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NeoInklings discussion forum

I’ve started a discussion forum for the works of the literary group the Inklings, whose members included Charles Williams, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Owen Barfield and several others.

inklings1This forum, hosted by YahooGroups, is called NeoInklings (eldil). It is called NeoInklings partly to distinguish it from the original group, as it would be presumptuous to pretend to be a continuation of that, and yet also to indicate that this group has similar interests, including works of the original Inklings and their associates.

While there are other mailing lists for discussing the works of the Inklings (a search on “inklings” at YahooGroups turned up 59 of them), this one differs in being unspecialised. It is not just for discussing their fantasy, or for their children’s books, or their poetry, or their plays, but any and all of these, including comparison with other authors who were not members of the group. It is does not, like some of the other forums, concentrate on only one of the authors, but is for discussing all of them, and also authors that some would consider “almost Inklings”, such as Madeleine l’Engle and G.K. Chesterton.

inklings2Those who enjoy works by the Inklings often wish they had written more, since the original Inklings are all dead, the only way there will be more is if people write more works in similar genres. So like the original Inklings, NeoInklings members can submit their work for reading and criticism by other members of the group. One can do this by making use of the web features of YahooGroups. In addition to discussing things on the mailing list, you can also log into the web site and upload files of your own writing, and download the files of others. To use the web featrues, you will need a Yahoo Id, but you do not need a Yahoo Id to participate in discussions on the mailing list.

So if your’re interested in these topics, please consider joining the forum. There’s more information on the forum web page, or you can subscribe by sending an e-mail message to: eldil-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

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