Introducing the City of Literature Office

The Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature Office is responsible for celebrating and promoting this designation and everything literary Melbourne has to offer. We work closely with the literary sector to help promote and sustain literary activity in the city and across the state.

The Office role involves supporting the work and networks that exist, nurturing and developing new opportunities and networks, making connections across industry and audiences and championing all things Melbourne as a City of Literature.

The Office has three broad areas of action that address the aims of the Creative City Network as well as the needs for Melbourne as a City of Literature:

  1. Connecting the City of Literature
  2. Reflecting the City of Literature
  3. Supporting the City of Literature

The Office works in three ways:

  • Strategic initiatives – one off programs that can cause a meaningful change in the City of Literature
  • Partnership programs – working with partners to deliver programs that have impact
  • International exchanges – initiatives that begin here in partnership with another Creative City then travel around the network.

The Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature Office is a joint initiative of Creative Victoria and City of Melbourne and is hosted by The Wheeler Centre.

 Creative Victoria The Wheeler Centre


Working with the City of Literature Office

The Office is committed to working with partners across the City of Literature in both enabling an active City of Literature as well as in achieving the Office's strategic priorities.

Any partnership or support from the Office will be judged on the impact to the City, impact to the partner and the sustainability. The Office is not resourced to have an ongoing relationship or provide ongoing support. The Office is not interested in working on initiatives which replicate what is already provided within the City.

While the Office has provided funding previously, and may in the future, its primary goal is not as a funder. Also the Office is not strictly an organisation, and as such is not placed to provide sponsorship for events.

The Office occasionally calls out for application for its initiatives from individuals and organisations. Check here.

Keen to know more or want to discuss how the Office can work with you? Contact the Director of the Melbourne City of Literature Office David Ryding.