We’re back in black after our customary break from print in January and it’s a pleasure to return with the pop surrealism of Okuda San Miguel decorating our pages.

‘The future’ is a bit of a theme this month, with a piece on the future of work by Ruth Amos and an interview with author and futurist Mark Stevenson, whose new book, We Do Things Differently, came out last month.

Elsewhere, we’ve got a hard-hitting piece on the NHS by Laurence Peacock, as well as all the usual news, reviews and previews. We’ve also heard some rumours about this year’s Tramlines line-up ahead of the official announcement. Go to the Music page for that…

We are planning the Festival of Debate 2017, so please get in touch if you have ideas for public events around social and political themes – speakers, panel discussions, film, music, arts events and more. We want to collaborate to get things done, so get in touch. More info at festivalofdebate.com.

This month we’ve got a mix from ‘Who’s This?’, a new night at The Harley “playing the weird and wonderful”. Sounds good to us.