Thursday, April 29, 2010

ATTENTION "Alice in Wonderland" Fans!

The Avatar Repertory Theatre in Second Life will be performing their production (a YEAR in the making!) of Alice in WonderSLand. It opens Sunday, May 2 and plays for six public performances, including the final presentation which will be a subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing.

The audience will be immersed into WonderSLand, where they will see magical places bloom around them, with a panoramic view of the scenes built by JubJub Forder and his talented crew.


Visit the White Rabbit's house, enjoy a Tea Party with the Mad Hatter, Dormouse and March Hare, attend a Croquet game hosted by the Queen of Hearts, and witness the trial of the Knave of Hearts in a courtroom where rules are meant to be broken.


Tickets at $L500 and can be purchased on xstreets.

Check out this article in the SLEnquirer for more information and the schedule.

NOTE: This is NOT a West of Ireland performance or production and in no way benefits War Child North America. We're just sharing it because we know some of you love your Alice! Friends of the WOI Library Elegia Underwood and Corwyn Allen are part of the talented cast though, and you know how delightful they are!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

WEDNESDAY 28 April @ 7pm: Sci Fi Short Stories with Gyro Muggins


More great science fiction from Gyro! Tonight he brings: "The Truth About Pyecraft" - H.G. Wells, A portly man learns an aquaintance has a Gypsy grandmother who dabbles in magic. After being incessently pestered to have his grandmother make a potion "for loss of weight," the young man does what he's asked. Be careful what you wish for; you might get it...and..."Loo Ree" - Zenna Henderson, What do you do when you're a first grade teacher and the imaginary friend of one of your students asks you to teach her to read?

(Bonus: if there is time, "Second Class Citizen" - Damon Knight, A dolphin tries his best to deal with the world of humans until the student suddenly becomes the teacher.) Stories in voice!

Monday, April 26, 2010

TUESDAY 27 April @ 6pm: Deadliners writers group meets.


Do you write? Are you up against a deadline? Need a nudge once in a while to finish your writing? Join our new writers group "Deadliners", with Gracee Andel at the helm, to get that extra kick you need. First meeting is tonight, downstairs at the WOI Library

TUESDAY, APRIL 27 at 7pm: "Howling at the Moon"

Get ready for a little lunar baying as Gina Pralou and Caledonia Skytower present moon-related literature, including James Fenimore Cooper's The Eclipse and excerps from the original Detective novel written in 1868: The Moonstone . . . and more bits of "lunacy."

Presented Live in Voice chat. Participation in typed local chat welcome.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

MONDAY, APRIL 26 at 7:00pm: The Conclusion of "Alice's Adventure's in Wonderland"

Caledonia concludes Lewis Carroll's classic tonight including The Mock Turtle's Story (Have you heard Cale sing "Beautiful Soup"?), The Lobster Quadrille, Who Stole the Tarts?, and Alice's Evidence.

"All in the golden afternoon
Full leisurely we glide;
For both our oars, with little skill,
by little arms are plied,
While little hands make vain pretence
Our wanderings to guide."


Presented Live in Voice Chat.

Check out previous posts for links to online resources about the author and the classic story.

SUNDAY, APRIL 25 at 6:00pm: Magicland Storytime continues with more from the Arabian Nights

There was so much fun to be had last week with ALADDIN, where there were just two or three villains. Imagine what will happen with forty! Caledonia continues with more tales from the Arabian Nights and ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES.

"Come on down, stop on by, grab a carpet and fly to another Arabian Night!"


For more about the Arabian Night Tales:
Presented Live in Voice Chat.

SUNDAY, APRIL 25 at 1pm - International Tales















The WOI Storytellers celebrate the kick-off weekend of West of Ireland's new charity partner - War Child North America - with stories from around the world with Librarian Derry McMahon, Seanchai Shandon Loring, and Caledonia Skytower.

Come and take a trip to another place through stories.

Presented live in voice chat.

THIS WEEK at The WOI Library: April 25 - May 2

May Day is almost here, and with Spring's bounty comes an abundance of good stories!

All Stories read live in voice. All times are SLT.

Sunday, April 25 at 1:00pm: International Tales to kick off the West of Ireland Estate's new charity partnership with WAR CHILD

Monday, April 26 at 7:00pm: The Conclusion: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland with Caledonia Skytower

Tuesday, April 27 at 6:00pm: NEW GROUP: Deadliners Writer's Group lead by Gracee Andel (aka Ellen Anthony) in the Library Lower Level
at 7:00pm: Howling at the Moon lunar short stories with Gina Pralou and Caledonia Skytower

Wednesday, April 28 at 7:00pm : More Sci-Fi Stories: The Truth About Pyecraft & Loo Ree with Gyro Muggins

Thursday, April 29 at 7:00pm: Tam Lin - Irish Fairy Hero with Seanchai Shandon Loring



And More WOI Story events across the Grid . . .


Sunday, April 25 at 3pm: More Mertales! at The Atlantis Amphitheatre in the Fruit Islands

Sunday, April 25 at 6pm: Ali Baba & The Forty Thieves with Caledonia Skytower at Magicland Park

Saturday, May 1 at 11am: Beltane Stories at Bookstacks

Stories all read Live in VOICE. Click on the Celtic Cross Window Ornament or the Large Green Leather Book by the Librarian's desk at the WOI Library for a notecard with this schedule and embedded landmarks for events happening "off-campus."

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

THURSDAY April 22nd at 7pm: Irish Gothic Tales


If it's Baroque, don't fix it!
It was not a dream, I was in a different state - I felt differently and strangely; and yet it was all as real, as clear and vivid, as what I now see and hear – it was a reality.
Gothic sensibility is a haunted one. Protagonists are haunted by memories, by ghosts and supernatural beings, by the uncanniness of the unfamiliar made familiar and the familiar made unfamiliar, and by their own selves – often alienated and impressionable.
Reality is presented as an arbitrary interpretation of experience and phenomena, making the crises of the Gothic protagonist more than just dark fairy tales, lamentations or nightmares from which escape is possible.
Come experience a different 'reality' in tales from such greats as H.P. Lovecraft and the Irish Gothic master Sheridan Le Fanu.
But don't be scared, it's only real.
Sir Dominick's Bargain-A Legend of Dunoran
by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
The Evil Clergyman
by HP Lovecraft
From Beyond
by HP Lovecraft

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

WEDNESDAY 21 April @ 7pm: Crap Mariner and 100 Word Stories


Yup, it's that time again........welcome back to Crap Mariner and his often irreverent, frequently funny, sometimes sentimental, and always imaginative 100 word stories. You'd be amazed at how much of a story you can tell in 100 words. Join us to find out. Stories in voice.

Monday, April 19, 2010

TUESDAY 20 April @ 7pm: Gyro Muggins and Favorite Sci Fi Stories


Gryo Muggins will entertain with two of his favorite Science Fiction stories: “The Anything Box“, (by Zenna Henderson) A lonely girl's wondrous toy turns deadly until a sensitive teacher learns its secret and how to use it safely; and “The Strawberry Window,” (by Ray Bradbury) A family homesteading on Mars wonder what could be in the packages that the father spend all of their savings on in order to ship them from Earth. Gyro will be reading in voice.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

MONDAY, APRIL 19th at 7:00pm: "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" - Part II

It's time to meet the Caterpillar! The Duchess, The Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter and Company! it is also time to for an introduction to a Queen!

Join Caledonia tonight for Part II of Lewis Carroll's classic, presented live in Voice.

Oh my whiskers! Oh my Ears! Don't be late!

Here are some more links to explore about Wonderland and it's creator:

The Lewis Carroll Society of North America

Different Views of Carroll's work on VictorianWeb

And Good Ole Wikipedia!

Presented live in Voice Chat, and now benefiting War Child North America

THIS WEEK AT THE WOI LIBRARY: April 19 - 25

From Wonderland, to under the sea, Sci-Fi Fantasy, Arabian Nights and more . . . time for a good story!

All Stories read live in voice. All times are SLT.

Monday, April 19 at 7:00pm: Part II: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland with Caledonia Skytower

Tuesday, April 20 at 7:00pm: The Anything Box and more Sci-Fi Stories with Gyro Muggins

Wednesday, April 21 at 7pm : More 100 Word Stories with Crap Mariner

Thursday, April 22 at 7:00pm: Irish Gothic Tales of H.P. Lovecraft & Sheridan Le Fanu with Seanchai Shandon Loring

Sunday, April 25 at 1:00pm: International Tales to kick off the West of Ireland Estate's new charity partnership with WAR CHILD

And More WOI Story events across the Grid . . .

Wednesday, April 21 at 6pm: The WOI Storytellers at SL New England

Sunday, April 25 at 3pm: More Mertales! at The Atlantis Amphitheatre in the Fruit Islands

Sunday, April 25 at 6pm: Ali Baba & The Forty Thieves with Caledonia Skytower at Magicland Park

Stories all read Live in VOICE. Click on the Celtic Cross Window Ornament or the Large Green Leather Book by the Librarian's desk at the WOI Library for a notecard with this schedule and embedded landmarks for events happening "off-campus."

Saturday, April 17, 2010

SUNDAY 18 April @ 1pm: Dubhna Rhiadra and Stories to Heal a Wounded Child


Stories can can be used for healing by expressing through imagery things that can't be accessed any other way. Dubhna tells some old and some new stories for the healing of the Wounded Child (stories in voice). Come help us celebrate our new charity: War Child.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Congratulations to Our Seanchai!













As we celebrated his second anniversary as our chief storyteller - Joining Librarian Derry McMahon in setting the bar high for the quality of stories and presentation at the WOI Library.

Thanks Mr. Loring!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Thursday @ 7pm

A terrified Darby O'Gill and 'Bothered' Bill Donohue dig for crocks of gold n the ruins of an abbey. Just after midnight the Devil, tall as a tree and breathing fire, comes to snatch them. How will they escape? Come Thursday night and let Shandon tell you this wonderful tale and find out how, or if, Darby and Bill escape the Devil's wrath, and if they get the gold!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

WEDNESDAY 14 April @ 7pm: Emerian Rich...Meet the Author!


Ohhh...do you like horror stories? Vampire stories?? Join us for a chat about writing and readings of some of her book "Night's Knights", with Emerian Rich!


Vampires on a quest for knowledge attempt to create the perfect offspring, but from the shadows an even more demonic evil threatens their immortality. Will a powerful mortal named Jespa be the one to save them all?


"Emerian Rich is the unrivaled queen of podcast horror fiction." -Mike Bennett, author of One Among The Sleepless

"Night’s Knights gives new meaning to the preconceived notion of vampires. These vamps left me with the taste of blood in my mouth and an unquenchable thirst for more." -Rhonda R Carpenter, author of The Mark of a Druid


Readings and comments from the author in voice...questions welcome from the audience in written chat.

Monday, April 12, 2010

TUESDAY 13 April @ 7pm: FLASH! The Irish Fantasy

Join Gina Pralou for the conclusion of this delightful book...

We'll see how Flash fared during molting season, how they protect him, and what happens to the royal children and their family. Even if you have missed the rest of the book, it is so charming you will enjoy the conclusion.

Story presented live in voice.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

MONDAY, April 12 at 8:00pm (Special Time!)



























Get the Complete Text of this Classic online at:
literature.org
Project Gutenberg

or check out the Spark Notes

Also, Check out the article in the April 2010 issue of Smithsonian Magazine: Lewis Carroll's Shifting Reputation

Saturday, April 10, 2010

THIS WEEK AT THE WOI LIBRARY: April 12 - 18

Great events this week at the West of Ireland Library & Cultural Center, so do drop by. All stories in voice. Also stop by at other times to explore our new space - there is a stairway down over near the exhibit. Lots of great interactive items there!

All Stories read live in voice. All times are SLT.

Monday, April 12 at 8:00pm (NOTE THE TIME CHANGE): Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Part I back by popular demand with Caledonia Skytower

Tuesday, April 13 at 7:00pm: The Conclusion of : Flash an Irish Dragon Fantasy with Gina Pralou

Wednesday, April 14 at 7pm : Night's Knights presented by the Author Emerian Rich in a "meet the author" session.

Thursday, April 15 at 7:00pm: Darby O'Gill and the Crocks of Gold with Seanchai Shandon Loring

Sunday, April 18 at 1:00pm: Dubhna Rhiadra - Welsh Storyteller is a guest of the Library. Come and enjoy this warm and wonderful teller of tales.

And More WOI Story events across the Grid . . .


Sunday, April 18 at 6:00pm: The Story of Aladdin with Caledonia Skytower at Magicland Park.

Stories all read Live in VOICE. Click on the Celtic Cross Window Ornament or the Large Green Leather Book by the Librarian's desk at the WOI Library for a notecard with this schedule and embedded landmarks for events happening "off-campus."

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Thursday, April 8th @ 7pm

LEGENDARY FICTIONS OF THE IRISH CELTS
Two stories of Comedy, and one tale of Fairy mercy.

THURSDAY 8 Apr @ 6:30pm: Celtic Trinity Knots Exhibit Opening


Join Librarian Derry McMahon for the opening of the new exhibit on Celtic Trinity Knots. Triskeles and triquetras are some of the most beloved designs handed down from ancient times. Find out a bit about the history of these designs, and listen to a few stories about things relating to 3s. Stories in voice.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

MONDAY, April 5 at 7:00pm: Pooh Bear Revisited!

More adventures with that amazing bear of very little brain, Winnie-the-Pooh. Caledonia will be sharing stories from A. A. Milne's books Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner, as well as from the Milne Estate approved Return to the Hundred Acre Wood by David Benedictus.

This time, all stories about parties and birthdays! Put your party hat on, and come grab a piece of birthday cake and have a great old time!

For some interesting sites on Milne and his irrepressible bear:

winniethepooh.co.uk

just-pooh.com

poohcorner.com

And, of course, we can't leave out Wikipedia!

Stories presented Live in Voice Chat.
Next Week we return to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Saturday, April 3, 2010

THIS WEEK AT THE WOI LIBRARY: April 5 - 11

The flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, in some parts of the world the rain is raining . . . time to relax with a story!

All Stories read live in voice. All times are SLT.

Monday, April 5 at 7:00pm: Winnie the Pooh Revisited with Caledonia Skytower

Tuesday, April 6 at 7:00pm: Stories by Isaac Asimov with Derry McMahon and Gyro Muggins

Wednesday, April 7 at 7pm : Part III: Flash an Irish Dragon Fantasy with Gina Pralou

Thursday, April 8 at 7:00pm: Comic Irish Short Stories with Seanchai Shandon Loring

And More WOI Story events across the Grid . . .


Wednesday, April 7 at 6pm: The WOI Storytellers at SL New England

Stories all read Live in VOICE. Click on the Celtic Cross Window Ornament or the Large Green Leather Book by the Librarian's desk at the WOI Library for a notecard with this schedule and embedded landmarks for events happening "off-campus."

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Thursday @ 7pm

Australian Legendary Tales - collected by Katie Langloh Parker 1897

AUSTRALIA makes an appeal to the fancy which is all its own. Katie lived in the Australian outback most of her life, close to the Eulayhi people. These stories have a narrative quality that marks them as authentic dreamtime lore. Join us tonight for a selection of stories such as 'The Galah, and Oolah the Lizard", "Dinewan the Emu, and Goomblegubbon", "Meamei the Seven Sisters", "The Borah of Byamee", "Wirreenun the Rainmaker", and many others.