West of Ireland, Second Life – All Hallows is just around the corner, and the West of Ireland (WOI) charity estate is gearing up for their annual Samhain Festival. The West of Ireland Library and Cultural Center is warming things up with BOO! Surprise Ghost Stories beginning Sunday, October 18th and continuing through Midnight on Halloween, October 31.
A group of nine accomplished readers and storytellers will present 25 sessions in thirteen days at ten different locations across four different public sims in the WOI estate. These short, 30 minute sessions will be in addition to the Library’s regular weekly programming. “This is such a great chance to take our fabulous storytellers and let them showcase some of the amazing places to be found across the estate,” said West of Ireland CEO Sioban McMahon.
Ghost story presenters will include Corwyn Allen, Marian Dragovar, Kghia Gherardi, Aoife Lorefield, Shandon Loring, Derry McMahon, Elder Priestman, Caledonia Skytower and Elegia Underwood. Sites will include locations on West of Ireland, Cork, Neart, and in the Northern Ireland Development Coop on Connemara. A test of BOO! in the late evening on Saturday, October 10 brought 28 individuals to a spooky graveyard on Cork to listen to Caledonia Skytower read from Neil Gaiman’s Newbery Medal-winning The Graveyard Book.
There will be no pre-announced or published schedule. Notices and IMs will go out fifteen minutes in advance of the reading to the following groups: Beautiful Minds, West of Ireland Library, Bookstacks, Caledon Library, Librarians of Second Life, Storytelling Guild of Second Life, and Wild Irish Women as well as through the WOI Library subscriber list. Residents on line when the notices go out will be in for a special treat: a ghost story in the remote and scenic wilds of the West of Ireland – perhaps a castle ruins or a cathedral graveyard. Sessions will be short, roughly 30 minutes and will feature the works by Edgar Allen Poe among many other authors of spooky fiction. All will be read live in voice. All the performers are volunteers and donations are accepted to support Project Children, a real world non-profit positively affecting the lives of children in Northern Ireland: Second Life activity, with meaningful Real Life results.
For information on the West of Ireland Storytelling: http://www.tr.im/woistory
You can also view a gallery of recent library events and story sessions at: http://www.irelandsl.org/west-of-ireland-library-and-cultural-center/
West Of Ireland Library and Cultural Center . . .
The West of Ireland is a Second Life charity estate created to support the programs of the South Texas Celtic Music Association (STCMA), a recognized 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in the United States. Additionally, the West of Ireland has been approved by Linden Labs, the creators of Second Life, as a certified nonprofit.
The mission of the West of Ireland is to promote Irish and Celtic culture within Second Life and raise awareness of Project Children, while providing guests and community members with an entertaining and welcoming environment and to raise funds for Project Children.
For information on the West of Ireland sim: www.irelandsl.org
Project Children is an international organization that takes children from Northern Ireland on summer trips to stay with host families in the United States. Catholic and Protestant children are brought together in a calm and multi-cultural environment in an effort to overcome the stronghold of prejudices that have burdened Northern Ireland for so long. The South Texas Celtic Music Association (STCMA) raises funds for Project Children at its annual Celtic Music Festival and through the Second Life West of Ireland charity estate to pay the transportation costs for children participating in Project Children.
For information on Project Children: http://www.projectchildren.org
Derry McMahon, West of Ireland Librarian