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A Magazine for Sheffield

Issue 119 February 2018

We’re back in black after our customary January break and very pleased about it too. Happy New Year to you and yours.

Our featured artist this month is Geo Law, local illustrator and all-round hard worker. Liam Casey chats to him on p35.

We’ve got an in-depth piece about the controversial Streets Ahead programme too, which has so far seen over 5,500 street trees in Sheffield replaced. Laurence Peacock investigates with his usual attention to detail.

Elsewhere in this issue, you can find interviews with Sunderland pop darlings Field Music and offbeat comedian John Kearns, plus pieces about urban exploration and Sheffield Adventure Film Festival, plenty of poems, music and film reviews, alongside features on the independent businesses that make Now Then possible every month. Please consider spending your money with them.

2018 is Now Then’s 10th birthday year. Plans are afoot, so keep ’em peeled. Yes, it really has been that long…


This month's articles

Localcheck City Planning Grinds On

Development in Sheffield is slow. It was recently announced that a building on Church Street may become a bar after standing empty for 15…

UrbEx: Exploring Hidden Sheffield

Urban exploration (urbex or UE) is the exploration of man-made structures, usually abandoned sites, buildings or rarely-seen components of…

Stumped: The battle for Sheffield's street trees

As the battle for Sheffield's trees continues to play out across the city's streets, in its courtrooms, newspapers and online, it seems a good time to ask: in England's greenest city, how did it come to this?

ShAFF: Adventures in Art

Despite all of human evolution, all our ingenuity, we’re stilled trapped in a perilous position. We live out the solipsistic fantasy of…

Freshly Baked

To celebrate all that is baked, we spoke to Mark from Roses The Bakers and Alexa from Aesthete Coffee + Kitchen.

Recipe Chocolate Oat Cookies

This is a great recipe for making with younger people because there is no cooking involved. It's also vegan and can be gluten-free if you…


The Baby Didn't Vote “But the baby didn’t vote!” This is one of the typical garbled cries you’d hear from a remain moaner, as I call…

Geo Law: An Artist Of The Times

[GAL22]It's likely you'll have noticed Geo Law's large-scale illustrations dotted around the city, as well as regularly popping up to…

Sound Original Hi-Rise Pirates

My first foray into pirate radio was around 1990, when I joined Hardcore FM under the name DJ Tat, in partnership with my old friend,…

Headsup John Kearns

After making history by being the only comedian to win both Best Newcomer and Best Show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, John Kearns is…