Campbell College, CS Lewis and Samuel Beckett

Campbell College

The Harrison has C.S. Lewis and Beckett rooms, see how these two literary giants have links to Campbell College Belfast.


C.S. Lewis

The impressive building and grounds may well have influenced C S Lewis or Jack as he preferred to be called his school friends. He attended Campbell College until he had to leave due to ill health.


The Lamp-Post which played such an important role in both The Magician’s Nephew and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe stood at a fork in the road between Campbell College and Lewis’ home Little Lea just 20 minutes walk away. ‘In The Magician’s Nephew, Lewis describes where the lamp-post originated as being in ‘The Wood between the Worlds’, and this lamp-post that he passed everyday in his school career at Campbell’s was between two worlds: the world of home and the world of school.’



The school is a beautiful building in grounds full of trees and nature. You could see how magical it would be for a young boy with an active imagination.

CS Lewis name can be seen on the war memorial in these grounds with other ex pupils who served in World war 1. He was wounded in France in 1918.


Samuel Beckett

Nobel prize winning author Beckett, best known for his play "Waiting for Godot", taught for two terms at Campbell College. He lived as house master in Ormiston house nearby which was the junior boarding quarters at the time. A very angry Headmaster berated him for asking the maid to bring him breakfast in bed saying "This is not a bloody hotel you know ".

Beckett had attended Portora royal secondary school in Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland and Trinity College University in Dublin, prior to this.



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