Latest Features

Dominic Laurie: Breaking the bank

"If you are using a credit broker you should ask yourself why..." The cost of dealing with the payday middle men

Polly Devlin

I’m only now ready to be a mother... and they've gone

"I know now that most women are too young to be mothers. We have no training for it except our own experience of being a daughter"

My nightmare at Christmas

For some people Christmas can be a very painful time of year. Asperger's Syndrome sufferer Robert Walsh on why not everyone is merry

Steven Naismith

Steven Naismith: In a league of his own

Andrew Burns

Is Steven Naismith Britain's kindest footballer? The Everton star talks motivation, raising awareness - and befriending Sir Jackie Stewart

Michelle Dockery in Downton Abbey

"Lady Mary's sexuality seems outrageous in Downton"

The Downton Abbey cast talk sex, class tension and controversy - and why the series is the hottest TV show on the planet

“Scrooge, unless you make an example of Bob Cratchit,” said the ghost, "he’ll become a role model for every future poor sniffler"
"The sentimentality of Christmas leads to feelings that lead to action. This is to be applauded"
“I woke up and thought, right, that’s it. I gave myself to the Lord and began to change my life around”
Buy an exclusive Ralph Steadman-designed T-shirt from The Big Issue - and enter a draw to win one of the prints
John Bird
From 18th century masterpieces to Western film scores, discover Big Issue founder John Bird’s favourite classical music
It's a musical Christmas as Big Issue vendors strike a very personal note with their own version of a yuletide classic
Budding young artist Maya Jerram, aged 8, from Bristol, wins The Big Issue's kids' Christmas cover competition with this magical design

Latest Reviews

HL Dennis

HL Dennis: 5 books every child should read before they're 12

"This modern-day fable celebrates being different..." HL Dennis selects her essential reads for kids

Book reviews: Illuminating the American dream

Doug Johnstone

"Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself is a unique, compelling and completely weird thing of beauty"

Game Masters, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh


"Spread over three sections devoted to arcade originators and new designers, the show opens the eyes as much as it feeds the imagination"

Kids' Books of the Year

Jane Graham

Our pick of the best reads - very useful for last-minute gift ideas. Some younger Big Issue readers have also tweeted reviews...