It’s time to kick-off a week of 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, March 6th
13:30 Crazy Eights: Tea Time at Baker Street
There has been a kidnapping in the north of England. The ten-year-old Lord Saltire, son of the Duke of Holdernesse, has vanished from his school, along with one of the masters teaching there. And while no ransom note has been received, the boy’s father has issued rewards of up to £6,000 for information on the whereabouts of his son or for information on his kidnappers.
Dr. Thorneycroft Huxtable, founder and principal of the school, fearing for the boy, seeks out Holmes in London to seek his help in discovering what has happened, and to hopefully locate the young heir.
So Holmes and Watson set off on The Adventure of the Priory School, a case that leads them not only to uncover the tangled reasons behind the young Lord Saltire’s disappearance, but which also uncovers a murder most foul, and leaves one man facing the gallows…
18:00 Magicland Park: Gorak the Gobbler
An original tale written and read by Caledonia Skytower.
Monday March 7th 19:00: A Few Miles and Prometheus
Gyro Muggins commences a 3-part reading of tales concerning one of Philip José Farmer’s many memorable characters: Father John Carmody, and ex-con who painfully grew a conscience, but is still not entirely beyond benefiting himself.
In A Few Miles, first published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Carmody is ordered to the planet Wildenwoolly (think about it ), but is given no funds for his journey and must therefore find his own way there. This proves taxing, with even reaching the space station where he might gain passage to his intended destination proving problematic. So problematic, in fact that he ends up “expregnated” by a large earthbound bird called a horowitz.
With the egg now attached to his chest until such time as it hatches, Carmody finds himself the centre of scientific curiosity and study, something that might well allow him to achieve passage to Wildenwoolly under a lot more comfortable circumstances than he’d envisaged when first dispatched by the priesthood. However, as told in the sequel Prometheus, things take a bit of a right turn when he finds himself on Feral, the planet of the horowitzes, and cast in the role of educator for these strange birds, and as a sort of latter-day Prometheus, bringing them moral enlightenment.
Tuesday March 8th, 19:00: Echo
Three entwined stories focusing on a magical harmonica, start with the tale of 12-year-old German boy Friedrich. He dreams of being a conductor; so much so that he cannot stop his hands rising to guide the music only he can hear. Such public displays, coupled with the birthmark which disfigures half his face leads to him being shunned and regarded as his peers as being Monster Boy. But then the harmonica enter his life, bringing with it change and hope.
Two years later, and at the Bishop’s Home for Friendless and Destitute Children in Pennsylvania, 11-year-old Mike Flannery finds himself in possession of the harmonica. He and his younger brother are adopted by the wealthy Mrs. Sturbridge – only she doesn’t intend to keep them, but will have them separated and one of them set to another state home. Only the harmonica might offer Mike a way to secure his brother a place in the comfort and luxury of the Surbridge household.
Wednesday March 9th 19:00 Crazy Eights: The Hunter’s Moon
When she arrives in Ireland to visit her cousin Findabhair (Finn), American Gwen expects a fun backpacking trip to sites of the fairy lore they’re both fascinated with. What neither cousin knows is that it’s the summer of the Hunter’s Moon, a dangerous time for mortals to meddle in the kingdom of Faerie.
Whilst camping out, Finn is kidnapped by the handsome Faerie king, and Gwen must rescue her. In attempting to do so, she travels between modern-day and mystical Ireland. And when she does finally reach Finn, she finds her biggest challenge might be actually persuading her cousin she is in need of rescue!
Thursday, March 10th
19:00 Drabne of Dole
Shandon Loring brings us another tale about the formative years of legendary giant Finn McCool – Fionn mac Cumhaill – the mythical hunter / warrior who appears in folklore spanning Ireland.
21:00 Seanchai Late Night
Contemporary science-fiction with Finn Zeddmore.
Friday, March 11th: VWBPE presentation
Caledonia Skytower will be presenting Putting the Language Back Into language Arts Engagement at the 2016 Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference at 17:00 SLT on Friday, March 11th, at Idahionia – the University of Idaho.
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 March / April is Project Children, building peace in Ireland one child at a time.