And the winner is…

Port Harcourt in Nigeria. Many congratulations to them. It’s the first time the title has gone to sub-Saharan Africa and it’s a splendid achievement. Eleven cities put in bids for the 2014 title, compared with three for the 2004 title ten years ago. Whichever way you look at it, books and reading, and UNESCO’s promotion of them, are the winners.

Oxford put in a great bid. The process of getting there has brought together people who should have been talking to each other but weren’t necessarily doing so. It’s sparked a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and interest within Oxford. So we’ll look at what we’ve gained and and how we can best capitalise on it to continue to produce the best result not just for Oxford, but for all.

So I can do no better than to return once again to the font of all our unbound imaginations, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and the caucus race.

At last Dodo said, ‘everybody has won, and all must have prizes.’

2 Responses to “And the winner is…”
  1. euanhirst says:

    Very gracious Mike, I echo your congratulations to Port Harcourt. On behalf of Blackwell’s can I offer my thanks to you, and all committee members, for the heart and soul that was put into the Oxford bid. If not World Book Capital for 2014 let’s work just as hard to capitalise on all the great work that has been put in so far…

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