Bumper Christmas Edition 2017

3 December 2017 #551

Cover Story: Bumper Christmas Edition 2017


This year’s Christmas edition of The Big Issue is a celebration of our vendors by our vendors. Vendors from around the country have written tributes to their customers, reflections on a year passed and hopes for the future.

With eight extra pages, this bumper holiday issue is all about the things that are most important to The Big Issue community: hope and positivity; family and community; a reminder that The Big Issue can be more than a job; that a kind word and a smile can change someone’s day; and that we can all make a difference.

In the words of our cover star Bill from Fremantle, our longest-serving vendor in Western Australia: “I hope it makes more people aware that The Big Issue does actually change lives. It does more good for people than anything else I’ve seen because it opens up a world of choice; it’s not telling people what to do or how to live. There’s good people around you, and you have a job for life.”

Also in this issue...

  • Archie Roach reflects on love, loss and the music in a moving 'Letter to My Younger Self'
  • Katherine Smyrk visits the places that are doing everything they can to keep young people off the streets this Christmas
  • Melbourne Vendor and regular Christmas columnist Mariann B writes a meditation on the language of bags
  • Stephen King and his son Owen talk about writing a book together
  • Liam Gallagher contemplates his post-Noel solo life

Plus lots of vendor goodness...

  • The classes of 2017 – group vendor photos from major cities
  • Vendors reflect on the year that was – and share hopes for 2018
  • The best Christmas cracker jokes as selected by vendors.
  • Vendor profile with John from Sandgate, Brisbane
  • And learn about Bradley, the vendor who hand-delivers the magazine to a hair salon in Mona Vale, Sydney every fortnight!


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