Today, September 1, 2022, the inaugural James Currey Literary Festival commences. The event which takes place at the University of Oxford will be concluded on September 3, 2022. The James Currey Festival was established by the James Currey Society at Oxford, in honour of the pioneer of the famous African Writers Series, James Currey.
James Currey, often referred to as the godfather of African literature, is the co-founder of James Currey publishers. Together with Chinua Achebe, he founded the African Writers Series which is responsible for the production of vast number of academic books, journals, fiction and nonfiction books about Africa, especially in a period when publishing books about Africa was considered to yield no profit.
Prof. Onyeka Nwelue, founder of the James Currey Society, and director of the inaugural James Currey Society, has been instrumental in the institution of this honourary festival.
Present at the event will be Ikhide R. Ikheloa, who has been awarded James Currey Society’ Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Criticism, Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo, James Currey himself, and a host of guests from Africa and across the world.