The Big Miss You Podcast
A virtual street corner to connect our readers and vendors
Since March, it’s been impossible for the Big Issue to be sold on the UK’s streets. For Big Issue vendors, whose only income is from selling the magazine, the Government lockdown due to COVID-19 is devastating – both fin
Big Issue vendors return to the UK streets
Season 1, Ep. 8
Since March, our vendors have not been able to sell The Big Issue on the UK’s streets. This measure has been essential to follow government guidance and keep everyone safe from Covid-19.With lockdown starting to ease, we are really pleased that Big Issue vendors will be back on the streets next week, starting from Monday 6 July.Over the last couple of months, this podcast has celebrated the relationships between our vendors and their customers… the friendships that have grown out of The Big Issue.In this special final edition of The Big Miss You Podcast, we hear from lots of our vendors – from all over the country – about what they’ve missed whilst they’ve been unable to sell the magazine... and what they're looking forward to.The Big Miss You Podcast is produced by Laura Kelly with additional reporting by Liam Geraghty.
Jim and Samantha in Salisbury, Wiltshire
Season 1, Ep. 7
Today, we take a trip to the medieval cathedral city of Salisbury. Normally, that’s where you’d find Jim listening to violin music, while selling The Big Issue. For the last six years, Samantha has looked forward to visiting him for a chat every time she’s in the town. Their conversations about what’s in the magazine frequently lead on to talking about the politics of the day – they’ve had a lot to cover in recent years.Jim has been dealing with precarious housing - sleeping rough on and off - for a number of years. At the moment, he says he's "living entirely on other people’s kindness". He's had somewhere to sleep during the lockdown, but is unsure how long he'll be able to stay.He says that he's seen pictures of Salisbury city centre and it looks empty without him. He's looking forward to getting back out to sell the magazine when Big Issue vendors start working again on 6 July.The Big Miss You Podcast is produced byLaura Kelly, with additional reporting by Liam Geraghty.
Nick and Sally in Truro, Cornwall
Season 1, Ep. 6
This episode of The Big Miss You Podcast takes us to the south west corner of England, to the Cornish city of Truro.Animal-lover Nick normally sells The Big Issue there, frequently accompanied by his dog Bryony. His regular customer Sally wanted to tell us how important Nick is to the community, and how kind he is.Nick describes himself as a New Age traveller. He lives in a caravan on ground near the waterworks, with Bryony and his cat Meow. Though the lockdown has hit his earnings hard, he tells us that his connection to nature has given him something to smile about.The Big Miss You Podcast is produced by Laura Kelly, with additional reporting by Liam Geraghty.
Two Janes in Wimbledon, London
Season 1, Ep. 5
For this edition, we're taking you to Wimbledon, in London. Local Big Issue seller Jane Burns is something of a local celebrity. She has a loyal group of regular customers, and has even appeared in The Times newspaper.On a normal morning, at 10.30am, you might see Jane’s customer Jane Blackmore coming out of the underground and nipping into Gregg’s to pick up a coffee and a sausage roll that she can drop off to her favourite vendor on her pitch.Jane Burns has been through a lot in her life - facing down serious health problems with an incredible resilience. For this podcast, she was generous enough to share her story of how she came to be selling The Big Issue with us.The Big Miss You podcast is produced by Laura Kelly for The Big Issue UK, with additional reporting by Liam Geraghty.
Colin, Jane and Vic in the seaside town of Broadstairs
Season 1, Ep. 4
This week we're taking a virtual trip to the seaside - to Broadstairs, on the Kent coast. Usually, you’d find Big Issue seller Colin there, offering a supportive ear and a cheerful smile to his fellow members of the community.Jane and her husband Vic got in touch with The Big Issue to tell us about how much they’re missing seeing Colin for a catch-up when they’re out and about.Jane and Vic have long enjoyed their chats with Colin, but earlier this year, they had a particular reason to feel grateful to him.Colin was the good Samaritan who came to Vic's aid after a fall in which he hit his head.The Big Miss You Podcast comes out every Thursday. It is produced byLaura Kelly, with additional reporting by Liam Geraghty.
Kenny and Mae in Stockbridge, Edinburgh
Season 1, Ep. 3
Our audio journey takes us to Stockbridge in Edinburgh this week. Local vendor Kenny has been selling the magazine there since last year. Kenny is much-loved by the tight-knit community in Stockbridge.One of the community’s hubs is in Mae Douglas’s shop, The Write Stuff. Like Kenny, Mae is unable to do her normal job at the moment. She got in touch with us to send a message to Kenny, whose weekly visits to her shop she has been missing.Kenny talked to us about how he's looking forward to seeing his family and his customers again. He also told us how he's been maintaining his recovery from addiction, whilst in lockdown.The Big Miss You Podcast comes out every Thursday. It is produced by Laura Kelly, with additional reporting by Liam Geraghty.
Simon, Mary and Robin Ince in friendly Norwich
Season 1, Ep. 2
For our main feature this week, we’re heading to Norwich where Simon sells The Big Issue outside Top Shop. A fixture of the city, known for his flamboyant jester’s hat, he often cheers up his customer, Mary, with his hearty laugh.Simon slept rough for seven years, bringing his tent all over England, before settling in the friendly city of Norwich. His positivity is remarkable. "I'm not going to tell you how bad my life's been, I'm going to tell you how great I want it to be," he says.We're also visited by comedian Robin Ince, who tells us what Big Issue vendors mean to him as a "professionally nomadic" gigging performer.The Big Miss You Podcast comes out every Thursday. It is produced byLaura Kelly, with additional reporting by Liam Geraghty.