The Big Issue : Edition 570
LOVE, ALWAYS MUSINGS ON MUSIC I really loved Fiona Scott- Norman’s recent piece in The Big Issue about “music to swipe to” [Ed#560]. It totally nailed the current state of musical fuckery. I want to share the piece with others but don’t know how. I mean I guess it’d be fun to just post them my copy of the magazine! But I was wondering if those words exist digitally anywhere? Pablo Latona, Turner, ACT. Ed – thanks Pablo. We’ve posted Fiona’s column on our blog, check it out at thebigissue.org.au. The first piece of fiction I ever had published was a short story in The Big Issue’s annual fiction edition and I still remember how exciting that was. The Big Issue is a truly enlightening read all year round and every copy sold provides a much-needed income for homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged Australians. Jane Harper (The Dry) via Instagram I meet Daryl Whilst waiting for my morning caffeine hit His eccentric baroque duster catches my eye He’s suited up complete with a waistcoat and what I see is someone who has dignity in who they are despite their circumstances. I watch as he maintains composure Stands tall and mighty Amongst the sea of rejection and discouragement. I’m instantly curious. I walk over and he’s courteous and open. He tells me how that he’s studying counselling and psychology And how it helps him to understand people. He tells me how @bigissueaustralia provides help for him to help himself. @thecircusrunawaycat via Instagram OUR HISTORIES ARE littered with love stories. Both sets of my grandparents met on a dancefloor. My Scottish mama tells a story of how she knew she was going to marry my papa the moment she locked eyes with him at a local dancehall in Aberdeen. My Aussie-born nanna met my granddad at a dance in Pyramid Hill, rural Victoria. He asked her to partner him in a waltzing competition. As the story goes, the winners were announced as “Miss Le Batt and her partner”. When granddad started clapping, she gave him a nudge and said, “That’s us.” It was their second turn at love; both had been widowed young. Me, well, I met my love online some nine years ago. Okay, so it’s not much of a Hollywood-style meet- cute, but he’s all my love songs. Saying that, I showed him this column and he called me a ham. Ah, love! We all need love stories, because we need the soul-affirming boost of goodness that they deliver. Not just tales of romantic love, but also accounts of compassion and connection. Of friendship and kindness. They are an antidote to the bad news cycle. It’s why we’ve decided to dedicate this edition to love, in all its guises. We bring you a series of love stories to make your heart sing and your eyes tingle: neighbourly love; love letters; love for family; and love for an old dog. Plus a photo series on someone we all hold dear – grandma. And, in a first for this magazine, we bring you a Big Issue wedding. Sydney vendors Kelly and Greg have invited us to share in their big day, an intimate backyard wedding organised in just 48 hours. Theirs is a story of love under the toughest of circumstances. Says Greg, “Thanks for the opportunity to share our story and show others what is truly possible.” Their story is also a reminder of what is truly important. Amy Hetherington, Editor As winner of this edition’s Letter of the Fortnight, Pablo wins a copy of author Krissy Kneen’s new psychological thriller Wintering. See our interview with Kneen, p35. COVER #570 ILLUSTRATION BY BROLGA/THE JACKY WINTER GROUP THE BIG ISSUE USES MACQUARIE DICTIONARY AS OUR REFERENCE. MACQUARIEDICTIONARY.COM.AU @JoyceLauNews @TheBigIssue’s Aug 2018 #fiction edition is very good. I’m saying that as a book reviewer, and not out of any sympathy because it’s a #socialenterprise that helps the homeless. The #writing is fantastic. If you’re in #Australia, find one of their vendors on the street & buy one. » ‘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 We will be offering Liane Moriarty’s new novel Nine Perfect Strangers to the next edition’s Letter of the Fortnight. So send in your thoughts, feedback or TBI experiences for your chance to win: firstname.lastname@example.org.