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A Magazine for Sheffield

Issue 98 May 2016

You may have noticed that, as well as last month celebrating our 8th birthday, Now Then is approaching its 100th issue. This will fall in July, a month when we wouldn’t usually print a magazine, but stay tuned. We will endeavour to put an extra special something out.

We have entered the last month of our Festival of Debate spring season. My recommendations are: Chris T-T on protest music (Sat 7 May, Eten Cafe, £7 +bf), the Engaging and Influencing Parliament workshop (Wed 11 May, HUBS, Free), In Conversation with Julian Assange (Thu 12 May, SU, £10 +bf), and Devolution: Now What? (Thu 19 May, Central United Reformed Church, Free). Head to for the full May programme.

I interviewed Wikileaks founder Julian Assange for this issue ahead of the event on 12 May. We realise that our decision to host him in Sheffield via video link is not one that everyone will agree with. If you want to read our thoughts on this, head to the Festival blog.

I’d particularly recommend reading Laurence Peacock’s piece on tax havens and Nigel Slack’s piece on the Sheffield City Region devolution deal. We’ve also got colourful, precise artwork from the Leeds-based Lost Fox for your delectation.

An in-house and eclectic mix for this month. Hit play and listen as you read.


This month's articles

Localcheck The Vegans Are Coming

I must admit to being vegan and a bit embarrassed about it. I made the decision to avoid meat, eggs and dairy products years ago, but also…

Devolution Deal: Signed & Sealed?

Friday 18 March's full council meeting voted to ratify the so-called 'devolution' deal that first came out of its closet in October last…

Live / stage review New Dawn Fades

A Story About Joy Division and Manchester 22 April, Leadmill Ian Curtis once remarked that, “I struggle between what I know is right in my…

Mark Pritchard: Under The Sun

Mark Pritchard is one of the most prolific electronic musicians of the last few decades. He has released under many aliases and in…

Headsup Stay Safe, Stay Sheffield

Sheffield may be the safest big city in the UK, but the death of a young woman after leaving a nightclub last November highlighted the…

Cool Beans Tax Dodge / Capitalism

Dear Advice Arnold, I’ve recently come into possession of a tidy sum of money. I don’t want the grubby, urchin-like taxman getting his…