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From 23rd to 25th May, the Sub-network Meeting of the UNESCO Creative Cities of Literature brought together representatives of Barcelona (Spain), Dublin (Ireland), Edinburgh (Scotland), Granada (Spain), Heidelberg (Germany), Iowa City (United States), Krakow (Poland), Ljubljiana (Slovenia), Lviv (Ukraine), Melbourne (Australia), Norwich (UK), Nottingham (UK), Obidos (Portugal), Prague (Czech Republic), Reykjavik (Iceland) Tartu (Estonia) and Ulyanovsk (Russia).
Fully supported by the Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature Office, the LoveOzYA website is designed to further connect communities by promoting a united message, centralising information, encouraging free-flowing discussion and raising the profile of Australian litterary content.
Writers Victoria is pleased to launch a new directory of Chinese-Australian writers to assist literary organisations, programmers and publications and to increase the diversity of their programs and journals. Developed by Writers Victoria as part of D-Writers China project, this resource was made possible by the support of the Melbourne City of Literature Office.
From 27 February to 7 March 2016, the thirteenth edition of the Fabula Festival is held in Ljubljana City of Literature. This year’s edition, untitled “The Newcomers”, trains the spotlight on the current issue of refugees through a variety of stories, fictional as well as borrowed from reality. Main guest are the writers Matthias Göritz, Cees Nooteboom, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Sjón and Samira Kentrić.
Literary Commons!: Writing Australia-India in the Asian century with Dalit, Indigenous and Multilingual Tongues
Playing upon the old idea of the ‘commons’ where communities and cultures share in a co-operative space of creativity, as well as building upon much that is common between our worldviews, Literary Commons! is a long-term and deep-impact project that brings together writers and fosters literary exchanges that are of especial relevance to Australia and India: First Nations/Indigenous and bhasha/Dalit/tribal literatures.
Passionate about Indigenous culture, stories and books? From 18 to 21 February, Blak&Bright the Victorian Indigenous Literary Festival will take place in Melbourne, proposing a program with more than twenty workshops held by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers from several domains. Melbourne as UNESCO Creative City of Literature will be supporting the inauguration of the Festival.
From the 1st October 2015 to the 31 December 2016, Prague’s (Czech Republic) literary residence project will be launched with more than one year of interesting programming that aims to provide selected writers from all over the world with a place full of creative impulses.
From 24th to 29th June, the sub-network meeting of the UNESCO creative cities of literature brought together representatives of Dublin (Ireland), Iowa City (United States), Krakow (Poland), Melbourne (Australia), Norwich (UK), Prague (Czech Republic), Reykjavik (Iceland) and of the creative city of music of Mannheim (Germany) in Heidelberg (Germany). The participants shared their opinions on issues related to the future of the sub-Network. For instance: the Network organization, future inter-city activities, support for new member cities…etc.
To celebrate its designation anniversary as a City of Literature of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, Dunedin (New Zealand) has launched a series of literature and cultural activities, including the celebration of poet Robert Burns’ Birthday, the New Zealand Young Writers Festival and the National Poetry Day.
Reykjavik UNESCO City of Literature organized a multilingual writing workshop for women that took place over a period of five months in 2015. Women of Icelandic and forein origin living in Iceland came together to create literary texts. Designed and facilitated by foreign-born Icelandic resident and internationally renowned author Angela Rawlings, the workshop became a platform for women with a wide range of writing experience and twenty-three distinct languages to explore their voices in a supportive and professional environment.