The EastSide of the City is getting ready to celebrate the life and works of one of its literary greats – C.S. Lewis.
The Festival will not only showcase Lewis’ diverse works and legacy but his strong connections to his childhood home of east Belfast. Through a series of events and activities including talks, film, theatre, arts, crafts, readings, music, workshops, exhibitions, tours and literature – everyone is invited to open the wardrobe door to the world of C.S. Lewis.
Clive Lewis Staples, known to his friends as Jack, was ‘born and bred’ in east Belfast; a place he would often return to throughout his life. His works have inspired a huge number of adults, through his books on theology and literary criticism, and millions of children through his most well-known works The Chronicles of Narnia. A World War I soldier, a lecturer at Oxford and Cambridge, an expert in medieval and renaissance literature, poet, sci-fi writer and friend to another literary great – J.R.R. Tolkien – the festival will explore these facets of C.S. Lewis and especially his fond, life-long relationship with his childhood city.
– The premiere of The Inklings, a play exploring Lewis’ relationship and discussions with J.R.R. Tolkien, and other literary companions
– A range of Lewis themed tours (by bus, on foot or bike)
– The return of the C.S. Lewis Nearly True Tour at Campbell College- fun for all the family
– SearchLight Theatre Company’s production of Questioning Aslan
Workshops for adults and children- memoir writing, poetry, illustration, crafts and more…
– Film screenings of The Lion, Witch and The Wardrobe, Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
– Craft fairs with a Narnia theme
C.S. Lewis inspired music presentation by music writer Stuart Bailie