Issue 1239

11 Jun 2018
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About this issue: Overview

Michael Ryan lost two children to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) while living in the close vicinity of a waste incinerator and conducted research linking the two. He accuses leading children’s charity the Lullaby Trust of ignoring his research in its own long-delayed report on SIDS and air pollution.

Mylo Kaye offers an inspirational account challenging the assumption that entrepreneurship is born of privilege. His life was turned upside down when he lost his job and flat but from a low point he created a successful website business. He hasn’t forgotten the tough times living in hostels and facing mental health problems, so explains how his company offers support to the homeless and those in similar situations.

Roger Ratcliffe jumped on board the poetry train to celebrate the work of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes while Stuart Holmes chats to beloved Yorkshireman Brian Blessed – not only actor but conservationist, mountaineer and potential astronaut – who is on tour sharing his stories and reminding us anything is possible!

Columnist Saskia Murphy asks who should be held responsible for the war on plastic and urges consumers to think carefully about which products to purchase, albeit with difficulty, in today’s supermarkets. Plus we hear from Cressida Cowell, author of the successful children’s book series How To Train Your Dragon in an honest letter to her younger self, and we have a Q&A with Melissa Broder, author of the erotic novel The Pisces.