The Vote: How it was won, and how it was undermined
by Paul Foot
The campaigning, socialist journalist Paul Foot’s final book is the story of the fight for democracy in Britain. It is just out in paperback.
It covers the English Revolution of the 17th century, the Chartist movement of the 19th century and the birth of the Labour Party.
This is an interesting and challenging book. It is available from Bookmarks, the socialist bookshop.
Phone 020 7637 1848 or go to www.bookmarks.uk.com
Palestine Film Festival
21 April to 5 May
Barbican Cinema and SOAS, London
This festival, now in its second year, brings together work from a broad spectrum of perspectives. It includes films from five continents that look at women and resistance, refugees and identity, and the lives of Palestinians in Israel.
The festival includes panel discussions, special double bills, and a series of question and answer sessions.
The programme includes 32 films from both new and established artists, as well as unusual, lost or previously banned work.
BBC Radio 4
2.30pm, Sat 22 April
As part of a season marking 50 years of the English Stage Company at the Royal Court Theatre in London, this is a re-staging of Caryl Churchill’s influential play Top Girls.
The play first opened in 1982 and was groundbreaking in its use of overlapping speech.
Written at the beginning of Margaret Thatcher’s time in office, this play looks at concepts of women, capitalism and ambition in a way that is still, unfortunately, relevant today.