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Fantasy Faire Radio Moves into 2020

FFR on Mixcloud

Here we are in a brand new year, and the distant rumblings of the re-emergence of the Fairelands can be heard distinctly in the not-so-distant future. So the FFR staff is taking a break from the off-season programming you have been enjoying since June, as we turn our sights towards preparations for this year’s Fantasy Faire.

In the meantime, we have some information to share on adjustments we have made this month that we believe will help carry you forward till Faire time:

FINAL Stand Alone Frankenstein Album Cover

Our 2018 radio drama broadcast of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and the 2019 Tales from the Fairelands are now available on Mixcloud – FantasyFaireRadioSL.

Beginning Monday, January 13th the broadcast rotation of Tales from the Fairelands will comprise selected episodes from 2016 – 2019: four Faires full of adventures. We hope that these inspired poems and stories will remind you of cherished moments from those years, and whet your appetite for what awaits you in late April.

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This Month On Fantasy Faire Radio: August 2019

There was a lot of gratitude and even more fun at “The Night Fantastic” this past month, as Fantasy Faire Radio said “Thank you” to all the sponsors and supporters who have helped us move from being solely an event station to year-round broadcasting. The Elven Forest was filled with listeners, sponsors, and supporters of all kinds – peaking at sixty residents! The owners of The Elven Forest, Belladaine Nightfire and Dark Moon, opened their realm and have invited FFR to return in the future.  Thanks to all of you who joined us.

August will prove a bit more elusive, as people in the northern hemisphere enjoy their summer holidays and vacations.  It is a month where we have a lot of things in the works, and there may yet be a few surprises in store. So, stay tuned for *Breaking News!* which could be released later in the month. You just never know. But if you stay tuned to Fantasy Faire Radio, you WILL know!

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Join us for LitFest Tour No.5: Fallen Sands

As the whirlwind tears through the region, spare a thought for the sheltering snowman!
As the whirlwind tears through the region, spare a thought for the sheltering snowman!

We will be visiting Fallen Sands
Monday, April 24th @ 5pm & 8pm SLT
Tuesday, April 25th @ Noon SLT

Fallen Sands (Sweetgwendoline Bailey/Eldowyn Inshan)
Steampunk in a desert landscape where the Orient and Arabia via for dominance. Exotic plants of alien origin turn the sands into an oasis of life where the turquoise water is the treasure of fountains and the infinite pearls of tan fall to mark the passage of time in this eternal city.

Please note: you do not need to use any of these ideas; feel free to write about anything in this region.

Forever parched
Forever parched

A land where the elephants call and a classroom awaits inside a dark cave.

Even the gates to this land are beautiful but who might live and work in such a realm?

The sand coats everything, who keeps the machinery working?

What might happen if a machine clogs up and fails?

A classroom awaiting students and a teacher, but of what kind?
A classroom awaiting students and a teacher, but of what kind?

Participants are invited to submit pieces written as part of LitFest Tours, or inspired by the Faire Lands, to be included in “Tales from the Fairelands” on the Fantasy Faire website and possibly to be read on Fantasy Faire Radio by yourself or one of our volunteers.

Work may be submitted at any time during the Faire, and we recommend that it be submitted by 11pm the day after each destination cycle has been completed in order to be considered for inclusion in “Tales of the Faire Lands” posts while the Faire is open. Individual writers retain creative ownership of works submitted.

Take a look at the strange domes and steampunk workings from above and below
As the whirlwind tears through the region, spare a thought for the sheltering snowman!

Compositions of poetry or prose can be submitted in one of two ways:
1. Email to fantasyfaireshortstory@gmail.com
2. Drop a notecard into the LitFest Tours Submissions mailbox at Fantasy Faire LitFest home base on Kakushi Pasu

Sunday musings, for all those who relay

‘Some say love, it is a river
That drowns the tender reed.
Some say love, it is a razor
That leaves your soul to bleed.
Some say love, it is a hunger,
An endless aching need.
I say love, it is a flower,
And you its only seed.

It’s the heart afraid of breaking
That never learns to dance.
It’s the dream afraid of waking
That never takes the chance.
It’s the one who won’t be taken,
Who cannot seem to give,
And the soul afraid of dyin’
That never learns to live.

When the night has been too lonely
And the road has been too long,
And you think that love is only
For the lucky and the strong,
Just remember in the winter
Far beneath the bitter snows
Lies the seed that with the sun’s love
In the spring becomes the rose’

Bette Middler – The Rose

Words of power are coming to the Faire for our third Literary Festival (LitFest)!


Over the ten days of the LitFest, there will be talks by authors, discussions, creative writing sessions and performances.

Our headline speaker this year is the very popular real word fantasy writer, Seanan McGuire, author of, among others, the October Daye series of modern fantasy.

This year we will again by emphasising creation, as a number of the leaders of creative writing groups in Second Life bring their regular events to the Faire, and welcome newcomers who want to join in with such events.

And there is our own special daily story and poetry writing challenge. Every day, we will be inviting you to put your Fantasy Faire experience into words. The Faire is brimming with stories: breathtaking builds and fantastical creations designed to touch your heart and soul. What stories do they inspire in you?

We will be repeating our very successful Fantasy Faire LitFest Tours, leaving daily from our home base to explore the Fantasy Faire Continent. We will be seeking the stories of the Fairelands – along with special secret places and details, and each day a Guide will lead a tour to one of the Fantasy regions. Explore … and open yourself up to what inspires you, what detail or overall impression sparks a poem, micro-fiction, or short story.

And you will be able to hear some of the stories and poems that people wrote last year, as we have turned this into special recordings that will be broadcast on Fantasy Faire Radio.

With only ten days, our Tours this year focuses on just ten of the regions, but we hope you’ll be inspired by other regions too, to share stories. And to lead that, we will have special explorations of the other regions too.

We are also planning to have some fascinating discussions with a number of different people, and we’ll have authors reading their works.

We also have talks from people involved in the stories that underlie two very different regions. and storytelling with some of the best known storytellers in Second Life.

We will have Open Mic sessions led by well known poets and writers, and sessions which open with reading but which invite the audience to contribute too.

And then there is a performance of a magical production of Much Ado About Nothing, by the Faireland Players.

Every year, we feature a special author for the LitFest, In our first year it was Terry Pratchett, last year (the 400th anniversary of his death), we celebrated William Shakespeare. This year on Wednesday April 25th, we shall be celebrating the great J.R.R.Tolkien.

For more details of Lit Fest events and speakers, see our full event page.