Journey to the West – a presentation by Singh Albatros
6:00am – 7:00am SLT
This year, as the Literary Festival is located on the beautiful Chinese region of Líng xiāo lóng 灵霄龙, we have taken as our theme Chinese myths, legends and fantasy. We will be paying Homage to the great Chinese classic, Journey to the West (the West in this case being India).
Singh Albatros will provide an Introduction to this great work and its role in Chinese Literature at Dragon’s Dreams on Líng xiāo lóng 灵霄龙.
Journey to the West is a Chinese novel published in the 16th century during the Ming dynasty and attributed to Wu Cheng’en. It is one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature. It has been described as arguably the most popular literary work in East Asia.
Journey with Singh Albatros (aka Chris Mooney-Singh) to learn about the famous late Ming dynasty allegorical novel Journey to the West by Wu Ch’êng-ên tracing the epic journey of monk Tripitaka and his protectors – Monkey, Pigsy, Sandy and Yulong, the magical horse as they go on a quest from China to India in search of Buddhist scriptures. Singh will also read from his own Singapore-based magic realist novel in progress ‘Ghosts on a Bumboat’ which also draws on sources found in Journey to the West.
Chris Mooney-Singh is a published poet, fiction writer and new filmmaker who has been living in and writing from Asia for more than thirty years. Read more about his work here.
NaPoWriMo – Fantasy Writing Prompts
8:00am – 9:00am
April is National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo), during which participating poets attempt to write a poem a day for the month of April. Join us at High Winds Overlook in Líng xiāo lóng 灵霄龙 and get today’s poem done!
In the Wind with Ktahdn Vesuvino
1pm – 2pm SLT
In the Wind is a program that combines poetry, music and dance by Ktahdn Vesuvino to be performed at Fantasy Faire at the Lotus Bridge on Líng xiāo lóng 灵霄龙, on the stream. Leader music will start about 20 minutes before. The program runs about 65 minutes.
Some of my earliest stories are about wind. When I started writing poems, I transmuted some of the stories into poems. I also added new ones to make a suite of poems called Stories on the Wind.
In early 2020, I was asked to play music for a dance troupe. I became curious. How does this work? Later that year I took up choreography, and it didn’t take long to start thinking about dance and poetry.
The result is this program. Dance and poetry interleaved to, I hope, evoke wind in many of its dimensions.
There will be a dance inviter. Touch the golden dancer figures to join in and dance with me. You will subtly sway during the times when I’m reading the poems.
Program for Fantasy Faire LitFest: 2021 April 23
Introductory dance: Ralph Towner and Pablo Fresu, “Zephyr”
Variable Winds poem suite, Version 4 (modified for FF2021)
Opening (206 words)
Words Blown Away (340 words)
Kinematics (689 words)
Wind Instrument (238 words)
Fraying (40 words)
Interlude dance: Debussy, “Dialogue du vent et de la mer”
Assault (318 words)
Engine of Air (154 words)
At Play on the World’s Edge (238 words)
New Year Saltation (795 words)
November’s Touch (269 words)
Vapor Blossom, Moon Shadow (184 words)
Closing dance: Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, “El Viento”
The Story of Líng xiāo lóng 灵霄龙: Fiona Fei is interviewed by Zander Greene
2pm – 3pm SLT
The story behind the beautiful Faireland of Líng xiāo lóng 灵霄龙 is beautiful and fascinating – and just as fascinating is the story of its creation, and the artist whose vision created it – Fiona Fei.
Join us in Dragon’s Dreams on Líng xiāo lóng 灵霄龙 as Zander Greene interviews Fiona Fei about her work as an artist in real and Second Life, and learns the story of this unique Faireland.
Short Story Discussion Group with Destry Recreant
3:00pm – 4:00pm SLT
Come for a lively discussion of two stories by Octavia Butler – Amnesty and Bloodchild. Join us on the.High Winds Overlook in Líng xiāo lóng 灵霄龙
The Company of Faire Folk Rides Out!
LitFest Tour – Tempest Bay
Created by Bee Dumpling and Solas Enchantment
5:00pm – 6:00pm SLT
Isabella Bonny was a brash and irreverent lass with flaming red hair. After marrying a sailor in 1718, they journeyed to the pirate-infested island of New Providence, There, she fell under the spell of the flamboyant buccaneer “Bloody” Jack. So, she abandoned her husband, and together, Jack and Isabella began plundering unsuspecting trading sloops and fishing vessels with impunity. On one such skirmish, Jack was run through and killed by a merchant sailor’s cutlass. Devastated, Isabella vowed revenge for her lover’s death. Over the next few years, she assembled a fleet that was unrivaled and proceeded to plunder her way across the Caribbean Sea.
The British navies were enlisted to bring her to justice. Rather than be caught however, Isabella sailed her brigantine ‘Heartless’ to the mysterious island, Tempest Bay. A place rumored to devour vessels and send their crews to a watery grave. As the ship approached the island, Isabella ignored the shouts from her terrified crew to come about. Suddenly a fierce squall engulfed the ship and ran it into the jagged shores of the cursed island. The squall abated but for the ill-fated Heartless-all hands were lost.
Years passed and the island became a settlement and trading port. But the legend of the island and the infamous Isabella Bonny were known by all. Each night after sunset, the townspeople would lock their doors and shutter their windows. Because if you heard Isabella calling for her ‘Bloody’ Jack in the wee hours of the night, it would be the last thing you would ever hear.
This Tour will be led by Saffia Widdershins; Musical accompaniment by Patricio
Tours leave daily at 5:00pm (and 1pm in the final week) from the Market in Líng Xiāo Village in Líng xiāo lóng 灵霄龙 to explore the Fairelands.