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 … Continue reading

Publishers in Oxford

It is easy to see why Oxford is the second largest hotspot for publishers after London: only an hour away from the capital, with a literary and academic background that is hard to rival, the city has countless publishers of all kinds, perhaps the most renowned being that of its famous university ‘Oxford University Press’ … Continue reading


One of Oxford’s greatest bookstores is undoubtedly Blackwell’s, whose name has long been synonymous with the city and its unrivalled academia. Whilst the chain now owns flagship shops in Cambridge, London Charing Cross Road and Edinburgh South Bridge, it was Oxford’s Broad Street in which Benjamin Henry Blackwell opened his first ever store in January 1879. In those … Continue reading

Oxford World Book Capital 2014

Hello again Oxford World Bookers, sorry for such a long absence – holidays and work experience following that have meant no time whatsoever to devote to the blog – but I’m pleased to say I’m back again and ready to do some last-minute posts on why Oxford deserves to win before UNESCO’s decision in early … Continue reading

Oxford Fiction – A Round Up!

Oxford English Dictionary

With the bid decision drawing close, I thought a last post to round up some great Oxford fiction would be in order as I go on holiday tomorrow for a fortnight: when I return, there won’t be long left until the verdict so some supporting information about the city in general and why we deserve … Continue reading

Associates at MINI Plant Oxford help celebrate Oxford’s bid and World Book Night!

Interview with Kim Pickin

Interview with Kim Pickin, Co-Director of the Story Museum

Another great interview – this time with Kim Pickin, Co-Director of the Story Museum in Oxford: My name is Kim Pickin and I am Co-Directors and one of the founders of the Story Museum project. Books have been part of my life for as long as I can remember. I have worked in publishing and … Continue reading

Interview with Angus Phillips

This is the first of a series of interviews on Oxford’s bid to become UNESCO World Book Capital in 2014 – thank you very much, Angus Phillips, for you time and support! Tell me a bit about yourself and how you are related to books, literature or publishing? My name is Angus Phillips and I … Continue reading

Government backs Oxford’s Bid to be UNESCO World Book Capital!

It was recently announced that Culture Minister Ed Vaizey MP has confirmed the government’s backing for the bid – which is great news for us and will hopefully help to drum up some much-needed support. Mr Vaizey said: ‘It is entirely appropriate that a city with such long-standing connections with books, literacy and learning should … Continue reading

Happy New Year!

Hi everyone and a happy new year! You may not remember but I was supposed to be the second of two new bloggers last November, alongside Sarah (you can see my profile a few posts down!) However, too many other commitments meant I couldn’t devote sufficient time to the blog and so I was kindly … Continue reading

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