It’s our legendary Christmas special! As tough as times are for many, as much as people seem to try and widen the divisions between us, at Big Issue we at least know there is a positive side. At this time of year, more vendors join us so they can earn money to get them through a cold, dark winter – and more people join us to support them and to support the work we do.
So you are in for a festive treat as this special bumper Christmas edition is packed with famous faces and vital investigations that shining a light on those in need but also the solutions that can make many lives better into 2024.
We visit a hostel to find out how there’s still hope at Christmas, meet people receiving a warm welcome at the growing number of ‘warm banks’ across the country. We find out the support available for those missing loved ones.
We’re also joined by a sleigh-load of famous faces. From Scotland’s First Minister Humza Yousaf to the persistent and reliable Rick Astley; cultural highlights of the year from Danny Dyer, Ncuti Gatwa, Dominic West and more. We bring you the best of our Letter to My Younger Self interviews with Sophie L Morgan, Beverley Knight, Noel Gallagher, and back for Christmas, Michael Bublé.
There’s a Christmas quiz to test the family while digesting mince pies, our pick of the best books of the year and Christmas messages from our vendors.
They would like to thank you for your continued support. And all of us at Big Issue wish you a merry Christmas. Our next edition comes out just after the big day so we’ll save wishing you a happy new year until then!