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On 30 September 2021, 19 UNESCO Creative Cities of Literature came together to celebrate International Translation Day with a collaborative project initiated by Slemani (Iraq), which saw cities around the world translate W.S. Merwin's poem “From the Start", into their local language.    The themes of Merwin’s poem resonated perfectly with International Translation Day, promoting the vast number of languages spoken across the UNESCO Creative Cities around the world. Residents of these cities were then invited...
Slemani (Iraq) and Exeter (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland), two UNESCO Creative Cities of Literature designated in 2019, jointly launched a series of virtual talks focusing on various aspects of Kurdish culture. Building on the power of literature for intercultural dialogue, mutual understanding and sustainable urban development, the webinars invite a wide range of stakeholders including poets, publishers, archivists, photojournalists, historians and other academic scholars, to share their stories and expertise on...