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Issue 97 April 2016

We are continually humbled when another year passes and we’re still here. It’s been a long journey for us – starting out without any background or experience in publishing, learning from our mistakes and building Now Then from the ground up. But it’s not over. We want to carry on meeting new people, forming new partnerships, doing good work and telling the stories of Sheffield better. If you want to join us, get in touch.

The Festival of Debate is in full swing and continues this month and next. Take a look at page 34 for the lowdown. My recommendations are Nigel Slack’s event on next month’s ‘all out’ Council election (14 Apr, Town Hall), the EU Referendum panel discussion (20 Apr, St Mary’s Church) and the talk from Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell (21 Apr, SU), who is interviewed in this issue. Abbeydale Brewery are also kindly brewing us another festival beer, Why Not Give A Toss?, which will be available soon at all fine establishments in the city.

We are pleased to be featuring the work of internationally renowned visual artist Bridget Riley. Get yourself down to her exhibition, Venice and Beyond, Paintings 1967-1972, which runs at Graves Gallery until 25 June.

And to everyone who has been involved with Now Then in any way since we started out: thank you.

This month’s mix via The Night Train. You can catch their show on SheffieldLive radio on Thursday nights.

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This month's articles

Localcheck Freedom of the press-gang

“Arguing that you don’t care about privacy because you have nothing to hide is like saying you don’t care about freedom of speech because yo…

Foodhall: A New Kind of Public Space

We live in a globalised world, but despite being the most connected generation ever, cooking and eating communally has become harder. The mo…

Eat Your Greens

Recipe by Charley Roberts, The Incredible Nutshell Serves 2 2 portions of pasta 200-240g spinach 4 veggie sausages 3 garlic cloves A …

Cool Beans April Fool / Wine Notes #3

APRIL FOOL Dear Advice Arnold, I am a 54 year old woman from East Hampshire. I enjoy dog walking and used to enjoy the music of Rolf Harri…

Sound The importance of improvisation

Music in our schools is important now more than ever. Our children deserve to experience all the depth and richness of a musical education, …

Wet Nuns & Guests / The Altered Hours

5 March Academy The tragic news of Alexis Gotts' death in November 2014 hit Sheffield a lot harder than he probably would have ever imagine…

Bibio: A Mineral Love

Even after more than a decade as a recording artist with Mush and now Warp Records, West Midlander Stephen Wilkinson crafts sounds that rema…

Headsup Wrought Festival

Wrought Festival will happen from 15 to 17 April at The Hide, Scotland Street. The basis of Wrought is one-to-one and micro-audience perform…