Group meets to discuss the works of Tolkien, Lewis, and friends … plus one another’s writings
From the 1920s-1940s, a group of writers met in Oxford’s “Eagle and Child” Pub to read and talk about their works in progress. This group included J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Warnie Lewis, Charles Williams, Owen Barfield, Hugo Dyson, and others.
The group valued the narrative in literature and encouraged one another to write in the “fantasy” genre. Of course, the most familiar writers in this group are J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, best known for “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and “The Chronicles of Narnia” respectively.
Today, long after the passing of these luminaries, we find that their works have taken on a life that these authors never could have imagined. Thousands of people a year make the trek to Oxford to see where Tolkien and Lewis, taught, wrote, and lived. They often take a meal and quaff a pint at the Eagle and Child Pub in honor of these scholars and writers.
In the time since the passing of these writers, “Inklings” chapters have sprung up all over the world. Each of these groups discusses the writings of the Inklings along with their own attempts at literature and fantasy.
YTI has begun its own Inklings chapter in Bozeman. Meeting on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month, community members and MSU students meet at YTI’s offices to discuss their favorite books by these authors, as well as to read their own writing on which they are currently working. The group kicked off in September reading Till We Have Faces — Lewis’ retelling of the story of Cupid and Psyche.