Literary Festival Schedule

Here you will find details of the events of the Literary Festival which will be held on the Halls of Story, and details of the people and groups who will be appearing.

Please set the calendar to Agenda to see the full listing. More details of individual events appear below.

Thursday 19th April

Event times are SLT. All reading and tour events use SL voice.

2:00 – 3:00 pm: Wolfie’s Poetry Surf
This is a popular poetry open mic. Wolfgang Glinka will ask people to read their own poems and favorite poems by others on a fantasy theme.

5:00 – 6:00 pm: Region Tour 1: Erstwhile
See more about our special region tours and writing challenges here!

7:00 – 8:00 pm: X–Files Paranormal Quest – Seanchai Library
We all want to believe. The truth is still out there. The X-Files have been reopened. Scully and Mulder continue their journey into darkness as they face aliens, monsters, shadow governments, and twisted conspiracies. Shandon Loring and Caledonia Skytower share this adventure from the X-Files canon by Jonathan Maberry.

9:00 – 10:00 pm: Seanchai Library Late Night
The Seanchai Library’s bi-weekly late night Science Fiction and Fantasy session, with presenter Finn Zeddmore sharing works from contemporary sources likes Clarkes World Magazine and Escapepod.

Friday 20th April

Event times are SLT. All reading and tour events use SL voice.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Inksters Poetry Prompt with Klannex Northmead
This group meets daily on weekdays through out the year to write poems based on a daily word prompt. Sharpen your pencils, and be prepared to get writing!

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: A Midsummer Night’s Dream @ Astrid’s Nemeton
The Faire Lands Players return for a refreshed production of their delightful 2016 presentation of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.Theseus, the Duke of Athens, will wed Hippolyta, the former queen of the Amazons. Surrounding this auspicious event are intrigues and adventures, including four young Athenian lovers and six amateur actors (the mechanicals) who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies inhabiting the forest into which the play wanders. One of Shakespeare’s most popular plays,  Dream is widely performed across worlds both corporeal and virtual.

3:00 – 4:00 pm: Short Story Discussion with Destry Recreant
This week’s story is “Fair Game” (found online or available at the discussion). This event has been going on for years, always with a great discussion.

5:00 – 6:00 pm: Region Tour 2: The Willows of Nienna
See more about our special region tours and writing challenges here!

6:30 – 7:00 pm: Selected Adventures of CeeJay Writer
Caledonia Skytower presents selected adventures from the works of CeeJay Writer to set the stage for the author’s presentation at 7:00 pm. Hear her words, then stay to hear about her process and what she’s learned about writing.

7:00 – 8:00 pm: “Pantsing” vs “Planning”
Author Ceejay Writer is a life-long pantser who prefers to write ‘by the seat of her pants,’ letting the characters pull her along through the story. However! She’s pantsed herself right into a corner far too many time, and is now trying to turn herself into a planner. There’s a lot to be said for well thought out planning. She’d like to tell you about some of the pros and cons for each style.

Saturday 21st April

Event times are SLT. All reading and tour events use SL voice.

6:00 am – 7:00 am: Poets’ Plunder
Open mic led by well known and respected SL Poet Klannex Northmead. Bring a favorite poem to share, your own work or something by a favorite author.

10:00 am – 10:30 pm: Inksters Poetry Prompt with Klannex Northmead
This group meets to write poems based on a daily word prompt. Sharpen your pencils, and be prepared to get writing!

11:00 am – 12:30 pm: Selections from The Night Circus
Zander Greene and Caledonia Skytower present selected chapters from Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus.

“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices on downtown posts and billboards, no mentions or advertisements in local newspapers. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.”

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Much Ado About Nothing @ The Story Well
In an encore performance of last year’s wildly popular presentation, the Faireland Players present Shakespeare’s comedy Much Ado About Nothing, featuring his wittiest hero and heroine, Benedick and Beatrice, whose sparring takes place in a world where young love struggles against nefarious plots, the work of dastardly villains and rogues. Fortunately, in the Fairelands, the strong Paw of the Law is there to save the day! Yes, it’s Shakespeare, with a fantasy twist.

5:00 – 6:00 pm: Region Tour 3: The Bazaar Dungeon
See more about our special region tours and writing challenges here!

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm: Tall Tales and Outright Lies
Tall Tales has been an every other Saturday evening event since back when Armada Breakaway’s floating city struck dread into the hearts of all who drew near… until it burned down. Then, we took our stories to a tropical island in the Blake Sea… until the hotel developers invaded. Now days, we’re in a bohemian coffee house in New Babbage. Today, we invade the Fantasy Faire! Come along and share your own story-scribblings, or relax and listen to others spin a yarn, or both. (Storytelling in this event is in text.)

Sunday 22nd April

Event times are SLT. All reading and tour events use SL voice.

8:00 am – 9:00 am: Avgi Poetry Open Mic
Sabreman and Jolie Carter host this weekly poetry open mic session.

10:00 am – 10:30 pm: Inksters Poetry Prompt with Klannex Northmead
This group meets to write poems based on a daily word prompt. Sharpen your pencils, and be prepared to get writing!

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Special Fantasy Faire Radio Broadcast on Kenyatta National Hospital
Join us as we listen to a Fantasy Faire Radio Broadcast presentation featuring key players in the American Cancer Society’s project at Kenyatta National Hospital. Zander Greene hosts this hour of riveting, passionate interviews and crucial fact sharing. Find out more about this project.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Celebrating Kenyatta
We celebrate the rich culture of Kenya and its neighbors in this hour of stories and discussion. What are our responsibilities on a planet where borders are increasingly transparent, as definitions and boundaries between “us” and “them” are continually challenged?

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm: Tea Time with Tolkien
Corwyn Allen and Caledonia Skytower present selections from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy’s second volume: The Two Towers. Join them as they race over the plains of Rohan to Meduseld, where friend and foe anticipate their arrival, and not all is as it should be within the Golden Hall.

5:00 – 6:00 pm: Region Tour 4: Sanoria
See more about our special region tours and writing challenges here!

Monday 23rd April

Event times are SLT. All reading and tour events use SL voice.

10:00 am – 11 am: LitFest Tour Special: The Story Well
Lilia Artis and Haveit Neox, the creators of The Story Well, will be leading a special tour of this beautiful region.
See more about our special region tours and writing challenges here!

11:00 am – 11:30 pm: Inksters Poetry Prompt with Klannex Northmead
This group meets daily on weekdays through out the year to write poems based on a daily word prompt. Sharpen your pencils, and be prepared to get writing!

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Boudicca Reads
This will be Boudicca’s third year reading at the Fantasy Fair, an event dear to many of us in Second Life – and justifiably so! She has been hosting reading events twice a week at her home for over four years. They are a friendly group with a warm welcome for listeners who perhaps stay for one session – or become regulars. She reads a wide selection of genres by authors such as Anna Sewell, C. S. Lewis, Agatha Christie, G. K. Chesterton and many others.

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Sounds of Poems
A line-up of well-loved poets read their favorite fantasy poems.

5:00 – 6:00 pm: Region Tour 5: Tiny Town
See more about our special region tours and writing challenges here!

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Crucible of Time – Seanchai Library
Jing the Astrologer has been dead for centuries. Although barely a legend, his scientific legacy continues to help his people expand across their world. Gyro Muggins shares a selection from John Brunner’s epic adventure of a race struggling to evolve over aeons.

Tuesday 24th April

Event times are SLT. All reading and tour events use SL voice.

11:00 am – 11:30 pm: Inksters Poetry Prompt with Klannex Northmead
This group meets daily on weekdays through out the year to write poems based on a daily word prompt. Sharpen your pencils, and be prepared to get writing!

12:00 noon– 1:00 pm: David Abbott Interviews Tom Lloyd
Read more about Tom Lloyd here

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Nirvana Open Mic
Sabreman and Jolie Carter host this weekly poetry open mic session.

5:00 – 6:00 pm: Region Tour 6: Athenaeum Arcana
See more about our special region tours and writing challenges here!

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Doon – Seanchai Library
Arruckus. Men call it Doon, the dessert planet. It is a sugar covered wasteland entirely devoid of entrees, patrolled by a terrifying species of giant pretzel. This savage world is the setting for an apocalyptic drama between the evil Baron Hardchargin, and young Pall Agamemnides. These forces clash over Doon’s one precious resource, a substance found nowhere else in the Universe: the mind-altering liquid know as beer.

Corwyn continues this hilarious epic National Lampoon parody  of Frank Herbert’s fantasy adventure.

Wednesday 25th April

GEORGE R.R. MARTIN DAY

Event times are SLT. All reading and tour events use SL voice.

6:00 am – 7:00 am: Fiction Workshop
Singh, Keykey, Wolfie and Jilly have been writing – they’ve been writing for years.  This regular group comes together to share their novels in progress.  Over recent years, several completed published works have come out of this endeavor.  Come listen in as they share current works in progress, discussing their process together.

9:30 am – 10:30 am: The World of Ice and Fire with Freyja Nemeth and Ran Garrigus

11:00 am – 11:30 pm: Inksters Poetry Prompt with Klannex Northmead
This group meets daily on weekdays through out the year to write poems based on a daily word prompt. Sharpen your pencils, and be prepared to get writing!

11:00 am – 2:00 pm: Game of Thrones Party

2:00 am – 3:00 pm: The Writer’s Circle Open Mic
Adele Ward (Jilly Kidd) hosts an open mic for writing in all forms: poetry, fiction, song, whatever you write.

3:00 am – 4:00 pm: Games of Thrones: A Question of Media
Book, Television, Movie? These forms differ in how they depict a story and its world. When a particular tale grabs the popular fancy–like A Song of Ice of Fire–it is guaranteed to be represented in a whole variety of formats. Join Saffia Widdershins in an animated discussion. How do these formats vary? What does each do best? Which do you think does the best service to Martin’s world of Fire and Ice?

5:00 – 6:00 pm: Region Tour 7: Falls of Hope
See more about our special region tours and writing challenges here!

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: George R.R. Martin’s Short Stories – Seanchai Library
Aoife Lorefield presents a different glimpse of the popular author through Martin’s short stories. She will read the lyrically melancholy tale, The Lonely Songs of Laren Dorr. Published in 1976, Martin describes this story as “my first pure fantasy as a pro.”

Thursday 26th April

Event times are SLT. All reading and tour events use SL voice.

11:00 am – 11:30 pm: Inksters Poetry Prompt with Klannex Northmead
This group meets daily on weekdays through out the year to write poems based on a daily word prompt. Sharpen your pencils, and be prepared to get writing!

12:00 noon – 1:00 pm: David Abbott Interviews Danie Ware
Read more about Danie Ware here.

2:00 am – 3:00 pm: The Mythos of the Fairelands
“Gravity? Forget it. The greater law is narrative. Things happen as they do because it makes for a better story.” (from Lectures to the Symposia Fairelandia, by Dr. George Gerald, Chair of the Department of Darke Magick and Social Media, Bard Queen’s College)

Zander Greene, co-founder of Fantasy Faire, shares some of the threads that make up the rich tapestry of the Fairelands’ official canon. Why do the Fairelands change every year? Why does Junction always reappear in a new form? Who is the Bard Queen and who is her mortal enemy, the Unweaver? For the answers to these and other (much sillier) questions, join us for The Mythos of the Fairelands.

5:00 – 6:00 pm: Region Tour 8: Pools of Ethuil
See more about our special region tours and writing challenges here!

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Monsters & Myths “Fafnir” – Seanchai Library
A young boy must slay Fafnir, a shape-shifting ogre who has transformed himself into a dragon. Shandon Loring reads this adventure-filled Norse myth, a powerful story of magic, curses, doom, and destruction featuring an unlikely hero whose perils are only just beginning.

Friday 27th April

Event times are SLT. All reading and tour events use SL voice.

11:00 am – 11:30 pm: Inksters Poetry Prompt with Klannex Northmead
This group meets daily on weekdays through out the year to write poems based on a daily word prompt. Sharpen your pencils, and be prepared to get writing!

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Kenyan and African Tales
Caledonia Skytower and Bryn Taleweaver present folktales from Kenya and other African countries going back as far as the time of Aesop, around 600 BCE.

5:00 – 6:00 pm: Region Tour 9: Severina
See more about our special region tours and writing challenges here!

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm: Selections from The Night Circus
Zander Greene and Caledonia Skytower present selected chapters from Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus.

“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices on downtown posts and billboards, no mentions or advertisements in local newspapers. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.”

Saturday 28th April

Event times are SLT. All reading and tour events use SL voice.

6:00 am – 7:00 am: Poets’ Plunder
Open mic led by well known and respected SL Poet Klannex Northmead. Bring a favorite poem to share, your own work or something by a favorite author.

9:00 am – 11:00 am: A Midsummer Night’s Dream @ Astrid’s Nemeton
The Faire Lands Players return for a refreshed production of their delightful 2016 presentation of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.Theseus, the Duke of Athens, will wed Hippolyta, the former queen of the Amazons. Surrounding this auspicious event are intrigues and adventures, including four young Athenian lovers and six amateur actors (the mechanicals) who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies inhabiting the forest into which the play wanders. One of Shakespeare’s most popular plays,  Dream is widely performed across worlds both corporeal and virtual.

5:00 – 6:00 pm: Region Tour 10: Aetheria
See more about our special region tours and writing challenges here!

Sunday 28th April

Event times are SLT. All reading and tour events use SL voice.

9:00 am – 11:00 am: Much Ado About Nothing @ The Story Well
In an encore performance of last year’s wildly popular presentation, the Faireland Players present Shakespeare’s comedy Much Ado About Nothing, featuring his wittiest hero and heroine, Benedick and Beatrice, whose sparring takes place in a world where young love struggles against nefarious plots, the work of dastardly villains and rogues. Fortunately, in the Fairelands, the strong Paw of the Law is there to save the day! Yes, it’s Shakespeare, with a fantasy twist.

 

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