Our first two Inklings Festivals were a great success. But Kansas summers are scorchers and we all experienced that crazy heat both years (101 degrees in 2015, 106 degrees in 2016!).
So this year we've decided to make it an Octoberfest. And as a bonus, we've scheduled it in conjunction with the annual anniversary party for Eighth Day Books, which falls on the third weekend of October. So we'll be celebrating the Inklings and the 29th anniversary of Eighth Day Books!
Similar to the first two years, the emphasis is threefold: Inklings, Craftsmanship & Local.
Details are still finalizing, but SEE BELOW for MORE INFO and EARLY REGISTRATION.
I. INKLINGS LECTURE SERIES (FRI PM - SAT AM)
World on Fire: How the Inklings Responded with Hope & Creativity
Plenary Lectures by Joseph Pearce
7:00 pm Lecture One at Journey the Way Church: "Tolkien & Lewis among the War Poets"
Tolkien & Lewis both fought in World War One, experiencing what Tolkien called the "animal horror" of trench warfare. The first lecture will place the two writers in the wider context of other writers who fought in the war, comparing their response to the war with that of Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen in particular.
8:30 pm Anniversary reception at Eighth Day Books
8:00 am Doors open at Journey the Way Church for arrival and registration
9:00 am Convocation and Introduction
9:30 am Lecture Two - Beyond the Waste Land: Hope and War in the Work of Lewis
In the wake of World War One a spirit of cynicism prevailed in what became known as the Waste Land Generation. Lewis responded with a hope that transcended the despair of nihilism. The second lecture will focus on the transcendent hope in Lewis' work.
10:30 am Break
11:00 am Lecture Three - War & Mordor: Hope and War in the Work of Tolkien
Following on from lecture two, the third lecture will examine Tolkien's response to the experience of war, his horror at the advent of weapons of mass destruction, and his defence of the idea of a just war to defend civilization from the forces of evil.
12:00 pm Lunch with local food trucks and at local neighborhood restaurants
II. INKLINGS OCTOBERFEST (SAT 2 PM – 10 PM)
Local Crafts & Culture Seminars
Plus more TBA!
Unable to attend the festival, but still interested in participating? Become an Eighth Day Institute Member, and gain access to exclusive digital content from the Inklings OctoberFest that will only be available on our website.
Become an Eighth Day Patron ($40/month or $500/year) and receive an all-access pass to the Inklings Octoberfest & Lecture Series PLUS the coming Eighth Day Symposium ("Strangers and Society: Cultivating Friendship in a Fractured Age") PLUS many other perks, including a 10% discount at Eighth Day Books.
Wichita, KS 67214
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