Monday, March 25, 2013


It was an amazing day, with an incredible variety of stories, wonderfully presented.  Dubhna and I slapped ourselves in the last hour, realizing we had forgotten to take pictures!  Here's the proof of the pudding of what we raised and what was deposited in a fully functioning War Child Donation Bin ...
And here are the photos we have of folks at the story circle as our day came delightfully to a close with Singh Albatros (Imma tellin' you, those of you that miss his sessions miss something rare and unique!).  Thanks to Safi for the shot of Dubhna and I just after our performance of Equal Rites. Thank you one and all!  Audience, Storytellers, Dancers!  Thank you all for a Wonderful Day!

STORYFEST SL'S Next scheduled event will be BARD ON THE VIRTUAL BEACH  in August.  There is a possibility that we may partner in on something around SLB10, but that is still in the supposition stage.

Friday, March 22, 2013

STORYFEST 2013 ~ Sunday, March 24th ~ 9am to 5pm SLT

We gather together for our third year of celebrating the power of stories of all kinds to excite, reflect, and express our everyday lives.  Stories help us feel connect and unique all at the same time.  They can provide both the questions you want, and the answers you seek.  At their very core, the delight and inspire.

Join us beginning at 9am at Bran's Story Circle, for non-stop stories (nearly) for eight glorious hours.  There's a mushroom or a rustic bench waiting for you!  See the schedule below - All times SLT, and all but one session will be held at the StoryCircle

This StoryFest benefits War Child North America, and is produced in partnership between Stories Unlimited! and Branwen Arts

ALL Presentations are Live in Voice, unless otherwise noted.

9:00am - Lycanthia Wolfhunter 

Original Works
 Once you have heard one of Lycanthia Wolfhunter’s original stories, you never quite forget it.  They are gruesome, sensual, and posses a righteous sense of justice that is delightfully unique. Today she will be presenting mixture of Gothic, humorous, and slightly off the wall erotica.  Please be prepared for potentially Adult Content.

10:00am - Dubhna Rhiadra & Caledonia Skytower 

Granny Weatherwax ~ Equal Rites
Terry Pratchett's Discword is soaked in magic- but even with magic there are rules. The most fundamental rule is that women can’t be wizards. They can be witches, but that’s different. When a dying wizard seeks out what he thinks is the birth of an eighth son of an eighth son to pass on his wizard’s staff, this rule is broken, and his staff passes to a girl, Eskarina. Granny Weatherwax has the job of helping her find her way in the world of magic.


 11:00am - Em Jannings 

 James Joyce's Araby &  Ernest Hemingway's Soldier's Home
Joyce's Araby, written in 1914, immerses the the reader  in the drab life that people live on North Richmond Street, which seems to be illuminated only by the verve and imagination of the children.  Even though the conditions of this neighborhood leave much to be desired, the children’s play is infused with their almost magical way of perceiving the world 

In Soldier's Home, Hemingway explores the experience of one veteran of WWI, returning to his Kansas home and trying to express himself to his friends and neighbors who are not of a mind to listen - even to the truth.

11:30am - Crap Mariner 

100W Stories - Original works by Crap Mariner
Long ago, he swore an oath to write a 100 word story every day until the day he died. He's not dead yet.Always unpredictable and irreverent, no subject is too sacred, no cow too holy for Crap not to pull it out, examine it, and bang it on the table a few times before putting it back where he found it - albeit slightly crumpled.  He's a man with a mission!   

Noon - Gyro Muggins

My Object All Sublime by Poul Anderson (as published in 1961 in Galaxy Magazine) 
Gyro once again brings us another gem from his vast collection of superb classic Science Fiction: One quiet night, two businessmen discuss crime and punishment, as it might have already occurred in some very far future.


**30 Minute BREAK** 

1:00pm - ACCEPT by Independent Ballet

In ACCEPT, four young women struggle with their sense of self and their place in the world around them.  They are united by one thing - their love of dance.  ACCEPT follows the journey of these young ladies as they are each uniquely challenged, and as they come together. They learn lessons of tolerance, compassion, and empathy as they come of age as dancers, and as women.

In the Branwen Arts Center Theater - Music and Story on Stream

Learn more about SL's Independent Ballet

2:00pm - Lani/Kaikalani 

Island Tales with Lani 
Lani (Kaikilani) is a native Hawaiian Writer and Storyteller and was among the very first live presenter of stories in Second Life in her first avi, Lehua Lamington in 2005. She will present stories/chant/poetry which will include her native legends, and stories written by others and herself. Her rich voice adds depth and vibrancy to tales rich in her culture's heritage and traditions.  She has traveled widely, bringing Story to many countries. There is always something new to discover with one of Lani's stories ... they find their way to your soul.


3:00pm - Freda Frostbite 

Selection from an original work in progress:  Adventures of a Fat Lady Who Sings

Freda Frostbite is Stephanie Mesler in The solid world.  A life long person of size, she will read from her work in progress: Adventures of a Fat Lady Who Sings.   Ms. Mesler has no clue what this work will turn out to be, but the stories here have demanded to be told.  What can an author do but heed the inner voice?  


 3:30pm - BigRed Coyote 

St Lucy's School for Girls Raised by Wolves
From a collection of short stories by author Karen Russell,  we are introduced to the ghostly and magical world of the Florida Everglades.  Here wolf-like girls are reformed nuns, a family makes their living wrestling alligators in a theme park, and little girls sail away on crab shells.

Big Red presents the title story: The story of one class of wolf girls sent  by their parents to a school run by nuns.

4:00pm - Singh Albatros 

Selected Original Works
Join Singh for a feast of his best recent short short international fiction from Britain, America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Some titles include:  The Upside Down Cartographer, Tea Cup, Loving the Mustard Goddess, The Boy Who Would be Bird, Welcome to Geekosity, Dinner Party Wars, Wordscape with Ganja, Letters to the Emperor, Heard it Through the Pumpkinvine, Singing the Black Dog, followed by The Nutmeg Saga, the poetic narrative of a lost Javanese king who returns to tell his story. Singh reads, sings, plays music and adds effects to lend more ambience to each unique tale.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

STORYFEST 2013 Preliminary Schedule

Whew!  An amazing bunch of people clamoring to part of this year's event.  It should be an interesting and diverse day, which is always our goal.

What is posted here is the preliminary schedule. It is still subject to review and revision, or outright change -  so check back closer to the event for the most up-to-date information.

STORYFEST 2013 @ Bran
Sunday, March 24th ~ 9am to 5pm (All times SLT)
All sessions will be at the Here Be Pictsies Firecircle except where marked

9:00am - Lycanthia Wolfhunter
10:00am - Dubhna Rhiadra & Caledonia Skytower
11:00am - Em Jannings
11:30am - Crap Mariner
Noon - Gyro Muggins


1:00pm - ACCEPT by Independent Ballet (in the Arts Center Theater)
2:00pm - Lani/Kaikalani
3:00pm - Freda Frostbite
3:30pm - BigRed Coyote
4:00pm - Singh Albatros