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The print edition of The Skinny is a monthly free magazine covering the best in culture and lifestyle across Scotland and beyond. In October 2005 the first issue of The Skinny Scotland hit the streets providing up to date listings, previews and in depth features about events and artists in Edinburgh and Glasgow, and nearly 150 issues later we still provide the best way to keep up to date on the best of your local scene. Find out what’s in this month’s magazine by reading the digital edition below, along with this month’s editorial introducing what’s inside.

THE SKINNY: September 2019

‘Normal’ life resumes in September, as we leave behind heatwaves and enormous performing arts festivals while mourning the death of our veneer of democracy. Students return or arrive in Scotland’s cities, and we mark the occasion with our annual Student Guide. This year we’ve changed the format a little – after over a decade of producing a separate A5 publication to introduce students to their new homes and also our magazine, someone (it was Peter) came up with the world-changing idea of introducing new readers to our magazine with something in the same format as the magazine.

It’s an idea mind-blowing in both simplicity and effectiveness, I’m sure you’ll agree. That’s why this year you will find a 24-page student supplement in our centre pages, and also available as a standalone in all good student venues. It opens with an interview with Sigrid (as seen on our cover) who is, it turns out, a self-proclaimed college dropout. This fits with a broader narrative we’d like to support within the supplement – going to university might be vital and world changing and essential to your life path, or it might not. There might be another route that suits you better, and we'd like you to be supported to follow that. Our music editor Tallah shares a little of her own career development at the conclusion of the supplement, demonstrating the breadth of options that exist beyond the university gates.

In the middle we offer a wide array of essential information for actual students, ranging from first hand advice on making music in your halls to detailed guides to shopping sustainably for food and clothing, via some thoughts on how to survive a tutorial if you haven't done the reading. We talk to a few of the promoters running the best student nights in Edinburgh and Glasgow, and take a survey of some of the other print magazines you might be interested in reading in your new homes. Our aim, as always, is to share some expert knowledge and a warm welcome to the new arrivals. 

Autumn also marks an explosion of specialist film festivals in Scotland, more on which in next month's film special. We ease into it this month with Take One Action, the activism-led film festival returning with opener Push, an investigation into the global housing crisis. We also meet Joanna Hogg to learn about her latest, deeply personal memory piece, The Souvenir. Fans of This American Life may already be familiar with the story behind Lulu Wang’s The Farewell – we meet the filmmaker to hear more about this exploration of family and the potential power of ignorance.

In Music, we talk to LA’s YACHT about using AI on their new album Chain Tripping. We also have words with Norwegian musician and writer Jenny Hval to discuss love, pop and dance music ahead of the release of her new album The Practice of Love. Kid Canaveral’s David MacGregor introduces his new folk-tinged solo venture Broken Chanter, whose eponymous debut is infused with the wild beauty of the Highlands where it was conceived. After eight years, the much-loved The Spook School are calling it quits with one final blowout gig, and they kindly gifted us their final interview. At the other end of the band life cycle, Glasgow’s KAPUTT mark their debut Carnage Hall with a chat about Judy Garland and Todd Rundgren.

Art talks to Ashanti Harris, whose multi-stranded creative practice engaging with history, race and identity is rightly celebrated this month with a Transmission solo exhibition. Local Heroes mark this year's Design Exhibition Scotland by highlighting a few of the practitioners exploring the ways in which functional objects enhance the way we live our lives. In Theatre, Jenni Fagan’s The Panopticon is being presented on stage as part of Platform’s Eastern Promise – the team there share some insight into the adaptation and programme as a whole.

Finally, and all too pertinently given the current climate, we meet editor Ra Page to learn more about new anthology Resist, exploring stories of uprising through history to the present day. Essential reading for September 2019. [Rosamund West]