Welcome Back!

29 June 2020 #615

Cover Story: Welcome Back!

“I have been thinking about you all. I can’t wait to be back at work!” says Claudett, who sells The Big Issue in Adelaide.

Today, after a three-month hiatus, The Big Issue vendors are back! And it’s a celebration for many. As Wayne, who’s also from Adelaide, tells it: “Going back to Big Issue work will be like a birthday present for me, as my birthday is just a couple of days beforehand – I’ve already started celebrating!”

This special three-week edition focuses on the people who sell it. Vendors from around the country share their iso stories, reflections and hopes. For most, it’s been a tough few months. They’ve been missing their regular income, their sense of purpose, and you!

So please join us in welcoming back vendors. Many more now accept contactless payments – tap-and-go and Beem It. All have been equipped with Vendor COVID-19 Safety Training and resources to ensure their health and wellbeing – as well as yours – as we continue to comply with up-to-date government advice. If you can, stop by and have a chat, buy the magazine and catch up on the latest Big Issue news.

Also in this edition:

• Oscar-winning director and activist Spike Lee speaks about his new film Da 5 Bloods, the power of history and the state of America today.

• Swimming superstar Lisa Curry talks gold medals, family and the three words that changed her life in her Letter to My Younger Self.

The Baby-Sitter’s Club is back for a new generation, and we look at the cultural juggernaut that is author Ann M Martin’s 90s girl gang.

• Historian and best-selling author Rutger Bregman (Utopia for Realists) says he’s certain that we humans are not as bad as we fear we are – and he sets out to prove it in his new book Human Kind.

• In Big Picture, photographer Kiliii Yüyan meets the women and their husky dogs who sleigh – competing in the 1600km Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

• Writer Anna Sublet visits her local Repair Cafe to breathe new light into an heirloom lamp – and discovers an international community of tinkerers who are rebuilding and repurposing household items…and reducing waste.

• In Tastes Like Home, Merelyn Frank Chalmers of the Monday Morning Cooking Club shares her mum’s recipe for Apple and Jam Cake.

• PLUS: In our Vendor Profile, meet Raylene from Perth!

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