Saturday, December 12th sees the The Dickens Project re-open its gates for a week-long celebration of Charles Dickens and his work. Centred on A Christmas Carol, which will be read throughout the week by staff and guests of Seanchai Library, the Project features so much more as well.
Originally conceived under the Storyfests SL banner (Storyfests being the special events “spin-off” from Seanchai Library), The Dickens Project was first presented in 2012, as a part of activities being held around the world to mark the 200th anniversary of Charles’ Dickens birth. Over the course of two weeks, thousands of visitors passed through the project’s gates, explored the life and times of Charles Dickens and attended presentations of A Christmas Carol and other works by the author.
In December 2013, The Dickens Project allowed Seanchai Library to further bridge the digital divide when a special reading of A Christmas Carol was held, with Caledonia Skytower, in her alter ego of writer Judith Cullen, narrated the story to an audience attending the Knights of Pythias Temple in Tacoma, Washington States, and to an audience in Second Life. At the same time, Kayden Oconnell and Shandon Loring appeared in-world and also at the Teemple, courtesy of a big screen.After the presentation, the audiences in Second Life and at the Temple were able to interact with one another, with the latter able to learn more about Second Life.
Now firmly established as a part of Seanchai Library’s seasonal calendar, the 2015 edition of The Dickens Project will take place in the Community Virtual Library’s exhibit space. All activities throughout the festival are free to attend, and any donations received will be awarded to the Community Virtual Library: a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, connecting residents with information resources, reference services, and serving as a networking tool for information resource professionals.
Programme of Events
The programme of events for The Dickens Project is given below, all times SLT. For the latest updates and any revisions, please refer to the Seanchai Library’s Dickens Project web page.
|Saturday, December 12th – Welcome|
|13:00||The Plaza||“The Story Behind a Christmas Classic”||Caledonia Skytower|
|Sunday, December 13th – Tea-time and Tiny Carolers|
|13:15||The Plaza||Christmas Carols and cheer||The Raglan Shire Tinie Carolers|
|13:30||The Gallery||Tea-time with Mr. Dickens||(Upstairs in the bookshop)|
|Monday, December 14th – Stave One: Marley’s Ghost|
|13:00||The Plaza||Caledonia Skytower|
|19:00||The Plaza||Kayden Oconnell|
|Tuesday, December 15th – Stave Two: The First of Three Spirits|
|13:00||The Plaza||Trolley Trollop|
|19:00||The Plaza||Corwyn Allen and Faerie Maven-Pralou|
|Wednesday, December 16th – Stave Three: The Second of Three Spirits|
|13:00||The Plaza||Dubhna Rhiadra|
|19:00||The Plaza||Aoife Lorefield|
|Thursday, December 17th – Stave Four: The Last of Three Spirits, and Stave Five: The End of It|
|13:00||The Plaza||TBA Reads Stave Four|
|19:00||The Plaza||Shandon Loring read Stave Five|
|Friday, December 18th – Trivia and More Tinies!|
|18:00||TBA||Dickens Trivia||Peaches, Suemoon and HJ of the Community Virtual Library|
|18:50||The Plaza||Christmas Carols and cheer||The Raglan Shire Tinie Carolers|
Fezziwig’s Ball – Saturday, December 19th
Come dressed for Dickens’ times, but be ready to dance and have fun to the voices and music of two contemporary musicians from either side of “the pond”.
From noon through until 14:00 Seanchai Library will be pleased to present to guests at the ball British Songstress Josie Anderton, followed by American Rocker Paul Nowles. A ball not to be missed – so find your best Victorian gowns, your finest Dickensian tailed coats and hats, and come join the festivities!
Sunday, December 20th – The Big Read
Come join the staff and guests of Seanchai Library from 12:00 noon on Sunday, December 20th, as they present A Christmas Carol from beginning to end in a special pre-Christmas reading (estimated duration 3-5 hours, visitors free to drop in and leave as time dictates). Staves will be read in relay.
The Dickens Project is presented in an immersive environment recreating a corner of Dickens’ London. Here, as well as listening to the readings of a Christmas Carol and attending the other special events, visitors can also discover more about Victorian London, learn about the life and times of Charles Dickens and visit many of his works.
So do be sure to pay a visit!