A Big Merry Christmas

2 December 2016 #526

Cover Story: A Big Merry Christmas

A Big Merry Christmas


This year’s Christmas edition is not about tinsel or spending too much money – it’s about all the things that are most important to The Big Issue community. Vendors from around the country have written tributes to their customers, reflections on a year passed and hopes for the future. In their stories and throughout the magazine, we take a look at the things that the holiday season, and The Big Issue, are really about: celebration; community; hope; magazines. With eight extra pages of amazing content, this edition will be sure to elicit both chuckles and tears. Merry Christmas!

Also in this issue...

Katherine Smyrk looks at what happens when there is just not enough affordable housing to go around. Kathy Evans has been writing about her daughter and Down syndrome for years, but now Caoimhe is ready to speak for herself. Deng Adut describes his journey from child soldier to Sydney lawyer in Letter To My Younger Self; and vendor Mariann recalls Christmas at the Queen Victoria Market. We also chat about a familiar red dog with Aussie acting legend Bryan Brown, Micky Dolenz of The Monkees talks about touring and actor William McInnes opens up the “stuffed glovebox” of his life. The Big Picture features laugh-out-loud photos from the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards.

The star of this edition’s Vendor Profile is Grant from Canberra. And we have a bumper eight pages of wishes, reflections and memories from our vendors across every state!

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