‘Twas the week before Xmas at Seanchai Library in Second Life

Christmas is almost upon us, and so it’s a short week at Seanchai Library in the run-up to the holidays – but there is still time for some 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.

Monday December 21st, 19:00: Escape Clause

Rod SterlingYou’re about to meet a hypochondriac. Witness Mr. Walter Bedeker age forty-four. Afraid of the following: death, disease, other people, germs, draft, and everything else. He has one interest in life and that’s Walter Bedeker. One preoccupation, the life and well-being of Walter Bedeker. One abiding concern about society, that if Walter Bedeker should die how will it survive without him?

So opens the 6th show in the very first series of Rod Sterling’s The Twilight Zone, one of the original three episode ideas used by Sterling to pitch the series concept in 1959.

Already labelled a hypochondriac in that opening narration, we follow the mean-spirited Walter Bedeker as he seeks to make a water-proof contract with the devil himself (appearing in human form under the disarming name of “Ted Cadwallader”) which will allow him to sell his soul in return for health and immortality. With every “t” crossed and “i” dotted, the contract seems perfect for Bedeker, wary of any conniving tricks on the part of Old Nick.

So why is the Devil so accommodating to Bedker’s demands, and why does he, in what appears to be a turn of altruism, offer Bedeker an escape clause, allowing him to choose the time of his death if he tires of being immortal?

Join Gyro Muggins as he once again takes into a journey into The Twilight Zone.

Tuesday December 22nd 19:00: A Child’s Christmas in Wales and Other Stories

Aoife Lorefield reads Dylan Thomas’ timeless classic poem, and other tales of Christmas.

Wednesday, December 23rd 19:00 The Night Before the Night Before Christmas

A Seanchai Holiday Tradition  of stories and poems (some original works) with the Seanchai Staff.

Personal Note

I’d like to wish the staff and volunteers at Seanchai Library every best wish for the season and for a successful 2016. Thank you for your continued work in bringing stories and the spoken word into Second Life in the tradition of the seanchai, and raising awareness of literature as an art in-world. Looking forward to working with you throughout 2016, and to establishing Storytime at the Park with you as well!


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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