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Iowa City Announced As The World's Third Unesco City Of Literature

UNESCO City of Literature The world's third City of Literature has been announced today.  Iowa City, the creative writing capital of America, joins Edinburgh and Melbourne in the global network of UNESCO Creative Cities. 

 "This is at once a celebration of the literary riches and resources of Iowa City and a spur to action," said University of Iowa International Writing Program Director Christopher Merrill, who led the committee that submitted the city's proposal. "The University of Iowa offers the largest and most diverse creative writing programs in the world, including the highly regarded Writers' Workshop with its list of famous graduates and the International Writing Program whose past participants include the Turkish Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk. Recently we've developed the Writing University to consolidate the work of our literary city, and are looking to the future. We look forward to working with our new partners in the Creative Cities network -- to forging dynamic relationships with writers, artists and others committed to the life of discovery. This is a great day for Iowa City."

Iowa City attended a Cities of Literature Conference in Edinburgh this summer organised by the Edinburgh UNESCO city of Literature Trust in conjunction with the British Council, Scottish Arts Council and Edinburgh International Book Festival.  The Conference was attended by representatives from 18 countries, including three other cities bidding to become a City of Literature - Vancouver, Dublin and Kolkata.

Ali Bowden, Director of the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust said "We are delighted that Iowa City has been confirmed as the third City of Literature and are very much looking forward to working with them.  We are already involved in a collaborative project, details of which will be announced next year."

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