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A taste of Narnia at CS Lewis Festival breakfast

Literary great: CS Lewis
Literary great: CS Lewis


Narnia-inspired chocolate cakes, sardines and Turkish delight started a week's festivities dedicated to the life and work of one of our most loved literary sons – CS Lewis.

The CS Lewis Festival marking the 50th anniversary of his death kicked off with the quirky reference-laden breakfast fit for an adventurer in east Belfast's Park Avenue Hotel, a stone's throw from where Lewis grew up.

Wendy Langham from Connswater Community Greenway is one of the main festival organisers.

"I am thrilled with the response we have had so far – there are around 37 schools involved," she said.

"We also kicked off our Seven Chronicles in Seven Libraries event with a reading by Ulster Rugby player Paddy McAllister and children's author Emma Heatherington.

"We also judged the children's art competition and awarded the winners tickets to go watch The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe at the Strand Cinema.

Another event took place at Templemore Avenue School which was the venue for a talk by John Gillespie entitled CS Lewis' Message for a Modern World.

One of the shining stars of the festival – Lewis By Lamplight – will be held tonight at Campbell College.

The sold-out event involves an enchanting tour and the lighting of the refurbished lamp at Lewis' old school that is said to have inspired the lamp in Narnia where Lucy first meets Mr Tumnus.

Wendy also revealed plans for the building of a new civic square in 2014 at the Holywood Arches which will be named after the literary great.

There are plenty more events happening throughout this week. For the full festival programme log on to

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