Bristol Tbilisi Association (BTA) raised funds to purchase 34 new books which are all in English and give Bristolians an insight into Georgian art, poetry, food, wine, travel and history, as well as the classics of British writing about Tbilisi, Georgia and the Caucasus region.
Councillor Asher Craig, Deputy Mayor, attended the presentation of the collection at the library. She said: “These books are for the people of Bristol to learn more about Georgian culture, history and politics and to research future trips to Georgia.
“The Mayor visited Tbilisi last year with other city partners, to strengthen and build on our current relationship with Tbilisi.
“I’m delighted that through this special partnership we can share part of this extraordinary city with Bristol people. Next time you visit Central Library, I highly recommend looking at our expanded collection to appreciate the importance of this 30 year friendship.”
Local artist Bruce Allan, a member of the BTA, sourced and researched the books and has previously collaborated with artists in the Georgian capital over the past 25 years.
Mr Allan said: “Finding books for the library reflects my love of Georgia and Georgian friends. It has been a pleasure to help the BTA establish the collection as a public resource.
“The books celebrate 30 years of city twinning established by Paul Garland in 1988. Without the link I may never have discovered Georgia. Gaumajos! (which means ‘cheers’ in English).”
The collection marks the last in a series of events and activities over the past 12 months celebrating the 30 year partnership, which included Mayor Marvin Rees visiting Tbilisi where he unveiled a plaque at the British Embassy in Tbilisi. The Embassy has officially named the space “The Bristol Room”.