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From house and grime to folk and country, plus food and drink of course, we have a guide to the region’s best festivals – plus a chance to win tickets to six of them.

In one of the most remarkable stories of survival to emerge from the civil war in Syria a family who fled to Yorkshire with no money and few possessions have established a multiple award winning cheese business. Roger Ratcliffe reports.

Last month the former owner of a Cumbrian school was found guilty of historic abuse of two boys. But the case against Derrick Cooper might not have been brought at all had it not been for the determination of another victim at Underley Hall, Joseph Ryan. He speaks to Ciara Leeming about the incidents against him and his campaign for justice.

Liverpool City Council is breaking government rules by providing emergency shelter
for anyone in need in one of its shelters – regardless of whether they qualify for public funds. Mayor Joe Anderson tells us why he feels morally obliged to do so.

Plus arts and entertainment, columnist Saskia Murphy on the brave taboo-breaking film makers from Russia and Iran who have made it on to the Palme D-Or shortlist, Elvis Costello’s searingly honest letter to his younger self, and more.

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