C.S. Lewis is one of the most innovative and influential writers of the 20th Century. His fiction has shaped the cultural imagination of millions, while his work on “Mere Christianity” struck a resounding chord with his generation that resonates to this day.
Born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the land of his youth held a unique place in his heart. The mythical landscape of N.Ireland was grafted into his fictional worlds, while the unique religious zeal that marked his homeland was cultivated and sublimated into his non-fiction.
Growing up around the corner from his childhood home, the shadow of Lewis loomed large over my youth. While not uncritical of his work, there is something of his spirit that continues to inspire me. His searing intellect and profound literary gifts combined to birth a body of work spanning various genres that has benefited millions.
This event will engage both the ideas of Lewis, and the ideas that engaged him. In addition to this, we will discover the landscape of his youth, learn about his life and explore his legacy.
Where will it all happen?
The event will take place in the stunning Crawfordsburn Inn. A place where Lewis often holidayed, and where he spent his honeymoon with Joy. The Inn is located in a beautiful town close to Belfast, and melts into a forest park reputed to have influenced Lewis' vision of Narnia.
Think of this as a literary holiday. There will be plenty of time for walks, conversations and lounging around open fires with a whiskey while we learn about Lewis and engage with his ideas. There will be tours, debates, music and seminars. This is an event for those who have been influenced by the work of C.S. Lewis and who want to engage critically with his body of work.
In addition to all the content (speakers, musicians, tours and venues), the ticket includes accommodation for 4 nights in the Crawfordsburn Inn as well as a full Irish breakfast, lunch and dinner in the award winning Lewis Restaurant each day. If you'd like to come earlier, or stay longer, let us know and we can arrange a discount on the room costs.