From the Library: Tales and More Tales

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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