Has spring arrived? I bet by the time you read this it is pissing it down, but as I write the sun is shining generously on the People’s Republic.

I suspect this month’s art submission will divide opinion, but we are all big fans and we like to change things up from one month to the next. Barnsley-based John Ledger is certainly our first featured artist to work exclusively in biro, and to my eyes the sheer detail in his work is astounding. Read about his approach to art in our interview on page 22.

We’ve got some great features this month too, including Fraser Bayes’ piece on Margaret Thatcher, a special edition of Dead Space on Sheffield Ski Village, Jordan Lee Smith’s Edale to Sheffield ale trail and an interview with rogue classical pianist James Rhodes.

Keep your eyes peeled for a big announcement relating to our sponsorship of this year’s Doc/Fest on social media in the coming days. We can’t tell you much more than to say it will be a fantastic event well worth a look in.