Nov 26, 2012

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CS Lewis Memorial in Westminster Abbey: A Call to Contribute

C.S. Lewis’s writing has had a powerful influence for good in the lives of countless readers; his work and his witness continue to inspire, inform, and challenge each new generation.

Now, thanks to the efforts of Dr. Michael Ward, with the support of other scholars, C.S. Lewis will be honored with a memorial in Poets’ Corner of Westminster Abbey, London. Lewis will take his place next to greats such as William Shakespeare, T.S. Eliot, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Charlotte Bronte, Geoffrey Chaucer, John Keats, Charles Dickens, and Edmund Spenser.

The memorial will be unveiled on November 22, 2013, the 50th anniversary of his death. A two-day conference and a thanksgiving service are planned as part of the project.

It is a more than fitting tribute to a great scholar and writer. And consider this: Westminster Abbey is over a thousand years old, and Poets’ Corner has been part of it for six hundred years. Could there be a better place to honor Lewis, the medievalist? I think not!

How you can contribute:

Westminster Abbey has given permission for the memorial, but the costs must be raised by private funds. Dr Ward is coordinating the fundraising effort. As for me — I am deeply grateful for the life, work, and witness of CS Lewis. My own contribution is already wending its way across the Pond…

I encourage you to give, and generously! Visit CS Lewis in Poets’ Corner for details on how to contribute.

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  1. Thanks for sharing this! Do you have any info on the conference? Call for papers, perhaps?

    • Holly Ordway says:

      It’s very exciting! There are no details yet on the conference – this is genuinely breaking news! – but I’ll share the details as soon as I get them.