Editorial

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.

Ian