Issue 1610


Zayn is more than a supernova popstar. He’s a campaigner and proud voice for positive change. Ahead of the release of his latest album, Room Under The Stairs, he has decided that speaking to The Big Issue, with exclusive new portraits, is the best way to talk about his return.

Zayn tells us about how his childhood, growing up in the city of Bradford, has influenced his life, ahead of it becoming UK City of Culture 2025.

In this special edition, he has gathered voices from Bradford, including Steven Frayne aka magician Dynamo, award-winning producer and artist Nia Archives as well as teachers, school students, an NHS nurse and more to ask them how they too were made by the place they come from.

To read more from Zayn, buy a copy of the latest Big Issue magazine, with exclusive portraits taken for the cover and interview.

Also inside

  • How the new voter ID system may stop millions from having their say at the next election
  • Ralf Little: The Death in Paradise exit interview
  • The absolutely fabulous Helen Lederer on going from comedy to Corrie’s cobbles
  • How America buying up vast chunks of Britain means the special relationship is not so special anymore
  • Author Andrew O’Hagan illustrates how a London street connects us all
  • Alex Garland tells us why his new film Civil War is as personal as it is poltical
  • Yungblud and his great festival for change
  • And Bournemouth vendor Karl tells us about his recent trip to the House of Lords

Plus much more!

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