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