Today was about as ‘bookish’ as any day of the year – World Book Night, Shakespeare’s Birth(and Death) Day, Cervantes Death Day and undoubtedly more besides. It was also the day that the bid for Oxford to become UNESCO World Book Capital in 2014 was sent off. It is a fantastic bid and significantly more rounded and inclusive than a ‘Dreaming Spires’ bid that some may have anticipated.

The committee for the bid (drawn from 11 Oxford institutions and organised by Oxford Inspires) has worked tirelessly, creatively and open-eared over more than a year to get us to this point in the process. The impact on Oxford if the bid is successful would leave a lasting legacy to this city ‘built on books’.

I would just like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped in putting the bid together – everything is crossed for the outcome we all hope for.

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