Norwich in bid to become UNESCO city of literature
April 14, 2012 by Lyndon
It was recently announced that Norwich is vying to become the first UNESCO city of literature and its unique and innovative printed bid document has been unveiled to the public.
UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation launched a network encouraging creativity in cities throughout the world in 2004. The city of literature initiative was introduced as part of this network.
Norwich has a rich history of printing, both in terms of printing and publishing books and in a more commercial sense in terms of carrying out catalogue, brochure and banner printing. Norwich is well-known for the Jarrold family, who once specialised in the publishing of books, so the bid for Norwich to become England’s first city of literature for UNESCO makes sense.
Norwich’s bid to become a city of literature has been led by the city’s Writer’s Centre and the bid document itself is something of a work of art. The document was presented in silk-screen-printed wrapping paper and tissue paper and the document itself is printed in accordance with UNESCO’s submission guidelines. The bid document was specially produced by a printing company in Norwich as part of a small bespoke run to give the exact finish that was required.
This celebration of Norwich’s literary past and printing history is a nod to the faith in the future of the city in these areas. The last UK city to be awarded the title of UNESCO city of literature is Edinburgh, which received the accolade in 2004.