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The Big Issue 9/20/2021

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.

United Kingdom
Dennis Publishing UK
$5.46(Incl. tax)
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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
grin and tonic

Each week I and many others look for Ana outside Waitrose in Crowborough, East Sussex. Her smiling face and kind words are always a tonic. Life has not been easy for Ana. She has five children and her mother helps with childcare so Ana can travel three days a week or more from Croydon to Crowborough to sell the magazine. Ana came to the UK from Moldova and while she speaks very good English she has not been able to learn to read and write in English to enable her to improve her work opportunities. So, apart from some cleaning jobs, she is pretty stuck. Hopefully some assistance can be found so that Ana can look forward in the longer term to a more stable future with more choices, and perhaps nearer her…

2 min

Your views on the big issues @bigissue RE: THE CONNOR BROTHERS’ BIG ISSUE TAKEOVER [SEVTECBEY 6] @bevbostock Having a #MellowSaturday reading the latest edition and listening to @greentea_peng What a find! Loving, loving, loving everything we are hearing from her. Thanks for the introduction! letters@bigissue.com Senior service Just a word to the Connor Brothers [September 6]. Don’t disparage yourselves for being middle aged. All ages matter. When I was young we were as passionate as today’s young people, but people of all ages were involved in protests. In 1961 the philosopher Bertrand Russell was arrested on an anti-nuclear demonstration aged 89. Archbishop Desmond Tutu campaigned against apartheid, and he was no spring chicken. Now, of course, our own John Bird is a great example of elderly (forever young) people supporting the younger generation. As for bunting,…

2 min
support your local vendor!

VENDORS The last 18 months have been a turbulent time for everyone, our vendors included. Following a long lockdown where they were not able to sell magazines on the streets, vendors in England, Scotland and Wales are now back out selling the magazine. Please continue to support them. Even if you have already bought a magazine, please stop and chat. As we hear time and time again, it’s getting out and about for social interaction that can really make a difference, as well as the money that comes from selling the magazine, of course. SUBSCRIPTIONS AND SHOPS When vendors were unable to sell, we knew we had to continue to support them financially. We did that by finding alternate ways to sell magazines. Subscriptions can be bought for yourself – or they make a…

4 min
thirty years on, the force is still strong in us

There is one thing of which I’m certain. When John Bird and Gordon Roddick launched The Big Issue in 1991 they didn’t predict that in the week the title marked its 30th anniversary, a pop star’s remarks about her cousin’s friend’s testicles, related to a viral pandemic, would make global news. Or that the British PM would get involved in the chat. But that, as the kids say, is the tea. Things move quickly. In 1991 the USSR still existed, but not for much longer, the internet was still about four years from getting its boots on, and being woke was what happened when your mother came in to tell you that you were late for school. Hicki Minaj and her unfeasibly large impotent testicles were beyond the ken of all of us. Through all…

14 min
30 moments that made the big issue

01. Issue 1 September 1991 Sn 1991, homelessness was a big issue. Between 2,000 and 3,000 people were sleeping rough on the streets of London alone. Urgent action was needed and Gordon Roddick, co-founder of The Body Shop with his wife Anita, had a plan. Snspired by a project he’d come across in New York, he decided to start a magazine that people who needed to earn an income could buy cheaply and sell on, pocketing the difference and working their way out of poverty. He asked John Bird, an old acquaintance who he’d met in an Edinburgh pub in 1967, to be the editor and The Big Sssue was born (read all about issue 1 on page 24). Thirty years on, The Big Sssue has given a hand up not…

1 min
ready for our close-up

We are delighted to share the exciting news that post-production is under way on a feature documentary that explores homelessness through the history of this magazine. Called Still The Big Issue, the documentary promises to be a hard-hitting, informative, heartfelt and inspiring film that gets beneath the skin of the problem of rough sleeping and homelessness. It will interrogate why homelessness is still such a big issue after so many years, what is stopping the solutions that could prevent it happening and what can actually be done now. Taking part are some of our vendors alongside other people with lived experience and those who work on the frontline. The film is being made by acclaimed director Lorna Tucker (Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist and Amá), whose own life has crossed paths with The Big…