Issue 1309

21 Oct 2019
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About this issue: Overview

Visible means of support Big Issue North editor Kevin Gopal assesses the hopes and aspirations of our vendors shown in a recent survey – as well as the barriers they face. And he explains why we urge everyone who buys the magazine to take their copy.

Face up, stand up Out of the suicide of a parent and gang membership that resulted in a beating, Darren Harriott has somehow managed to craft comedy. The stand-up tells Gary Ryan why going on stage is where he finds peace and quiet.

Citizen of the universe If the cosmos is a lonely place, the quest to find out what’s going on in it certainly isn’t. Mia Rothwell interviews Zooniverse co-founder Chris Lintott about crowdsourced science.


News, arts and entertainment, columnist Saskia Murphy on the night time being the right time, Queen guitarist Brian May’s letter to his younger self, crossword, Sudoku and more.


Big Issue North during the Coronavirus pandemic

We have taken the difficult decision to tell our vendors that they cannot sell Big Issue North on the streets during the Coronavirus pandemic, for the safety of the public and themselves.

This is a serious emergency for our vendors, and they need your help. There are three things you can do right now to help them get through this impossibly tough period.

  1. Buy our digital issue of this week’s magazine Buy
  2. Donate to our hardship fund, which we’ll use to help vendors in the most urgent need Donate
  3. Buy subscriptions and back issues online Shop Now