We’ve just announced the spring season of the Festival of Debate 2016, so all hands are on deck in the Opus office. There’s a small sample of the programme in this issue. Pick up a printed brochure from town or visit festivalofdebate.com for the full shebang. With the help of lots of likeminded groups, we’ve got 40 events taking place from March to June.

This month our interviewees are comedian Bridget Christie, local band Blood Sport and Jules of Sheffield Beer Week. I would also recommend our piece on the potential closure of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills office in Sheffield, written by an anonymous staff member, and Samantha Holland’s Filmreel piece about the neutering of politics in the remakes of Robocop and Stepford Wives. Artwork this month comes from the desk of US illustrator Michael Waraksa.

Please let us know what you think of the page layouts we introduced last month. We want to continue improving the mag, but we can’t do that without feedback and constructive criticism, so it’s all welcome.

Next month we’ll be celebrating eight years of Now Then.

Monthly mix this time around comes courtesy of former Sheffielder Blanca. Cracking.