The birth of the Port Harcourt Literary Society (PHLS) is significant because it falls in line with the city’s growing status on the world stage as an important literary destination. The Society is envisioned as an association of persons interested in the promotion of literature and the reading culture.
Port Harcourt is now as well known for literature and the arts. In recent years the city has established itself as a haven of literature with the annual Garden City Literary Festival (now Port Harcourt Book Festival).
The festival, which has been described as ‘arguably the biggest in sub-Saharan Africa’ by This Day Newspapers, brings together a range of actors in the book industry; including writers, publishers, agents and the reading public. The Port Harcourt Literary Society will also be instrumental in sustaining some of the gains of the just concluded Port Harcourt World Book Capital 2014.
The Society is facilitating projects such as the creation of the Port Harcourt Book Centre, which is a multifunctional facility containing a library, theatre, writers’ retreat and leisure outlets. It is also responsible for the running of the Port Harcourt Book Festival.
The Port Harcourt Literary Society is an inclusive collaboration of those with the desire to be at the cusp of this great period of change and development in African history.