Allez Literature!

In today’s visual world, it is easy to forget the importance and the power of words. Through #AllezLiterature Europeana wants to shine a light on the value of the written word in our shared cultural heritage, as enriched by text, literature and poetry as it is by paintings, drawings or sculptures. Texts such as The Adventures of Sinbad the Sailor by Polish poet Bolesław Leśmian; the manuscript of Narcissus by famous medieval woman author Christine de Pizan; or a poem by Wordsworth written as a protest to the Prime Minister against a railway extension in the Lake District are just tiny glimpses of some of the treasures to be found in Europe’s libraries and archives and shared through Europeana - reflecting society through texts both epic and personal.

We started by rediscovering real love stories from the past! From 14 February onwards, users were invited to create digital records of handwritten letters from The First World War by taking part in the Love Transcribathon.

Next, we celebrated poetry: on UNESCO World Poetry Day (21 March) we kicked off a month long social media salute to poetry from across Europe.

On the occasion of World Book Day,  we are inviting people to engage with famous European texts on social media, taking them on a literary tour of Europe over the next month. From 23 April, we will be joining UNESCO’s international tribute to literature, by sharing some of the greatest works available on Europeana in various languages.

Read more about the activities on our blog.

Join the talk about literature on social media, using hashtags #AllezLiterature and #OnThisDay.