Connections with UNESCO Creative Cities



Savoir Faire is a literary cookbook spearheaded by Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature, with recipes and words from Cities of Literature around the world. All Cities of Literature were invited to provide a recipe with a literary flavour. Every entry is special and original with beautiful images: some are straightforward with their signature dish tied into literature; others have chosen a literary angle and created a recipe to match. For the Dunedin entry, the City of Literature partnered with Otago Polytechnic’s School of Food Design which created an original recipe inspired by the lyrics of iconic Dunedin band The Verlaines. Östersund UNESCO City of Gastronomy provided a detailed and vibrant introduction with an important focus on sustainability. Savoir Faire is available free online, and can be enjoyed by all Creative Cities with translations welcome:

Community Read. UNESCO City of Literature booklist

This Summer we invite you to work your way through this recommended list of great reads from the 11 UNESCO Cities of Literature. 

Dunedin Writer Scores 2016 Prague Residency

Local Dunedin writer and editor David Howard has been announced as the successful applicant for the 2016 Prague residency for writers connected to a UNESCO City of Literature. 

eMultipoetry Project Krakow UNESCO City of Literature

In May a slice of Dunedin editor and writer Emma Neale’s poetry featured on a wall, at a corner of the Main Square and Bracka St, Krakow, Poland as part of a collaboration between the successful poetry project eMultipoetry and the UNESCO Cities of Literature. 

International Literary Residence in Ulyanovsk 

Out and About in Prague

Prague, a sister UNESCO City of Literature, has Dunedin up in lights – and we like it a lot! 

Taking our Children's Books to Bologna

UNESCO City of Literature Dunedin were offered an opportunity they couldn't ignore: to bid to have a stand at the Bologna Children's Book Fair earlier this month. Ella West reports. 


Kristyna O'Connell, University of Otago HUMS301 Intern for Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature 2018 explores connections between Prague and Dunedin, two UNESCO Cities of Literature. Read the full article here: 

UNESCO Creative Cities Project ‘Poetic Encounters’

Initiated by Heidelberg UNESCO City of Literature, 51 poets from 28 UNESCO Cities of Literature came together to create a book titled ‘Poetic Encounters’. The book was printed on handcrafted paper made in Fabriano UNESCO City of Crafts and Folk Art. Fabriano (Italy) has a reknowned history spanning centuries of producing superior paper and is dedicated to retaining traditional and innovative printmaking practices. For this collaborative project papers made in Fabiano were sent across the UNESCO cities and selected writers were able to add their handwritten poetry. Completed pages were returned to Heidelberg then on to Fabiano where the unique book was bound.

Worldly Literature exhibition and Poetry Projections at Vogel Street Party

The Vogel Street Party 2016 spanned 400m of the long street in Dunedin’s heritage district, creating a family-friendly pedestrian space with a carnival atmosphere to showcase Dunedin’s talented artistic and literary communities. As part of the celebrations, visitors were invited to explore the “Worldly Literature” exhibition, large designer dots featuring imagery, words and poems sent from fellow Cities of Literature around the world. 

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