Huon Valley Storytellers Cup - Saturday 13 July
Once upon a time, before the world became as it is today... folks gathered by 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...
Tassie's Preeminent Storytelling event!
With over $800 in prizes up for grabs and the winner also taking home the beautiful handcrafted Huon pine Storytellers Cup, eight tales will be chosen for performance on the Saturday evening of the festival.
First prize: $500 cash and handcrafted Huon pine Storytellers Cup | Second Prize: $250 cash | Third prize: $100 cash
The Storytellers Cup will this year be coordinated by Rachel Edwards, the editor-in-chief of Transportation Press. She is a freelance writer and reviewer; former editor of Island Magazine and guest edited a volume of the Review of Australian Fiction, which exclusively featured Tasmanian authors.
The festival welcomes Amanda Ducker, Dave Noonan and Martin Maudsley as the 2019 Storytellers Cup judges.
If you'd like to register your interest in the competition please email [email protected]
Growing Stories - Sunday 14 July
Sunday Family Fun Day is a much loved part of the Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival. And this year we're adding a super special segment called 'Growing Stories', led by Young Dawkins. A chance for growing humans to get up on the stage and perform a story.
The festival invites young people aged between 8 -16 to prepare a 3-5 minute tale about apples or be 'appley in some way'.
You're story could be:
*A personal story
*A Myth or legend
* A fairy tale
* Or even a story about a ghost!
TO SAY THANKS AND APPLAUD YOUR BRAVERY
* Each teller will receive two x Sunday tickets to the festival (one for the teller and one for their parent or guardian).
*Each teller will receive a $25 book voucher - thanks to Fullers Bookshop.
To help you prepare, we're running a storytelling workshop led by Tassie's Godfather of Storytelling Young Dawkins.
DATE: Sunday June 30
WHERE: The Local Cafe, 17 Wilmot Road, Huonville
TIME 11am - 12pm
REGISTER YOUR INTEREST
If you'd like to tell a tale at the festival please email [email protected] for more information.
'Get wild, wassail and burn a wicker man' - tales tall and true interview
Renowned drinks journalist James Atkinson came to get wild, wassail and watch our wicker man burn at last year's Mid-Winter Festival.
He chatted to some of the festival's artists, local Huon Valley producers, Willie Smith's co-founder Sam Reid and UK cider legend Bill Bradshaw for his podcast, Drinks Adventures.
Take a listen here to learn about real cider and pagan rituals at our little festival.
2019 Tassie Tellers
Wayfinder – mobile storytelling studio
Helene Thomas will be launching the ‘Wayfinder’ – a mobile storytelling studio to collect personal stories and craft them into beautiful audio packages for people to listen to.
Young Dawkins is a published poet and storyteller. He won the Mid-Winter Festival Story Telling Cup in 2017. He believes the palawa have it right – we are all strands of the same universal story.
All the way from the UK. Martin has a particular passion for stories that connect with wild landscapes and the natural world. He has worked with fruit orchards in the West Country of England for over 15 years as a Wassail ‘butler’ (master of ceremonies) and is a regular featured storyteller at Apple Days, food […]
PAIGE TURNER – STORYTELLING CUP COORDINATOR
Running the Huon Valley Storytellers Cup in 2018 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.
TAMAS OSVALD – ROAMING TREES
We use stories from our own Hungarian tradition, but also from other culture from all over the world.