Issue 1363

09 Nov 2020
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About this issue: Overview

How you can help your vendor
Once again this year, coronavirus has forced our vendors off the street. But this time, reports Brontë Schiltz, the consequences could be even more severe

Bread and poetry
She’s best known for her Road Rage but like everyone now, Cerys Matthews is taking her foot off the pedal and focusing on the next couple of months. As well as her own family, who have faced their own tragedy as a result of the pandemic, she’s thinking about the many people without a secure shelter during lockdown. Francine White speaks to the singer and broadcaster

Shipping lines
Sex and drugs and disco – Chris Moss talks to the authors of Pure Narco, a fast-paced, character-filled true crime tale about 25 years in the international cocaine trade.

Net losses
When physical shops and services close during a pandemic, it becomes clearer than ever that internet access is vital. As a new lockdown is imposed, Lucinda Herbert asks what happens to the estimated nine million people living in digital poverty in the UK.

Truth and spies
Intrigued by juicy gossip about a friend? Then try thinking like a spy, David Omand, one of Britain’s most senior  ex-intelligence officers tells Roger Ratcliffe.


News, arts and entertainment, columnist Saskia Murphy, Gregg Wallace’s letter to his younger self, crossword, Sudoku and more.



Big Issue North during the Coronavirus pandemic

Following the announcement of a full national lockdown from Thursday 5th November, our vendors are once again unable to sell Big Issue North and earn an income.

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. Donate to our hardship fund
  2. Buy the magazine online or from Sainsbury’s, Co-Op, McColl’s or Booths
  3. Subscribe to Big Issue North or The New Issue or do some Christmas shopping on our shop

Every donation makes a difference.