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The Big Issue

The Big Issue 17-06-19

The Big Issue is a UK-based street paper that supports the homeless, the vulnerably housed and those seeking to escape poverty. Vendors normally buy the magazine for £1.25 and sell to the public for £2.50. We are using Zinio digital editions to create additonal revenue opportunities to fund our street-based and pastoral care services for our vendors. We are a social enterprise company and all revenues go to support the vulnerable communities we serve. Our goal is to move our vendors away from dependency and towards full time employment

United Kingdom
Dennis Publishing UK
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£2.51(Incl. tax)
£129.96(Incl. tax)
51 Issues


4 min.
the big list.

01 Marvel at maps of the Moon From 17th and 18th century astronomers such as Athanasius Kircher and Jean-Dominique Cassini to Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, for over 300 years mankind has been getting celestial with cartography. This exhibition assembles rare lunar maps of varying sophistication and accuracy from throughout the ages – handy viewing in case you ever get lost up there. The Map House, London, June 21-August 21; blog.themaphouse.com 02 See music stars under the stars at Nocturne Live The series of open-air shows in a stately setting offers something for everyone, be it Gladys Knight with support from Sister Sledge, Lauryn Hill and Laura Mvula, or Kylie Minogue with Sophie Ellis-Bextor. Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, June 20-23; nocturnelive.com 03 Get lippy with Big Issue Shop T-shirts Bold, seductive paintings of voluptuous lips…

1 min.

@SiobhanHRSheri Remembering advice from my lovely friend Paul who sells @BigIssue in Westminster. ‘Don’t go to work before you get to work. Look around you and notice the colour that only you can bring into the day.’ @PrismDocuments Yet again @BigIssue (no. 1362) surprises with insightful no-punches-pulled analysis, from food poverty to progressive property taxation to libraries to community storytelling and more. And the odd eyebrow raising ad for good measure: I had never heard of humanwrites. Take a look. @aktcharity Thank you #AndrewScott for helping raise awareness of akt and LGBTQ+ youth homelessness in the @BigIssue @mmaryannwright Exactly, @PauldMcNamee. What world does Chancellor Philip Hammond live in? Clearly not the real one but a cushy fantasy completely unrepresentative of reality. @bobcrazydaisy Bought my @BigIssue from a seller with a contactless machine today. Impressed that I didnt need to…

2 min.

Rights and wrongs I bought The Big Issue from your vendor in Sudbury, Suffolk, and found the photo in The Big Picture [Sand and Sacrifice, June 3-9] very poignant. However I found the final paragraph to be quite offensive. To refer to the forces of Nazi Germany as “far right” is shameful. As we know Hitler’s ideology was basically to exterminate or violently subdue any people who got in his way. Today many people are falsely labelled “far right” for merely expressing an alternative opinion to that of a particular world view. The writer appeared to agree with critics that President Trump’s presence was unwelcome. I believe that he was rightly welcomed, also that President Putin should have been invited, as without the Russian war effort the defeat of Nazism would have dragged on beyond summer…

1 min.
catch on to a great new read

@stephenfry John Bird (founder of The Big Issue) has launched a rather remarkable new magazine. Called @ChapterCatcher it’s crammed full of chapters, putting writer and reader directly in touch with each other. For a copy zip over to your local library or bookshop. @johnbirdswords What a privilege to welcome @stephenfry to @HoStBarnabas for the launch of our new magazine, @ChapterCatcher @samatlounge The @chaptercatcher event I went to last night was very cool. First literary event I've ever been to where the two people on stage were ex-cons (@johnbirdswords @stephenfry) and incredibly inspiring to hear the part books have played in their lives. @Kartik__Raj Amazing initiative from Baron @johnbirdswords https://twitter.com/guardianedu/st … - @ChapterCatcher for more https://www.bigissue.com/latest/john-bird-launches-new-magazine-to-get-the-nation-reading-deeper/… via his other brainchild @BigIssue @TLCUK This news is important & significant. Big Issue founder John Bird launches a new quarterly literary magazine to…

2 min.

Calendar showcases photography of London’s rough sleepers An exhibition of photographs snapped by homeless people across London is to be turned into a calendar raising money for rough sleepers. Last month organisers of the MyLondon Photo Project handed out 100 disposable cameras to homeless people at St Paul’s Cathedral. Richard Fletcher captured a shot of a flower blooming in a London gutter. He said: “I was in Charterhouse Square when I noticed this flower. Straight away the symbolism hit me about on the one hand being homeless, but if you keep trying hard enough, you will eventually blossom.” Last week members of the public visiting the Spitalfields Arts Market exhibition voted for which picture they thought should be the cover of the calendar – which is available for pre-order now – with the winner…

1 min.
do you eat a credit card every week?

HOW IT WAS TOLD Microplastics are causing a planet-sized problem. Our reliance on single-use plastics results in them polluting our oceans before tiny fragments break off, seriously damaging marine life. But on June 12 papers took the panic up a notch. Reports in the UK and across the world warned that the average person eats 5g of plastic every week, the same amount used to make a credit card, because plastic pollution is so severe it’s contaminating our food. Take, for instance, the Mirror’s “Average person ingests equivalent of a credit card of plastic every WEEK”, with similar stories in The Independent, the Evening Standard, the Daily Mail, Metro, The Sun and The Telegraph. The story’s international coverage was far-reaching too. CNN went for: “You could be swallowing a credit card’s weight in plastic…