We’re back in black after our customary January break and very pleased about it too. Happy New Year to you and yours.

Our featured artist this month is Geo Law, local illustrator and all-round hard worker. Liam Casey chats to him on p35.

We’ve got an in-depth piece about the controversial Streets Ahead programme too, which has so far seen over 5,500 street trees in Sheffield replaced. Laurence Peacock investigates with his usual attention to detail.

Elsewhere in this issue, you can find interviews with Sunderland pop darlings Field Music and offbeat comedian John Kearns, plus pieces about urban exploration and Sheffield Adventure Film Festival, plenty of poems, music and film reviews, alongside features on the independent businesses that make Now Then possible every month. Please consider spending your money with them.

2018 is Now Then’s 10th birthday year. Plans are afoot, so keep ’em peeled. Yes, it really has been that long…