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OUP supports Oxford's bid to be World Book Capital city 2014

23 April 2012

The city of Oxford has submitted its formal bid to become UNESCO World Book Capital city in 2014. The bid has been co-ordinated by Oxford Inspires on behalf of a steering committee made up of eleven local organizations, including Oxford University Press.

Oxford’s bid has the theme of Imagination Unbound. It celebrates the wonder of books, their ability to inspire and unlock our imaginations, and aims to generate a love of reading that can be shared by everyone. The nomination has never previously been held by an English-speaking city.

Kathelene Weiss, Director of Oxford Inspires, said, ‘We believe that Oxford should become UNESCO World Book Capital in 2014 because the entire bid is about creating a lasting legacy …Over the course of 2014/15, a full programme of events will take place aimed at encouraging both residents and tourists to discover the pleasures of … reading in any form’

Nigel Portwood, Chief Executive of Oxford University Press—one of the organizations on the steering committee—endorsed the bid: ‘Being nominated as World Book Capital would highlight the incredible contribution that the city has made to literature through the centuries, and showcase the diverse ways in which it continues to aid the development and enjoyment of reading for its many residents and visitors’

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