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Ulyanovsk (Russian Federation), a UNESCO Creative City of Literature, has initiated “The Only Question – Authors in conversation” international project, with the aim of developing an online anthology issue.    Writers, poets and translators from UNESCO Creative Cities of Literature and beyond, have been invited to imagine one single question they would like to ask to another author coming from a different city. Questions and answers (in Russian and English) along with a short biography of each participant and...
Iowa City recently crafted its end-of-year “best of” list under the theme “17 books for the 17 SDGs”. Each day from 6 to 22 December, Iowa City together with other UNESCO Creative Cities of Literature tweeted book suggestions with the highlight on each of the 17 SDGs, using the hashtag #17Booksfor17SDGs. The relevant books, whether fiction or non-fiction whose contents illuminate the SDG’s theme of the day, were featured. This initiative sought to draw attention to the SDGs and raise awareness through books and...
  Melbourne, (Australia), a UNESCO Creative City of Literature, is bringing together 20 writers, publishers, agents and researchers from Australia and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, on the occasion of “The Stories We Tell Ourselves” project, an online series of conversations focusing on the power of literature to help people reimagine, rethink and rebuild the surrounding world.  Organized in cooperation with the Literary organization “Spread the Word” and the Wheeler Centre,...
Throughout November 2021, the city of Melbourne, Australia, in collaboration with other Creative Cities of Literature: Edinburgh, Krakow, Manchester, Nottingham, Ulyanovsk will host the Virtual Writers in Residence. From poets to playwrights, this program will introduce Melbourne’s vibrant and varied literary community uniting writers across the world in this innovative pilot program. In close partnership with ten of Melbourne’s literature centered organisations including libraries, book sellers, local publishers and regional...
On 30 September 2021, 19 UNESCO Creative Cities of Literature came together to celebrate International Translation Day with a collaborative project initiated by Slemani (Iraq), which saw cities around the world translate W.S. Merwin's poem “From the Start", into their local language.    The themes of Merwin’s poem resonated perfectly with International Translation Day, promoting the vast number of languages spoken across the UNESCO Creative Cities around the world. Residents of these cities were then invited...
  From 6 to 10 September 2021, Reykjavik hosted the first hybrid UNESCO Creative Cities of Literature Annual Conference. Under the theme Reconnect in Reykjavík, highlighting the need to reconnect after the isolation experienced during the pandemic, the conference brought together creative talents from the world of literature and key players on the City’s literary scene, offering delegates from UNESCO Creative Cities of Literature the opportunity to see the exceptional work being done in Reykjavik to support its flourishing...
In November 2021, the city of Bucheon (Republic of Korea) organized the first Diaspora Literary Awards (BUDILIA) Ceremony. The event was attended by writers as well as officials from the Korean National Commission for UNESCO and saw the designation of prize winners. The inaugural winner of the award is the Korean translation of the novel A Free Life (2007), by author Ha Jin, and translated to Korean by professor WANG Eun-chull. This work of diaspora literature delved into the meaning of a diaspora life through the attitudes and values of a...
On 8 September 2021, nine UNESCO Creative Cities of Literature - including Dunedin (New Zealand), Exeter (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland), Heidelberg (Germany), Kuhmo (Finland), Manchester (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland), Nanjing (People’s Republic of China), Odessa (Ukraine), Ulyanovsk (Russian Federation) and Bucheon (Republic of Korea) - are joining forces to celebrate the International Literacy Day together. Recognizing the essential role of literature, its ability to enhance life...
Acknowledging the role of Literature as a positive driver for sustainable urban development, the UNESCO Creative City of Ulyanovsk (Russian Federation) brings literature to the urban space through its Literary Tram and Literary Trolleybus project. Bringing together authors and writers from 11 UNESCO Creative Cities of Literature, namely: Ulyanovsk, Manchester, Odessa, Granada, Nanjing, Wonju, Iowa, Milan, Dunedin, Norwich, Kuhmo, the project aims to highlight the unifying role of literature in these trying times. Reflecting on the theme...
Melbourne, a UNESCO Creative City of Literature since 2008, recently launched a collaborative project titled “The Road Less Travelled”. In conjunction with the Wheeler Centre of Melbourne, and the City of Literature Office, the project aims to cooperate with a select number of metropolitan and regional Literary Festivals to help them achieve sustainability during the pandemic. Through the organization of a year-long series of events, the project will support festivals in their programming, marketing, and production, as well as, in...