Announcement: Owen Barfield–Knowledge, Poetry & Consciousness

The Temenos Academy
Patron HRH The Prince of Wales

a lecture by Dr. Malcolm Guite

Monday 7 November 2016

The Lincoln Centre
18 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
(Nearest Underground Holborn)

Doors open 6.15pm
Lecture 6.45pm
Finish 8.15pm

In the chair Professor Grevel Lindop

Owen Barfield is both the oldest and least known of The Inklings. His influence on Tolkien and Lewis is immense, yet his thought is rarely examined in his own right.
But Barfield may prove to be the most radical, far-reaching and prophetic of The Inklings.
This lecture gives a broad introduction to this thought and singles out aspects of his writing current to cultural crises.

The Revd. Dr. Malcolm Guite is Chaplain of Girton College Cambridge.

Tickets £8 or £5 concessions.


About Sørina Higgins

Sørina Higgins is a PhD student in English and Presidential Scholar at Baylor University. She also serves as Chair of the Language and Literature Department at Signum University, online. Her latest publication is an academic essay collection on "The Inklings and King Arthur" (Apocryphile Press, December 2017). Her interests include British Modernism, the Inklings, Arthuriana, theatre, and magic. She holds an M.A. from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English. Sørina blogs about British poet Charles Williams at The Oddest Inkling, wrote the introduction to a new edition of Williams’s "Taliessin through Logres" (Apocryphile, 2016), and edited Williams’s "The Chapel of the Thorn" (Apocryphile, 2014). As a creative writer, Sørina has published two books of poetry, "The Significance of Swans" (2007) and "Caduceus" (2012).
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6 Responses to Announcement: Owen Barfield–Knowledge, Poetry & Consciousness

  1. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    Interesting! Thank you for alerting us to this!

    By way of a foretaste (or consolation for those who can’t go to London in November!), Malcolm Guite has a lecture on Barfield which has been loaded on YouTube (as well as lectures on other Inklings):

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  2. The Malcolm Guite talks on the Inklings are all excellent introductions.


    • Yes! They are marvelous. Did you know that Malcolm Guite wrote the conclusion for my forthcoming book “The Inklings & King Arthur”?

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      • How splendid! My daughter has been offered a place for a post graduate degree at Girton College, Cambridge where he is chaplain. I am trying not to sound too excited at the prospect of her benefitting from his wisdom because it does not do to be too excited in front of your daughter! But I am! I am excited about your book too! The title alone sends tingles down my spine!


        • Oh, wow! That is amazing! I do hope she is able to study with him. What a blessing.
          Thanks for your enthusiasm about the book!


        • David Llewellyn Dodds says:

          We had a good reading group with Mark Everitt when he was Chaplain of Merton – including my first reading of anything by Rowan Williams (a book which, among other things, discussed science fiction), which in turn fed into our inviting him to speak to the Lewis Society – whereupon, he gave the paper now published in C.S. Lewis and His Circle.

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