Lou and Colin, Leeds city centre

How long have you been together? Colin: We’ve been together for 14 years and Lou has been my full-time carer for the last ten years because I suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and I…

Read more... Feb 13 2017 |

Ken, Bishopthorpe Road, York

Tell us a bit about yourself. I’m originally from Wales. I grew up in care. I’ve been homeless for 35 years. I’m 47 now. It’s the life I have had. I don’t know anything else….

Read more... Feb 06 2017 |

Mick, Marks and Spencer, Preston

Tell us a bit about yourself. I’m 40 years old and originally from Liverpool. I’ve been selling Big Issue North for about 18 months now. ‘I have the best customers. I’ve made some great friends’…

Read more... Jan 30 2017 |

One “Ull” of a city

Kingston upon Hull, normally shortened to Hull – or as the accent pronounces it “Ull” – is a city in the East Riding of Yorkshire. It lies on the River Hull and the Humber Estuary,…

Read more... Jan 09 2017 |

Dave, Manchester Victoria

How was 2016? The last year wasn’t great. My partner broke her hip at the end of 2015 and then just after that her flat flooded when the River Irwell burst its banks, and that…

Read more... Jan 09 2017 |

Sin Bad, York city centre

Tell me about your name. It started off as a nickname but then I changed it legally. It sounds funny when I’m at the doctors and stuff and they called out Mr Bad. “I’ve always…

Read more... Dec 31 2016 |

Leonard, Lime Street Station, Liverpool

Tell us a bit about yourself. I am 24 years old. I am from Romania. I have been selling the magazine for seven months and now everything is good. “Conversation is important. Respect is important.”…

Read more... Dec 21 2016 |

Michael, Meanwood, Leeds

Do you like selling Big Issue North? Yes, it’s all right. I do well at it. I’ve sold it for a while now – two or three years. I have learning difficulties and so Bev…

Read more... Dec 13 2016 |

Mark, Doncaster

How old are you? I turn 50 at the end of November. I haven’t really thought about turning 50. A lot of people say I look a lot younger than what I am. I do…

Read more... Dec 05 2016 |

Steven, Oxford Road, Manchester

Tell us a bit about yourself. I’m 52, 53 in January. I was born in Moss Side but grew up in Wythenshawe. “I’ve been clean for four years now and stayed out of trouble for…

Read more... Nov 21 2016 |

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