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On the occasion of the 135th anniversary of the birth of Zmiatrok Biadulia, the library hosted a round table “Belarusian Nightingale” dedicated to the famous Belarusian writer, a member of the “Maladnyak” Literary Association.

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the first Belarusian literary association "Maladnyak", the National Library of Belarus, together with the State Museum of the History of Belarusian Literature, the Belarusian State Archive-Museum of Literature and Art and the publishing house "Zviazda", is carrying out a long-term project "On the Wave of Time, Throughout the Life". As part of this initiative, it was decided to celebrate the anniversary of one of the most famous members of the association – Zmiatrok Biadulia. Mr Ales Susha, Deputy Director General of the National Library of Belarus, made an opening speech.

The most important part of the event was presentation of a large virtual exhibition, which shows a wide biographical information about Zmiatrok Biadulia, his book heritage, a gallery of photographs from the collections of the project partners, letters and manuscripts of the writer, interesting material about his work in various fields of culture. Ms Sviatlana Verbal, Leading Bibliographer of the information and library department, made presentation of the virtual section.


Ms Zoya Melnikova, Doctor of Philology, Professor of the A.S. Pushkin Brest State University talked about the oeuvre of Zmiatrok Biadulia in the modern socio-cultural context of Belarus.

Mr Jafim Plaunik, Zmiatrok Biadulia's son, was the special guest at the round table. From his speech, everyone learned about the most important thing: what kind of person his father was. The participants listened to the story of his family and the environment in which he grew up. Thanks to the touching childhood memories of Jafim Plaunik, the personality of Zmiatrok Biadulia became even more relatable to the fans of his writing.

Mr Viktar Zhybul, poet, candidate of philological sciences, leading researcher of the Belarusian State Archive-Museum of Literature and Art continued the topic of relatives and successors of Zmiatrok Biadulia. He told about the relatives of Zmiatrok Biadulia found far abroad.

During the event, a full-scale discussion unfolded among the participants. The event turned out to be very sincere, and even the sun came in to "listen".

Due to the live broadcast, the audience could listen to the reports online. Video recording of the event is available here. The materials of the meeting can also be found on the library's Internet portal and in the community on the Facebook group “Maladnyak” – First Literature Association of Belarus”.

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