Wednesday 23 October 2013

Poland’s Krakow is new UNESCO City of Literature

Poland’s. Krakow is the world’s seventh UNESCO City of Literature according to the world body’s latest announcement. 

UNESCO says: Krakow organises not one but two large literary festivals (an annual Conrad Festival and a biannual Milosz Festival) and hosts an annual Book Fair which attracts over 35,000 visitors. The city is also linked with several Polish Nobel Prize winners in literature - Henryk Sienkiewicz (Quo Vadis), winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1905; Wladyslaw Stanislaw Reymont, 1924 (the author of The Promised Land and The Peasants); Czeslaw Milosz (The Captive Mind, Family Europe), and Wislawa Szymborska (Calling Out to Yeti, People on the Bridge), 1996.

Former designated Cities of Literature include Edinburgh Melbourne, Dublin, Iowa City, Norwich and Reykjavik

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