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Issue 120 March 2018

Next month is our tenth birthday as a publication. It’s likely we’ll take this opportunity for a year-long celebration of the whole of Opus, the company which publishes Now Then, but we’re still weighing up exactly how best to do this, so let us know if you have ideas.

Our featured artist for March 2018 is local illustrator and all-round optimist, Kate Morgan. Find her work spread across the issue as usual, as well as a chat with her on page 35.

We are really excited to be launching the Festival of Debate 2018 programme this month. Turn to page 10 for the low-down on just some of the 70+ events happening between 18 April and 29 June, exploring politics, culture and society in 2018. In particular, we’re chuffed to be bringing Yanis Varoufakis to Sheffield to open the festival.

Elsewhere we’ve got great pieces about Andro and Eve and suffrage statues, as well as an interview with former Bellowhead band leader, Jon Boden.

As always, get in touch if you have thoughts about the magazine you’d like to share – and, even better, if you want to form said thoughts into a publishable article…

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This month's articles

Localcheck Hosted by Alt-Sheff

Riding my bike recently, I was thinking how much healthier, happier and safer cycling would be without any cars. Montgomery Road is a delig…

Riding my bike recently, I was thinking how much healthier, happier and safer cycling would be without any cars.

Montgomery Road is a delig

Andro and Eve: Representation Matters

My partner and I don’t walk around Sheffield after dark. We learned soon after moving here that it just wasn’t worth the aggravation. Men wo…

My partner and I don’t walk around Sheffield after dark. We learned soon after moving here that it just wasn’t worth the aggravation. Men wo

Silent Voices: Untying The Hands

You have the vote – now have the statue. It may be a harsh rush to judgment, but it is over 100 years since Emily Davidson took one for the…

You have the vote – now have the statue.

It may be a harsh rush to judgment, but it is over 100 years since Emily Davidson took one for the

SpaceX: Road To The Planets

Feeling a bit ‘universal’ recently? It’s possible you’re one of the many millions of people who watched tech giant Elon Musk send his cherry…

Feeling a bit ‘universal’ recently? It’s possible you’re one of the many millions of people who watched tech giant Elon Musk send his cherry

Sad Facts Synthetic News For Loyal Citizens

I Tire of My Spine Since a very young age, I have known I do not need a spine. In school I was indoctrinated into believing the complex sta…

I Tire of My Spine
Since a very young age, I have known I do not need a spine.

In school I was indoctrinated into believing the complex sta

Kate Morgan: The Optimist's Illustrator

[GAL23]In a today's climate of political turmoil and unrest, it's refreshing to come across an artist like Kate Morgan.Kate's images are rem…

Mark E Smith: An Obituary

"Life should be full of strangeness."The brawl that broke out at The Fall frontman Mark E. Smith's wake is in many ways a more fitting epita…

British Sea Power / The Orielles / Jim Ghedi / Pastoral Echoes

19 February Upper Chapel Every so often you find yourself at a gig where the artist and the location appear to be in some kind of symbiotic…

19 February 
Upper Chapel
Every so often you find yourself at a gig where the artist and the location appear to be in some kind of symbiotic

Jon Boden: Love Among The Ruins

Even in the diverse and frequently inventive world of contemporary folk music, fiddle player and composer Jon Boden is considered a polymath…

Headsup Cut Some Capers

When it launched in May 2017, Cut Some Capers immediately stood out from the parade of identical new club nights clogging up social media fe…

When it launched in May 2017, Cut Some Capers immediately stood out from the parade of identical new club nights clogging up social media fe

Filmreel Our Cultures / Phantom Thread / FILM LISTINGS

Sheffield is awash with venues and organisations presenting films in and for the community – from occasional screenings of local production…

 Sheffield is awash with venues and organisations presenting films in and for the community – from occasional screenings of local production