22 Nov 2012
Writer and scholar CS Lewis will be honoured with a memorial stone to be dedicated at Westminster Abbey next year.
He will join a host of international figures from the arts commemorated within the Abbey church. A memorial stone will be placed in Poets’ Corner and will be dedicated at a special service on 22 November 2013, the fiftieth anniversary of Lewis’s death.
CS Lewis was a novelist, poet, essayist and literary critic. Born in Belfast in 1898, he is best remembered for his Chronicles of Narnia series, which has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide, been translated into more than thirty languages and has been adapted for film and stage.
His book Mere Christianity was adapted from his series of BBC radio broadcasts, and is considered a classic of Christian apologetics, seeking to explain the fundamental Christian teachings to a general audience.
Vernon White, Canon Theologian at Westminster Abbey, said: ‘CS Lewis was an extraordinarily imaginative and rigorous thinker and writer, who was able to convey the Christian faith in a way that made it both credible and attractive to a wide range of people. He has had an enduring and growing influence in our national life.’
Details of the location of the memorial within the Abbey church and of next year’s dedication service will be announced later.