The Big Issue : Edition 572
WORDS OF WISDOM I RECEIVED A surprise package in the post this week from my Aunty Jean. It was a bound book of love letters from my grandpa Hector to my nana Stella, written between 1941 and 1943 during World War II. It was such a buzz to get the unexpected parcel. In his letters Hec writes eloquently of a brutal life on the battlefields from the Middle East to Papua New Guinea, but mostly of the life they’re hoping to make together once the war is over. These letters document their courtship, through to their marriage, and the birth of my dad. They’re no longer in his hand – they’ve been typed up for preservation – but they still hold a special magic. There remains something so lovely about receiving a letter, that thrill of going to the letterbox and finding more than a collection of bills and junk mail. In this edition, writer Rijn Collins tells how the art of letter writing pulled her through the toughest of times. While she gathered her posse of penpals throughout the 90s, she continues to stay in touch via snail mail in a world of email, texts and social media. In this edition, we also bring you another kind of letter, from Australia’s favourite newsreader/cult hero, Lee Lin Chin. In her first interview since she signed off from SBS World News for the last time in June (at her sartorial best, spectacularly wrapped in transparent black plastic), Lee Lin speaks to Deputy Editor Katherine Smyrk about rebellion, comedy and staying true to her inner 16-year-old in a Letter to My Younger Self. It’s an insight into the woman who broke the mould when it comes to newsreaders on Australian television, and whose warm, authoritative voice was a reassuring presence on our screens for more than 30 years. So just who is Lee Lin Chin? And what will she do next? Amy Hetherington, Editor » ‘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 LOVELY LADIES I live in country South Australia, and on a recent trip to Melbourne I bought my first edition of The Big Issue from a lovely lady and her cats in Bourke Street Mall. I didn’t catch her name, but thoroughly enjoyed chatting to her, then reading the Fiction Edition [Ed#568]. As soon as we got home I bought my subscription. When my first copy arrived last week, it made me feel incredible to know that Irene had packed my copy, I had helped employ Janine, and then Paula rang me the next day to personally thank me for subscribing and giving her a job at The Big Issue. How awesome to know who our subscription is helping. What a great initiative this magazine is and what makes it even better is that it is a great read that I look forward to receiving each fortnight. Erin Swan, Victor Harbor, SA Ed – Thanks Erin, you bought that first edition from the lovely Cheryl and her cats Missy and Cougar. joy and wonder. Most of all I wanted to thank Natasha Buzzacott for her piece ‘The Blowies’. I really connected to her embodiment of personality, her iconic Australian setting and characters, and her crystalline storytelling. A jewel of a short story, and many other sparkles in this literary publishing from the streets. Tracey Carpenter, Potts Point, NSW Edition#570 was worth the price for the Meet the Vendor page alone. What a wonderful story about Cameron O reaching out in love to the community and the response that it engendered! Cameron could justifiably find many things to complain about in his life without trying. But instead he makes the most of his lot and in so doing makes the world a better place! Elizabeth Harrington, Milton, Qld In regards to Jennie Swain’s article ‘Care Factor’ [Ed#567]: tarnished carers are we, 26 years and counting...severely disabled son. Think you are on to something not usually discussed. We too live with “unspeakable resentment, stress, long- term tiredness, guilt and buried grief that makes us grumpy”. Thanks for making us part of the carer conversation – and having the bravery to tell of our darker reality. Doing our best. Doug and Sabine, address withheld Thank you so much for the latest Fiction Edition [Ed#568], every page has been a COVER #572 LEE LIN CHIN PHOTO © GEORGE FETTING THE BIG ISSUE USES MACQUARIE DICTIONARY AS OUR REFERENCE. MACQUARIEDICTIONARY.COM.AU Salivating over Anna Polyviou’s recipe (p40)? The next Letter of the Fortnight wins a copy of her new cookbook Sweet Street. Send in your thoughts or TBI experiences for the chance to win: email@example.com As winner of this edition’s Letter of the Fortnight, Erin wins a double-pass to new film First Man. See our interview p28.