The Oxford University C. S. Lewis Society promotes interest in and knowledge of the
works of C. S. Lewis: theology, fiction, literary criticism, philosophy, poetry.
The Society is interested not as much in Lewis as a man as in the world he inhabited
and the intellectual and spiritual colleagues he knew and admired. These include
J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, Dorothy L. Sayers, George MacDonald, G.K. Chesterton,
T.S. Eliot, Owen Barfield and others. The Christian faith which lies at the heart
of Lewis' work, and that of his friends, necessarily plays a large part in the discussions,
but the Society does not aim to evangelise and not all members are Christians.
The Society endeavours to cover a wide range of subjects at its meetings, the core
of the term's activities being the speaker meetings, at which guest speakers talk
about one of the authors, or some other related topic, from a personal or scholarly
point of view.
Meetings are usually held in Pusey House on Tuesday evenings of Full Term. The Society
continues the tradition of the Inklings by retiring after most meetings to the ‘Eagle
and Child’ for general discussion. As well as speakers, there are informal meetings,
poetry and prose readings, and occasional outings to country pubs. Membership is
not restricted to members of the University.
PAST AND FUTURE SPEAKERS
Past speakers have included Lewis’ chaplain, Bishop Simon Barrington-Ward; Lewis’
stepson, Douglas Gresham; and the editor of Lewis’ post-humous oeuvre, Walter Hooper;
writers Philip Pullman and Geraldine Harris; Professors G.E.M. Anscombe, A.D. Nuttall,
Keith Ward, Alister McGrath, and many others.
We encourage writers and academics with interests tangential to Lewis’ work, church
members interested in the religious implications of his thought, as well as young
scholars, to present their work to the Society. Discussion is lively, and often continues
informally at the ‘Eagle and Child’ after the meeting.
If you are interested in presenting a paper or a reading to the Society, please contact
the Society Secretary.
To join or learn more about membership, please see the C.S. Lewis Society’s Membership
Alternatively, please contact the society secretary:
Myriam Frenkel, Secretary Oxford C.S. Lewis Society Exeter College University of Oxford Oxford,
Regardless of whether or not you are a member, you are welcome to join our Facebook
Group, ‘Oxford C.S. Lewis Society’.
Please select from this list to the right for The Oxford C.S. Lewis Society Term
For up-to-date programme go to the dedicated The Oxford C.S. Lewis Society site:
Meetings usually take place every Tuesday of Full Term at 8 for 8.15pm at Pusey House.
Pusey House is located on St. Giles, a ten-minute walk from the central coach station
or fifteen-minute walk from the train station.