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Our vendors: June Fullerton (The Big Issue, Westbourne, UK)

When June’s husband died five years ago, she struggled to cope. Soon she was in a lot of debt and worried about losing her home. Thanks to selling The Big Issue, she has worked her way out of trouble.

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Big Issue vendor Daniel adds poetic voice to national conversation on housing

Popular Glasgow vendor Daniel Collins has turned his Glasgow wit and wisdom into a poem that contributes to a nationwide discussion on land and housing.

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#VendorWeek: vendors share what makes their part of the world unique

From Melbourne to Denver, Taipei to Athens, vendors across the globe share what it’s like to sell a street paper in their city… and so much more.

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Business leaders and politicians to sell The Big Issue in Australia

For #VendorWeek, more than 100 senior business leaders and politicians will sell Australia’s The Big Issue to raise awareness of the country’s 500+ street paper sellers.

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Our vendors: George Whyte (The Big Issue, Edinburgh, UK)

George has had quite a few housing problems over the past year and he was finding it difficult to get by. But selling The Big Issue gave him a boost. “I’ll do a wee dance on my pitch and the staff inside Starbucks will chuckle,” he says.

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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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The Big Issue celebrates 25 years of a publishing revolution

The Big Issue celebrates 25 years on the UK’s streets this week, with a exhibition in London, a star-studded film – and, of course, a bumper edition of the magazine. Watch messages from Julie Walters, Michael Palin, Mark Hamill, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, Chvrches singer Lauren Mayberry and more.

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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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Through the doorway: ex-Big Issue vendor exposes life on the street with striking artwork

With The Doorways Project, artist Bekki Perriman looks back at when she was homeless and selling The Big Issue. Her gripping installation examines what it is like to sleep rough.

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#TakeTheBigIssue: funny video launch for UK street paper campaign

Comedian Seann Walsh stars in The Big Issue’s mythbusting new video alongside vendors, in a bid to get customer to always #TakeTheBigIssue.

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Real-life Street Cat Bob stars in new movie trailer

Check out the new trailer for the Street Cat Bob film – which tells the story of Big Issue vendor James Bowen and his high-fiving ginger cat.

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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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Big Issue vendor to welcome millions of Heathrow airport passengers

“I am very proud,” says Floriana Stanciu as she is picked as one of the faces of the airport’s ‘Welcome’ poster campaign.

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Hard-hitting, striking… phizz-whizzing: it’s June’s street paper covers

A gloriumptious look at the world of Roald Dahl, a red-haired mischief-maker, a mafia flower plot and Yanis Varoufakis at the INSP Summit… explore June’s street paper covers.

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INSP Awards 2016 winners revealed in Athens

The winners of the INSP Awards 2016 were announced tonight in Athens during a glamorous celebration of excellence and innovation in street papers worldwide. Discover who took home the top awards.

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INSP Awards: finalists revealed for best cultural writing in street papers

With just over one week to go until our winners are revealed during the Global Street Paper Summit in Athens, meet our fantastic finalists for street paper cultural reporting.

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Campaigning and celebrating with April’s street paper covers

The mood in the network feels celebratory this April, with some big anniversaries and some big names. Street paper covers applaud some true heroes – including Luke Skywalker, Korean escapees, and our vendors.

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INSP Awards: best cultural writing from street papers 2015/16

Johnny Rotten vies with Taylor Swift, Pixar takes on a former prima ballerina, and roller derby fans echo Gloria Steinem’s feminism… it can only be the best of street paper cultural reporting!

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Big Issue editor Paul McNamee: on to the next 200 million!

Today, The Big Issue marks 200 million copies sold in the UK. Big Issue editor Paul McNamee says that vendors are at the heart of the celebration.

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“A remarkable achievement”: The Big Issue UK sells 200 millionth magazine

This April, The Big Issue UK celebrates 200 million magazines sold across Britain over the last 25 years – every one of them putting money in the pocket of someone living in homelessness or poverty.

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Former Big Issue vendor brings sunshine to Glasgow with colourful solo art exhibition

A much-loved former Big Issue vendor brings a ray of sunshine to her home city of Glasgow with solo art show.

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Former Big Issue vendor’s journey from the streets to Fleet Street

Ex-Big Issue vendor Joel Hodgson went from sleeping rough in London to working for one of the city’s top law firms, thanks to The Big Issue Foundation. He shares his inspirational story and explains why he’s supporting The Big London Night Walk tomorrow.

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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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VIDEO: “A Big Issue day” as UK street paper’s founder John Bird makes maiden speech in the House of Lords

The Big Issue founder John Bird today spoke of his decades of fighting poverty through street papers in his maiden speech to the House of Lords.

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The Big London Night Walk: familiar streets, hidden stories

Time is running out to sign up for The Big London Night Walk 2016! Stephen Robertson, CEO of The Big Issue Foundation, tells INSP why the event is crucial to raising awareness of homelessness and rough sleeping in London.

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“It’s really hard not to take it personally” – an emotional reaction to #VendorWeek

Georgina Jones, Founder of Turn Lights On sold The Big Issue for #VendorWeek. This tearful video tells her story.

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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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Rugby stars tackle #VendorWeek in Edinburgh, while actress Maxine Peake takes on a new role in Manchester

The stars of Edinburgh Rugby are used to some hard knocks, but they had a whole new challenge yesterday for INSP’s #VendorWeek.

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#VendorWeek: Would you buy a Big Issue from this seven-foot angry sun?

David Shrigley-designed Partick Thistle mascot Kingsley and Belle and Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch led a team of guest vendors selling The Big Issue for INSP #VendorWeek.

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Our vendors: Sharon Tummon (The Big Issue, Christchurch, UK)

“With the help of The Big Issue I got a flat in Southbourne after being homeless for years,” says Sharon.

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Owen Jones, Rachel Johnson, Samira Ahmed and more kick off #VendorWeek in London

Some of the biggest names in publishing sold The Big Issue on the streets of London yesterday for #VendorWeek.

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World’s street papers celebrate #VendorWeek 2016

It’s only Day 2 and INSP’s fourth international #VendorWeek is already in full swing. Here’s how dozens of street papers are joining the celebration worldwide.

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#VendorWeek: musicians, media heavy-weights, actors and mascots sell Big Issue

Belle and Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch, actress Maxine Peake, Guardian columnist Owen Jones, David Shrigley-designed Partick Thistle mascot Kingsley and Scottish professional wrestler Grado will be among #VendorWeek supporters.

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Street papers put £23.4 million in the pockets of world’s most disadvantaged

New figures reveal the impact of INSP street papers across the world. Statistics released for #VendorWeek show 23.5 million street papers were sold last year.

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World’s street papers celebrate landmark anniversaries in 2016

From a first birthday to 25 glorious years in print, find out why 2016 promises to be a big year for celebrating our street paper family.

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INSP Advent Calendar: day 23

It’s almost Christmas! Open today’s #INSPadvent window to meet Big Issue vendor Paul.

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Street papers have Christmas wrapped up with festive projects

From special editions and calendars to funky bespoke gift wrap, we discover how street papers around the world are helping vendors increase their Christmas sales, give thanks to their customers and to truly enjoy the festive season.

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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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Explore dozens of this month’s brilliant street paper covers

The Pope, Bond, Naomi Klein, great illustrations… and a blue wolf. It must be November’s street paper covers.

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How a kids’ Christmas cover competition brings festive joy to The Big Issue

For the third year in a row, The Big Issue has thrown open its Christmas cover design to UK children. Deputy editor (and chief Christmas elf) Vicky Carroll says the competition spreads the Christmas spirit for staff, customers and vendors.

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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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Big Issue founder John Bird appointed to UK’s House of Lords

Big Issue founder John Bird has today been appointed to the UK’s House of Lords, the second chamber of the UK Parliament.

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Check out these amazing street paper covers from September

INSP supports more than 100 street papers across the world. Here are a selection of our favourite international covers over the last month…

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Our Vendors: Craig Newman (The Big Issue, Bristol, UK)

“I’ve been reading Terry Pratchett. I like the philosophical element,” says Big Issue vendor Craig Newman.

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Coming soon to a cinema near you – Street Cat Bob: the movie

Rising British actor Luke Treadaway is set to play former Big Issue seller James Bowen, whose books about how a stray ginger cat called Bob helped him out of homelessness have sold more than 4 million copies worldwide.

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Big Issue vendor’s diary hailed “compelling” by top authors

A diary written by a Big Issue vendor about his experiences sleeping rough has attracted a wave of attention and praise from established authors and members of the public.

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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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Get your #VendorWeek Playlist here!

Fancy some tunes to get you in the mood for next week’s #VendorWeek Big Sell?

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Our vendors: Richard Mills – The Big Issue UK, Gloucester

“I love selling the Big Issue but I don’t think people realise what a hard job it is,” says 50-year-old Richard Mills, who sells The Big Issue in Gloucester, England.

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Street paper single “Santa’s Coming Round” celebrates Big Issue vendors

‘Tis the season to be jolly … but it’s also the season to spare a thought for the thousands of people around the world who will spend the lead up to Christmas out in the […]

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Big praise for the Big Sell-Off

INSP’s inaugural Big Sell-Off, in association with The Big Issue, was highly commended at INSP’s Zoe Greenfield & Maree Aldam celebrate Scotland’s most prestigious fundraising awards on Tuesday night. The Institute of Fundraising Scotland praised […]

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David Burnett: ‘The most telling pictures are in the least likely places’

By Adam Forrest, The Big Issue in Scotland David Burnett talks to the street paper vendors. Photo: Sebastian Stange/ Photographers For Hope Last week the legendary photographer David Burnett and his team worked with homeless […]

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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.