Issue 1240

18 Jun 2018
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About this issue: Overview

In this week’s Big Issue North…

Takeaway food for thought
Kevin Gopal, Big Issue North editor, explains why we encourage you to buy the magazine – and to take your copy when you’ve paid for it. Vendors add their voices too.

Get your kit on
Many girls in developing countries not only lack menstrual products but are also isolated and shamed during their periods. Katie Golden visits a group of women in York who make reusable feminine hygiene kits to send out to them.

Musical influence
Dave Rowbotham was influential on the Manchester post-punk music scene before his violent death. Filmmaker Colin O’Toole hopes his semi-fictional account of Rowbotham’s life will repay the musicians’s act of kindness when he was a child. By Richard Smirke.

Aerial view
BBC Radio Leeds joins other local stations in celebrating its 50th anniversary this month. We look back at the stations’ highlights and ask what future they have in an era of podcasts and streaming.

News, arts and entertainment, columnist Roger Ratcliffe on a soft-rock Brexit, ska star Jimmy Cliff’s letter to his younger self, crossword, Sudoku and more.