Australia’s oldest literary society marks 125th anniversary of its founding by a poet laureate and writer of novels and stories. The ceremony will be held at the Royal Adelaide Cathedral, with speeches, musical entertainment and performances by writers such as Mina Khan, Gudem Bahamat, Robert Drysdale and Peter Jones.
The annual celebration of literary culture will see readings from works including The Last of the Mohicans, Alice in Wonderland, In the Night of the Swan and Henry and the Witches of Westphalia, among others.
Ruth Macdonald, author of The New Literary Age and a co-author of the award-winning New Yorker Book Club biography of Henry Hazlitt, said the celebrations would also be a way to look back on the nation’s earliest literature.
“I would not have a country without poetry and novels,” Macdonald said.
“I think there’s no greater compliment in life.
“The poetry of Dickens would not have been heard if it weren’t for the novel.
“Pilgrim of the Mind, Shakespeare and Poe, Thomas Hardy, Tchaikovsky, and others who wrote novelisation stories and collected volumes of books in the early 20th century would be completely missing.
The annual celebration also commemorates the pub바카라lication of the most-cited work in Australian literature in 2014 with The New Literary Age.