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The Big Issue 6/14/2021

The Big Issue is one of Britain’s leading news and cultural magazines. Every week’s edition is packed full of original takes on the biggest issues of the day as well as interviews with the most significant figures in politics and entertainment. The Big Issue was founded 1991 to give people experiencing homelessness the opportunity to earn their own income. We continue to support hundreds of vendors across the UK and all proceeds from sales go to help anyone wanting to lift themselves out of poverty.

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United Kingdom
Dennis Publishing UK
$5.37(Incl. tax)
$70.02(Incl. tax)
13 Issues

in this issue

4 min
the cats and dogs of japan (and their owners) no longer homeless because of street cat bob

Street Cat Bob died last June, but he is still having a positive impact on many lives. The much-missed moggy helped Big Issue vendor and busker James Bowen beat addiction and became the subject of a series of bestselling books and blockbuster films, winning an army of devoted fans around the world. His was a story of one man and his cat, but millions could relate. It shone a spotlight on big issues, including homelessness, and changed the perception of people experiencing that kind of trauma. In Japan, a country famous for its love of cats, Bob was massive. James and Bob took a trip there to promote their film A Street Cat Named Bob and were besieged by followers. Every time Bob was on the cover of The Big Issue, we would…

2 min
homeless in cornwall back on the streets to ‘make room for g7 summit’

Stuart Lee, 44, had been staying in the Premier Inn hotel in Helston, Cornwall, for five months through the Everyone In scheme before he was asked to leave on Friday May 28. Stuart insisted the booking was reviewed every fortnight at the hotel where he was staying with two other rough sleepers. He said it was not renewed, however, as Carbis Bay, a 30-minute drive from Helston, prepared to host world leaders last weekend. That left Stuart sleeping rough once again. He said: “I was told by hotel staff that I would have to leave because they need the room for the G7 summit. “The council has been booking us in every two weeks but there is no space for us. I’m gutted. I’m back on the street again. I’ve been ringing around…

1 min
supportyour local vendor

VENDORS Following a long lockdown, vendors in England, Scotland and Wales are back out selling the magazine. Please continue to support them. SUBSCRIPTIONS AND SHOPS Since the first lockdown in March last year, we have supported our vendors with more than £1m of financial assistance to make up for lost sales. We still need your help to make sure we can continue to support them through uncertain times. HOW YOU CAN HELP 1. If your local vendor is selling The Big Issue, please buy from them. Vendors buy magazines for £1.50 and sell for £3, keeping the difference and working their way out of poverty. 2. If you cannot buy from a vendor, subscriptions to the magazine are available on a three, six or 12-month basis with a new edition delivered to your door each week.…

2 min

GET IN TOUCH letters@bigissue.com @bigissue /bigissueUK @bigissueuk Walk of life Big Issue vendor Richard Cotterill is currently walking the length of Britain. Last week we saw him set o›f from John O’Groats and he’s sent us updates from the road… When we went to press, Richard had reached Tyndrum in Stirlingshire, where he was enjoying a rest day. He said: “I’m going to sleep, wash my hair in the stream and cut my beard off. I look like Worzel Gummidge! I can’t remember enjoying anything so much in my life ever. These last two weeks in Scotland have been the best of my life. I’m on a real high.” After reading the article on Richard Cotterill’s UK walk from your latest issue I wanted to get in touch and give praise to that piece and his story. I…

3 min
culture wars are nothing but stubble

When I was a student, I did something I’m not proud of. Even though it was pre-internet days there is a still an indelible record. You can’t escape your past. Early on in my time at college I grew a goatee beard. There are photographs. In some of them I look comfortable, unapologetic even, about the thing on my face. It stayed there for quite a period of time. Some people suit goatees – early Beat poets, pirates, eastern European gangsters in crime dramas. I was none of these things. At some point I must have thought it made me look exotic and irresistible. It didn’t. I stand before you today not to offer any apology. I was a student. Even Weller had wilderness years immediately after The Style Council. I’m admitting it,…

4 min
just the job

HOW TO IDENTIFY YOUR SKILLS AND STRENGTHS “Before an applicant can sell their skills, they need to know what they are,” says Tammy Harman, specialist career coach at Evenbreak, an accessible job search site for disabled people. Start by asking yourself three questions: What skills do I have? How will an employer value them? How can I prove I have them? • Write a list “Sit down and list all the jobs you’ve done and all the activities you did there. Harrow it down further and think about the skills you used,” says Harman. “Skills aren’t just about the workplace, they can be from any aspect of your life.” • Talk it out “For some people it works to sit down with someone else and talk about the things that you’ve done,” says Harman. “Different things…