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Issue 85 April 2015

We’ve been really pleased with attendance at Festival of Debate events so far. Owen Jones and Shami Chakrabarti drew big crowds at the SU, but the more grassroots, community discussions have also been popular and really productive. It’s great to see so many people engaged in important topics that affect them ahead of the General Election on 7 May. There’s plenty more to come before that though, including writer and activist George Monbiot at the SU on 16 April and rapper Akala at Plug on 30 April, both interviewed in this issue. Find festival listings at festivalofdebate.com.

Believe it or not, this is our 7th birthday issue. Thanks to everyone who has worked with us in any capacity over the years. Long may it continue. We’ve got one of our favourite past featured artists, Alison Lambert, back this month. Read our interview with her. Her work continues to amaze us, four years on from her first appearance in NT#39.

Solid house and garage mix this month via local DJ Autograff.

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This month's articles

Localcheck Keeping It Real

These words are written in order to explain things which can't be summed up in a simple slogan. It's more complicated and I need to explain.…

These words are written in order to explain things which can't be summed up in a simple slogan. It's more complicated and I need to explain.

The Childish City: What does your child do?

I'm walking home from work through Weston Park. Two toddlers are chasing the ducks. The parents are on high alert, sensing the dangers of th…

I'm walking home from work through Weston Park. Two toddlers are chasing the ducks. The parents are on high alert, sensing the dangers of th

George Monbiot: Rewilding The World

George Monbiot is a writer, journalist, political activist and outspoken environmentalist with a weekly column in The Guardian. His most rec…

George Monbiot is a writer, journalist, political activist and outspoken environmentalist with a weekly column in The Guardian. His most rec

Best of British

Recipe by Simon Ayres, Cross Scythes Serves 2 175g passed baked potato 20g ‘00’ pasta flour 1 egg yolk 20g chopped pistachio 1 bunch …

 Recipe by Simon Ayres, Cross Scythes
 Serves 2
175g passed baked potato
 20g ‘00’ pasta flour
 1 egg yolk 
 20g chopped pistachio
 1 bunch 

Julian Peters / John Philip Johnson

We have something a bit different for you this month. Julian Peters is an illustrator based state-side who makes illustrated comics out of p…

We have something a bit different for you this month. Julian Peters is an illustrator based state-side who makes illustrated comics out of p

Cool Beans Guide To Passing Your Driving Test

Much like taking your first steps as a child, getting your first job that pays half the minimum wage and attending your first swingers’ part…

Much like taking your first steps as a child, getting your first job that pays half the minimum wage and attending your first swingers’ part

Alison Lambert: Human Presences

It’s always a pleasure to return to an artist we have featured in the past. In the case of London-based Alison Lambert, it was June 2011 (NT…

It’s always a pleasure to return to an artist we have featured in the past. In the case of London-based Alison Lambert, it was June 2011 (NT

Sound Novelty

I've been saying for years that, so far as genuine novelty is concerned, music is all over bar the shouting. I've decided it's high time I s…

I've been saying for years that, so far as genuine novelty is concerned, music is all over bar the shouting. I've decided it's high time I s

Computer Club Algorave / San Soda / Sivu / Bonetti / Kiran Leonard

20 March Access Space What the heck is algorave, I hear you ask? It's a portmanteau: the melding of algorithm and rave, used to describe mu…

20 March
 Access Space
What the heck is algorave, I hear you ask? It's a portmanteau: the melding of algorithm and rave, used to describe mu

Akala: Knowledge is Power

Originating from the grime scene, Akala has gone on to produce several albums, a graphic novel and the Hip Hop Shakespeare Company, an initi…

Originating from the grime scene, Akala has gone on to produce several albums, a graphic novel and the Hip Hop Shakespeare Company, an initi

Headsup Sheffield Food Collective

It’s organisations like Sheffield Food Collective that really give you a sense of pride in our city’s community spirit. Set up by a couple o…

It’s organisations like Sheffield Food Collective that really give you a sense of pride in our city’s community spirit. Set up by a couple o

Filmreel Goodbye To Language / Queer Presence

Let me take you back in time. I was going up those creaky spiralling stairs to meet who I believed to be a future collaborator in my filmma…

 Let me take you back in time. I was going up those creaky spiralling stairs to meet who I believed to be a future collaborator in my filmma