Christmas Edition 2018

3 December 2018 #576

Cover Story: Christmas Edition 2018

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In our annual Christmas special, vendors share reflections on the year passed, hopes for the future and thanks to the people who matter most in their lives in the Big Wish You.

Clementine Ford writes a Christmas tribute from the heart, Deputy Editor Katherine Smyrk discovers the magic of song and the power of community in choirs and we speak to Samuel Johnson about his new festive fundraiser.

Meet cover star Ted from Brisbane, our longest-selling vendor in Queensland: “The customers are really nice and kind. I like to give something back, so I give out Christmas cards to say thank you.”

With 16 extra pages, it’s a bumper edition full of heart and holiday cheer. Plus, terrible cracker jokes!

More highlights in this very special edition:

  • Margaret Atwood talks puppets, writing and boys, ahead of the release of her much-anticipated Handmaid’s Tale sequel.
  • A festive six-page Tastes Like Home special featuring Christmas recipes from Annabel Crabb and Adam Liaw.
  • Melbourne vendor Mariann B visits a “greylight” disco for the over-sixties.
  • Visit a snow-covered market at the top of Sweden where they hold reindeer races in Big Picture.
  • With more than 116,000 Australians homeless these holidays, a former Big Issue vendor shares his story of Christmas on the streets.
  • Contributing Editor Anastasia Safioleas looks at Homeshare, the simply sweet solution of matching older Australians with younger people as housemates.

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