At a time when the print magazine industry is challenged by an ever-evolving digital landscape, we think its wonderful to see Graziher magazine celebrating 5 years in publication. Claire and her team have done an amazing job collecting stories from all around the country about some of Australia's inspiring rural and regional women. We think some of the success is attributable to the authenticity of the magazine, the 'realness' with which it showcases its subjects. We love the way in which it provides rural women with their own voice, in a very genuine and unedited way. We think the success of Graziher magazine is also a wonderful reflection of the rural communities, businesses, and readers that obviously support having a print publication like this available. So well done Graziher team and keep up the great work!
PS. We think this 5th Birthday edition is the best edition to date and we promise we're not being biased! Here are our top picks!
Grazier, Chris Ferguson, adorns the cover of the 5th Birthday Issue. We have been following Chris for a while on instagram as @lifeinthemulga where she beautifully chronicles the reality and struggles of life on the land. Cover photo by Edwina Robertson.
An evocative and raw account from Bessie Thomas, titled "Business as Usual" struck a real cord with me. Beautifully written and definitely worth a read.
"God's Country" written by Georgina Poole and photographed by Pip Williams about a young family in the Horton Valley was another article in this edition which really caught our attention, probably because in the last school holidays we visited Angus' sister in the Horton Valley and found the severity of the drought there so incredibly stark and confronting.
"Pops of Positivity" by Georgina Poole is a wonderful contribution to this edition, because it reminds us of some of the positive moments coming out of eastern Australia's drought. Stories include Megan Adams' enviable kitchen garden at Moree, Kate Bradshaw's optimism moving from Winton to Bingara, and Katie Murray's inspiring and uplifting cafe, Stone's Throw at Walgett.
Of course, I'm obliged to share the feature on me, Sarah Barrett! Big thanks to Skye Manson and Pip Farquharson for their words and photographs respectively. It's a story about how I came to join Angus Barrett after a career in corporate law and what I consider to be the most positive things about this life-altering journey.
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