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Weekend events programme
This autumn we commemorate both the WW1 centenary and Black History Month.

We are pleased to announce the first ever appearance at the club of the Mikron Theatre company in October. We also kick off a programme of six ticketed Saturday evening events which will continue through to April 2015. Scheduled so far are Boff Worley of the legendary Chumbawamba, Manchester acapella outfit The Love Notes, Will Kauffman and Robb Johnson. A separate posting will go out soon detailing the full programme and ticketing arrangements. There’s also a new venture: Wood Street Writers, meeting 10.00-12.00 every 3rd Saturday starting September 20th. And thanks to our fantastic team of chefs, Saturday lunches continue as usual.

Gaza Womens’ Education Fund Diary dates:
Saturday 27th September 2.00 – 4.00 pm: NUT sponsored Quilt Making workshop.
Sunday 26th October: Walk for Gaza. Sponsored walk to raise money for the fund.
Curry Night: date to be confirmed
More details of these and other events to follow.

Friday 12th September 8.00 pm
Music Night with Steve and friends. Join us for a convivial evening of singing, playing, maybe some poetry and a lot of fun.

Friday 19th September 7.45 pm
Red Friday Following on from his compelling talk on Peterloo in August Mark Krantz returns to launch his latest book on the Chartists and the 1848 general strike.

Friday 26th September 8.00 pm.
Red Cinema
Oh! What a Lovely War (1969) - Director Richard Attenborough’s biting satire on the causes and consequences of WW1. Based on Joan Littlewood’s play, both film and play still cause outrage fifty years on.

Friday 3rd October 8.00 pm
Music Night with Steve and friends. Join us for a convivial evening of singing, playing, maybe some poetry and a lot of fun.

Friday 10th October
Red Friday 8.00pm
'Socialists and the outbreak of war in 1914: lessons for today.' Could international working class solidarity have prevented world war? How was it so easily swept aside by jingoism?
Ian McHugh introduces a discussion on a complicated picture, still very relevant today.

Friday October 17th 8.00 pm
The Mikron Theatre presents: “Troupers” by Maeve Larkin.
Its 1914, British entertainment is down on its uppers. Actor manager, Lena Ashwell, has a theatre but no audience. So she assembles a motley crew of 'turns' and books a tour with a difference. For her TROUPERS won't tread the boards of Old Blighty but the muddy, bloody fields of France. In a little-told story of the Great War, TROUPERS brings to life the amazingly audacious Concerts At The Front – a hitherto unsung war effort that’s full of guts, gusto and greasepaint.
Sponsored by club members, the Lorenz family.
Tickets £7

Friday 24thst October 7.45 pm
Red Cinema: 12 Years a Slave – Dir. Steve McQueen
Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty at the hands of a malevolent slave owner, as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. Truly stunning. Oscars for, best supporting actress Lupita Nyong’o, best adapted screenplay and best film.
“Steve McQueen deserves every gong going for his unflinching portrayal of slavery.” - Mark Kermode.

Saturday October 25th 8.00 pm
Bolton Socialist Club and Love Music Hate Racism present: Boff Warley + Clarion Choir
Ex-Chumbawamba lead singer performs his favourite songs. The choir perform songs composed especially for National Anti-Hate Crime Week. The first of our season of six Saturday events. Season ticket for all 6 concerts £35, or waged £7, unwaged £4 for individual events.

Friday 31st October 8.00 pm
“Freedom.” For Black History Month Dave Morgan, director of Bolton International Poetry Festival, presents local poets performing their own work and that of great black poets including, among others, Langston Hughes and Grace Nichols.

Friday 7th November
Question Time: The far right and UKIP
The causes, the challenge and the role of anti-racists. A panel discussion chaired by David Thacker (Artistic Director of the Octagon Theatre). Panellists include Linda Charnock (Bolton Against the Bedroom Tax), Yasmin Qureshi MP, Jason Hunter (Hope Not Hate), Paul Jenkins (UAF), Lisa O’Neill-Rogan (Associate Director Octagon)

Friday 14th November
Music Night with Steve and friends. Join us for a
convivial evening of singing, playing, maybe some poetry and a lot of fun.

Friday 21st November 7.45 pm
Red Cinema:
The Condition of the Working Class - Directors Mike Wayne & Deirdre O’Neill
Documentary film based on the book by Frederick Engels. In 2012 a group of working class people from Manchester and Salford have the job of devising a theatrical show from scratch based on their own experiences and Engels’ book.
“This is not a film, it’s a rehearsal for revolution.” – Film International.
“It might be theatre but it’s not acting. It’s a blow against the mean low money grabbers.” - Danny Dorling.
Followed by a Q&A with the directors.

Friday 28th November 8.00 pm
Red Friday: 'Britain in Palestine - the British Mandate for Palestine and the origins of the present conflict'. Anne Lineen discusses how and why Britain came to rule Palestine from 1917 to May 1948, and how British policies ignited a disastrous conflict between Arabs and Jews in Palestine. Personal stories from Mandate era Palestine will provide vivid snapshots of life and service under the British for Arabs, Jews and Britons. Based on an exhibition curated by Anne and shown at the Brunei Gallery, London in 2012. A must for anyone interested seeking clarity on the Middle East.

Friday 5th December 8.00 pm
Music Night with Steve and friends. Join us for a
convivial evening of singing, playing, maybe some poetry and a lot of fun.

Friday 12th December 7.45 pm
Red Cinema: Searching for Sugar Man - Director Malik Bendjelloul
Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock 'n' roller, Rodriguez, whose late 60’s album bombed in the US but, unknown to the artist, became a sensation in apartheid South Africa.
“Rodriguez's music gave them a voice – and helped indirectly to change things. This movie might itself make a modest contribution to rewriting the history of white South Africa.” - Peter Bradbury, Guardian

Saturday 20th December 7.30 onwards
Club Christmas Party
All members are welcome to join our Christmas celebration.

Clarion Choir
Moira invites anyone interested in singing good socialist songs to come and join in on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month 2.00 to 4.00pm

As ever Bolton Socialist Club is entirely reliant on volunteers. It’s a unique resource and one of which we can all be immensely proud. Please continue to support the club in whichever way you can