WCML (Working Class Movement Library, Salford) -
On Saturday 6 February at 2pm we will celebrate LGBT History Month with a talk by Helen Smith from the University of Lincoln, 'It's queer up north? Working class men and same-sex desire in the North of England'. And on Saturday 5 March at 2pm we mark International Women's Day with a talk by Catriona Burness, 'Remembering Mary Barbour - social reformer, rent strike leader, women's peace crusader and pioneering woman councillor'.
Keep an eye on www.wcml.org.uk/events for more details.
LGBT History Month
Helen Smith, University of Lincoln - with readings by Mike Joyce
It’s Queer Up North? Working Class Men and Same-Sex Desire in the North of England
In this talk, Helen will be delving into the lives and loves of working class men in the north throughout the twentieth century. Throughout her research she has uncovered many stories that had been lost and because of this, gives an alternative history of same-sex desire.
Mike Joyce, ex-Smiths drummer, has more recently been developing his acting and reading career - not least by kindly appearing in Library fundraisers!
Admission free; light refreshments afterwards.
International Women’s Day
Remembering Mary Barbour - social reformer, rent strike leader, women's peace crusader and pioneering woman councillor
Mary Barbour worked tirelessly to change laws to help families in poverty. Her capacity to mobilise working class families, especially women, to challenge the power of landlords and the state during the 1915 Govan rent strike led to the passing of one of Europe’s first rent restriction acts. She also fought for free school milk, children’s playgrounds, municipal wash-houses, and an end to slum housing.
This event will also feature a discussion on current related issues. Admission free; light refreshments afterwards.
2 March 2pm Tom Besford Rapper dance - its creation and what it meant to working communities
16 March 2pm Chloe Mason Justice for Alice Wheeldon!
30 March 2pm Cyril Pearce Communities of resistance: patterns of dissent in Britain during the First World War
13 April 2pm Robin Stocks Manchester volunteers in the Easter Rising
27 April 2pm Richard Milward – Luddites’ Nightmares
Call Mr Robeson
Tayo is also putting on a concert on Saturday 23 January at 7.30pm at the Quaker Meeting House in Liverpool to mark the 40th anniversary of Paul Robeson's death. He will be accompanied by Liverpool Socialist Singers and Birmingham Clarion Singers - details here.
Booking required by contacting WEA on 0151 243 5340 or booking online via WEA’s Web site. Please quote course ref C3838091. Cost: £65.10 or free (please enquire).
Wakefield Socialist History Group
Saturday 13 February 2016, 1 p.m.
A meeting on "THE LEVELLERS AND THE DIGGERS"
at the Red Shed (Wakefield Labour Club).
(One confirmed speaker so far).
Our next meeting is on Saturday 13 February, 1pm
at the Red Shed, Vicarage Street, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF1
on the LEVELLERS AND THE DIGGERS.
Ian Brooke and Steve Freeman have agreed to speak.
Clifford Slapper from the SPGB is now not able to make the event.
(We are looking for a third speaker.)
Willie Thompson speaks on The Forces that Shaped our History. Willie will discuss themes covered in his latest book, Work, Sex and Power: The Forces that Shaped Our History
Saturday 2.00 pm.
Saturday 19 March 2016, 2pm
Sylvia Pankhurst, the Easter Rising and Women's Dreadnought
Professor John Newsinger
LGBT History Month