At the dawn of a New Year it is the perfect time for a look back over a phenomenal 12 months for The Big Issue. Vendors made a splash at Westminster and John Bird’s poverty-prevention mission gained momentum. The snap election mobilised our Activist Army, our literacy campaign inspired #whybooksmatter. And our horror Trump cover scooped awards from the BSME (British Society of Magazine Editors) and PPA Scotland, where we also won Consumer Magazine of the Year. We explored the planet, from wily cuttlefish to Street Cat Bob’s Japan takeover, and talked to the stars, from Liam to Brandon, Patrick Stewart to Russell Brand. Joe Wicks got us fit, and we mourned the death of our old friend George Michael.
But what Big Issue features got you talking 2017? We run down what YOU liked most on bigissue.com over the past 12 months.
Politics and the media went head to head to settle the Brexit question once and for all in a debate that will define the era. Representing politics: Malcolm Tucker, former communications director at No 10 Downing Street. Representing the media: local, national and online broadcaster Alan Partridge. The article appeared in an October issue guest edited by both characters’ creator Armando Iannucci.
The incredible tail of A Street Cat Named Bob soared to even greater heights in 2017 as the film version of the bestselling book was released around the world. A series of articles by James Bowen (with a little help from his furry friend) charted the pair’s globetrotting journey promoting the film, including meeting Big Issue Japan vendors, and also brought in a collection of stories from readers sharing how their own pet had helped transform their life Bob-style.
When staff in a coffee shop in Waterloo station refused to serve a customer who wanted to buy coffee for a homeless man, the story went viral. While this wasn’t the coffee shop company’s policy, it sparked a debate about how homeless people are viewed and treated by wider society.
— Adrian Pinsent (@Filmquotebloke) July 18, 2017