And both are hoping for the night of their lives. They just happen to come from different centuries…
This unique production brings the changing face of protest in our radical city vividly to life – from the Peterloo Massacre of 1819 to the late 80s acid house scene, through to today. Cultures clash as fateful protest meets party central in a rich mix of tunes and ecstasy, life-changing conversations and powerful images.
Manchester Sound: The Massacre, staged in a secret city centre venue, takes you deep into the world of the illegal rave parties of Manchester’s second Summer of Love. Melding eye-witness accounts of Peterloo with the experiences of acid house party veterans, it’s a dynamic finale to the Library Theatre Company’s programme
More information here
Filming with the Culture show, 3 June 2013
the 3Ms – Miranda, Michael and Maxine
I spent yesterday afternoon filming for the BBC2 programme The Culture Show with Miranda Sawyer, who presents the show, and the actress, Maxine Peake. The programme is preparing a feature to be broadcast in July about the Manchester International Festival in which Maxine will be performing Shelley’s poem The Masque of Anarchy. This is a lengthy poem, which he wrote in response to the news of Peterloo.
I took Miranda and Maxine on a radical history walk in the city centre, visiting the Mechanics Institute, Little Ireland and Free Trade Hall. Miranda and Maxine talked about some of their memories of Manchester, Miranda growing up in Wilmslow and Maxine in Bolton. It was very enjoyable afternoon, and, for once, the sun was shining..
Peterloo and the Hacienda will be recalled in the Library Theatre production, Manchester Sound: The Massacre, which starts this Saturday 8 June.
More information about Red Flag walks : firstname.lastname@example.org.
My new book “Up Then Brave Women” : Manchester’s Radical Women 1819-1918 was published in October 2012 by the North West Labour History Society
The book is on sale in the Rochdale Pioneers Museum, Peoples History Museum, Three Minute Theatre, Cornerhouse bookshop, Portico Library, Working Class Movement Library, News from Nowhere, Liverpool and Bookmarks, London.
It can be ordered in the post for £9.95 from Pat Bowker, 1 Bedford Road, Salford M30 9LA. Cheques payable to North West Labour History Group.
It can ordered online from Naomi Symes Books http://www.naomisymes.com