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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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Dead Poet’s Society

There is no poet like Emily Dickinson, and no series like Dickinson, which brings rap, witchcraft and millennial slang to the 19th century writer’s tale.

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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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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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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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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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My Brother from Another Mother’s Thighs Recipe by Lucy Tweed

I have a big family. There are steps, halves, de factos and in-laws all masquerading (happily) as immediates. It’s what happens when hippy-ish parents separate but consciously uncouple (and remarry/re-couple) before Gwyneth and Chris made it a thing.

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Garden of Eaten: the Rise of Urban Gardening

Gardening is meditative, sustainable and cultivates community – plus you can eat what you grow! Little wonder there’s been a bloom in backyard farming, with vegie patches and fruit trees cropping up all over. Katherine Smyrk talks to the green thumbs.

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Never-fail Sponge Cake Recipe by the CWA

What recipe says home to members of the Country Women’s Association? It has to be the sponge!

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Behind the Campaign: Vendor Robert

"I’d like to say thank you to everyone who buys The Big Issue, it makes a big difference in my life. I can earn my own money and live my best life."

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How Molly Meldrum launched ABBA to stardom

A little Australian TV show propelled ABBA from Eurovision victory to worldwide domination – and Molly Meldrum was there.

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Life Span

Love bridges the past and present for Vin Maskell.

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David

"I want to visit my family. I’ve never seen my son and he’s a year and three months – I would have been there for his birth, but then COVID came along."

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Behind the Campaign: Vendor Ruth and Fifi

“I’d like to thank my customers for a start, not just for buying The Big Issue from me, but from anybody. Anytime anyone buys a magazine they’re helping someone."

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Letter to my Younger Self: Curtis McGrath

Paralympic gold medallist Curtis McGrath OAM was serving in Afghanistan when he lost his legs in a blast. He shares his story in his Letter To My Younger Self. 

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The Sun Will Rise

Rachel Watts confronts – and survives – the darkness, one long deep breath at a time.

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We Are The Champions: Meet The Big Issue Sporting Superstars!

Celebrate The Big Issue’s sporting superstars who’ve worn the green and gold. Elite athletes Lachlan and Murray achieved greatness at the Paralympics.

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Life On Mars

Within the next 20 years, it is likely that humans will set foot on mars. And many are fighting to be those humans. Why, Melissa Cranenburgh asks, are we so obsessed with the red planet?

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Letter to my Younger Self: Dylan Alcott

You may know Dylan Alcott as one of Australia’s greatest tennis players and world number one. But before that, he was the youngest ever wheelchair basketball Paralympic gold medallist. And before that, he was just a regular kid, terrified of talking to girls. 

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Behind the Campaign: Meet Vendor Linda

“The customers I usually get love what I do and tell me ‘you’re doing a good job, keep it up’. It’s a good way to be working, you get appreciation and people like what you’re doing. It makes me feel rewarded. They’re just amazed I’m out here and they love what I’m doing .”

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Smells Like Team Spirit: Jason Sudeikis is Ted Lasso

Jason Sudeikis proves to be a good sport when it comes to goofy, feel-good comedy Ted Lasso.

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Cindy

"Today I’ve got important people in my life that I cherish to bits. I wouldn’t change anything."

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Uniting a Neighbourhood in Lockdown, One Meow at a Time

Sometimes the tiniest member of the community can unite a socially distanced neighbourhood, writes Elizabeth Flux.

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Green Pockets Recipe by Cornersmith

These green pockets are a sort of homage to our own children when they were all much younger. As friends who have been in each other’s lives for a long time, we remembered when we all used to go to the markets on Sunday mornings and the kids would get gözleme. We would marvel at...

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Stepping Out: Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist Walk the Camino

Sometimes you need to take a long walk. Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist test the limits of that advice on the Camino.

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Supporting Vendors Through Lockdown

Our dedicated vendor support team will continue to provide support to our vendor group throughout this period until they can safely return to work.

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The Value of a Home: Benefits of Permanent Housing

The impact and cost of homelessness is well understood on both an individual and community level. But what value can a safe place to call home bring?

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Building a Future: How Homes for Homes Helped Tracey

More than anything, Tracey needed a home. A home suitable for her family – that’s where Homes For Homes came in.

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Finding Home: Coronavirus as a Catalyst for Change

In the face of coronavirus, thousands of rough sleepers have been provided temporary housing. As Katherine Smyrk discovers, the crisis presents the opportunity for even bigger change for more than 116,000 Australians experiencing homelessness.

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Finding Friendship at the Women’s Subscription Enterprise

Roslyn and Carol met on shift at the Women’s Subscription Enterprise in Sydney, and they’ve been good friends ever since.

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Period Poverty: Changing the Conversation, One Cycle at a Time

Period poverty is still often a taboo subject, even while affecting more than one million Australians. But the conversation is changing, and that makes bloody good sense.

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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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