It’s time to kick-off another week of fabulous story-telling in Voice, brought to Second Life by the staff and volunteers at the Seanchai Library SL.
As always, all times SLT, and unless otherwise stated, events will be held on the Seanchai Library’s home on Imagination Island.
Sunday October 13th
13:30: Tea Time at Baker Street – The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter
Caledonia and Corwyn bring us another installment in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s volume of stories The Return of Sherlock Holmes.
Godfrey Staunton is missing. He’s the key player in Cambridge University’s rugby team (and also the heir of Lord Mount-James, his uncle).
With an important match against arch-rivals Oxford looming, Staunton needs to be found, and Mr. Cyril Overton of Trinity College, responsible for the university’s rugby team, has come to London to seek Holmes’ help.
Overton informs Holmes that Staunton had not been looking well and seemed preoccupied. Then, the previous evening, a bearded man had arrived at Staunton’s hotel with a note for him – and Staunton apparently vanished shortly afterwards.
Returning to Cambridge with Overton, Holmes and Watson set about their investigation, learning that the bearded man who delivered the note to Staunton appeared to be worried as well – the hotel porter noted his hand was shaking, and that he muttered something about “time”.
Staunton’s uncle is unable to provide information which may help matters. However an academic at the university, Dr. Leslie Armstrong, may hold the key to the mystery …
18:00: Magicland Storytime – Bonfires and Broomsticks
Author Mary Norton is perhaps best know for her long-running series of fantasy books The Borrowers (named for the first book of the series) published between 1952 and 1982.
However, her first published work, in 1943, was entitled The Magic Bed Knob; or, How to Become a Witch in Ten Easy Lessons, a fantasy piece about an elderly woman who practices magic for a hobby and has a magic bed knob, and three London children evacuated to the country during the bombing of London.
This was followed in 1945 by the sequel Bonfires and Broomsticks. Then, in 1957, the two books were republished as a single volume entitled Bed-Knob and Broomstick. And it was a play on this title by which the story became most widely known, when in 1971, Walt Disney released the film Bedknobs and Broomsticks starring Angela Lansbury and the late David Tomlinson.
Join Caledonia Skytower at Magicland Park as Caledonia reads from the second volume of this classic tale.
Monday October 14th, 19:00: Sci-fi Classics
With Gyro Muggins.
Tuesday October 15th, 19:00: The Letter
With Caledonia Skytower – check the Seanchai Library blog for further details.
Wednesday October 16th, 19:00: TBA
Check the Seanchai Library blog for further details.
Thursday October 17th, Twisted Tales of Torment
Shandon Loring dips into another of the “100 stories” anthologies, this one focused on the subject of revenge.
From the book sleeve:
The criminals in this entertaining collection of stories really know how to make the punishment fit the crime. An anthology of agonizingly exquisite tales from the pens of Saki, David H. Keller, Thomas Ligotti, and other masters of the mystery genre. Prepare yourself for the unimaginable. You may think you like horror stories, but these aren’t your average tales of things that go bump in the night. These are gripping accounts of perversion. These are awful stories of getting trapped in an elevator (Garry Kilworth’s “The Elevator”), a terrifying car ride (Arthur Conan Doyle’s “How It Happened”), or a vampire (Alan Ryan’s “Onawa”). Test your stoicism; see if you can get through all of the 100 Twisted Little Tales of Torment.
Please check with the Seanchai Library SL’s blog for updates and for additions or changes to the week’s schedule. The featured charity for September and October is Water for People. Have questions? IM or notecard Caledonia Skytower.