“Too many people get stuck on the idea of wanting to write and then not doing it, so the act of creation is the main goal,” says Roma Havers, chair of the University of Manchester’s Creative Writing Society, in our Word Life interview. As the year draws to a close, such a call to pens is a worthy catalyst to writing new chapters in 2018. Equally, Word Life has recently teamed up with MMU to launch Writing Manchester, a new cartographic information resource for the local literary landscape and a potential compass to help guide your inspiration. Let us know where your creative travels take you.

This issue also features interviews with in-demand rapper Dubbul O, a Room2 Records favourite and Mouse Outfit mic-man, plus Localcheck’s feedback from Citizens Advice.

Elsewhere, reviews include Little Women at Hope Mill and the Manchester Modern book.

The backdrop to it all is a selection of Frank Kunert’s wickedly sardonic images, which you can view individually by clicking the icon in the top left of each page.

Enjoy the read and transition to 2018.