C.S. Lewis and The Inklings ‘Ideas’ on CBC

Last Thursday I had the pleasure of listening to a CBC Ideas documentary on C.S. Lewis. Part 1 of the series focussed on Lewis’ biography leading up to the point of his conversion. The experts interviewed include Canadian literary scholar Monika Hilder, leading Christian apologist and Lewis biographer, Alister McGrath, and poet-theologian Malcolm Guite, whose blog includes some of the details and the link to the talks. I hope you enjoy!

Malcolm Guite

lewis-inklings-featuredAs part of the commemorations for Cs Lewis’s ‘Jubilee’ year the Canadian Broadcasting Company have commissioned two in depth programmes on CS Lewis and the Inklings for their Flagship ‘Ideas’ series. I was happy to be involved with Frank Faulk in this endeavour and did an extensive interview with him, some of which is used in this first programme and most of which will be in the second one, to be broadcast on the 17th to which I will post a link next week. I was impressed by the research he has done for this programme and the range of people he has speaking on it. Two good results of that research are first that he is not content with second hand cliches about Lewis but goes out of his way to scotch falsehoods, and secondly that he gives due weight to the neglected ‘other inklings’ beyond Lewis and Tolkien…

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About Brenton Dickieson

“A Pilgrim in Narnia” is a blog project in reading and talking about the work of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the worlds they touched. As a "Faith, Fantasy, and Fiction" blog, we cover topics like children’s literature, apologetics and philosophy, myths and mythology, fantasy, theology, cultural critique, art and writing. This blog includes my thoughts as I read through Lewis and Tolkien and reflect on my own life and culture. In this sense, I am a Pilgrim in Narnia--or Middle Earth, or Fairyland. I am often peeking inside of wardrobes, looking for magic bricks in urban alleys, or rooting through yard sale boxes for old rings. If something here captures your imagination, leave a comment, “like” a post, share with your friends, or sign up to receive Narnian Pilgrim posts in your email box. Brenton Dickieson is a father, husband, friend, university lecturer, and freelance writer from Prince Edward Island, Canada. You can follow him on Twitter, @BrentonDana.
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13 Responses to C.S. Lewis and The Inklings ‘Ideas’ on CBC

  1. Talk about imagination!


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  5. Hyemin says:

    I’m especially moved by Michael Ward’s esipesxron of pride that The Poet’s Corner event has been organized by British people and in an Anglican context. As an American (and great granddaughter of English immigrants), I admit it’s easy to forget that we Americans more often should be willing to take a back seat. Our habit too often is to rush forward when our brethren across the pond are certainly as capable (or more so) of leadership and this event for C.S. Lewis is a wonderful example. Thanks to Michael Ward for candor in the interview and for tackling what must be an incredible amount of work to organize a worthy and sure-to-be memorable event which I plan to attend. (On a side note, I have ordered The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis which I’m eager to read, partially because of one reviewer’s comment that editors Robert MacSwain and Michael Ward succeed in their goal of achieving critical evenhandedness.)


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  8. keebslac1234 says:

    I loved the portion, which posits that we could be part of a parallel universe and not really know it. But, imagination linked to a plausible theory yields tremendous imagery, which, in turn, can fuel further curiosity about the science involved, certainly the universes being imagined. Thanks for the link. I’m looking forward to part II.


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