Speaking on the news that Dublin is now permanently designated as a UNESCO City of Literature, Mary Cloake, Director of the Arts Council said: ‘This is a brilliant and exciting announcement, one which underscores that which we already know: that Dublin is renowned for its literature across the world and that this is a city of writers and writing.
‘Literature has the unique power to distinguish us as a culture and as a people, it helps us understand what it means to be human. In Dublin, the city has been defined by its writers, and continues to be remade and discovered through their words.
‘Dublin’s literary heritage is undisputed. But it is also a dynamic and living city of literature. The current generation of Irish writers is perhaps the most exciting, committed and talented to emerge for decades, and we are a country of incredibly enthusiastic and engaged readers. The challenge now is to continue to support and nurture that talent and enthusiasm, to ensure that the designation remains as legitimate and relevant as it does today.