Tales for Fantasy Faire from Seanchai Library

Important Note: except for Magicland Storytime and Seanchai Late Night on Thursday, April 27th, all events for the week take place at the Fantasy Faire LitFest at Kakushi Pasu.

It’s time to kick-off another week of storytelling in Voice by the staff and volunteers at the Seanchai Library. As always, all times SLT.

Sunday, April 23rd 18:00: The Wind in the Willows

Meet little Mole, wilful Ratty, Badger the perennial bachelor, and petulant Toad. Over one hundred years since their first appearance in 1908, they’ve become emblematic archetypes of eccentricity, folly, and friendship. And their misadventures-in gypsy caravans, stolen sports cars, and their Wild Wood-continue to capture readers’ imaginations and warm their hearts long after they grow up.

Begun as a series of letters from Kenneth Grahame to his son, The Wind in the Willows is a timeless tale of animal cunning and human camaraderie – although some in current times unkindly see it as a kind of allegory for the privileged ne’er-do-well upper class (in the form of Toad) with the aid of the middle class (Badger, rat and Mole) to keep the proletariat (weasels and stoats) in their place.

I suggest you join Caledonia Skytower for Magicland Storytime, and go with Mr. Grahame’s intention with the tales – as a ripping yarn for young hearts and minds.

Monday, April 24th 19:00: A Miracle of Small Fishes

Gyro Muggins reads this 1974 short story from Alan Dean Foster which offers something of a mix of Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea (1951) and Theodore Thomas’ The Weather Man (1967) in that it involves a mix of aged fisherman locked in a daily battle (albeit it trying to earn a living from the sea, rather than a giant marlin as is the case with Hemingway’s classic) and the mix of sentiment and environmental care  / ecology witnessed in Thomas’ tale.

A little girl dreams of the day that her grandfather’s efforts will be rewarded with a massive catch of sardines. But the oceans have been overfished and the new stocks are now carefully managed; there seems to be no hope that the old man’s stubborn persistence will ever meet with success.

Tuesday, April 25th 19:00: Selections from Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology

With Caledonia Skytower.

Wednesday, April 26th 19:00: Tolkien Tales

Corwyn Allen, Aoife Lorefield, Kayden Oconnell read selections from Lord of the Rings to mark Tolkien Day at the Fantasy Faire Literary Festival. Also presented in Kitely.

Thursday, April 27th

19:00: Monster and Myth: The Chimera Part 2

With Shandon Loring.

21:00 Seanchai Late Night

With Finn Zeddmore, presented at Seanchai Library’s headquarters at Bradley University.

Please check with the Seanchai Library’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.