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Issue 42 May 2017

Take a walk on the paranormal side this issue, as Daniel Danger presents a selection of his sharply realised imaginaria.

We have a bumper Filmreel issue this month, with four reviews, including a feature on the recent Viva Festival at Home. Sara Louise Tonge also reports back on her experience at La Movida, the festival’s accompanying exhibition.

Word Life features five poems on the theme of the sea, as well as the best in poetry and lit listings, while Elliott Mills follows up his musings on the Before I Die… wall with a few afterthoughts on its lasting marks.

In music, Ged Camera attended Bernard + Edith’s show, plus a pair of all-dayers in the shape of When In Manchester and the ever-wondrous Sounds From The Other City. In interviews, Anna Tuck fired some questions at Manchester hip hop contingent Mothership Connection and Wes Foster sat down with Gareth Smith to talk about his new project, Vanishing.

These are important political times and while Zachary Freeman approaches the status quo with his astute satirical series, Down In The Mouth, once more, Mike Hall proposes a more democratic model of media ownership and funding in order to reflect diverse views.

See you next month, to make June the end of May.

This month's articles

La Movida: An Exhibition for Viva 2017

The underpinning theme of this year’s Viva, ‘La Transicion’ to democracy, finally amassed in the opening of its new mixed-modal art…

Postscriptum: Before I Die...

Previously, I wrote some reflections on the ‘Before I Die’ blackboard, on which passers-by were encouraged to write in chalk their hopes…

Gareth Smith Haunting Narratives

We met after Gareth Smith had just returned from the Netherlands, playing a few dates as guest vocalist with the band Gnod. Having been in…