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Teen's Poem Appears on Irish Stamp
June 26, 2013

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A recently issued Irish postage stamp tells its own story, literally.

The bright yellow 60-cent stamp appeared earlier this year, to mark the designation of Dublin, Ireland, as a UNESCO City of Literature. Only five other cities in the world are so designated: Edinburgh, Scotland; Iowa City, Iowa; Melbourne, Australia; Norwich, England; and Reykjavik, Iceland.

The Cities of Literature are part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, a 2004 venture that aims to promote creativity in the arts. Designated cities must meet a range of criteria, including a high degree of quality and diversity of publishing, a wide range of literary events and festivals, a strong literature education program, and a higher-than-average number of libraries and bookstores and other methods of displaying literature and drama.

The Irish stamp displays the entirety of a 224-word story written by 17-year-old Eoin Moore. The story is of the city itself and describes its historical and literary legacy. Speaking of the Dublin streets, the story says, "All of us who travel those arteries step on the words, actions, and lives of those who travelled them before us."

Moore won the "Essence of Dublin" competition sponsored by Fighting Words, a creative writing program in the city. The competition was open to students of all ages.

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