Provincial LIVING is Australia’s newest magazine celebrating the provincial way of life from Paris to Provence, Australia to Africa.
Provincial LIVING is published by a small, experienced and passionate team united in their love of travel, good food, wine, culture, entertainment and lifestyle.
Working with a talented group of local and international journalists and photographers we strive to publish the finest articles covering a diverse range of travel experiences, from luxury to budget travel, city to country, local and international, both inspiring and exciting making you feel like you’re having a holiday without leaving home.
We are keen to hear from people interested in contributing articles and photography. Come and enjoy the journey with us…
Provincial LIVING is published by Purple Bird Media, a small independently owned Australian business.
“my goal is to run out of pages in my passport” - unknown
Debbie McKinstry is the Publishing Editor of Provincial Living Magazine.
Debbie loves European culture and is especially passionate about France and the provincial way of life.
At the age of six Debbie was given her first Madeline and Genevieve book, which was the start of a long standing passion for all things French. Like Madeline, nothing frightens Debbie – not tigers, not mice, not even getting sick.
Debbie has a background in Executive Management, Marketing and Sales. Debbie is a keen traveler, explorer, cook and gardener.
Harriet Empey is a sub editor for Provincial Living. She grew up in West Cork, Ireland, and first visited France at age 13. She has been a Francophile ever since and loves visiting her parents in South West France for an injection of French food, wine, culture and country life.
Jennie Sharpe is a freelance writer and editor. Currently sub editor and contributor for Provincial Living magazine, Jennie has a long-held passion for European culture, especially its literature, history and art.
Michael [Michel] Bula is a practicing International Lawyer, Barrister, Solicitor and Notary, NAATI professional French-English translator - with his own boutique practice Michael Bula Solicitors, International Lawyers and Notaries and specialises in French Property amongst other matters.
A longtime committed foodie, Andrew is well known in the Melbourne food scene, running a successful food tourism business. Andrew was also a contestant on Masterchef Australia Season 3, a position he landed after spending a year in Paris in 2012 exploring and taking in the food and restaurants in France’s City of Light. Obsessed with good food and with extensive contacts in the food industry, European food is Andrew’s primary passion. Please visit foodiediscoveries.com
Andrew is a Graphic Designer who studied Graphic Design at both Holmesglen Institute and the University of Canberra, and is passionate about his work. Andrew owns a freelance graphic design business AWD Studios specialising in web and print-based media. awdstudios.com.au
Robyn Johnston is a writer and artist. She has a Diploma of Arts in Professional Writing and Editing. At home she can often be found in her studio, up to her elbows in pastels and paint. Her work includes illustrations and commissions.
Sylvia is a writer and correspondent based in France, focusing on business and lifestyle. Her globetrotting career in the travel and hospitality industry carried her across four continents, until France became her permanent home in 2004.
Annie holds a Bachelors degree in Journalism from France and a Diploma of Education from La Trobe University.
Annie first moved to Australia 20 years ago and a few years later settled in Lebanon as a French teacher, librarian and Career advisor. During all those years, Annie also worked as a freelance journalist, discovering the interesting craftsmen and traditions from the Middle East.
Annie and her family are back and settled in Melbourne where they enjoy the spirit of the city and its multicultural atmosphere.
Annie will help you discover French traditions, but also French Lifestyle in Melbourne, and will show you that Australian and French people have a lot in common.