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Issue No. 2494

Socialism upon Tyne—opening up a radical tradition

This year’s AV Festival focuses on socialism—the most looked-up word in 2015.

AV is a biannual festival of music, film and visual art. It brings together work by artists and film makers who look at past and present political struggles, social movements and revolutions.

One of the highlights this year will be a screening of the 1974 documentary Nightcleaners.

Based on a campaign to unionise women cleaners, it will be shown on International Women’s Day.

The festival itself is based around George Orwell’s novel The Road to Wigan Pier.

The first half chronicled working class people’s lives in the North of England during the height of the 1930s Depression.

In the second half Orwell polemicised about the need for socialism.

There will also be Left Book Club discussions of Orwell’s work throughout the festival.

AV mirrors the structure of the book.

It will return to the north east in 2018.

AV Festival—Meanwhile, What About Socialism...
Various locations in Newcastle, Gateshead, Jarrow and Seaton Sluice
Until 27 March 2016

Ireland's Guantanamo Granny

Ireland’s Guantanamo Granny is the new book by Galway-based activist and writer Margaretta D’Arcy.

As well as personal stories, the book also details Margaretta’s fight against the use of Shannon Airport by the US military.

D’Arcy has been in prison twice for protesting at the airport.

“For me writing this book gave me the opportunity to reassess my experience.” she said.

“I think it is one of those things that you experience and that if you don’t put it down on paper quickly, it’s gone

“The book explains where I’m coming from. It’s just not one day I suddenly woke up and thought, ‘Oh my God, I have to go on the runway at Shannon’.”

Ireland’s Guantanamo Granny
Margaretta D’Arcy
Women’s Pirate Presss
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Tue 8 Mar 2016, 17:38 GMT
Issue No. 2494
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