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Blue plaque for CS Lewis's home

CS Lewis
CS Lewis wrote 40 books and sold 100 million copies

A blue plaque will be unveiled on the former home of the author who wrote The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.

Belfast-born novelist CS Lewis, who died in 1963, lived at The Kilns, now called Lewis Close, in Headington, Oxford, from 1930 until his death.

He wrote many of his works there, including the Narnia series, based on four children who lived with Lewis and his family as evacuees during the WWII.

Saturday's events marks the start of the CS Lewis conference, Oxbridge 2008.

"We have very stringent rules and only award blue plaques for the highest level of achievement," said Eda Forbes, secretary to the Oxfordshire Blue Plaques Board.

Daily meditations

The first week of the two-week conference, organised by the California-based CS Lewis Foundation and which begins on 28 July, will be in Oxford, where Lewis taught for 25 years.

It will then move for its second week to Cambridge, where the novelist served as a professor of medieval and renaissance literature for the last nine years of this life.

The theme of this year's gathering is: Imago Dei? The Self and the Search for Meaning.

A spokeswoman for the foundation said: "The Oxbridge 2008 programme is aimed at a general, thoughtful audience and offers a rich mix of academic addresses, seminars and workshops, plus a wide variety of artistic presentations including theatre and dance.

"All of this will be nested within Christian worship - four full services of worship, plus daily meditations and morning prayers."

CS Lewis's work continues to attract new generations with Disney's "The Chronicles of Narnia" films.

A new edition of CS Lewis's 1942 bestseller, "The Screwtape Letters", in which a senior devil writes words of advice to a junior devil, was also published this month.

The author wrote 40 books and has reportedly sold about 100 million copies, which have been translated into 35 languages.




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