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Up for two Brit awards next week, Tom Walker's rise to stardom has followed three years of solid gigging across the world. The singer-songwriter tells Richard Smirke about growing up in a tiny Cheshire village, late night busking in London and writing about “everyday stuff”.

A new graphic novel by Ian Williams undermines the stereotype of doctors as all-knowing individuals who always follow their own advice, writes Beth Unsworth.

We wake up to the radio, have it on in the kitchen, tune in when we’re driving and even fall asleep to it. But we don’t celebrate the stations and stars like we do TV, says author Charlie Connelly. So here are some of his golden moments.

A 200-strong young theatre company is gearing up for its main stage debut in Liverpool. The director tells Steve Lee how he keeps creative energy in check while encouraging freedom and individuality.

On the news pages we hear how Headingley AFC is supporting a betting charity following the suicide of a player who had a gambling addiction. Plus there are photos from Vendor Week, when local and elected city mayors joined sports stars and musicians in selling Big Issue North to raise awareness of the importance of street papers.

Plus our usual arts, books, music and cinema coverage and a letter to his younger self from Casualty star turned Young Vic artistic director, Kwame Kwei-Armah.


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