Vigil held for Birmingham Big Issue vendors

The two Big Issue vendors killed in Birmingham were remembered at a candlelit vigil last night.

Friends and family of Wayne Lee Busst, 32, and Ian Watson-Gladwish, 31, gathered at the spot where the men died to pay their respects.

Floral and written tributes were laid on Union Street and candles lit in memory of the pair, who were stabbed last Friday following a day spent selling the Big Issue.

Wayne's pitch on Union Street will be left empty this week as the city mourns the loss of the popular vendors.


Ian Watson-Gladwish: A kind, thoughtful and motivated vendor

Last year, Birmingham vendor Ian Watson-Gladwish – who died after a knife attack last Friday – talked to The Big Issue about his life…

Big Issue vendor Ian Watson-Gladwish, who died after a knife attack in Birmingham last week, gave a moving insight into how he was rebuilding his life in an interview for the magazine's My Pitch section.

Published last March, the feature gave Ian a chance to talk about his life, how much he enjoyed his job selling the magazine, and his hopes for the future. He spoke of his love of walking, and was enthusiastic about taking part in the Big Brum Night Walk, to raise money for The Big Issue Foundation.


Thousands pay tribute to Birmingham Big Issue vendors

The deaths of two Birmingham Big Issue vendors has moved thousands worldwide to pay their respects.

Tributes from as far afield as Australia have been pouring in for the Big Issue vendors Wayne Lee Busst (pictured left) and Ian Watson-Gladwish, who died on the streets of Birmingham on Friday evening.

On the magazine's Facebook site and the Big Issue Foundation Facebook site hundreds of people have left messages of condolence and sympathy, while thousands more have shown support, both on Facebook and Twitter. People have been expressing a mixture of shock, sadness and anger at the knife attack on the two men.

Lee Walker described it as “a tragedy, two men trying to earn a living for a better life," while John Coyle, a volunteer in The Big Issue's Birmingham office, commented: “I can only say it was a pleasure to have met them.”


Big Issue In Mourning

Tribute to our vendors killed yesterday in Birmingham Myself and everyone at The Big Issue has been deeply saddened to hear the tragic news that…


Project Opera sing to raise money for The Big Issue Foundation

Project:Opera soloists will be accompanied and directed by Hungarian opera conductor and former member of the Hungarian State Opera house Gergely Kaposi in an explosion of beloved Opera classics at St Saviors Church on Saturday 19th January. The program includes a unique selection of most famous and acclaimed opera arias of all times from La Traviata, La Bohème, Carmen, Don Giovanni and more.

The team at Project:Opera have lots in store for 2013, from their spectacular staged production of Mozart’s Requiem on Friday 8th March at St Johns, Waterloo to many more free open-air performances in your local parks!

To keep up to date with their events visit their page


Big Issue Volunteers & One Creek Road

‘The Big Christmas Pitch Invasion’ Full of Christmas cheer a group of Big Issue volunteers and ‘One Creek Road’ choir took to the pitches of…


Vendor Andre Rostant reviews ‘A Christmas Carol’.

"Goes beyond performance, recitation or storytelling". Big Issue vendor André Rostant reviews Simon Callow's wonderful "embodiment" of A Christmas Carol and a very merry Christmas from TBI vendors.

Marley was dead… so convincingly spectral was Simon Callow's animation of his ghost, nobody could doubt it: not only was Marley dead, but Dickens' Scrooge was most definitely alive and we, the audience at London's Arts Theatre, were transported along with him into the spirit world.

In an age of blockbuster CGI mega-movies, Callow's refreshing one man personification – because it goes beyond performance, recitation or storytelling – his embodiment of A Christmas Carol is breathtaking in its clarity of conception and beautifully executed.  Of course, there are some special effects: snow, a projected clock and backdrops, a few sounds, but it is Callow's measured unfolding of the story, his ability to draw the audience into a shared experience of Dickens' wry, dark world as companions rather than witnesses, that makes this experience different.


JLS sing ‘Silent Night’ for The Big Issue. Season’s greetings everyone

JLS have recorded a wonderful exclusive video for The Big Issue, singing their version of Silent Night. The Big Issue Christmas bumper editions will be coming out on the 10th, the 17th and the 27th of December. Read more about the magazine here.

As Big Issue vendor Steve says “My wonderful customers who send me a smile or ask how I am reminds me to everyday tell my children to always treat people the way that they would like to be treated.” You can read more here.

Seasons Greetings Everyone!


Big Christmas Auction Solves Christmas Present Conundrum

Stuck for what to get for Christmas presents? Well you’re in luck; The Big Issue Foundation can help you out. A group of talented designer-makers from Cockpit Arts Studios in London have donated a range of their unique pieces to The Big Christmas Auction, everything from handmade jewelry and fashion to miniature architectural buildings.


The Winter Newsletter is out: Homelessness is far worse now than it was just 12 months ago

The Big Issue represents a glimmer of hope and the promise of opportunity for some of the most excluded and disadvantaged people in our Country. For the 'un-housed' we operate an ‘open house’ system, one that embraces people no matter what their issues and sticks with them as they begin to work their way out of homelessness.

Our vendors are our ‘customers’, they are not our ‘clients’. We empower, we do not judge. We expect a standard of behaviour combined with the will to work towards a better life, a life where people make their own choices about what they want and where they aspire to be.