Events Archive


N.B. We currently do not have details for all events before Michaelmas 2015.

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1st Week (April 30)

Dr. Michael Ward

‘What has Anscombe to do with Narnia? Did the debate about Miracles lead to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe?’

2nd Week (May 7)

Dr. Marc LiVecche

‘The Odious Necessity: C.S. Lewis on War’

3rd Week (May 14)

Mr. Owen Barfield

‘Owen Barfield: Philosopher and Friend’

4th Week (May 21)

Dr. Jason Baxter

‘The Medieval Model and the Christian Future’

5th Week (May 28)

Dr. Stewart Goetz

‘C. S. Lewis's Argument from Desire’

6th Week (June 4)

Dr. Myk Habets

‘ "You Have Never Met A Mere Mortal" – C.S. Lewis’s Vision of Salvation’

7th Week (June 11)

Mr. Jahdiel Perez

‘C.S. Lewis on the Perils of Professional Theology’

8th Week (June 18)

Pub Walk to the Perch at Port Meadow


1st Week (January 15)

Mr. David Williams

‘Mere Evolution, Mere Christianity’

2nd Week (January 22)

Mr. John Garth

‘Tolkien’s Creation’

3rd Week (January 29)

Dr. Holly Ordway

‘Tolkien's Modern Sources: Dunsany, Shorthouse, and a Mythology for England’

4th Week (February 5)

Mr. Paul Shakeshaft

‘CS Lewis and Natural Law’

5th Week (February 12)

Dr. Michael Ward

‘Philip Pullman on CS Lewis: What’s Wrong with Him?’

6th Week (February 19)

Ms. Robin Landrith

‘Creation and Incarnation in Bonaventure and Lewis’

7th Week (February 26)

Dr. Max Baker-Hytch

‘Lewis’s Argument from Reason’

8th Week (March 5)

Dr. Piers Worth

‘Learning from C.S. Lewis’s Life’


1st Week (October 9)

Dr. Michael Ward

“Imagine There's no Heaven: C.S. Lewis on Making Space for Faith” 

2nd Week (October 16)

Alister McGrath

“C.S. Lewis: A Model of the Intellectual Life”

3rd Week (October 23)

Brenton Dickieson

“Dive: The Shape of the Cross in C.S. Lewis' Writing”

4th Week (October 30)

Joy Clarkson

“Breaking the Spell: Fairy Stories in the Secular Age”

5th Week (November 6)

Marc Barnes

“Should Christians use Smartphones?” 

6th Week (November 13)

Eric Tippin

“G.K. Chesterton as Stylist”

7th Week (November 20)

Rev. Dr. Jonathan Brant

“The Professor and the Padre: C.S. Lewis in light of the life and writings of G.A. Studdert-Kennedy”

8th Week ( November 27)

Christmas Party at the Kilns 



1st Week (24 April)

Dr Michael Ward

“After Ten Years: Return to Planet Narnia


2nd Week (1 May)

Mr. Jahdiel Perez

“Between Joy and Jokes: C.S. Lewis's Theology of Laughter”


3rd Week (8 May)

Dr Sarah Maple

Title TBA; Subject: MacDonald’s Baptismal Imagery


4th Week (15 May)

Professor Michael Tomko

“Tolkien, Tragedy, and the Gift of Beauty”


5th Week (22 May)

Professor Steve Beebe

“C.S. Lewis and The Screwtape Letters: A Devil's Guide to Communication”


6th Week (29 May)

Professor Stewart Goetz

“C. S. Lewis on the Soul”


7th Week (5 June)

Professor Vigen Guroian

Title TBA; Subject: MacDonald’s “The Wise Woman”


8th Week (12 June)

Annual Pub Crawl



1st Week (16 January)

Dr. Holly Ordway

“Hidden in Plain Sight: Tolkien's Influences from Children's Literature and Popular Fiction”


2nd Week (23 January)

Professor John Finnis

“C.S. Lewis’s Critique of 20th Century Critical Scholarship on the Gospels”


3rd Week (30 January)

Father Jerome Bertram

“Will Bombadil fall?”


4th Week (6 February)

Mr. Brian Lapsa

“Revelation by Disguise: G.K. Chesterton, Ingmar Bergman, and the War on Disenchantment”


5th Week (13 February)

Rev. Dr. Rowan Williams

“Beyond Left and Right: Lewis as Cultural Critic”


6th Week (20 February)

Dr. James Orr

“C.S. Lewis and Christian Platonism”


7th Week (27 February)

Father John Hunwicke

“The Cutting Edge of Biblical Scholarship”


8th Week (6 March)

Professor Simon Horobin

“The Lion, The Witch and the Bookcase: C.S. Lewis and his books”






1st Week (10 October)

The Abolition of Man: Lewis’s Most Prophetic Work, But Is It Christian?”

Dr. Michael Ward

Author of Planet Narnia and a new critical edition of The Abolition of Man


2nd Week (17 October)

“Education and Free-Will: Lewis’s Idea of a University”

Dr. Melinda Nielsen

Associate Professor of Great Texts, Baylor University


3rd Week (24 October)

“Those Who Knew Chesterton”

Aidan Mackey

Foremost Scholar on G.K. Chesterton


4th Week (31 October)

"Language and Beauty"

A talk by Dr. Peter Kreeft on Tolkien and Lewis's use of language

To be presented by Caisen Mirassou

Treasurer, Oxford C.S.Lewis Society


5th Week (7 November)

“Lewis and the Eucharist”

Jacob Fareed Imam

President, C.S. Lewis Society


6th Week (14 November)

Walter Hooper

Former Personal Secretary of Lewis and Literary Executor of the CSL Estate


7th Week (21 November)

“Alcasan and Baphomet: That Hideous Strength, the Trial of the Templars, and a Tradition of Christian Anxiety”

Dr. Gregory Lippiatt

History Fellow, University of East Anglia


8th Week (28 November)

Kilns Christmas Party





First Week (25 April)
“Tolkien—Faith and Fiction”
Lord Alton

Second Week (2 May)
“Lewis, Happiness, and Rome”
Dr Stewart Goetz

Third Week (9 May)
“Spirits in Bondage: Pagan Passions in Lewis’ First Book”
Dr Jonathan Kirkpatrick

Fourth Week (16 May)
“Enchantment and the Weight of Glory: What Dante
Taught Lewis about Poetry”
Dr Jason Baxter

Fifth Week (23 May)
“ ‘Needles of Eternal Light’:
The Life of Samuel Taylor Coleridge
in the Works of C. S. Lewis”
Revd Dr Malcolm Guite

Sixth Week (30 May)
“C.S. Lewis and Contraception”
Dr Michael Ward

Seventh Week (6 June)
“G.K. Chesterton, Zombies, and Revolution”
David Baird

Eighth Week (13 June)
Annual Pub Walk





First Week (17th January)
Atlantis and Mars: New Light on Tolkien,
Lewis and their Science-Fiction Pact
John Garth

Second Week (24th January)
Between the Study and the Smoke-filled Room:
C.S. Lewis as Political Thinker
Dr Micah J. Watson
Associate Professor, Calvin College

Third Week (31st January)
Walking with Frodo
Benigno Blanco
Former Secretary of State for Infrastructure, Spain

Fourth Week (7th February)
C.S. Lewis and the Doctrine of the Fall
The Most Reverend Kallistos Ware
Greek Orthodox Metropolitan
and Professor Emeritus of
Eastern Orthodox Studies, University of Oxford

Fifth Week (14th February)
A recording of C.S.Lewis
reading from the chapter on Eros
in his book "The Four Loves"
followed by an extended Q&A with Michael Ward

Sixth Week (21st February)
‘The Last Trace of Something’: That Hideous Strength
and C.S. Lewis’s Intellectual Biography
Jonathan Pike, MSt, University of Oxford

Seventh Week (28th February)
Dorothy L. Sayers’ The Man Born to be King
Katy Wehr
PhD Candidate, University of St Andrews

Eighth Week (7th March)
CS Lewis and Music
Professor Dimitri Conomos
Professor of Byzantine Musicology,
St Cross College, University of Oxford






First Week (11 October)
‘Fifty Years with C.S. Lewis’
Walter Hooper


Second Week (18 October)
‘C.S. Lewis and the Word of God:
Til We Have Faces Sixty Years On’
Michael Ward


Third Week (25 October)
‘A Star Above the Mast:
Tolkien, Faerie and The Great Escape’
Anna Thayer


Fourth Week (1 November)
‘The Poetics of Desire
in Thomas Traherne and C.S. Lewis’
Paul Fiddes


Fifth Week (8 November)
‘Dante, Lewis, and the Reordering of (the four) Love(s).’
Brian Williams


Sixth Week (15 November)
“Are we Restless for Heaven? Defending Lewis's Argument from Desire”
Peter S. Williams


Seventh Week (22 November)
‘Lewis and Newman: Comparing Oxford Converts’
Fr. Ian Ker


Eighth Week (29 November)
Kilns Christmas Party






First Week (26th April)
‘The Last Battle Sixty Years On’
Michael Ward

Second Week (3rd May)
A recording of CS Lewis
reading chapter IV, "Friendship"
from The Four Loves,
followed by a discussion

Third Week (10th May)
'Finding Meaning in the White Spaces'
Lancia Smith

Fourth Week (17th May)
‘C. S. Lewis - the Children's Literature Context’
Peter Hunt

Fifth Week (24th May)
‘C. S. Lewis:  Chronicles of a Master Communicator’
Steve Beebe

Sixth Week (31st May)
'Slow-Kindled Courage: A Study of Tolkien's Heroes'
Anna Thayer

Seventh Week (7th June)
‘C.S. Lewis at Poet’s Corner’
Book Launch Event with
Michael Ward and Peter S. Williams

8th Week (14th June)
Evening Walk and Dinner
Rickety Press Pub
 67 Cranham St, Oxford OX2 6DE





First Week (19th January)
‘Tolkien's Modern (!) Sources: Middle-earth Beyond the Middle Ages’
Holly Ordway

Second Week (26th January)
‘Finrod, Job, and ‘estel’: the Roots of Hope in Tolkien’
Simon BerryFirst Week (13 October)

Third Week (2nd February)
‘What Did C.S.Lewis Think of Himself?’
Walter Hooper

Fourth Week (9th February)
‘C.S. Lewis and the Battle Between Classicism and Romanticism’
Jonathan Kirkpatrick

Fifth Week (16th February)
‘The Air of Narnia: Stories and True Adulthood in Prince Caspian’
Anna Thayer

Sixth Week (23rd February)
‘Horrid Red Things: Why Magic, and the Death of Magic,
Are Essential to Mere Humanity’
Mark Stafford

Seventh Week (1st March)
'C.S. Lewis and King Arthur'
Gabriel Schenk

8th Week (8th March)
Read Aloud & Nibbles





First Week (13 October)
Lame and Unconvincing? Surprised by Joy Sixty Years On
Michael Ward

Second Week (20 October)
C.S. Lewis & His Circle
Roger White and Brendan & Judith Wolfe

Third Week (27 October)
An evening with Douglas Gresham: the only man alive who lived with C.S. Lewis
Douglas Gresham

Fourth Week (3 November)
The Narnian Virtues: C.S. Lewis as Character Educator
Mark Pike

Fifth Week (10 November)
Lewis in Post-War Oxford
Walter Hooper for Tony Cockshut

Sixth Week (17 November)
The Seven Heavens: a special musical performance
James Whitbourn with Michael Ward
Location: St. John the Evangelist, Iffley Road

Seventh Week (24 November)
C.S. Lewis’s Understanding of Islam
Max Imam

Eighth Week (1st December)
Kilns Christmas Party
Location: The Kilns, Headington




N.B. We currently do not have details for all events before Michaelmas 2015.

If you have termcards covering missing events in the archive, please let us know.




First Week (20 January)
The Magician’s Nephew Sixty Years On
Michael Ward

Second Week (27 January)
J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and Christianity: An Overview of the Arguments
Paul E. Kerry




Third Week (28 October)
The Intellectual World of C. S. Lewis
Alister McGrath




First Week:
Mr Douglas Gresham,
An Evening With Douglas Gresham

Second Week:
Prof Peter Hunt,
Lewis's Roots and Rivals - the Children's Literature Context

Third Week:
Prof Alister McGrath,
On Writing a Biography of C. S. Lewis
followed by our A. G. M.

Fourth Week:
Prof Jon Fennell,
A Polanyian Perspective on Lewis's The Abolition of Man

Fifth Week:
Dr Heather O'Donoghue,
'Touching Greatness': Lewis's Early Poetry and Old Norse Myth

Sixth Week:
Dr Jonathan Kirkpatrick,
Bacchus in Narnia: C. S. Lewis and the Classics

Seventh Week:
Dr Anna Caughey,
First Responses to Tolkien's 'The Fall of Arthur'

Eighth Week:
Society Pub Walk to Littleworth



First Week (January 18th)
Catholicism in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings
by Stratford Caldecott

Second Week (January 25th)
Abysmally Bright: Chesterton on Chaucer, Greatness, and Poetry
By David Baird

Third Week (February 1st)
C.S. Lewis and the Psalms
By Dr Francis Warner

Fourth Week (February 8th)
Last Things: C.S. Lewis on Hell and Heaven
By Bp Kallistos Ware

Fifth Week (February 15th)
Letting In and Shutting Out:
The Theme of Doors in Lewis's Theology
By Dr Meriel Patrick

Sixth Week (February 22nd)
Original Sin in Sayers' Plays and Novels
By Margaret Hunt

Seventh Week (March 1st).
Theology of Love: C.S. Lewis and St. Augustine in Dialogue
By Jason Lepojarvi

Eighth Week (March 8th)
Book Launch of C.S. Lewis and the Church: Essays in Honour of Walter Hooper (T&T Clark)
and Celebration of Walter Hooper's 80th Birthday




First Week (Tue. Oct 12th)
“C.S. Lewis and Historic Evangelicalism”

By Dr. Chris Mitchell

Second Week (Tue. Oct 19th)
“C.S. Lewis and Gender”
By Prof. Ann Loades

Third Week (Tue. Oct 26th)
Devilry in C.S. Lewis & The Inklings in the Context of War
By Colin Duriez

Fourth Week (Tue. Nov 2nd)
“Joy Davidman: Girl Communist”
By Abby Santamaria

Fifth Week (Tue. Nov 9th)
“My Godfather, C.S. Lewis”
By Laurence Harwood

Sixth Week (Tue. Nov 16th)
"Lewis and the Cowley Fathers"
By Will Vaus

Seventh Week (Tue. Nov 23rd)
“The Brightest Heaven of Invention: Solar Power in the Voyage of the Dawn Treader”
By Dr. Michael Ward

Eighth Week (Tue. Nov 30th)
Christmas Party at the Kilns




First Week (Tue. Jan. 20th)
Life on Other Planets in English Theology Before Lewis
by Dr Mark Edwards
Lecturer in Patristics, University of Oxford


Second Week (Tue. Jan. 27th)

Place: Balliol College, Lecture Hall XXIII

Sub-Creation and Imagination in Lewis and Tolkien

by Prof. Ian Storey

Classics, Trent University, Ontario


Third Week (Tue. Feb. 3rd)

Herbert and the Temple

by Dr Beatrice Groves

Wolfson College, Oxford


Fourth Week (Tue. Feb. 10th)

C. S. Lewis' Mediaevalism

by Dr Santha Bhattacharji

St. Benet's Hall


Fifth Week (Tue. Feb. 17th)

Warren Hamilton Lewis and His 'American Lady'

Dr Diana Pavlac Glyer

Azusa Pacific University


Sixth Week (Tue. Feb. 24th)

What C. S. Lewis Really Did to Chaucer's Troilus & Criseyde

by Dr Simon Horobin

Magdalen College


Seventh Week (Tue. Mar. 3rd)

Christian Narrative: Lewis, Tolkien, and Rowling

by Matthew Hunter

Former Secretary of the Society


Eighth Week (Tue. Mar. 10th)

Special General Meeting

Agenda: constitutional ratification, project committees


Eighth Week (Thu. Mar. 12th)

Note this added Thursday meeting!

Music, Myth, and Literary Depth

in the 'Land Without Music'

by Gregory Martin

Former Member of the Society






First Week (Oct. 14th)

The Re-invention of the Christian Myth

Rev. Hugh Rayment-Pickard

Author: The Devil's Account: Philip Pullman and Christianity


Second Week (Oct. 21st)

Audio and Discussion from C. S. Lewis Reading from The Four Loves


Third Week (Oct. 28th)

J. R. R. Tolkien and the Wanderer

Dr Stuart Lee

Director, OUCS; Author: The Keys to Middle Earth


Fourth Week (Nov. 4th)

G. K. Chesterton: Faith, Imagination, Literature

Rev. Torbjorn Holt

Rector, Norwegian Church in London


Fifth Week (Nov. 11th)

C. S. Lewis and Theological Controversy

Rev. Dr. Gerald Bray

Director of Research, The Latimer Trust


Sixth Week (Nov. 18th)

Documentary: C. S. Lewis, dreamer of Narnia

Featuring Society Treasurer, Peter Cousins


Seventh Week (Nov. 25th)

C. S. Lewis on Petitionary Prayer

Dr Tim Mawson

Tutor in Philosophy, St Peter's College


Eighth Week (Dec. 2nd)

Christmas Party at the Kilns





First Week (Tue 22 April)

Faerie in J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis: Escape vs. Recovery

by John Robinson

Visiting Student


Second Week (Tue 29 April)

A Fertile Friendship: C.S. Lewis and Austin Farrer

by Revd Robert MacSwain

Ramsey Fellow and College Chaplain, St Chad's College, University of Durham


Third Week (Tue 6 May)

Tutored Ale Tasting at The Turf Tavern


Fourth Week (Tue 13 May)

Dr Who and I

by Paul Cornell

Author, "Dr Who"


Fifth Week (Tue 20 May)

Audio and Discussion of C. S. Lewis Reading from the Four Loves


Sixth Week (Tue 27 May)

C.S. Lewis and the Psalms

by Dr Francis Warner

Lord White Fellow (now Emeritus) and Tutor in English Literature at St Peter's College, Oxford; C.S. Lewis' last graduate student


Seventh Week (Tue 3 June)

Donald Swann, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis

by Leon Berger

Administrator, Donald Swann Archives


Eighth Week (Tue 10 June)

Annual Pub Walk




First Week

The Abolition of Man and the Problem of Gender

by Dr Joe Ricke

Professor of English, Taylor University


Second Week

J.R.R. Tolkien, George MacDonald, and the Cauldron of Story

by Catherine Barnett

Student at Taylor University


Third Week

Charles Williams, Iris Murdoch, and the Flight from the Enchanter

by Timothy Pitt-Payne



Fourth Week

If Religion is Dangerous, What Should Happen to Believers?: The Dawkins Debate

by John Cornwell

Author of Darwin's Angel: An Angelic Riposte to The God Delusion


Fifth Week

Tour of the Kilns (Lewis' Home)


Sixth Week

Slide Show with Original Photographs relating to C.S. Lewis' Life and Work


Seventh Week

Charles Williams: Alchemy and Integration

by Revd Dr Gavin Ashenden

Senior Chaplain and Lecturer in the Psychology of Religion, Sussex University


Eighth Week

Book Launch: PLANET NARNIA by Michael Ward





First Week (Tue 9 October)

President's Introduction followed by a Drinks Reception


Second Week (Tue 16 October)

Owen Barfield: His Work and Literary Estate

by Owen Barfield

Grandson of Owen Barfield


Third Week (Tue 23 October)

Tolkien's Legendarium: Which is the most Authoritative Expression?

by Richard Jeffery


Fourth Week (Tue 30 October)

Insights from C. S. Lewis for Christian Apologetics Today

by Joe Martin

Independent scholar


Fifth Week (Tue 6 November)

Reflections on My Work as C. S. Lewis’ Editor

by Walter Hooper

Friend, Biographer and Editor of C. S. Lewis


Sixth Week (13 November)

On Charges of Racism against C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien

by Joshua Roberts


Seventh Week (Tue 20 November)

Advent readings from the Inklings at the Kilns (C. S. Lewis’ home)


Eighth Week (Tue 27 November)

Christmas in the ‘Oxford School’ of Children's Literature

by Maria Cecire

DPhil student in English Literature, Keble College





First Week (24 April):

'Laughing at Satan: Humorous Representations of the Devil in Early Medieval Literature'

by Leon Pickering

Second Week (1 May):

Richard Jeffrey


Third Week (8 May):

‘The Lion, the Witch, and the Cricket Ball:  C. S. Lewis and Old Norse Mythology’

Professor Heather O'Donoghue

Tutor in English, Oxford University


Fourth Week (15 May, 7.00 p.m.):

'Tracing the Inklings: A Guided Tour through Lewis's Oxford', beginning at the Eagle & Child Pub

Rev Dr Jeanette Sears


Fifth Week (22 May):

‘Reflections on a Friendship: C. S. Lewis and Sheldon Vanauken’

John Holloway and Nathan Grills


Sixth Week (29 May):

‘Lewis as a Writer of Christian Doctrine’

Rev Professor Paul Fiddes

Principal of Regent's Park College


Seventh Week (5 June):

Annual walk to The Trout -- a favourite walk of Lewis and the Inklings





First Week, 16 January:
Selections from Dorothy Sayers’s The Man Born to Be King:
A Dramatic Reading by Students from Taylor University

Second Week, 23 January:
Author Colin Duriez,
‘Myth, Fact, and Incarnation: The Quest for the Real in C. S. Lewis’

Fourth Week, 6 February:
Joe Martin,
‘Insights from Lewis for Christian Apologetics Today’ [postponed]

Fifth Week, 13 February:
Romy Cerratti,
‘"Are you with me?" "To the death!": Fellowship in the Works of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien’

Seventh Week, 27 February:
Dinner and tour at The Kilns

Eighth Week, 6 March:
Rev. Dr. Michael Ward,
‘What The Heck Does It Matter If We Don't Cotton On To The Complex Patterns In Lewis's Poetry?’





First Week (10 October):

'The Completion of Volume III of Lewis's Collected Correspondence:  An Evening of Questions and Answers with Editor Walter Hooper'


Second Week (17 October):

Dr. Judith Priestman,

'John Betjeman and C. S. Lewis: The Dilettante and the Don'


(NOTE change of venue and time. This is a special meeting at 2.15 p.m.

at the Bodleian Library's Betjeman exhibition.

Dr. Priestman's tour will feature unseen Lewis material

and other items relating to Oxford undergraduate life in the 1920s.)


Third Week (24 October):

Professor Ian Storey,

'Classical Allusions in C. S. Lewis’s Till We Have Faces'


Fourth Week (31 October):

Aidan Mackey,

'The Moral Imagination: George Macdonald, G. K. Chesterton, and C. S. Lewis'


Fifth Week (7 November):

Richard Jeffery,

'Boxen: The Imagination of Young C. S. Lewis'


Sixth Week (14 November):

Brendan Wolfe,

'Philology in Lewis and Tolkien'


Seventh Week (21 November):

Leslie Marsh,

'The Historical Jesus: Was Lewis Right?'


Eighth Week (28 November):

Bring a Book to The Kilns: Favourite Christmas-Themed Readings from The Inklings



Fourth Week(?) (19 May)
Facing the Foreign: C. S. Lewis on Toleration
Paul E. Kerry



Third Week(?) (30 January)
German Romanticism and C. S. Lewis’s Narrative Poems
Paul E. Kerry