Once again, another first for Now Then – we’ve never featured sculptures quite like this in print. Kris Kuksi is based in the US and produces some of the most dazzlingly intricate assemblages we have seen in a very long time. Read about his working processes on page 34.

In celebration of Off The Shelf Festival of Words, running at various venues across Sheffield until 2nd November, we have got some special content for you, including interviews with festival curator Jackie Kay and up-and-coming poet Hollie McNish, whose poem ‘Mathematics’ is reaching 1.5m views online. We will also be hosting the opening and closing parties for the festival – the former at the Winter Gardens on 12th October, 11am-4pm with open mic slots available, and the latter at Shakespeares on 2nd November, featuring Hollie McNish and an all-Sheffield poetry slam.

I’d also recommend you read Fat Roland’s interview with The Orb on page 48, and Jason’s piece on zero hours contracts on page 9.