Girl’s ‘hon­est’ de­sign to be Big Is­sue cover

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

A HEART­WARM­ING de­sign of a Big Is­sue seller next to Fa­ther Christ­mas and a snow­man cre­ated by a 12-year-old girl has been cho­sen as the front cover of the mag­a­zine’s Christ­mas edi­tion.

The colour­ful paint­ing, by Kaoriko Ta­mura, was cho­sen from al­most 900 en­tries in the an­nual chil­dren’s com­pe­ti­tion, with a theme this year of “to­gether” amid the coun­try’s po­lit­i­cal di­vi­sions.

Kaoriko, inset, a pupil at the ACS In­ter­na­tional School in Hilling­don, Lon­don, said she hoped the front cover would help sell more Big Is­sue mag­a­zines this Christ­mas.

Big Is­sue ed­i­tor Paul McNamee said there was “some­thing very hon­est and sim­ple and warm­ing” about Kaoriko’s work.

He added: “It’s a won­der­ful scene and it’ll help our ven­dors out on the street hugely. Ev­ery year our socks are knocked off by the love and soul that so many young peo­ple pour into their en­tries. Each one is ex­cep­tional.”

Head judge Ju­lian Clary said: “I spent ages ru­mi­nat­ing but in the end I chose Kaoriko’s as this was the draw­ing that made me feel most Christ­massy.” Hong Kong-born Kaoriko moved to Lon­don with her fam­ily last year af­ter liv­ing in Ja­pan.

She said: “I hope that my cover will help Big Is­sue ven­dors sell more mag­a­zines at Christ­mas be­cause I have cre­ated the cover think­ing of them, spend­ing the money they get from sell­ing the mag­a­zines for things they need.”

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