CS Lewis and The Inklings ‘Ideas’ with CBC

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, and particularly gives the much-neglected Owen Barfield who is allowed at last to come into hi own. Finally, Faulk has, in my view rightly, identified Imagination, and the truth of Imagination as the key to the whole ‘Inklings endeavour. Here us what CBC say to introduce the program on their website:

C.S. LewisJRR TolkienOwen Barfield and Charles Williams were the core of the legendary literary group The Inklings at Oxford University. They were united by a love of myth and the belief that it is through the imagination that reality is illuminated. In this two-part series producer Frank Faulk first explores the early life of C.S. Lewis, and the experiences that would shape him on his journey to becoming one of the 20th century’s greatest thinkers and writers on Christianity. Part 2 airs Thursday, October 17.

And here is the link to the page from which you can listen to and download the program:

Lewis and the Inklings Part one


I hope you enjoy it.


Filed under Current affairs, Inklings, literature, Theology and Arts

7 responses to “CS Lewis and The Inklings ‘Ideas’ with CBC

  1. What a treasure of a broadcast this will be. Thanks so much for sharing it with us. I always enjoy your site and the quality of art and intrigue that you lay out.


  2. Reblogged this on A Pilgrim in Narnia and commented:
    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!

  3. Please forgive my ignorance, but what does “to scotch falsehoods” mean?

  4. Pingback: CS Lewis and The Inklings ‘Ideas’ with CBC Part 2 | Malcolm Guite

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