C S Lewis trail of N.Ireland- A Commentary

C S Lewis is one of the most famous authors of the twentieth century. His enchanting novels captured the imagination of children everywhere as they second guessed their wardrobes forever in search of Narnia. However, there were many factors which all fed into Lewis to help him create these faraway lands. Not many people are aware that Lewis was Irish and spent the first ten years of his life growing up in Belfast. It was these years and the tragic events that occurred that left the young boy to escape into his own imaginative land.

My project is based on his early life in Ireland and the influences it had on his young imagination. Lewis often cited locations in County Down to be what inspired Narnia, The Mourne Mountains, Rosstrevor to name a few, even quoting in his essay On Stories, ‘I yearn to see County Down in the snow, one almost expects to see a march of dwarfs marching past!’[1] I have decided to uncover these locations through a C S Lewis Trail that will form the style of a blog. Each post will take you on the journey around C S Lewis’s life in Ireland, his experiences and the influences it had on him as a young man writing in Oxford.

I had originally intended this to be an educational guide, but after doing research whilst home in N.Ireland I realised that there was no C S Lewis trail available for the steadily growing tourist market. There was a booklet on the locations made in 2005[2] but I felt it needed a modern twist. There are plenty of Game of Thrones tours and trail apps and a C S Lewis walking tour around his native area of East Belfast, but there has been no attempt to modernise these locations with a blog or app based product. This project gives me the opportunity to correct this and provide a platform with everything you need to know geographically but also giving you the historical context of Lewis’s background and how it shaped his future to come. My aim is that if the blog is received successfully that I would plan to develop it into a C S Lewis trail app, similar to the Game of Thrones based ones that currently are supported by the Northern Irish Tourist Board[3].



Evaluation will be added in once project is completed

Bibliography list will be included once project is completed

[1] Campbell, Fiona If you didn’t find Narnia in your own wardrobe…2005 [Online] Available from: http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2005/dec/04/unitedkingdom.cslewis.booksforchildrenandteenagers [Accessed: 20/04/16].

[2] Discover Northern Ireland The C S Lewis Story, unlock your imagination 2005 [Online] Available from: https://www.discovernorthernireland.com/downloads/CSLewis.pdf [Accessed: 25/04/16].

[3] Northern Irish Tourist Board Game of Thrones Northern Ireland Filming Locations 2016 [Online] Available from : https://www.discovernorthernireland.com/gameofthrones/ [Accessed: 09/05/16].


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