The Big Issue : Edition 554
VIVA LAS VENDORS! POWER PACK Before subscribing to The Big Issue I always enjoyed chatting to vendors and having that one-to-one contact. While subscribing removed that element, it has meant a continual supply of great reading and support for the Women’s Subscription Enterprise when I’m not in the city! How nice it is to now receive my Big Issue in the mail with a name attached to the sticker on the front cover so I know who has packed it. I feel like I now have reconnected with a “vendor” again, and I imagine who the person is and hope she has benefited from packing my Big Issue as much as I appreciate receiving it. Thanks Havva for my Christmas reading – what a beautiful name you have. Deb Edwards, Gwelup, WA on the same corner for most of this year. I have been pleasantly surprised by the articles, particularly about your colleagues at work. Thank you to The Big Issue team for your positive contribution to our community and all the best for the New Year. Debbie Jackson, Petrie Terrace, Qld My State Library of Western Australia colleagues and I were all very moved when David passed us each a beautifully wrapped Christmas parcel! We all enjoy sharing smiles and a greeting with David on our way to work, and reading his articles in The Big Issue. Thanks David – you brighten our days and really made me feel the Christmas spirit! Kate Akerman, Perth, WA I had the delight of buying The Big Issue from Alan [Ed#551]. He brought great Christmas cheer to staff, patients and visitors at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Alan was cheerful, warm and friendly. His scooter was decorated so well – he’s a total cheer-up for everyone! Good on Alan – the world needs more people like him! Betty Ramsay, Sydney, NSW I really enjoyed the Archie Roach article [Ed#551]. He is a man of dignity who, while recognising his challenging life, has continued to look forward with a positive attitude and take responsibility for his destiny. I admire The Big Issue, particularly the objective of giving people meaningful work. I recently bought an issue from a gentleman who has been DID YOU KNOW that buying The Big Issue could improve your health? That’s right, stopping to chat with your vendor could help extend your lifespan. I recently plugged into a Ted Talk by psychologist Susan Pinker, which points to research findings that the most powerful predictor to a long life is social interaction, not only with your family and closest friends, but also the people in the community around you. It’s shooting the breeze with your barista in the morning, or saying g’day to your local shopkeeper, your neighbour, your vendor. Of course, you probably don’t need another reason to support the person who sold you this magazine! Since The Big Issue sprang to life in 1996, more than 6500 people have worked hard to improve their own lives by selling and packing our publication. Proudly wearing the trademark hi-vis vest means more than an income to our vendors; equally valuable is that social interaction, the friendships and feeling of community. We’re not alone. The Big Issue is part of a global movement of more than 21,000 vendors selling across 34 countries, all part of the International Network of Street Papers (INSP). You are among 5.5 million readers world- wide helping combat homelessness, disadvantage and unemployment. This is a special week that unites us: INSP #VendorWeek. To celebrate, we’ve handed over the edition to the people who matter most: our vendors. Our cover star, Mark from Adelaide, has penned a letter to his 14-year-old self in an extraordinary vendor Letter to My Younger Self series, alongside Kathy in Busselton, Trevor in the Blue Mountains and Sharon in Melbourne. Also from Melbourne, Stephen B writes this edition’s My Word, while Mariann B explains why The Big Issue really is more than a magazine. Amy Hetherington, Editor LETTER OF THE FORTNIGHT To celebrate Vendor Week, all of this edition’s letter writers will receive a double-pass to see Sweet Country. See our interview p30. STORIES FROM THE STREETS VENDORS SHARE THEIR TRIALS, TRIUMPHS & GLORIES $7 No 554 26Jan–8Feb2018 HELPING PEOPLE HELP THEMSELVES $3.50 ofthecover price goesto yourvendor BIGVENDOREDITION COVER #554 SOUTH AUSTRALIAN VENDOR MARK PHOTO BY NAT ROGERS @megsypascoe Got my copy of the @thebigissue yesterday. Always a good read. Vendor stories are my fave. EDITORIAL YOUR SAY THE BIG ISSUE USES MACQUARIE DICTIONARY AS OUR REFERENCE. MACQUARIEDICTIONARY.COM.AU @ietsystems Great edition [Ed#551] as always (& I had a brilliant long discussion re: Archie Roach’s music and the other stories with the vendor in Swanston Street. He knew his product well). » ‘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.