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A Magazine for Sheffield

Issue 59 February 2013

We are back in print after a brief break last month with an art submission from Manchester-based graffiti artist and illustrator Dan Birkbeck. This is also our first mag with new designer Scott Greenway at the helm. We have got great things planned for this year, so keep your eye out for us. This issue includes articles on The Full Monty, bird watching, Fairtrade food and empty spaces in Sheffield, as well as interviews with journalist and lecturer Jonathan Foster, comedy poet John Hegley and local synth twiddlers Eccentronic Research Council. As ever, if you have feedback on the magazine or fancy trying your hand at writing for Now Then, give me a shout.

A Tribute

As we mourn the passing of Okoth Timothy Dulo (or Okie), who was taken from us in early January after a short illness, it is important that we also recognise his hugely significant contribution to the local underground music and art scenes. From Dulo to Sawa, through to his event bars and involvement with Tramlines Festival, his ability to be a driving force within music and culture in the city of Sheffield has been invaluable.

As a man, he simply wanted to bring people together to forget about their differences and have a good time. The thousands of friendships and relationships established under his creative supervision are one part of his enormous legacy. As someone else has summed up so well, and now immortalised in a piece by Kid Acne – Okie. Big Man. Big Heart. Big Smile. Rest in Peace brother. It really won’t be the same around here without you.

Scott Moncrieff & Och Dulo


This month's articles

Localcheck The Full Monty.

The film The Full Monty put Sheffield on the map as a city with humour, depth and even a bit of sexiness. You had to live here to know just…


RECIPE BY KOMAL KHAN. Banana and coffee marry beautifully in this recipe. Be sure to use green tipped bananas as they complement the…

Helen Mort / John Hegley.

The one where she trips over a cordless phone, or tiptoes past the bathroom cabinet so she won't wake the sleeping pills, gets stabbed in a…

The one where she trips over a cordless phone,
or tiptoes past the bathroom cabinet
so she won't wake the sleeping pills,
gets stabbed in a 

Sacred Economics: By Charles Eisenstein

Remember the 2012 apocalypse hype? With the benefit of hindsight (and foresight) it was easy to laugh off as some crackpot interpretation…

Dan Birkbeck: Brandalist

Dan Birkbeck is a Manchester-based artist working in a number of different disciplines, including graphic illustration, graffiti and good…

Sound Scenius.

My hometown of Portsmouth can only claim one vaguely famous musical son. Given the son in question is Joe Jackson, and he really came from…


February. February, February, February. Once voted the nation's eighth favourite month, taken from a survey of 89 men, 45 women and 4…