Fantasy Faire: come gather for the Litfest!

Deep within the 2015 Fairelands lies an enchanted glade, the home to a series of literary activities new to Fantasy Faire this year, and collectively called the Fantasy Faire Literary Festival (LitFest for short).

Many events have been planned, and there is an open invitation to all who enjoy spinning a yarn, telling a tale, reading a story, reciting poetry and more, to come along and enjoy all that LitFest has to offer, from readings, to discussions and presentations through to open microphone sessions. And to mark the birthday of Sir Terry Pratchett, who so sadly passed away earlier this month, Tuesday, April 28th at the LitFest has been declared Terry Pratchett Day!

“Deep within the 2015 Fairelands lies an enchanted glade, the home to a series of literary activities….”

The full time-table of activities (as they stood at the time of writing) can be found on the Fantasy Faire blog, with all the necessary background information. However, in summary (all times SLT):

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

  • 17:30 – 19:00: Open Microphone session moderated by Saffia Widdershins. Bring your own poetry, short story or an extract from a longer piece of work and have 15 minutes before the microphone to introduce it and read it

Friday, April 24th, 2015

  • 08:00 – 10:00: Caledonia Skytower from Seanchai Library reads selections from Lord of the Rings
  • 11:00 – 12:30: Open Microphone session moderated by Judi Newall. Bring your own poetry, short story or an extract from a longer piece of work and have 15 minutes before the microphone to introduce it and read it
  • 14:00 – 16:00: Aurora – Prelude to the Confluence: Beq Janus reads from her own story, written for Fantasy Faire

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

  • 02:00 – 04:00: Cata Charisma from Seanchai Library reads some of his own works and favourites from the fantasy genre
  • 08:00 – 10:00: Caledonia Skytower from Seanchai Library reads “Gorak the Gobbler”, her newest short story, which is about to be published
  • 14:00 – 16:00: Speculative Fiction Saturday: Simeon Beresford leads a regular long running fantasy and science fiction discussion group in this special location for Fantasy Faire

Sunday, 26th April, 2015

  • 06:00 – 08:00:
  • 08:00 – 10:00: Meet the Author – Ceeyjay Writer talks about her book The Flight To Brassbright, the first of The Brassbright Chronicles, which originated with the the Second Life Steampunk city of New Babbage
  • 10:00 – 12:00: Self-expression & Healing through Poetry & Stories led by Red Goddess and Michael Romani
  • 15:00 – 17:00: Collaborative fiction game with Taralyn Gravois
  • 18:30 – 19:30: Tall Tales and Outright Lies! with Ceejay Writer – the Scoundrel Fleet Pirates drop anchor at the Literary Festival for their regular Story Telling Hour.

Monday, 27th April, 2015
  • 10:00 – 12:00: Outlander dressing-up and discussion – pick your favourite grab from whichever period as it pertains to the Outlander tales and get ready to discuss any and all things Outlander. Led by Andrea Demonge
  • 12:00 – 14:00: Aoife Lorefield reads from her own work

Tuesday 28th April, 2015: Terry Pratchett Day!

  • 10:00 – 11:00: Share your favourite Pratchett extract, moderated by Judi Newall. Free Fedoras for all participants!
  • 12:00 – 13:00: Who is your favourite Terry Pratchett character, moderated by Judi Newall. Free Fedoras for all participants!
  • 14:00 – 15:00: What is your favourite Terry Pratchett novel? Moderated by Judi Newall. Free Fedoras for all participants!
  • 15:00 – 16:00: Terry Pratchett Poetry Slam, moderated by Garnet Psaltery – Bring your own poems on a theme of the late Terry Pratchett or his works, in honour of his birthday today, or read from your favourites
  • 16:00 – 18:00: New Babbage Tales Part 1 – discussion led by Mr Mosseveno Tenk (aka “The Clockwinder”)
  • 20:00 – 21:00: New Babbage Tales Part 2 – discussion led by Mr Mosseveno Tenk (aka “The Clockwinder”)

Wednesday 29th April, 2015

  • 10:00 – 11:00: Terry Pratchett’s Reaper Man Live Reading with Caledonia Skytower and Dubhna Rhiadra from Seanchai Library
  • 17:00 – 19:00: Art and Fantasy with Taralyn Gravois

Thursday, 30th April, 2015

  • 15:00 – 16:00: Once Upon a Time… tales of fantasy and faerie read by Boudicca Amat
  • 18:00 – 20:00: Good Omens discussion with Aoife Lorefield

Friday, 1st May, 2015

  • 10:00 – 11:00: Is Fantasy always about endings? discussion led by Saffia Widdershins

Saturday, 2nd May, 2015

  • 10:00 – 12:00: Cold Shot Play Readers and Writers Open Mic, organised by Bhelanna Blaze
  • 14:00 – 16:00: Speculative Fiction Saturday: Simeon Beresford leads a regular long running fantasy and science fiction discussion group in this special location for Fantasy Faire

Saturday, 3rd May, 2015

  • 08:00 – 09:00: Stories within Stories – the narrative of the Hunt, a presentation by Saffia Widdershins, discussing the narratives and characters she drew on to create the Hunt – from sources including classical mythology, folk ballads, legends from around the world, modern fantasy classics, Breton lays and Japanese anime – and combined them with the legends that have grown up around the Faire.

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