It’s hard to believe it’s two years since the first issue of Now Then hit the streets of Manchester, but the ‘Issue 12’ adorning the front of this magazine can’t be disputed. We’re proud to have been able to work with Manchester’s independents since October 2012, printing bi-monthly. The writing you see within these pages is by you, for you.

Inside this issue you’ll find a few Stockport themes to tie in with our Arts Council collaboration event that takes place at Seven Miles Out on 20 September. More info is dotted through these pages, including a feature on Liz Green, who’ll be performing live at the event. Elsewhere, we have an interview with local wordsmith John Cooper Clarke, along with David Dunnico’s concluding article on the statues theme.

Our guest mix for this issue comes courtesy of the At Large DJs, whose funk & soul selections were recorded at the last Flyin’ Easy Soul Club in the Deaf Institute basement. Give it a listen while you’re reading.