Milk bottles and war stories, miracles and magic

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 November 10th, 18:00: Fortunately, the Milk

fortunately the milk“This is quite possibly the most exciting adventure ever to be written about milk since Tolstoy’s epic novel War and Milk. Also it has aliens, pirates, dinosaurs and wumpires in it (but not the handsome, misunderstood kind), also a never-adequately-explained-bowl-of-piranhas, not to mention a Volcano God.”

– Neil Gaiman.

What do you do when your wife is away on a business trip, you pop down to the corner shop to get a pint of milk for the kids’ breakfast, get caught in conversation and eventually return home to the accusing stares of your two children delivered across milk-less bowls of cereal? Do you admit that yes, in fact you had been gossiping, or do you opt for the safer way out and offer-up the most outlandish tale?

Guess which course of action this particular father took?

Join Caledonia Skytower as she gives an encore reading of Neil Gaiman’s delightful tale in the art of trolling the kids, which will take place at Magicland Park.

Monday November 11th, 19:00: Science Fiction: The Planets Series

With Gyro Muggins.

Tuesday November 12th, 19:00: Treasure it the Heart of the Tanglewood

Faerie Maven-Pralou continues her reading of Meredith Ann Pierce’s 2001 novel for young adults.

TanglewoodHannah lives by the fearsome Tanglewood with a few talkative companion animals. She doesn’t age, and she has no memory of anything but this life of isolation. Once a month she plucks the flowers that grow from her head, a painful process in which “each yank made her whole scalp ache”, and brews them into a tea for the wizard who lives deep in the woods.

When Hannah falls in love with one of the many knights who seek the treasure of the book’s title, she starts to question the wizard’s motives, finding he has turned the knight into a fox.

Escaping the wizard’s manipulative grasp, Hannah sets out to find a cure for the knight, an adventure in which she discovers her own identity and the repercussions of some of her actions while under the control of the wizard.

Wednesday November 13th, 19:00: Miracles: A Trio of Island Tales

Caledonia Skytower reads another of her own original works.

Thursday October 14th

16:00: A Leprechaun´s Tale 2

With Dubhna Rhiadra.

19:00: The Best little Stories from the Civil War

Civil WarBehind the bloody battles, strategic marches, and decorated generals of the American Civil War lie more than 100 intensely personal, true stories you haven’t heard before, including the story of former U.S. Senator Robert Toombs of Georgia, who warned the Confederate cabinet not to fall for Lincoln’s trap by firing on reinforcements, thereby allowing Lincoln to claim the South had fired the first shots of the war at Fort Sumter or that of Private Franklin Thomson of Michigan, born as Sarah Emma Edmonds, who fought in uniform for the Union during the war and later was the only female member of the postwar Union Grand Army of the Republic.

Join Shandon Loring as he delves into this fascinating volume of over 100 true short stories from that bloody period of US history.

21:00: Seanchai Late Night

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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 November and December  is Reading is Fundamental.

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The Dickens Project 2013: crossing the divide

The Dickens Project, December 2012
The Dickens Project, December 2012

In 2012, to mark the Dickens Bicentenary Year, the folk at Storyfests SL organised The Dickens Project,  a 13-day celebration of Dickens’ work, primarily focused on A Christmas Carol, but which included selections from other novels and short stories. Over the course of the event, 20 hours of readings and performances took place, featuring an international cast in a purpose-built themed environment in Second Life. The latter not only reproduced the world of Dickens’ novels, but also provided a number of levels of interaction for visitors and audiences, allowing them to learn more about Dickens’ life and works, and the era in which he lived.

In June, I reported on moves to broaden The Dickens Project as both a real life and virtual experience, as explained by the project’s creator and producer, Caledonia Skytower in a video which looked back at the December 2012 event as well as looking at the future potential for the project.

Now, a part of this potential is to be realised.

In December 2013, and for a single performance, The Dickens Project will cross the divide between the real and the virtual. At 13:00 on Sunday December 1st, three noted voice actors will give a special reading of A Christmas Carol using a text adapted and annotated by Dickens himself when he presented the story in person, together with some additional text from the full novella. The event will take place at the Knights of Pythia Temple in Tacoma, Washington, USA; however, only one of the artists will be present in person in the form of Judith Cullen, Caledonia Skytower’s alter-ego.

Judith Cullen (Caledonia Skytower SL) and Kevin Lee (Kayden Oconnell SL) with Shandon Loring (c) will be presenting a special SL / RL performance of The Dickens Project on December 1st, 2013
Judith Cullen (Caledonia Skytower SL) and Kevin Lee (Kayden Oconnell SL) with Shandon Loring (c) will be presenting a special SL / RL performance of The Dickens Project on December 1st, 2013

Both of the remaining two players for the piece, actor, director, stage manager and playwright Kevin Lee (SL: Kayden Oconnell), and the Seanchai Library SL’s Chief storyteller, Shandon Loring (playing the central role of Ebenezer Scrooge), will be joining Judith through the magic of Second Life, and their presence at the in-world Dickens Project set will projected onto a large screen at the Temple.

The RL / SL cross-over performance will feature both in-world and real life audiences, and while free to both, donations will be accepted with proceeds from real life benefiting My Sister’s Pantry and those from the the virtual world benefiting War Child North America.

The Knights of Pythia Temple, Tacoma, where the performance will take place in RL
The Knights of Pythia Temple, Tacoma, where the performance will take place in RL

The performance  will come ahead of a season of in-world performances of The Dickens Project which is due to commence on December 12th, 2013. I’ll be providing more details on this in the coming weeks.

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