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Thursday, 27th July 2017

18:30 – 20:30

'Fighting Resistance' - James Bloomfield with Paul Rogers

'Fighting Resistance' is an Arts Council-funded artist residency project placing contemporary artist James Bloomfield in Salford Museum and Art Gallery and at WCML, exploring themes surrounding the WW1 centenary and using the collections of both institutions to create new work.

For the launch event of this project James has invited Paul Rogers to talk on ‘New wars and how to prevent them’. Paul Rogers is Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University. He worked originally in the biological and environmental sciences, including lecturing at Imperial College and working in East Africa, but has worked for the past 35 years on international security.

Paul says: "The three core issues facing the world are a widening wealth/poverty divide leading to more anger, resentment and revolts from the margins, the potentially disastrous impact of climate disruption and the all-too-ready recourse to military action as the appropriate response. To avoid a deeply unstable and unjust world it is imperative to rethink our approaches to all three issues. Much good work is now being done on alternative security thinking and there are grounds for cautious optimism, even now."

Admission free; refreshments provided.

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Wednesday, 13th September 2017

14:00 – 15:00

Comparing Manchester, Lancashire and Bangladeshi traditional song - talk by Jennifer Reid

During a research visit to Dhaka this year, Jennifer discovered many links between Manchester and Lancashire traditional songs and those from Dhaka and Sylhet. Using the shared cotton industry which has acted as a bridge between the UK and Bangladesh, there are relevant comparisons to be made.

Admission free; all welcome. This talk is part of the Invisible Histories series.

Thursday, 21st September 2017

19:00 – 21:00

Book launch - Citizens by Ian Parks

Ian Parks is the only poet to have his work published in The Morning Star and the Times Literary Supplement on the same day, and his new collection 'Citizens' explores the tensions between poetry and politics, the spoken and the unspoken, the private and the public. Accompanied by the ghosts of the Chartist poets he listens to 'the voices of the lost and dispossessed' while visiting places of painful historical memory such as Orgreave, Cable Street, and Blackstone Edge.

Ian Parks was born in 1959 and is the author of eight collections of poems, the most recent of which was a Poetry Book Society Choice. He was writer in residence at Gladstone's Library in 2012 and Writing Fellow at De Montfort University Leicester from 2012-14. He currently runs the Read to Write Project in Doncaster.

Wednesday, 27th September 2017

14:00 – 16:00

Could Salford produce another Shelagh Delaney? Round table discussion

In anticipation of this year's Shelagh Delaney Day, join Shelagh's daughter Charlotte Delaney, her biographer Selina Todd and MaD Theatre Company to discuss whether opportunities exist for young working class women to find a voice and an audience almost 60 years after A Taste of Honey first appeared.

This talk is part of the Invisible Histories series - all welcome, admission free, light refreshments afterwards. Please note however that we are planning for this to be a longer event than usual - the running time is two hours.

Wednesday, 4th October 2017

13:00 until
Fri 20 Oct 17:00

Southern Voices exhibition 'Out of the shadows: 1914-18 perspectives of colonised people'

In 2015 Southern Voices, a Manchester-based community group, received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop this exhibition exploring the role and experiences of colonised peoples of the British West Indies, Nigeria, India and German and British East Africa during World War I. We are delighted to welcome them to the Library.

The exhibition is open Wednesdays to Fridays 1-5pm, and on Saturday 7 October 10am-4pm.

This exhibition is part of the Library's celebration of Black History Month (see also our Grunwick Strike talk and our hosting of the Townsend Productions play about Grunwick), as well as continuing our theme of commemoration of World War One hidden histories.

Wednesday, 11th October 2017

14:00 – 15:00

The Grunwick strike - drowning in support, starving for action: talk by Sheila Cohen

Sheila’s talk about the seminal 1976-78 strike at the Grunwick film processing factory will focus on issues of direct versus representative democracy - the union leadership being the 'representative' side - and also the need for link-ups in workplace trade unionism in order to build and encourage solidarity.

Organisations like Labor Notes in the US and Sheila's own magazine in the 1990s, Trade Union News, show how bringing activists from across the movement together via publications, conferences and workplace union groupings can overcome sectarianism and build workplace strength.

This talk is part of the Invisible Histories series - all welcome, admission free, light refreshments afterwards.

It is also part of the Library's celebration of Black HIstory Month

Friday, 20th October 2017

19:30 until
Sat 21 Oct 21:30

'We are the lions, Mr Manager'

Townsend Theatre Productions' new play, written by Neil Gore, is premiering at the Working Class Movement Library with two performances on 20 and 21 October.

We Are The Lions, Mr. Manager! is the remarkable story of Jayaben Desai, the inspirational leader of the 1976-78 Grunwick Strike. She not only stood up for workers’ rights and against oppression with selfless dedication, but with her steadfast resolve she turned the dispute into a national movement for human rights and dignity inspiring future generations.

Tickets should be booked in advance at, price £12.50 (£9.50 early bird, £10.50 concessions).

Wednesday, 25th October 2017

14:00 – 15:00

The Co-operative Party 100 years on - a reflection by Angela Whitecross

2017 marks the centenary of the Co-operative Party. This talk will consider the formation of the party and its development through the 20th century, exploring its relationship both with the broader co-operative movement and with the Labour Party.

This talk is part of the Invisible Histories series - all welcome, admission free, light refreshments afterwards.

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