Thanks to everyone who has complimented us on last month’s Off The Shelf landscape issue. We were very pleased with it. For now we are back to portrait, but we will almost certainly try it again in the future. It was a refreshing change to present the mag in a different format and it’s something we’re really interested in exploring.

Following on from Now Then #43, our featured artist this month is local photographer Theo Simpson, who presents us with sequences of images, some of which have been taken from self-published books like What We Buy (more on that on page 39). Theo creates his own opportunities and is a hard worker, as you can see by the range of photos on offer here, and it’s great to have him on board after featuring other locals working in a similar vein.

Articles this month cover the Human Rights Act, the Jarrow Marches, sacred art and traditional British food. An amusing piece by 27b/6 brings some light relief. Our music section includes interviews with Sheffield techno luminaries The Black Dog and Liam O’Shea of Mixed in Sheffield fame. I would also recommend you read Sam Parkin’s article about Senegalese hip-hop on page 43.

If you are keen and have already started thinking about Christmas shopping, please do what you can to support local traders. Not only are their products often unique, but buying them puts more money back into the local economy and strengthens our community.