Norwich and Nottingham host UNESCO Cities of Literature forum

Norwich and Nottingham host UNESCO Cities of Literature forum

Norwich and Nottingham, two of the UNESCO Cities of Literature, are holding a week-long summit from today (20th May) with appearances by Ali Smith and Robert Macfarlane.

Representatives from 27 cities will visit England, splitting their time between the two cities, for a week-long forum, running from 20th to 24th May.

The summit will share examples of the year’s successes and plan future projects with topics including international exchanges and promoting books in translation. The programme includes an evening with Smith (pictured) at Norwich Playhouse and an address by Macfarlane, who will deliver the summit's annual lecture.

Chris Gribble, c.e.o. of the National Centre for Writing and spokesman for Norwich City of Literature, said: “The Cities of Literature Network has emerged as a powerful force advocating the importance of culture and creativity in driving regeneration and tourism, creating jobs, and making people healthier and happier. We look forward to working with the group as we plan for the year ahead.”

Darren Henley, c.e.o. of Arts Council England, which supports the forum, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase England’s amazing literary prowess on the international stage. We’re very pleased to have Norwich and Nottingham jointly hosting this gathering, putting them at the forefront of global literary activity.”