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Monday, September 19, 2011

SL ARTS & LITERATURE: BOOFest - A Weekend of Ghost Stories

A partnership which began with a single story-based weekend last March has blossomed into three popular events, the most recent of which will come to Second Life the first weekend in October. BOOFest – a celebration of stories best told around the blazing autumnal fire will feature a gathering of virtual story presenters and their spooky and scary best Saturday, October 1 from Noon to 4pm, and Sunday, October 2 from 10am to 2pm, and 3pm to 5pm – all times SLT.

“The debris wasn’t even clear from StoryFest last March before we said ‘We have to do this in October and tell ghost stories!’” said Derry McMahon of the Seanchai Library, who worked in partnership for the weekend festival along with Branwen Arts and the Stories Unlimited! subscriber group.  In the meantime, Seanchai Library and Stories Unlimited! went on to present the popular Shakespeare weekend Bard on the Virtual Beach under the StoryFest banner in August.  The original partnership returns to present a weekend ghost stories and tales of the season, and an invitation to participate has brought together presenters old and new from across the grid.

“We have an interesting mix of presentations already on the docket” said event organizer Caledonia Skytower, “with everything from traditional telling to literature of all kinds, including a trio of performers presenting Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market.”  Returning presenters include Crap Mariner, Freda Frostbite, Derry McMahon, Shandon Loring, Dubhna Rhiadra and more.  The final schedule is due for posting September 25th.

 For details as they emerge regarding BOOFest visit

All BOOFest presentation will be live in voice.  All the performers are volunteers and the sessions are free to all Second Life residents.  All events will happen on the Branwen Arts home turf of Bran -

Branwen Arts Cooperative is a group of artists who work singly or together with other artists.  Their home base on Bran provides a stage for performance and a gallery for exhibitions.  Branwen Arts is always looking for artists, visual and performing, who want their work to be seen and appreciated: writers, storytellers, dramatists, visual artists, dancers, musiciansContact Dubhna Rhiadra, Fae Varriale or Safi Farspire

Seanchai Library (Shanna-key, which means "Storyteller" in Irish.) was born in March of 2008 as the West of Ireland Library and Cultural Center.  Almost three years and over 750 story session later, the program is dedicated to promoting the power of stories to transform and inspire through live voice presentations: "We bring stories of all kinds to life, in Second Life."

The Seanchai Library promotes fine literature from Celtic sources and sources through out the world, almost every day of the week.  Myth, Culture, Fantasy!  They are all part of good literature, enriching and informing our experiences in Second Life as well as Real Life.   All stories told in voice. Contact Librarian and Queen Bee Derry McMahon.

Stories Unlimited! is a Subscriber Group started in October 2010 and has over 350 subscribers.  Through it, subscribers receive information on stories of all kinds presented across the Second Life Grid.  There are no limits to the events posted through this group . . . if it has a plot it will be posted it regardless of how it is presented, or the nature of the source material including (but not limited to): Theatre/Dance, Machinima, Traditional Telling, Presented Literature, and Poetry.  Daily morning notecards contain information on the “who, what, and where” of the stories, and also provide basic content information so subscribers can make informed decisions of what events may suit them. 

~ Caledonia, Skytower, Reporting
"Any ink is good ink, even if it is virtual."


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