Dunedin City councillor Aaron Hawkins with Czeslaw Milosz's
The History of Polish Literature in the Octagon. Photo by
Krakow has opposed Dunedin's bid to become a Unesco City
The second-largest city in Poland wants Dunedin to be more
engaging and ''better prepared for the responsibility that
comes with the title''.
Dunedin is aiming to be designated a world literary centre,
alongside Edinburgh, Melbourne, Iowa City, Dublin, Reykjavik
and Norwich, which have all supported the city's application.
The only City of Literature not to support the bid was
Krakow City of Literature international projects manager
Justyna Jochym told the Otago Daily Times she assessed the
Dunedin bid and did not support it because Dunedin lacked any
relationship with Krakow.
''We would like to see more communication and more potential
ideas for co-operation.''
Possible plans could be an exchange of poets, or a
collaborative literary project, Ms Jochym said.
Krakow improved its bid with an "onslaught of new initiatives
and projects", she said.
She encouraged Dunedin to do the same.
Krakow's ''big step'' was hosting Cities of Literature
''One of our biggest turning points during that entire
three-year process was organising a conference in Krakow and
we invited the Cities of Literature, and literary figures, to
Krakow to demonstrate what the city had on offer.''
If Dunedin engaged more, Krakow would support a future bid,
''We are very willing, but these things have to
Krakow supported the bids of six cities this year, but she
would not disclose who they were.
Dunedin City councillor Aaron Hawkins said he was
''disappointed'' Ms Jochym did not share the vision of the
Dunedin bid organisers, who will find out on November 30 if
the city has been successful.
The Polish community played an important part in the
Dunedin's settlement history, he said.
''It would make sense for them to lead any relationship
strengthening between here and Krakow.''
He was confident the bid would ''ultimately'' be successful.