Friday 22 November 2013


Later today, C S Lewis will join some of the greatest names in literature – Shakespeare, Chaucer, Dickens, Walter Scott, Jane Austen and Lewis Carroll – in Westminster Abbey's Poet's Corner.

This honour marks the 50th anniversary of Lewis death and will be attended by many scholars, clergy and admirers of books as diverse as Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia and Out of the Silent Planet.

There have been a number of programmes on TV and radio marking the occasion and today there are two transmissions of my play, The Northern Irishman in C S Lewis with Geoffrey Palmer as Lewis.

The programme receives its first transmission at 10:00 am and is repeated at 15:00. You'll find details of the programme here, and the programme will be in the BBC iPlayer for the next seven days.

The Northern Irish Man in CS Lewis (Radio 4 Extra, 10.00am) is Brian Sibley’s elegant and insightful reflection on Lewis’s childhood, growing up in Ulster, enthralled by the wild tales of his nurse Lizzie, lonely when his brother was sent away to school and their mother falls ill, finding comfort in imaginary adventures. Geoffrey Palmer plays Lewis. 

Gillian Reynolds, Radio Critic of The Daily Telegraph


Arts and Crafts said...

Good !!. I love that corner. I was in London the month that Oscar Wilde was honored in the Abbey, very touching.

Beth Stilborn said...

Well deserved. I must read some Lewis today, in his honour.

There was an excerpt about Lewis on CBC Radio 1's "Rewind" yesterday:

Anonymous said...

A Lewisian footnote: just in case there are any Brian-followers who haven't already heard, the Lewis estate has found a producer for the long-delayed film of The Silver Chair. Who knows? This time the screenplay might even follow CSL's plot!

Boll Weavil said...

I don't feel Lewis has the recognition today that his work deserves. At least this is a step in the right direction. I'm glad to come onto this blog with other devotees on this day.