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Christopher Eccleston opens up on ’emotional’ London Marathon race: ‘This has been the hardest run’
London Marathon

Christopher Eccleston opens up on ’emotional’ London Marathon race: ‘This has been the hardest run’

Christopher Eccleston ran 26.2 miles – then spoke to the Big Issue about his epic London Marathon fundraising effort

Olly Murs on mental health and losing Caroline Flack: ‘She visits me in my dreams – it’s lovely’
Mental health

Olly Murs on mental health and losing Caroline Flack: ‘She visits me in my dreams – it’s lovely’

The singer and new dad has penned a letter to his younger self in this week’s Big Issue

Labi Siffre: ‘I’ve had far more difficulties in my life due to being a homosexual than being Black’
Letter To My Younger Self

Labi Siffre: ‘I’ve had far more difficulties in my life due to being a homosexual than being Black’

He is more critical of himself than anybody, but his songs have made an impact

Prospect Cottage: See inside artist Derek Jarman’s seaside home for the first time
Photography

Prospect Cottage: See inside artist Derek Jarman’s seaside home for the first time

Weighted Down: The Complicated Life of Skip Spence review – sensitive portrait of a free spirit
Books

Weighted Down: The Complicated Life of Skip Spence review – sensitive portrait of a free spirit

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‘When I was mentally ill, I could only listen to hard techno’: Why is music so important to us?
Music

‘When I was mentally ill, I could only listen to hard techno’: Why is music so important to us?

Top 5 books about the Troubles, chosen by bestselling author Henry Hemming 
Books

Top 5 books about the Troubles, chosen by bestselling author Henry Hemming 

Cocktails with George and Martha by Philip Gefter review – art imitating life in a war of egos  
Books

Cocktails with George and Martha by Philip Gefter review – art imitating life in a war of egos  

Mena Massoud on life after Aladdin, confidence and the problem with roles for actors of colour
Film

Mena Massoud on life after Aladdin, confidence and the problem with roles for actors of colour

Remembering Tim Hetherington, a fearless photojournalist and friend who died in Libya
Photojournalism

Remembering Tim Hetherington, a fearless photojournalist and friend who died in Libya

New play Capital! explores Edinburgh’s financial history through eyes of Big Issue vendor
Theatre

New play Capital! explores Edinburgh’s financial history through eyes of Big Issue vendor

Jingoism of Rule, Britannia! has long felt shameful. Is it finally time for BBC Proms to axe it?
Music

Jingoism of Rule, Britannia! has long felt shameful. Is it finally time for BBC Proms to axe it?

Helen Lederer: ‘There was no room for more women on TV in the 80s and 90s, the slots were taken’
Letter To My Younger Self

Helen Lederer: ‘There was no room for more women on TV in the 80s and 90s, the slots were taken’

Top 5 books on future tech and video game fiction, chosen by star YA author Triona Campbell
Books

Top 5 books on future tech and video game fiction, chosen by star YA author Triona Campbell

Zayn Malik: ‘I wanted to forge my own path, write my own story and see the world’
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Zayn Malik: ‘I wanted to forge my own path, write my own story and see the world’

We owe children an apology for the state of the nation, says Caledonian Road author Andrew O’Hagan
Books

We owe children an apology for the state of the nation, says Caledonian Road author Andrew O’Hagan

Zayn Malik speaks on new music, home city Bradford and identity: ‘I’m a very Northern man’
Music

Zayn Malik speaks on new music, home city Bradford and identity: ‘I’m a very Northern man’

Nish Kumar: ‘My experience of being a brown man in Britain shifted after 9/11’
Letter To My Younger Self

Nish Kumar: ‘My experience of being a brown man in Britain shifted after 9/11’

This Town cast and crew on how unrest and disruption forges creative genius: ‘Music is the heart’
TV

This Town cast and crew on how unrest and disruption forges creative genius: ‘Music is the heart’

Top 5 inventive, speculative fiction books – chosen by poet and playwright Joelle Taylor
Books

Top 5 inventive, speculative fiction books – chosen by poet and playwright Joelle Taylor

Civil War director Alex Garland on ChatGPT, 28 Years Later and why Britain is like a ‘pet cat’
Film

Civil War director Alex Garland on ChatGPT, 28 Years Later and why Britain is like a ‘pet cat’

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Gillian Anderson, Billie Piper and Rufus Sewell on recreating Prince Andrew’s car-crash interview in Scoop
Film

Gillian Anderson, Billie Piper and Rufus Sewell on recreating Prince Andrew’s car-crash interview in Scoop

Artist with autism uses drawing to make sense of the trauma of losing his home
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Artist with autism uses drawing to make sense of the trauma of losing his home

Io Capitano director Matteo Garrone on why a refugee’s journey is so much more than small boats
Film

Io Capitano director Matteo Garrone on why a refugee’s journey is so much more than small boats

‘Everyone has a story’: Watch The Beautiful Game stars explain why Homeless World Cup is so important
Film

‘Everyone has a story’: Watch The Beautiful Game stars explain why Homeless World Cup is so important