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Here at Edinburgh City of Literature we believe the process of applying to be a UNESCO City of Literature is just as important as the designation itself.

What it means to be a city of literature

Being a city of literature means we are active, passionate and creative in our approach to working locally and internationally, building on our shared literary history, knowledge and culture.

Before you apply, prepare to be dedicated.

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Get in touch

Contact us as soon as the idea of becoming a City of Literature manifests. We’ll advise you through what you need to know about the bidding process, point you to resources, and guide you through your first tentative steps toward becoming a City of Literature. Visit site
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Planning a bid

You will need letters of support from other Cities of Literature to make your bid. It’s a good idea to get in touch with them well in advance of the process, to allow as much time as possible for a rich and detailed journey as you bid to become a UNESCO City of Literature. Visit site
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Stay in touch

Keep us updated as you work so we can see your working process and guide you along the way. Ask us anything you like. We’ve got stories; we’ll tell you stories. Read more