The annual CS Lewis Festival goes ahead from November 20-22 with a packed programme including virtual events and outdoor walks and trails.

The creator of the fantasyland Narnia and author of the iconic The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, has been commemorated in East Belfast with statues and the CS Lewis Square.
Kicking off the festival on Friday evening at 7:30 is an online webinar on Grief, God and Theology.

It will involve mental health campaigner Lindsay Robinson and photographer and writer Michelle Maloney join Andrew Cunning for an open and frank discussion of grief, mental health and theology. The 90-minute chat will also include a questions and answers section.

Ready for an early start on Saturday? A special Mrashwiggle Way Scavenger Hunt begins at 10am and will celebrate CS Lewis’ love of nature with an adventure around Orangefield Park.

Saturday also sees an exploration of the family of CS Lewis with a guided tour around Belfast City Cemetery including the graves of his parents and both sets of his grandparents, amongst others.

An Urban Markey will be held at CS Lewis from 1pm to 5pm, and, beginning at the Eastside Visitor Centre there is a guided walking tour of Strandtown to find out more about the area and some of the characters from Lewis’s time living there at the start of the 20th century.
There is a screening of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at Connswater’s Drive-in Cinema.

And, John Hendrix, New York Times Bestselling illustrator and author of the upcoming graphic novel “Mythmakers: The Remarkable Fellowship of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien,” discusses Visual Theology and his personal inspiration from the world of Lewis and Narnia.
Sunday’s programme opens with the sold-out Mr Tumnus Tales and the ‘Our Jack’ guided tour of Eat Belfast.

At 3pm there will be A Time of Public Remembrance to remember lives lost during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been particularly difficult to celebrate their lives as we would have wanted or wished. East Belfast Community Development Agency (EBCDA) and Inner East Churches Network are hosting a Public Time of Remembrance in C.S. Lewis Square. This event will last for 30 minutes and will consist of music, readings and a silent time of remembrance. Numbers are limited and registration is required.

The festival concludes with an online book discussion on Lewis’ A Grief Observed, penned by the author following the death of his wife, Joy Davidman. Now a modern classic, A Grief Observed has offered solace and insight to countless readers worldwide. It is hosted by Richard Ryan- owner of The Book Well bookshop on the Belmont Road.

The full programme, including links to each event and tickets is available at visiteastside.com