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C. S. Lewis Jubilee Festival: 19 – 22 September 2013

posted 26 Jun 2013, 02:49 by CTH Webmaster   [ updated 15 Jun 2018, 11:05 ]

Members of Holy Trinity, Headington Quarry are finalising the details of a Jubilee Festival to commemorate their most famous former parishioner. C S Lewis was a member of the congregation at Holy Trinity for over 30 years from the time of his conversion to Christianity until his death in November 1963.  He is buried in the churchyard. The ‘C S Lewis Jubilee Festival’ will take place from 19 – 22 September 2013 and tickets for the various events are now on sale.

C S Lewis is well known for his children’s books ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ which have sold over 100 million copies and been translated into 47 languages. In addition he was a prolific author of books explaining the essence of the Christian faith for older readers, a noted authority on aspects of English poetry, a don at Magdalen College, Oxford and a professor at Magdalene College, Cambridge. The story of how he met and married his wife Joy was the subject of the play and major film ‘Shadowlands’.

Susie Stead, who is chairing the festival planning group said, “50 years on, interest in C S Lewis and his writings continues unabated.  Many people come from all over the world to Holy Trinity to see where he worshipped and to visit his grave. This 50th anniversary is an opportunity for us to celebrate his life and the remarkable breadth of his writing.  Whether you have an interest in Narnia or poetry, medieval literature or Christian apologetics, or simply the man himself and stories about his life there will be something for you. Whatever your age, whatever your interest, we look forward to welcoming you to our festival.”

The Festival launches with a talk by Professor Alister McGrath who has published a new biography of Lewis to coincide with this 50th anniversary. There will also be guided walks around C S Lewis’s Headington, the area of Oxford he lived for over 40 years, tours of the church and the churchyard, family activities with a Narnia theme, and the premiere of a new play “Through the Wardrobe Door – the life of C S Lewis” which intertwines extracts from the Narnia tales with stories from his life and letters. On Sunday 22 September both main church services at Holy Trinity will have a Lewis theme, with the evening service being a final celebration when the Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Rev John Pritchard, will preach.

The Rev Tim Stead, Vicar of Holy Trinity, said, “I’m delighted with the range of activities that are planned for the Festival. C S Lewis was a faithful worshipper at Holy Trinity for many years and we’re proud to be able to honour his memory in this way. We’ve already had expressions of interest in the Festival from across the world and we look forward to welcoming many people and sharing with them in the many facets of Lewis’s life and work”

The C S Lewis Jubilee Festival runs from Thursday 19 September to Sunday 22 September 2013. Full details of the programme are on the dedicated website,, where tickets may also be purchased. Alternatively, phone Oxford 454353 for more information or to book tickets.

CTH will also have details of the programme on the Calendar page and we have attached a copy of the poster to this page for you to download if you wish.