The creators of Big Issue North magazine have launched a new publication, telling untold stories and created to change the lives of the most vulnerable people in our society.
The New Issue is a quarterly magazine that contains real stories – beautifully told. It offers stunning photography combined with high-quality independent writing, covering everything from changing landscapes and social issues to lifestyle and fiction. It’s a long read; something to take time over and savour.
While The New Issue is sold directly to subscribing individuals and businesses, its ethos remains that of Big Issue North. All profits from sales of the new publication go back into support the people who sell Big Issue North on the streets, creating more opportunities for people facing barriers to employment, and facing homelessness or vulnerable living situations.
The first edition of The New Issue kicks off with a story about the former miners of Kellingley, the country’s last deep coal pit, which shut four years ago. Writer Roger Ratcliffe and photographer Mark Pinder reveal how the miners – and their North Yorkshire community – have fared since.
In its 80 pages, The New Issue goes on to cover the fast fashion industry, the cultural and literary significance of mermaids, the fate of Windrush scandal victims, and the search for elusive author Elena Ferrante in Naples.
We look at the off-field controversies as well as on-field heroics in the increasingly popular sport of American football and talk to photographer Simon Annand, who for 30 years has shot actors such as Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Anthony Hopkins in the intimate half hour before they go on stage.
There’s a new short story from Sarah Hall, who has been on both the Booker Prize shortlist and longlist. Acclaimed chef Mary-Ellen McTague writes about the winter ingredients that inspire her, and writer and broadcaster Ian McMillan brings things to a close with a reflective column.
It’s for organisations that have a customer base that value the kind of insightful content that we provide, bound up in an aspirational, coffee-table package. Equally, it’s for organisations with a clear sense of social responsibility, which recognise their place in their communities and the importance of taking every opportunity to do good and change lives.
Fay Selvan, The New Issue publisher, said: “Readers of The New Issue aren’t just consuming great journalism and untold stories in a beautiful package – they are changing lives at the same time. As well as supporting people to change their lives through selling Big Issue North, it has always been our mission to shed light on untold stories through our journalism – and we’re delighted to be furthering that aim.
“I’m particularly proud of The New Issue’s commitment to independent journalism. There’s no shareholders, no advertisers, and no political agenda involved in our reporting or our decision making.”