Welcome to 2015!
With further cuts on the way, inequality on the rise, and a general election looming, the new year looks like being another challenging one. It’s at times like these when Bolton Socialist Club assumes an even greater importance in the town, keeping the flame of radical ideas alive and providing a place for Bolton’s progressives to meet, organise and share both ideas and each others’ company.
The club will be undergoing some much needed refurbishments in the early part of the year, which should make your visits to the club all the more enjoyable. Financially our margins are very tight and we will be launching an appeal for additional funds to help with the costs of these. We hope you will be able to support this appeal in whichever way you can. Every pound helps!
As always the club is entirely dependent on the effort of volunteers. If you can offer a little of your time or your skills it will be very much appreciated. In particular we need cooks and helpers for our Saturday lunches. Please let any committee member know if you would like to help out.
Our weekend events programme is as varied and exciting as ever. We hope you will join us as often as you can. Saturday nights are selling out fast (only 10 tickets left for Will Kaufman) so make sure you avoid disappointment by buying tickets in advance from Steve and Julia on 01204 848279 or
Friday 16th January
A night of celebration. This year we make two presentations; our award for an Outstanding Contribution to Socialism to a local activist as chosen by the membership, and our award to a national figure who has championed progressive ideas. The recipient of this award is decided by the club committee and this year will go to world famous children’s author Alan Gibbons for his work in defending public libraries and fighting austerity. Entertainment provided by Clarion Choir, poet Dave Puller and musicians TBA on what will be a memorable evening. Admission free. Bucket collection and raffle in aid of the club refurbishment fund.
Friday 23rd January: Red Friday Alan Gibbons on John Steinbeck Recipient of our award for an Outstanding Contribution to Socialism, Alan presents a talk on one of his literary heroes. Steinbeck lived among dustbowl refugees when working on The Grapes of Wrath and spent a lifetime recording and working to improve the lives of the oppressed. An excellent overture for tomorrow night’s Woodie Guthrie night. Admission free.
Saturday 24th January
Bolton Socialist Club and Love Music Hate racism present: Will Kaufman - The Road to Peakskill.
Will tells the story in words and music of Woody’s journey from redneck entertainer to the radical voice of a generation and the most influential songwriter of the last century. Will is not only a world authority on Guthrie, he’s also a brilliant interpreter of his music. Sure to be a sell-out. Tickets £7 and £4 in advance. In aid of WaterAId.
Friday 30th January
Red Friday: 1 Million Climate Jobs
We live in an age of imposed austerity with the economy in crisis, unemployment and under-employment rife, and manufacturing industry in terminal decline. At the same time carbon emissions are rising to calamitous levels that will render much of the planet uninhabitable within a generation. The solution seems obvious: tackle both crises by creating an industry around energy efficiency and renewables. The Campaign Against Climate Change makes the case.
Friday 6th February 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 13th February
Razia and Sufrana’s World Famous Curry Night.
In aid of the Gaza Women’s Educational Fund.
Eat the best curry in Bolton in support of a great cause.
£10 per head. Raffle.
Friday 20th February 8.00 pm
Red Cinema: Jimmy’s Hall Dir. Ken Loach 2014
1930’s activist Jimmy Galton’s story of church, politics and power.
“One of Loach’s sunniest, most optimistic films yet.” The Independent.
Admission free. Bucket collection
Friday 27th February 7.45 pm:
Red Friday: The Spirit Level - Inequality and Capitalism:
The Spirit Level, the groundbreaking 2011 book by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, provided clear evidence for the first time of the socially ruinous effects of inequality. Tonight’s talk by the Equality Trust develops these themes and discusses the social and political consequences of unregulated capitalism.
Saturday 28th February 8.00 pm
Bolton Socialist Club and Love Music Hate Racism present: Arun Ghosh
Simply one of the best musicians of his generation. The Bolton born reedsman crosses genres, cultures and continents with his music. It is an absolute privilege to have Arun perform at the club. “Conceived in Calcutta, bred in Bolton, matured in Manchester and now living in London, Ghosh's musical vocabulary and vision reflects his rich geographical heritage.” Jazz CD website. Not to be missed.
Tickets £7 and £4 in advance
Friday 6th March 8.00 pm
Red Friday: Conscientious Objectors in WW1
In this talk Barry Mills explores the lives of the people who stood by their principles of non-violence between 1914-18, and the price they paid as a consequence.
Friday 13th March
Music Night with Steve and friends. Join us for a
convivial evening of singing, playing, maybe some poetry and a lot of fun.
Friday 20th March 7.45 pm
Red Cinema: Tony Benn – Will and Testament
2013 documentary, winner of the audience award at the Edinburgh festival.
“Hope is the fuel of progress and fear is the prison in which you put yourself.” Tony Benn
Admission free. Bucket collection.
Saturday 21st March 8.00 pm
Bolton Socialist Club and Love Music Hate Racism present: Robb Johnson.
The brilliant singer/songwriter returns to Bolton with his incisive political lyrics, fabulous melodic lines and beautiful ballads. A proud and fully paid up member of the awkward squad!
"Britain's finest songwriter since Richard Thompson" Venue
£7 and £4 in advance