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A Magazine for Sheffield

Issue 57 December 2012

Doesn’t time fly when you’re working hard? We are pleased to round off another year with a stellar mag, packed full of interesting articles, covering disruptive technologies, asylum, city planning, how to go about buying your first bike, and more. We also have interviews with author and parliamentary researcher Owen Jones and beatboxer Jason Singh. Turn to page 14 for our Christmas food and drink suggestions.

As you hopefully already know, Now Then Manchester is progressing well on the other side of the Pennines, with issue 2 on the streets as we speak. We’re really proud to have finally got this project off the ground. If you know anyone in Manchester who might like to be involved, from advertisers and musicians to writers and poets, drop Ian Pennington a line on ian@

This is also a significant magazine for us because it will be the last one designed by Matt Jones. Matt is moving on to work on his own art and other design projects, so to celebrate his four and a half years as Now Then art director, this month’s art submission is a portfolio of his own work.

Now Then owes a great deal of its visual identity and striking style to Jones’s work. They are pretty few and far between these days, but just compare the very first issue of Now Then with this one and you will see just how far we have come since April 2008.

We wish Matt all the best. If you want to check out his own projects in more detail, take a look at, or stop in to Cafe #9 in Nether Edge, where some of his work based on Hilbert’s Curve is currently being exhibited.

A Merry Christmas to you all. We will once again take a break from print in January, but you can find all the usual articles, reviews and interviews at in the New Year, and we will be back in the physical world in early February.


This month's articles

Six Years On.

December tends to be the time when you take stock of the past year and make plans for the coming months. I was filling out a funding…

December tends to be the time when you take stock of the past year and make plans for the coming months. I was filling out a funding applica

Mattias Jones: Line and Form

Jones and I first met quite a few years ago at the opening of a graffiti exhibition. Since then he has carved out a niche for himself.…

Sound Festival Fatigue.

Monday morning after Glastonbury Festival. The clarity of chaos is almost beautiful, biblical in scale. A city-like community, nine months…

Jason Singh: The Singh Thing

"I never, ever had the ambition to be a musician," insists Jason Singh, who now finds himself in the enviable position of being able to…

Christmas Combos.

Serves 2. Recipe by Freddie Bates. Fillet of venison (8oz/225g should be enough for 2) Wild mushrooms (if you can't find, button or…

Localcheck Planning & Good Company

PlanningOnce, on a Christmas day walk across an icy field, I came upon a poster pinned to a telegraph pole. It was the notice of a planning…

Filmreel Book Adaptations / On The Road.

JOÃO PAULO SIMÕES. Literary adaptations to the screen occur for all sorts of reasons. Whilst some come from a personal attachment a…