Book Festival

Book Fair, Workshops, Readings, Book Chats, Conferences, Stage Performances and lots more.

2013 Book Festival

In 2008 we began the annual Garden City Literary Festival, renamed the Port Harcourt Book Festival. This cultural combo grew from a three-day affair to a six-day one comprising a book fair, workshops, symposia, author readings, open mic sessions, drama performances. This event draws multitudes to the city annually. Keynote speakers have included Nigeria’s Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe, Buchi Emecheta, Ghana’s Kofi Awonoorand Ama Ata Aidoo, Kenya’s Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Ivorian author Veronique Tadjo  and American civil rights activist Jesse Jackson. Special guests have included American writer Petrina Crockford, Jamaican writer Lindsay Barrett and former CNN correspondent Femi Oke. Children are an important part of the festival and special workshops, ‘role model’ reading sessions and scheduled visits to the book fair are part of the events planned for them. Additionally, children are granted an opportunity to showcase their talent on the last day of the festival. 

2008 Book Festival

V.C. University of P.H., Prof. Don Baridam, delivers his address while Prof. Wole Soyinka, Amb. Kofi Awoonor, Chief Elechi Amadi and his wife listen, at the opening ceremony of the maiden Garden City Literary Festival (2008)

2009 Book Festival

Mrs Kalango conducts Governor Amaechi, Emeritus Prof J.P. Clark and special guests on a tour of the Book Fair at the 2nd Garden City Literary Festival (2009).

2010 Book Festival

Vice President, Sambo Namadi presents awards to authors; Elechi Amadi, Gabriel Okara and Wole Soyinka at the 3rd Garden City Literary Festival (2010) to commemorate Nigeria’s 50th Independence Year.

2011 Book Festival

Chief Emeka Anyaoku, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Gov. Chibuike Amaechi and Mrs. Koko Kalango at the opening ceremony of the 4th Garden City Literary Festival (2011).

2012 Book Festival

Veronica Tadjo facilitates a creative writing workshop at the 5th Garden City Literary Festival (2012).

2013 Book Festival

Koko Kalango in an interactive session with comedian & author Julius Agwu at the 6th Garden City Literary Festival (2013).

2014 Book Festival

Christie Bature-Ogbeifun in conversation with some of the ‘Africa 39’ authors at the Port Harcourt Book Festival (2014), formerly Garden City Literary Festival.