Hobart recognised with novel award

Hobart has been declared a ‘City of Literature’ by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Following a rigorous nomination process, Hobart was awarded as part of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network program, becoming just the second Australian city (after Melbourne) to be declared a City of Literature.

“The cities in our Creative Cities Network are leading the way when it comes to enhancing access to culture and galvanising the power of creativity for urban resilience and development,” UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay said.

Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds said the Hobart City Council was honoured to receive the award, and hopes it will encourage Hobart’s creative industries to continue producing groundbreaking and innovative literature.

“This award will strengthen Hobart’s expanding literary sector and encourage investment in the city’s creative industries,” she said.

“It will build pride and confidence and give creative people, producers, retailers and educational institutions new opportunities to tap into an international community of peers.

“Hobart is home to a multitude of award-winning and best-selling authors who punch well above their weight in terms of national and international prizes won including the Vogel Award, Stella Prize, Commonwealth Writers Prize, Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and the Booker Prize.”

In an effort to curve the Tasmania’s illiteracy rate and encourage more people to get involved in reading and writing, Libraries Tasmania is using Hobart’s new literary status to promote its services.

“This is clearly a literary city and state, but it’s also a place where low literacy is a challenge,” Libraries Tasmania executive director Sue McKerracher said.

“We plan to take advantage of this designation at the State Library in Hobart and through our statewide public library network to promote reading, writing and a love of books as something for everyone.”

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