To mark the XII UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) Annual Meeting in Krakow and Katowice, held on June 12-15, 2018, poets Ángeles Mora and José Carlos Rosales, from Granada UNESCO City of Literature have contributed to the project Poetic Encounters, initiated by Heidelberg UNESCO City of Literature and Fabriano UNESCO City of Crafts and Folk Art, to produce a specially bound and printed anthology celebrating literature and its vital place in world culture.

The project

51 poets from 28 UNESCO Cities of Literature have come together to celebrate the collaborative spirit which lies at the core of the UCCN and to support linguistic diversity through poetic expressions from around the world. The book is dedicated to all people worldwide valuing the power and richness of literature and advocating freedom of thought and speech. All texts have been written or printed on beautiful handcrafted, folio-sized paper from Fabriano UNESCO City of Crafts and Folk Art. The paper was sent from Fabriano via Heidelberg to all UNESCO Cities of Literature worldwide and, after being filled with literary works, was sent all the way back to Fabriano where the unique book has been bound.

The book was gifted to the Mayors of Krakow and Katowice by the mayors of Heidelberg and Fabriano at a special presentation during the annual meeting of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network on June 13th 2018.

Ángeles Mora

She won in 2016 the Spanish National Poetry Prize and Critics’ Prize in for her poetry collection Ficciones para una autobiografía (Bartleby), was born in Rute (Córdoba province) but has lived in Granada since 1980, where she obtained a degree in Hispanic philology. She published her first poetry collection, Pensando que el camino iba derecho, in 1982, followed by La canción del olvido in 1985 and La guerra de los treinta años in 1989, winning the Rafael Alberti Poetry Prize for the latter. In 2000 she published Caligrafía de ayer, in 2001 Contradicciones, pájaros (City of Melillia Prize and translated into Italian as Contraddizioni, uccelli, Edizioni dell’Orso, 2005), and in 2008 Bajo la alfombra (Visor). There are also two anthologies of her work: Antología poética (1982–1995), edited by Luis Muñoz, 1995, and ¿Las mujeres son mágicas?, with a prologue by Miguel Ángel García, 2006. Also in 2005: Antología poéticafor Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes.

On behalf of Granada UNESCO City of Literature, Ángeles Mora has participated into this project with his poem “Krakow I”, from  Ficciones para una autobiografía (2015). The audiovisual was featured by Antonia Ortega Urbano at Centro Federico García Lorca, Granada, January, 2018.

Poetic Encounters Audiovisual

A film about the production process, edited by Tel Aviv, UNESCO City of Media Arts, with music provided by Mannheim, UNESCO City of Music, was shown during the ‘Krakowice’ event to illustrate the project and its worldwide cooperation between UNESCO Creative Cities. The soundtrack of the film is taken from the joint music project ‘Mix the City – Mannheim’, a special music project that will be launched in Katowice.

To watch this film HERE