Rituals, mountain ascents, mermaids and druids in Second Life

It’s time to kick-off another week of fabulous story-telling in voice, brought to our virtual lives by the staff and volunteers at the Seanchai Library. As always, all times SLT, and events are held at the Library’s Second Life home at Bradley University, unless otherwise indicated below.

Sunday, July 5th, 13:30: Tea-time at Baker Street

Caledonia Skytower, Kaydon Oconnell and Corwyn Allen continue reading The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, originally published in 1894, and which brings together twelve (or eleven in US editions of the volume) adventures featuring Holmes and Watson, as originally published in The Strand Magazine. This week: The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual, first published in 1893.

From The Adventure of The Musgrave Ritual, an illustration by Sidney Paget, 1893.
From The Adventure of The Musgrave Ritual, an illustration by Sidney Paget, 1893.

“There are cases enough here, Watson,” said he, looking at me with mischievous eyes. “I think that if you knew all that I had in this box you would ask me to pull some out instead of putting others in.”

“These are the records of your early work, then?” I asked. “I have often wished that I had notes of those cases.”

“Yes, my boy, these were all done prematurely before my biographer had come to glorify me.” He lifted bundle after bundle in a tender, caressing sort of way. “They are not all successes, Watson,” said he. “But there are some pretty little problems among them. Here’s the record of the Tarleton murders, and the case of Vamberry, the wine merchant, and the adventure of the old Russian woman, and the singular affair of the aluminium crutch, as well as a full account of Ricoletti of the club-foot, and his abominable wife. And here — ah, now, this really is something a little recherche.”

Thus Holmes introduces Watson to one of the cases his took on before the two became friends, one involving an old acquaintance from Holmes’ university days, Reginald Musgrave, a vanished butler and maid and the mysterious Musgrave Ritual.

Monday July 6th, 19:00: The Martian Ascent

Martian ascentElinor Caiman Sands is a UK science fiction author who is fully aware of Second Life – so much so, that earlier in 2015, she had her own stand at the Second Life Science Fiction Convention. She’s been published in Cosmos Online, the T. Gene Davis Speculative Blog and in the Strange Bedfellows Anthology of Political Science Fiction. Now listeners have the opportunity to become acquainted with one of her short stories, the Martian Ascent, first published in October 2014.

Humans are on Mars; three of them struggle to become the first to scale mighty Olympus Mons, the tallest volcano in the solar system, covering an area the size of Arizona. But they have to contend with more than just the hostile conditions of the planet. Their climb becomes haunted by eerie noises, and they begin to wonder if they are going mad. Does the mountain hold secrets they never imagined? Will they ever make it to the top?

Join Gyro Muggins to discover more.

Tuesday July 7th, “Summer” According to Saki

With Caledonia Skytower.

Wednesday July 8th: 19:00: The Tail of Emily Windsnap Part 4

Faerie Maven-Pralou reads from Liz Kesseler’s series about a young girl who, having always lived on a boat but having been kept away from the water by her mother, finally gets to have swimming lessons. With them comes a remarkable discovery that leads her into another world…

Thursday July 9th

18:45: About Seanchais

A seanchai (sometimes also written as Shanachaie in English) is a traditional Irish storyteller / historian, as Shandon Loring explains as he delves into the tradition.

19:00: The Druid by Frank Delaney

The DruidHe has been described as “the most eloquent man in the world”. In a career spanning three decades, BBC host and Booker Prize Judge Frank Delaney has interviewed more the 3,500 of the world’s most important writers.  He’s also an author in his own right, earning top prizes and best-seller status in a wide variety of formats.

His latest project is collectively called The Storytellers, and presents a series of short stories that follow the tradition of the seanchai: providing a crisp, concise tales of the world, and which also include his own notes on the history and craft of storytelling and the creation of myths.

Shandon Loring reads The Druid,  the first in the Storytellers series and a story from “Long, long ago, when the pigs ate the apples off the trees and the birds flew upside down,” and which features a Druid full of cunning and false magic, determined to win the hand of a beautiful girl.

Saturday July 11th, 12:00 Noon: Senachai Kitely Star Wars Saturday

With Shandon Loring and Caledonia Skytower, in Spaceworld (grid.kitely.com:8002/Inis Eirc).


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 June / July is the The Xerces Society, at the forefront of invertebrate protection worldwide, harnessing the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of citizens to implement conservation programmes.

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