Galah is for people who care about regional Australia, for people who want to understand regional Australia, but most of all Galah is about celebrating regional Australia and the clever, creative, diverse and innovative people who live here. A modern voice from the bush.
For the first time in a long time, more people are moving into regional Australia than out of it. Galah is a new publication for this new era.
Editor-in-chief Annabelle Hickson didn’t plan to live in regional Australia, but she fell in love with a handsome farmer from western NSW so she thought she’d give it a shot. She knew there’d be some sacrifices - her journalism career at The Australian, the beach and takeaway food that is still hot by the time you get home - but she had no idea how many opportunities there’d be for her in this new life too.
While her husband Ed planted pecan trees, Annabelle looked after their three young children, wrote a regular monthly column at Country Style Magazine and published a book A Tree in the House (Hardie Grant) that has been translated into three languages and sold all over the world. She began to learn what it was to be part of a community, all in it together. Everywhere she looked she saw smart, clever and resilient people who talked about opportunities instead of limitations. This was in stark contrast to the simple-country-people stereotypes she’d bought into in the city.
Twelve years after moving west, as the terrible dry of 2019-2020 eased, Annabelle was craving to read stories from regional Australia that weren’t about disadvantage. Lack of water, lack of jobs, and lack in general were all real, but they were not the only narrative from regional Australia. Annabelle also wanted to hear stories that reflected her own sense of luck at being able to live out of the city. She wanted to read about beauty and freedom and opportunities. She wanted a publication that assumed people in regional Australia were a smart and increasingly diverse lot, who cared about community and creativity and the environment, as well as profitability. And she wanted a publication that acted as a bridge between the city and country divide. So she made Galah.
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