Of poems, shorts, odysseys and dragons

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, June 26th 13:30: Tea Time with The Jungle Book

Bryn Taleweaver presents selections from Rudyard Kipling’s great adventure.

Monday June 27th, 19:00: The Mouse of Amherst: A Tale of Young Readers

Faerie Maven-Pralou reads Elizabeth Spires’ inspired young readers introduction to the works of Emily Dickenson, regarded as one of America’s most prolific and significant poets of the 19th Century, albeit recognition gained posthumously, as she was also very private in her writings. In this book, Elizabeth Spires introduces young readers to Dickenson’s work in an imaginative way.

Mouse of AmherstWhen a mouse finds its a place to live behind the wainscoting of Emily Dickinson’s bedroom, Ms. Dickenson’s constant writing at her desk becomes a source of fascination. Venturing forth when it is safe, the mouse – Emmaline – make her way to the writing desk and discovers Emily’s poetry.

Inspired by what she reads, Emmaline writes a poem of her own, leaving it on Emily’s desk. On finding it, Emily replies with poetry, and thus a poetic correspondence between the two is established.

Featuring eight of Dickenson’s actual poems, together with seven “replies” from Emmaline, Elizabeth Spires gently draws young readers through a charming story into the power of poetry to express our deepest feelings, and perhaps start them writing poems of their own.

Tuesday June 28th, 19:00: Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances

TriggerCorwyn Allen reads Neil Gaiman’s collection of short fiction intended to entertain and provoke.  Within it, he looks behind the masks we wear and at the people we really are, using a rich mixture of genres and experiences on which to found his stories: horror, science fiction, fantasy, fable, poetry – even his own experiences using Twitter.

Within these tales, characters new and established are revealed. Black Dog, an original story for this volume returns to the world of America Gods, whilst elsewhere can be found stories featuring Sherlock Holmes and a story written for the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who.

Neil Gaiman is a literary artist whose unique approach to fiction drives deeply into our imaginations, engaging and stirring us in mind, heart and soul.

Wednesday June 29th 19:00: Ollie’s Odyssey

OllieCaledonia Skytower reads William Joyce’s children’s tale about Oswald (or Ollie, or Oz), a stuffed rabbit and favourite of young Billy. Oz goes everywhere with Billy, until one day, he is accidentally left under a table during a wedding, and is kidnapped by the wicked Zozo.

An unwanted amusement park prize, Zozo hates all toys that are favourites; so much so that he doesn’t just want them lost – he wants them forgotten by everyone – and he has gathered other embittered toys to his cause.

Now Oz must work to not only rescue himself and get back to Billy, he must ensure all the other “lost” toys reach safety.

Thursday, June 30th

19:00: The Dragon of Boeotia (Monsters of Mythology)

Shandon Loring reads Bernard Evslin’s story focused Cadmus, the founder and first king of Thebes, and the first Greek hero. When a fierce dragon plagues a region of Greece, it comes to the attention of young prince Cadmus, who decides to end its tyranny.

21:00 Seanchai Late Night

With Finn Zeddmore.

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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 May / June is Habitat for Humanity, with a vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live – a safe and clean place to call home.

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