Oxford World Book Capital

ABOUT OXFORD’S WORLD BOOK CAPITAL BID

The World Book Capital is an annual award granted by UNESCO which acknowledges the best year-long programme proposed by a city to promote books and foster reading. Oxford’s bid is for the year from April 2014 to April 2015, but the winner of this bid will be announced in 2012. Oxford has unparalleled resources and a world renowned economy in place to support a programme of this kind. There are probably more major culturally diverse authors based in or around Oxford than in any comparable city in the world. World Book and Copyright Day was launched in 1996 to promote reading, publishing and the protection of intellectual property through copyright. The International Publishers Association, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions and the International Booksellers Federation all participate in the award selection, which has no financial prize.

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For centuries, Oxfordshire’s authors have provided people of all ages around the world with timeless tales of pride, passion and adventure. 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. Oxford has unparalleled resources and a world renowned economy in place to support a programme of this kind. There are probably more major culturally diverse authors based in or around Oxford than in any comparable city in the world.

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Tell us how you would like to be involved; do you have an event or project that could form part of the bid? Would you like to be a part of the program? Or would you simply like us to keep you updated?

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Latest news
All the latest news on events, projects and the 2014 programme as the bid develops.

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Support the bid

Would you like to sponsor the bid like our friends at Demir Leather, do you have personal skills or company services to offer or simply want to write a letter of support, whatever the case we would love to hear from you.

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Media
Link to Unesco →
Download a press release →
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Events
Find out what events the Bid team are holding near you or register your event to be part of the Oxford programme in 2014.

Note – this site is no longer maintained by the original bid owners. However as previous Oxford graduates, we believe in preserving the site for future bids. If you have any issues with this website being active, please let us know by emailing us.