Issue 1393

09 Aug 2021
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About this issue: Overview

Scrap of hope
Lewis sells Big Issue North but also collects unwanted metal and anything else that might be of use to him or the local people he helps. Christian Lisseman accompanies him on his memory-filled rounds. Photos and cover: Rebecca Lupton.

William Blake vs AI
What happens when artificial intelligence gets hold of the work of an 18th century visionary artist? Fantastic, almost uncannily apt results, says John Higgs – but they’re not imaginative in the way William Blake understood the word.

Question time
With live music finally back on stage, Harry Ewbank speaks to fledgling indie stars Larkins about their new track If + When? and asks about their musical influences.


News, arts and entertainment, columnist Roger Ratcliffe on moves to another Scottish independence referendum, crossword, Sudoku and more.