Post-summer holiday season, it’s now time to return to action. For Levenshulme, that means action stations, as David Ewing finds out by chatting with co-organiser Pauline Johnston about the Station South project, which (as I type) is seeking another £30k in crowdfunding pledges by 2 October. Find the article to the right of this page to read about how and why you should support it in whichever way you can.

There are also opportunities to act by expressing your views about the city’s future, with proposed masterplans, city centre transport links and the region’s social enterprise strategy all highlighted in Localcheck.

Elsewhere, Lucas Jones discusses the links between insomnia and creativity, Elizabeth Gibson presents Word Life with the theme of ‘messages’, Amber Dawson looks at the empowering messages within Orange is the New Black, and there are previews and reviews across music and film.

Outside of Greater Manchester, our interviews are with League of Gentlemen’s Jeremy Dyson and composer JLIN, as well as this month’s featured artist, Tishk Barzanji.

Finally, a little reminder that we’re meeting up for a social this month – Thursday 20 September at Home‘s ground floor bar. It’s an opportunity to have a chinwag about anything Greater Manchester, pitch article ideas and get involved with shaping the magazine in the future. Hope to see you there.

In the meantime, enjoy the read.