The conference was established by Acadia University in 1989 in honour of Thomas H. Raddall to recognise his contribution to Atlantic Canada history and literature. The symposium is held on an occasional basis at Acadia University, and brings together outstanding writers and scholars in the field of Atlantic literature. Since the first Symposium on Raddall, the Department has held seven conferences.
Thomas H. RAddall O.C.
Thomas H. Raddall O.C. was born in England in 1903 and moved to Nova Scotia ten years later when his father was posted to Halifax. He worked as a wireless operator and then as a bookkeeper and became a full-time writer in 1938. His 25 books, 50 articles and more than 70 short stories, and his work for radio and television have given him a unique place among Atlantic Canada writers. He received Governor General's awards for The Pied Piper of Dipper Creek (1944), Halifax: Warden of the North (1948), and The Path of Destiny: Canada from the British Conquest to Home Rule (1957). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1953, and became an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1970.