The author of some of the most widely read books in the English language, Clive Staples Lewis, was born in Belfast in 1898, and this November 2013, on the week of the 50th anniversary of his death, the C.S Lewis Festival will recognise and celebrate both his life and his legacy to the city and the world.
Best known for his children’s books, The Chronicles of Narnia, Lewis’s career encapsulated academic writing, science fiction and theology. Lewis’ gift to the world was his stories and his belief in the power of storytelling which shone through each word that he wrote.
On the 22nd of November, Lewis is to be inaugurated at ‘Poets Corner’ at Westminster Abbey, the first Belfast writer to receive this prestigious honour.
The C.S Lewis Festival is based in East Belfast, where C.S Lewis spent his childhood, but will feature events located across the city. With theatre, exhibitions, art, music, tours and outdoor events running from Mon 18th – Sat 23rd November, this will be an opportunity for those in Belfast and beyond to remember and celebrate the life of one its most famous sons.
The Festival has been organised by the East Belfast Partnership and the Connswater Community Greenway Team.