Eileen

Eileen is no different from many other 31-year-old women: she loves shopping for clothes (especially shoes and handbags), loves a party, music and films, and having a good old chat ...

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8 February 2013

James

"With the Christmas issue (Ed#421), I celebrated my 300th Big Issue edition as a vendor. I’m over the moon to make it this far. On 20 February it will be ...

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25 January 2013

Arthur

"I’ve been blind since the age of 16 – I knew it would happen, as it’s hereditary. My dad went blind later in life, and I’ve got two sisters who ...

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11 January 2013

Johnnie

Readers might recognise Melbourne vendor Johnnie from The Big Issue’s 2010 national advertising campaign, which featured a beaming Johnnie holding a copy of the magazine with George Clooney on the ...

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13 December 2012

Gary

"When the doctors told my mum her baby probably wouldn’t walk or talk, she didn’t know that I was going to prove them wrong. She had German measles when she ...

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21 November 2012

Cindy

"I was born in Tassie, but my parents split up and Mum raised me and my two brothers on Centrelink payments. We went to the local public schools, in a ...

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2 November 2012

Christine

It’s been more than five years since I was introduced to the The Big Issue by another vendor and I’ve never looked back. I sell near the Canberra GPO on ...

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25 October 2012

Steve

I am from down south at Bunbury originally, but after Mum and Dad separated I went with Mum to live here in Perth –  in Subiaco. We moved around for ...

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25 October 2012

Kelvin

I was born in Geelong, Victoria, and spent most of my life there. I was born premature and had very bad asthma. My lungs weren’t fully developed and I wasn’t ...

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19 June 2012

Ernie

Since I had the car accident, I don’t remember having other jobs or much about my life. I know I went to an opportunity school, but didn’t like learning much. ...

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19 June 2012

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