The Huon | Valley of Stories


Come along and explore more than 30 books and stories inspired by the Huon Valley.

4-26 September 2021
Daily (until 7pm)
25 Main Street, Huonville

In this month-long ARTBOX exhibition, the Huon Valley’s own Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival brings together more than 30 award-winning, intriguing and delightful books and storytelling items for you to explore.

Guarded by Sleeping Beauty to the north, the Huon Valley is home to a flourishing community of writers, poets, wordsmiths and storytellers.

Curated by the Festival’s Director, Dr L.J.M. Owen, each item in the ARTBOX was either created by a local artist or was inspired by the Huon Valley itself.

Living in the Huon Valley, I’m aware of the incredible creativity, diversity and talent of our writers and storytellers. Given how difficult it has been for us to gather, share and celebrate our work over the past year or two, our festival team has developed this ARTBOX exhibition to showcase the Valley’s books and stories in a COVID19-safe way.

Dr L.J.M. Owen

Visit this September to explore stories of life in the Valley, both real and imagined; award-winning stories; stories inspired by the Valley’s gardens, farms and orchards; dark and mysterious stories; and children’s stories brimming with warmth and hope.

Beginning with a special Welcome to Country, the physical ARTBOX exhibition is accompanied by an audio guide. This introduces you to each item in the box. You can then follow links on a website to more information on each book or object.

ARTBOX can be visited any time and is lit up until 7pm. You will need a mobile phone to access the interactive online audio guide. Headphones are recommended.

It’s a great outing for adults, families and school groups alike. Our hope is that readers, writers and fans of storytelling from the valley – and from Hobart and beyond – visit for the day; that they come to Huonville to see and listen to the exhibition, then stay for lunch or afternoon tea to discuss the stories they discover at the ARTBOX.

Dr. L.J.M. Owen

Writers and creators of the featured works include:

Alison Alexander | Jamie Bantick | Bob Brown | Alan Carter | Michelle Crawford | Bronwyn Dillon | First Dog on the Moon | Jacq Ellem | Bronwyn Englert | Matthew Evans | Cameron Wren Fraser | Robyn Friend | Gail Galloway | Nick Haddow | Julie Hunt | Margie Kirk | K. M. Kruimink | Kathryn Lomer | Carol Ann Martin | David Owen | L.J.M. Owen | Favel Parrett | Mike Raine and Miranda Wageman | Tansy Rayner Roberts | Elaine Reeves and Steve Cumper | Judi Rhodes and Tanya McQueen | Mary-Lou Stephens | Angela Rockel | Garry Willmott | Karen Viggers

Our literary community has something to offer to all readers, whether you’re looking for something serious and thought-provoking, light and whimsical, or a story to share with the kids. The standard of writing and storytelling is first class, which is reflected in the number of national awards won by writers based in the Valley; you’ll be raiding the shelves of your local library or bookstore soon after your visit!

Dr. L.J.M. Owen

For more information on THE HUON | VALLEY OF STORIES, please email, check out the Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival in our What’s On section or go to

THE HUON | VALLEY OF STORIES exhibition is supported by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, the Regional Arts Network, RANT, the Tasmanian Government, the Huon Valley Council and the Bendigo Bank Community Bank Branches.