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CS Lewis Festival bus tour around Belfast kicks off second festival celebrating the famous author

By Kirsten Elder

The CS Lewis Festival kicked off with a Narnia themed breakfast and then a bus tour around Belfast, stopping at the main points that influenced a young Lewis.

First stopping at Writer’s Square, visitors viewed the CS Lewis memorial before moving on to his birthplace at Dundela Avenue, followed with a visit to his family home where the family lived until 1929.

The tour then went to St Mark's Church to learn about the ancestry of the Lewis family before the final stop at the Searcher Sculptor in East Belfast.

The tour followed the journey of CS Lewis’s life from childhood to his death in 1963.

This marks the 51st anniversary of the death of the renowned author, and creator of the incredible Chronicles of Narnia series.

Across four days of Lewis related events will be reflections and assessments of the cultural significance of Lewis’ rich legacy and the impact he had on the city.

This is the second CS Lewis Festival and takes place from November 20 to 23.

Wendy Langham, Festival Organiser said: “CS Lewis is one of those figures that everybody has heard of, but perhaps few realise that he was born, and for a time, was schooled in east Belfast. The 2014 CS Lewis Festival seeks to discover and celebrate those connections and invite people to come on a journey with us across the east, and hopefully have a lot of fun in the process!”

Funded by Belfast City Council, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Department of Culture, Arts, and Leisure.

For more information about events visit www.communitygreenway.co.uk/CSLewisfestival or Facebook.com/CSLewisFestival

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