May Their Shadows Never Shrink: Wole Soyinka and the Oxford Professorship of Poetry


ISBN: 978-0-9928436-7-0

Author: Edited by Ivor Agyeman-Duah and Lucy Newlyn


This important book documents stimulating and engaging reflections and thoughts from international writers and commentators who collectively validate and establish Soyinka as more than deserving of the honour of the Oxford Professorship of Poetry. The co-editors Ivor Agyeman-Duah and Lucy Newlyn campaigned for the election of Soyinka and provide insightful analyses of the campaign while arguing for electoral reform. This is a must-read for anyone interested in the future of world literature and inclusiveness.

Key Selling Points
• An important volume documenting the campaign and features an impressive list of contributors from international writers and commentators expressing their views about why the Oxford Professorship of Poetry position matters and why Wole Soyinka would be a fitting winner.
• The book provides stimulating and engaging reflections that validate and establish Wole Soyinka as more than deserving of the honour of the position.
• The volume acknowledges the multi-faceted aspects of Soyinka’s character including his activism and argues that the opportunity for Soyinka at Oxford would enrich the international credentials of the University and the country.
• This volume will appeal to studies on African Writing, World Literature, African Culture and History, as well as the ordinary reader.

About the Editors

Ivor Agyeman-Duah is Development Policy Advisor to The Lumina Foundation, administrators of the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa and was chair of the Literature Jury for the Millennium Excellence Foundation.

Lucy Newlyn is Professor of English and Literature at Oxford University and a Fellow of St Edmund Hall.