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Statue on the grounds of Rippon Lea House and Gardens, an Australian National Trust property near Melbourne.

Statue on the grounds of Rippon Lea House and Gardens, an Australian National Trust property near Melbourne.

 

The Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home, Savannah.

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

Australian actor and journalist Jeremy Callaghan speaks of his experiences on a trip through the American South.In 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.

  
F. Scott Fitzgerald - His Montgomery, Al., home with wife Zelda is a Trail destination. (Portrait by Maralyn Wilson)GALLERY OF WRITERS

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 pentimento.

Photo at Right: F. Scott Fitzgerald, whose Montgomery, Al., home with wife Zelda is a Trail destination. (Portrait by Maralyn Wilson)

 
ALBUMS FROM PAST EVENTS:

Interviews and Tours (Pictured: Joel Vig)   2007 Hellman Wyler Festival   2011 Trailfest Posters   Trailfest 2013
Interviews and Tours   2007 Hellman Wyler Festival   2011 Trailfest Posters   Trailfest 2013
             
"Exposures and Reflections,"  An Exhibit of Eudora Welty's Photographs   Capote 1966   Zelda Fitzgerald's Paperdoll Paintings at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, 2011  
"Exposures and Reflections," An Exhibit of Eudora Welty's Photographs   Capote 1966   Zelda Fitzgerald's Paperdoll Paintings at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, 2011   50th anniversary of the film "To Kill a Mockingbird"
(Photo courtesy of Monroe County Heritage Museums)
              
              
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MISSISSIPPI
   
Clarksdale: Tennessee Williams
   
Columbus: Tennessee Williams
Eudora Welty
   
Como: Stark Young
   
Greenville: Walker Percy
Shelby Foote
   
Jackson: Eudora Welty
Richard Wright
Margaret W. Alexander
   
Natchez: Richard Wright
   
New Albany: Borden Deal
William Faulkner
   
Oxford: William Faulkner
 
ALABAMA
   
Demopolis: Lillian Hellman
   
Hartselle: William Bradford Huie
   
Mobile: Eugene Walter
William March
Albert Murray
   
Monroeville: Truman Capote
Harper Lee
   
Montgomery: Zelda S. Fitzgerald
F. Scott Fitzgerald
   
Tuskegee: Ralph Ellison
Albert Murray
 
GEORGIA
   
Atlanta: Margaret Mitchell
Joel Chandler Harris
   
Blairsville: Byron Herbert Reece
   
Clayton: Lillian Smith
   
Columbus: Carson McCullers
   
Milledgeville: Flannery O’Connor
Alice Walker
   
Moreland: Erskine Caldwell
   
Savannah: Flannery O’Connor