Why Books Matter

8 March 2018 #557

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Why Books Matter

Come on a journey with The Big Issue as we explore the world-expanding power of reading.

This edition is a celebration of books; the places they take you, the way they shape your imagination and the indescribable way you feel when you turn the last page of a good book.

We feature beloved children's authors including Morris Gleitzman, the new Australian Children's Laureate, Mem Fox (Possum Magic), Andy Griffiths (Treehouse series) and Cressida Cowell (How to Train Your Dragon) on reading to children and the first books they fell in love with.

Plus, an investigation into the struggling state of literacy in Australia, why it matters and what we can do about it. Queensland vendor Magoo, who sells The Big Issue but has never read it, shares his story of living with low literacy.

Also in this jam-packed edition

  • Dr Karl answers the big questions -  why does two pockets on his shirts? What was it like growing up in a refugee camp? And why is he watching The Bachelorette?
  • Artist and activist Ai Weiwei, sits down with The Big Issue following the premiere of his new documentary about the plight of refugees, Human Flow.
  • The Big Picture explores the crafty (literally) way that one woman is protesting the ongoing mass shootings in the US.
  • Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello explains the Trump-spiration behind his new band, Prophets of Rage.
  • We take an in-depth look at the rise and rise (and gruesome allure) of true crime podcasts, Plus a criminally good list of podcasts to download.

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