Are you looking forward to the Literary Festival (LitFest) at Fantasy Faire?

FF15_Literary_Poster-resizedAll events will taken Place in the Festival Grove on Sylvan of Spells. Landmark available from 23rd April

Over the next two weeks, we have a great line-up of events for you at the Literary Festival (LitFest) which, for the first time, forms part of Fantasy Faire!

See the full listing below.

Fantasy Faire Literary Festival in Sylvan of Spells
Fantasy Faire Literary Festival in Sylvan of Spells

Thursday, 23rd April

5.30 – 7.00pm
Open Mic – bring your own work!
Moderated by Saffia Widdershins
This is an opportunity to bring your own poetry, short stories, extracts from long works (whether published or in development). Readers will have 15 minutes each to introduce and read their works, so come and share your work with the Fairelands!
In voice or text
Please note – if open mike sessions prove popular, we will organise more

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Friday, 24th April

8-10am
Selections from The Lord of the Rings
Read by Caledonia Skytower
Ms. Skytower will share selections from chapters in the LOTR trilogy including The Mirror of Galadriel, and The King of the Golden Hall, live in voice.

11am – 12.30pm

Open Mic – bring your own work!
Moderated by Judi Newall
This is an opportunity to bring your own poetry, short stories, extracts from long works (whether published or in development). Readers will have 15 minutes each to introduce and read their works, so come and share your work with the Fairelands!
In voice or text
Please note – if open mike sessions prove popular, we will organise more

2-4pm
Aurora – prelude to the confluence
Written and read by Beq Janus
For every Faireland there’s a tale, no land arrives at the junction without cause or need. Join me as I read the story of the land that we know only as Aurora, join us at a critical juncture of this world’s timeline, where scientists and spiritualists stand seemingly at odds. learn of the events that led to Aurora’s arrival at the faire.

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Saturday, 25th April

2am – 4am
Cata Charisma reads fantasy favourites
Cata Charisma of the Seanchai Library reads some of his own works and favourites from the fantasy genre. Voice performance.

8-10am
Gorak The Gobbler
Read by Caledonia Skytower

Caledonia shares her newest short story, which will appear in the about-to-be-released illustrated book “The Blackberry & Other Tales That Creep.”
“He had been called many things, most of which could not be repeated in decent conversation. But the designation of his birth, and his actual purpose were depicted clearly in his true name. He was Gorak the Gobbler and he was on his way, by invocation, to invade young Jamie Bergstrom’s life.”

2-4pm
Speculative Fiction Saturday
Led by Simeon Beresford
Simeon Beresford leads a regular long running fantasy and science fiction discussion group in this special location for Fantasy Faire.

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Sunday, 26th April

6am – 8am
Freyja Nemeth discusses her book “The World of Ice and Fire”
Freyja Nemeth says as her real life self Linda Antonsson “My partner Elio M. García (Ran Garrigus in SL) and I collaborated with George R.R. Martin on “The World of Ice and Fire”, a book about the history, culture and geography of the world of “A Song of Ice and Fire” (and “Game of Thrones”).”

8am – 10am
Meet the Author – Ceejay WriterThe Flight To Brassbright’ is the first of ‘The Brassbright Chronicles’ books to be released. The series has origins in the Second Life Steampunk city of New Babbage, having started as a ‘simple’ bio for the city’s web-based forum. The bio ran a bit long, and turned into a blog post. The post cried out for more, and became a short story. At this point Lori knew that Ceejay (now Constance Jessamine in the novels) was insisting that a book happen. It took a while, was set aside more than once for matters of real life, but Lori states it was always a complete pleasure to write. In rather quick succession, two more novels came to life during Nanowrimo Novembers. They are in rewrites and edits currently, with ‘Down The Tubes’ aimed for a Summer 2015 release, and ‘The Hidden Doors’ perhaps might be ready by Christmas.
Learn more about The Brassbright Chronicles at http://brassbrightcity.com

10am – 12 noon
Self-expression & Healing through Poetry & Stories
Led by Red Goddess and Michael Romani

3pm – 5pm
Collaborative fiction game with Taralyn Gravois
In Between – A Magical Story – Tara gives the group the beginning and end of a story. We think of characters to be in the story and use the sim we are on as the scene for the storyline. Then each person adds a line to the story until we get from start to finish.

6.30 – 7.30pm
Tall Tales and Outright Lies!
Moderated (?) by Ceejay Writer
The Scoundrel Fleet Pirate’s drops anchor at the Literary Festival for their regular Story Telling Hour.

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Monday, 27th April

10am-12 noon
Outlander dressing-up and discussion
Led by Andrea Demonge
Come look beneath Jamie Fraser’s… Your mind went to “kilt”…didn’t it! Alas, Outlander Fans, the word is character. Join us as we explore the Outlander frenzy and discuss natural born storyteller, Diana Gabaldon’s first book of the current eight and now a popular Starz series. Wear your best garb from whichever time period you like pertaining to the story and come share some of your thoughts, ideas, and favorite scene from the multi-genre “accident.”

12-2pm
Aoife Lorefield reads from her own work
Aoife write stories and poems, many with a fantasy theme/ content, and can read myths, legends, and more recent fantasy poems and tales. She is especially familiar with Celtic/ Irish material.

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Tuesday 28th April – Terry Pratchett Day!

10am – 11am
Share your favourite Pratchett extract!
Moderated by Judi Newall
Bring your favourite quotes or longer extracts to share with other Pratchett friends – and join in our discussion. Free Fedora hats

12 noon – 1pm
Who is your favorite Terry Pratchett character?
Moderated by Judi Newall
Come and talk about your favourite Pratchett character – Vetinari or Granny Weatherwax? Samuel Vimes or Nanny Ogg? Susan or Death? Or do you love a character who appeared in just one novel? Free Fedora hats

2pm – 3pm
What is your favourite Terry Pratchett novel?
Moderated by Judi Newall
A discussion for Terry Pratchett fans. Which is your favourite novel, and why? Come along and share your favourites! Free Fedora hats

3pm – 4pm
Terry Pratchett Poetry Slam
Moderated by Garnet Psaltery
Bring your own poems on a theme of the late Terry Pratchett or his works, in honour of his birthday today, or read from your favourites. This is a relaxed event with no critique. Free Fedora hats

4pm – 6pm
New Babbage Tales Part 1
Discussion led by Mr Mosseveno Tenk (aka “The Clockwinder”)
New Babbage was established in January of 2007 as a steampunk city for builders. During the economic downturn of early 20011, with the general anxiety over the survival of the grid in general, a lively book club group, and the new mayor’s outrageous proposal that building is role-play, it became something else – a city of storytellers. Since that time, we have published 3 hard-copy anthologies, a series of vintage horror and Christmas radio shows now available on iTunes, and 3 series of spin off steampunk fiction from our alums. Join Mr. Tenk, who interprets his role as more of a janitor and brakeman than a mayor, and some of our homegrown authors as we discuss the mechanics of our unique process. This event will be held in a combination of text and voice.

8pm – 9pm
New Babbage Tales Part 2
Discussion led by Mr Mosseveno Tenk (aka “The Clockwinder”)
New Babbage was established in January of 2007 as a steampunk city for builders. During the economic downturn of early 20011, with the general anxiety over the survival of the grid in general, a lively book club group, and the new mayor’s outrageous proposal that building is role-play, it became something else – a city of storytellers. Since that time, we have published 3 hard-copy anthologies, a series of vintage horror and Christmas radio shows now available on iTunes, and 3 series of spin off steampunk fiction from our alums. Join Mr. Tenk, who interprets his role as more of a janitor and brakeman than a mayor, and some of our homegrown authors as we discuss the mechanics of our unique process. This event will be held in a combination of text and voice.

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Wednesday 29th April

10am – 11am
Terry Pratchett’s Reaper Man Live Reading
Read by Caledonia Skytower and Dubhna Rhiadra
Caledonia Skytower and Dubhna Rhiadra in a duet presentation of selected passages from Terry Pratchett’s 1991 REAPER MAN, the 11th book in the Discworld series.
The Auditors of Reality are beings who watch the Discworld to ensure everything obeys The Rules. As Death starts developing a personality the Auditors feel that he does not perform his Duty in the right way. They send him to live like everyone else. Assuming the name “Bill Door”, he works as a farm hand for the elderly Miss Flitworth. Find out what happens when a New Death appears, one with a crown and without any humanity or human face, and it goes to take on Bill Door.
Presented live in voice.

5pm – 7pm
Art and Fantasy with Taralyn Gravois
We will have artwork on hand from artists who based the pieces on a fairy tale. We encourage you to bring samples of artwork you have seen based on a fairy tale that you like to share as well.

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Thursday, 30th April

3-4pm
Once Upon a Time . . . . . .tales of fantasy and faerie
Read by Boudicca Amat
“I have been reading on voice inworld since Christmas 2014. Twice a week for 30 minutes at the Cat & Mouse pub in Hestium. (Hestium is my plot that is open to all and run as PG). I’ve always enjoyed reading ….and read aloud to all of my children – and anyone else that cared to sit in and listen. So reading in SL was a natural continuation for me. I usually read from books written by British/UK authors as I am Brit, London born and bred, and I think attempting anything more than a passable UK dialect would be laughable for my listeners. I must stress that I am NOT a writer …..merely a reader of tales.”

6-8pm
Good Omens discussion with Aoife Lorefield
Aoife Lorefield leads a discussion on Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s book ‘Good Omens’ as a tribute to the late renowned and much-loved fantasy writer.

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Friday, 1st May

10am – 11am
Discussion – Is Fantasy always about endings?
Led by Saffia Widdershins
Sometimes it seems that Fantasy is all about endings – the Elves are going into the West in Tolkien, Narnia is destryed before the end of the series … and many fantasies look back to a time before, a glorious age from which we have declined – often because of the efforts of some Dark Lord. There’s even a term for this – “thinning”. But is this inevitable? Can fantasy create positive views of progress? Come along and join the discussion!
Voice and Text

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Saturday, 2nd May

10am – noon
Cold Shot Play Readers and Writers Open Mic
Organised by Bhelanna Blaze
Cold Shot Play Readers & Writers will read, in OPEN MIC, *Fantasy* Short Comedy Scenes, 10-minute One Act Plays, and play excerpts. No expertise required, no rehearsal, just cold reading for each other. Lots of fun.

2 – 4pm
Speculative Fiction Saturday
Led by Simeon Beresford
Simeon Beresford leads a regular long running fantasy and science fiction discussion group in this special location for Fantasy Faire.

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Saturday, 3rd May

8am – 9am
Stories within Stories – the narrative of the Hunt
Presentation by Saffia Widdershins
Saffia Widdershins talks about the narratives and characters she drew on to create the Hunt – from sources including classical mythology, folk ballads, legends from around the world, modern fantasy classics, Breton lays and Japanese anime – and combined them with the legends that have grown up around the Faire.

Meet Our Sponsors: Boudoir

Vitabela & Precious - Picture by Kynne Llewellyn
Vitabela Dubrovna & Precious Restless – Picture by Kynne Llewellyn.

Vitabela Dubrovna, one of the creators behind Boudoir, shares with us their reasons to sponsor the Faire, the foundation of their creativity and their love for fantasy.

This is your first year sponsoring Fantasy Faire. What made you decide to become a sponsor?

I think it is naturally that brand Boudoir as well known Fantasy brand and also multiple awarded for various categories, including Fantasy fashion contribute for such big event and gathering of the best fantasy designers around the grid. It’s both pleasure and honor to support and be a part of Fantasy Fair.

How did you begin building in Second Life? What inspires you to create?

As the most people know Precious and me are twins sisters and real life designers and artists with the real life studio with couture designs. The Second Life gave us this opportunity to create really fantasy clothes which would be quite hard to sell in real life but here we found really nice and big audience from around the world. This inspires us the most. We began building after 1 year roleplaying, I guess it was just matter of time when I will rezz my first box and start with this virtual experiment. Eventually work payed off and now we are running 6th year in SL and still growing.

What are you bringing to the Faire this year? Give us some sneak peeks or teasers!

Beautiful new Fantasy outfits, lovely furniture and garden items.

What calls you to fantasy? When was the first time you encountered the genre and realized you enjoyed it?

We’ve been always into everything fantasy, the theme is so wide and exploring never ends, there is no limit for the imagination and that is the best part of it.

Do you have a favourite Faire memory? What are you looking forward to most this year?

The best thing is exploring and walking through sims which are more beautiful, interesting and imaginative every year.

Thank you, Vitabela, for taking the time to talk with us. Thank you, Boudoir, for being a part of the Fairelands!

Hints about the Hunt with the release of a new trailer!

For all of you eagerly anticipating the start of The Fairelands Hunt: The Lost Land, today sees the launch of a new trailer (for international release).

It contains intriguing hints of new characters introduced to the franchise, as well as the return of old favorites such as the Bard Queen.

So – what do you think of this latest installment? Are you looking forward to getting to the Fairelands and starting to hunt? Let us know in your comments!

Seriously – The Fairelands Hunt: The Lost Land will be starting on April 23rd and running till May 3rd. It has an intriguing storyline, with characters and plot drawn from myths and legends across the globe, and it has an amazing array of gifts.

 UPDATE: See Cinders Vale interview Aisling Sinclair about the Hunt on Happy Hunting!

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