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From 27 November 2022 to 15 January 2023, Heidelberg, a UNESCO Creative City of Literature, organized a series of literary activities dedicated to young audiences in the extraordinary natural setting of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Grube Messel" and the UNESCO Global Geopark “Bergstrasse-Odenwald”. This pilot project aimed to entertain young audiences for four Sundays with Advent readings and puppet theater shows inspired from children's literature, such as the fairy tale "The Hare and the Hedgehog" by the Brothers Grimm, "Franz and the...
This year from 1 to 17 December, Iowa City, partnered with other UNESCO Creative Cities of Literature including Melbourne, Manchester and Dunedin, launched the 4th edition of the “17 Books for 17 SDGs”. As in its previous editions, book suggestions related to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were tweeted by the participating cities. Running under the hashtag #17Booksfor17SDGs, this initiative aims to raise awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through fiction and non-fiction books addressing one Goal of the...
On 23 November, Bucheon, a UNESCO Creative City of Literature, hosted the 2022 Diaspora Literary Award Ceremony to celebrate diaspora literature, together with representatives from five fellow Creative Cities of Literature.   The Ceremony rewarded the New York-based author Min Jin Lee for her novel “Pachinko” before the Mayor of Bucheon, the Chairperson of the City Council and the Secretary-General of the Korean National Commission for UNESCO. The book, which relates the story of a Korean family, depicts the challenges faced by...
Throughout the month of November, Melbourne, a UNESCO Creative City of Literature, will host the 2nd edition of the “Virtual Writers in Residence” programme. This initiative will involve 10 writers from seven fellow UNESCO Creative Cities of Literature, including Dublin, Heidelberg, Iowa City, Jakarta, Manchester, Norwich and Reykjavik. It is expected that the writers, who will be hosted as residents in 10 organisations, will reach an audience of up to 10,000 people. The writers will undertake virtual residencies in diverse city facilities...
For the second year in a row, Wonju, a Creative City of Literature, is devoting the entire month of October to celebrating literature and its fundamental role in shaping society through the “Wonju Literature Month Festival”. Around the theme "Literature, Transforming Lives in a Time of Crisis", the Festival offers a variety of events such as forums, academic lectures, book fairs, stage performances, exhibitions, experiential and participatory programmes, in cultural facilities across the city. Following the opening ceremony on 6 October...
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...