The Big Issue : Edition 492
10 THE BIG ISSUE 28 AUG – 10 SEP 2015 LETTER OF THE FORTNIGHT YOUR SAY ‘Your Say’ submissions must be 100 words or less, contain the writer’s full name and home address, and may be edited for clarity or space. Have Your Say about The Big Issue: • email firstname.lastname@example.org • post The Big Issue, GPO Box 4911, Melbourne, Victoria 3001 • facebook The Big Issue Australia • twitter @thebigissue • website thebigissue.org.au/your-say/ I always make sure when I am in town to buy a copy of The Big Issue. One day recently I was in town for yet another interview with an employment agency, which always leaves my confidence low. But I immediately saw a gentleman selling The Big Issue (Creek St, down Eagle St end). He was so sweet, asked me how my day was. I said, “Not so good”. And he replied, “Give us a hug!” I did and it was the best hug I’ve had in ages. Made me smile all the way home. And still does when I think about his kindness. So, I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to him. Such a beautiful and kind soul! Keryn Williams, Bracken Ridge, Qld That sounds like Ronnie! – Ed I bought The Big Issue Fiction Edition from Mark in Norwood, South Australia today (Vendor Profile, Ed#489). My conversation with Mark was the most effortless, inspiring interaction I had all day. My toddler agreed, gazing on with big, happy eyes. To The Big Issue – I love what you do. To Mark – thanks for impacting our day. Leda Kalleske, Ridleyton, SA FACEBOOK FRIENDS Carol Martin I’m loving The Big Issue Fiction Edition 2015 [Ed#491], full of beautifully written short stories. It’s compelling reading, each story a little masterpiece. Jennifer Cameron-Smith A terrific issue, great stories [Fiction Edition, Ed#491]. Thank you. BIG ISSUE SUPPORTERS TOOK TO FACEBOOK TO MOURN MELBOURNE VENDOR, BOB (SEE STREETSHEET P7) Stevo Seven Very sad to hear of Bob’s passing. I didn’t know Bob, but I saw him most days when I walked along Swan St, Richmond. A genuine bloke, a smile and a kind or funny comment for everyone... A NICE SURPRISE I was curious when my 15-year-old daughter came home, held her hands behind her back and said with glee, “Pick one!” She had been on a school excursion to the Melbourne Art Gallery. I knew she only had $13.60, given to her to buy a nice lunch because a trip to the city is a treat. She had stopped at a vendor, bought The Big Issue and chatted with him about how, “Mum always buys one when she’s in the city”. It was such a wonderful three-fold delight. Firstly, the periodical itself, especially as there’s no one selling them in my regional city and I only get to Melbourne about twice a year. Secondly, that it happened to be the Fiction Edition (I love short stories!) Thirdly, and most of all, the recognition of my thoughtful and selfless teenage daughter, growing in character daily. What a good kid! And thanks for the great read! Lesley Jones, Bendigo, Vic Thanks Lesley! Your story made our day! – Ed Lesley and her thoughtful daughter receive a copy of Yo La Tengo’s new album Stuff Like that There (see our review on p37) and three books by Big Issue Fiction Edition 2015 authors: Maxine Beneba Clarke’s Foreign Soil and Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect. what a great human being. Thanks Bob for showing the world that simple kindness and humanity still exists. RIP to you and my condolences to his family. The world has lost a nice bloke... Ryan Bird RIP Bob, you will always be remembered for being such a selfless man who always loved a chat! Swan St will be so much different during the day without you standing there selling The Big Issue and saying hello to everyone who passes by! I hope you’re ‘workin’ on the tan’ wherever you are in the universe, mate! Go the Kiwis! Melanie Cheng @mslcheng ‘Old Man’s Country’ [Fiction Edition, Ed#491] – another beautiful and nuanced piece of writing in @thebigissue from rising star @marksmith0257. Graeme Simsion @GraemeSimsion Honoured to be in Australia’s biggest-selling fiction anthology.