What a year. Thank you to everyone who was involved in the 80+ Festival of Debate events we ran in 2016. Organisers, volunteers and audience members – we couldn’t have done it without you. We will return in 2017, so stay tuned.

This month we’ve got local lad Mick Marston back in as our featured artist, seven years after we first ran his work in print. Read our interview with Mick then get his pieces up on your bedroom walls.

It’s a great pleasure to have a double bill of Yanis Varoufakis and Simon Anholt interviewed in this mag, along with pieces about homelessness and disability. Sam Gregory continues to do a stellar job as our new music section editor, so head over there for some good words.

This is the bit where I tell you to shop locally this Christmas. I say the same thing every year, but it remains true. Christmas is all about unique, thoughtful gifts, and that is where local businesses shine. Browse these pages, explore your city and give our soulful independent traders your custom.