14 August 2015 #491

Cover Story: FICTION EDITION 2015


Cold-callers who start answering back, a birthday meal with some bitter ingredients, a family fun-park outing that gets way too bumpy… Dark and light, funny and moving – you’ll find it all in The Big Issue’s Fiction Edition. This year, our annual special has a record-busting 14 short stories and 16 extra pages – and it’s bursting with talent.

Joining best-selling and award-winning commissioned authors Graeme Simsion, SJ Watson, Maxine Beneba Clarke and Emily Bitto, is an impressive group of writers, carefully selected from close to 400 submissions: Peggy Frew, Jo Case, Kate Elkington, Melissa Beit, Sean Fallon, Lee Kofman, Mark Smith, Jane Downing and Maree Kimberley. Each story is accompanied with photographs by Christina Simons. And none of it would have been possible without support from the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.

Also in this issue:

The star of this edition’s ‘Vendor Profile’ is Jason from Brisbane. And we have ‘Streetsheet’ contributions from Ken in Melbourne; Claudette in Adelaide; Pat in Perth; and Alison P in Sydney. We also have some pictures of beautiful leadlight windows, snapped by Melbourne vendor Stephen B

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