This Month Featuring: Events and Venues Presenting Stories Regularly
We are heading into the "High Story" time of year. That is not intended as a disrespectful co-opting to the Jewish High Holy Days. Late September to early April seems to be the time of year, at least in the northern hemisphere, when we think the most of stories and sharing them - usually around a crackling fire. That tradition goes way back to early humans living in caves. There will be more call for "themed" story events over the next six months, especially as more and more virtual activities find ways to incorporate live stories into their planning.
Yet, stories happen regularly, around the grid every week, every month. Before we plunge into the season, let's take a moment to look at the places and people who present stories in Second Life all year round. The variety of different types on venues is interesting, as are the genres presented. This list includes primarily English speaking events - there must be more all across our international Second Life grid. Imagine!
Be sure and scroll all the way to the bottom of the list for some additional notes on poetry events and where many of these events are listed. All times listed are SLT.
EVENTS WHICH REPEAT DURING THE WEEK
2AM, MONDAY through FRIDAY - READING WITH CATA, WBH Imagination Island - MIE Literary Salon
Cata Charisma gives an open invitation for people who want to share what they are reading and discuss it as they go. This event is great for English-Second-Language readers, and people who want to improve their understanding if what they read.
3:15PM, MONDAY & THURSDAY - BOUDICCA Reads .... The Chronicles of Narnia, Bou's Reading @ Peregrine's
Journeys to the end of the world, fantastic creatures, and epic battles between good and evil—what more could anyone ask for in one book? The book that has it all is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, written in 1949 by Clive Staples Lewis. But Lewis did not stop there. Six more books followed, and together they became known as The Chronicles of Narnia.
7PM, MONDAY through THURDAY - SEANCHAI LIBRARY, Seanchai Library at HollyKaiPark
Literature and original stories presented live in voice by one of the grids longest presenting spoken word venues. Seanchai Library is a library out loud. Check the website for specific titles and schedule details. www.seanchailibrary.com
9AM, TUESDAY & THURSDAY - READINGS FROM THE FOREST TRADITION - BUDDHISM, Buddhism - Art & Meditation
The BuddhaCenter offers, each Tue & Fri (exceptions announced), an enjoyable and informative presentation read live in voice. We'll be drawing our texts from Ajahn Sumedho's transcribed oral teachings, which always prove enlightening & entertaining.
5 PM, TUESDAY, THURSDAY, & SATURDAY - H.P. LOVECRAFT READINGS. Innsmouth Visitors Center
Innsmouth's Visitor Center Overseer, Virginia, reads live from selected works of HP Lovecraft. Join us at SL's legendary Innsmouth, tribute to the Granddaddy of Horror and Weird Fiction.
11:30AM - STORYCIRCLE at Brithombar Havens. Brithombar Havens of the Falas
Teren and Imi will be sharing poems and stories from the fantasy genre: currently reading from the "Guardians of Flame" series by J. Rosenberg. Come and listen, or read. You are always welcome!
2PM - WRITTEN WORD OPEN MIC, Waterstage and Writer's Circle on Cookie
Sing a song, recite a poem or read a play. Do you have a novel to share? We would love to hear your voice, your words or a favorite author. We will read for you if needed, until you dare. Come one, come all!
2PM - HARRY POTTER READINGS @ Book Island, Book Island Main Square
Selina Greene will be reading from Harry Potter Series in the main square on BookIsland. Come and listen to one of the most universally well known modern classics of our time. Relive Harry's journey to wizardhood and Hogwarts and the new friends and adventures that lie ahead.
5PM - TALES with FRIENDS. Seanchai Library at HollyKaiPark
A time for friends to gather once more to share their stories. Join Fayleen, Ian, and Corwyn in the Fireside Room at Seanchai Library.
9PM - STORYTIME AT SLACKER'S CAFE & COFFEEHOUSE, Slackers Cafe & Coffee House
Join us for Storytime at Slackers! Enjoy donuts and coffee or tea and an eclectic mix of Science Fiction stories.
2 PM - VT READS from DISCWORLD, Library at the i-Patch
VT Torvalar reads from the fertile canon of author and imaginative genius, Terry Pratchett.
6PM - BIRDIE'S STORY HOUR, Birdie's Reading Circle, Birdie Wilderness, Satori
After playing on the beach it grows dark and we gather 'round the fire for thrilling stories of 'Occult Mysteries', ' the Golden Age of Weird', 'Spook Stories', and other thrilling, chilling short stories of the fantastic, and mysterious. Only adult or fantasy avatars please. Some stories contain adult themes and content.
7AM - 100 WORD STORIES w/ R. Crap Mariner, Reading Room, ClocktreePark, Edloe
One a day, until the day I die (dot com). Stories from the podcast, new and old.
8AM - C.S. Lewis' OUT OF THE SILENT PLANET at Amatsu Shima, Amatsu Attic
Here begin the adventures of the remarkable Dr. Ransom who is abducted by a megalomaniacal physicist and his accomplice and taken by spaceship to the red planet of Malacandra. He doesn't realize that their purpose is his sacrifice. "First published in 1943, 'Out of the Silent Planet' remains a mysterious and suspenseful tour de force."
11AM - COLD SHOT PLAYERS - Writers and Readers, WholeBrainArtsCenter
1st and 3rd Saturdays a scene writing dash. 2nd and 4th Saturdays reading scenes in open mic. Cold Shot Play Readers and Writers is an Ensemble for people who love the theatrical arts. We get together to read and write short scenes and one act plays. We love to chat about scenes, characters, classic plays, experimental theater, and anything else related to the theatrical arts.
8 AM - STORYTIME on Outer Island, Outer Island
Having a story read to you is the best! Gemma open the door to their own personal clubhouse/library space as Gemma's Dad share great adventures, foul and fair. Very kid avatar friendly event. Note: This event happens on private land which is opened just for this weekly session, if you are interested in attending you should contact John or Gemma Morland.
10AM - STORIES WITH SOKI @ SLC, Second Life Children - Youthspot
Everyone is welcome at the SLC Playground for storytime, even "grnups" ... bring your friends and be prepared to sit back and enjoy! Very kid avatar friendly event.
1PM - BOOK ISLAND OPEN MIC, Book Island
Selina Green and other denizens of BookIsland host this weekly open mic to share works in progress and favorites.
1:30PM - TEA TIME, Seanchai Library at HollyKaiPark
Enjoy a virtual tea time with readings from the Sherlock Holmes canon as well as other literature. Check the website for specific titles and schedule details. www.seanchailibrary.com
5PM - MERE CHRISTIANITY by C.S. Lewis, Aloha Promises - Tiki Hut
Please join Ally and I on Sunday night for an evening to honoring Christ through a reading from "Mere Christianity" as written by C.S. Lewis and read by me, Michael Romani. There will be an opportunity to discuss the readings
6PM (Bi-Weekly) - MAGICLAND STORYTIME, The Golden Horseshoe, MagiclandPark
Storytime at this popular venue in the Disney tribute region focuses primarily on the original source material that inspired the Disney Company to produce live and animated feature films, occasionally wandering into the realm of conjecture to read stories we're sure Walt Disney would have wanted to make into features had he known about them, or if they had been written during his lifetime.
Every event takes a break. So be sure and check in SLEvent listings, or at the venue for updates on what is being presented. These postings are accurate as of today: October 20, 2017
All of these events are listed in the daily notecards distributed to my Stories Unlimited! subscriber information group (send me - Caledonia Skytower - a notecard with your name if you'd like to be added).
If you are interested in poetry (which also tells a story) there are a wide range of weekly poetry events and open mics. Klannex Northmead publishes a weekly notecard - The Apple - on Saturdays. The Apple covers over two dozen poetry events throughout the week. Contact Klannex if you would like to be added to his distribution list. The Apple weekly card is also included in the Sunday Stories Unlimited! notice.
Know of a cool spoken word venue or project? Send me a notecard (Caledonia Skytower) with the basics and a landmark, and I will be happy to check them out as a possible feature.
Locations pictured in this article, from top to bottom:
- Slacker's Cafe and Coffeehouse
- The Buddha Center
- Seanchai Library at Holly Kai Park
- Book Island, Main Square
- The Clock Tree, Edloe
- The Golden Horseshoe, Magicland Park
This Month's Quote: “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."
― May Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings