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Featured Scholars & Guests

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Diana Pavlac Glyer

Dr. Diana Glyer is an award-winning writer whose research focuses on C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Inklings. Her books The Company They Keep (2008) and Bandersnatch (2015) offer in-depth accounts of Lewis and Tolkien, their writing processes and the importance of their creative visions. She is a professor in the Honors College at Azusa Pacific University in Southern California where she teaches literature, history, theology, and philosophy in an integrated Great Books curriculum.

Jason Lepojärvi

President of the Oxford University C.S. Lewis Society, Dr. Lepojärvi had the opportunity to meet and engage with a wide range of authorities on C.S. Lewis and the Inklings, scholars and fans alike. Presently he works as the C.S. Lewis Associate Professor of Theology and Literature at George Fox University in Oregon and serves as the Managing Editor of Sehnsucht: The C.S. Lewis Journal. Not only a scholar of C.S. Lewis, Dr. Lepojärvi has broader interests in all of the Inklings and his interests extend further to the philosophy of love, sex, and gender.

Malcolm Guite

Malcolm Guite is a poet, singer-songwriter, and author of eight books, including What Do Christians Believe? and Sounding the Seasons. His interests include the intersection of religion and the arts, notably within the works of J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis. He serves as the chaplain of Girton College at the University of Cambridge, and moonlights as lead singer and guitarist for the blues-rock band Mystery Train. Guite received a master of arts in English literature at Cambridge and a PhD from Durham University.

John Garth

Writer, editor and researcher John Garth is well known for his ongoing work on J.R.R. Tolkien’s life and creativity. In 2017 he became only the fourth winner of the Tolkien Society’s Outstanding Contribution Award. His first book, Tolkien and the Great War (2003), won the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award. Garth has spoken on Tolkien to specialist and general audiences in the U.S. and across Europe, as well as on television and other news media. He’s taught courses on Tolkien and C.S. Lewis for Oxford University, the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, and Signum University.

Eastgate's Productions

Eastgate Creative is a non-profit production company founded in 2017 by filmmakers Ralph Linhardt and Jock Petersen

Eastgate Creative targets a broad audience with historical and educational films. Currently under production is The Forge of Friendship, a documentary film series about the relationship between J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis as they confronted the challenges within the 20th Century.

Ralph Linhardt


Jock Petersen