The New Issue: Issue 2

  • The New Issue: Issue 2

From the Big Issue North stable, The New Issue contains real stories - beautifully told. It offers stunning photography combined with quality writing, covering everything from changing landscapes and social issues to lifestyle and fiction.

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The new edition contains reportage and brilliant photography from Lebanon, where discontent with the economy has spilled out onto the streets but where moments of humanity are brighter than ever.

We have the exuberant competitors of the British relay fell running championships, and the young grime artists of Blackpool moving on from dissing each other to mutual support.

With the new government still only in its infancy, we go back to Workington, whose men, if not perhaps its women, took on huge significance in the general election. There's a rare glimpse inside the vehicles of a New Age Travellers camp and confirmation, through a group of refugees, that one of humankind's many common denominators is the love of eating things in some sort of pastry filling.

Benjamin Myers, the award-winning novelist, has written a short story for us that isn't quite as unsettling as the paintings of Paula Rego, who we interview. Prisoners are learning to play Indonesian gamelan music - bringing their families together - and scientists are making breakthroughs in photosynthesis.

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