Issue 1302

02 Sep 2019
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About this issue: Overview

Sir Bradley Wiggins
In a letter to his younger self, the former champion cyclist recalls his tough childhood, talks about his popularity, the strains it put him under and the doping allegations – and reveals a surprising new direction in his life.

Permanent pitch
Whereas most Big Issue North vendors greet you at eye level on the streets, a new one in York is set to look down on the entire city. Christian Lisseman meets the man carving a grotesque of the vendor on to York Minster – and the real-life man who inspired him.

The trouble with witchcraft today
From dodgy faith healers and false witchcraft accusations to violent  abuse, there’s little good to be said about so-called magic. Historian Thomas Waters says we should use what’s worked in the past to challenge harmful beliefs.

Art for art’s sake
It’s no stranger for an actor to play two artists one after the other than it is to play two cops, according to Timothy Spall. After his performance as JMW Turner, he tells Richard Smirke why he’s back in a biopic of LS Lowry – and what it feels like to have his own art exhibition.


News, arts and entertainment, columnist Roger Ratcliffe on Yorkshire’s best kept secret, crossword, Sudoku and more.