Festive Front Pages: A round-up of covers, calendars and books being sold on the streets this Christmas
With the festive season in full swing and Christmas Day less than a week away, we take a moment to cast our eye over the street papers, calendars, books and other goodies on sale by vendors during December.
Each year, INSP puts together a hugely popular feature for the festive period that is focused on street paper vendors from around the world. Too often, vendors are reduced to the problems they face. While it’s important to confront the issues vulnerable people deal with daily, sometimes we can miss the little things that make us all, homeless or not, who we are. So, this year we asked something a little different of vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure.
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.
Glasgow café owner overwhelmed by response to viral Facebook post about her aim to “bring some cheer into those that have little”. And Big Issue vendors are invited to the party.
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.
The Rucksack Project has returned across the UK to help homeless people through the harsh season ahead.