Of universities and bars, and pirates and wars

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, May 1st

13:30 at Crazy Eights: Tea Time at Baker Street

Crazy Eights sees Caledonia, Corwyn and Kayden reading from The Return of Sherlock Holmes on Sundays from the living room of 221B Baker Street.

The Adventure of the Three Student, Sidney Paget
The Adventure of the Three Student, Sidney Paget

It was in the year ’95 that a combination of events, into which I need not enter, caused Mr. Sherlock Holmes and myself to spend some weeks in one of our great University towns, and it was during this time that the small but instructive adventure which I am about to relate befell us … any details which would help the reader to exactly identify the college or the criminal would be injudicious and offensive. So painful a scandal may well be allowed to die out.

So opens the Adventure of the Three Students, as related by Dr. John Watson. The scandal is that the galley proofs of a forthcoming exam have, after a most unfortunate oversight, been partially copied. The exam is for a generous scholarship, and should it ever come to light that one of the three candidates who would sit the exam earned his scholarship by cheating, it would forever blemish the college’s reputation.

Fortunately, and although only armed with the smallest of clues – a blob of clay into which is embedded some sawdust, a broken pencil lead and a cut in the top of a desk – are sufficient to inform Sherlock Holmes of the culprit’s identity.

15:00: LEA 8 Selections from Pride & Prejudice

"Jane Austen's English Countryside" at LEA 8
“Jane Austen’s English Countryside” at LEA 8

Caledonia Skytower visits Jane Austen’s English Countryside at LEA 8 to read selections from Jane Austen’s novel beloved of television networks and film companies,

Monday May 2nd, 19:00: A Trifecta of Sci-Fi

Gyro Muggins reads Spider Robinson’s The Guy with the Eyes, Hobbits and – time allowing – Arthur C. Clarke’s Take A Deep Breath.

callahansThe Guy with the Eyes was the first story Robinson had published, and went on to  be the opening chapter of Robinson’s anthology, Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon.

The titular saloon is a haven for lost souls; a place where the patrons come for one drink and a chance for a second – but only if they offer an unburdening toast at the fireplace. Mike Callahan, the owner, never judges but sometimes advises in as few words as possible.

Callahan thinks he’s heard it all until one day, The Guy With The Eyes comes in, spends an hour nursing his first drink, then steps up to the fireplace and unburdens himself with the news that he’s an alien, a harbinger of doom for Earth, who will be returning home in just a couple of hours. But when he does, his masters will destroy the planet, convinced human kind is a cancer. Only he’s no longer convinced that this is true, and no longer wants to see the world destroyed…

Tuesday May 3rd, 19:00: Dead Man’s Chest

Shandon Loring concludes reading of the second instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise, Dead Man’s Chest.

Wednesday May 4th 19:00: Crazy Eights: The War that Saved My Life

War savedCaledonia Skytower reads Kimberly Brubaker Bradley’s children’s story.

It is the Second World War, and when nine-year-old Ada’s little brother is evacuated from London to escape the blitz, she is determined not to be left behind because her mother is too ashamed to allow her to be seen in public with her twisted foot.

So it is that Ada, experiencing her first time in the world beyond the house in which she has always lived, finds herself on an adventure, adapting to life with Susan Smith, the woman charged with caring for Ada’s little brother, and who unexpectedly finds herself with a second ward in her care.

As time passes, Ada learns to ride a pony, watches for German spies, and finds a bond forming between her and Susan smith, a bond shared with her brother, but over which hangs the shadow of what will happen when they have to return to London and the cruelty of Ada’s mother.

Thursday, May 5th

19:00: King Kong – Eighth Wonder of the World

With Shandon Loring

21:00: Seanchai Late Night

With Finn Zeddmore.


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.

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