UNESCO City of Literature
Melbourne, Australia, was appointed as the second UNESCO City of Literature in August 2008.
As a city of extraordinary diversity in literary activity, Melbourne is a vibrant arena for the creation of literary works. The capital of the south-eastern state of Victoria and major business centre within the Asia – Pacific region is widely acknowledged as Australia’s cultural capital.
The city is a focal point for cultural and literary activity in the region, and writers are supported by a robust publishing environment, including a large number of independent and small publishers and by the public’s broad participation in literature – as readers, writers and audiences at events and festivals.