C S Lewis – Narnia and the Seven Heavens
August 21 @ 4:00 pm - August 23 @ 3:00 pm£200
Tutor: Dr Michael Ward
C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia are among his most popular works, but they have often been dismissed as carelessly written, having little imaginative logic and with Biblical themes that blow hot and cold. Michael Ward shows that Lewis secretly structured the Chronicles out of the imagery of the seven heavens, which he described as “spiritual symbols of permanent value”. Read in this heavenly light, Narnia opens up a treasure trove of meanings that have previously been overlooked.
Michael Ward teaches at Oxford and is the author of several books on C.S. Lewis, including his best-selling and award-winning Planet Narnia (Oxford University Press) which the BBC commissioned as the ’Narnia Code’ documentary. Described by the Times Literary Supplement as “the foremost living Lewis scholar”, Dr Ward unveiled a permanent national memorial to C.S. Lewis in Poets’ Corner, Westminster Abbey, on the fiftieth anniversary of his death.