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.

The third annual Storytelling Cup is back this year and we've partnered  with MACq 01 - a storytelling hotel, to bring you darker and more bold tales from tellers with fire in their bellies. 

MACq 01 Storytellers Cup is on Saturday 14th July from 7:00pm. 

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 and handcrafted Huon pine Storytellers Cup

Second Prize: $250

Third prize: $100

The MACq 01 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.




2018 Word Weavers:

Justin Johnstone – Master Storyteller.   MACq 01 Hotel

Enthralled by the storytelling magic woven by his tiny Tasmanian Grandmother, Justin Johnstone knew from a young age that bringing people and events to life through storytelling was something he wanted to do. With great appreciation for a good yarn, a love of history and a fascination for everything Tasmania, Justin finds himself well placed in his current role of Master Storyteller at the Federal Group’s MACq 01 Storytelling Hotel in Hobart. A vocal advocate for Tasmania, Justin Johnstone’s previous roles in theatre, education, tourism and heritage allow him to draw on acquired skills and experiences in order to authentically share the stories of Tasmania and its people.

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.

Emilia Leonetti

Emilia Leonetti was born in Sydney in November 1993. She resided, studied and worked there for 24 years before making the Huon Valley her home in January this year. Leonetti began writing at the age of six, but did not seriously begin to write poetry for another four years (leading up to this revelation were […]

Emalisa White

A Tassie girl born and raised, I grew up on a farm in Wattle Grove, and now live and work in Hobart.  I have been writing since I was a child, and my earliest literary memory was writing a short story about a leopard. Now I write mostly poetry and read mostly fiction. The Very […]


Isolation drives a ghost to madness, so Truly seeks to surround himself with like-minded spirits. He is deeply fascinated with the engineering of art and the construction of story. A traveler from the States, Truly’s home is where his heart is.

Janan Sykes

Janan’s writing, like any hobby, is primarily a way of distracting herself from her own mortality. Given that this is the main theme of a lot of her work, its not necessarily successful. She stumbles between poetry, prose, science fiction and horror whilst trying not to be too goddamn melodramatic (failing mostly).

Young Dawkins

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.

Stuart Addison

Stuart Addison is a raconteur. He’s also a dog wrangler, cook, blowtorch enthusiast, sailor, soon to be dad (again) and raging ADHD hot mess. The linear narrative tends to escape him. Look forward to a stream of consciousness cacophony of loosely related, cider fuelled (and an otherwise unmedicated) glimpse into the overloaded telephone exchange that […]


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.


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