From the Library: Tales and More Tales

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by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 12 December, 2009

Today in From the Library we have a veritable literary feast for you, featuring the twelfth and final part of The Wind In The Willows by Kenneth Grahame, and the first of two Ghost Stories for Christmas by E F Benson.

Wind in the Willows Listening Party

Chapter 12: The Return of Ulysses
Saturday, December 12th 10am-11am SLT
On the Riverbank, A Willowy Place, Caledon Tanglewood

Come as a character from Kenneth Grahame’s novel, The Wind in the Willows, and join us as we listen to and discuss the final chapter of the adventures of the shy but loyal Mole, the poetical Water Rat, the brave Otter, the gruff but kindly Mr. Badger, the vainglorious Toad, and all the other creatures of wood, stream and field who populate this much-loved story.

Big People may join us in Tinyville, or repose in comfort at the Oxbridge Library in Caledon Oxbridge:

Those who can’t be with us in-world are invited to tune in at

This is a year-long series, the second Saturday of each month, 2009. Sponsored by the Caledon Library and Rachelville, and produced by Radio Riel. Join us next month, on January 9, to hear the complete book!

How Fear Departed from the Long Gallery
by E F Benson. Read by Elrik Merlin

This classic Edwardian ghost story will be broadcast on our Main Stream,, at 1pm and 7pm SLT

Edward Frederic Benson (24 July 1867 – 29 February 1940) was an English novelist, biographer, memoirist and short story writer, known professionally as E.F. Benson. Best remembered today for his Mapp & Lucia books, he was also a writer of short stories, and his collection of Christmas ghost stories, of which How Fear Departed from the Long Gallery is one – we will hear another story, The Bus Conductor, at the same times next week.

The tradition of telling ghost stories at Christmas, rather than at Hallowe’en for example, probably dates back to Charles Dickens and his tale The Signal-Man, first published as part of the “Mugby Junction” collection in the 1866 Christmas edition of All the Year Round. A Christmas Carol (we’ll be broadcasting the full-cast Radio Riel Players performance of this closer to Christmas) is of course part of the same genre, and so are many of the tales of E F Benson, M R James and other writers, admirably dramatised for television by the BBC in the 1970s and 1980s.

In addition to today’s Tales, we will be broadcasting a programme of seasonal music from Early Music to the Victorian era.

Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin and produced by Radio Riel in conjunction with the Alexandrian Free Library Consortium of Second Life. You can listen to the programme now at in-world, or simply click here:

For more information on the Alexandrian Free Library, current exhibits and the work of Consortium members in general, please visit the Alexandrian Free Library website, or one of their branches in-world.


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