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In the footsteps of Narnia's creator
Visitors to Belfast can now follow in the footsteps of the man who wrote The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.

A new series of tours celebrate the city's link to Clive Staples Lewis.

The Belfast-born novelist became world famous for his Chronicles of Narnia where the forces of good and evil - embodied by Aslan the lion and the White Witch - battle it out for control of an enchanted land.

Statue in tribute to CS Lewis in east Belfast
A statue was unveiled in Belfast in 1998, the centenary of Lewis' birth

The story of what happens when four children clamber through an old wardrobe, push their way past heavy coats and stumble into a snowy imaginary land has captured the imagination of generations of young people.

CS Lewis was born in Ballyhackamore, east Belfast in 1898 and spent his formative years in the city.

He left for boarding school in England in his early teens after his mother died, and spent much of his adult life as an academic in Oxford, depicted by Sir Anthony Hopkins in the 1993 biopic Shadowlands.

However, Northern Ireland always remained in his heart, and he returned for annual holidays.

The two hour tour takes visitors to CS Lewis' birthplace and past Little Lea, an Edwardian home on Circular Road in east Belfast, where, many believe, the seven-year-old boy hid in a wardrobe and dreamed up his make-believe world.

Lewis wrote in his autobiography that he lived "entirely in (his) imagination" during his time there.

"I am a product of long corridors, empty sunlit rooms, upstair indoor silences, attics explored in solitude, distant noises of gurgling cisterns and pipes and the noise of wind under the tiles. Also of endless books."

Lewis died in Oxford in 1963.

The Belfast tour also explores a little-known Lewis link to the Titanic.




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