On Friday, February 20 at 12:00 in the Wielkopolski Family Palace took place the first meeting of the Honorary Board of UNESCO City of Literature. The Council was created as a result of appointing Krakow with the title in October 2013. Mayor of Kraków Jacek Majchrowski invited to the Council the people who enjoy the indisputable authority in the various fields of Kraków’s literary life. Jerzy Illg, Grzegorz Gauden, Ireneusz Kania, Ryszard Krynicki, Ewa Lipska, Bronisław Maj, Michał Paweł Markowski and Adam Zagajewski accepted the invitation to the Honorary Board.
The first meeting of the Honorary Board was attended by Ireneusz Kania, Ryszard Krynicki, Ewa Lipska, Bronisław Maj and Adam Zagajewski.
Kraków is one of the few cities in Poland and in Central Europe with such a distinct, literary character. It is here that the first books in the Polish language and other languages of the region were printed. I am happy that such prominent authors accepted the invitation to the Honorary Board, and will nourish the literary identity of Kraków together with us, says Jacek Majchrowski, the mayor of Kraków. I am pleased that the need to establish a permanent place combining heritage with new forms of expression, which would be a common platform for beginners and distinguished artists was so strongly emphasized during the meeting. Kraków demands the contact and the place for live meetings with literature.
Participants of the meeting summed up the results of the 2014 Programme of UNESCO City of Literature and discussed how the last year’s experience will influence the activities planned for 2015. They discussed the idea of forming the Forum of Literature, the situation of bookstores and city libraries, as well as the role and methods of presenting the literary archives and documents of famous writers, in which Kraków abounds. The Honorary Board of the UNESCO City of Literature will be a living consulting body between the city and the community representatives. In the subsequent meetings, it will take up the most important issues related to both preserving and highlight the heritage of Kraków as the depositary of multi-language literature, as well as topics important for the literary life of the city.