Issue 1184

22 May 2017
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About this issue: Overview

It’s Big Issue North’s comic edition. With the help of artist Amy Evans we’ve turned our feature pages into cartoon strips. You can read about how Liverpool comic book shop owner Lucy Myatt saved her business by becoming a YouTube video sensation, why some people are advocating microdosing with LSD for therapeutic reasons, and whether dog lovers should own pugs, given all the health problems their breeding has given them.

Elsewhere, the magazine may be less colourful but is no less interesting. There’s a preview of a new West Yorkshire Playhouse production of Steinbeck’s classic The Grapes of Wrath, reviews of albums by Harry Styles, Pumarosa and more, and an interview with leading young adult writer Cassandra Clare, author of the Dark Artifices trilogy.

Andy Burnham, the new mayor of Greater Manchester, tells us how he’s going to put flesh on the bones of his campaign commitment to end rough sleeping in the area. He also says he’s encouraged by Labour’s “bold” manifesto for the general election.

Comedy writer Graham Linehan, creator of Father Ted, The Fast Show and The IT Crowd, writes a letter to his younger self, columnist Ali Schofield has politics on her mind, there’s our crossword, Sudoku and more.