“Inklings” was the name of a group of Oxford scholars and writers; its best-known members were J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. The Inklings Gesellschaft für Literatur und Ästhetik e.V. (Inklings Society for Literature and Aesthetics), founded by Gisbert Kranz (1921-2009), is dedicated to the discussion and dissemination of the works of these authors and of writers commonly associated with them (in particular, Charles Williams, Dorothy Sayers, George MacDonald and G.K. Chesterton) and to the study of the fantastic in literature, film and the arts in general. Every year the Inklings Society organizes an international symposium in Germany. The proceedings are published in the Inklings Yearbook, which the Inklings Society’s approx. 190 members receive gratis.
The Inklings Society keeps contact with other literary societies with similar aims worldwide. We are part of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft literarischer Gesellschaften und Gedenkstätten e.V. (Federation of literary societies and memorials).
A special library founded by Gisbert Kranz and dedicated to the works of, and the scholarship on, the Inklings authors is now part of the University Library of the Universität Eichstätt (Universitätsbibliothek, Universitätsallee 1, 85072 Eichstätt). These books can be obtained via interlibrary loan.
Cf. also Hofmann-Randall, Christina: Das Gisbert-Kranz-Archiv: mit einer Auswahl von Schriftzügen schöpferischer Menschen, Autographen von Dichtern, Denkern und Malern aus den Sammlungen von Gisbert Kranz in Eichstätt und Wolfenbüttel / beschrieben von Christina Hofmann-Randall. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1996.
20 Years of The Philosopher’s Stone – the Inklings Symposium on September 9th/10th 2017 in Aachen will be all about Harry Potter. Proposals for presentations can be entered until March 31st 2017.