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Issue 55 October 2012

This month’s magazine is our best for some time. Teaming up with Off The Shelf Festival of Words for the third year in a row, we have brought together a real mixture of content for you, including interviews with internationally renowned dub poet Benjamin Zephaniah, local poetry stalwart Matt Black, and violinist Warren Ellis, a founding member of Dirty Three who has also played with Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds and Grinderman in recent years.

Elsewhere, you will find articles on squatting, Sheffield book shops, community ownership, tandoori food, Sheffield Bach Society and much more. Turn to page 26 for a list of our recommended Off The Shelf events throughout October and November. There is just too much to fit onto our pages, so go and have a look at offtheshelf.org.uk for the comprehensive programme. There really is something for everyone.

Our art feature comes from Sheffield-bred Jonny Wan, whose striking use of colour and geometry is a hit in our books. Now refining his techniques on the other side of the Pennines, Jonny is a humble creator whose illustrations have rightly been attracting interest from publications like the Financial Times recently.

If you are new to the city, we recommend getting out of your residential bubble and seeing what Sheffield has to offer. You might be surprised by what you find.

For those of you who live in Manchester or are over there regularly, this month marks the launch of the Now Then Manchester magazine, which will feature its own original content written by local people, plus a couple of articles and reviews shared with its Sheffield counterpart. Despite being based on the same model, Now Then Manchester is very much its own entity, covering issues that affect Mancunians in the same way that the Sheffield mag tries to represent our city.

If you have any queries about our sister publication, drop editor Ian a line.

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This month's articles

Localcheck Squatting.

Did you notice our wizard government has magically criminalised squatting in empty residential houses? This follows hysterical headlines abo…

Did you notice our wizard government has magically criminalised squatting in empty residential houses? This follows hysterical headlines abo

Books: Trawling Sheffield's Book Shops

Holiday booked, six weeks out of the country in distant lands - finally a chance to catch up on an ever-growing list of books that I've thou…

Holiday booked, six weeks out of the country in distant lands - finally a chance to catch up on an ever-growing list of books that I've thou

Papa Westray: A model of community ownership

Papa Westray, known locally as Papay, is a small island at the far north end of the Orkney Isles, an archipelago off the north coast of Scot…

Papa Westray, known locally as Papay, is a small island at the far north end of the Orkney Isles, an archipelago off the north coast of Scot

Macbeth: 10th September at the Crucible

The Crucible's Artistic Director, Daniel Evans, closes the theatre's 40th anniversary season this month by stepping into the director's shoe…

The Crucible's Artistic Director, Daniel Evans, closes the theatre's 40th anniversary season this month by stepping into the director's shoe

The Joy of the Tandoor.

Serves 2. Recipe by Cassie Kill. ½ tsp garam masala powder ½ tsp ground coriander ½ tsp ground cumin Pinch of ground turmeric 1 tsp …

 Serves 2. Recipe by Cassie Kill.

½ tsp garam masala powder
½ tsp ground coriander 
½ tsp ground cumin 
Pinch of ground turmeric 
1 tsp 

Off The Shelf 2012: A celebration of words

Off The Shelf is Sheffield's annual festival of reading and writing. This month's edition of Now Then is an Off The Shelf special, featuring…

Off The Shelf is Sheffield's annual festival of reading and writing. This month's edition of Now Then is an Off The Shelf special, featuring

Benjamin Zephaniah: Off The Shelf guest curator talks

Benjamin Zephaniah is an internationally renowned poet, novelist, playwright, musician, actor and public speaker. Born in Handsworth, Birmin…

Benjamin Zephaniah is an internationally renowned poet, novelist, playwright, musician, actor and public speaker. Born in Handsworth, Birmin

OTS Listings: What not to miss at Off The Shelf 2012

WEDNESDAY 10TH OCTOBER. 7.30PM. CITY HALL. £10/£8 (CONS). Acclaimed comic Robin Ince talks the audience through a selection of novels th…

 WEDNESDAY 10TH OCTOBER. 7.30PM.
CITY HALL.
£10/£8 (CONS).

Acclaimed comic Robin Ince talks the audience through a selection
of novels th

Matt Black: Poet Laureate of Derbyshire

Matt Black is a bit of legend in these parts. An award-winning poet and flag waver for literature in South Yorkshire for over two decades, h…

Matt Black is a bit of legend in these parts. An award-winning poet and flag waver for literature in South Yorkshire for over two decades, h

Jonny Wan: Digital illustration done justice

It's not often that I look at advertising to be blown away by the art on them. Jonny Wan has the uncertain acheivement of being the best art…

It's not often that I look at advertising to be blown away by the art on them. Jonny Wan has the uncertain acheivement of being the best art

Sound The Discrete Charm of Sheffield Bach Society.

Readers of Now Then might be forgiven for thinking Sheffield isn't exactly a hub for classical music. But as any good Sheffielder knows, scr…

Readers of Now Then might be forgiven for thinking Sheffield isn't exactly a hub for classical music. But as any good Sheffielder knows, scr

Hurray for the Riff Raff / Wyrd Folk / Shambala 2012/ Rival Sons.

5th September. Greystones. Reviewer - Rob Aldam. The Backroom in the Greystones has become a great venue to watch live music since the sad…

5th September.
Greystones.

Reviewer - Rob Aldam.

The Backroom in the Greystones has become a great venue to watch live
music since the sad

Headsup Wooderson.

Sheffield post-punk four-piece Wooderson only recently released their debut album Let The Man Speak, but have already firmly established the…

Sheffield post-punk four-piece Wooderson only recently released their debut album Let The Man Speak, but have already firmly established the

Filmreel Debts and Derivatives / Celluloid Screams.

JOÃO PAULO SIMÕES. A critic is nothing but a well-informed individual with a megaphone, as a fellow Portuguese filmmaker once said on a ha…

 JOÃO PAULO SIMÕES.

A critic is nothing but a well-informed individual with a megaphone, as a fellow Portuguese filmmaker once said on a ha