2014 calendar on sale!

1 November 2013 Alan Attwood

2014 calendar on sale!

January, February, March and the rest of the gang are back for the 2014 Big Issue calendar!

Inside you’ll find cartoons by Andrew Weldon, illustrations from our great Big Issue artists and messages from vendors across the country. It’s a bargain Christmas present at just $6, with $3 of each calendar sold going straight into the pocket of your vendor.

Editor's Message: Another Year Already?

Whenever September rolls into October, or April into May (plus two others you’ll have to think of yourself), I have to tinker with my watch, which is somewhat on the old-fashioned side. As far as it’s concerned, every month has 31 days. So every October begins with me having to roll straight from ‘30’ to ‘1’. March means an especially big jump because February is even shorter. Fiddling with a watch is just one sign of time marching on; another is flipping the pages of a calendar. Just like this one. Every month brings a fresh start, a new page, more insight into the world of The Big Issue – a cartoon; an illustration; a photo of, and words of wisdom from, one of the remarkable people who sell our magazine all around Australia.

The preparation and then appearance of the calendar is another sign of time passing. What – another year already? Ridiculous. It doesn’t seem so long ago that Prince’s song ‘1999’ was on high rotation and people worried about the millennium bug or what to call a year starting with ‘20’. Now here we are contemplating 2014 – a year in which The Big Issue will publish its 450th edition (January) and celebrate our 18th year on the streets (June). In many ways it is a success story: a magazine that started out with modest aspirations in one Australian city has grown steadily and gone national, helping people who want to help themselves.

Yet, still, too many people do not understand what we do. The Big Issue is “that political magazine” or “that religious magazine” or “the greenies’ magazine”. 
You know better. You have this calendar. You may well be a regular buyer of The Big Issue. You are already supporting us. But there is one more thing you can do: if ever you hear someone getting it wrong, please put them straight – tell them we are, purely and simply, an independent, national, fortnightly publication sold primarily by disadvantaged or marginalised men and women who keep half the cover-price of every magazine they sell. It gives them a job, boosts their self-esteem and makes them feel part of a team. Year in, year out.

Alan Attwood, Editor of The Big Issue