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Manchester welcomes international delegates to the 2017 INSP Global Street Paper Summit

The 2017 INSP Global Street Paper Summit kicked off on Monday at a welcome reception at Manchester Town Hall. After speeches from Lord Mayor Eddy Newman, INSP Chief Executive Maree Aldam and Chair of The Big Life Group Edna Robinson, we heard from delegates about what they expect from the week ahead.

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Our vendors: Makoto Hanabuchi (The Big Issue Japan, Hamamatsucho, Tokyo)

Makoto was a truck driver before selling The Big Issue Japan, but work was hard to come by. “Before I took on this job, I thought it was just selling magazines,” he says. “I didn’t expect people would take care of me like this.”

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October global street paper covers get scary

Between Halloween and Trump, there’s a frighteneing vibe on this month’s international street paper covers. Thank god for Street Cat Bob…

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Prophets of Rage to Bridget Jones – September street paper supporters

There’s support from big name stars featured on this month’s covers – but also stark reminders of why street papers are so necessary for homeless people.

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Olympic fever gripped world’s street papers this August

August’s street paper covers have the Olympic spirit, featuring ‘cuddly lawnmowers’, a homeless wedding, Steven Spielberg, and a cheeky little bit of rickrolling.

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Sizzling summer street paper covers are animal mad!

Soak up a summery selection of animal-mad street paper covers with pugs, wolves, chickens, seagulls and crabs – plus Pikachu and the fish star of Finding Dory.

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Our vendors: Keiichi Egami (The Big Issue Japan, Tokyo)

Keiichi Egami has had quite the life, from working on naval ships, to computer programming. Now what does he look forward to most? “Selling The Big Issue Japan.”

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Athens welcomes international delegates to INSP Global Street Paper Summit

Against the odds, INSP was thrilled to launch the 2016 Global Street Paper Summit 2016 in Athens today alongside our co-hosts, Shedia. The city officially welcomed INSP’s 120 international delegates in the grand surrounding of Athens City Hall.

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Our vendors: Shuzo Goto (The Big Issue Japan, Tokyo)

“Encounters with people and memories of my parents keep me going,” says Shuzo Goto who sells The Big Issue Japan in Tokyo. He talks about how a good friend encouraged him to sell the street paper.

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March’s covers reveal the power of illustration

From fierce illustrations to wild covers, experience dozens of the world’s best street paper artwork from the last month.

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Rock gods to proud vendors: February’s street paper covers are out of this world

From rock gods to proud vendors, February’s street paper covers featured lots of fascinating and inspiring people. Explore the world’s street papers here.

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Starting 2016 with street papers: January’s covers collected

Haruki Murakami, Beyonce and Bowie all graced January editions of street papers.

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Our vendors: Hiroaki Kashiwagi (The Big Issue Japan, Tokyo)

In front of the Expressway Bus Terminal at the west exit of Shinjuku station in Tokyo, Hiroaki Kashiwagi sells copies of The Big Issue Japan.

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Check out December’s festive street papers!

We’ve got Santas galore on this month’s covers! Plus lots of kitties, gingerbread houses, elves, snowmen… and glitter.

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Bold #VendorWeek 2016 campaign launched by INSP

This year’s campaign tells vendors’ stories in a challenging and surprising way.

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October’s worldwide INSP street paper covers are inspiring… and a bit creepy

What happens when you’ve got hundreds of creative people around the world in your network? Some awesome street paper covers, that’s what!

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Our vendors: Toyoji Yoshizawa (The Big Issue, Tokyo, Japan)

“I will tell myself every morning that ‘I should be thankful to the customers and should not become arrogant’.” Big Issue Japan vendor Yoshizawa Toyoji works in Tokyo everyday and feels that he was born to sell The Big Issue.

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Alex Ferguson to street papers “I never pass a vendor on the street”

The Big Issue’s exclusive interview with Alex Ferguson has been a hit with street papers in Europe, Asia and the USA.

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“The Big Issue, no matter where you buy it, is a magazine like no other”

To mark international #VendorWeek, Melissa Cranenburgh, Associate Editor of The Big Issue Australia, writes about the importance of the street paper movement, what she learned on a visit to Big Issue offices in Japan and […]

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The Big Issue Japan after the country’s most powerful earthquake: ‘We are not defeated’

“Things are still unsettled but everyone is trying to help each other,” says Big Issue Japan, in a personal diary that follows the aftermath of the most powerful earthquake ever to hit Japan.