About

Kirstin Jeffrey Johnson is a George MacDonald scholar who lives in the Ottawa Valley, Canada. She writes and lectures internationally on MacDonald, the 19th century, the Inklings, and Faith & the Arts. She is on the Advisory Board of Inklings journal VII, a founding Board Member of the C.S. Lewis & Kindreds Society of Eastern & Central Europe, and co-chair of the George MacDonald Society. She directs Linlathen – a Theology & Arts conference and lecture series based in rural Ontario. Passionate about integrating ecological care and local community with academia, she occasionally partners with the environmental network of A Rocha.

Areas of Particular Interest and Specialization:

Victorian Literature
Children’s Literature
George MacDonald — brief bio here
C.S. Lewis
J.R.R. Tolkien
Charles Williams
Fantasy
Dante
Christianity and Literature
19th Century Scottish Divines
Art & Theology
Arcabas

Informing the Inklings – nominated for the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies


Editorial Reviews 

“This marvelous collection of essays appeals to both the intellect and the imagination, drawing us to consider stories from a past generation as doorways for meaning and transformation today. The connection between George MacDonald and his circle to C. S. Lewis and his circle has never been made so clear.”

Bruce R. Johnson, General Editor of Sehnsucht: The C. S. Lewis Journal

“Unlike many books about the Inklings, which primarily just rehash what has already been published before, Informing the Inklings offers original and important insights over and over again.” Timothy Larsen, Wheaton College, author of George McDonald in the Age of Miracles

“The scope of these well-arranged and very accessible pieces is extraordinary, bringing out a central purpose in the Inklings – the making of myth – with its debt to nineteenth-century fantasy.”
Colin Duriez, author of The Oxford Inklings

“I was once told that “If you don’t know George, you don’t know Jack.” Having read this fine collection, I know more about both Jack and George (and a good many other writers besides), and I ‘m grateful.”
Michael Ward, University of Oxford, author of Planet Narnia  and co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis.

Award-winning documentary: The Fantasy Makers