Oxford World Book Capital bid

Thursday, 16 September 2010


Brookes is among the partners backing a bid for Oxford to become UNESCO World Book Capital in 2014.

Oxford Brookes University is among the partners backing a bid for Oxford to become UNESCO World Book Capital in 2014.

Since 2001, UNESCO has nominated a World Book Capital City to acknowledge the best year-long programme proposed by a city to promote books and foster reading.

The bid is being co-ordinated by Oxford Inspires - the Cultural Development Agency for Oxfordshire - on behalf of a steering committee made up of: The Bodleian Libraries, The Story Museum, Oxfam, University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford University Press, Oxford City Council, Oxfordshire County Council, Oxford Literary Festival and Blackwell's.

The bid is due to be announced on Thursday 16 September at a reception held in the 400-year-old Convocation House at the Bodleian Library in Oxford and will be attended by authors, heads of local government, publishers and book readers of all ages.

The year-long programme would run from April 2014 to April 2015 and would include the openings of new parts of the Bodleian Libraries and the completion of The Story Museum.

A series of public and private consultations is planned over the coming months to galvanize support for the bid.

The first opportunity for the general public to have their say will come this week from 17 -20 September in Bonn Square, central Oxford, when local artist Diana Bell brings her 2-metre-high 'Big Book' installation to town.

Passers-by will be invited to write their thoughts on the World Book Capital bid and subjects including 'How do you imagine the future in words?'