*DISCWORLD DAY AT THE OXFORD STORY MUSEUM!
Last year's Discworld Day theme was The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents. This year, it's... The Truth!
"Discworld Day sees The Story Museum celebrating the work of much loved author Terry Pratchett. This year’s Discworld Day at The Story Museum is based on Terry Pratchett’s best-selling novel The Truth.
"The Truth tells the story of William de Worde, the accidental editor of the Discworld’s first newspaper. New printing technology means that words just won’t obediently stay nailed down like usual. There’s a very real threat of news getting out there. Now he must cope with the traditional perils of a journalist’s life – people who want him dead, a recovering vampire with a suicidal fascination for flash photography, and the man who keeps begging him to publish pictures of his humorously shaped potatoes. William just wants to get at the Truth. Unfortunately, everyone else wants to get at William. And it’s only the third edition…
"Take part in printing workshops learning how newspapers were before the digital age, create your own newspaper comic, meet Otto Shreik Discworld’s only Vampire photographer and pick up your copy of the Ankh Morpork Times to catch up with the latest news..."
The Discworld Dinner ("The Truth Shall Make Ye Hungry") is already sold out, but here's what the lucky ticketholders will be getting: "a very special two course dinner party with guest of honour Ben Aaronovitch, bestselling author of the Rivers of London book series and self-professed Pratchett fan. The evening will include a fish and chip supper (wrapped up in yesterday’s copy of the Ankh Morpork Times), a Q&A with Ben Aaronovitch, and a special Discworld quiz compiled by Stephen Briggs (reader of the Discworld audio books), with the chance to win a limited edition Discworld print by artist Barry Bulsara."
When: Saturday 27th May 2017
Venue: Story Museum, 42 Pembroke Street, Oxford OX1 1BP (phone (0)1865 790050)
Tickets: free with museum entry – Adult: £7.50
Under-18s and concessions: £5
Family ticket: £20 (4 people including at least 1 child)
Children under 2 and companions of disabled visitors: free
Editor's note: a 12-month Annual Pass (Adult: £18.75, Child: £12.50) can be purchased. Children aged 11 and over may visit The Story Museum unaccompanied provided that they have their parents’ or guardians’ permission.http://www.storymuseum.org.uk/whats-on/discworld-day-truth/* PUFFIN PRATCHETT PODCAST!
"Celebrate Terry Pratchett Day at your school with a show all about The Wee Free Men! Hosted by CBBC's Ed Petrie, your class will learn all about Terry's remarkable imagination and writing process, plus find out top tips for creating their own magical worlds.
"Show highlights you can look forward to:
"Terry Pratchett’s best friend and right-hand man Rob Wilkins answering your questions
"A draw-along with illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson
"Writing tips from authors Dave Rudden (Irish Children’s Book of the Year Knights of the Borrowed Dark),
"Robin Stevens (Murder Most Unladylike) and Jennifer Bell (The Uncommoners)
"A crash course in speaking like a Wee Free Man – get ready to do your best Scottish accent!
"See your school name on screen! Send in your class's weirdest and most wonderful answers to the following question: What would be in your imaginary world?"
When: 28th April 2017
Venue: on the Clacks!
To register for this event, go to http://puffinvirtuallylive.co.uk/author/TerryPratchettDay2017
and click on the "create an account" button in the yellow-bordered textbox.
Teachers! To download The Wee Free Men Teacher Resources, go to:http://puffinvirtuallylive.co.uk/WFMTeacher%20Resources_final.pdf
What is Puffin Virtually Live?
"Imagine if you could ask your favourite author anything . . . Puffin Virtually Live gives millions of children the opportunity to do just that. It is a free series of curriculum-tailored webcasts starring children’s authors and illustrators.It brings stories to life and encourages reading for pleasure for Key Stage 2 pupils. It is watched in classrooms around the world. Each 30-minute episode is comprised of author interviews (led by questions from the online audience), fun videos, draw-alongs and theatrical performances. The show is designed for formal learning: curriculum-linked lesson plans accompany every event, providing teachers with book extracts and all the tools they need to prepare their classes pre-show, and to stimulate classroom discussion post-event. Most schools outside big cities would never get the opportunity for an author visit – but through Puffin Virtually Live, millions of children around the world can meet their heroes, and all they need is an internet connection."http://puffinvirtuallylive.co.uk/