The Big Issue : Edition 568
STORY TIME REAL LIVING I am writing to encourage you to keep the ‘Living Homeless’ series of stories coming. It’s a national disgrace that more and more jobs are going offshore when our own governments cannot attend to this country’s human plight of homelessness and employment first. I remember in the 1960s when homelessness was classed as vagrancy and having no fixed abode. I’ve been spoken to by police and had my name taken for giving money to rough sleepers so that they could be prosecuted. We’ve moved on from then, but you cannot afford to delete the past or it will be repeated. Warwick Kelly, Lake Munmorah, NSW. media climate). And because I love it, our children gave me a subscription for a Christmas present, and it adds a special connection, with each issue, to see the names of the women who have packed it, and whose employment it’s helped. But then, I feel guilty each time I pass a vendor, and mumble that I’m a subscriber. So, I was wondering whether “I’m a Big Issue subscriber” badges could be produced that we could buy and wear, so they can see we are big supporters. Anne Ring, Coogee, NSW. Ed – Don’t feel guilty, Anne. Vendors love hearing from people who love The Big Issue. Your smile and a chat as you walk by can go a long way to making someone’s day. Bought my very first copy of The Big Issue today [Ed#567]. This is a fabulous non-profit organisation that helps people keep employment and develop a sense of self-esteem and pride in what they do. I love organisations that help people who are not in the mainstream. The vendor was absolutely gorgeous and said that he had sold a lot of magazines today, which he was very happy about. Debra Kirk via Instagram I love The Big Issue, both for what it does (serving as a powerful vehicle with which people can turn their challenging lives around) and for what it is (an excellent read with high standards, quality writing and independent views – the latter getting to be increasingly rare in today’s IT BEGINS WITH a trickle of mail and ends with a week-long deluge of Express Post packages. These piles of envelopes bring a wave of excitement each year, as we prepare for the Fiction Edition. It’s that belly-tickling feeling that comes with knowing you’re about to discover bold and fresh writing from around the country. Over the past 13 years, these submissions have brought us stories from many writers on the brink of brilliance. In 2014 we featured a piece by future Miles Franklin-winner AS Patrić, and ran Jane Harper’s tale ‘Spiders and Flies’, before she went on to publish her best-selling novel The Dry. And 2017 contributor Emily O’Grady won this year’s Vogel Award for her novel The Yellow House. I tell you this not only as a fist-bump to editors and judges past, but also to highlight the calibre of writing that awaits you – all beautifully illustrated by Paul Vizzari. The extra 16 pages are possible thanks to the generous support of the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund. This year we received 400-plus submissions, judged “blind” by Books Editor Thuy On, and writer Nicola Redhouse. The final selection was debated by the editorial team, with help from guest judge, author Graeme Simsion (The Rosie Project), offering his wisdom and insight. Read more at thebigissue.org.au. And on top of all of this, we have stories from authors Tony Birch, Melanie Cheng, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Garth Nix and Marija Peričić. Happy reading! Amy Hetherington, Editor LETTER OF THE FORTNIGHT As winner of this edition’s Letter of the Fortnight, Warwick wins books from all five of the well-loved commissioned authors in this edition: The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke; Australia Day by Melanie Cheng; Common People by Tony Birch; The Lost Pages by Marija Peričić; and Have Sword, Will Travel by Garth Nix and Sean Williams. Enjoy, Warwick! Paul Vizzari is an illustrator from Melbourne. His style is one of whimsy, storytelling and nostalgia. He has always been an avid lover of fiction and loves the process of taking a writer’s words and interpreting them visually. FIND OUT MORE AT PAULVIZZARI.COM OR AT INSTAGRAM @PAULVIZZARI. THE BIG ISSUE USES MACQUARIE DICTIONARY AS OUR REFERENCE. MACQUARIEDICTIONARY.COM.AU » ‘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. YOUR SAY ED’S LETTER COVER #568 ILLUSTRATIONS BY PAUL VIZZARI Janet Crawley Love your work guys, still the best mag ever and love chatting with vendors when I buy my copy . @SWB @thebigissue sales guy at #Brisbane CS asked me if it was him or Bob Dylan that made me decide to buy the mag. I said, man you have a way better beard!