"The Big Issue is a scam for drunken scroungers. Isn't it?"

As The Big Issue celebrates its 23rd birthday, we bust some of the myths mistakenly held about this great British institution

Gary Kemp

Gary Kemp: “It is our biggest audience since Live Aid"

Adrian Lobb

On the eve of the Spandau Ballet documentary and Royal Albert Hall show, Gary Kemp talks youth tribes, drugs and "being the baddie"

Toby Jones

Toby Jones: "I couldn't believe what Springsteen said to me"

Jane Graham

The Detectorists star Toby Jones, 48, talks betrayal, guilt - and what happened when he met Bruce Springsteen

Why I've joined the Scottish Greens

Malcolm Jack

What has been the Scottish public’s political engagement post-referendum? Malcolm Jack finds the Scottish Greens in good spirits

Focus E15 Mothers: Give the houses to people who need them

We are occupying decent homes to stop them being cleared for luxury housing, says Focus E15 Mothers

Samira Ahmed

Samira Ahmed: In California the tide is turning

Samira Ahmed

"America has an often contradictory environmental history; its ability to simultaneously celebrate and squander its natural resources"

Reuniting the kingdom: What next?

Adam Forrest

The Union survived, but we’re still at odds on much. Dennis Skinner, John Lanchester and others contemplate where we go from here

Paul McNamee

Testify on our behalf

Paul McNamee

"The Big Issue is part of the fabric of Britain, our vendors are key and valued parts of communities"

Stephanie Leonidas

Stephanie Leonidas: "I think aliens would be sexy"

Steven MacKenzie

Defiance star Stephanie Leonidas talks gossip in the make-up chair, morphing into an angry girl and sexy extra-terrestrials

Diana Melly: So Long As I Keep On Dancing

After 46 years of unconventional marriage to the late jazz great George, Diana Melly is quick-stepping her way through her later years