The Big Issue : Edition 515
46 THE BIG ISSUE 1 – 14 JULY 2016 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 email@example.com • post The Big Issue, GPO Box 4911, Melbourne, Victoria 3001 • facebook The Big Issue Australia • twitter @thebigissue • website thebigissue.org.au/your-say/ that money, possessions, a rich life with all the spoils and even a full education are not necessary to make a smart person. No matter what our background, we are all equal. Miriam Youkhana, Blackburn South, Vic As the writer of this edition’s Letter of the Fortnight, Miriam will receive a copy of The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon (see our four-star review p41). Congratulations to everyone at The Big Issue around Australia on your 20th birthday! I am a very happy subscriber, and I also have the calendar. I have been homeless and on the street, and I know what it is like. Big Issue wasn’t around in those days. Keep up the good work, and look after yourselves – and each other. Best wishes always. Annie Little, WA FROM FACEBOOK Parthena A Simone The Big Issue Australia is celebrating 20 years. What an incredible GET SMART I am a Year 11 student, and I was asked recently how I got so smart. A fellow student was impressed with my high score in an exam. It got me thinking about the meaning of “being smart” and all the determination people use to get there. Sometimes this determination disappears when a person tells themselves or allows others to convince them they are not smart. But how can smart be measured? Every single person has their own unique knowledge learned from life, from tests and trials and not always just from academic education. How many times has an apparent hard-luck story about a school dropout turned into an amazing, life-altering, fascinating story of success? Lots of times. We can all feel stupid at times, but anyone can be smart. Intelligence comes from all life experiences. When we share life with others. When I get asked how I got so smart, I say that it’s because of the combined stories and experiences of those around me. Listening to what others have to offer. When I read the Vendor Profiles and vendor stories, I am learning a humble lesson from wonderful minds sharing their learnings, and giving myself and others valuable insight. Showing organisation that provides employment for those of us most vulnerable. People who would otherwise not be able to work are given a chance to regain their dignity and the magazine always has incredible articles. If you pass a vendor please take the time to say hello. I recently heard that there are people in our country who sometimes don’t speak to another soul for days...make someone’s day and smile. We will be offering tickets to see Eddie Perfect’s new theatre show The Beast to the winner of next edition’s Letter of the Fortnight (available in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, for 18+ only). So send in your thoughts, feedback or TBI experiences for the chance to win! ILLUSTRATION BY MICHAEL WELDON WIN!