LitFest Talks on the web!

This year, we had two experiments at the Literary Festival! One was the addition of a small but very popular Film Festival, with daily discussions or film shows (and sometimes a combination of both!)

The other experiment was that we live-streamed some of the talks, and these are now available to view on the web. They were all recorded by Dawny Daviau, one of the LitFest team, except the final recorded session, which was filmed by Chantal Harvey.

So which talks can you see? Read on …

Warning: The sound quality on some of these talks is problematic.

Fantasy Faire 2021 LitFest – Creating and Maintaining a Successful Fan Site with Freyja Nemeth and Ran Garrigus
In Real Life, Freyja Nemeth is the co-founder of Westeros.org and co-author of “The World of Ice and Fire” with her partner Ran Garrigus. She will be talking about what is needed to create and sustain a popular online fan community, especially when its source material suddenly becomes the hottest property on the planet!

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Fantasy Faire 2021 LitFest – Huckleberry Hax interviewed by Saffia Widdershins
Huckleberry Hax has been a resident of Second Life since 2007. During this time, he has published 16 books under his avatar name. These comprise ten novels, two novellas, two short story collections, a collection of his poems and a compilation of his articles about Second Life. His best known novel is ‘AFK,’ a story about a Second Life detective, which went on to spawn four sequels. Many of Huck’s stories are set in and around Second Life or other fictional virtual worlds.

Huck also takes photographs in Second Life and in the last few years has become interested in filming machinima. His first feature-length movie, STÖMOL – filmed entirely in Second Life – was released in 2020 and went on to win second place in the main competition at the 2020 SUPERNOVA digital animation film festival.

In addition,  Huck’s collection of short stories about a group of metaversians who meet in real life every month to solve virtual world mysteries, The Avatar Dining Club Mysteries, has recently become a podcast series; episodes can be listened to on YouTube: (and new episodes are released on Tuesdays).

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Fantasy Faire 2021 LitFest – Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, creators of the Liaden Universe, are interviewed by Saffia Widdershins
This year, we were delighted to welcome to the Literary Festival two popular and highly-regarded writers, who are also long-term residents of Second Life!

Sharon Lee and Steve Miller are perhaps best known for their Liaden Universe® works, and they are recognised as pioneers in the sub-genre of science fiction romance – stories that contain all the action, adventure and sense of wonder of traditional space opera, with the addition of romantic relationships.

They talk to Saffia Widdershins about their lives, their work and the challenging of worldbuilding in a universe that stretches for millennium.

We may also have talked about cats.

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Fantasy Faire ’21 LitFest Special guests reading by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
Sharon Lee and Steve Miller are perhaps best known for their Liaden Universe® works, and they are recognised as pioneers in the sub-genre of science fiction romance – stories that contain all the action, adventure and sense of wonder of traditional space opera, with the addition of romantic relationships.
In this video, they read extracts from their latest novel, Trader’s Leap.

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Fantasy Faire 2021 LitFest – “Confessions of a Day Player: or What I Did For Scale!” – Zander Greene talks to Saffia Widdershins
Before he was Fantasy Faire’s “Zander Greene,” Second Life actor, he was Scott Simpson, First Life actor who appeared in 300 plays, 25 animation projects and a dozen film and television roles. Scott worked on screen with actors such as James Earl Jones, Richard Chamberlain, Ellen Burstyn, Katie Holmes and Terry Hatcher, and with directors including Michael Apted, John Frankenheimer and Frank Capra Jr. So, when he began to work as an actor in SL he was stunned to discover as many ways that it was identical to working in the physical world as ways in which it was different.

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Fantasy Faire 2021 LitFest – Huckleberry Hax reads from The Avatar Dining Club
Huck’s collection of short stories about a group of metaversians who meet in real life every month to solve virtual world mysteries, The Avatar Dining Club Mysteries, has recently become a podcast series; episodes can be listened to on YouTube: (and new episodes are released on Tuesdays). He shared two with us at the Literary Festival – one of which has never been heard before!

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Fantasy Faire 2021 – LitFest/Film Fest – How to make machinima with Chantal Harvey, Huckleberry Hax, Saffia Widdershins and Aisling Sinclair
Machinima makers discuss how to start creating machinima.

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Fantasy Faire 2021 – The Kids are Alright! A discussion of the Roleplay that happened during the Faire
Throughout the Faire, an exciting roleplay was in progress, centred on The Amethyst Rift, but spreading out across the grid. Now some of the players and people behind the roleplay joined the Literary Festival to talk about the story of the Children of Stories!

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Journey to the West (and the East) – a presentation by Singh Albatros, filmed by Chantal Harvey

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 pay 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.

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