Another cracking issue for you this time around, held together by a stunning art submission from François Réau. We are proud to showcase a whole range of artistic styles and movements in Now Then, but François’ work breaks new ground for us as a publication. The level of depth and attention to detail is superb. Read our interview with him on page 35.

The words are just as strong, with a feature by Alex Keegan celebrating ten years of Warp Films, a piece about council outsourcing by local campaigner Nigel Slack, and an interview with schoolteacher and poetturned- rap battler Mark Grist, who performed his Dead Poets show for us last month as part of one of our Off The Shelf events.

Now Then Manchester continues to go from strength to strength, with issue #2 due out in December. If you are interested in getting involved or know someone who might be, talk to Ian Pennington on ian[at]nowthenmagazine[dot]com. The more the merrier.

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