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Our much-anticipated 17th annual Fiction Edition has been delayed until February 2022.

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Family Tree

Richard Castles gets wistful and remembers the deciduous plastic Christmas tree of his youth.

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Behind the Campaign: Vendor Daryl

“Thank you for the support. At this time more than ever, we need your support from buying the magazine because of everything that’s happened with the lockdown. The financial support is very important.”

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Each and Every Day

We take a moment to appreciate the connections that got us through what was a tough year for many. The Big Issue editor Amy Hetherington shares how much community means to our vendors – and how much they mean to their communities.

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Lynn

"I’ve been painting since my last breakdown, which was in 2012. I used it as a form of therapy – I pretty much painted myself better."

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Donna Hay’s Christmas Pudding

My grandmother, a central figure in my childhood, loved to bake. Looking back, I can see that she was the one who inspired me to cook. Now, every year, for dessert on Christmas Day I make my grandmother’s Christmas pudding.

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Aisle Be There for You

No matter where she is in the world, Rijn Collins knows what’s in store.

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Soul-mates: Clementine Ford on Alice Robinson

I imagine myself sometimes, old and grizzled and grey. It isn’t a generic lover I see next to me, rocking on the proverbial porch. It’s Alice.

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Fiction Edition coming soon…in 2022!

Our much-anticipated 17th annual Fiction Edition has been delayed until February 2022.

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Yes, We Can Win The War Against Climate Change

Let’s lower our personal carbon footprints. But we need to recognise that “us” means all of us – individuals, governments and, yes, really big companies.

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Behind the Campaign: Vendor Glenn

“I like selling because it’s a bit of extra money in the pocket and I like getting out of the house. When we were in lockdown I was bored out of my brains!"

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Reel to Real

Wrung out on Netflix? TikTocked out? Head over to the National Film and Sound Archive’s site and delight in their weird and wonderful Home Movies collection – you might even get some hairdo inspiration…

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Bryan

"I have cerebral palsy. I can walk but not very well. And I’m blind at night and have to wear glasses. I communicate with people using my iPad – I type what I want to say."

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Slow Fashion

In the face of sweatshop disasters and environmental calamity, sustainable fashion is becoming more and more important. But as Clare Press demonstrates, slowing things down doesn’t mean you can’t have fun.

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Asam (Penang) Laksa by Poh Ling Yeow

The word asam, in any Malaysian dish, refers to the use of tamarind in the recipe, and laksa, noodles served with a spicy broth. There’s no dish that makes my palate jig more.

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It’s a Wiggly World

The first generation of Wiggles fans are adults now – and 30 years on, their kids are dancing and playing in a more diverse and inclusive Wiggleverse.

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Naomi

"I’m going to keep selling The Big Issue for as long as I can. It gets me out there and interacting with other people – it’s the best thing I ever did."

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Shock Horrors! Greg Nicotero’s Creepshow

Blood, zombies, giant spiders – Greg Nicotero’s resurrected Creepshow is absolutely killing it.

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Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani by Adam D’Sylva

I grew up in a truly multicultural family. With an Italian mum and an Indian dad, I had the best of both worlds. As a child, I remember watching my mum cook different types of pasta as it was our family’s favourite dish. Weekdays were busy days of the week, so pasta and other Italian...

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Behind the Campaign: Vendor Peter

"I tend to recognise some faces, they don’t always buy but they smile at me if I’ve served them before. Lots of people walk past me with their dogs, sometimes a dog will try to jump up on me!"

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When a Stranger Calls

On eight hairy legs, The Huntsman comes, softly through the shadow of the evening sun.

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Grace Tame: The End of Silence

Read a powerful essay by Grace Tame, 2021 Australian of the Year and a survivor of abuse, who is using her voice to advocate for survivors and ensure their stories are heard.

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Stephanie Alexander’s Pizza

Nothing is more comforting than pizza on a Friday night. Stephanie Alexander shares her favourite recipe.

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Elizabeth

"Selling The Big Issue has given me something to do. I especially look forward to the pocket money. I treat myself to a nice dinner nearly every week."

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Food for the Soul: Five Initiatives Helping Community

Food brings people together, whether it’s a shared sandwich or an extravagant banquet. But beyond filling bellies, food can be used for good – and have an impact on the community. Anastasia Safioleas looks at some food-based initiatives helping to make a difference.

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Go Ahead…

On holidays in Santorini, Jenny Sinclair takes the plunge.

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A Place to Call Home

When COVID struck last year, more than 40,000 Australians were housed in emergency accommodation. Melissa Fulton asks, where are they now?

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Louis

Except for one break, I’ve been selling The Big Issue this whole time – I’m the last of the originals.

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A Touch of Humanity

Dr Jo Skinner knows the medical benefits of physical contact. In a COVID world, she finds ways to bring comfort to her patients who are missing that connection.

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Behind the Campaign: Vendor Jeffrey

“I enjoy working, I like meeting people. My customers are good people, they always come to me to buy mags. Sometimes they offer me a coffee."

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Neil Perry’s Roast Chicken

There is nothing like a perfect roast chook with all the trimmings for a Sunday lunch or dinner. Chef Neil Perry shares his family recipe.

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Letter to my Younger Self: Anthony Field

Anthony Field talks Elvis, The Wiggles and the time Robert De Niro tried to hold a sold-out show in this piece from the archives.

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Colin

"Big Issue has helped me lots. Customers tell me I’m doing well. They ask me if I want a cup of coffee. It feels real good inside. I want to keep selling the magazine and meeting people."

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A Whole Latte Love

In a locked down city, there’s something extra special about your daily morning coffee ruitual. It’s more than a cup – it’s an adventure, writes Fiona Scott-Norman.

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Behind the Campaign: Vendor Dom

"I have a lot of regular customers. They ask me when the new magazine comes out and they ask me when the calendars come out... I know if they’ve missed out on the magazine in the first week I always save extra in my bag for them."

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Costa’s Tips for New Gardeners

Dreaming of growing a beautiful lush garden but have no idea where to start? Australia’s favourite green thumb Costa Georgiadis shares his advice to get you gardening.

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John

"I want to get back into the traditional workforce, but for now The Big Issue is there for me. It's been a lifeline."

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Homes For Homes

Homes for Homes is a simple promise that when a home sells, whenever that is, 0.1% of the sale price will be donated—helping build homes for those in need.

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