Once upon a time,

before the world became as it is today... folks gathered at the fire to share stories. Storytelling was an art; the teller, a weaver of words painting pictures in the minds of the listeners. And everyone had a story to tell.



Friday:  8.30pm - 9.30pm Indigenous Storytelling: Linton Burgess, Denni Proctor and Nathan Maynard

Saturday afternoon: 3.30pm - 4.30pm (family friendly) with Huon Valley local Phillip Rush and Tamas Osvald

Saturday eve: 7.00pm - 8.30pm - Following the success of last year’s inaugural Storytellers Cup at the Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival, we’re delighted to announce it will return in 2017, darker, bolder and with more fire in the tellers’ bellies. CASH prizes and winner take the Huon Pine Cup.

Sunday 12.15pm - 1.15pm -  Tamas Osvald and Phillip Rush

Sunday 3.00pm - 3.45pm  - Tamas Osvald and Phillip Rush


Word Weavers:


Running the Huon Valley Storytellers Cup in 2017 is Rachel Edwards The editor in chief of Transportation Press. She is a freelance writer and reviewer; former editor of Island and guest edited a volume of the Review of Australian Fiction, which featured Tasmanian authors exclusively. She runs a consultancy on the writing, editing and publishing processes; Page Turner.


Nathan Maynard is a Trawlwoolway, Bass Strait Islands pakana man. He is an active community member and one of many warriors who fight for their people and country. He uses storytelling as one of his weapons and his debut play, The Season, premiered at the Sydney Opera House as part of the Sydney Festival in 2016. It was received with rave reviews, a hit amongst black and white audiences alike.


Linton Burgess’s origins go back to Mannalargenner and the East Coast home of the Mairremener people. He is a valuable member of community and active On Country. He has been an activist and improved his knowledge of culture through people and experiences that he has been involved with. He has spoken up for country including working to protect the caves around the Florentine. He is a cultural educator who works to bring harmony and good balance amongst people. Linton works as a cultural translator delivering knowledge in clear and accessible way.


Philip Rush is an award-winning and top-selling poet, Willie Smith Tour Guide and renowned storyteller.


We use stories from our own Hungarian tradition, but also from other culture from all over the world.