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Monday, December 12, 2022

Seanchai Library: The Dickens Project Returns for 2022 December 8- January 3


Second Life – Seanchai Library is proud to announce the opening of The Dickens Project 2022 Edition. This Second Life winter holiday tradition invites guests to walk in the steps of Ebenezer Scrooge in an environment inspired, in part, by Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella “A Christmas Carol.” An invited community of Second Life groups and organizations will present a variety of music events, dance performances, as well as story presentations. Other Project features include skating, sledding, a balloon ride, a horse cart tour, and plenty of photo opportunities. The Dickens Project regions will open on Thursday, December 8th, and close at the end of the day on Tuesday, January 3rd.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The 2022 Edition features an Experience-based teleport system. Please accept the “Caledonian Studios” Experience in the Welcome Area to fully explore The Project. 


"This year we challenged a lot of assumptions about how we configured the land to tell the story," said Caledonia Skytower of Seanchai Library. "So what Dickens Project fans will discover is a layout that is very different from past Projects, but still has a narrative sense. It feels like a lot ‘more’, somehow, and yet will still have the friendly familiarity that many will expect."  The Dickens Project is intentionally designed to follow, as much as possible, the narrative of Dickens’ 1843 work, allowing guests to walk through the Christmas past, present, and future of the story.

The Dickens Project also seeks to promote community - a community of Second Life individuals and organizations which come together for this annual celebration. After a hiatus in 2021, this community includes Virtual Community Radio and Innsmouth in SL. The Community Virtual Library will again provide research and information on Victorian life in the time of Dickens’ works. 

Four dance companies will present unique performances including Idle Rogue Productions, TerpsiCorps Dance, Misfit Dance and Performance Art SL, and Virtuoso Dance. Eclipse Club and Resort will contribute music sets in addition to various independent DJs and musicians.  SL Hawks Aerobatic Team will return for a single performance of their popular “Ghost Flights of Christmas” air show in the skies above Dickens Harbour, this season with wing walkers. These are all in addition to the live story reading programs for which Seanchai Library is known.  

The popular "Carol Week" returns in a revised format this year. The week will begin with The Big Read on Sunday, December 18th at Noon. The relay-style presentation involves a chorus of voices in a continuous reading of "A Christmas Carol" from beginning to end. The week will continue December 19 - 22nd with a section of Dickens' novella presented live each day in a "Story Tour" presentation to the sites in the region inspired by the story. 

Seanchai Library offers its thanks to Linden Labs and Patch Linden, our 2022 Region Sponsors.

There will be additional information available on the Seanchai Library Website, and at the Welcome Area at The Dickens Project.

This press release is available in digital form at

About the Seanchai Library

Seanchai Library (pronounced Shawn-a-kee, which means "Storyteller" in Irish Gaelic.) was founded in March of 2008 in Second Life. The program remains 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 and other virtual worlds."

All times listed are SLT/ Pacific.

Images and Project Poster can be accessed from our online image bank which can be accessed via the digital press release on our website.

 Media Contact:

Caledonia Skytower, Seanchai Library

Saturday, August 22, 2020



Elite Equestrian's SPLASH!, an event celebrating mer life in Second Life staged in an exquisite undersea environment, concludes this weekend. But if you have missed the events and activities that have been going on since the 16th, there is still time!

Events are still scheduled for today and tomorrow, and there's plenty to see!

Saturday, August 22nd @ 4pm slt - A performance by Idle Rogue's Guerilla Burlesque with their Mermaid-inspired dance acts, followed @5-7pm with a musical interlude of dancing under the sea with DJ Caledonia Skytower.

Sunday, August 23rd @ 1:30pm: Splash! Stories and Poems presented by Seanchai Library.

What else? Visit the Splash! event to ride the Kelpie -Go-Round and receive an adorable merfolk gift, practice over the jump course or jousting list with the free Ride With Me! Kelpies, shop at selected merchants, win unique raffle prizes, find trivia treasure hunt objects to create a special mer crown, plus new product releases, an art exhibit, and so much more!

It's a unique, engaging event, and worth the price of admission just to explore the quarter-sim underwater build.

SPLASH! Final Days - August 22nd & 23rd


Tuesday, November 12, 2019

THE DICKENS PROJECT Returns to Second Life December 1st

The Dickens Project has become a winter holiday tradition for a growing number of Second Life residents since it began as a special seasonal presentation by Seanchai Library in 2008.  It transformed into an interactive environment in 2012, then to a full region experience for 2017 and 2018. Seanchai Library is proud to announce that they will be opening the doors of The Dickens Project 2019 Edition beginning December 1.

The Dickens Project celebrates the work of English author Charles Dickens (1812-1870) featuring his seminal work "A Christmas Carol." This year's edition presents a full month of exploration, storytelling, music, dance, roleplay opportunities, and the return of the "Urchins in Dickens’ London" experience. 

Friday, October 25, 2019

“The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” comes to Fantasy Faire Radio

On Sunday, October 27th at 2pm slt/Pacific, Fantasy Faire Radio and Seanchai Library will present Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, specially adapted for radio and live performance in seven voices. The 90-minute performance will take place live at Pixeltrix - home of the creators of the “Octoberville” and “Wicked Winter” interactive experiences. Pixeltrix is a community that enthusiastically celebrates the holidays, and especially the spirit of Halloween. 

Da5id Abbot, Corwyn Allen, Shandon Loring, Elrik Merlin, Kayden Oconnell, Caledonia Skytower, and Votarn “VT” Torvalar will come together to present the script, adapted by Skytower and Abbot from Stevenson's original novella.  The performance will be live on stream at Pixeltrix, and simultaneously broadcast on Fantasy Faire Radio. All residents are welcome to be part of the in-world “studio” audience at

Monday, April 1, 2019

"Le Cirque de Nuit" Lights up Idle Rogue for 2019 Production

Meegan Danitz's whimsical, magical performance from the 2018 Production

Magic sparkles across the skies above Idle Rogue as the beloved production, Le Cirque de Nuit awakens for 2019. Bookings for coveted reserved seats can be made starting today, April 1st. If you think you've seen this show before, you haven't.

Basing their work on Erin Morgenstern’s novel, "The Night Circus", dance entertainers of Idle Rogue Productions lead enchanted audiences back into a steampunk circus that is refurbished, and presented, as Idle Rogue's flagship production each year. The 2019 Production is directed by Blaze DeVivre with the assistance of Sho Kyong. 

Saturday, December 15, 2018


This year, THE DICKENS PROJECT invites residents to participate in a new way: become an urchin in Dickens' London!

Charles Dickens, ever a champion of children, wrote stories about those who were poor and unprotected, left in the hands of the manipulative and cruel.  His child characters are often triumphant, finding ways to build lives of purpose and sometimes even happiness in a difficult time. 

 Enjoy this story, created at Urchins in Dickens' London just this week.

Kit Becomes an Urchin

By Aoife Lorefield

Kit shivered in the fog. Another hungry morning. She’d slept, sort of, in the empty wagon after supping on a badly bruised apple and a bit of bread she’d grabbed before a dog could. Food all around her and she hadn’t a farthing for it, nor anything else.

Sad thing was, she’d always wanted to see London.

Her brother George, the one who’d gone to sea, came home once with stories about throngs of people, shops full of fancy goods, and ships with masts taller than trees. She’d dreamt of it all in the long nights and longed for that life.

Now Mum and Dad were gone. Her and Henry had been left to the parish and after six months of that, she’d thought she’d rather die. She’d run to London and maybe she would die, here. If she couldn’t find food or a place to stay or something, anyway.

Sounds of laughter made her shrink back against the wagon. It was far too early for market folk and she was certain she didn’t want thieves to find her. She crawled under the wagon and peered through the thick fog.

The laughter came again, closer this time. It sounded like kids. What could they be doing?

The small figures took shape in the fog. A tiny red-haired girl, her thin arms blue with cold, holding a basket with some green stuff in it. A boy, also a carrot top and almost as thin, in a green cap pulled low over his forehead. A blonde boy in a top hat. That looked ace, that did. Wonder where he got that one. A tiny little girl in a red hat.

Kit watched as the children strolled, skipped, and danced through the market stalls. This was not the fancy market where the toffs went, not this one. This was where the mums from Camden Town came for a bit of meat and greens, or the scriveners and clerks scrounged for the coins to pay for another used book, or cabbies might stop for a cup of hot soup.

One of the boys picked up three books and juggled them, making the youngest laugh.

“Put ‘em back, Jo,” an older girl said sternly. “We can’t sell them so there’s no point, eh?”

The boy Jo shrugged but did as she said.

Instead he started juggling apples from the basket right next to her wagon. The youngest gathered around him like they’d seen this before, and it seems they had. Every few passes, he’d toss an apple to one child, who’s catch and bite into it, smiling.

Kit was so entranced, she didn’t notice the other boy until it was too late. There he was, crouched down in front of her wagon, looking right at her.

“Coooo, mates,” he called out. “Lookee what I found.”

He reached in to grab her arm and she shrank back, afraid. The older girl, the one who’d told Jo to put the books back, grabbed Jo’s shoulder and pulled him back.

“You’re scaring her, Jo,” she said, her voice stern again. “Stop it or I’ll box your ears.”

She grabbed his ear and twisted it as she spoke and he howled.

“I wasn’t doin’ anyfing!” he said.

Jo ran off and the girl crouched down instead.

“Look here,” she said, “we’re safe, mostly, and you look all alone. Come out now, let me see you.”

There didn’t seem much choice. She couldn’t stay as she was much longer. Kit slid across the frozen ground, out from under the wagon, and stood up.

“Are you thieves, then?” she asked the girl, trying to sound casual about the question, like she knew all about thieves and London and everything.

The girl looked around the market at the children combing through the stalls and smiled.

“Maybe sometimes,” she said. “We’re the ones the fine ladies and gents call urchins, don’t you know. The kids no one cares about.”

Kit nodded, her eyes wide. In her life, right now, that’s what she was. A kid no one cared about.

The girl put a hand on her shoulder, this time kindly.

“You better come along with us,” she said. “We watch out for each other. We know places to find food and safe places to stay and a few ways to get by.”

The girl turned and started to walk away. The kids were at the far end of the market now, disappearing into the fog.

The girl turned back and waved. “Come along!” she said.

So Kit did. She guessed she was a urchin now. Time to find out how that worked, and whether she could get by too in the big dirty city that was London.


What was it like to be a child in Victoria's England? Become an urchin and find out!

The Urchins in Dickens' London is a game that combines elements of the SL hunt, free form (and optional) role play, and an invitation to create (and share) your story.

Begin by getting a copy of the Urchins hud, available at the Dickens Project landing point. Inside the package, you'll find instructions on how to get started.

You can also find more on the special Urchins Webpages on the Seanchai Library Website. THE DICKENS PROJECT, produced by Seanchai Library, is open on LEA Region 7 through December 30th. with plenty of events, stories, things to explore and engage. Information on all features are available at the landing point


Friday, November 30, 2018

THE DICKENS PROJECT 2018 Edition Returns to LEA 7

The Dickens Project celebrates its sixth year in Second Life with a return to Linden Endowment for the Arts Region 7, where the annual celebration of Charles Dickens' seminal work first was realized in full region form a year ago.  Offering four weeks of exploration, storytelling, music, dance, a new "Urchins in Dickens London" experience, this Second Life holiday tradition will be open to residents November 30th, through December 30th.

"What's new this year? There is no short answer to that," said Caledonia Skytower, "In almost every conceivable way, the Project has flourished in the full region format. This year was a team effort - our first real foray into collaborative build creation.  We learned a lot, and we are confident people will enjoy the results."  Skytower, along with long time Dickens creator Aoife Lorefield, Gloriana Maertens, and Dagmar Kohime worked together to transform prims and textures in a regionscape that evokes the spirit of Dickens' beloved work.  

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Frankenstein Event

On Sunday, October 21st at 2pm slt, Fantasy Faire Radio and Seanchai Library will present Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, specially adapted for radio and live performance in six voices, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the novel's original publication. The two-hour performance will take place live at this year's iteration of "Haunted Holly Kai" high above the Blake Sea based Art Park, and will benefit Relay for Life.

Friday, October 19, 2018

"Frankenstein" Comes to Holly Kai Park

On Sunday, October 21st at 2pm slt, Fantasy Faire Radio and Seanchai Library will present Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, specially adapted for radio and live performance in six voices, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the novel's original publication.  The two-hour performance will take place live at this year's iteration of "Haunted Holly Kai" high above the Blake Sea based Art Park, and will benefit Relay for Life.

Da5id Abbot, Corwyn Allen, Zander Greene, Shandon Loring, Elrik Merlin, and Caledonia Skytower will come together to present the script adapted by Skytower and Abbot from Shelley's original novel.  The performance, running just under two hours, will be live on stream at "Haunted Holly Kai: featuring Frankenstein" and simultaneously broadcast on Fantasy Faire Radio. Residents can teleport to the performance from the Park's Information Center.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Seanchai Library’s Orient Express - Murder on a Snow Bound Train - Seersha Heart

     On Friday July 6, 2018 the SL Enquirer brought you news of the Seanchai Library’s “Tea Time on the Orient Express” running July 8 to August 12, 2018.  On July 22, we had an opportunity to visit with the creative energy behind this series.  The series takes place in a skybox created specifically for the Orient Express.  The demise of Mr. Samuel Ratchett occurs in this closed environment.  The murder must be among us.  To catch you up on the story:
“After taking the Taurus Express from Aleppo in Syria to Istanbul, private detective Hercule Poirot arrives at the Tokatlian Hotel. There he receives a telegram prompting him to return to London. He instructs the concierge to book a first-class compartment on the Simplon-Orient Express, leaving that night. Although the train is fully booked, Poirot obtains a second-class berth, but only with the intervention of a friend and fellow Belgian who is also boarding the train, M. Bouc, a director of the railway, Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits. Aboard the train, a malevolent, elderly American, Samuel Ratchett, attempts to hire Poirot because he believes his life is threatened, but Poirot refuses out of distaste for the man.
 Imagine the surprise when the famed train is trapped in the Yugoslavian mountains by an avalanche, and the unpleasant Mr. Ratchett turns up dead - horribly murdered!”            Seanchai HYPERLINK "" Library website

    Seanchai Library’s summer series "TEA TIME on the Orient Express” is moving into the second part of the six-week series.  The series will continue this Sunday July 29, 2018 at 1:30 slt in the Yugoslavian mountains, trapped on all sides by an avalanche.  The next installment will complete the “Evidence” portion of the program leading into the “Hercule Poirot Sits Back and Thinks” segments.

Those familiar with Agatha Christie’s novel Murder on the Orient Express [available free in PDF format or audio] or the movie will find the performance at Seanchai Library delightfully entertaining.  Performed in voice, the series features;

“notable SL voices such as Avajean Westland and David Abbot, in addition to Seanchai regulars Corwyn Allen (as Poirot), Kayden Oconnell, and Aoife Lorefield; and Library friends Boudicca Amat and Bryn Taleweaver.  Audience and voice talent will be mixed together during sessions, adding to the experience.”

    The skybox is located above Holly Kai Park on the Blake Sea.  Seanchai Library staff and players highly recommend visiting the series site before, during and after attending the sessions.  The Istanbul station is no longer in place, the skybox has been transformed to the “snowy mountains of Yugoslavia”. Most of the story unfolds in this snowy location within the trapped train.  There is plenty of snow for all. For additional enjoyment I recommend attending in clothing of the period, 1930s. This can add to your own feeling of authenticity while listening and participating in this popular event.  Please see links below for information on clothing of the 1930s for both men and women. If you have not participated in any of the Seanchai Library programs yet, jump aboard this train destination: intrigue!

    Watch the SL Enquirer for more information on the upcoming events at Seanshai Library including the
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Hound of the Baskervilles" beginning September 2nd 2018.

Part Two - The Evidence:
Sunday, July 29th: 1:30-2:30 pm slt - Part Two, Chapters 8-13
Part Three - Hercule Poirot Sits Back and Thinks:
Sunday, August 5th: 1:30-2:30 pm slt - Part Two, Ch 14 - Part Three, Ch 2
Sunday, August 12th: 1:30-3:00 pm slt - Part Three, Chapters 3-9

Additional Information:
SURL for Seanchai Library
SURL for the skybox:

Information on period clothing:

History of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express provided by Seanchai Library’s Caledonia Skytower:
"Murder on the Orient Express" features Agatha Christie's Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. It was first published in the United Kingdom on 1 January 1934. In the United States, it was published on 28 February 1934, under the title of "Murder in the Calais Coach." In addition to Christie's tale, the famed train has been depicted in numerous books, films including Graham Greene's "Stamboul Train" (1932) and "From Russia with Love" by Ian Fleming (1957).
In The New York Times Book Review of 4 March 1934, Isaac Anderson wrote, "The great Belgian detective's guesses are more than shrewd; they are positively miraculous. Although both the murder plot and the solution verge upon the impossible, Agatha Christie has contrived to make them appear quite convincing . . .  what more than that can a mystery addict desire?"

Friday, July 6, 2018

Seanchai Library Boards The Orient Express

On Sunday, July 8th Seanchai Library embarks on a literary adventure with their summer series TEA TIME on the Orient Express.  The Sunday afternoon "Tea Time" sessions are among the most popular the Library presents, known mostly for the nearly two complete circuits of the Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories, presented in the Library's casual Fireside Room.  The six week Orient Express series will be an additional departure, inviting audiences into a custom created skybox setting complete with a train.  A special project page is available on the Seanchai Library website including details about Christie's great train adventure, video resources, and the slurl to the series location.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Bookings Open for Le Cirque De Nuit 2018

Magic sparkles across the skies above Idle Rogue as the beloved production, Le Cirque de Nuit awakens for 2018.

Basing their work on Erin Morgenstern’s novel, The Night Circus, dance entertainers, Idle Rogue Productions lead enchanted audiences back into a steampunk circus that is traditionally performed over the Easter break, this year on March 30 and 31 and April 1 at 7pm , with an additional matinee performance on March 31 at 3pm.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Seanchai Library Celebrates a Decade of Stories with "Volume 10"

On March 20, 2008 Shandon Loring presented the very first story in voice at the West of Ireland Library and Cultural Center, which would become Seanchai Library. A decade later, Seanchai Library is still presenting literature, stories, and poems live in voice every week. March 15th begins Seanchai's ten day celebration of stories brought to life in virtual worlds, featuring a light-hearted quest, music events and, of course, stories. "Volume 10" kicks off today with the opening of a quest, and at 7pm PDT with Chief Storyteller Shandon Loring beginning the first of a two part presentation of Frank Delaney's The Architect of Newgrange.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

The Dickens Project Wraps Up A Popular 2017 Edition

Image courtesy of Wildstar Beaumont
Seanchai Library is ready to celebrate.  The 2017 Edition of The Dickens Project has been an unprecedented success, and Closing Day Events on Saturday, December 30th will reflect that accomplishment.

To Date there have been 2900 visits to LEA 7 since the doors opened November 25th, and over 33% of them returned for multiple visits and events.  As the previous 10-14 days of Dickens expanded to 36 days, more people than ever were touched by The Dickens Project's vision of providing the opportunity to "walk in the steps of Ebenezer Scrooge."

Friday, December 15, 2017

CAROL WEEK Comes to its Eventful Conclusion at The Dickens Project this Weekend

The 2017 Edition of The Dickens Project, which opened November 25th, has already presented over 25 hours of live events, and welcomed hundreds of visitors.  There is more to come. This year's Project is being hosted on Linden Endowment for the Arts Region 7

December 15-17 marks the climax of "Carol Week," where Charles Dickens' beloved humanistic novella, "A Christmas Carol", is featured in a number of presentations and adaptations.  Carol Week traditionally concludes with The Big Read - a session where the entire text of Scrooge's journey of redemption are presented in a single session, live, by a talented cast of storytellers reading in relay style.  This year, the Big Read will be presented in voice as well as on stream, so that the greatest number of residents can enjoy the holiday classic in Dickens Square on LEA 7.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Dickens Project in SL Expands in 2017 Edition

The Dickens Project will celebrate its fifth year in Second Life on Linden Endowment for the Arts Region 7 in an expanded edition of the annual event that features "something for almost everyone." Staged on a full region this year for the very first time, the traditional 10 day event that began in 2012 as a celebration of the Dickens Centennial will be open to residents for five weeks, beginning November 25th and closing December 30th, on LEA 7

Friday, October 27, 2017

Seanchai Library's Gets Their "Spook" On!

Looking for ghost stories?  As All Hallows Eve approaches, Seanchai Library will be abroad this weekend on the Second Life grid, presenting ghostly tales of Halloween and frightful delights of literature:

SATURDAY, October 28th

A stories for H.P. Lovecraft! Are you mad?!  If you know your Lovecraft, then you know that madness might very well be involved.  What better time of year to share Lovecraft and Lovecraftian tales.  Seanchai Library and Friends bring selected works to the Innsmouth Opera House, live in voice. BYOS = Bring your own Scream. Followed at 2pm by musician Wald Schridde with "unsettling songs of death and beyond." 
Stories in voice, music on stream, at the Innsmouth Opera House

Saturday, September 16, 2017

PIRATE SUNDAY at Holly Kai Park with Seanchai Library

They are dusting off their cutlasses, refreshing their command of "The Code" and getting ready to celebrate an event that marks the beginning of the "High Story Season" for one of Second Life's oldest spoken word programs -  now in its tenth year.  Seanchai Library will celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day  with Pirate Sunday on September 17th beginning at 1pm at Holly Kai Park, followed by music and dancing across the region at the Holly Kai Park Pavilion.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Time Portal & Seanchai Library present VICTORIAN TALES, Live!

Seanchai Library brings classic Victorian literature to the Time Portal's Victorian London Zone on Sunday, August 27th at 11:30 am slt, live in voice, in a 90 minute session open to all interested residents.

The Time Portal is a single region with a broad selection of time zones: from Tudor England, to 18th Century France, to the 1950-60s.  The entire region is divided into zones that gives a taste of history. It connects to creators and performers that also celebrate the historical recreation of those eras. Frau Jo Yardley is well known for her creation and nurture of the detailed, historical, and highly popular 1920s Berlin in Second Life.  Last year she, and a group of like-minded historical enthusiasts, extended this concept to create the Time Portal project. 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Seanchai Library On The Move

Seanchai Library, one of Second Life's oldest spoken word programs -  now in its tenth year, is relocating from its current home on the Bradley University, hosted by the Community Virtual Library (CVL), to Holly Kai Park on the Blake Sea, part of the vast USS Regions and Estates.

"Both Seanchai and the CVL are currently facing crossroads in their organizational lives" said Caledonia Skytower, representing Seanchai Library, "Such transitional times involve challenging processes of review, reflection, and analysis in our best efforts to keep our presences in the virtual world relevant. Done well, it leads to healthy change."  Seanchai Library engaged in just such a review and discussion process, and decided to take advantage of an offer to join the arts programming on Holly Kai, which includes the Art Hill, music events at The Pavilion, regular DJ gatherings at Catinara Bar, and larger community events such as the recent "Filling the Cauldron" fundraiser in early April.