From Shakespeare to the Inklings

The Bible's Impact on Creative Imagination

September 7–9, 2022Adult
This event is hosted by the Presbyterian Heritage Center.

This unique Inklings (C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, etc.) conference highlights the Bible’s impact on Western Civilization, affecting authors, musicians and artists from the 15th century through today. It will change your world view – from the medieval society lit only by fire to the incandescent musings and works of the Oxford-based Inklings of the 20th century.

Come learn from world-renowned scholars, who will reveal the Bible’s influence on the:
* the greatest English Playwright (William Shakespeare);
* the greatest English Epic Poet (John Milton);
* the greatest English Novelist & Allegorical work of the 17th – 19th centuries (John Bunyan);
* the most popular legend – King Arthur and the Round Table – and its treatment through the centuries, especially by the Inklings;
* leading 20th Century Christian writers from the Inklings (C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, et al) to Dorothy Sayers.

Plus there will be a limited museum display during the conference of illuminated manuscripts, the Saint John’s Bible – the first calligraphy and illuminated art Bible in 500 years, an original Folio of Shakespeare Plays from the early 1600s, and much more!

Limited attendance. First come, first served.
Act now to reserve your attendance at this conference with a unique perspective on Christian faith affecting the literary and art culture for the past 750 years.

Books visible in the event photo:

top row – 13th century choir introit, Second Folio 1632 of Shakespeare plays, 1st American edition of Tokien’s The Hobbit,
bottom row – Illuminated drawing from St. John’s Bible, Geneva Bible mid-1500s, first American edition of C.S. Lewis’ Pilgrim’s Regress. All these items and more will be displayed during the March 2022 conference.



Registration covers the program lectures and panels, plus it includes two (2) dinners, one (1) lunch; refreshments at the plenary session breaks, as well as helping to cover general meeting expenses (equipment, audio-visuals, meeting room charges, speaker expenses, etc.). Rooms at the Assembly Inn are also available.

Individual Rate Group Rate
10 or more
On or Before July 5, 2022 $260/person $230/person
After July 5, 2022 $300/person $300/person

To register a group, please contact the registrar at susana@montreat.org with a list of who you are registering as well as any dietary requirements. The registrar will contact you shortly afterwards to confirm your group registration.

Cancellations are subject to a $25 service fee. If cancelling by June 1st, a full refund minus the service fee can be received. For cancellations made between June 1st and August 1st, a 50% refund of the conference fee, less the service fee, will be made. No refunds will be made after August 1st. All requests must be in writing and received via email, fax, or U.S. mail.

Rates are subject to North Carolina sales tax where applicable, as well as a $2 community services fee per person for public services provided by the Town and the fire district.

Accommodations & Registration

Assembly Inn

Package rates below include the conference registration fee, two room nights in Assembly Inn (September 7 & 8), meals in the Galax Dining Room (Wednesday dinner through Friday breakfast), plus a community services fee per adult for public services provided by the Town and the fire district. Rooms are assigned on a first come, first served basis. Some rooms have private baths, and some rooms have connecting baths. Additional meals are available during this conference, if you need to make any adjustments to this package please contact the registrar at susana@montreat.org or call 828.419.9829.

Check In After 3:00 pm, September 7, 2022
Check Out Before 11:00 am, September 8, 2022

Before July 5, 2022

Single Occupancy, Private Bath $452.00
Double Occupancy, Private Bath $734.00

After July 5, 2022

Single Occupancy, Private Bath $492.00
Double Occupancy, Private Bath $814.00

Rates are subject to North Carolina sales tax where applicable, as well as a $2 community services fee per person for public services provided by the Town and the fire district.

Alternate Housing Options

Alternative housing options are available at the William Black Lodge; please see https://williamblacklodge.org/ for more information.

Reminder: Do not forget to register for the conference as a conferee if you do not reserve a room package with the Assembly Inn.


From Inspiration to Illumination: Telling the Story of Creative Illuminated Manuscript

This will graphically change your view of medieval religious artistry. It will cover medieval art and processes to modern illumination.
Led by Tim Ternes

The Bible's Impact on Shakespeare & Early Renaissance Writers

This will unveil the deeply rooted religious impact on the greatest English playwright and other writers (Donne, Sidney, Herbert, etc.).
Led by Dr. Hannibal Hamlin

Pilgrim's Progress/Pilgrim's Regress: From John Bunyan to C.S. Lewis

Led by Dr. David Downing

Shattering the Stained Glass: Dorothy L. Sayers & the Bible

In the talk Crystal will note how Lewis, Sayers, and George MacDonald all used “stained glass” as a metaphor describing one-dimensional views of the Bible and Church doctrine.
Led by Dr. Crystal Downing

The Soul & the Soil: Tending King Arthur's Lands From Medieval Devotion to Modern Magic

In Biblical narratives and Arthurian legends, the health of the land is intimately intertwined with the health of the human soul. Although there have been many ecological readings of the “waste land” phenomenon in Arthurian literature, this presentation offers a close look at creation care as spiritual discipline in these legends from medieval times through the works of the Inklings and their contemporaries in the Modern Occult Revival.
Led by Sorina Higgins

Imperishable Flame: J. R. R. Tolkien and the Bible

Diana will talk about scriptural influences in The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, as well as Tolkien's work on the translation team of The Jerusalem Bible.
Led by Diana Glyer

Soldier, Writer, Inkling: A Life of Warren Hamilton Lewis

Learn about C.S. Lewis’ brother Warren and his works and influences on C.S. Lewis. Dr. King’s new book on this subject being published 2022.
Led by Dr. Don King

Shakespeare and Lewis

Sarah Waters, University of Buckingham, England, will discuss Shakespeare, Early Modern drama, C.S. Lewis, and Inklings studies.
Led by Dr. Sarah Waters

Inspired Notes: Musical Transformations from the Medieval to the Modern

Noted musician and rare Psalter & Bible collector, Michael Morgan will offer a revealing impact of the Bible on music from medieval Gregorian chants, to hymn music during the Reformation, to Handel’s Messiah, to changing styles through the centuries. An informative and engaging performance will highlight creative musical impacts.
Led by Michael Morgan

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