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Shappi Khorsandi: ‘I’d tell my 16-year-old self, you have ADHD. That’s why you failed your GCSEs’
Culture

Shappi Khorsandi: ‘I’d tell my 16-year-old self, you have ADHD. That’s why you failed your GCSEs’

Comedian turned author Shappi Khorsandi discusses racism, meeting her hero Billy Connolly and overcoming the odds in her Letter To My Younger Self.

‘The system is controlled by gatekeepers – Black creators are doing it their own way’
Culture

‘The system is controlled by gatekeepers – Black creators are doing it their own way’

Photographer and filmmaker Simon Frederick’s new YouTube series The Outsiders? features Clara Amfo, Ncuti Gatwa, Reni Eddo-Lodge, Alex Scott and Jamal Edwards.

‘Culture is who we are and what we do, not something for any sort of elite’
Culture

‘Culture is who we are and what we do, not something for any sort of elite’

Fighting back from the devastating impact of Covid on the cultural economy is a major challenge – so it’s no surprise when City of Culture 2025 opened for applications this year it got an unprecedented level of interest. Southampton is one of the final eight in the running for the title and SO25 Bid Director, Claire Whitaker, explains why the taking part could be as important as winning the game…

Get your entries in for The Big Issue’s Christmas Kids Cover Competition
Art

Get your entries in for The Big Issue’s Christmas Kids Cover Competition

Isata and Sheku Kanneh-Mason: Our home was rich with music
Music

Isata and Sheku Kanneh-Mason: Our home was rich with music

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Nathan Filer’s podcast Why Do I Feel is a series of beautifully told stories
Culture

Nathan Filer’s podcast Why Do I Feel is a series of beautifully told stories

How Ridley Road joins the dots between a housing crisis and the rise of the far right
TV

How Ridley Road joins the dots between a housing crisis and the rise of the far right

The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki: A deeply profound novel about human connection
Books

The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki: A deeply profound novel about human connection

Bewilderment by Richard Powers: Packs a hell of a punch
Books

Bewilderment by Richard Powers: Packs a hell of a punch

The Jazz is Dead label avoids being a vanity project to create something entirely new
Music

The Jazz is Dead label avoids being a vanity project to create something entirely new

Author Fiona Valpy discovers the real Casablanca
Books

Author Fiona Valpy discovers the real Casablanca

Five of the worst sexist costumes on sale this Halloween
Culture

Five of the worst sexist costumes on sale this Halloween

Venom: Let There Be Carnage is another missed opportunity for a superhero-horror crossover
Film

Venom: Let There Be Carnage is another missed opportunity for a superhero-horror crossover

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Fab films: The best documentaries about The Beatles
Music

Fab films: The best documentaries about The Beatles

Billy Bragg: ‘There’s nothing worse than giving in to your own cynicism’
Music

Billy Bragg: ‘There’s nothing worse than giving in to your own cynicism’

Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds reveals the music that saved his life
Music

Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds reveals the music that saved his life

Top 5 books about the Windrush Generation, chosen by author Paul Mendez
Books

Top 5 books about the Windrush Generation, chosen by author Paul Mendez

Exclusive: David Lloyd’s unseen drafts of iconic V for Vendetta mask
Art

Exclusive: David Lloyd’s unseen drafts of iconic V for Vendetta mask

Top 5 books for children, chosen by Matt Lucas
Books

Top 5 books for children, chosen by Matt Lucas

Checkout 19 by Claire-Louise Bennett: ‘Unlike anything you’ve read before’
Books

Checkout 19 by Claire-Louise Bennett: ‘Unlike anything you’ve read before’

Dinner Party: A Tragedy by Sarah Gilmartin: ‘A compulsive narrative drive’
Books

Dinner Party: A Tragedy by Sarah Gilmartin: ‘A compulsive narrative drive’

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Roger Taylor on Elvis, Freddie Mercury’s belief in Queen and his weekend with Bowie
Music

Roger Taylor on Elvis, Freddie Mercury’s belief in Queen and his weekend with Bowie

The best under-the-radar films to see at this year’s London Film Festival
Film

The best under-the-radar films to see at this year’s London Film Festival

Read this exclusive poem about homelessness by Ian McMillan
Books

Read this exclusive poem about homelessness by Ian McMillan

You know that unmistakeable James Bond film look? Here’s how it’s created
Film

You know that unmistakeable James Bond film look? Here’s how it’s created

The real Q: James Bond special effects guru reveals the secrets to 007’s stunts
Film

The real Q: James Bond special effects guru reveals the secrets to 007’s stunts

Roger Taylor: ‘I just wish I’d got to say goodbye to Freddie’
Music

Roger Taylor: ‘I just wish I’d got to say goodbye to Freddie’

Top 5 dystopian novels, featuring Isaac Asimov and Iain M Banks
Books

Top 5 dystopian novels, featuring Isaac Asimov and Iain M Banks

The Great British Bake Off shows there’s still hope for the country
TV

The Great British Bake Off shows there’s still hope for the country

The Paper Tigers: Kung Fu caper punches above its weight
Film

The Paper Tigers: Kung Fu caper punches above its weight

Here’s what happened when Christopher Eccleston had a heart-to-heart with Big Issue seller Clive
Culture

Here’s what happened when Christopher Eccleston had a heart-to-heart with Big Issue seller Clive

Nina Simone’s Gum by Warren Ellis: A delightful diary of Ellis’s musical life and friendships
Books

Nina Simone’s Gum by Warren Ellis: A delightful diary of Ellis’s musical life and friendships

Top 5 books about faceless bureaucracies, from Catch-22 to The Handmaid’s Tale
Books

Top 5 books about faceless bureaucracies, from Catch-22 to The Handmaid’s Tale