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LitFest Tour Special – to Opal Flight!

Opal Flight. photographed by Alisaundra Andel
Opal Flight, photographed by Alisaundra Andel

Join us for a special LitFest Tour at 2pm SLT today to Opal Flight.

The beautiful Arts and Entertainment region, created by Haveit Neox and Lilia Artis, has a rich and complex story behind it – and many hidden secrets, which could inspire new stories for you to tell!

Opal Flight. photographed by Alisaundra Andel
Opal Flight, photographed by Alisaundra Andel

Above the waves all is white and bleached and sparse. But the waves hide a rich profusion of life and colour, and we will magically be able to explore beneath the waves.

Join us at the landing point in Opal Flight as we start our journey of exploration!

Opal Flight. photographed by Alisaundra Andel
Opal Flight, photographed by Alisaundra Andel

There will be centaurs.

Your Chance to Vote for the King, Queen and Chancellor of Fantasy Faire!

The Election Board in Kakushi Pasu
The Election Board in Kakushi Pasu

Your nominations have all come in, and, based on your choices of suitable candidates, the Elections for King, Queen and Chancellor of Fantasy Faire 2017 are now underway!

How does this work?

We are quite open about this – at Fantasy Faire you BUY votes to ensure your favourites are chosen. The difference in our election is that all the money raised goes to Relay for Life!

Then the winners will be announced at the end of the Live Auction on April 30th.

You will find the election board at in Kakushi Pasu.

You simply choose the box by the image of the candidate YOU want to support … and start buying votes!

As of Thursday morning, the leaderboard looks like this:

LeaderBoard: Thursday Morning
LeaderBoard: Thursday Morning

Here is the full list of nominees for the position of King, Queen and Chancellor

Nominated for King of Fantasy Faire
Nominated for King of Fantasy Faire
Nominated for Queen of Fantasy Faire
Nominated for Queen of Fantasy Faire

chancellor nominees

Don’t delay! Remember our motto – Vote Early, Vote Often!

More About Seanan McGuire, our special guest at the Lit Fest

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

People who enjoyed hearing Seanan McGuire at the LitFest on Monday, and who would like to read some of her works, can find a real treat today on her publisher’s website.

This June, Seanan McGuire returns to her rich multiverse of fantasy worlds with Down Among the Sticks and Bones, the second book in the beloved Wayward Children series.

Her publishers, Tor, want to give you a chance to read the book that started it all before Down Among the Sticks and Bones comes out: Every Heart a Doorway, the transformative book that won the 2017 Alex Award and was named to the 2016 Tiptree Honor List, is currently nominated for the 2016 Nebula Award for Best Novella, and that NPR called a “mini-masterpiece of portal fantasy — a jewel of a book that deserves to be shelved with Lewis Carroll’s and C. S. Lewis’ classics.”

If you sign up for Publishing monthly newsletter. they will send you the link to download the ebook edition of Every Heart a Doorway for free!

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

This offer is available worldwide from until 11:59 PM ET on Wednesday, April 26th.

You can read more about the offer here!

You can also read an excerpt from Down Among the Sticks and Bones here.

Celebrate Tolkien Day at the Faire!


A celebration of the work of the great fantasy writer – JRR Tolkien.

Every year at the Faire (well, for the last three years), we celebrate the work of a great Fantasy writer.

The first year, we celebrated the great Sir Terry Pratchett, who had recently died. And last year we celebrated another author who had died a rather longer time ago – William Shakespeare – on the 400th year anniversary of his death.

This year we are celebrating not the anniversary of the death – but the anniversary of a publication that was to have a huge influence on Fantasy – JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit, the first entry into the world of Middle Earth that was later to lead to the hugely influential trilogy – The Lord of the Rings.

And we have a fabulous region, created by Kilik Lekvoda, where we can celebrate – the hobbit-inspired land of The Hill!

We’ll be celebrating today with a series of events and a party – do come and join us.

10:00 – 11:00 AM SLT: NaPoWriMo: Fantasy Writing Prompts – Adele Ward This will be moving from the Writing Room in the LitFest area at Kakushi Pasu to the party field at The Hill just for today. Adele Ward will be leading it, giving out a Tolkien-themed Fantasy Writing Prompt to inspire you to write a short poem or a short story.

12:00 noon – 1:00 PM SLT: Region Tour: The Hill (Designed by Kilik Lekvoda)
See more about our special region tour and writing challenges here!

1:00 – 2:00 PM SLT: Tolkien Goes Partying – Dubhna Rhiadra & Caledonia Skytower
We all think of J.R.R. Tolkien as a scholarly gentleman with a penchant for language and myth. Come to realize, there’s some pretty great parties to be found in his published works. Caledonia Skytower and Dubhna Rhiadra present “An Unexpecting Party” (from The Hobbit) and “A Long-Expected Party” (from The Fellowship of the Ring) in voice.

The Hill by Alisaundra Andel
The Hill – picture by Alisaundra Andel

2:00 PM SLT: An Unexpected Party – And this time it’s our party – to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the publication of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit. And there will be dancing. And Fireworks. (And possibly Hobbit Feet).

5:00 – 6:00 PM SLT: Region Tour: The Hill (Designed by Kilik Lekvoda)
See more about our special region tour and writing challenges here!

7:00 – 8:00 PM SLT: A Walk through Middle Earth – Seanchai Library
Seanchai Library takes you on a walk through Middle Earth, with selections from different episodes in the The Lord of the Rings cycle. Shandon Loring, Corwyn Allen, Aoife Lorefield, Kayden Oconnell, and Caledonia Skytower, live in voice.

8:00 – 9:00 PM SLT: Region Tour: The Hill (Designed by Kilik Lekvoda)
See more about our special region tours and writing challenges here!

Come join us at The Hill!

Relay Rap at Fantasy Faire

Today, Sunday April 23rd, Trader Whiplash of T1 Radio comes to Fantasy Faire for a Relay Rap broadcast.

T1 is a Second Life based radio station that is the Official Media Partner of Relay For Life of Second Life. T1’s founder, Trader Whiplash, is known as the Voice of Relay in Second Life. Today he will visit Fantasy Faire for his weekly interview program, Relay Rap.

Trader will interview a panel of Fairelander guests including Her High Faireness Elizabeth Tinsley, co-captain Zander Greene, Aisling Sinclair, David Abbot, Haveit Neox and Lilia Artis. The program will be broadcasted simultaneously both on Fantasy Faire Radio and T1.

Come watch the interview, or tune into Fantasy Faire Radio — who knows what Faire secrets might be revealed!

Relay Rap will take place 3 – 4:30 PM in The Spirit Pool.

Much Ado About Nothing: A Faireland Players Production – today at 1pm in Opal Flight

This year there will be a staging of a magical (and we do mean that!) interpretation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing on Opal Flight.

The soldiers, led by the noble Don Pedro (Corwyn Allen) are returning from victory in war and looking forward to a little rest and relaxation. With accommodation generously provided by Leonato (Elrik Merlin), it’s not surprising that some of the army begin to think about love… and young Claudio (Mavromichali Szondi) is much taken with Leonato’s daughter Hero (Christy Grantham/Catalina Staheli).

But one who resists all talk of love is Benedick (Zander Greene). He is completely impervious to falling in love, scorns the whole thing – and Leonato’s niece Beatrice (AvaJean Westland) is in total agreement with him. It’s the one thing that they do agree about – they quarrel about everything else!

But there are plots being formed – plots to make people fall in love… and out of love. And some of these are being helped along by Don Pedro’s resentful brother Don John (Alix Reynaud/Shadow Taber) and his follower Borachio (Kayden OConnell).

Will true love be destroyed by evil plotting? Or will the Faireland Pawlice save the day and ensure that true love triumphs?

Come along to one of the two special performances on Opal Flight and find out!

Full cast:
Benedick – Zander Greene
Beatrice – AvaJean Westland
Leonato – Elrik Merlin
Claudio – Mavromichali Szondi
Hero – Christy Grantham / Catalina Staheli
Don Pedro – Corwyn Allen
Don John – Alix Reynaud / Shadow Tarber (23rd) / Otenth Paderborn (30th)
Margaret – Aisling Sinclair
Dogberry – Abnor Mole
Verges – Mavromichali Szondi / OldeSoul Eldamar
Borachio – Kayden O’Connell
Conrade – Podruly Peccable
Watchmen 1 – Zander Greene  / Linn Darkwatch
Watchmen 2 – Corwyn Allen / Jennylynn Capalini
Sexton – MadameThespian Underhill / Cassie Eldamar
Friar Francis – Rick Forrester / Vasa Vella

(Names in plain text indicate voice actors; names in italics indicate stage actors where the voice actor was unable to appear)

Much Ado About Nothing: Production Team
Director – Saffia Widdershins
Audio Producer – Zander Greene
Choreography, Movement and Special Effects – Aelva, Terra Volitant, Amethyst Dovgal, Shadow Tarber
Set Design – Marcus Inkpen
Adapted for Radio by Saffia Widdershins and Zander Greene