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On the occasion of this year’s World Environment Day, celebrated annually on 5 June, Dunedin, a UNESCO Creative City of Literature has released a digital anthology titled “The Heat is On: Young Writers on the Climate Change Crisis: a free digital”. The participants are young writers, under the age of 20 from 15 Creative Cities of Literature from all over the globe, featuring their works in both their mother tongue and English. This initiative showcases thought-provoking writing pieces that aim to spark conversation and nurture awareness of...
In celebration of Scotland’s Year of Stories, Edinburgh (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland), the first UNESCO Creative City of Literature designated in 2004, launches Figures of Speech, a series of cross-sectoral cultural events spanning from 20 May to 30 November 2022. A testament to Scottish literary heritage, Edinburgh’s Figures of Speech will give audiences the opportunity to enjoy iconic classics as well as contemporary works and recent commissions, over the course of a six-event programme, featuring 12 writers and 6...
A UNESCO Creative City of Literature since 2014, Dunedin (New Zealand), hosted for the first time the International Cricket Council Women’s Cricket World Cup, from 4 March to 3 April 2022. This sporting tournament coincided with International Women’s Day (8 March), making it a perfect occasion to promote gender equality and women empowerment, as well as to enrich creatively Dunedin’s literary scene. On this occasion, a commissioned poem, written by local poet Ruth Arnison, along with an early 20th century photograph of the Dunedin Ladies’...
Two UNESCO Creative Cities of Literature, Melbourne (Australia) and Heidelberg (Germany) have launched their “Expedition Poetry” programme, an online writers’ room, connecting poets from both cities through the translation of their respective works. Between March and November 2022, ten poets from Melbourne and Heidelberg will meet online and partake in a translation workshop composed of a series of meetings and discussions. The poets will be able to exchange, collaborate, and engage on original works and their translations. The...
From 5 to 11 September 2022, the UNESCO Creative Cities of Literature will be reunited in Melbourne (Australia), on the occasion of their sub-network’s annual meeting.   The meeting will be an occasion for Creative Cities of Literature from all over the globe to reunite over a week, with the aim to discuss, exchange and collaborate on projects to strengthen international and inter-city cooperation. The event is intended to be culturally rich and insightful, as it will be launched with a “Welcome to Country”, an important ceremony...
For the 5th consecutive year, Manchester (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland), a UNESCO Creative City of Literature since 2017, is celebrating International Mother Language Day – observed globally on 21 February since its adoption by UNESCO in 2000. This year, Manchester is in collaboration with Dunedin (New Zealand), Exeter (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) and Kuhmo (Finland), three other Creative Cities of Literature, to showcase and promote the importance of linguistic diversity. Over the course of...
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...