1001 Nights Homage Day

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This year, the Literary Festival is based on the desert region of the Drifts of Anamnesis and this influenced our choice for our special writer and “Day”, to be celebrated on Monday 27th April.

In the past, we’ve featured named writers such as William Shakespeare, George RR Martin, Ursula K LeGuin and Terry Pratchett. This year we decided to do something different … and celebrate, through the fictitious person of Scheherazade, the collection of stories from Arabia, Persia, China, India and beyond that has become known as the 1,001 Nights (sometimes called the Arabian Nights).

These stories are, by and large, the production of our familiar and prolific writer usually called Anon. They were compiled in Arabic during the Islamic Golden Age. a period that lasted from the 8th to the 14th centuries. Translations (sometimes by translators whose lives were as incredible as any of the Tales) appeared in French and English from the early eighteenth century onwards.

Not all editions of the Tales are the same – and we’ll be discussing that at one of the events planned for our Celebration of 1,001 Nights on Monday 27th April.

Events planned for Scheherazade Day

The True Story of Scheherazade
10:00am – 11:00am
This year we are celebrating the teller of the 1,001 Nights – and this is our special day for celebration! But the truth is, there are many tellers of these Tales. Join Saffia Widdershins at the Place of Stories at Khawr Maksar on Drifts of Anamnesis, as she explores the genesis of these Tales drawn from Arabia, Persia, India and China.
And there will also be tales of some of the fascinating history of translation (and translators – such as the fascinating Sir Richard Burton).

Poetry of Persia and India

1:00pm – 2:30pm
Aoife Lorefield and Catori Mistwalker will read poems Scherazade herself would have loved: Rumi, Hafiz, Tagore, and more. Come listen as we dive into the wonders of Persia and India.
Join us in the Hall of Ras Tarshayn on Drifts of Anamnesis.

Dancing in the Desert: A LitFest Party with DJ Easy Ninetails
3:00pm – 5:00pm
Our Lit Fest Team is famous across the Many Realms for their stirring Author Talks, captivating Readings and, of course, their amazing Region Tours. What you might not know is that they also know how to party! DJ Easy Ninetails will be joining them for a blow out in celebration of this year’s Featured Author, and this year there is a twist! It isn’t just one Author in the spotlight. It’s centuries of them.
Scheherazade is the character who brings together the collection of tales that make up the 1,001 Nights, and the creators of those Tales are largely our old friend Anon. So we’ll be celebrating the anonymous creators behind this diverse and vast work which shapes the genre of fantasy in Arabian, Persian, Indian and Chinese culture.
Break out the silks, don your desert attire and join us for the Lit Fest Party! There are 1,001 reasons to do just that!
The party will be held in the Hall of Ras Tarshayn on Drifts of Anamnesis.

LitFest Tour – Agra Adara
5:00pm – 6:00pm
From afar travellers have come. For countless days they have wandered in the darkness. Weariness hangs heavy on these souls, these seekers of the light. But in the distance there is a glow pulling them forward. The onion domes of Agra Adara illuminate the surrounding landscape in a blaze of sunlight, pure and golden. Hearts are warmed and rejuvenated as they enter the enchanted gardens of Agra Adara.
Tours leave daily at 5:00pm from the Al-Ma’ala Gathering Place on the Drifts of Anamnesis, to explore the Fairelands.

Other Events related to the Celebration

Friday April 24th
Short Story Discussion Group with Destry Recreant

3:00pm – 4:00pm
Come for a lively discussion of Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves, from The 1001 Nights. Find some of the best stories from this classic work here: https://www.bartleby.com/16/. Join us in the Hall of Ras Tarshayn on Drifts of Anamnesis.

Wednesday April 29th
Reading from the Arabian Nights

6:00pm – 7:00pm
A group of librarians and library students will read aloud and have audience participation.
Join us at the Place of Stories at Khawr Maksar on Drifts of Anamnesis.
Friday May 1st
Short Story Discussion Group with Destry Recreant

3:00pm – 4:00pm
The week’s short story will be from The 1001 Nights. Find some of the best stories from this classic work here https://www.bartleby.com/16/.
Join us in the Hall of Ras Tarshayn on Drifts of Anamnesis.
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A little note
Last year, on Trollhaugen, we named the different areas after the Troll and his Book: Trollmouth, Undertroll Meadows, Bookfold Wood, Rightfoot Farm and so on.
This year, we again have names for the different places where events will be taking place. This time, the names are all taken from places in Aden, Yemen. Saffia’s typist spent part of her childhood in Yemen, and these are all named for places she knew then.
And by the way, fans of Hugh the Troll will be delighted that he is joining us once again, much diminished in size (those desert winds!). See if you can find him in the Drifts.

A RFL of SL Event

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