This month’s magazine is our best for some time. Teaming up with Off The Shelf Festival of Words for the third year in a row, we have brought together a real mixture of content for you, including interviews with internationally renowned dub poet Benjamin Zephaniah, local poetry stalwart Matt Black, and violinist Warren Ellis, a founding member of Dirty Three who has also played with Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds and Grinderman in recent years.

Elsewhere, you will find articles on squatting, Sheffield book shops, community ownership, tandoori food, Sheffield Bach Society and much more. Turn to page 26 for a list of our recommended Off The Shelf events throughout October and November. There is just too much to fit onto our pages, so go and have a look at offtheshelf.org.uk for the comprehensive programme. There really is something for everyone.

Our art feature comes from Sheffield-bred Jonny Wan, whose striking use of colour and geometry is a hit in our books. Now refining his techniques on the other side of the Pennines, Jonny is a humble creator whose illustrations have rightly been attracting interest from publications like the Financial Times recently.

If you are new to the city, we recommend getting out of your residential bubble and seeing what Sheffield has to offer. You might be surprised by what you find.

For those of you who live in Manchester or are over there regularly, this month marks the launch of the Now Then Manchester magazine, which will feature its own original content written by local people, plus a couple of articles and reviews shared with its Sheffield counterpart. Despite being based on the same model, Now Then Manchester is very much its own entity, covering issues that affect Mancunians in the same way that the Sheffield mag tries to represent our city.

If you have any queries about our sister publication, drop editor Ian a line on ian@nowthenmagazine.com