The Inklings and the Great Conversation:

Friendship through Literature


Dr. Harry Lee Poe



February 24-25th, 2023


Davenant House

419 Glenolden Dr. Landrum, SC 29356

5:30PM, Feb. 24 to 4:30PM, Feb. 25th

The Davenant Institute invites you to our spring rendition of our now bi-annual Carolinas Regional Convivium Irenicum! This gathering at Davenant House centers on using literature for encouraging the growth of classical Protestantism and retrieval of wisdom for the church. Please join us for a Friday night and Saturday of fellowship, friendship, and conversation renewing Christian wisdom for the church.

See details below about our Keynote Speaker and the line up of presentations.


The Inklings and the Great Conversation: Friendship through Literature

In the first quarter of each year The Davenant Institute hosts a convivium on literature. The theme for 2023 is “The Inklings and the Great Conversation: Friendship through Literature.” We are pleased to have Dr. Harry Lee Poe as our keynote speaker.

A core motivation for The Davenant Institute is to bring the strengthening goods of Christian wisdom to all in its reach. This literature event continues to be one among many ways we benefit from wisdom treasured through written words.  C.S. Lewis noted that “In great literature, I become a thousand different men but still remain myself” (An Experiment in Criticism). To learn to see things from another’s point of view or to linger on their contemplations of the good, true or beautiful moves us from acquaintance to friendship. In this convivium we explore ways that literature brings old friends together, helps us make new friends and continues the long friendship of minds from ancient times into the present and for the future. 

Who: We welcome anyone interested in the work of The Davenant Institute, literature in general or the conference theme. One of the unique features of the Davenant way is that we mingle together as peers regardless of level of education or other status markers. We look forward to seeing you at this exciting event. If you have questions, please use the contact page or get in touch with Michael Hughes, director of Davenant House.



4:30-5:30 Pm:

Arrival and check-in

5:30-7:00 Pm:

Dinner is served

6:45-8:30 Pm:

Welcome and Paper Session 1

8:30 Pm:

Evening prayer, followed by fellowship


7:45 Am:


8:30 Am:

Morning prayer

9:00 Am-12:00 PM:

Morning paper presentations

11:45 AM-1:00 Pm:


1:00-4:00 Pm:

Afternoon paper presentations

4:30 PM:




Friday night (includes dinner)


Saturday (includes lunch)


Friday-Saturday (includes dinner, breakfast, lunch, and lodging)


Friday-Saturday Student Discount (includes dinner, breakfast, lunch,
and lodging)

Our Speaker

Dr. Harry Lee Poe

Dr. Poe grew up in Greenville, SC. He is the Charles Colson University Professor of Faith & Culture at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He received his Ph.D. from SBTS, has studied at Oxford and is the founder of the Inklings Fellowship. Dr. Poe has worked with or provided leadership in several Inklings oriented events in the US and UK. His most recent book, The Completion of C. S. Lewis (1945–1963): From War to Joy, was published this Fall. It is the final volume in Dr. Poe’s trilogy on Lewis’s life. Among his other writings, contributions and edited works, The Inklings of Oxford: C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Their Friends, is of special interest for this upcoming convivium. You can become more acquainted with his endeavors on his FACULTY PAGE or BOOKS PAGE as well as his EXTENSIVE SCHOLARSHIP.


Deadline for paper submissions is midnight ET of January 20, 2023!

PLease JOin Us!

Register now for

the Regional Convivium

In order to keep costs at a reasonable rate and to encourage the atmosphere of fellowship for which our Convivia are most fondly remembered we ask for your help with meal preparation and clean-up. A sign-up sheet will be passed around at the event.  The information packet (to be sent nearer the event) will include a detailed schedule, directions to Davenant House, etc.

In addition to our keynote speaker, the Spring 2023 Carolinas Regional Convivium Irenicum schedule will include the presentation of papers, Q&A, and worship, as well as meals on site. 

For More details, contact MICHAEL HUGHES
[email protected]