2016 Verge Conference

Trinity Western University | School of the Arts, Media + Culture  
Music Building

“He [the reader] does not despise real woods because he has read of enchanted woods; the reading makes all real woods a little enchanted.”   

C.S. Lewis
On Stories: And Other Essays on Literature

This interdisciplinary arts conference will feature presentations on topics relating to and stimulated by the work of the group of Oxford authors known as The Inklings—including C.S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams, and J.R.R. Tolkien, as well as friends such as Dorothy L. Sayers, and their literary mentors, earlier writers such as George MacDonald and G.K. Chesterton.

Presentation topics may include...

  • The Inklings authors' contributions to the arts
  • Translating their work into other media--film, theatre, music, visual arts
  • The relationship between faith and story
  • The Inklings' legacy as culture critics
  • The role of friendship and mentorship in their/our/others' artistic creativity
  • Other topics related to the theme

Keynote Speaker

  • Dr. Michael Ward "C.S. Lewis and the Arts"
    Senior Research Fellow, Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford
    Author of Planet Narnia (Oxford University Press, 2008)


  • Inklings Institute of Canada, led by faculty members in TWU’s Department of English and Creative Writing, contributes to international and interdisciplinary research on the works of the Oxford Inklings group, investigating how these authors critiqued their own cultures, encouraging us to respond to our own historical/cultural context.

      Co-Directors Monika Hilder, Ph.D., and Stephen Dunning, Ph.D.

  • The Verge is a scholarly initiative of TWU’s School of the Arts, Media + Culture aimed at exploring interdisciplinary intersections of the arts with various other disciplines and cultural concerns.Past conference themes have addressed issues such as the environment, ethics, knowing, social action, and identity.

    Artistic Director David Squires, Ph.D.

"That is one of the functions of art: to present what the narrow and desperately practical perspectives of real life exclude."

C.S. Lewis
On Stories: And Other Essays on Literature