At the Weekender we love exploring and sharing tales from regional, rural, remote and coastal areas of Australia. The small towns and big hearted communities far removed from city life that often don’t get their stories told in the mainstream media. That’s why today we wanted to shine a light on two brilliant new content creators coming out of the bush.
A brand new project from journalist turned pecan farmer Annabelle Hickson, Galah is a quarterly anthology of stories from farmers, country folk and creatives living in the bush. Galah delves into country life from a creative perspective and gives a modern voice to regional Australia.
When the writer, photographer and mum of three left her glossy magazine career in the city to move to the little town of Tenterfield on the border of NSW and QLD, she knew nothing about farm life. But Annabelle quickly became enamoured with the rural lifestyle and decided to celebrate it in the pages of a magazine. From her new home in the bush, she created Galah.
The first issue will be released this week featuring stories from Trisha Dixon, Meg Mason, Jayne Cuddihy, Tim Ross, Sophie Hansen, Michelle Crawford and Claire Takacs. There are articles about art, architecture, gardening and food, as well as some beautiful and thought provoking essays on the theme of ‘Limitations’. Each issue will share a special place to stay in regional Australia (which you know we can't wait to check out!)
Order a copy now if you want to get a peek into rural life, see some stunning photography and plan your next escape to the bush.
Extraordinary Outback Stories Podcast
Prefer to get your stories in the pod format? Extraordinary Outback Stories popped into our ears in September this year with a collection of unheard anecdotes about life on the land.
The collaboration between journalists Lucy Taylor and Lucy Samuels began as they bonded over their common love for rural Australia. Two former country girls living in the big smoke, they decided there were so many stories in the bush worth sharing that just weren’t being told.
The Lucys knew they wanted to do this project properly, which meant jumping into a tiny plane to fly all over Australia, meeting the locals and interviewing the most interesting people they could find. In recent episodes they have spoken to author Di Morrissey, a bull rider, an opal miner and a cast of other ordinary people with extraordinary stories.
The girls also write a newsletter throughout their travels, sharing tidbits that don’t make it onto the podcast, regional businesses to support, book club picks and recipes.
Anyone who enjoys kicking back with a great interview in their ears will adore these fresh voices and the tales they unearth.
Other rural content to check out
Eager to discover more content from rural creators? Pick up a copy of Graziher magazine, shop at Buy From the Bush, read Jane Harper’s novels, follow Two Young Nomads and Thank a Farmer for your Next Meal, admire Clancy Paine’s photography and grab a calendar from The Naked Farmer to support mental health.