Here we are again, on the cusp of four years since launching in print with Jonny Wan’s tiger on the cover, still finding our voice amid the bustle.

Elspeth presents another healthy Word Life section, this issue verbalising all the senses in anticipation of the Manchester launch of Word Life’s 10-year anniversary anthology. Thick Richard and Helen Mort are headlining the Gullivers event, with support Gav Roberts, Gevi Carver, Now Then Sheffield’s Word Life editor Joe Kriss and our very own Elspeth. There’s also an open mic, so get in touch to be involved.

The rest of the issue presents fresh interviews with activist and author Genevieve LeBaron on the topic of corporate funding for charities purporting to hold corporates to account, with krautrock evergreen Michael Rother, with returning artist Andrew Hunt, and the second half of my Q&A with Steady State.

Manchester Shield take over this month’s Localcheck to tell us about their position on Manchester’s heritage and future, while Lily O’Farrell writes about the importance of Women in Comedy Festival and Brian Rooney muses on imperfect band resurrections.

In review, Steve Hanson explored Manchester Jazz Festival’s live and cinematic programmes, with Miracle Legion’s long awaited return and a debut album for abstract jazz cutters The Natural Curriculum among the other live and album critiques.

We’ll see you in October, if not at the Word Life event. In the meantime, if you have something you’d like to say or feel needs to be said, then get in touch via the email below.