Christmas tales with a sprinkle of sci-fi and a helping of Dickens

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.

Sunday, December 6th, 14:00: Tea Time with Trolley

MiracleCome to Dr. Coppelius’s
Where all is bright and warm
And There’s no fear,
For I am here
To keep you safe from harm.

What happens when a man finds he’s taking the child of his date to a toy shop when he’d rather be going to a ball game – a child he didn’t even know his girlfriend had ?

What happens when he really doesn’t like kids at the best of times, and his girlfriend’s kid is intent on exploring the store, leading to them getting separated?

And what happens when the man discovers all really all it seems with the store?

Join Trolley Trollop as she reads two of Connie Willis’ seasonal tales from Miracle and Other Christmas Stories: In Coppelius’s Toyshop and The Pony.

Monday December 7th, 19:00: Mr. Dingle the Strong

Rod SterlingGyro Muggins concludes his reading of  Rod Sterling’s 1961 story for The Twilight Zone, Mr. Dingle The Strong.

Luther Dingle, vacuum-cleaner salesman and perennial loser, finds himself given the gift of super-strength by a curious Martian scientist. Returning to Earth to see how his subject is using his gift, the Martian finds Mr. Dingle is doing little more than gaining celebrity status through feats of super-human strength.

Taking back the gift, the Martian encounters a passing Venusian science team looking for a human test subject. He points them towards Luther Dingle…

Tuesday December 8th 19:00: Immovable Feast

Derry McMahon brings us a tale of Christmas in Paris.

Wednesday, December 9th 19:00 A Celtic Christmas

Faerie Maven-Pralou reads a selection from A Celtic Christmas, edited by Mairtin O’Griofa. Bringing together tales from early 20th Century Ireland, each unique in tone and style, be it humorous, tender, sentimental or a little bit spooky. This is an anthology right for the season, the tales a crammed with superstition and lore, ready to delight and charm.

Thursday, December 10th

19:00: Shandon Loring

A cabin. A cabin in the woods. Of it I have written before, and of it I write again. The same great fireplace piled high with logs fiercely ablaze. Again on either side of the fireplace are the hounds gazing meditatively into the fire. The same big table, and on it the same great book, leather-bound and worn by the hands of many generations. And at the strong table, bending over the sacred book, with one huge finger marking a sentence, the same whitened head, the same man, large of limb and large of feature–John Norton, the Trapper.

So begins William Henry Harrison Murray’s John Norton’s Vagabond, the second of two stories from Holiday Tales – Christmas in the Adirondacks, Originally published in  1897.

21:00 Finn Zeddmore

With Seanchai Late Night.

Saturday, December 12th

12:00 Noon: An Irish Country Christmas at Seanchai InWorldz

With Shandon and Caledonia – check the Seanchai blog nearer the date for LM details.

13:00 Second Life: The Dickens Project

Join Caledonia Skytower as she opens the 2015 season for The Dickens Project bringing us the story behind a Christmas classic – a look behind the story that had a profound effect on shaping the Christmas that we know, as well as revived an author’s career.

The dickens Project returns to Second Life
The Dickens Project returns to Second Life


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 October – December is Reach Out and Read, one of the most highly rated literacy charities in the USA which reaches 4.4 million children annually and distributes 1.6 million books.

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