What though on hamely fare we dine, Wear hoddin grey an' a' that? Gie fools their silks, and knaves their wine, A man's a man for a' that.

Robert Burns

Visit Edinburgh City of Literature

Scotland, awarded October 2004
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Visit Melbourne City of Literature

Australia, awarded August 2008
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Visit Iowa City of Literature

Iowa City
USA, awarded November 2008
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Dublin City of Literature

Republic of Ireland, July 2010
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Visit Reykjavik City of Literature

Iceland, awarded August 2011
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Visit Norwich City of Literature

England, awarded May 2012 
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Visit Krakow City of Literature

Poland, awarded October 2012 
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UNESCO Cities of Literature work together to build strong global partnerships: encouraging literary exchanges, creating cross-cultural initiatives and developing local, national and international literary links. Each City will also be dedicated to pursuing excellence in literature on a local level, engaging citizens in a dynamic culture of words.

Melbourne, Iowa City, Dublin, Reykjavik, Norwich and Krakow have now joined Edinburgh to form a new global network of Cities of Literature - we look forward to welcoming more Cities to our network.


Cities of Literature: Criteria

  • Quality, quantity and diversity of publishing and editorial initiatives
  • Quality and quantity of educational programmes
  • Urban environment in which literature plays an integral part
  • Experience hosting literary events and festivals, promoting foreign and domestic texts
  • Libraries, bookstores and cultural centres
  • Active effort to translate literary works from diverse languages
  • Use of new media to promote and stengthen the literary market