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Issue 43 June 2017

We return to text at a time when a lot has been said and done in the fortnight since the city was stunned and then solidified. Our contribution arrives courtesy of Jordan Lee Smith’s memories of Manchester’s vigil and in particular Tony Walsh’s stirring poem.

One response to the killings from this city’s creative scenes is Manchester With Love, a compilation of the finest M-postcode exports which will be released on 19 June. It hopes to raise funds for the Red Cross I Heart Manchester Emergency Fund and so far includes GoGo Penguin, Levelz, Jane Weaver, Matthew Halsall, Illum Sphere, The Mouse Outfit, Apta and and more. You’ll also find this month’s featured interviewees, Henge, on whose page we’ve written details of our competition to win a pair of weekend tickets to Beat Herder festival (14-16 July).

Among the other pages, we have another literary line-up in Word Life, live reviews of South Manchester spoken word night Punk in Drublic, break dancing show Breakin’ Convention at The Lowry and Victoria Warehouse’s inaugural Transformer showcase with Swans and The Fall.

In Localcheck, David Dunnico looks ahead to MIF17 via various homages to Friedrich Engels, while our Stage section interview is with one of MIF’s six selected Jerwood Creative Fellows, Hafsah Aneela Bashir, who will be helping to produce The Welcoming Party events. Our other interviews are with Syrian musician Omar Souleyman and Christina Mrozik, whose delectable drawings supply this month’s article backgrounds, visible in full by clicking the artwork toggle button to the top left of your screen.

Finally, with election day looming, a Filmreel review muses on the messages embedded in Citizen Jane highlights the grassroots collectivism crucial to ensuring social justices can prevail.

Enjoy the read.

This month's articles

Grace & Precision

Based in the US, Christina Mrozik seems to bring every piece of paper that crosses her desk to life – the kind of deep feeling, let alone…

HENGE Cosmic Dross

If you swallow a hefty chunk of the Hollywood science fiction fodder, you may be led to believe extra terrestrials don’t come in peace.…

Transformer Part One

Every time you see Swans, it’s a pretty much life-changing show. Volume collides with the most intense songwriting to create a sound,…

Manchester Vigil: Choose Love

In the immediate aftermath of the most tragic event in Britain’s recent history, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority announced,…

Omar Souleyman To Syria, with love

With war in Syria entering its sixth year, the country’s rich cultural, intellectual and social history risks being eclipsed entirely.…

Hafsah Aneela Bashir The Welcoming Party

Having been awarded the prestigious Jerwood Creative Fellowship with Manchester International Festival, Hafsah Aneela Bashir has been busy…