Of dying detectives, fairyland adventures and a return to Tulfarris

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 March 9th,13:30: Tea-time at Baker Street: The Adventure of the Dying Detective

Tea-time at Baker Street sees as Caledonia Skytower, Corwyn Allen and Kayden Oconnell reading stories from His Last Bow.

A 1917 anthology of previously published Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, His Last Bow originally comprised seven stories published byThe Strand Magazine between 1908 and 1917, but an eighth was added to later editions. The Adventure of the Dying Detective is the fifth story in the collection.

Sherlock Holmes is dying. That is the shocking discovery Doctor John Watson makes on being called to 221B Baker Street. The Great Detective has apparently contracted a contagious and rare Asian disease while on a case in Rotherhithe. Mrs. Watson confirms Holmes has not eaten or taken a drink in three days.

Wanting to assist his friend, Watson finds himself forced to wait – the contagious nature of Homes’ illness preventing him from carrying out an examination – until six o’clock that evening, when Holmes reveals the name of the one man who can save him, one Culverton Smith. Unfortunately, Smith may not be predisposed to lending assistance, as he is not a doctor, but a man Holmes once implicated in a murder.

Before Watson departs to bring the man to Baker Street, Holmes makes a mysterious request: once he has secured Smith’s agreement to come to Holmes, Watson ensures he returns to Baker Street quite independently of Smith. Confused, but determined to help his dying friend, Watson sets out on his mission …

Find out more by joining Caledonia, Corwyn and Kayden!

Monday March 10th, 19:00: From an Alien Point of View

When humans interact with aliens who are actually alien, we run into the fact that we’re as weird to them as they are to us. This can cause the most remarkable misunderstandings…. More thought-provoking sci-fi from the collection of Gyro Muggins.

Tuesday March 11th, 19:00: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

FairylandFaery Maven Pralou reads from Catherynne M. Valente’s tale about twelve-year-old September. Living in Omaha, she has a very ordinary life until her father goes to war and her mother goes. leaving her at home on her own.

One day, she is visited by a Green Wind who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland, where the new Marquess, of about the same age as September, is unpredictable and fickle.

This Green Wind tells September that only she can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn’t, then the Marquess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland. And so begins an extraordinary adventure, which sees September travelling through Fairyland, accompanied by a book-loving dragon, and a boy named Saturday …

Wednesday March 12th, 19:00: A Year in Tulfarris – St. Patrick’s Day!

Join Caledonia as she returns to the pages of Caitilin Walsh & Alfred Hellstern’s very personal and charming tale of their time in Ireland, as told in her words and illustrated by his photographs.

Thursday March 13th

16:00: Original Irish Tales

With Caledonia Skytower.

19:00: The Lady of the Well

fountain-mabShandon Loring sits down to read from another tale rooted in the Mabinogion.

Originally called The Countess of the Fountain, one of the three Welsh romances associated with the Mabinogion, this is the tale of Owain, a knight at King Arthur’s court. While the king sleeps, Owain takes to telling tales with fellow knights, Kynon and Kai, only to hear Kynon tell a story of damsels, castles, great hospitality, jousts and his own shaming.

Intrigued by the tale – which is interrupted by Arthur’s awakening – Owain sets out to follow Kynon’s steps. And so he embarks on a wondrous adventure which see him repeating – and exceeding – Kynon’s deeds. In doing so, he meets the maid Luned, and finds himself the defender of the fountain and married to the Countess of the Fountain. Then, three years later, Arthur and his retinue arrive …

21:00: Seanchai Late Night

Details still TBA, so please check with the Seanchai Library blog as the week progresses.

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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 March and April is Project Children: building true and lasting peace in Northern Ireland one child at a time.

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