Melbourne – UNESCO City of Literature

Melbourne’s passion for literature and books has been rewarded by The United Nations naming Melbourne as only its second City of Literature and part of its Creative Cities Network. In 2005 Edinburgh was named the first City of Literature, and Melboure, like Edinburgh, is justly proud of the culture of books and reading here. According to the bid document Melbourne “boasts more bookshops per head of population than anywhere else in the country” and also enjoys “the country;s highest concentration of community book clubs. Hopefully this award will encourage the State Government to p rovide more support to writing and publishing in the city. The government was the driving force behind the bid, and intends to fund a Centre for Books and Ideas on the Little Lonsdale Street side of the State Library. Groups such as the Victorian Writers’ Centre and the Australian Poetry Centre will find a home there.

 

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