The great sock debate

It’s a tough time to be a millennial right now. It seems that no matter how hard we try, younger generations will find something wrong with what we’re doing. Whether it’s parting our hair on the side, wearing skinny jeans or tucking our shirts into our pants, we can’t seem to get it right. Now they’re coming for the way we wear our socks.

This Colourful Life

For Wayde Clarke, life has been a beautiful and bumpy ride, but creating art has served as a grounding anchor throughout it all. A proud queer Birpai and Wiradjuri man living on Awabakal land in Newcastle, Wayde’s journey as an artist has unexpectedly gone from part time hobby to full time career. With legions of loyal fans lapping up his brilliantly bright creations, Wayde’s purpose runs higher than just decorating walls with his paintings – he plans to help people through art. Swell writer Odette Tonkin discovers that he’s
a man on a mission.

Weaving the Cultural Thread

Cherie Johnson is a proud Gamilaroi and Weilwum woman who calls Newcastle home. From dancer to artist, teacher to businesswoman, Cherie has worn many professional hats, but none more important than her current role as founder and managing director of her transformative company, Speaking In Colour.

Healing Fires

Firesticks Alliance

Light white smoke swirls in the dusk air at Blacksmiths Beach, as a smoking ceremony is performed. This ceremony is part of an Indigenous-led initiative that is reviving the practice of cultural burns and offering an ancient approach to dealing with climate change.

Swell Summer Reads – Glenrock by Lee Christine

Book cover titled 'Glenrock' by Lee Christine and a coffee

We’re always on the lookout for our next page turner, and when Newcastle author Lee Christine’s latest novel Glenrock (published by Allen & Unwin) landed on our desks we dove right in. As the title suggests, this one is set right here in Newcastle and will appeal to anyone that loves crime fiction or mysteries (plus a little bit of romance). We had a quick chat with Lee to find out more.

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Measurements (cm) XS S M L XL XXL
A: Half Chest 46 49 52 55 58 61
B: Body Length 66 69 72 74 76 78
C: Sleeve Length 19.5 20.5 21.5 22.5 22.5 23.5