Literary Festival Schedule for Wednesday May 5th

Although this final week of the Tour is quieter, there are still readings and poetry prompts, and a few special events over the week – but probably the most important daily happenings will be the LitFest Tours. With 21 Fairelands to visit, we still have some way to go, and from now on, there will be two Tours a day!

Today we will be visiting the dragon’s nest of Ostara and then, later, the snow-bound Scrimshaw Warrens.

Did you know that you can join a special group for news of the Tours, and of the off-season Tours to various parts of the fantasy world within Second Life too? Look for the group called the Company of Faire Folk – that’s us!

As well as these two Tours, today brings a final opportunity to see Singh Albatros’s presentation about the classic Journey to the West – a fascinating look at the work that we highlighted this year, and a variety of dashes, open mic sessions and readings.

For full details of today’s events, see below!

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Milkwood Dash
6:00am – 6:30am
The beautiful setting in the Wandering Woods created by Kilik Lekvoda would be reason enough to join us for this event. But it’s also a chance for you to spend 15 minutes writing your own prose or poetry based on a writer’s prompt, and then share what you have created with your fellow authors.

Please note – around 6am, the Fairelands will restart. If that happens, we will go home for ten minutes and then head back!

Join us at Wandering Woods for the event.

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A Final Chance to Journey to the West (and the East) – a presentation by Singh Albatros
6:30am – 7:30am

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).

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.

Join us at Dragon’s Dreams on Líng xiāo lóng 灵霄龙

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May Poetry Prompt
8:00am – 9:00am
April was National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo), during which participating poets attempt to write a poem a day for the month of April. Well, we’re continuing it into the first week of May! Join us at High Winds Overlook in Líng xiāo lóng 灵霄龙 and get today’s poem done.

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LitFest Tour No.13: Ostara
1:00pm – 2:00pm

Ostara by Beq Janus and Elizabeth Jarvinen
“Cut deep into the jungle floor,
Her nest she made, her child she bore.
And then, as all her kind before
she curled up close and moved no more.”

– translated from the oral history of the tribes of Ostara

The sunlight blinds you as you step into the valley from the cave
between the thick jungle vegetation, stark sun-bleached bones reach into the sky, all along the valley walls you see the ancient temples of the draconic guardians, you cannot be far now, this must be it, the legendary valley of Ostara awaits.

This Tour will be led by Dawny Daviau; Musical accompaniment by Ktahdn Vesuvino

Tours leave twice daily at 12 noon or 1pm and 5pm SLT from the Market in Líng Xiāo Village in Líng xiāo lóng 灵霄龙 to explore the Fairelands.

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Writer’s Circle – Open Mic for Poetry and Prose with Adele
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Adele hosts the Writer’s Circle open mic for poetry and prose.

Join us at: Lotus Bridge at Líng xiāo lóng 灵霄龙

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Shyla the Super Gecko: Janus Gallery Readings
4:00pm – 5:00pm

Join Shyla as she reads poetry covering a wide range of topics. Bring your beer and bring your tissues – we’re going for a ride!

Join us at Dragon’s Dreams on Líng xiāo lóng 灵霄龙

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LitFest Tour No.14: Scrimshaw Warrens
5:00pm – 6:00pm

Scrimshaw Warrens by Lrriven
Far below the snowy forests, remains of an ancient power lie hidden in the ice caverns of the yetis. Unravel the mystery of the runes and reveal the story of an epic battle. Learn of the creatures who remain behind and what they guard lest their felled foe rise again. Explore the frigid warrens, find lost treasures, and become part of an epic tale.

This Tour will be led by Gwen Enchanted; Musical accompaniment by Patricio.

Tours leave twice daily at 12 noon or 1pm and 5pm SLT from the Market in Líng Xiāo Village in Líng xiāo lóng 灵霄龙 to explore the Fairelands.

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Milkwood Dash
6:00pm – 6:30pm
The beautiful setting in the Wandering Woods created by Kilik Lekvoda would be reason enough to join us for this event. But it’s also a chance for you to spend 15 minutes writing your own prose or poetry based on a writer’s prompt, and then share what you have created with your fellow authors.

Join us at Wandering Woods for the event.

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