Statue on the grounds of
Rippon Lea House and Gardens, an Australian National Trust property
The Flannery O'Connor
Childhood Home, Savannah.
THE SOUTHERN LITERARY TRAIL®
connects southern places in Alabama, Georgia
and Mississippi that inspired great American writers to create
classic fiction and plays. The inspiration continues. Every two
years, the Trail's organizers host Trailfest, the only tri-state
literary festival in the United States with free events, theatrical
performances and heritage tours. Trailfest returns in 2015.
The Southern Literary Trail proudly welcomes Australians Studying
Abroad and the Jane Austen Society of Australia in April 2015
1977, Christopher Wood left university teaching to inaugurate
Australians Studying Abroad (ASA). He sought to expand the act of
learning from the classroom into the world. By the 1990s, ASA had
exploded into a major educational organization. Wood is credited
with an understanding of "cultural tourism" on a global scale long
before the phrase entered into the stream of familiar travel
dialogue. Under the auspices of ASA, the Jane Austen Society of
Australia, founded in 1989 to celebrate its namesake novelist, will
visit destinations along the Southern Literary Trail beginning with
Savannah and the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home on April 8, 2015.
Organizers of The Southern Literary Trail proudly welcome their
Australian guests for a tour of literary sites and places throughout
its member states of Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi that will
ultimately culminate in New Orleans. Australia and the American
South share a culture of storytelling and a commitment to historic
preservation. The National Trust of Australia, established in New
South Wales in 1945, raises awareness and conservancy of Australia's
indigenous, natural and historic heritage through advocacy work and
the preservation of places and objects. As exemplified by a group of
adventurous ASA tour members traveling from Melbourne to Savannah to
explore The Southern Literary Trail, the love of great writing
influenced by mythical places is a mutual obsession among
Australians and Southerners.
Birmingham, Alabama, artist Maralyn Wilson has created
encaustic portraits of the Trail's writers that capture both their
mystery and their "luminosity."
From here, view the series and navigate
Photo at Right: F. Scott Fitzgerald, whose
Montgomery, Al., home with wife Zelda is a Trail destination.
(Portrait by Maralyn Wilson)
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