CS Lewis in Poets Corner: Updated Details!
2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of C.S. Lewis, and the great man will be honored for all the ages this November with a memorial in the famous Poets’ Corner of Westminster Abbey, London. Noted Lewis scholar Dr. Michael Ward, whose idea this was and who gained permission from the Abbey for the Memorial, is heading up the donation efforts as well as organizing the associated conference – and more details are now available on both counts!
The Memorial is funded entirely by private donations. If you would like to make a contribution, you can now do so, very conveniently, by PayPal on the Poets’ Corner donation page, and I encourage you to do so (I have!). A list of donors’ names will be deposited among the papers of the Oxford Lewis Society in the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford.
Details are now emerging of the Conference as well:
It will be held in London, Nov. 21-22, and is entirely free of charge.
Professor Alister McGrath (author of the new biography of CS Lewis) will speak on Lewis’s apologetics, and Dr. Malcolm Guite will speak on Lewis’s fiction and poetry. There will also be a Choral Evensong, a panel discussion of Lewis scholars, and a Service of Thanksgiving. You can sign up to receive more details on the Conference page.
My own life has been profoundly impacted by the work of C.S. Lewis. His books Mere Christianity and the Chronicles of Narnia played an important part in my conversion to Christianity, and my work as an apologist and literary scholar has been enriched and guided by the work of Lewis and the other Inklings. I will be there, in London, in November of 2013, rejoicing that in my lifetime I could have a part in honoring the man whose life and work has been, and continues to be, a powerful influence for good on so many.