Franz Kafka is one of the most iconic writers of the twentieth century.

To mark the 100-year anniversary of his death, St John’s Fellows Barry Murnane and John Fulljames, alongside colleagues in the Oxford Kafka Research Centre, the Bodleian Library, and the Humanities Cultural Programme, have put together a two-week long festival of Kafka events.

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Kafka: Making of an Icon
The exhibition 'Kafka: Making of an Icon', co-curated by Barry Murnane, opened to the public in the Weston Library on 30 May. It is free to visit and features materials from the Bodleian archives, including Kafka’s manuscripts, drawings, postcards, and private photographs. You can also see Andy Warhol’s original portrait of Kafka, contemporary artistic responses to his works, and learn more about how Kafka came to be part of the global literary canon. See here for more details.

To celebrate Kafka’s Metamorphosis, from 31 May to 2 June University Park will be taken over by ‘Jitterbug’, an incredible and enormous inflatable bug tent created by award winning-artists, Trigger. Visit the Jitterbug from 11.00 am each day for a free programme of creative activities and drop-in sessions for all ages. There’s lots to see and do, with walkabout characters from Storm in a Tea Cup Circus, face painting, fashion shows, dance classes, and writing workshops and much, much more. Find out more here.


Find out more on the Oxford Kafka 2024 website.