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A Magazine for Sheffield

Issue 61 April 2013

In April 2008, we published the first issue of Now Then. Limited to 2,000 copies featuring the artwork of local hero Phlegm, it was a simple black and white affair. Looking back, we were learning on the job, but the reception was great and we kept at it. Five years on and miraculously we are still here, releasing our 61st issue with artwork from Phlegm. Full circle.

First and foremost we want to thank everyone who has been involved in making Now Then what it is today – artists, writers, poets, local traders, proof readers, van drivers, printers and readers. Now Then is a community mag and as such you make it what it is.

This month we have some great pieces for you, including an interview with botanist and fungus expert Dr Patrick Harding, an article on the Fairness Commission, an unpublished poem from Simon Armitage in the Word Life section, full listings for the University’s Lyric Festival next month, and a feature on jazz in Sheffield. The Phlegm artwork featured is mostly unreleased, and will form the basis of a new book he is working on as we speak. He prefers to let his art speak for itself, so instead of an artist interview we have allocated more pages to his fantastically intricate work.

We are also producing another Now Then ale this year in conjunction with Abbeydale Brewery as a celebration of our fifth birthday, which should be getting delivered to establishments all over Sheffield and beyond as you read this. Sample it and see what you think. For Twitter regulars, use the hashtag #nowthen5 to share your thoughts and find out which pubs and bars are serving it.


We are delighted to announce that we are official media sponsors of this year’s Doc/Fest, Sheffield’s premier film and documentary festival. The May and June magazines will feature exclusive content and big name interviews to complement the Doc/Fest programme, and we will collaborate on a very special all-day event including film screenings, live music and poetry as part of the festival, which runs from 12th to 16th June. Stay tuned for more details.


This month's articles

Localcheck Anarchism.

I want to wear a Free Bradley Manning t-shirt around Sheffield, but I probably won't. It could get me into arguments on topics that I…

Fairness: Who decides what is fair?

At the end of January the Sheffield Fairness Commission released its final report. The Commission was a group of people from faith groups,…

Sound Record Store Day.

Since 2008, sales of vinyl records in the UK have jumped from the million mark to just over five million. The resurgence in record sales…


Serves 2. 100g dried flat rice noodles 3 tbsp sunflower oil 2 eggs, lightly beaten 2 garlic cloves, chopped 200g small, raw prawns,…

Filmreel Mental Health in Film.

JOÃO PAULO SIMÕES. There's a scene at the core of Andrzej Zulawski's 1981 film Possession that will stay with you forever, if you ever dare…