We are back in print after a brief break last month with an art submission from Manchester-based graffiti artist and illustrator Dan Birkbeck. This is also our first mag with new designer Scott Greenway at the helm. We have got great things planned for this year, so keep your eye out for us. This issue includes articles on The Full Monty, bird watching, Fairtrade food and empty spaces in Sheffield, as well as interviews with journalist and lecturer Jonathan Foster, comedy poet John Hegley and local synth twiddlers Eccentronic Research Council. As ever, if you have feedback on the magazine or fancy trying your hand at writing for Now Then, give me a shout on firstname.lastname@example.org
As we mourn the passing of Okoth Timothy Dulo (or Okie), who was taken from us in early January after a short illness, it is important that we also recognise his hugely significant contribution to the local underground music and art scenes. From Dulo to Sawa, through to his event bars and involvement with Tramlines Festival, his ability to be a driving force within music and culture in the city of Sheffield has been invaluable.
As a man, he simply wanted to bring people together to forget about their differences and have a good time. The thousands of friendships and relationships established under his creative supervision are one part of his enormous legacy. As someone else has summed up so well, and now immortalised in a piece by Kid Acne – Okie. Big Man. Big Heart. Big Smile. Rest in Peace brother. It really won’t be the same around here without you.Scott Moncrieff & Och Dulo.