Welcome to Now Then. If you’ve not been here for the past 46 issues, then you have some catching up to do, but NT#47 is as good a place as any to begin. It also means our 50th issue will coincide with the start of 2018, which is presumably our subliminal nod towards the turning of the Gregorian calendar. Eyes peeled for that one when it arrives, but in the meantime, here’s a rundown of the issue.

In Localcheck, David Ewing addresses the smog hanging over us, while Tracey Reeves’ trip to Manchester Food & Drink Festival left a sweeter taste in the mouth.

Sadia Habib has been busy this month, reporting back from her seat at three productions – The Kite Runner, Our Town and Letters To Morrissey. If you’d like to write for the Stage section then please email Sadia via the address on the Stage page.

Katie Ponder’s wondrous wallflowers sit in the background. As always, you can click the button in the top left corner to see full images.

Our big interviews this month are both musical – production hotshot Jeff Mills and North West folk faves Ivan Campo.

Elsewhere in Music, DG Jones headed for the hills of Ramsbottom to chat with festival volunteers and returned with a review in mind, while Ged Camera’s visit to the Star & Garter was closer to home.

Ged also continued his reports on the suburban spoken word night, Punk In Drublic, and Word Life’s main feature sees Elizabeth Gibson’s selection of this month’s poetry submissions on the theme of ‘memories’.

Tune into the same place next month for more.