Sunshine and Santa

1 December 2019 #601

Cover Story: Sunshine and Santa


Welcome the festive season with The Big Issue vendors. This edition is a celebration of our vendors by our vendors, who have penned their reflections on a year passed, hopes for the future and thanks to the people who matter most in our annual Big Wish Yous. All with a Melbourne vendor Lionel starring as a summery Santa on the cover. With 8 extra pages, it’s a bumper edition full of heart and holiday cheer. Plus, terrible cracker jokes!

More highlights in this festive edition:

Paul Kelly tells us about his unexpected festive hit ‘How to Make Gravy’.

• Tastes Like Home: Donna Hay shares her grandma’s special recipe for Christmas pudding.

• We chat to Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen about being on screen together for the first time in The Good Liar.

Melbourne vendor Mariann B writes her annual Christmas column – this year she investigates where to go when you’re in need of some food and comfort.

• We catch up with Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro about their new flick The Irishman.

The Big Picture: Fiona Scott-Norman and Ilana Rose visit some of Australia’s most eccentric chicken owners.

• Deputy Editor Katherine Smyrk discovers the magic of nation-wide toy runs from the back of a motorbike.

• Plus we ask some of Australia’s favourite authors about which books they want in their stockings this Christmas!


Stuck for Christmas gift ideas? Pick up a 2020 Big Issue calendar here!

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