Country Style - - A LETTER FROM THE EDITOR -

Every year I wait for your short sto­ries to start ar­riv­ing. I won­der how you will in­ter­pret the theme and how many en­tries we will get, and

ner­vously check that we are well pre­pared to start read­ing them — I can tell you that the Coun­try Style Short Story Com­pe­ti­tion needs to be run with mil­i­tary pre­ci­sion as the en­tries be­gin to pour in. Con­grat­u­la­tions to our win­ner Suzan­nah Church­man, who started to write again af­ter a seven-year break. “I hope that this com­pe­ti­tion con­tin­ues to en­cour­age women to pick up their cre­ativ­ity wher­ever they left it be­fore life in­ter­vened,” said the mum of three af­ter we broke the news of her win. To read Suzan­nah’s story, The Hid­den Light, turn to page 138. Dur­ing the cold, dark days of Au­gust, I start to dream of sum­mer and of­ten think of the child­hood hol­i­days my fam­ily spent on the NSW South Coast. Days filled with swim­ming, fish­ing, learn­ing how to use a boat and eat­ing far too many Golden Gay­times, just like Annabelle Hick­son’s four-year-old daugh­ter, Har­riet. Annabelle’s story on page 98 about the coastal town of Yamba, NSW, trans­ported me back to those days. We’d bet­ter book our hol­i­day ac­com­mo­da­tion in Yamba as soon as pos­si­ble, be­cause af­ter read­ing her Jour­ney story, I think many of us will want to get in the car and start driv­ing there right now! An­other place I’d like to visit is Adam Ban­tock and Brooke Sains­bery’s Cle­men­tine Restau­rant in the lit­tle coun­try town of Yass, just un­der an hour’s drive from Can­berra. Here, the lo­cals have em­braced hav­ing a chef who cel­e­brates re­gional pro­duce, and Adam is lov­ing the life­style af­ter years in busy city kitchens. “I can walk the kids to school and work a coun­try restau­rant week, which is four days in seven. It gives us fam­ily time, which is pre­cious,” he says. I’m sure you’ll en­joy his recipes on page 78.

Vic­to­ria Carey

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