Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust seeks to build on the honour conferred by UNESCO in 2004 in designating the city the first UNESCO City of Literature. Our vision is that Edinburgh will be recognised worldwide as a place of literature.
We are an independent organisation that works through partnerships, providing a focus and co-ordination for literary activity, reaching out to a wide audience to deliver clear benefits for the city and for Scotland.
Participation – to stimulate wider engagement with literature by providing specific opportunities
and experiences delivered in partnership with other organizations
Learning – promote the pleasures and benefits of literature by inspiring new connections and
Advocacy – promote Edinburgh, and Scotland’s rich literary heritage to the world, and support other
cities on their journey towards being a City of Literature
Creativity – bring people together to stimulate creativity, share information, provide space and
opportunity, and develop a sense of community
Our Objectives 2008 - 2011
- PROMOTE SCOTLAND’S LITERATURE by providing information about our rich literary
- Develop and co-ordinate Edinburgh’s LITERARY TOURISM to promote Edinburgh as a global
city of literature
- Promote EXCELLENCE in literature in Scotland by finding new ways to encourage
participation and learning
- Develop Edinburgh’s leading role in a new INTERNATIONAL CREATIVE CITIES network