New things to read: The Modernist

Susie Stubbs
Modernist magazine

We’re always on the look-out for cultural things to read. This month: The Modernist

You know how it is. Much as we love all things digital, sometimes nothing beats a great piece of print. And thus we have for a long time lusted over Manchester Modernist Society’s quarterly magazine. Though now onto its sixth issue, we have a soft spot for its Campus edition (we never did lose our love of academia, either).

Title: The Modernist

Publisher: The Modernist Society

Issue no. 5, “Campus”, £4.50

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Jacket blurb: “a quarterly magazine about twentieth century design”

Why we like it: A beautifully designed homage to modern architecture; a quarterly magazine that comes with a killer combo of black humour and in-depth knowledge of its subject matter, and that puts it all to good use to celebrate the often unloved and ignored bits of our built environment (which, coincidentally, are often concrete kings). Issue 5 includes writing on art in the classroom, the Gulbenkian complex in the heart of Lisbon, Le Corbusier in Cambridge and “the finest women’s institute in this country”, an eclectic mish-mash of essays that loosely coalesce around the theme of the university/educational campus.

Sample quote: “Collision of the generations, as though the whole place is a wedding disco, where your gangly teenage cousin flattens grandma in an unrehearsed celebration of I Wanna Be Adored” – Phil Griffin

Culture Guides


Pause in the hustle and bustle of festive prep to take in some inspiration from this month’s top exhibitions.

The Ocean at the End of The Lane at the lowry


It’s the most wonderful time of the year and Manchester is bursting with fun, family activities to keep the kids entertained in the run up to Christmas!

Poet Helen Mort. Photo by Jan Bella


There’s live literature and book-buying opportunities a-plenty as November unfolds and Manchester – celebrating five years as a UNESCO city of Literature – and the wider North region welcomes some great writers, both in real life and online.


The festive season is here, and whether you want to escape it or embrace it, we’ve got you covered.

Theatre in Manchester and the North


Alongside radical sci-fi adaptations and free arts festivals, we take a look at some of the Christmas shows happening in the North.

Classical Music in Manchester and the North

We preview the standout classical music events and venues in Manchester and the north.

Food and Drink

Explore the best restaurants and bars in Manchester and the North for autumn.

Image credit: Maryna Makarenko, Sun-Eaters, 2022


Classic pre-Code cinema, the Artist Film Weekender and the music of John Williams are amongst our highlights this month.

Tours and Activities

We’re deep into Autumn now but don’t let that stop you from finding a new tour or activity to get stuck into.

Things to do right now

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Pottery at Earth Pig Pottery and Fine Art in Buxton

Visual Arts Until 1 December 2022, from £20

Graffiti at Zap Graffiti

Activity Until 1 December 2022, from £95

Blacksmithing at Forge Four

Activity Until 1 December 2022, from £15

Embroidery with Sara Dennis at Lancaster Castle

Activity Until 1 December 2022, from £59

Making silver stacker rings at The Old Granary

Activity Until 1 December 2022, from £13

Candle making at Cheshire Workshops

Activity Until 1 December 2022, from £60

Glass fusing at Glassmonkey Studio

Textile taxidermy
Activity Until 1 December 2022, from £80

Textile taxidermy with Jaki Bogg at Craven Arts Studios

Activity Until 1 December 2022, from £3.50

Knittaz with Attitude: Yarnbombing at Upside Down Coffee

Cinema Until 8 December 2022, from £7.95

Aftersun at HOME