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Issue 58 September 2018

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.

This month's articles

Filmreel Equality is the New Black

When Orange is the New Black premiered as a Netflix Original back in 2013, I was reluctant to watch. This reluctance stemmed from the fear…

Tishk Barzanji Otherworldly Architecture

Considering his upbringing in Iraq during the years of political unrest, Tishk Barzanji is an artist whose work is perhaps unusually…

Localcheck Have Your Say

‘Tis the season for consultation and we’ve pulled out a few to highlight. The big one arrives courtesy of TfGM and will feed into a City…

Strange Bedfellows

Lucas Jones looks at the intertwined worlds of creativity and insomnia through our sleeping patterns and habits.