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Covers Round-up: Up close and personal with August’s front pages

This month saw the 2018 Global Street Paper Summit return to INSP’s home city of Glasgow, and our golden annual opportunity to replenish the street paper archive and get up close and personal with covers from around the world.

INSP Awards: The 2018 Best Cultural Feature Finalists are here

The INSP Awards are fast approaching, so it’s time to find out the Finalists up for Best Cultural Feature.

Hot off the press: A round-up of summer street paper covers

With the 2018 Global Street Paper Summit fast approaching, we’re pausing for a moment to look back on the street paper covers that have had us jumping for joy during July.

Our vendors: John Williams (The Big Issue, Weston-super-Mare, UK)

John is a Big Issue vendor based in Weston-super-Mare who has been a magazine vendor for a few years. Here, he talks about his love for his home of over a decade, the town of Weston-super-Mare, and discusses what life is like for him as a Big Issue vendor.

World Cup wonders and getting back to nature: a round up of June’s street paper covers

As we approach the halfway mark in 2018, take a look back at the covers on sale on the streets of the world this month.

INSP Awards: Introducing the 2018 Best Cultural Feature Nominees

We’re continuing with our 2018 INSP Awards announcements, and today we’re revealing the Top 10 Entries for Best Cultural Feature.

Mayday! Mayday! INSP’s latest monthly covers round-up is here

No need to put out a distress call, our round-up of street paper front pages from the last month has landed.

A Shower of April Covers: INSP’s latest front page round-up

April has showered us with a flow of fantastic front pages, and we’ve splattered the very best onto this month’s covers round-up!

Christmas Covers: we unwrap December’s street paper front pages

With Christmas just around the corner, street papers around the world have been getting into the Yuletide spirit and emblazoning their front covers with all things festive!

November No More: A look back at the month’s covers

Time to reflect back on the unsung month of November, and the impressive bunch of street paper covers we’ve seen around the world in the past 30 days.

October Omnibus: A spooktacular look at the last month’s covers

The witching hour is upon us, and has conjured up a month of frighteningly good covers to keep the spectres at bay.

Our vendors: Cornell Jarea (The Big Issue, London, UK)

Cornell Jarea moved to London in 2013. Initially lucky in finding work, his fortunes changed when his job came to an end. He tells the Big Issue about life in the UK and how selling the magazine has helped him.

September Swansong: A look back on the month’s street paper covers

We bid farewell to September by having a look back at the best of the street paper covers from the month.

Awesome August Artwork: A month of impressive street paper covers

The 2017 Global Street Paper Summit allowed us to get up close and personal with August’s covers – take a look at our highlights from the network.

INSP Awards: The 2017 Best Cultural Feature Finalists

The finalists for Best Cultural Feature in this year’s INSP Awards have been chosen – and it’s time to find out who’s made the final five!

Summer cover-lovin’: our round-up of July’s covers

We’ve been having a blast looking at the highlights from July of what our network has been producing.

INSP Awards: Best Cultural Feature Nominees for 2017

What do Game of Thrones, Jon Bon Jovi and a street cat named Bob have in common? They’re all topics of our Best Cultural Feature nominees in this year’s INSP Awards!

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.

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.

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.

The Big Knitathon raises funds for Big Issue UK vendors throughout November

Hitting its fifth anniversary, the Big Knitathon is back this month inviting new and experienced knitters to help raise funds for Big Issue vendors.

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…

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.

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.

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.

#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.

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.

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.