10 years in bloom

This year, Edinburgh’s world-famous floral clock will strike 10 in tribute to the capital’s 10th anniversary as the world's first UNESCO City of Literature.

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Plans to mark the Capital’s literary reputation in 2015 were announced by the Lord Provost last night (Monday 30 March) at an event celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the UNESCO status.

As part of the year-long celebrations, two public urban gardens inspired by literature will be created in the city centre, and a book sculpture by a mystery paper artist will displayed in the Council’s City Chambers.

A dedicated website for the Edinburgh Makar Christine De Luca was launched today and a poem written by Christine will become a gift to civic visitors to the city.

The Lord Provost Donald Wilson said: “We are justly proud to be celebrating 10 years as the world's first UNESCO City of Literature. This designation requires constant activity, and in this 10th anniversary year our aim is to make Edinburgh’s books and authors ever more visable and accessible to residents and visitors.

"The historic floral clock will provide a splash of colour and a fitting tribute for the anniversary, and the website dedicated to the Edinburgh Makar Christine De Luca will showcase the work of the Capital’s very own poet laureate.”

Ali Bowden, Director of Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust added: “Edinburgh is an incredible city and it lives and breathes literature. It’s great to have this moment where we can all stop and cast an eye back over the last 10 years – which are packed with amazing success stories – and celebrate our literary community and all the people who make us a UNESCO City of Literature.”

Christine De Luca, the Edinburgh Makar, said: “It’s wonderful that the historic floral clock will highlight Edinburgh’s 10th anniversary as the first UNESCO City of Literature. I hope the Edinburgh Makar website will make it easier for people to find out more about what the Makar does: it links to the work of the three previous Makars and will, I hope, be there for future Makars too.” 

You can find out more about the UNESCO status and what it means for Edinburgh at the City of Literature website. 

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