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Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
July 2016 (Volume 19, Issue 7, Post 1)


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WOSSNAME is a free publication offering news, reviews, and all the other stuff-that-fits pertaining to the works of Sir Terry Pratchett. Originally founded by the late, great Joe Schaumburger for members of the worldwide Klatchian Foreign Legion and its affiliates, including the North American Discworld Society and other continental groups, Wossname is now for Discworld and Pratchett fans everywhere in Roundworld.
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Editor in Chief: Annie Mac
News Editor: Vera P
Newshounds: Mogg, Sir J of Croydon Below, the Shadow, Mss C, Alison not Aliss
Staff Writers: Asti, Pitt the Elder, Evil Steven Dread, Mrs Wynn-Jones
Staff Technomancers: Jason Parlevliet, Archchancellor Neil, DJ Helpful
Book Reviews: Annie Mac, Drusilla D'Afanguin, Your Name Here
Puzzle Editor: Tiff (still out there somewhere)
Bard in Residence: Weird Alice Lancrevic
Emergency Staff: Steven D'Aprano, Jason Parlevliet
World Membership Director: Steven D'Aprano (in his copious spare time)

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INDEX:

01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH
02) EDITOR'S LETTER
03) MOVING PICTURES: WEE FREE MEN FILM CONFIRMED!
04) DISCWORLD CONVENTION NEWS
05) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
06) DISCWORLD MEETING GROUPS NEWS
07) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS
08) A FEW ODDS AND SODS
09) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
10) CLOSE

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01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH

"The Discworld series is a richly developed world with devoted fans, myself included, and there is no one better than Rhianna to bring Terry’s beloved project to life on the big screen." – Brian Henson, Chairman of The Jim Henson Company

"You can keep your George Martin; Terry Pratchett was writing fantasy with feminist characters years before A Game of Thrones was published."

– blogger Nat Wassell, on Cultured Vultures


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02) LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR

The big news this month is, of course, the announcement from Narrativia that they have partnered with the Jim Henson Company to make a big-screen version of The Wee Free Men. Given that Pratchett the Younger will be writing the script, this is exciting – for who among the living knows the essence of Tiffany Aching and the Chalk better than Rhianna Pratchett, who watched her father create that world? But Narrativia and Henson have a daunting task ahead of them nonetheless, for reasons well described in item 8.2 ("Why Discworld novels resist adaptation"). Here's hoping that a great book, a great screenwriter and great creature-makers can deliver a film worthy of its potential!

Speaking of worth and potential, there is a new Pratchett publication that I won't be reviewing, or promoting (though of course I'll report on others' reviews). I feel so strongly about it that I won't even mention its name here. But if you're curious and have the stomach for passionate rants, have a shufti at the Wossname blogpost at http://wossname.dreamwidth.org/38875.html

Right, on with the show!

– Annie Mac, Editor

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03) MOVING PICTURES: THE WEE FREE MEN FILM IS HAPPENING!

With Muppets, perhaps...?

"The Jim Henson Company announced today the development of a feature film based on the great literary legacy of the late Sir Terry Pratchett's 'THE WEE FREE MEN,' part of the wildly popular Discworld series. The long-awaited film adaption[sic] will be written by his daughter Rhianna Pratchett, an award-winning scriptwriter for videogames, comics, film and TV. Her work includes the 2013 smash hit reboot of Tomb Raider, the BAFTA nominated Heavenly Sword and the Writers' Guild winning Overload and Rise of the Tomb Raider. Pratchett, co-director of independent production company Narrativia, has regularly been named one of the top 100 most influential women in the games industry and won the Women in Games Hall of Fame award in 2013... Brian Henson of The Jim Henson Company will serve as producer. Rhianna Pratchett, Rob Wilkins and Rod Brown of Narrativia and Vince Raisa of The Jim Henson Company, will serve as executive producers. WEE FREE MEN is a co-production with Narrativia..."

To read the full announcement, go to http://narrativia.com/wee-free-men-announcement.html

...and how it was reported. In The Guardian, by Henry Barnes:

"It’s the second time the story has been earmarked for the big screen. In 2006, Sony Pictures acquired the rights for the book and hired Sam Raimi to direct it. Pratchett, who died last year from Alzheimer’s, hated the script, telling SFX magazine that it “had all the hallmarks of something that had been good, and then the studio had got involved”. He retrieved the rights in 2009..."

http://bit.ly/2aB7XJN

In The Bookseller, by Charlotte Eyre:

"The Jim Henson Company will co-produce the film with Narrativia, the independent production company founded by Terry Pratchett in 2012. Rhianna is a co-director of Narrativia, along with her father’s business manager Rob Wilkins. The m.d. is producer Rod Brown... Brian Henson of The Jim Henson Company will serve as producer of the film. Rhianna Pratchett, Rob Wilkins and Rod Brown of Narrativia and Vince Raisa of The Jim Henson Company, will serve as executive producers..."

http://bit.ly/2apFEdO

On BBC News Scotland, by Steven McKenzie:

"The book tells of a young witch's adventures with the Nac Mac Feegles, a fierce clan of kilted sheep-stealing, sword-wielding, six-inch-high blue men. The characters are known as "pictsies", a name based on the Picts, tribes that were dominant in Dark Age Scotland. Sir Terry's daughter Rhianna Pratchett is adapting the novel for the feature film..."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-36846239

On Wired, by Matt Kamen:

"The book had previously been optioned by Sony Pictures, with Spider-Man and The Evil Dead director Sam Raimi attached. However, Terry Pratchett called the proposed script for that version 'awful'... Things look more promising for Narrativia and Henson's take on the material, with the plot description in the announcement directly echoing the book's... Fans of Pratchett's darkly satirical work may be waiting a while to see tiny blue men running around their cineplex though – at present, no release date, casting, or creative appointments for Wee Free Men have been announced."

http://bit.ly/2aTfWit

On i09's Gizmodo, by Katharine Trendacosta:

"This could be a great pairing of property and studio. The Wee Free Men tells the story of nine-year-old Aching searching for her missing brother after a spate of Fairyland monsters have appeared. Aching, her frying pan, and a group of small, angry blue men called the Nac Mac Feegles go looking to save her brother from the Queen of the Fairies. Yeah, that sounds like something the Jim Henson Company could do a great job with. .."

http://bit.ly/29Lp0VE

On Blastr, by Trent Moore:

"This might not be the most obvious work for a film adaptation, but it certainly has the bones and potential for a great story. Throw in the extensive expertise of the Jim Henson Company (The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth), and it should have a unique look to match Pratchett’s vision. No word on when production might ramp up, or when we’ll hear anything on casting. But the project appears to be on the right track..."

http://bit.ly/2aDWSqZ

And a good analysis on The Daily Dot, by Gavia Baker-Whitelaw:

"Several Discworld books have been adapted in the past, from animated series in the '90s to the more recent live-action movies on British TV. However, none have really reached the success of the novels, which have been consistent bestsellers for decades. The Wee Free Men is an interesting place to start, if Rhianna Pratchett and the Jim Henson Company intend to turn the Tiffany Aching series into a franchise. The Discworld series offers a wide range of genres and characters, and the Ankh Morpork City Watch books (a series of law enforcement adventure stories) are probably the most obvious choice for a Hollywood adaptation. Unfortunately, the humor and absurdity of the Discworld series just doesn't fit with the expectation that adult fantasy stories should be dark and gritty, like Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, and Warcraft.
Despite the popularity of Pratchett's books, the idea of a funny historical fantasy satire may be too much for Hollywood to handle. In that context, Tiffany Aching is ideal. The books are recent, and therefore fresh in the minds of many fans—and it's easier to combine comedy and fantasy when the film is aimed at a family audience..."

http://bit.ly/2ad0z2X

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04) DISCWORLD CONVENTION NEWS

4.1 SCHEIBENWELT 2017 NEWS (GERMAN DISCWORLD CONVENTION)

Tickets for the 2017 German Discworld Convention are now available!

"The German Discworld Convention takes place in a castle in the German-speaking countries in the 2-year rhythm. During this time, we offer our more than 200 guests workshops, talks, games, guests of honour and booths selling Discworld merchandising that is usually not available in Germany. You can stop by as a day visitor or stay right at the castle or in a nearby hotel. The program spans several days.

"The German Discworld Convention will take place from the 18th to the 21st of May 2017 at Castle Ludwigstein. The theme we have chosen this time is the Witches and the Chalk. A motto is still being sought... we launched a new website where you can plan your convention visit more easily. On our YouTube channel (_https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC__TcB9nl4ttINnZXtVmmnA_) you can find some videos of our previews [sic – presumably 'previous' – Ed.] conventions."

Here's what you'll get for your tickets:

"The basic package for a Convention visit includes a stay from Thursday to Sunday. Thursday is the day of arrival, on Friday and Saturday the program takes place and on Sunday is the day of departure. Convention tickets include the right to participate in workshops, lectures and other activities. However for particularly costly workshops additional charges may apply. These are specified on the booking page. Our prices are made up of the price of accommodation and meals by the castle (circa 40 € per day for castle guests) and a small fee for carrying out the program. Members of the Ankh-Morpork e.V. and young visits receive a discount. Children under 3 years can be brought along for free, provided they not require their own bed."

Tickets for the full convention (Thursday through Sunday) are €149, with a member's discount of €10; for Friday through Sunday, tickets are €110 with a member's discount of €5.

For guests camping at the castle ("for camping guests include entry to the Convention including a place to put your own tent next to the castle, warm dinner and breakfast buffet"), tickets for Thursday through Sunday are €99 with a member's discount of €5, and for Friday through Sunday €79 with a member's discount of €4.

Day tickets are also available: €20 for the Friday or Saturday (€2 discount each for members) or €35 for Friday and Saturday together (€5 discount for members).

To order tickets, go to http://www.discworld-convention.de/#/en/Tickets/Order

http://www.discworld-convention.de/#/en/

4.2 CABBAGECON 4 NEWS (DUTCH DISCWORLD CONVENTION)

"On 1 and 2 July 2017 the fourth Dutch Discworld Convention Cabbagecon 4 will happen at the hotel Carlton President in Utrecht. It will be an occasion for fans of Sir Terry Pratchett from the Netherlands and abroad to meet up again and have some fun. We hope to see you too!"

Tickets for the whole weekend are priced at €60, available from http://www.dutchdwcon.nl/node/21

Tickets are €35 for Saturday (_http://www.dutchdwcon.nl/node/20_) and €35 for Sunday (_http://www.dutchdwcon.nl/node/19_).

Price for concessions, students and children born after 2 July 1999: €40 for the full weekend, or €25 for Saturday or Sunday. "Children born after 2 July 2012 free only when accompanied by a paying adult. Prices are including free coffee and tea for the weekend."

http://www.dutchdwcon.nl/


4.3 NULLUS ANXIETAS VI NEWS (AUSTRALIAN DISCWORLD CONVENTION)

"At this time next year, we'll be setting sail on The Discworld Grand Tour! Tickets for Nullus Anxietas VI – The Australian Discworld Convention are available in the shop (_https://ausdwcon.org/shop/tickets/_) so make sure to book your spot! Over the next twelve months, we'll be sending out regular updates about what you lovely tourists can expect – starting right now! On your tour, there will be a wide range of lovely events and activities for you to enjoy! Of the many available, we would like to give you a taste of just a few to appetite...

"Witness (and participate in) the vast array of talent in Vaudeville Le Maskerade. One event, under the one roof, all in the one afternoon. So dust off your finery, limber up those vocal chords and join us in this amazing experience. Eat, drink, explore your senses, and be merry at the Gala Dinner "Around the Disc in 7a Courses" – a whirlwind, steampunk culinary trip around the Disc. Re-stage the Battle of Koom Valley, machinate your way to rule Ankh-Morpork, or send a message to Genua faster than the Ankh-Morpork Post Office! That's right, all the Discworld board games – and many more – will be available to play in Mr Shine's Thud Parlour.

"What is a tourist without a Passport? Get your passport stamped at the convention by participating in activities, taking iconographs, playing games and many other mystery tasks! Collect the full set and win a prize! Join us for one final chapter in the convention story on Monday, 7 August 2017 by spending a day exploring the delectable delights and tantalising tastes of the Adelaide Hills on the Wine and Gourmet Tours. More details on all the above, plus some of the other events and activities available can be found on this page:

https://ausdwcon.org/convention/events/

"Tickets for the Gala Dinner and Wine and Gourmet Tours will be available in early 2017. We will keep you informed over the coming months about all activities.

"Help us to help you! Volunteers needed! We are working hard behind the scenes to put on a fantabulous convention for all of you next year. We've been kicking around lots of ideas for possible activities and events so that we can bring you a programme chock-full of things to do. But at the moment these are just ideas – in order to turn them into reality we need people to run them! So, if you've been wondering how you can get involved with the convention, now's your chance. Volunteer to run an activity or event! There are lots of things you could do. You could run a workshop teaching a skill or craft, or something fun for kids of all ages; deliver a presentation, demonstration or information session; be part of a group panel discussing a topic; perform something for everybody's entertainment (a bit longer than a Maskerade act); ... or maybe you have an idea for something totally different that we haven't thought of yet! Head to the volunteers page (_https://ausdwcon.org/volunteer/_) and fill in the form saying that you are interested in running an event and give a brief explanation of the activity that you think you could run. The Events and Activities coordinator will then get in touch with you to get more details about your idea and possible requirements. You won't have to do it all by yourself – if you need help in the organisation or running, we'll be able to find you volunteers, and of course, if it's something that needs participation, you're bound to get lots of support. If you have any further questions, please contact events@ausdwcon.org

"But wait, there's more! Can you draw, paint, or make fancy art? We would love to have a few more artists on board who are willing to create some lovely Discworld fan art for games, passports, the programme book and more! Want to help out in a more general capacity during the convention? Do things like taking official photos/video, helping with lights and sound, teaching board games, or just running around being useful? For any of the above please also complete the form on the volunteer page. If you've already volunteered – don't worry, our Head Gopher will be in touch with you soon!

"Remember, all Discworld conventions run entirely on volunteers, and anything you can do to help will be greatly appreciated! Running a convention is not a cheap exercise, so we are currently seeking businesses willing to become sponsors of the Australian Discworld Convention. If you run a business, or know someone who does, who may be willing to throw a few dollars our way, please contact us (_https://ausdwcon.org/about/contact-us/_)with information about the business and we'll get in touch..."

https://ausdwcon.org/

4.4 IDWCON 2017 NEWS (IRISH DISCWORLD CONVENTION)

The 2017 Irish Discworld Convention is already gearing up! It will be at the Cork International Hotel on 6th–9th October 2017, and the new website looks as sharp as a sharp thing:

"Welcome to the IDWCon 2017 website! Please see our About the Convention, F.A.Q., and Venue pages to find out more. You can sign up here and you'll find Pre-Con T-shirts here. Our theme this year is the Unseen University Open Doors Weekend – we’ll be visiting the U.U. to marvel at introductory lectures, research the groundbreaking Roundworld project, and find out more about the staff and Faculty. Whether you're a visiting scholar, a curious local or even a Tourist, the U.U.’s doors will be open to all for this extra-special event. Hold on to your pointy hats – it's going to be Hexcellent!"

Full Membership for the convention is priced at €50 (concessions €40; children 12 and under, accompanied by a paying adult, €1). To purchase tickets, go to:

http://bit.ly/2azYwsj

FAQ:
http://2017.idwcon.org/index.php/convention/f-a-q.html

Latest news:
http://2017.idwcon.org/index.php/news.html/

http://2017.idwcon.org/

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05) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS

5.0 NEW: WYRD SISTERS IN LANCRE, ERM, LANCASHIRE! (AUGUST–SEPTEMBER)

The Greenbrook Methodist Church Theatre Group will stage their production of Wyrd Sisters over the August Bank Holiday weekend!

When: 31st August to 2nd September 2016
Venue: Greenbrook Methodist Church Theatre Group & Community Centre, Greenbrook Road, Burnley, Lancs BB12 6NZ
Time: 7.30pm all shows
Tickets: £8 adult, £5 child, available by phoning Wendy on 01282 426 889

5.1 NEW: TAMAHER AT THE EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL! (AUGUST)

At this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, there will be two – count ’em, two! – Pratchett plays. Geoff Epperson at Carl Sandburg High School in Chicago, Illinois writes: "As part of the American High School Theatre Festival, Carl Sandburg High School will present their production of The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents. “Maurice is an amazing cat. He can think, he can talk, and he has an amazing scam going. And all he needs to pull it off is his army of intelligent rats and one stupid-looking kid. Carl Sandburg High School is proudly returning to the Fringe with this frenetic, fantastic, hysterical tale from the great Sir Terry Pratchett."

When: 5th, 6th, 8th and 10th August 2016
Venue: Surgeons Hall Grand Theatre (Venue 53), Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Time: 9.45am (5th, 6th and 10th); 11.45am (8th)
Tickets: £5, available from https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/amazing-maurice-and-his-educated-rodents and boxoffice.surgeons@thespaceuk.com – also in person at the Fringe box office

“Meanwhile, back in the States...”

Geoff writes: “For Sir Terry’s stateside fans we’ll be performing it at our home stage in Orland Park, Illinois (Just outside of Chicago) August 26th and 27th at 7pm and Sunday August 28th at 3pm. Tickets are $7.”

Venue: Carl Sandburg High School Performing Arts Center, 13300 S. LaGrange Road, Orland Park, Illinois, 60462

5.2 REMINDER: MORT AT THE EDINBURGH FRINGE (AUGUST)

Duck in a Hat are coming back to Edinburgh with another Discworld production!

"Mort doesn't know what to expect when he starts his new job: apprentice to the Grim Reaper (scythe, hooded cloak, and all). But things slip out of his control when he saves a princess destined to die, tearing apart the fabric of reality. With the help of Death's adopted daughter and a mysterious manservant, can Mort thwart destiny, save the princess, find true love and have his own happily ever after? Presented by the team behind the 2015 sell-out Terry Pratchett's Eric, this is a hilarious new adaptation of Pratchett's beloved tale of life, death and destiny."

When: 15th–28th August 2016 (excepting 21st)
Venue: Paradise in Augustine's, 41–43 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EL
Time: 7.35pm all shows
Tickets: £9.50 (£8 concessions), available from https://edinburghfestival.list.co.uk/event/590050-terry-pratchetts-mort/ or by phone 0131 510 0022

http://duckinahat.weebly.com/
https://twitter.com/duck_in_a_hat (for updates)

5.3 NEW: WYRD SISTERS IN EAST GRINSTEAD (OCTOBER)

The Ace Theatre Company will present their production of Wyrd Sisters in October.

When: 20th – 22nd October 2016
Venue: Chequer Mead Theatre, De La Warr Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex RH19 3BS
Time: all evening shows 7.30pm; matinee on Saturday 22nd, 2.30pm
Tickets: evening shows £13 (£11 concessions); Saturday matinee £11 (£9 concessions), available from the Box Office by phoning 01342 302000, by email to tickets@chequermead.org.uk, or online at http://www.chequermead.org.uk/whats-on/theatre/event/?e=364967&cat= (click on the desired date button to purchase)

http://www.chequermead.org.uk/

5.4 REMINDER: LANCRE WITCHES ON THE ROAD! CARPE JUGULUM IN ESSEX (AUGUST)

"Come and join Chameleon's Web Theatre Company for a fun-filled show suitable for all ages from 4-104. Although we can guarantee the quality of the performance we cannot guarantee the British weather so please bring appropriate clothing for an outdoor performance! Please bring rugs, low backed chairs and picnics but be warned – the residents of Lancre are very partial to a sausage roll or two!"

When: 5th, 6th, 7th, 13th and 14th August 2016
Venue: various; see below
Time: various; see below
Tickets: £11 (£9 concessions; family ticket £34), available from http://www.chameleonsweb.co.uk/www.ticketsource.co.uk/chameleonsweb or bookable by phone on 0333 666 3366 (local rate, £1.50 booking charge which includes postage of tickets)

Venues are:

5th August: The Amphitheatre, Park Drive, Promenade Park, Maldon, Essex CM9 5HX at 6pm
For more info: http://www.visitmaldon.co.uk/promenade-park/

6th August: Tollesbury Community Centre, East Street, Tollesbury, Essex CM9 8QD at 7pm (indoors)
For more info: http://bit.ly/299hVmL

7th August: Beth Chatto Gardens, Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex CO7 7DB at 6pm
For more info: http://www.bethchatto.co.uk/events/theatre-performance-in-the-gardens.htm

13th August: The Whalebone, Chapel Rd, Colchester, Essex CO5 7BG at 5pm
For more info: http://www.thewhaleboneinn.co.uk/

14th August: Dedham Vale Vineyard, Green Lane, Boxted, Colchester, Essex CO4 5TS at 6pm
For more info: http://www.dedhamvalevineyard.com/

Tour Information Line - 07936067657 (please note tickets cannot be purchased from this number)

http://www.chameleonsweb.co.uk/next.html

5.3 NEW: GUARDS! GUARDS! IN THE WIRRAL (JULY)

Greasby Players, who produced a run last year of Wyrd Sisters, will be staging Guards! Guards! this month!

When: 13th -16th July 2016
Venue: Westbourne Hall, Westbourne Road, West Kirby, Wirral CH48 4DQ
Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: £8.00 (£6.00 concessions). To book, ring 677 9187 or visit Greasby Players' Facebook page (URL below)

https://www.facebook.com/GreasbyPlayersWirral/
http://www.wirralradio.co.uk/news/whats-on/

5.5 REMINDER: WYRD SISTERS IN RICHMOND, YORKSHIRE (AUGUST)

The Richmond Amateur Dramatic Society aka RADS will be staging their production of Wyrd Sisters in July. RADS chairman Mike Walker writes, “For anyone who hasn’t visited the Georgian Theatre Royal, it is an experience in itself, being Britain’s oldest working theatre in its original form; a Grade 1 listed building and an accredited museum. It is an 18th century ‘courtyard’ theatre which seats just over 200 people, the furthest seat being only 10.7m from the stage! I do hope Terry Pratchett fans will be interested in seeing Wyrd Sisters in this fascinating setting.”

When: 4th–6th August 2016
Venue: Georgian Theatre Royal, Victoria Road, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 4DW
Time: 7.30pm all shows
Tickets: £6.50 to £12.50, available online at https://tickets.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk/ or ring the box office 01748 825252

http://www.richmond-ads.org.uk/
http://www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk/

5.6 REMINDER: GOING POSTAL IN CARDIFF (AUGUST)

The Monstrous Productions Theatre Company, who specialise in staging Pratchett plays and have so far raised – and donated – over £18,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK, are taking on the Ankh-Morpork Post Office for their next project!

"Moist Von Lipwig is a conman, forger and all-round confidence trickster, always on the look out for the next big game. Until one of his many personas has a run-in with the law and is hanged to within a inch of his life. And so begins the biggest game of all. He must restore Ankh-Morpork's defunct post office to it’s former glory or else have a second shot at dancing the hemp fandango. On his side he has the Disc's oldest junior postman, Stanley ('ask me about pins!') and his pottery probation officer, Mr Pump. It's a mighty task, made mightier by competition from Ankh-Morpork's newest technology, the Clacks, and its piratical owner, Reacher Gilt."

When: 17th–20th August 2016
Venue: The Gate Arts Centre, Keppoch Street, Roath, Cardiff CF24 3JW
Time: 7.30pm evening shows (doors open at 7pm); 2.30pm matinee on the 20th (doors open 2pm)
Tickets: £8 (£6 concessions), available from http://7889269b08cd.fikket.com/ – also by email (monstrousproductions2012@gmail.com, pay by cheque or bank transfer)

Also, if you are local to the Cardiff area (or fond of travelling), the Monstrous company works to a great model: "We announce auditions for upcoming productions about a month before casting. We have a laid back audition process and people travel from all over the South Wales area. No experience is necessary, our only stipulation is that members must be over 18 and younger than 70. Membership is £10 per year. We rehearse twice a week over the course of a few months, with some social activities thrown in."

http://www.monstrousptc.com/

5.7 REMINDER: GUARDS! GUARDS! IN BRISBANE (OCTOBER)

The Brisbane Arts Theatre takes on yet another Discworld play later this year, in October and November: "From the legendary author Sir Terry Pratchett comes the eighth novel in the Discworld series and first featuring the Ankh-Morpork City Watch. Long believed extinct, a superb specimen, The Noble Dragon has appeared in Discworld's greatest city. Not only does this unwelcome visitor have a nasty habit of charbroiling everything in its path, in rather short order it is crowned King (it is a noble dragon, after all). With some help from an orangutan librarian, it is the task of the Night Watch to overpower the secret brotherhood and restore order to the kingdom in this fantastical Discworld adventure."

When: 8th October through 12th November 2016
Venue: Brisbane Arts Theatre, 210 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane, QLD 4000
Time: 8pm Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays (except 10th November); 6.30pm Sundays (16th & 30th October)
Tickets: Adults $31, Concession $25, Group 10+ $25, Group 75+ $20, Student Rush $10(10 mins before curtain), available online at http://bit.ly/1QGbXBF

http://www.artstheatre.com.au/show/guardsguards

5.8 NEW: MORT IN THE LAND OF FOG (NOVEMBER)

Paeroa Little Theatre's major production for 2016 will be Mort!

When: 9th–18th November 2016
Venue: Paeroa Little Theatre, 1 Francis Street, Paeroa 3600, th North Island, Land of Fog, er, New Zealand
Time: TBA
Tickets: TBA

http://www.facebook.com/PaeroaLittleTheatre/

5.9 STILL QUITE NEW: WYRD SISTERS IN BOLTON, LANCS (MARCH 2017)

Bolton Little Theatre, "a vibrant amateur theatre company run by members" since 1931, will be presenting their production of Wyrd Sisters next March.

When: 6th–11th March 2017
Venue: Bolton Little Theatre, Hanover Street, Bolton BL1 4TG
Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: £10 (Monday night 3 for 2 special), available at boltonlittletheatre.ticketsource.co.uk – group bookings of 10+ (£9) should be booked through the Box Office. “You can book at Bolton Little Theatre box office in person or by telephone on Monday night from 7.30 to 9pm and Friday mornings from 10.30 to 12 noon – no extra charge if paying by cash or cheque and you can book during the run of the plays or you can book online at boltonlittletheatre.ticketsource.co.uk ...credit card charges will apply. Tickets can be e-tickets (no charge) mobile phone ticket (50p) standard post (£1.50).”

http://www.boltonlittletheatre.co.uk/terry-pratchetts-wyrd-sisters/

5.10 REVIEWS: WYRD SISTERS IN DARLINGTON, FOURECKS

By Douglas Sutherland-Bruce for Weekend Notes:

"Young director Harrison MacLennan has assembled a very young cast to present this classic of the genre. First let me say that the sets designed and built by Owen Davis and his team is nothing short of miraculous. Beautifully detailed and painted on about six reversible truck flats the scenes changes (a LOT of them) were smooth, swift and silent... innovative use of the stage added to the imaginative use of lights and sound was simply magical. As might be expected with such a young and largely inexperienced cast (for many this was their first time on stage) the stagecraft was somewhat problematic but the energy and enthusiasm made up for it. The cast was filled out by some highly experienced actors which re-dressed the balance. Taneal Thompson makes a welcome return to Marloo as the villainous duchess. Fi Livings, as the doyenne of witches, Granny Weatherwax, was outstanding, as was relative newcomer Chantelle Pitt's Nanny Ogg. Her accent roamed all over the British Isles from Ireland, through Cornwall to the Outer Hebrides but that just added to the charm of her performance. In fact 'charming' is probably the most significant description of the production... The cast worked well together and the audience thoroughly enjoyed themselves, as I would expect any audience to do – it would be hard to not like this delightful show..."

http://www.weekendnotes.com/wyrd-sisters-marloo-theatre/

...and by Gordon the Optom for the Independent Theatre Association:

"I think this may be the first major production directed by Harrison MacLennan, who was ably assisted here by Guy Jackson. With a massive cast to handle and some actors as young as 12 yrs. (Molly O’Hehir – a star in the making?), I was expecting the show to stagger through. However, EVERY member of the cast was superbly rehearsed and totally focused. There were no vacant faces when other actors were talking, and everyone acted with their bodies and faces. Good, solid and natural performances from this young team. The magnificent witches had some hilarious lines, delivered with perfect comedic timing. The entrances and exits worked smoothly, even when a dozen actors were involved..."

http://www.ita.org.au/2016/06/wyrd-sisters-reviewed-by-gordon-the-optom/

5.11 REVIEW: LORDS AND LADIES IN NEWCASTLE

By Denise Sparrowhawk for SpikeMike:

"The People's Theatre have once again taken on the challenge of a big cast production with over 25 characters. And that's before you even consider the legacy of Terry Pratchett hovering over the whole proceeding! But as usual the People's team have taken on the challenge and presented a blinding production. Magnificent costumes, spectacular sound and lighting, a few clever special effects and some almost perfect comic timing make this an incredible show. We have morris dancers, wizards, witches - old and new. You have to love the teenage emo witches with their carefully ragged outfits and their self-consciously co-ordinated black lace handkerchiefs). An unexpected king and his queen to be, chosen from his subjects ( like all good fairy tales). Wicked elves, a glamorous bad queen and of course, an Orang-utan... If you were thinking it's all sounding a bit panto-ish, you'd not be far wrong, and of course, there is nothing the People's theatre do better than panto and Shakespeare. The characters are colourful, larger than life, the humour is witty and bawdy, and at times cuttingly sharp... Standout performances from Sarah Scott as Magrat Garlick, Kath Frazer as Granny Witherwack[sic], and Val Russell as nanny Og[sic], who between them save the day.. a marvellous feel good production with a serious message about society if you'd care to look for it, or you could just enjoy the spectacle..."

http://bit.ly/2aT8mEH

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06) DISCWORLD MEETING GROUPS NEWS: UPDATES AND REMINDERS

The Broken Drummers, "London's Premier Unofficially Official Discworld Group" (motto "Nil percussio est"), meets next on Monday 1st August 2016 at the Monkey Puzzle, 30 Southwick Street, London, W2 1JQ. For more information, go to http://brokendrummers.org/ or email BrokenDrummers@gmail.com or nicholls.helen@yahoo.co.uk

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Canberra, Australia's Discworld fan group is Drumknott's Irregulars: "We are a newly established Terry Pratchett & Discworld social group in Canberra called Drumknott's Irregulars. The group is open to all, people from interstate and overseas are welcome, and our events will not be heavily themed. Come along to dinner for a chat and good company. We welcome people all all fandoms (and none) and we would love to see you at one of our events, even if you're just passing through. Please contact us via Facebook (_https://www.facebook.com/groups/824987924250161/_) or Google Groups (_https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/drumknotts-irregulars_) or join us at our next event."

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For Facebook users in Fourecks: The Victorian Discworld Klatch is "a social group for fans of Discworld and Terry Pratchett... run by a dedicated team who meet monthly and organise events monthly." "If you’d like to join our events please ask to join the Klatch."

https://www.facebook.com/groups/VictorianDiscworldKlatch


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"The Gathering of the Loonies (Wincanton chapter)" is a public Facebook meeting group: "This group, by request of Jo in Bear will continue to be used for future unofficial (not run by the Emporium) fan Gatherings in Wincanton. Look here for information." [Editor's note: this is an active group. If you use Facebook, it may be worth joining!]

https://www.facebook.com/groups/373578522834654/

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The Pratchett Partisans are a fan group who meet monthly at either Brisbane or Indooroopilly to "eat, drink and chat about all things Pratchett. We hold events such as Discworld dinners, games afternoons, Discworld photo scavenger hunts. We also attend opening night at Brisbane Arts Theatre's Discworld plays." The Partisans currently have about 200 members who meet at least twice a month, usually in Brisbane.

For more info about their next meetup, join up at https://www.facebook.com/groups/pratchettpartisans/ or contact Ula directly at uwilmott@yahoo.com.au

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The City of Small Gods is a group for fans in Adelaide and South Australia.

"We have an established Terry Pratchett & Discworld fan group in Adelaide called The City of Small Gods, which is open to anyone who would like to come - you don't have to live in Adelaide or even South Australia, or even be a Discworld fan, but that's mostly where our events will be held, and we do like discussing Pratchett's works. Our (semi-) regular meetings are generally held on the last Thursday of the month at a pub or restaurant in Adelaide. We have dinner at 6.30pm followed by games until 9pm. The games are usually shorter games like Pairs, Sushi Go, or Tiny Epic Defenders, with the occasional Werewolf session, as these are the best sort of games that work in a pub setting. Every few months, we have a full day's worth of board games at La Scala Cafe, 169 Unley Rd, Unley in the function room starting at 10am. In addition, we will occasionally have other events to go and see plays by Unseen Theatre Company, book discussions on Terry's latest, craft, chain maille or costuming workshops or other fun social activities."

The next Monthly Dinner and Games at the Caledonian Hotel will be held on 25th August 2016. For more info, go to www.cityofsmallgods.org.au

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The Broken Vectis Drummers meet next on Thursday 4th August 2016 (probably) from 7.30pm at The Castle pub in Newport, Isle of Wight. For more info and any queries, contact broken_vectis_drummers@yahoo.co.uk

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The Wincanton Omnian Temperance Society (WOTS) next meets on Friday 5th August 2016 (probably) at Wincanton's famous Bear Inn from 7pm onwards. "Visitors and drop-ins are always welcome!"

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The Northern Institute of the Ankh-Morpork and District Society of Flatalists, a Pratchett fangroup, has been meeting on a regular basis since 2005 but is now looking to take in some new blood (presumably not in the non-reformed Uberwald manner). The Flatalists normally meet at The Narrowboat Pub in Victoria Street, Skipton, North Yorkshire, to discuss "all things Pratchett" as well as having quizzes and raffles. Details of future meetings are posted on the Events section of the Discworld Stamps forum:

http://www.discworldstamps.co.uk/forum/

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Sydney Drummers (formerly Drummers Downunder) meet next on Monday 1st August 2016 at 6.30pm (probably) in Sydney at 3 Wise Monkeys, 555 George Street, Sydney,2000. For more information, contact Sue (aka Granny Weatherwax): kenworthys@yahoo.co.uk

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The Treacle Mining Corporation, formerly known as Perth Drummers, meets next on Monday 1st August 2016 (probably) from 5.30pm at Carpe Cafe, 526 Murray Street, Perth, Western Australia. For details follow Perth Drummers on Twitter @Perth_Drummers or join their Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Perth.Drummers/ – or message Alexandra Ware directly at <alexandra.ware@gmail.com>

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07) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS

7.1 FROM DISCWORLD.COM

* The Terry Pratchett 2017 Diary!

"Sir Terry Pratchett left us, far too early, in March 2015. To celebrate his life and works, we’ve given over the 2017 Discworld Diary – which will be a perennial diary – to remembrances and tributes from some of those who knew and loved him and his extraordinary body of work. Contributors include Neil Gaiman, A S Byatt, Terry Pratchett’s literary agent Colin Smythe, co-author of the Long Earth books Stephen Baxter, famed bookseller Rog Peyton, and many more. With an introduction from his daughter Rhianna Pratchett and an afterword from longtime friend and colleague Rob Wilkins. Exclusively embossed with Sir Terry’s signature and sealed with his personal coat of arms – the design of which he oversaw himself."

The Terry Pratchetty Diary is priced at £20.00 and will be published on 13th October 2016. For more information, and to pre-order, go to
http://discworld.com/products/books/terry-pratchett-diary/

7.2 FROM THE DISCWORLD EMPORIUM

* The Discworld 2017 Collector's Edition calendar!

"Featuring the iconic fantasy artwork of Josh Kirby, the 2017 Discworld calendar is a nostalgic celebration of his spectacular and unmistakable cover illustrations for Terry Pratchett's earliest Discworld books. The 2017 calendar features twelve pieces of artwork, along with all those important Discworld and roundworld dates that you'll still forget about despite them hanging on your wall in such a decorative fashion. Each calendar includes a full page of colourful artwork for each month along with plenty of space for your notes, reminders and appointments. Includes all major realtime calendrical data for Great Britain, Eire, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA, as well as notable Discworld dates."

The 2017 Discworld Calendar is priced at £14.99, plus shipping (variable). For more information, and to order, go to

http://discworld.com/products/books/terry-pratchett-diary/

* New Discworld Collector's Library releases! With combined shipping!

"We're now offering combined shipping when you pre-order all four new Collector's Library Edition books! The Last Continent, Carpe Jugulum, The Fifth Elephant and The Truth will be published October 20th, all with stunning new cover artwork by Joe McLaren! Every copy of these beautiful hardbacks include a FREE Unseen University Library Bookplate, printed on real gummed stamp paper – exclusive to copies from the Discworld Emporium! If you have already placed an order that you would like to amend please contact us with your order number via shop@discworldemporium.com and we will be happy to help!"

Each of the four books is priced at £12.99, with a special combination price of £51.96 for all four (shipping included). For more information, and to pre-order, go to

http://www.discworldemporium.com/new-terry-pratchett-books

* Fantastic beasts (and where to find them)!

No, nowt to do with Harry Potter. This is a gorgeous tea towel featuring many of the odd fauna and flora of the Disc: "100% cotton tea towel featuring some of our favourite Discworld plants and critters, including the Curious Squid, Quantum Weather Butterfly, Counting Pine, Hermit Elephant and Swamp Dragon! Illustrated exclusively for us in glorious thaumicolour by Vladimir Stankovic in his wonderfully dark story-book style, this fantastical tea towel is a tribute to some of the 'wilder' creations from the mind of Terry Pratchett – the flora and fauna that made the Discworld world just a little bit more, well, Discworld."

The Flora and Fauna tea towel measures 78 x 48cm and is priced at £9.95. For more information, and to order, go to

http://bit.ly/2acTPlI

The Flora and Fauna of Discworld print is also available as a poster, priced at £15.00 and measuring 80.5 x 50cm. For more information, and to order, go to

http://www.discworldemporium.com/discworld-flora-and-fauna-poster

7.3 FROM THE PAUL KIDBY SHOP

The Discworld Colouring Book is almost ready! It will be published by Gollancz on the 18th of August, and Paul Kidby's shop is offering an exclusive signed ‘Pencil Eater’ bookplate with each copy.

Priced at £13.50 (price includes postage & packaging for UK deliveries only). For more information, and to pre-order, go to

http://bit.ly/2alSV63

7.4 ... AND FROM SOME PASSIONATE PRATCHETT FANS IN FOURECKS

The City of Small Gods fan club in Adelaide, South Australia, has commissioned their own line of logo-bedecked clothing! There are several items available: a Bell Polo, a Contrast Polo (both priced at AU$35-AU$40), a Shepherd Hoodie (AU$50-AU$55) and a Contrast Fleecy Hoodie (AU$60-AU$65), all looking very classy too. For more information, and to order, go to

https://t.co/PFW6OuvHTR

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08) A FEW ODDS AND SODS

8.1 JOSH KIRBY ART FOR GAMES

From the MerketersMedia press release:

"The Josh Kirby Estate has announced an exclusive partnership with Seattle-area based games developer MetaArcade, providing Kirby's art for use within its upcoming game, a digital remastering of the iconic tabletop RPG, Tunnels & Trolls. Featuring Kirby's original creations, MetaArcade will debut its prototype of Tunnels & Trolls at Gen Con, held Aug. 4-7 in Indianapolis, celebrating the game's 40th consecutive attendance. Rob Liano, Chief Marketing Officer of the Josh Kirby Estate, said 'Josh was creative and innovative and we couldn't be more excited about bringing his distinctive work to life for new audiences on digital platforms by partnering with fellow innovators like MetaArcade.'... Kirby was highly sought after by the time the 1980s rolled around, yet he lent his talents to creating the interior art and full-color covers for a limited series of Tunnels & Trolls books, at the time, distributed only in the United Kingdom. Kirby's unmistakable art for Tunnels & Trolls has largely been out of print for decades, and will now play an integral role in MetaArcade's remastering of Tunnels & Trolls for digital platforms, including iOS, Android, PC, and Mac. David Reid, Founder & CEO of MetaArcade, said 'Josh Kirby stands as one of the world's premier fantasy artists, and we are thrilled to honour his legacy by showcasing his work in both our Tunnels & Trolls game and the beginning of the MetaArcade Adventures Platform content library.'..."

http://bit.ly/2aq3lCK

Ben Barrett of PC Games adds info in his article:

"Kirby also created work for the original Tunnels & Trolls books, the tabletop adventure IP on which MetaArcade is building one of its games and the first ever followup to D&D. They wanted to use that same art for the digital version once they found it, as CEO David Reid explains. 'Early in our development of the Tunnels & Trolls prototype, we did a quick inventory of all the books in circulation,' he says. 'One of our partners picked up the Corgi book which included solo adventures Naked Doom and Deathtrap Equalizer, which included artwork [we'd] never seen. We were instantly blown away by the quality of the art Josh had created, and after conferring with Flying Buffalo to determine the artwork's origins, we contacted the Josh Kirby Estate through Rob Liano.'

"Reid also says that some of the very best adventures in the original books were illustrated by Kirby, and they’re going to debut his art as part of the digital version at GenCon this year, August 4-7. While it's going to be used to illustrate the same adventures it originally did, it will also be part of the MetaArcade Adventures Platform, meaning budding designers can use Kirby's art as part of their own games if they wish. 'Personally, as I look over the archive of art from the past 40 years, at times entire ideas for adventures spring forth to me just by looking at one illustration,' says Reid, 'and it's my hope and expectation that other writers will take the same inspiration from Josh's art and the rest of the library...'"

http://www.pcgamesn.com/tunnels-trolls/metaarcade-josh-kirby-art

8.2 WHY DISCWORLD NOVELS "RESIST ADAPTATION"

A thought-provoking op-ed by Prospero for The Economist. Longish by current internet-idiot standards, but worth reading al the way through. Some extracts:

"A newcomer to Pratchett would be forgiven for feeling a little baffled: how could such a commercially successful series, matched only by 'Harry Potter' and 'Twilight', have avoided the siren call of Hollywood for so long? The will-they-won’t-they saga of bringing Pratchett to the big screen is almost as long as the 41-strong novel series itself. In 1992, Pratchett was approached by an American production company about his novel 'Mort', a dark comedy about the skeletal, scythe-wielding figure of Death taking on an intern... 'We've been doing market research and the skeleton bit doesn't work for us, it’s a bit of a downer,' Pratchett recalled the producers saying, 'We love it, it's high concept – just lose the Death angle.' The film went no further... One explanation for the Sisyphean back-and-forth might be just the fiercely anti-Disney, sceptical bent to Pratchett's writing. Any book which has as its guiding credo the line: 'If you trust in yourself…and believe in your dreams...and follow your star…you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy' is going to find it tough to maintain its integrity once the studio has made it commercially palatable.

"Or so we might have thought. But Hollywood is rapidly turning subversion of its own tropes into its chief box office asset. 'Frozen', a Disney princess story about the bond between two sisters that made more than $1 billion worldwide, cheerfully rewrote all the accepted kid-friendly rules about dreams and true love. It has ushered in an irreverent revisionist wave from 'Into the Woods' to 'The Lego Movie' that would comfortably incorporate a strong heroine uninterested in romance, much like 'The Wee Free Men''s Tiffany Aching. The irony and subversion powering Pratchett's writing has never had a better time to flourish in Hollywood. Yet even with this change, Pratchett's works resist easy adaptation. Much as Douglas Adams's 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' long resisted a film version (and even then produced a mediocre result), Pratchett's authorial voice is hard to convey on the screen. Pratchett in particular relies on paratext – a novel commenting on being a novel. Reading him is to be endlessly second-guessed. The brilliance of a quip like 'Give a man a fire and he's warm for a day, but set fire to him and he's warm for the rest of his life' lies in its subversion of expectation, but in a particularly literary way. Its force depends on the eye crossing the page, not a viewer watching images on a screen..."

http://www.economist.com/blogs/prospero/2016/07/books-film

8.3 ANKH-MORPORK: YOU WOULDN'T WANT TO LIVE THERE, BUT...

On Bustle.com, Charlotte Ahlin lists "10 fictional places we wish we could travel to in real life", and number four – one rank higher than the Shire! – is Ankh-Morpork:

"Yes, the city-state of Ankh-Morpork is a mess, but if you're visiting Terry Pratchett's Discworld, you won't want to miss it. It's rife with violence and corruption, but in a fun way. You can take a class at Unseen University, or grab a drink at Biers ("where everybody knows your shape"). As the biggest city in all of Discworld, Ankh-Morpork is filled with all manner of humans, dwarves, wizards, and other fantasy characters, both living and undead. Just bring some hand-sanitizer, if you decide to make the trip."

http://bit.ly/29KunUe

8.4 VIDEOS: ALZHEIMER'S AND MEMORY

On Scroll.in, a series of Alzheimer's-related videos ("These are the memories that people with Alzheimer's never want to forget") includes Sir Pterry. All are worth watching.

http://bit.ly/2aiQRhi


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09) IMAGES OF THE MONTH

Paul Kidby's wonderful portrait of the Chalk Clan's "usual suspects", including Hamish the Aviator and Morag, from The Wee Free Men:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CnzKjXDWcAAKLUF.jpg

...and the magnificent Lady Esmerelda Weatherwax, Patron of the Opera, as drawn by Paul Kidby for the Talpress edition of Maskerade:
http://bit.ly/2aqouMT

[Editor's note: if you look at the photo on this page (_http://picturesup.typepad.com/pictures-up/2010/10/poison-is-queen.html_) – which is of the equally magnificent Sian Phillips in ageing makeup as the elderly Livia in I, Claudius – you can see a very strong resemblance. I've always felt that Ms Phillips (now Dame Sian) was the physical inspiration for Granny, whether Pterry and Paul Kidby realised it or not. Never forget that Granny was a very handsome woman, even if her sternness made her less so; after all, Pterry told us that both Weatherwax sisters looked very alike, but Lily was considered beautiful!]

Hags of Fourecks: Nanny (Chantelle Pitt), Granny (Fi Livings) and Magrat (Alisha Napier) as presented in the Marloo Theatre's recent production of Wyrd Sisters:
http://www.weekendnotes.com/im/003/03/wyrd-sisters-stephen-briggs-terry-pratchett-discwo1.jpg

Daniel Robinson's excellent Discworld cake for his father (originally tweeted at https://twitter.com/DPR1990/status/756841307612545024):
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CoDXJqYW8AAb4o_.jpg

...and for your Librarian-inspired pleasure, here be one of Melbourne Zoo's marvellous orangutans, displaying his fashion sense with a knowing look:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CoBd86GXEAEB_uu.jpg

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10) CLOSE

And that's the lot for July. Take care, and we'll see you next month!

– Annie Mac


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Copyright (c) 2016 by Klatchian Foreign Legion
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The word from Penguin Classics on the newly published (Doubleday) graphic novel of Small Gods:

"Like all things on the Discworld, religion is a controversial business. Small gods, elbowing for space at the top, rely on faith and followers to retain their status. Not a good time then, for the Great God Om to be reduced to tortoise form, barely able to muster up a static shock let alone a good old fashioned thunderbolt. He needs followers, fast, and Brutha the novice is the Chosen One – or at least, the only One available... Follow the misadventures of our favourite novice priest and his tortoise deity in Ray Friesen's stunning new adaptation of Terry Pratchett's bestselling novel. Fully illustrated for the first time, this graphic novel brings Brutha and Om to life as never before."

I will agree with them that the adaptation is stunning – but not in the way they undoubtedly meant it. As Editor of Wossname and as a passionate Discworld enthusiast of many years' standing, I cannot in conscience promote this volume. As in really, really can't. I hate saying negative things about any Pratchett work, but there is no way around it this time: I think this is some of the worst, ugliest and least competent "professional" comics art I've ever seen (and I've seen a lot), and at the very least I find its childish, visual-slapstick style horribly inappropriate for what could well be the most artistically significant and intellectually bracing of all the Discworld novels.

Graham Higgins' artwork for the graphic novel of Guards! Guards! was simply delicious, and brought the A-M City Watch to glorious life. Higgins' artwork for Mort was decidedly inferior to that, but still bearable if one viewed it with a squint in a following wind. But this... this... I swear, if I were Nuggan I would Abominate the new graphic novel of Small Gods, and rightly.

I'll grant that Ray Friesen's Official Terry Pratchett Brand[sorta-TM] icons have a certain twee charm. But I can only deplore the decision from Team Pratchett to hire Friesen as artist for any graphic novel, much less one as mighty as Small Gods. I won't be buying it and I won't be promoting it, and I am very saddened by this. I probably will lose some goodwill from Team Pratchett by making my opinions on this public, and that saddens me as well, but my conscience demands I tell my true opinion here. And so it goes. Ah well, there's always the forthcoming (and utterly fabulous) Paul Kidby Discworld Colouring Book to console myself with...

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Now then – if you, O Reader, are interested in purchasing or even doing a suck-and-see crash test of the Small Gods graphic novel, you can go to http://classics.penguin.co.uk/q/1H7kqwtAO5cfPZCdyGG9j/wv where you will find links for both a free sample download and purchasing options.

Also, if anyone out there wants to send a review of the Small Gods graphic novel to Wossname, we will publish it whether the reviewer agrees with your Editor or disagrees just as violently :-)

Here endeth this rant. July edition of Wossname coming in a few hours' time...
wossname: (GNU Terry Pratchett)
Wossname
Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
July 2015 Main Issue (Volume 18, Issue 7, Post 1)

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Editor in Chief: Annie Mac
News Editor: Vera P
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Staff Technomancers: Jason Parlevliet, Archchancellor Neil, DJ Helpful
Book Reviews: Annie Mac, Drusilla D'Afanguin, Your Name Here
Puzzle Editor: Tiff (still out there somewhere)
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Emergency Staff: Steven D'Aprano, Jason Parlevliet
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INDEX:

01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH
02) EDITOR'S LETTER
03) WITHOUT WHOM (A TRIBUTE TO THE LIVING): COLIN SMYTHE
04) ODDS AND SODS
05) REVIEWS: THE LONG UTOPIA
06) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS AND UPDATES
07) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS
08) ALZHEIMER'S NEWS
09) DISCWORLD CONVENTION NEWS
10) DISCWORLD GAMES NEWS
11) SOME NOTABLE "FANAC"
12) DISCWORLD MEETING GROUPS UPDATES AND REMINDERS
13) ROUNDWORLD TALES: WHAT DUCK? THE MEGAPODE WAS A MALLARD
14) AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE
15) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
16) CLOSE

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01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH

"It was lovely to get the chance to work with Terry Pratchett and creatively that's the top because you get to visualise what he was writing. When I first started working with him he had another artist called Josh Kirby who was doing covers. I actually queued up for a book signing for Terry and showed him some of the characters I had drawn and he later phoned me and said it was the closest drawing he had ever seen and from then on we started working together. Working with Terry was a fantastic opportunity because you are getting to a large audience. I think the diversity of Terry's writing is nice and most of the characters are not what you think they would be, so you have to try to depict them in the way that people see them."

– Paul Kidby, interviewed for Luton on Sunday

"It's impossible to escape inequality whether in a capitalist or a totalitarian system, but I do think that sometimes a benign dictatorship is preferable to a turbulent democracy."

– Pratchett fan Thomas Frith, aged 12, who presumably approves of Lord Vetinari's policies

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02) A LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR

The official Terry Pratchett website has had a bit of a reboot – and it looks fantastic! It includes a characters section, links to and updates from the official Pratchett Twitter and Facebook pages, a beautifully rendered timeline of Sir Pterry's life and achievements (with iconographs, of course), a guide to all the books, important links, and much more:

"'Dickens, as you know, never got round to starting his home page.' Sir Terry, on the other hand, most certainly did know his way around a computer... This is the brand new website for Terry Pratchett books, featuring a timeline of Sir Terry's life and a guide to some of the Discworld characters and the books they appear in. We do hope you like it, and thanks to all of you for bearing with us during the launch."

Wossname salutes all the people who worked hard to get the new site up and running. Do go have a wander around the site, O Readers!

http://www.terrypratchettbooks.com/

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For fans in the Continent of Fourecks, there's a *very* special offer at Booktopia for The Shepherd's Crown! "Pre-order your copy of Terry Pratchett's final novel, The Shepherd's Crown, by August 27th and you could win the ENTIRE DISCWORLD SERIES, worth $800!" Not only that, but if you pre-order now, the price is $32.95 – which represents a 27 per cent discount. You know you want to! To order, go to:

http://bit.ly/1ed6s1x

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For residents of the UK: the Assisted Dying Bill will be debated in Parliament on 11 September. "On Sept 11th Terry Pratchett's wish to be 'as good at dying as we are at living' is within the grasp of our MPs," say the organisation Dignity in Dying. If you are with Sir Pterry's wishes in this, now is a good time to contact your MP to say so.

http://www.dignityindying.org.uk/

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Urgently needed: a decision on the cover art for the Gollancz reissue of Good Omens – and you, the reading public, are asked to decide! Closing date is 3rd August, so do hurry over and have a look and a vote:

"Calling all Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett fans! We need your help! We're delighted to announce that Gollancz will be publishing a new edition of the seminal GOOD OMENS, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, later this year. A while ago we produced a version consistent with our Discworld Library; now, for the first time, the book will be available in Neil Gaiman's consistent UK cover style, to sit alongside his existing backlist, which is with our sister company Headline. We've commissioned the artist for the Headline editions, Patrick Insole, to produce 3 possible images for the cover. We've shown them to Neil, and we showed them to Terry before his untimely passing, and they liked them all. Honestly, we couldn't decide – so now we want you to choose which one we use!

"Choose your favourite cover from the three below and we'll tally up the votes. The winning design will be used on the book – the others will be consigned to memory. And as a thank you 5 lucky voters will receive a copy of the new edition before it is published! Voting closes on the 3rd August at 23:59. Please leave a comment (you don't need to tell us your vote) below so we can include you in the prize draw. For full Terms and Conditions visit: http://bit.ly/1j04RgB Get voting!"

The three images, each with its own VOTE button, are featured directly under the text. Go for it!

http://www.gollancz.co.uk/2015/07/pratchett-gaiman-cover-pol/

[Your Editor's choice is lagging slightly behind, last time I looked. Here's hoping that enough other people agree with me on this...]

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Paul Kidby's Discworld Knight has its own Facebook page – and yes, it can be seen by those of us who don't have a Facebook account! There are some excellent photos, information and links to enjoy:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Discworld-Knight/834625806644505

By the way, the quote from Paul Kidby at the start of this issue comes from a longer article in Luton on Sunday:

http://bit.ly/1KcW2xh

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When Pterry received his honorary degree – one of many – from the University of Bristol eleven years ago, he joined a very distinguished company of co-honorees that included Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela, David Attenborough, Alexander Fleming, Aung Sun Suu Kyi and Professor Peter Higgs of "god particle" fame. And the list goes on. It makes fascinating reading:

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2015/july/famous-honoraries.html

Sir Pterry's other university awards included an Honorary Doctorate of Letters (Hon DLitt) from the University of Warwick in 1999 particularly notable as, shortly before the ceremony, he held a ceremony of his own to make Science of Discworld co-authors Ian Stewart and Dr Jack Cohen, who were also University of Warwick researchers, "honorary Wizards of the Unseen University"; an honorary Doctor of Letters in 2001 from the University of Portsmouth; one form the University of Bath in 2003; one from his "local", Buckinghamshire New University, in 2008, awarded after his keynote speech to the graduates; also in 2008, that rather more famous Litt. D. from Trinity College Dublin that led to his professorship there; Bradford University awarded him his honorary doctorate in 2009; also in 2009, the University of Winchester honoured him with a doctorate; a special DUniv from the Open University, for his contribution to Public Service; and last but certainly not least, an Honorary Doctorate from the University of South Australia in his beloved Fourecks. All of these richly merited honours were reported in Wossname at some point, but now you can say you have a list of them all in one place!

And now, on with the show.

– Annie Mac, Editor

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03) WITHOUT WHOM: COLIN SMYTHE

The first – and unquestionably foremost – in what we hope will be a series on the vital but perhaps less widely known people who were instrumental in bringing Terry Pratchett's works to the world and helping to make him the literary icon he's become...

The phrase "a gentleman and a scholar" is often used ironically or at least wryly these days, but in the case of Colin Smythe, Terry Pratchett's first publisher, long-standing literary agent, and lifetime close friend, it is nothing less than an accurate description. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, Colin established an independent publishing company, Colin Smythe Ltd, in 1966, to specialise in publishing 19th and 20th century Irish literature; two years later, he met a young journalist who had written a children's book called The Carpet People. The rest is, of course, history – and sometimes Jograffy, Philosophy and Headology, not to mention Slood. Colin published Dark Side of the Sun, Strata, The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic before handing over to Gollancz (in a co-publishing deal) in order to concentrate on being Pterry's agent, a position he has continued to hold ever since.

The "and a scholar" part: in addition to his TCD qualifications, Colin is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, and has been a visiting professor in the English Department of the University of Ulster at Coleraine (1993–2002) and likewise at the Universidade Moderna in Lisbon. He received an honorary Doctorate of Laws (LLD) in 1998 from the University of Dublin for services to Irish literature, and has edited and written a number of books on literary and historical figures, as well as contributing to other publications.

The "a gentleman" part: as a primary member of what your Editor thinks of as Team Pratchett, in addition to his agent-y duties, Colin has been an invaluable Guest of Honour at a number of Discworld conventions, where his savoir-faire and, yes, gentlemanliness have made him very popular with the fans. And he has been an equally invaluable and ever-helpful source of information for Wossname during the nearly twenty years of its existence, as well as pointing Pratchett fans around the world in the right direction for licensing and the other nuts and bolts of putting on Discworld plays. But most of all, Colin Smythe is a tireless worker for the Cause of Pratchett, always doing his best to ensure that the name and works of Sir Terry Pratchett will live on down the years and across as many lands and languages as possible. Oh, and did I mention the Archive? Since 2002 Colin has been donating Pratchett treasures – books, drafts, press and promotional material, Discworld art and models and posters, and indeed, even copies of Wossname – to a special library collection to help keep Sir Pterry's name up there with the like of that poet feller from Stratford.

Despite years of travelling the world, Colin cherishes his home ground: he was born in Maidenhead in the county of Berkshire (barely 30 miles from London, for those of you not familiar with the Jograffy of the Home Counties), and has lived in Gerrards Cross in the county next door (Buckinghamshire, that is, and Gerrards Cross is very close to Beaconsfield where Sir Pterry was born and brought up) for forty-odd years now.

So charge your glasses and raise a toast to Colin Smythe. Hurrah!

Biographical details can be found at https://2014.dwcon.org/pages/20/colin-smythe and http://idwcon.org/index.php/convention/confirmed-guests/colin-smythe.html – the latter includes a remarkable "mug shot".

The official Colin Smythe website lives at http://www.colinsmythe.co.uk/ – Colin is currently working on major refurbishment of the sites, but there is a link on the main page to the archived version. Go on, have a wander...

p.s. Your Editor wishes to point out that Colin shares her passion for the works of William Butler Yeats. Between that and his work with and for Sir Pterry, no further proof is needed of the man's exquisite taste. Just saying.

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04) ODDS AND SODS

4.1 SHAKING HANDS WITH DEATH: BOOK FORMAT RELEASE

"'Most men don't fear death. They fear those things – the knife, the shipwreck, the illness, the bomb – which precede, by microseconds if you're lucky, and many years if you're not, the moment of death.' – Sir Terry Pratchett

"You may have seen it on BBC1 or read it in A Slip of the Keyboard and now on 30th July, Shaking Hands With Death, Terry's most important essay on Alzheimer's and our right to a dignified death, will be available as a standalone book, with a new introduction by Rob Wilkins. When Terry Pratchett was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in his fifties he was angry – not with death but with the disease that would take him there, and with the buggering disease can cause when we are not allowed to put an end to it."

Shaking Hands with Death will be released in paperback and Kindle editions on 30th July, with a recommended UK retail price of £3.99 (book) or £1.49 (Kindle). To pre-order from Amazon (if you must), go to:

http://classics.penguin.co.uk/c/11oILuXQxZYo0bWi43nhcYhwO

Your Editor will order it from a local bookshop. Delivery may take longer, price may be higher, but at least it's a more honourable and non-exploitative form of commerce.

Here be an image of the rather elegant cover, courtesy of Penguin Classics: http://bit.ly/1Ot1xXt

4.2 THE COMPLEAT DISCWORLD ATLAS: COMING SOON!

From The Random House Group (UK):

Unseen University are proud to present the most comprehensive map and guide to the Disc yet produced. In this noble endeavour, drawing upon the hard won knowledge of many great and, inevitably, late explorers, one may locate on a detailed plan of our world such fabled realms as the Condiment Isles, trace the course of the River Kneck as it deposits silt and border disputes in equal abundance on the lands either side, and contemplate the vast deserts of Klatch and Howondaland – a salutary lesson in the perils of allowing ones goats to graze unchecked. This stunning work brings to life the lands and locations of the Discworld stories in a way never seen before. Accompanied by lavish full-colour illustrations and a detailed world map, this is a must-have for any Discworld fan.

Published by Doubleday, part of Transworld Publishers
Format: Hardback
Available to pre-order for 22 Oct 2015
Priced at £25.00

The page includes a direct Buy Now button:

http://www.randomhouse.co.uk/editions/the-discworld-atlas/9780857521309

From Penguin Random House Canada:

The Compleat Discworld Atlas Of General & Descriptive Geography Which Together With New Maps and Gazetteer Forms a Compleat Guide to Our World & All It Encompasses

By Terry Pratchett, aided and abetted by the Discworld Emporium

A brand-new and fully illustrated traveller's guide to Terry Pratchett's extraordinary and magical creation: the Discworld. Painstakingly compiled under the aegis of the Unseen University's Department of Cruel and Unusual Geography, The Discworld Atlas is a glorious travellers' guide to the marvellous world created by Sir Terry Pratchett. Drawing on myriad sources – from explorers' journals and prospectors' maps to archives of the great libraries and reports of merchants and missionaries alike – this stunning work brings to life the lands and locations of the Discworld stories in a way never seen before. Accompanied by lavish full-colour illustrations and a detailed world map, this is a must-have for any Discworld fan.

Available November 24, 2015
Priced at $42.00 (CAD) "subject to change"

The Compleat Discworld Atlas can be pre-ordered from McNally Robinson or Chapters-Indigo; just click on the name of the company in the box on the right-hand side of the page.

http://penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/529787/compleat-discworld-atlas

4.3 REMINDER: "DISCWORLD AND BEYOND" IN LUTON

The Discworld & Beyond touring exhibition is now open at Wardown Park Museum, Wardown Park, Old Bedford Road, Luton, LU2 7HA (Tel. 01582 546722) until 1st November 2015. Entry is free!

"'Discworld & Beyond' features interesting and colourful artwork created by Paul Kidby for Sir Terry Pratchett's popular comic fantasy series as well as a range of work from his own projects, including the recently published book 'The Charmed Realm'. Drawings, oil paintings and watercolours will be on display."

http://bit.ly/1LnVfWN

http://bit.ly/1SfgfUV

http://www.lutonculture.com/wardown-park-museum/whats-on/

4.4 SUPPORTING SECRET WORLD'S RESCUE WORK

Rhianna Pratchett writes on Twitter, "In honour of @SWWR's Spines & Shells wknd, here's dad with one of their 60 year old tortoises... Dad & I were patrons of @SWWR who do valuable world rescuing & rehabilitating British wildlife + occasional tortoises, turtles & terrapins." She also assures us that she continues to support Secret World Wildlife Rescue from her own heart and in her father's memory.

Here be that lovely photo:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CKYWnJlXAAA1Onm.jpg:large

4.5 STEPHEN BAXTER INTERVIEWS

From his native city, an interview in the Liverpool Echo:

"What is it like publishing The Long Utopia without Terry Pratchett here?

"It's very sad. It's good that he saw the books and is happy with them. It's a shame not to have him see the covers and the advertising and the reviews and everything.

"How did you make it work?

"He had vision problems, that was how his Alzheimer's affected him, so it was through phone calls. We just swapped ideas and had meetings at conventions and other places. Six months on, we had a box full of ideas and I went down to stay for a week and we worked on storylines and drafted little bits. By the end we had a rough storyline at least for the first book and who was going to do what. I took it then, cut it all together into a reasonably coherent draft and went back down again and literally read it through line by line. We fixed each line and each scene together.

"What is it like collaborating rather than writing alone?

"It's nice to have a change to be honest. You get stuck a bit with your own obsessions so seeing how somebody else thinks and adding both our ideas together is quite stimulating. There's a third person in the room in a way, this pool from which joint ideas develop..."

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/whats-on/terry-pratchett-happy-see-long-9521076

...and a more extensive piece in The Guardian by pro-Pratchett stalwart Alison Flood:

"'I think Terry was aware he was running out of time, and he wanted to do other things as well,' Baxter says. 'So we rushed through it a little bit. Terry's basic vision was the first step, but he also wanted to have a huge cosmic climax at the end, which would be book five ... We had no idea how to get there but we knew where we were going.' The Long Utopia, the fourth in the series, sees settlers on an Earth more than 'a million steps' west of ours stumble across a disturbing, insectile form of alien life. Like its predecessors, the novel is compelling not only for its central storyline of exploration and danger and humans doing foolishly human things – and in this case a particularly cataclysmic finale – but also for its slow, unhurried laying out of the minute differences between these empty-of-humanity Earths...

"The Long Earth, Baxter says, has 'a sort of basis in science: it was Terry playing with the idea of quantum mechanics, quantum parallel worlds'. That's where Baxter came in. 'I tried to think that the further you go the stranger the worlds get, so I'd try to put numbers on that,' he says, adding, with a twinkle: 'I wouldn't say we clashed, but he'd like to joke about how I turned up with a box file full of spreadsheets. It's a lie – but it was something like that. I did turn up with a big chart about how this might work, and a time scale ... So you had this mix of order and chaos. I think it worked well in the end. He needed the order from me but I needed the chaos from him to make it more chaotic overall and more interesting in the end.'... The final time Baxter and Pratchett saw each other was late last summer when Baxter went down to Pratchett's home in the Wiltshire countryside from Northumberland 'and we just talked. Terry had buzzing round in his head a new plot strand for book five, and we talked through that – we didn't do much writing that time,' he recalls. 'It was giant trees. He had this vision of trees, five kilometres tall, as tall as Everest, on one of the parallel worlds. Just remember that.'..."

http://bit.ly/1JEwKCD

4.6 ANKH-MORPORK THROUGH THE EYES OF A CIVIC DRAUGHTSMAN

A fascinating look at Ankh-Morpork though the eyes of Charles Board, architectural draughtsman and urban designer:

"Sir Terry Pratchett's Discworld (and his science fiction) books are a joy, and being interested in cities, I had to put pencil to paper. The following is shared as an homage and a thank-you to Sir Terry Pratchett. I would like to thank Stephen Briggs for generously allowing me to digitally scan his published map of Ankh Morpork, and apologise for amending his plan here. I haven't finished drawing yet but here's the 'so-far-(so-what)'. I welcome comments (and corrections when I get round to them) as long as we're all keeping up our medication."

The pages are:

City Growth:
http://plans-design-draughting.co.uk/ankh-morpork-city-growth/

Analysis:
http://plans-design-draughting.co.uk/ankh-morpork-analysis/

Details:
http://plans-design-draughting.co.uk/ankh-morpork-details/

http://plans-design-draughting.co.uk/ankh-morpork/

4.7 SWEARING AND "THE LAST HERO"

Writes Papageno: "In honor of the late great Terry Pratchett, I reread the novel 'Interesting Times.' In this story, a Horde of Elderly Barbarians (headed by Cohen the Barbarian, age 90-plus) finds that they have to act civilized for a spell – something which is quite against their nature. So they are provided with a list of words: If they find the need to use one of the banned words on the left, they are to substitute the word on the right. My favorite substitution is 'lovemaking' for the F-word. I have resolved to make use of that substitution every chance I get. The wonderful irony is that the F-word is supposed to provide the ultimate emphasis. It is supposed to be startling, provocative, head-turning. Yet in today's society, where some people pepper their conversation with the F-word (showing severe lack of imagination for finding intensifiers), the word has lost all meaning. When I started using 'lovemaking,' the effect was all I could have wished for. People are startled. They pause for a moment, trying to figure out what I meant. When they catch on, they laugh. The word does everything the F-word has long lost the power to do. I recommend it. RIP, Terry Pratchett. Warm, funny, and wise, he will be missed."

http://www.twincities.com/bulletinboard/ci_28276973/do-you-use-f-word-more-than-you

4.8 A ROUNDWORLD PHYSICIAN'S APPRECIATION OF DISCWORLD'S DEATH

Some wise and yes, compassionate words from Liam Farrell, a doctor in Co. Armagh:

"Life used to be so simple – you're born, you live, you die. But it's more complicated now – you're born, you live, you die, you get CPR, you may or may not die, or end up with a few broken ribs and some hypoxic brain injury, you tweet about it, then you die again, and get CPR again, and so on and so on. Sir Terry's Death would be getting restless, having to hang around for 10-20 minutes twiddling his bony fingers. 'Give the poor guy a break, I've got others to see,' he'd be saying. And when does death really occur? When the senior doc says: 'That's it,' an archetypal example of performative utterance; we're dead because the doc says we are. As Tennyson said: 'Old men must die, or the world would grow mouldy.' When our time's up, we should depart gracefully, hopefully leaving a lot of bad debts for future generations to worry about; after all, what have future generations ever done for us? Death may be the end of the journey, but what really matters is the journey. It's not a defeat, but viewing it as a defeat leads to some of the worst excesses and abuses of modern medicine. This isn't solely our fault; pressure from well-meaning relatives and the inertia of medical bureaucracy only serve to paralyse our attempts to do our best for our patients. But we should take back that duty, make a stand. The buck stops with us and legal niceties shouldn't prevent us from making the call in our patient's best interests. What's right and what's necessary aren't always the same thing..."

http://www.gponline.com/liam-farrell-healthy-planning-death/article/1353139

4.9 RAISING STEAM FOR REAL IN SCOTLAND

"The first steam trains will travel along the new Borders Railway line in September, ScotRail has confirmed. The 60009 Union of South Africa will haul the service between Edinburgh Waverley and Tweedbank on 10 September, just four days after the new railway opens. It is one of six remaining LNER Class A4 steam locomotives in the UK, which were built in Doncaster in 1937. The train will run through the Borders three days a week, for six weeks. Mike Cantlay, the chairman of VisitScotland, said the steam trains would be an additional boost to tourism in the region... Transport Minister Derek Mackay said: 'It's fantastic to see these iconic trains back in operation, allowing so many people the opportunity to appreciate Scotland's countryside and railways from a unique and very special point of view'..."

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-33658814

4.10 PTERRY AND THE DISCWORLD SCULPTURE, A TALE

A delightful true story shared by English sculptor snuurg:

"I came fairly late to the appreciation of Pratchett, and to the Discworld in particular: in 1991 I was looking for a subject to be the main project of my diploma show for the last year of my model-making course, and was introduced by my brother to 'The Colour of Magic', a tale already nearly ten years old by then. The description of the Discworld struck a chord, and became my immediate obsession as the new major project for the show. I just managed to finish the piece on time, it was a very involved model – the turtle, the elephants, the Disc – but was proud to have achieved it, even though it curried little favour in my overall grade or otherwise... At the end of college, we had our last recession, and I ended up being unemployed for nearly three years. The Discworld had meanwhile been consigned to my parents' attic, and would probably have stayed there as it was rather too large to be displayed in the house; but it so happened that my mum had learned of a book-signing event in the nearby city – happening the day she called from her workplace about it! – and that she'd contacted the bookstore, who had asked to borrow the model for the event... I joined the back of the book-signing queue, and got to be very honoured by the fact that the actual Terry Pratchett stopped for a while – even though he had a car waiting to whisk him away – to offer me praise for my work – which was worth much more to me than any consideration (or lack of it) given by my diploma-invigilators. It was far more accommodating than he needed to have been, especially after a long bout of signing - but then he went a massive step further, and bought the model from me right there and then! I came home absolutely buzzing, greatly lifted from the depression of my failings in life... A few years later, just sitting down to the Christmas meal at my brother's house, we were watching the freshly-made adaptation of Pratchett's 'The Hogfather', when I nearly dropped my dinner – my model was in the background of a travelling shot in the toyshop! We were recording the show, and so of course rewound at the first opportunity to be sure we hadn't imagined it – and yes, there it was! Totally made my Christmas..."

http://snuurg.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/on-pratchetts-passing.html

http://www.snuurg.com/

4.11 SMALL GODS AND THE TULPA CONCEPT

An interesting piece about the concept of believing gods, demons, bogeymen and the rest into "existence", from ancient Buddhism to Slenderman, features a nod to Discworld:

"In the Discworld created by Sir Terry Pratchett, the full pantheon of Gods is dictated entirely by the concept of the Tulpa. This is covered beautifully in the book Small Gods. This particular story details how the power and presence of the many and varied Gods is dictated by how many people believe in them. The titular Small Gods are those deities who do not have sufficient followers to manifest in any significant way. Some examples of such Gods are Hyperopia - Goddess of Shoes, Lamentatio – Goddess of Interminable Opera and the entirely paradoxical God of Evolution..."

The entire article is well worth a read:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/allan-lennon/tulpas-when-thought-takes_b_7852742.html

4.12 THE COLIN SMYTHE TERRY PRATCHETT ARCHIVE

The Colin Smythe Terry Pratchett Archive at London's Senate House Library is a wonderful thing. Sitting rightfully alongside other special collections such as the Durning-Lawrence Library collection of works by or about Shakespeare and Bacon, the collection encompasses all available editions, reprints and translations of Sir Pterry's novels, short stories and journal articles, including a copy of the first edition of The Carpet People, with the full-page illustrations hand-coloured by the author himself (as recently reproduced in the re-release of tCP). "There are also texts of adaptations, audio and video recordings, journal articles featuring Pratchett, newsletters and fanzines, press cuttings, and publicity material and spin-offs as diverse as maps, diaries, calendars, posters, jigsaws, bookplates, models, tee-shirts, and badges", all donated by Colin Smythe since 2002.

The catalogue of this collection is viewable online. For an overview, do a "mixed classmark" search from the drop-down menu (_http://catalogue.ulrls.lon.ac.uk/search~S1/l_) on "Pratchett". "Books are to be found at Pratchett A-C (the letter refers to size); audio and video versions of his work at Pratchett Media D-E; periodicals at Pratchett periodicals (runs) and Pratchett Archive (for single issues with articles by or about Pratchett); and press cuttings (e.g. interviews and reviews) at 'Pratchett Press Cuttings'." Also, there are papers, mostly drafts of Pratchett's work; these can be viewed at http://archives.ulrls.lon.ac.uk/resources/Pratchett.pdf

For more information about the Colin Smythe Terry Pratchett Archive, go to:

http://bit.ly/1OSzErZ

More about the Library's collections: http://bit.ly/1IcFQX9

Members of the public can make use of this library for reference purposes after registering online. Day passes are available priced at £10.00, or one-week passes priced at £50.00. There are also longer public passes available, from three months to one year. To register, and to learn more, go to:

http://senatehouselibrary.ac.uk/membership/1-day-7-day-tickets/
http://senatehouselibrary.ac.uk/membership/other-categories/

About Senate House Library:

"Senate House Library (formerly known as the University of London Library) occupies the fourth to the eighteenth floors of the building with the public areas of the library on the fourth to seventh floors, which is open to staff and students of all colleges within the university (although levels of access differ between institutions) and contains material relevant chiefly to arts, humanities, and social science subjects.

"The library is administered by the central university as part the Senate House Libraries and in 2005 had over 32,000 registered users. The library holds around three million volumes, including 120,000 volumes printed before 1851. The Library started with the foundation of the University of London in 1836, but began to develop from 1871 when a book fund was started.

"Along with a subscription to over 5,200 Journals, other resources include the Goldsmiths' Library of Economic Literature, and the Palaeography room's collection of western European manuscripts. The library also holds over 170,000 theses by graduate students. From 2006 onwards, the library has been undergoing a comprehensive refurbishment process. The Library is also home to the University of London archives, which include the central archive of the University itself and many other collections..."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Senate_House_(University_of_London)

4.13 THE DISCWORLD ART OF JACKIE MORRIS

If you don't own any Discworld calendars, you may have missed the art of the excellent illustrator and author Jackie Morris, who has contributed to a number of them:

"In 2003 I was commissioned by Nick May at Orion to produce an image for the Terry Pratchett Disc World Calendar. Orion had decided to commission people who had no previous experience of this type of work, and though I had done many designs for calendars I had not worked on science fiction. The brief was really open, a scene or a character from the Disc World books. Anything but Death! So I set to to read some of the books and pretty soon was hooked, as were both my children. I loved the city at the top of the up-sidedown mountain, full of dragons waiting for people's imagination to wake them and make them take form, so chose Wormsburg as the place I wanted to illustrate, sent off a sketch or two and waited... next year the brief was almost as open. I was asked to do an image from "The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents". At the time I had a rat living in the kitchen, an uninvited guest, so the last thing I wanted to do was read a book with anthropomorphic rats in. But then as the commissioning editor said, at least I didn't have to look far for reference. The rat in the kitchen got away..."

http://www.jackiemorris.co.uk/calenders.htm

http://www.jackiemorris.co.uk/blog/dragons-torquay-museum/

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05) REVIEWS: THE LONG UTOPIA

By Adam Roberts, in The Guardian:

"Our supply of original Pratchett is running dangerously low. Since he continued working almost to the end, there are several posthumous titles in the offing: one more Discworld novel (The Shepherd's Crown, due at the end of August) and two Long Earth books – this one and the series finale. After that, having been so busy a feature of the literary landscape for so many decades, and having inspired a devotion in his readers unparalleled in contemporary writing, Pratchett's voice will finally pass into silence. Something of that melancholy seems to have worked itself into the fabric of this novel, too. Earlier Long Earth books possess various degrees of whimsical warmth and inventive charm. A more autumnal breeze blows through The Long Utopia. It's a book much concerned with things coming to an end, with cosmic-scale disease and with the limits of knowledge. A premise that started as an infinite number of open doors is starting to close them around its characters... If you go to these books looking for the rich comedy of Discworld, you will be disappointed. It's worth remembering that hilarity isn't Pratchett's only mode. He started out as a science fiction writer (and fan), and jotted down the conceit for the Long Earth before he wrote the first Discworld novel. Indeed, one of the things that made his fantasy writing so distinctive was the scientific rigour with which he pursued even the most absurd of his premises. Baxter, similarly prolific, is Britain's leading writer of 'hard' SF, a seemingly inexhaustible fount of thought-provoking, imagination-tickling and sometimes mind-blowing ideas. Their collaboration is more a hymn to the joys of unfettered world-building than it is to story or character. But if the pace of plotting is gentle, the restless inventiveness more than compensates..."

http://bit.ly/1TYCNcs

By David Barnett, in The Independent:

"When Sir Terry Pratchett died in March, the general focus was on – and quite rightly – his 'Discworld' comic fantasy novels, which form far and away the greatest part of his prolific output. But those who confine themselves to his Discworld books – as wonderful as they are – miss out on some exceptional writing: his collaboration with Neil Gaiman, Good Omens; his alternate-history South Pacific fantasy Nation; and of course his Long Earth science fiction series with Stephen Baxter... It is perhaps too simple to suppose that Baxter brings the quantum high-concepts while Pratchett supplies the humanity and flashes of humour, but however the division of labour when writing these books shook down, the novels really are a triumph of the genre that manage to bring fresh and exciting concepts to an SF staple (parallel worlds) while keeping credible human characters at their heart... Once again, Joshua Valiente is the focus of the happenings across the multiple worlds, and with this fourth book Pratchett and Baxter really seem to have allowed the human (and non-human) stories more room to breathe. While the two previous sequels, The Long War and The Long Mars, fleshed out the multiverse, The Long Utopia seems to recapture some of the sense of wonder that made The Long Earth such a startling success..."

http://tinyurl.com/q2dbwev

By Paul di Filippo for Locus Online:

"Pratchett and Baxter are writing in 'info-dense' mode that seeks to overwhelm and inspire wonder with sheer plenitude. They certainly do not switch horses in The Long Utopia, volume four, a book with a slightly inappropriate title insofar as it depicts no conclusive settled state of perfection. But despite its similar generous overstuffed condition, the book nonetheless has a bit of a different feel, insofar as its venues are more compact, less spread-out: no journeys across millions of continua. But this does not preclude cosmic visions... This series has shown a rare desire not to replicate familiar thrills from one volume to another, but rather to always be moving into new frontiers of plot and future history, a strategy congruent with the very nature of their SF novum. This volume, more than the previous three, really drives home the weight of the changes, the resonance for the characters of all their shared weird history, and so perhaps ultimately does justify its Grail-assonant title..."

http://bit.ly/1SIrfaY

By Doug Anderson for the Otago Times:

"They are a odd couple, I will admit; Pratchett has always struck me as an optimist with a keen eye for the absurd while Baxter has a more cynical, detached view of humanity. You can pick out references to their previous works; one main character is Lobsang, which is also the name of one of Pratchett's more quirky creations. This book and the series are about exploring big ideas so, alas, there is no Discworld-style hilarity... This feels more like Baxter's book than Pratchett's; much care and attention is given to the big concepts, such as an entire planet being converted into a gigantic engine. Less goes to the characters, who tend to come across as two-dimensional and making unlikely decisions for the sake of advancing the plot. Even so, this is still worth reading..."

http://bit.ly/1MQJcT5

A somewhat unusual one by Ben Anderson for the West Australian:

"Like the opening book of the series, The Long Utopia owes more to Baxter's sci-fi epics than Pratchett's laugh-out-loud parodies... This is classic speculative fiction, the type that takes a central premise — in this case that humans can travel to parallel Earths — and uses it to generate an adventure so grand it needs a quantum string of worlds to contain its scope. Pratchett's other well-known collaboration, Good Omens with Neil Gaiman, was at times disjointed because it was obvious which chapters were written by which author. Here, Baxter and his higher- profile partner have found a single voice and maintained it for four novels, no mean feat..."

http://yhoo.it/1H8ohWy

...and by Sue Sheard for Culturefly:

"If you haven't read the previous books, as I hadn't, you would do well to read some of their reviews for a brief history of how earth has multiplied in number leaving millions of earths for the human and other races to go forth and colonise using a helpfully designed 'step' machine which is powered by nothing more technical than the humble potato... Whilst the previous books in the series have been criticised for having no real depth and being too scientific, I found this one to be genuinely sad and emotive. It wasn't all bleak though; there were some really playful and light-hearted moments in there, reminiscent of the humour in the Discworld books..."

http://bit.ly/1LLkpB7

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06) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS AND UPDATES

6.1 NEW: NIGHT WATCH IN CARDIFF (SEPTEMBER)

Monstrous Productions are back with their latest Pratchett offering – Night Watch, adapted by Stephen Briggs and directed by Amy Davies:

"Hello everybody! We are incredibly pleased to say that, over the course of four plays since the start of 2013, we have raised over £12,000 for Alzheimer's Research UK! Luckily we added a matinee for Witches Abroad: our audiences were better than ever! But we don't stop there. In September we will be performing Night Watch!"

When: 9th-12th-September 2015
Venue: The Gate Theatre, Keppoch Street, Roath, Cardiff CF24 3JW
Time: 7.30pm (doors open 7pm), plus a 2.30pm matinee on the 12th
Tickets: £8 (£6 concession), available soon from www.monstrousptc.com

To view their fine poster, go to http://bit.ly/1TycedT

6.2 REMINDER: ERIC AT THE EDINBURGH FRINGE (AUGUST)

The Duck in a Hat theatre company will premiere their adaptation of Eric, adapted by Tim Foster, at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

"All amateur demonologist Eric wants is the usual three wishes: to live forever, to rule the world and to have the most beautiful woman fall madly in love with him. Instead he gets Rincewind, Discworld's most incompetent wizard, and Rincewind's Luggage, Discworld's most dangerous travel accessory. This brand new adaptation of Terry Pratchett's hilarious parody of the Faust legend is an outrageous romp through time, space and Hell that will leave Eric wishing once more – this time, quite fervently – that he'd never been born."

When: 8th-22nd August (all dates excluding the 16th)
Venue: The Studio, Paradise in Augustines, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EL (phone 0131 510 0022)
Time: 7:15pm all shows
Tickets: £9.00 (concession £7.00, family £28.00)

http://duckinahat.weebly.com/eric.html
https://www.facebook.com/DuckInaHat
https://www.paradise-green.co.uk/show-details/brochure/details/1323/

Duck in a Hat rely on the support of sponsors. Here be their page:
http://duckinahat.weebly.com/sponsors.html

6.3 REMINDER: WYRD SISTERS IN EXETER (AUGUST)

The Broadclyst Theatre Group will present their production of Wyrd Sisters in August.

When: 13th, 14th and 15th August 2015
Venue: Broadclyst Victory Hall, The Green, Exeter, Devon EX5 3DX (phone 01392 467161)
Time: 7.30pm all shows
Tickets: £9 (£6.50 for under-14s), available from Broadclyst Post Office or online via ticketsource.co.uk/broadclyst

https://www.facebook.com/groups/BroadclystTG/

6.4 REMINDER: MORT IN BRISBANE (AUGUST-OCTOBER)

The Brisbane Arts Theatre's newest Discworld production will be Mort!

When: 22nd August-3rd October 2015
Venue: Brisbane Arts Theatre, 210 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane, QLD 4000 (phone 07 3369 2344)
Time: 8pm Thursdays (except 27th August), Fridays and Saturdays; 6.30pm Sundays (6th and 20th September)
Tickets: Adults $31, Concession $25, Group 10+ $25, Group 75+ $20, Gold Members $15, Members $25, Student Rush $10 (10 mins before curtain). Members can redeem their included season tickets for this show. There are no refunds or exchanges once tickets have been purchased. To purchase tickets online, go to http://bit.ly/1Imz2tJ

http://artstheatre.com.au/show/mort

6.5 NEW: UNSEEN ACADEMICALS IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE (NOVEMBER)

A heads-up from the Bucks Free Press about a production coming this November:

"The Marlow Players will stage the late author's work 'Unseen Academicals' in November and are looking for budding actors to join the company. The group, which has been entertaining audiences for more than 75 years, needs volunteers to ensure the show can go on... Gloria Kendrick Hurst of the Marlow Players said the group plans to donate part of the proceeds from the show to the Alzheimer's Society..."

http://bit.ly/1HRjEnr

The company has not yet posted any more specific info, but the production will be presented at the Shelley Theatre, Court Garden, Pound Lane, Marlow, Bucks SL7 2AG. If you are interested in helping out, contact them through their website. Watch this space (as it were) for more details closer to the date:

http://www.marlowplayers.org.uk/

6.6 NEW: MASKERADE IN GLASGOW (SEPTEMBER)

The Antonine Players will present their production of Maskerade in September.

When: 17th, 18th, 19th September 2015
Venue: Fort Theatre, Kenmure Avenue, Bishopbriggs, Glasgow G64 2DW
Time: 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm
Tickets: £8.50 (£8 concession). Available online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/forttheatre or ring 0141 573 6620 or 0141 772 7054

The Players are currently seeking budding actors and technical staff to work on the production, which is about to go into rehearsal mode. If you are interested, ring George Hamill on 07508294643.

http://www.forttheatre.org/

6.7 REVIEW: MASKERADE IN PERTH, FOURECKS

By Gordon the Optom, whose reviews are well known in Perth theatre circles:

"The producers of the play, ARENAarts, have already brought us half a dozen wonderfully colourful and thrilling Pratchett stage plays over the past few years. This tongue-in-cheek story – 'comedy theatre production of operatic proportions' – is loosely based on the 'Phantom of the Opera' musical. Like most of Pratchett's stage plays, the book was adapted for the stage by Stephen Briggs, and the director has further modified this (slightly)... The two and a half hour fun performances – which cost only the price of a cinema ticket – are brought to life by ARENAarts... The scenery was fairly simple (designer Simon James) but there were a great number of interesting props supplied by Linda Redman, who, along with Chris Ellis and Rachel McCann also provided the quality costumes. The director employed several areas of the stage, moving the attention of the audience with his clever lighting design – operated by Gordon Johnson (no relation, this tech has class) – this kept the pace moving very well with the minimum stagehand interruptions. The stage manager was Linda Redman, efficiently aided by Janet and Callum Vinsen...

"Director Simon James has been bringing joy to the Perth audiences for 30 years, winning many awards on the way for his directing, acting and set designs. This is Simon's sixth Pratchett play, and he has regathered his regular team for this show. When you have a great cast, stick to them. This troupe was superb, not a weak link anywhere, they had pace, empathy, good comedic delivery – even the ballet dancers brought a big smile with their subtle, fun movements. The script was like that of a pantomime, plenty of one-liners and written on two levels, one for the young audience (this show would suit 10 years and above) and the 'mature' double-entendre jokes for the parents. With a larger cast, one often spots the daydreamers who are not too sure what is going on, here the cast were word perfect, attentive and moved beautifully. Special mention should go to the two witches, Perdita and Christine who were magnificent; however, from Opera House owner down to the rat catcher and Walter, the cast were exceptional..."

http://www.ita.org.au/2015/07/maskerade-reviewed-by-gordon-the-optom/

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07) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS

7.1 UPDATES FROM THE DISCWORLD EMPORIUM

"Something witchy this way comes..."

DISCWORLD DIARY 2016: A PRACTICAL MANUAL FOR THE MODERN WITCH

"The Discworld Diary 2016 is now available for pre-order! Published on 20th August, this Practical Manual for the Modern Witch is teeming with a glorious mix of illustration, ephemera and hilarious one-liners, and features sage advice and guidance from the likes of Nanny Ogg, Granny Weatherwax and Tiffany Aching along with all the important Discworld and Roundworld dates to help you be as sharp as Miss Tick! More than just a diary, this Practical Manual for the Modern Witch gives a long-awaited insight into the wit and wisdom of some of Terry Pratchett's best-loved Discworld characters, the Witches! Featuring sage advice and guidance from the likes of Nanny Ogg, Granny Weatherwax and Tiffany Aching,The Discworld Diary 2016 teems with a glorious mix of cultural ephemera, illustration, and hilarious one-liners along with important Discworld and Roundworld dates to help you be as sharp as Miss Tick! We're very proud to have aided and abetted Sir Terry in the creation of this book, and as a celebration of our collaboration every copy bought from us includes an exclusive art print for your own witch's cottage with blessings from the hags of Discworld!

"AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER, PUBLISHED 20.08.15 Please select the correct shipping rate for your destination from the drop-down menu. Pre-ordered books will be dispatched on the publication date. Any additional items will be sent separately as per our usual service."

The 2016 Discworld Diary is priced at £16.99; add £3 for UK delivery, £5 for European delivery, and £6 for delivery to the rest of the world.

If you order your 2016 Discworld Diary from the Discworld Emporium, you get a bonus free illustrated "Blessings be upon this house" art print: "We're very proud to have aided and abetted Sir Terry in the creation of this book, and as a celebration of our collaboration every copy bought from us includes an exclusive art print!"

To view images of the Diary, for more information, and to order, go to:

http://www.discworldemporium.com/DiscworldDiary2016

THE SHEPHERD'S CROWN SPECIAL OFFER

"Terry Pratchett's final Discworld adventure, being the fifth novel chronicling the adventures of young witch Tiffany Aching is now available for pre-order. Every copy from the Discworld Emporium will include our free exclusive keepsake bookmark created to commemorate the release of this special book."

To view both sides of this lovely bookmark:

http://bit.ly/1D0RzLj and http://bit.ly/1I0bmra

The Shepherd's Crown in hardcover is priced at £20.00; add £3 for UK delivery, £5 for European delivery, and £6 for delivery to the rest of the world. For more information, and to order, go to:

http://www.discworldemporium.com/TheShepherdsCrown

TIFFANY'S HARE PENDANT – IN SILVER!

"To celebrate the release of I Shall Wear Midnight in 2010 we created the original Golden 'Hare Through Flame' Necklace, limited to an exclusive edition of only 200 worldwide. By popular demand our exclusive tribute to Tiffany's own necklace and the spirit of the hare is available once more in precious solid silver – the perfect present for any 'Wee Hag'! Each necklace is strung on a generous length of chestnut brown cotton cord for easy adjustment. Approx. 36mm diameter, cord length (end to end) 78mm."

The Tiffany Silver Hare pendant is priced at £55.00. The first run is already sold out, but the Emporium promises more will be available soon, so do check back!

For more information, and to order, go to:

http://www.discworldemporium.com/HareNecklace

LATEST STAMPS

Special Penny Patrician sheet: "Celebrating 11th anniversary of the ultimate fantasy collectible (according to Stanley Howler) this tongue-in-cheek limited edition minisheet of Discworld Stamps is available until the end of July! Each sheet features 11 frivolous and fun birthday variations of the most famous Discworld Stamp of them all, the Penny Patrician!* Measures 85 x 125 mm."

The Penny Patrician Minisheet is priced at £5.00. For more information, and to order, go to:

http://www.discworldemporium.com/BirthdayPatricianMinisheet

Kneck Valley: "The latest Little Brown Envelope stamp assortment is here! The Kneck Valley LBE contains at least one of two new issues from the warring countries of Borogravia and Zlobenia along with a chance of sports and rarities! The ever-shifting and consequently ever-disputed border of the Kneck River has resulted in the rival countries' re-use of each other's stamps through hostile overprinting! Every envelope therefore contains at least one limited edition issue bearing their rival's official military mark, exclusive to this LBE. The Borogravia 3p and Zlobenia 2 Zloty are also available to collect singly or as whole sheets."

The Borogravia 3p is priced at £0.75 for a single stamp, or £13.50 for a sheet of 18 stamps. For more information, and to order, go to:

http://www.discworldemporium.com/discworld-stamps/new%20stamps/Borogravia3p

The Zlobenia 2zloty is priced at £0.50 for a single stamp, or £12.50 for a sheet of 25 stamps. For more information, and to order, go to:

http://www.discworldemporium.com/discworld-stamps/new%20stamps/Zlobenia2Zl

To view all available new stamps, go to:

http://www.discworldemporium.com/discworld-stamps/new%20stamps

Uberwald League of Temperance: "Available from Monday 27th July, The latest edition 'Little Brown Envelope' from Discworld Stamps! Each envelope contains an assortment of current issues, along with a brand new Ankh-Morpork 6p issue honouring the achievements of The Uberwald League of Temperance, whose efforts in the Big Wahoonie has spared the necks of many a denizen of Discworld's premier city. A generous spattering of sports, rare Blue Triangles and Dead Letter Labels, have been distributed throughout the edition along with some handy reminders courtesy of the League of Temperance to help keep you on the wagon! The Uberwald League of Temperance 6p Stamp is also available to collect singly or as beautiful whole sheets from Monday 27th."

The Don't Be a Sucker LBE is priced at £5.00. For more information, and to order, go to:
http://www.discworldemporium.com/DontBeASuckerLBE

The League of Temperance 6p stamp is priced at £0.40 for a single, or £14 for a sheet of 35 stamps. For more information, and to order, go to:

http://www.discworldemporium.com/LeagueofTemperance6p

SHAKING HANDS WITH DEATH, LECTURE IN BOOK FORM

"Terry Pratchett's ethical essay was first broadcast to millions as the BBC Richard Dimbleby Lecture 2010. Now more poignant than ever, his argument for our right to choose - the right to a good life, and a good death too - is published as a 64 page book. 'Most men don't fear death. They fear those things - the knife, the shipwreck, the illness, the bomb - which precede, by microseconds if you're lucky, and many years if you're not, the moment of death.' When Terry Pratchett was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in his fifties he was angry - not with death but with the disease that would take him there, and with the suffering disease can cause when we are not allowed to put an end to it. In this essay Terry addressed why we all deserve a life worth living and a death worth dying for.
Includes foreword by Terry Pratchett's friend and assistant of many years, Rob Wilkins."

AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER, PUBLISHED 30.07.15

Shaking Hands with Death is priced at £3.99; add £3 for UK delivery, £5 for European delivery, and £6 for delivery to the rest of the world. For more information, and to order, go to:

http://www.discworldemporium.com/ShakingHandsWithDeath


[Editor's note: there's a compendium of related Pratchett works at http://www.discworldemporium.com/books/non-fiction – do have a shufti as the variety of available publications is tremendous, from Nanny Ogg's Cookbook to Johnny and the Bomb.]


7.2 UPDATES FROM PJSM PRINTS: HORSE AND HARE

A different version of Tiffany's hare pendant from PJSM – this one is available in both sterling silver and gold plate, designed by Tom Lynall, mounted on an 18 inch chain and gift boxed.

The Horse pendant is priced at £45.00, the silver Hare at £45.00, and the gold Hare at £55.00. To order, go to http://www.paulkidby.com/ and scroll down to the relevant box; there is an Add to Basket button for each pendant, which takes you to a page for calculating shipping charges (e.g. add £5 for shipping to Fourecks).

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08) ALZHEIMER'S NEWS

8.1 BIG PHARMA LOOKING FOR A CURE

"With life expectancy on the rise, the pharmaceutical industry is shifting its research and development funds. It is spending billions to meet a rising demand for drugs to treat chronic conditions in an increasingly elderly population.
That phenomenon is playing out in the rise of funding for research into dementia treatments. 'We are all living longer,' says Dr Doug Brown, the director of research and development for Britain's Alzheimer's Society. He welcomes recent reports showing that solanezumab, a potential new experimental treatment from Eli Lilly, can cut the rate of the dementia's progression by about a third if it is given to patients early enough. 'This is a big step in a direction where we could potentially have the first treatment for Alzheimer's disease that slows that disease process,' he says. 'We have a number of treatments currently available that treat symptoms, which aren't hugely effective. But this could be the first one that acts at the crux of what's happening in the brains of people with Alzheimer's to slow that disease process, slow that cognitive decline and really improve the quality of life.' The final results of those clinical trials will not be available for more than a year...

"Eli Lilly currently stands at the forefront of research for a treatment for the disease, but its efforts are still experimental. Solanezumab is raising hopes about an effective treatment, but experts caution against getting too optimistic, too soon. 'We are currently carrying a 30% probability of success,' says Jo Walton, pharmaceutical analyst at Credit Suisse, of solanezumab. Because of the history of failures with Alzheimer's treatments, many experts have low expectations. 'When we see more data, that probability might change,' she adds... With the number of Alzheimer's sufferers across the world set to rise as people live longer, experts say the demand for Alzheimer's treatments could skyrocket, along with the costs. Yet Dr Amit Roy, founding partner of the research firm Foveal, says that pharmaceutical companies are not just chasing profits..."

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33620066

8.2 PROMISING DRUG?

"The death of brain cells in Alzheimer's is currently unstoppable. Solanezumab may be able to keep them alive. Current medication, such as Aricept, can manage only the symptoms of dementia by helping the dying brain cells function. But solanezumab attacks the deformed proteins, called amyloid, that build up in the brain during Alzheimer's. It is thought the formation of sticky plaques of amyloid between nerve cells leads to damage and eventually brain cell death. Solanezumab has long been the great hope of dementia research, yet an 18-month trial of the drug seemingly ended in failure in 2012. But when Eli Lilly looked more closely at the data, there were hints it could be working for patients in the earliest stages of the disease. It appeared to slow progression by around 34% during the study. So the company asked just over 1,000 of the patients in the original trial with mild Alzheimer's to take the drug for another two years. And positive results from this extension of the original trial have now been presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference. They show those taking the drugs the longest had the most benefit..."

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-33617141

8.3 BLOOD CHEMICAL TO PREDICT BRAIN DECLINE

Scientists have discovered a chemical in blood that indicates whether people will have declining brain function.
Looking for the earliest signs of Alzheimer's disease, they analysed levels of 1,129 proteins circulating in the blood of more than 200 twins. These were compared with data from cognitive-function tests over the next decade, in Translational Psychiatry. And levels of one protein, MAPKAPK5, tended to be lower in those people whose brains declined. MAPKAPK5 is involved in relaying chemical messages within the body, although its connection with cognitive decline is unclear... Dr Steven Kiddle, a Medical Research Council scientist at King's College London, told the BBC News website: 'People think it may be hard to reverse 20 years of potential damage to your brain. But if you could start much earlier in that process, then you might be able to find something that works.' He said a blood test could help identify people for clinical trials. But he added: 'A test you could go in to your doctor to say, "Do I have Alzheimer's disease or not?" I think that's a long way off.'..."

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-33135104

8.4 YOUNG SCIENTIST DEVELOPS PROMISING EARLY ALZHEIMER'S TEST

"A 15-year-old school student has developed a test which could give up to 10 years warning of Alzheimers before symptoms even start to show. Krtin Nithiyanandam, a pupil at Sutton Grammar school, developed a 'trojan horse' antibody which can enter the brain and latch onto neurotoxic proteins, identifying the disease in advance. The antibodies injected into the bloodstream would also be accompanied by fluorescent particles which would appear on a brain scan. Nithiyanandam told The Daily Telegraph: 'The main benefits of my test are that it could be used to diagnose Alzheimer's disease before symptoms start to show by focusing on pathophysiological changes, some of which can occur a decade before symptoms are prevalent. Some of my new preliminary research has suggested that my diagnostic probe could simultaneously have therapeutic potential as well as diagnostic.'..."

http://huff.to/1MqHjft

8.5 FUNDRAISING FOR ALZHEIMER'S

"A group of three hardy teenagers from Ely are set to take on a climbing expedition in the Alps to raise money for charity. Toby Lancaster, 17, is organising the trip and together with his friends Henry Moore and Laurence Halfpenny, also 17, they are set to challenge themselves to climb two peaks in three days whilst spending the nights on the mountain in August. The three boys have gained experience in mountaineering through Ely Scheme which is an initiative run by King's Ely and has seen them taking on mountains in the Alps, Sierra Nevada and then finally a three-week expedition to Mongolia in 2014. This trip is the first one that they will have organised themselves and Toby has decided to use it as an opportunity to raise money and raise awareness for a disease and charity that many people will not be aware of. Toby said: 'The charity I have chosen is the National Brain Appeal and the Myrtle Ellis Fund which is specifically to support posterior cortical atrophy which is the visual variant of Alzheimer's causing the patient to lose vision and spatial awareness first. It is exactly the same visual variant that Terry Pratchett suffered from. The disease is different from the regular Alzheimer's in that it strikes at a young age, typically affecting middle-aged, fit, high achievers in the prime of their careers and life. The reason that I have chosen this charity is that one of my neighbours in Ely, Nigel Womack is suffering from this terrible condition and when at work was an eminent colorectal surgeon. I just wanted to use the opportunity to raise awareness as many people think of Alzheimer's being a disease of the elderly. My neighbour was diagnosed in his early 50's and is now only 60 but is now heading towards the final stages and I hope that by raising some money and awareness that other people and their families will not have to suffer in the same way.'..."

To sponsor the trio visit www.justgiving.com/TobyLancaster

http://bit.ly/1IoW56T

Editor's note: speaking of fundraising for Alzheimer's Lynsey Dalladay's JustGiving fundraising page for the RICE Centre in memory of Sir Pterry is still active, with £43,743.99 having been raised, but as RICE is an ongoing concern more funds are always appreciated:

https://www.justgiving.com/Terry-Pratchett

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09) DISCWORLD CONVENTION NEWS

9.1 NADWCON AT SASQUAN NEWS

9.1a Denise Connell's Pratchett documentary appeal:

The Turtle Moves
A documentary made by the friends and fans of Sir Terry, remembering how his words and the Disc impacted their lives.
Terry Pratchett was a beloved figure at Worldcons for over 30 years. In this, the year of his passing, we're filming a love letter to Terry in the form of a fan-made documentary at Sasquan/Worldcon 2015, which is being held August 19-23 in Spokane, Washington. Our film will be based on interviews with attending fans who are willing to share their memories of Terry and tell stories about the way the Discworld books have changed their lives.This is an excellent time to make our film as The Great Discworld Fan Gathering is set to take place at Sasquan; a first for any Worldcon. More information is available here:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1686440358/the-turtle-moves-remembering-terry-pratchett

Update from Denise:

People have been asking why THE TURTLE MOVES: REMEMBERING TERRY PRATCHETT is being made at Sasquan. That's because Sasquan is the site of The Great Discworld Fan Gathering. Sasquan/Worldcon 2015 is honoring Sir Terry in a wide variety of ways, including Discworld themed panels, events, dances, games, fan meets, exhibits, and more. With 6,000+ attendees it's the easiest (and cheapest) way to find a lot of Discworld fans from all over the world in one place.

This film is a non-profit venture, and we describe it as "a love letter to Terry Pratchett". This is going to be a positive and heartfelt commemoration, and it is being made by fans, for fans...

I am the Discworld Area Head for Sasquan and I've spent the last 18 months working to make this a fantastic experience for the fans who attend. I've been privileged to work with a great team of experienced, well organized, talented and hard working volunteers on this con, and I think it's going to be one of the best Worldcons ever offered. If I can answer any questions about this convention, please let me know.

P.S. John is now a hair over $3,000 towards his budget of $6K and he has 12 days left to make his goal. Thank you to everyone who has donated thus far, and to those who shared the link.

All good things,
Denise

9.1b SASQUAN WorldCon 2015

The Great Discworld Fan Gathering will take place at Sasquan/Worldcon 2015 in Spokane, WA, August 19-23. Sasquan is honoring Sir Terry in a wide variety of ways, including Discworld themed panels, events, dances, games, fan meets, exhibits, art and more. With 6,000+ attendees it's a great way to meet Discworld fans from all over the world. The Terry Pratchett memorial panel will be on Thursday, August 20th. We will also be holding a public reading of Where's My Cow, and the attendees will make all the noises. The new Discworld game CLACKS will also have its US debut at this convention.

www.sasquan.org

9.2 SCHEIBENWELT (GERMAN DISCWORLD CONVENTION) NEWS

Less than two months until the Klatch-themed Scheibenwelt (Discworld) convention!

"The biennial Discworld Convention takes place at a castle in a German speaking country. The next Convention will be 10.09.-13.09.2015 at Burg Ludwigstein. During this period we offer our more than 200 guests workshops, talks, games, guests of honour and Discworld merchandising normally not available in Germany. You can visit us for a day or stay at the castle or a hotel nearby.

"There are 2 types of tickets:
Tickets for persons sleeping at the castle (Castle guests)
Tickets for persons visiting as day guests (Day guests)

"Tickets for Castle guests include the admission charge for the Convention, accommodations and catering. Tickets for Day guests include the admission charge and no catering. If required you need to book your own hotel rooms in the vicinity of the castle... All guests receive a reservation number with their order. It is only possible to pre-register for workshops using this reservation number. The basic package for a Convention visit contains accommodations from Thursday to Sunday. Thursday is the Arrival Day, the program takes place on Friday and Saturday and Sunday is the Departure Day. To ensure flexibility you can also order packages for Friday to Sunday. Our prices for Castle guests consist of a charge for the castle (about 40 € a day) and a small fee for the Convention program. Members of the Ankh-Morpork e.V. and young visitors receive a discount. Children less than 3 years old can be brought along free of charge."

Tickets for Thursday through Sunday are €149 (discount price for Visitors aged less than 12 years or members of the Ankh-Morpork e.V. €139), and for Friday through Sunday, €110 (discount price €105). Day tickets are also available: Friday or Saturday €20 (€18 discount Visitors aged less than 12 years or members of the Ankh-Morpork e.V.), Sunday €35 (€30 discount).

To purchase tickets, go to:
http://www.scheibenwelt-convention.de/viewpage.php?page_id=8

A large collection of Scheibenwelt convention t-shirts, mugs etc. on offer, from €11.90 to €19.90:

http://shop.scheibenwelt-convention.de/

http://www.scheibenwelt-convention.de/news.php

9.3 AUSDWCON NEWS

Apparently the t-shirts for this past February's Nullus Anxietas have finally shown up!

"FURTHER CON SHIRT UPDATE. Finally, we lined up a new supplier, the shirts have been printed and received, and they will be mailed out today to all those who ordered shirts at the convention. I am so sorry at the length of time this has taken to be resolved, and thank you for your patience in this."

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10) DISCWORLD GAMES NEWS

Yes, we're continuing to promote Clacks. Yes, your Editor is saving up for her own copy. Go on, you know you ant one for yourself...

"CLACKS – a Discworld Puzzle Game based on the 'Clacks' semaphore messaging system featured in Sir Terry Pratchett's Novel 'Going Postal'. The Fastest (non-magical) Messaging System on the Discworld. Using a semaphore system of shuttered lamps on top of high towers, the Grand Trunk Semaphore Company has revolutionised long distance communications on the Discworld. Their network of towers covers most of the Unnamed Continent, but now the old postal service is fighting back. Driven by the determination of newly 'volunteered' Post Master 'Moist Von Lipwig' the Ankh-Morpork Post Office has challenged the Clacks operators to a race from Ankh-Morpork to Genua.

"Play against your friends and claim the title of Fastest Clacks Operator on the line, or Play together as a team to win the race across the Discworld and prove that Clacks is here to stay. In the box there is rules for 'player versus player', a 'co-operative race game' against the Post Office and a 'Children's introductory game'. Clacks artwork was created by Amber Grundy (a.k.a The Artful Nudger).

"The game will be officially released at the 2015 Irish Discworld Convention."

Backspindle Games' Clacks page has buy buttons for UK, European and Rest of World customers. There are also buttons for buyers who intend to pick their Clacks up at the Irish Discworld Convention (2nd-5th October 2015 or at the Spiel game fair in Essen (8th-11th October 2015)

Prices are: UK £34.98 (£29.99 plus £4.99 postage and packing); Europe £39.98 (£29.99 plus £9.99 postage and packing);
Rest of World £42.98 (£29.99 plus £12.99 postage and packing)

http://www.backspindlegames.com/clacks/

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11) SOME NOTABLE "FANAC"

A worthy fanfic on Reddit, by knittingquark, written f0r the occasion of that petition to Death to restore Sir Pterry to the world of the living:

"At a black desk on a black floor in a black house, a figure in a black robe sat, twin points of blue fire the only discernable colour in the room as he stared out of the window at the black roses. Every now and then, he picked up the sheaf of papers in front of him, then let it drop with a sigh and picked up the grand Lifetimer. After a few hours of staring at it, he would set it gently down and pick up the papers again. He was trying to decide whether or not to answer. He understood that you were supposed to answer petitions, and he understood paperwork, so he knew he should. He just didn't know what the consequences would be. He could just send Quoth down with a note saying, 'NO.' If it were anyone else, he wouldn't even have thought about it, Auditors know he'd heard so many cries of anguish in his time from people who just wanted their person back. He understood. In his mind a single cartwheel bounced down into a dark ravine, smashing on the rocks. He never could give them back, though. Once they were taken, he could not upend the universe, even for The Creator.

"Weeks passed, and Death worked. In between, he would return to his desk, to the pile of papers, to the Lifetimer. Albert shuffled around him, worried. It had been a long time since he'd seen the Master so conflicted. He breathed out a long, shaky sigh of relief when, at long last, Death swept through the door, scythe in hand. 'I'M GOING OUT, ALBERT. I MAY BE SOME TIME. TAKE CARE OF... EVERYTHING.' The relief was short-lived. He hoped it wasn't going to be another of those farming trips.

"At a normal desk on a normal floor in a normal house, a normal man sat, his face lit only by the computer screen. Around him, the detritus of everyday life was scattered, along with Detritus, his model of a favourite character from some books he loved. Wasting time on Facebook, his evening had been going along so.. normally, when the air changed. It felt like all the reality had been sucked out of the room, and the man known as Tom froze, terrified. He could feel something behind him, but he was certain that, if he turned around, all he would see would be endless oblivion, pockmarked with distant galaxies. He tried to remember how to breathe, and a voice like the ending of a life sounded in his head. 'TOM... PRIDE?'

"Laughing to himself, because obviously this wasn't real, Tom turned. Perhaps there were galaxies and darkness beyond, but he didn't see them. His vision was entirely filled with the impossible figure of Death, exactly as he had been imagined by so many artists and fans. Somehow, the fiery eyes softened slightly, and the figure held out a huge pile of paper. 'THIS WAS YOU? TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE AGREED WITH YOUR REQUEST. IT DEMANDS AN ANSWER.' The petition. Of course, the petition. It had been a while since he'd thought about it. It was absolutely the perfect response to a death like Sir Terry's, but it was just a joke. A sad, lost joke. He nodded.

"'I NEVER NORMALLY DO THINGS LIKE THIS.' Death looked sheepish, knowing that others probably thought they deserved an answer too. 'SO YOU CANNOT TELL ANYONE THAT I HAVE BEEN HERE. THEY WOULD PROBABLY THINK YOU MAD, AND THERE WOULD BE... CONSEQUENCES. THE CREATOR CANNOT BE REINSTATED. I CANNOT BRING HIM BACK TO YOU.' Tom nodded again, the tiny flicker of hope lit as he turned around in his chair extinguished. 'NO-ONE IS RETURNED TO THE WORLD, NOT EVEN MY OWN SON, NOT EVEN MY DAUGHTER. THEY LIVE IN MY DOMAIN NOW, AS I AM SURE YOU KNOW. ALBERT FEEDS THEM... FOOD, OF SOME KIND. HE REFUSES TO MAKE CURRY. HE SAYS IT HAS GERMS.' Death drew the Lifetimer out of his robes and held it out to Tom. He took it, expecting a dead thing, that the sand would now just look like sand and the magic would be gone. Instead, he saw the miracle immediately..."

To read the rest of this, go to:

http://bit.ly/1ILASEL


...and here be a photopost from 2014 that's recently come back to light. Cosplay time for the Ankh-Morpork City Watch (aka Pratchett club Perth Drummers) at Oz Comic Con:

http://sirius-luva.livejournal.com/87420.html

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12) DISCWORLD MEETING GROUPS: UPDATES AND REMINDERS

The Broken Drummers, "London's Premier Unofficially Official Discworld Group" (motto "Nil percussio est"), meets next on Monday 3rd August 2015. For more information, go to http://brokendrummers.org/ or email
BrokenDrummers@gmail.com or nicholls.helen@yahoo.co.uk

The Broken Drummers' somewhat vertical July meet report, by Sim Lauren:

"Alcohol was drunk.
The punnes... OMG the Punnes!
Cootie-boxes were debated.
Paper flowers happened.
I'm not allowed to say that there was shark wrestling.
There was a shirt with *probably* a thousande elephants!
There was a discussion about how a Tasmanian has hair on his palm.
There was a quiz. It was on Marvel superheroes. And got very difficult very quickly. But there was lots of hints, so that's OK. Alex won the quiz without having to claim any bonuses for having the best Mustache. He is plotting the next one already!
There are Larry badges. They had an out of cheese error, and will re-emerge infinitely better.
We also debated if the phrase "Gary Gygax put TSR up his nose" is slander, libel, true or alleged."

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Canberra, Australia has a new Discworld fan group, Drumknott's Irregulars! "We are a newly established Terry Pratchett & Discworld social group in Canberra called Drumknott's Irregulars. The group is open to all, people from interstate and overseas are welcome, and our events will not be heavily themed. Come along to dinner for a chat and good company. We welcome people all all fandoms (and none) and we would love to see you at one of our events, even if you're just passing through. Please contact us via Facebook (_https://www.facebook.com/groups/824987924250161/_) or Google Groups (_https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/drumknotts-irregulars_) or join us at our next event."

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There is a new public Facebook meeting group, "The Gathering of the Loonies (Wincanton chapter)": "This group, by request of Jo in Bear will continue to be used for future unofficial (not run by the Emporium) fan Gatherings in Wincanton. Look here for information. Next event Loonies Christmas Party. Same weekend as Hogswatch would have been. ie 27/28/29 November."

https://www.facebook.com/groups/373578522834654/

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The Pratchett Partisans are a fan group who meet monthly at either Brisbane or Indooroopilly to "eat, drink and chat about all things Pratchett. We hold events such as Discworld dinners, games afternoons, Discworld photo scavenger hunts. Our recent 'Murder In Morpork' mystery party was a great night out. With 26 people attending, we had 24 suspects, our special guest – Vetinari, and one dead mime! It was a fun night of food and murder and we are planning another Murder in December so stay tuned. We also attend opening night at Brisbane Arts Theatre's Discworld plays." The Partisans currently have about 100 members who meet meet at least twice a month, usually in Brisbane. For more info about their next meetup, join up at https://www.facebook.com/groups/pratchettpartisans/ or contact Ula directly at uwilmott@yahoo.com.au

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The City of Small Gods is a group for fans in Adelaide and South Australia. For more information on their upcoming activities, go to www.cityofsmallgods.org.au

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The Broken Vectis Drummers meet next on Thursday 6th August 2015 (probably) from 7.30pm at The Castle pub in Newport, Isle of Wight. For more info and any queries, contact broken_vectis_drummers@yahoo.co.uk

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The Wincanton Omnian Temperance Society (WOTS) next meets on Friday 7th August 2015 (probably) at Wincanton's famous Bear Inn from 7pm onwards. "Visitors and drop-ins are always welcome!"

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The Northern Institute of the Ankh-Morpork and District Society of Flatalists, a Pratchett fangroup, has been meeting on a regular basis since 2005 but is now looking to take in some new blood (presumably not in the non-reformed Uberwald manner). The Flatalists normally meet at The Narrowboat Pub in Victoria Street, Skipton, North Yorkshire, to discuss "all things Pratchett" as well as having quizzes and raffles. Details of future meetings are posted on the Events section of the Discworld Stamps forum:

http://www.discworldstamps.co.uk/forum/

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Sydney Drummers (formerly Drummers Downunder) meet next on Monday 3rd August 2015 at 6.30pm (probably) in Sydney at 3 Wise Monkeys, 555 George Street, Sydney,2000. For more information, contact Sue (aka Granny Weatherwax): kenworthys@yahoo.co.uk

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The Treacle Mining Corporation, formerly known as Perth Drummers, meets next on Monday 3rd August 2015 (probably) from 5.30pm at Carpe Cafe, 526 Murray Street, Perth, Western Australia.

For details follow Perth Drummers on Twitter @Perth_Drummers or join their Facebook group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Perth.Drummers/
– or message Alexandra Ware directly at <alexandra.ware@gmail.com>

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13) ROUNDWORLD TALES: HO! THE MEGAPODE!

Many of you may have known that the Megapode chase at the start of Unseen Academicals was based on a real Roundworld university tradition, but the story of the odd ritual of the Mallard Society at All Souls' College, Oxford is even odder that one might expect...

"The origins of this association [The Mallard Society] are somewhat obscure. The earliest reference to the Mallard in connection with the College comes from January 1632, when three young 'Mallardyzers' were disciplined for bringing strangers in and causing disturbance and damage during the night. It is also reported that the Mallard Song 'was sung after a rude manner about 1658 about 2 or 3 in ye morning, which giving a great alarm to ye Oliverian soldiery then in Oxon they would have forced ye gate open to have appeased ye noise.'... By the early eighteenth century the procession had lapsed, but January 14th continued to be Mallard Night, a time for drinking and for singing the old song. We now begin to hear of the legend that when Archbishop Chichele's builders were digging foundations for the College in 1437/8 an enormous mallard flew up out of a drain where it had been trapped for many years. It has been plausibly suggested that the story arose from the discovery of a medieval seal bearing the name of William Malard, Clerk, in a drain on the College site... In 1801 the procession was revived as a one-off celebration of the new century. The procedure, like the commemorative medal that was struck for the occasion, was modelled on the old descriptions, but it was now a more solemn and dignified affair than the disorderly processions of the seventeenth century. The future Bishop Heber, then a freshman in Brasenose, observed about forty Fellows marching along the roof of the Codrington Library at four in the morning, carrying large torches and thundering out the song. The event was repeated on January 14th 1901, following an elaborate dinner [see below – Ed.]... Cosmo Gordon Lang, the future Archbishop of Canterbury, was the Lord Mallard. He was carried round the quadrangles on a chair, shoulder-high, singing the Mallard Song again and again, while everyone joined in the chorus. The ceremony was re-enacted on January 14th 2001. As in previous centuries, a commemorative medal was commissioned... But it is not just once a century that the Mallard is celebrated. The Mallard Song is sung twice every year, at the November Gaudy and at the Bursar's Dinner in March..."

http://bit.ly/1JEfnBT

Here be the menu for that dinner in 1901. How utterly UU in its lavishness, although we doubt Mrs Whitlow would be party to serving so much Quirmian "avec":

Potage des Tourterelles du Siecle Nouveau.
Tourbot, Sauce du Warden.
Eperlans a la Custodes Jocalium.
Vol-au-Vent du Ris de Veau a la Sub-warden.
Filets de Boeuf de L'Estates Bursar.
Chapons Rotis a la Roi Edouard.
Jambon d'Yorck.
Selle du Mouton.
Mallard Swapping Sauce.
Pouding d'All Souls
Gateau de Chichele.
Sardines de Chichele
Merluches Salade des Junior Fellows
Dessert du Common Room.

http://web.archive.org/web/20070713230403/http://www.all-souls.ox.ac.uk/events/menu.php

Here be an account of the proceedings in 1901:

"First came a few men with torches, one carrying before him on a long pole the stuffed mallard, then the Lord Mallard, carried on a chair shoulder-high by four men. At his side walked two others carrying wands in one hand, and with the other ready to steady his lordship should it be needful. Two more walked in front for the same reason. It was the Lord Mallard who from his seat sang again and again the song before referred to. Following him came all the members of the College - all in gowns, some with caps, and here and there a top-hat, looking very much out of place. (As must have felt their owners, gambolling in the night air.) The procession passed twice round the quad, making the tour of the smaller quad in between, and then proceeded to mount to the roofs, which was the next item on the programme. There was much laughter as they all disappeared from sight for a time, leaving us again in darkness, to emerge presently on a high roof near the chapel tower. Immediately in front of us, one by one they clambered up, and relit their torches at the top. Then again rang out the song as they slowly moved forward..."

http://web.archive.org/web/20070713230506/http://www.all-souls.ox.ac.uk/events/1901.php

...and here is the original Mallard itself, in antique plaster. Note that knowing smile on its beak. What duck?:

http://bit.ly/1MqwxrR

Wikipedia's page on the Mallard Song has the entire lyric, including the following bits. Be aware that the word "swapping" means, in modern parlance, enormous:

Hough the bloud of King Edward,
By ye bloud of King Edward,
It was a swapping, swapping mallard!

Hee was swapping all from bill to eye,
Hee was swapping all from wing to thigh;
His swapping tool of generation
Oute swapped all ye wingged Nation...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mallard_Song

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14) AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE

Yet another round of Graeme Neill's (aka Pratchett Job) reviews...

The Last Continent:

"Rincewind novels are a problem and the issue is with Rincewind himself. He's a coward so all he can do is run away from things. By putting him through a traditional narrative arc where he overcomes his fears and saves the day, Pratchett would likely write a more satisfying book but would remove the only thing that makes him Rincewind. I really struggle to try and think of his other traits if his cowardice was removed... The book is an amusing and entertaining one but I can't really get what he is saying. Australians are different. They have corks on their hats to stop flies. Mad Max. Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Ned Kelly. Weird food. Tinnies. The reader is shown a lot of different things but there's nothing below it. Like the other Rincewind books, there's a lack of a story arc. He doesn't change or develop as a character. He just runs and gets into scrapes... I feel I am being much too harsh here for a book I rather liked. In defence of it, the reader is thoroughly entertained by some nice comedic set pieces throughout. However, it's hard to write a post exploring a book that is just a list of things that are nowhere near as funny as they are in the novel..."

http://bit.ly/1HL7FI8

The Truth:

"I'm afraid that I was (and am) a journalist so a lot of what I will write about The Truth will need to be filtered through this bit of knowledge. I really enjoyed the 25th Discworld novel and it conveys the excitement and drive that journalists have about chasing stories. Of course, Pratchett was a local newspaper man when the Discworld was the mental size of a saucer. He knows the beat well... The Truth immediately brought two things to mind. The first was the reference to the infamous Sun headline about the Hillsborough football disaster. They accused Liverpool fans of causing the deaths of 96 fans, stealing from, and urinating on, corpses. It was abject bollocks of the highest order and they finally apologised for it 15 years after the horrible events. It's arguably one of the best known headlines in the history of UK newspapers. The second is Mark Twain's famous quote about never letting it stand in the way of a good story. And it doesn't. The Truth is more akin to screwball comedies such as His Girl Friday, rather than a satire of mac-clad, unscrupulous newshounds. There's more at play here... Pratchett's now customary suspicions about the absence of wisdom among the crowds raise their head here, although he questions his own assumptions in the book. The literally throwaway nature of The Times means that what it publishes doesn't lead to a mass uprising among the great unwashed against perceived wrongdoings. By publishing the truth at the end of the novel, de Worde does clear The Patrician's name, after he was framed for embezzlement. But there's far from a clamour for his release. The paper came out, and it didn't matter. People just seemed to accept things... I liked The Truth a lot, although with the wider Discworld knowledge swirling around my head, the plot isn't its strongest. This is potential fanboy criticism here so it should be treated with the respect that deserves..."

http://bit.ly/1LwhI82

Making Money:

"The novel gives us an interesting premise and in true Pratchett style forces us to think about the everyday in a different way. What do the coins and notes that sit in our pockets, wallets and purses actually represent? Why do they have value when their material worth is something very different? ... It's a neat extension on Pratchett's longstanding theme about the power of belief. We believe these chunks of metal or watermarked pieces of paper have value, with the buildings where we can borrow and deposit akin to temples. But the money doesn't actually exist. What we are spending is our faith... This being a Moist book, Vetinari is not very far from proceedings. My favourite Discworld character takes his opportunity to make some neat points about money's role in empire building and makes the reader, yet again, applaud the actions of a dictator. Like Moist, the reader has difficulty working out who the real Vetinari is. By keeping him at arm's length, he remains the enigma wrapped in the etc and so on... For me, the great books are those which require the reader to work at the novel, to try and make sense of the bits that don't quite fit, to imagine how a world works or fill the gaps within a character's past or present. But there's a difference between an author not treating their reader like an idiot, as well they should, and a book featuring a bunch of vaguely related concepts on the page and effectively forcing the reader to do the legwork. There's no arc to the story and it is very unsatisfying as a result. It reads like a first draft, where there is something there, but a lot of demolishing blind alleys and sharpening the edges of the narrative are required for it to be whipped into shape..."

https://pratchettjob.wordpress.com/2015/07/03/taxman-making-money/

Guards! Guards!:

"We are back in that wretched hive of scum and villainy, Ankh-Morpork. Yet again, after Dios in Pyramids, we learn that the most dangerous person in the Discworld is whoever is second in command. Lupine Wonse, deputy to The Patrician who runs the city, is using his alter-ego of the Supreme Grand Master of the Unique and Supreme Lodge of the Elucidated Brethren of the Ebon Night to try and bring a dragon to the city, a threat that will allow him to install his own puppet king. Standing between him and his desires is the Night's Watch, the most despised group of men in the entire city... Pratchett's use of cliche and tropes is very clever as it hides another well worn story in plain sight. The reader is so busy giggling at Casablanca references and the like that they fail to notice that Carrot has been hidden as the one true heir of Ankh-Morpork throughout the novel, even though HE'S AN ADOPTED BLOODY SON AND PARAGON OF SODDING VIRTUE TRAVELLING TO A CITY TO SEEK HIS FORTUNE. At least I did anyway. But there are flaws. Vimes' journey from drunken wretch to hero is glossed over somewhat. He suddenly ditches the bottle and decides to serve the public trust, protect the innocent and uphold the law. He's a wonderful character – anyone who comes up with the line If there was anything that depressed him more than his own cynicism, it was quite often it still wasn't as cynical as real life and who is constantly disappointed with himself will strike a chord with any reader – but the novel is erratic in his plotting. Vimes cleaning up his act happens much too quickly, but the book grinds to a halt about two thirds of the way in and infuriatingly spins its wheels before the plot kicks back in for its conclusion. Ankh-Morpork breathes here, at least as much as a shitheap city where the river is technically full of solids, rather than liquids, can do. Like any great crime novel, which Guards! Guards! ultimately is, the city is as much a character as its dramatis personae..."

https://pratchettjob.wordpress.com/2014/12/12/i-fought-the-law-guards-guards/

The Light Fantastic:

"The Light Fantastic is a Discworld book that I've read before. I remember not liking it. Beyond that? Nothing. So I was rather surprised to find I enjoyed it. In short, The Light Fantastic is The Colour of Magic but with plot. While its predecessor threw joke after joke at the reader to stop them from noticing that not a lot was actually happening, Rincewind and Twoflower, TCM's protagonists, are trying to halt The End of the World, albeit in their usual cack-handed fashion... The Light Fantastic is about power and responsibility. I'll try and keep the Spider-Man references to a minimum but in Trymon we are shown a ruthless and ambitious mage set on modernisation, without actually thinking through the consequences. So when he packs the seven Spells into his head, he opens a portal through which the dreaded Things from the Dungeon Dimensions can travel through (plot, remember?). So far, so straightforward, but where The Light Fantastic is interesting is how Pratchett explores the importance of the right kind of authority and knowing one's limits. Galder, the magician Trymon usurps as the head of the Unseen University, is characterised almost as a benign dictator who keeps magic in check. Trymon craves management – if there was something Trymon really liked, it was organising – but it is in bringing this to bear on the University that all hell almost breaks loose... By putting the reluctant hero Rincewind at the centre of the novel, Pratchett looks at how a quiet life can actually be worthwhile..."

http://bit.ly/1JRv09a

...and Snuff:

"I had been concerned just how Pratchett's writing abilities would have been affected post-Embuggerance. Making Money was clumsy, Unseen Academicals depressing but I Shall Wear Midnight was yet another fantastic Tiffany Aching novel. I was unsure whether it would be business as usual, as some Pratchett fans have argued, or whether the post 2007 Discworld novels were too sad to continue with. With Snuff (and with Raising Steam), I feel the answer sits somewhere between the two camps. They are enjoyable, and deeply admirable given his health, but nowhere near the heights of classic Discworld. As one would expect. There have been several stylistic changes. There are footnotes abound, instead of the occasional comic gem smuggled into the bottom of the page. His back and forth dialogue has been broadened considerably. Instead of the pithy comic chat that characterised so many of his novels, we have big chunks of conversation. While it doesn't quite overpower the novel, it does slow it down considerably. To its credit, the plot holds things together much better than I expected... Elements of the novel are fun. The massive set-piece barge chase at the end of the novel is deftly done. There's the concept of 'small crimes hiding bigger ones', where smuggling is the 'respectable' face of goblin slavery, is smart but regrettably undercooked. I loved Miss Beedle, the children's author who was one of the goblins' most vocal champions. Beedle's mother was raised by goblins when she was abandoned as a child and her telling Vimes of her family history delivers one of the book's best passages... Despite the pedestrian plot, it has a brilliant conclusion, where the world is changed in the goblins' favour. Sybil Ramkin, delightful, warm, exquisite Sybil decides to hold a concert where the talented goblin Tears of a Mushroom can showcase her otherworldly harp skills..."

https://pratchettjob.wordpress.com/2015/07/17/death-trip-snuff/

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15) IMAGES OF THE MONTH

Sneak preview of the forthcoming Compleat Discworld Atlas! Photo by Kirsten Heath:
http://bit.ly/1fiqIiU

A 2015 Pratchett tribute: well dressing wizard in West Hallam, by Jane and Neve Metcalf, photo by Rachel Rowlands:
http://bit.ly/1GuKNs5

...and a closer view, photo by Paul Garton:
http://bit.ly/1Mf5tMc

Editor's note – well dressing is an old custom most closely associated with certain parts of England, most notably the Peak District. In other words, Lancre... but possibly the Chalk too (although there are well dressings in villages all around the UK). Here be a wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Well_dressing

Some of the Perth cast of Maskerade, in costume:
http://bit.ly/1Oz1GbN
http://bit.ly/1CWnkVO

Jon Sullivan's painting of the Battle of Koom Valley, from the 2010 Discworld calendar:
http://www.jonsullivanart.com/images/the-battle-of-koom_03.jpg

A familiar-looking library, sent by Newshound Mss C. If anyone knows the credit for this photo, do let us know!
http://bit.ly/1IklVVe

...and a reminder, from Sam Vimes, of something that far too many well-meaning people have a habit of forgetting:

http://bit.ly/1LMItU8

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16) CLOSE

And that's everything for the month of July. Don't forget to check out the mirror site/blog, for between-times updates, promotions for Discworld plays, and assorted images that don't fit in a text-based newsletter. And with that, I'm off to my bed. See you next month!

– Annie Mac

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The Antonine Players will present their production of Maskerade in September.

When: 17th, 18th, 19th September 2015
Venue: Fort Theatre, Kenmure Avenue, Bishopbriggs, Glasgow G64 2DW
Time: 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm
Tickets: £8.50 (£8 concession). Available online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/forttheatre or ring 0141 573 6620 or 0141 772 7054

The Players are currently seeking budding actors and technical staff to work on the production, which is about to go into rehearsal mode. If you are interested, ring George Hamill on 07508294643.

http://www.forttheatre.org/
wossname: (Anthill inside)
Monstrous Productions are back with their latest Pratchett production – Night Watch, adapted by Stephen Briggs and directed by Amy Davies

"Hello everybody! We are incredibly pleased to say that, over the course of four plays since the start of 2013, we have raised over £12,000 for Alzheimer's Research UK! Luckily we added a matinee for Witches Abroad: our audiences were better than ever! But we don't stop there. In September we will be performing Night Watch!"

When: 9th-12th-September 2015
Venue: The Gate Theatre, Keppoch Street, Roath, Cardiff CF24 3JW
Time: 7.30pm (doors open 7pm), plus a 2.30pm matinee on the 12th
Tickets: £8 (£6 concession), available soon from www.monstrousptc.com
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From The Random House Group (UK):

Unseen University are proud to present the most comprehensive map and guide to the Disc yet produced. In this noble endeavour, drawing upon the hard won knowledge of many great and, inevitably, late explorers, one may locate on a detailed plan of our world such fabled realms as the Condiment Isles, trace the course of the River Kneck as it deposits silt and border disputes in equal abundance on the lands either side, and contemplate the vast deserts of Klatch and Howondaland -- a salutary lesson in the perils of allowing ones goats to graze unchecked.

This stunning work brings to life the lands and locations of the Discworld stories in a way never seen before. Accompanied by lavish full-colour illustrations and a detailed world map, this is a must-have for any Discworld fan.

Published by Doubleday, part of Transworld Publishers
Format: Hardback
Available to pre-order for 22 Oct 2015
Priced at £25.00

The page includes a direct Buy Now button

http://www.randomhouse.co.uk/editions/the-discworld-atlas/9780857521309


From Penguin Random House Canada:

The Compleat Discworld Atlas
Of General & Descriptive Geography Which Together With New Maps and Gazetteer Forms a Compleat Guide to Our World & All It Encompasses
BY TERRY PRATCHETT, AIDED AND ABETTED BY THE DISCWORLD EMPORIUM

A brand-new and fully illustrated traveller's guide to Terry Pratchett's extraordinary and magical creation: the Discworld.

Painstakingly compiled under the aegis of the Unseen University's Department of Cruel and Unusual Geography, The Discworld Atlas is a glorious travellers' guide to the marvellous world created by Sir Terry Pratchett. Drawing on myriad sources -- from explorers' journals and prospectors' maps to archives of the great libraries and reports of merchants and missionaries alike -- this stunning work brings to life the lands and locations of the Discworld stories in a way never seen before. Accompanied by lavish full-colour illustrations and a detailed world map, this is a must-have for any Discworld fan.

Available November 24, 2015
Priced at $42.00 (CAD) "subject to change"

The Atlas can be re-ordered from McNally Robinson and Chapters-Indigo; just click on the name of the company in the box on the right-hand side of the page.

http://penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/529787/compleat-discworld-atlas
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INDEX:

01) MORE QUOTES OF THE MONTH
02) EDITOR'S LETTER
03) ODDS AND SODS
04) DISCWORLD CONVENTION NEWS
05) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
06) MORE IMAGES OF THE MONTH
07) CLOSE

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01) QUOTE OF THE REST OF THE MONTH

Or quite possibly the quote of the year!

"I'd like to do a Tomb Raider/Wee Free Men mash-up where Lara is armed only with a frying pan and a bottle of 'Special Sheep Liniment'."

– Rhianna Pratchett, 20th July 2014 via Twitter

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02) LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR

Wotcha, all! This is a very quick round of updates, coming at the very end of the month. As I am in a rush, and haven't been near a Hex much in the past fortnight, I'll just say a quick apology to the various readers whose emails I haven't had a chance to reply to yet. Soon, soon. And now, on with the show...

– Annie Mac, Editor

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03) ODDS AND SODS

3.1 NEW DISCWORLD ALES: WE'LL DRINK TO THAT

New Discworld-inspired and officially licenced ales for Roundworld! Apparently the first of these will be available in Wetherspoon's pubs for the next few weeks. Cheers!

First up is Modo's Midden, a golden ale by the Boathouse Brewery, priced at £3.14 a bottle:

"Dwarves are regarded as some of the best brewers on Discworld. Invited to try his hand at the Boathouse Brewery (as compensation for damage caused to the lawns), Unseen University's head gardener, Modo, spent long hours in the brewhouse preparing and crafting his beer. A steady stream of under gardeners arrived with ingredient-laden barrows, causing more than one student to wonder what exactly would emerge and whether the brewhouse would survive. The resulting beer serves as one of the finest examples of dwarven brewing excellence and Modo has been seen feeding his legendary compost heap with a bottle or three when it's feeling a little flat.

"Tasting Notes: An honest, earthy and refreshing golden ale with a classic aroma of cedar and herbs. On the palate a light lemon/grapefruit flavour develops under the cedar for a truly distinctive character. The beer leaves a rounded taste in the mouth wanting you to take more."

http://tinyurl.com/mb457g9

...and then there's Invalid's Restorative, priced at £2.10 per bottle:

"A deep golden ale, brewed by golems who can resist the temptations of its strength. Matured in oaken casks used for aging Jimkin Bearhugger’s finest dram. The purest mountain spring water is shipped in from Llamedos and blended with floor malted barley, just a dash of black malt and a blend of Progress and Pilgrim (hops rather than travellers). The long oak aging imparts vanilla notes to the aroma, and the residual spirit lends a hefty kick to this splendid ale... Whiskey barrels are used for transporting the beer (they have plenty!) and this imparts a distinctive taste which, in true Bearhugger fashion, is aged for 8 minutes to keep up with the massive demand..."

http://tinyurl.com/ntm7cmn

3.2 WORLD WIDE DISCWORDS

The marvellous Michael Quinion of World Wide Words has featured Discworld in not one but two posts recently! Here are the entries for thaumaturgy (in which the UU Thaumometers get a look-in):

http://tinyurl.com/nplh974

...and for geis/geas, which of course quotes the Feegles:

http://tinyurl.com/lzg895t

3.3 REVIEW: GOING POSTAL

By Will Duquette on patheos.com:

"So last night I finished reading Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal to my wife and kids. Going Postal is in an odd category: it’s a full-fledge novel that I have only ever read aloud. I read it to Jane when it was first released, and now to Jane and my kids. Jane and I loved it on the first reading, and I’m glad to say that it held up on the second reading. In fact, I might go so far as to say that Going Postal is one of Pratchett’s best, and it’s certainly one of my favorites, in part because it is so unlike the various other Discworld sub-series... One of the things I especially like about this one is the variety of scenes with Lord Vetinari. We usually see him through the eyes of Sam Vimes, Commander of the City Watch; and so we usually see the Vetinari’s manner when managing Sam Vimes. But Vetinari is a skilled manipulator, and his manner with Moist is somewhat – different..."

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/crywoof/2014/07/review-going-postal/

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02) EDITOR'S LETTER
03) GOOD NEWS, AND NOT SO GOOD NEWS
04) ODDS AND SODS
05) PTERRY AND ALZHEIMER'S NEWS
06) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
07) DISCWORLD GAMES NEWS
08) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS
09) DISCWORLD CONVENTION NEWS
10) DISCWORLD MEETING GROUPS NEWS
11) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
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01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH

"If ever a guy deserved the intervention of a Wizard, it is Sir Terry."

– Guardian commenter Rockyrex

"I wish Terry was writing the world."

– heartbroken fan boynamedsue, in the same thread

"Embuggerance? Let's all hope he can be the hedgehog as long as possible."

– and wise words from fan alberthartley

"He loves walking around and chatting with fans."

– Rob Willikins, erm, Wilkins, talking about his boss

"The first stamps off the presses were hand perforated by Terry himself on a Victorian device at Bath Postal Museum of which Terry is patron. Ten years, and hundreds of thousands of stamps later, Discworld Stamps are collected worldwide and feature an ever-changing range of designs from all over Discworld with contributions by guests artists including Paul Kidby and Peter Dennis."

– Bernard Pearson, the Cunning Artificer himself, on the occasion of Discworld stamps' 10th birthday

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02) LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR

Happy Middle of the Roundworld Year to all!

There is some wonderful news and some not so wonderful news from The Author this month – see item 3. Rejoice if, like me, you love the Tiffany Aching novels and would love love love to know more about her life as a young adult witch. As for the other, not so wonderful news, I know the DWcon-goers will be deeply disappointed that Sir Pterry has to drop out of his traditional Head Guest of Honour position, but will join me in feeling more admiration than ever for the determination of this increasingly disease-ravaged genius who's carried on working for most of a decade, post-diagnosis, in order to share his magical universe with *all* fans everywhere. I do hope the UK DWcon attendees next month will shower the GoH aka the Hat of Pterry with all the love and respect due its owner!

Some stuff and things: in its fifth month on the Locus Bestsellers hardcovers list, Raising Steam has finally risen to the Number One spot! Also, the former Discworld Conventions News section has now been re-titled Discworld Events News. That's item 9 in this issue.

And now it's on with the show...

– Annie Mac, Editor

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03) GOOD NEWS, AND NOT SO GOOD NEWS

3.1 THE WONDERFUL NEWS

There's going to be a fifth Tiffany Aching novel! Here's the word, from the Patrician's Palace, that is, the official Pterry Twitter account:

"Just to let you all know, the book that's on the screen in front of us – and is well underway – will be the 5th Tiffany Aching novel."

"And before you ask – NO – we don't know when it will be published because we don't know when it will be finished."

– 1st July 2014 via @terryandrob

3.2 THE NOT SO WONDERFUL NEWS

...but at least The (official authorial) Hat will be attending.

Here be the original announcement:

Dear Discworld Convention Attendees,

I have been putting off writing this little announcement for quite some time and on good days thought I wouldn't have to write it at all. However, it is with great reluctance that I have to tell you all that I will not be able to attend the upcoming UK Discworld Convention. I am very sorry about this, but I have been dodging the effects of PCA and have been able to write for much longer than any of us ever thought possible, but now The Embuggerance is finally catching up with me, along with other age-related ailments. I know people will have already made plans far in advance and some will be travelling a long way, but this is the first time ever that I have been unable to attend a UK convention and I really am very sorry. They say time marches on, and it does, even though I have been running very fast to keep one step ahead of it. I really was looking forward to seeing your smiley, happy faces. Have fun everyone. Yes, on this occasion, have *lots* of fun.

(signed) Terry Pratchett. Salisbury, UK

To read the announcement on the web, go to PJSM Prints:

http://www.pjsmprints.com/news/

This news has now been covered by Press and entertainment sites all aound the world. The Guardian was perhaps first out of the blocks:

"Pratchett made the announcement with what he described as 'great reluctance' on the website of the International Discworld Convention, where he had been set to appear as guest of honour in Manchester in August... Pratchett was referring, in the "embuggerance", to the memorable description he initially gave to his posterior cortical atrophy, a rare form of early onset Alzheimer's he announced he had been diagnosed with in late 2007... The convention's chair, John Hicks, said that Pratchett would still be answering some questions from fans on video, that his business manager Rob Wilkins would be 'bringing The Black Hat' – Pratchett's trademark – 'to the Convention to represent Terry in absentia and we will, of course, welcome it with all due honours'..."

http://tinyurl.com/ox3fj2j

Here be a selection from the comments below the piece. Amazingly, in an aetherverse where comments threads almost always contain griefing, assorted other trollery, and plain damn-foolish wrongheadedness – especially in Guardian comments, where one would have expected a slightly better class of commenter – almost everything in the thread was positive.

From MythicalMagpie: "Courage in the form of eloquence and wit. That's a very moving statement from Mr Pratchett. I'll always be a fan.
Disappointedidealist: A man who has brought entertainment, laughter, and more than a little bit of hope, to millions of us. I'd settle for that as an epitaph. Just don't book Cut-Me-Own-Throat-Dibbler for the catering at the funeral, eh, Terry?"

From Rockyrex: "If the Guardian can send him our thanks for all the fun, I think we would be grateful. If ever a guy deserved the intervention of a Wizard, it is Sir Terry."

From daveydor: "I like to think that, like the Luggage, the Hat will develop a sentience and mobility of its own. Good luck for the future, Sir Terry, and thank you for everything so far."

From Ntooms: "I have shed many tears reading Mr Pratchett, tears of laughter in some very public places and I will shed a tear of sadness when this brilliant man succumbs, hang in there Terry we need men like you to help us laugh at the world."

From Abdrea Buzas: "He has a whole magical universe in his head and no disease will ever destroy that!"

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04) "DRAGONS AT CRUMBLING CASTLE" NEWS

4.1 A TEASER IN E-BOOK FORM!

Next month, Random House Children's Publishers will publish an e-short, "The Abominable Snowman", from Terry Pratchett's forthcoming short story collection Dragons at Crumbling Castle. The publishing date is 7th August and the price will be £1.49.

"The Abominable Snowman" is about "Captain the Honourable Sir Herbert Stephen Ernest Boring-Tristram-Boring (known to his friends as Bill). Sir Herbert is very bored but life gets more interesting when the famous explorer Amos Tence shows up at his front door and takes him of to the mountains of Chilistan to look for the abominable snowman.

"Kirsten Armstrong, fiction editor at RHCP UK, bought the world rights for Dragons from Pratchett's agent Colin Smythe, and said: 'These stories are full of Pratchett's trademark wit and imagination and will be adored by anyone aged eight to 108... they are a joy to read and share with young readers.'..."

http://www.thebookseller.com/news/rhcp-publish-pratchett-e-short.html

4.2 PTERRY "DRAGONS AT CRUMBLING CASTLE" INTERVIEW

From the Guardian's children's books section:

"You started writing the stories in Dragons at Crumbling Castle when you were 17 and an apprentice on the local newspaper. What did you before?

"I went to a reasonably good school, though I think I hated the headmaster just as much as he hated me. Time and again I come back to the library as where I got my real education, and The Way of Terry Pratchett is this: you go through the very, very top of a very big library and you read every last book, which effectively is what quite a lot of my adolescence was made of. That meant I'd read all kinds of books, and things stick, all contributing to the great big compost heap from which the roses grow...

"Why do you think fantasy so accessible to both children and adults?

"You start with the fairytales and the fairytales segue way up as you get older and you start realizing, if you are growing up, that fairytales aren't exactly the same as what's really going on and what's happening around you. And if you're paying attention, you ask why and look for more stories to help find out...

"Which of the books that you've written is your favorite?

"I don't know about 'favourite,' but the four Tiffany Aching books, starting with The Wee Free Men, are very close to my heart. Lots of girls – and some boys – say they like Tiffany because she is real, and she gets on with things and doesn't complain until it is necessary and does the job that is in front of her all the time. Some of these notions seem old-fashioned these days, but I got them from people I knew when I was growing up. And of course, lot of Tiffany's story is set in Chalk country – the countryside I lived on then and live on now..."

Remember, Dragons at Crumbling Castle will be published on 11th September 2014! To read the full interview, go to:

http://tinyurl.com/nuhdnzm

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05) PTERRY AND ALZHEIMER'S NEWS

5.1 AWESOME – AND SUCCESSFUL – FUNDRAISING STUNT

Pratchett fan Isaac Olding of Long Eaton, aged 16, set out to raise £1,500 for the Alzheimer's Society by means of a somewhat unusual tactic – wearing a full-on ball dress, complete with accessories (including varnished toenails), to his Year 11 prom. Ninety-eight donors saw to it that the original total was surpassed, and the total is still rising:

"Isaac decided to raise money for Alzheimer's Society as he has friends and family members with dementia. Isaac and his Mum are also huge Sir Terry Pratchett fans and have been lucky enough to meet Sir Terry Pratchett and tell him about his fundraising. If you would like to sponsor Isaac or see more pictures of him in his prom dress please visit his just giving page: www.justgiving.com/Isaac-Olding/ ..."

http://alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/news_article.php?newsID=2088

Isaac says: "Well prom is over and i had a great time, thank you everyone who has given money and to let everyone know my page will still be up to donate to for a few more months" – 28/06/14

[Editor's note: even if you're unable to donate, Isaac's JustGiving page is worth visiting for the comments in the right-hand sidebar.]

5.2 PROMISING NEW DIAGNOSTIC TEST

"A blood test to detect which people with failing memories will go on to develop Alzheimer's disease has been developed by British scientists, who hope it may prove a breakthrough in the hunt for a cure. After a decade's work, an international collaboration led by scientists from King's College London, with the UK company Proteome Sciences, has published a study identifying a set of 10 proteins in the blood. The test can predict the onset of Alzheimer's in the next 12 months in people with memory problems with an accuracy of 87%. It could cost £100-£300 and be available within two years... Such a screening test would be controversial, however: few healthy people want to know they may be in line for an incurable disease that can be neither prevented nor treated. The new test is aimed at people with the kind of memory loss called mild cognitive impairment, 60% of whom will go on to develop dementia. Those are the people scientists now want to recruit into trials to prevent, or at least delay, the onset of Alzheimer's...

"Larger trials involving 5,000 to 10,000 people are still needed, say the scientists. 'The next step will be to validate our findings in further sample sets, to see if we can improve accuracy and reduce the risk of misdiagnosis, and to develop a reliable test suitable to be used by doctors,' said [Professor Simon Lovestone from King's College]. Other scientists were enthusiastic about the potential for the test to aid drug discovery, but cautious about its potential use for diagnosing the disease in otherwise healthy people. Dr Eric Karran, science director at the charity Alzheimer's Research UK, which helped fund the research, said a test identifying those at risk of Alzheimer's at an early stage would be of 'real value', but warned that it would have to be used responsibly. 'Alzheimer's disease is now the most feared diagnosis,' he said. 'We have to be very careful about how we use these tests, especially in the absence of effective therapy.' Dr James Pickett, head of research at the Alzheimer's Society, said: 'Finding a way to detect dementia before symptoms develop would revolutionise research into the condition … However, this research does not mean that a blood test for dementia is just around the corner'..."

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/jul/08/blood-test-predicts-onset-alzheimers-disease

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06) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS

6.1 NEW: SOUL MUSIC IN KINGSTON

Youth Music Theatre UK, "the leading music theatre company for young people aged 11-21" and a favourite of Sir Pterry's, will present their new all-singing, all-dancing, all-Discworld production of Soul Music next month. "Directed by Luke Sheppard, (Associate Director RSC's Matilda), adapted by stand-up comedian Andrew Doyle with original music from WhatsOnStage Award-nominee Craig Adams (LIFT, Thérèse Raquin), and choreographed by Off West End Award-winner Cressida Carré (Titanic). Soul Music continues our association with Sir Terry Pratchett, and follows the success of our previous collaboration Mort The Musical."

When: 28th-31st August 2014
Venue: Rose Theatre, 24-26 High Street, Kingston, London, KT1 1HL
Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: £6–£26 including £1 booking fee per ticket. Plus £1.60 transaction fee per booking. Hurry, because all the "cheap seats" are already nearly sold out! To book online, go to:

www.rosetheatrekingston.org/visiting-productions/soul-music-terry-pratchett

And what's more, there's a trailer! A rather cute one:

http://www.youthmusictheatreuk.org/shows/soul-music

6.2 ALMOST NEW: "THE LAST CONTINENT"...ON THE LAST CONTINENT!

"Our next play, (by popular vote) will be a return to "The Last Continent" which was a world premiere for us back in 2009... It's actually quite appropriate as it turns out that we are doing a play about Ecks, Ecks, Ecks because Terry has been awarded an honorary doctorate from UniSA."

When: 19th September through 4th October 2014
Venue: The Bakehouse Theatre, 255 Angas Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000
Time: 8pm all shows
Tickets: Pricing TBA

http://www.unseen.com.au/

6.3 REMINDER: MONSTROUS REGIMENT IN CHICAGO: EXTENDED SEASON

The Monstrous Regiment production has created such a sensation that its season is being extended into August due to demand! Read all about it in Broadway World:

"To accommodate extraordinary ticket demand, Lifeline Theatre announces ten added performances of its Jeff Recommended, critically-acclaimed world premiere adaptation of Terry Pratchett's Monstrous Regiment, by ensemble member Chris Hainsworth, directed by Kevin Theis (two-time Non-Equity Jeff Award nominee)... Monstrous Regiment now runs through August 3 at Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. (free parking and shuttle; see below). Performance times are Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 4 p.m."

http://tinyurl.com/nefve5c

When: now, and up through 3rd August 2014
Venue: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N Glenwood Ave, Chicago, IL, 60626 Telephone 773-761-4477
Time: evenings at 7.30pm on Thursdays and Fridays and at 8pm on Saturdays; matinees at 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays. The production runs two and a half hours with one intermission. The book will be on sale in the lobby.
Tickets: $40 for regular single tickets, $30 for seniors, $20 for students (with I.D.), and $20 for rush tickets (available half hour before show time, subject to availability). Group rate for 12 or more is available upon request. Tickets may be purchased at the Lifeline Theatre Box Office, 773.761.4477, or by visiting www.lifelinetheatre.com

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07) DISCWORLD GAMES NEWS

7.1 "GUARDS! GUARDS!" AND "CLACKS" LATEST

A quick update from David Brashaw of Backspindle Games:

"Guards! Guards! a Discworld Boardgame has once again been reprinted and can be purchased internationally from our website:

http://backspindlegames.com/guards-guards/

"In addition we have a special discounted price for those traveling to Spiel, Essen who can pre-order their copy and collect it from us at Essen. Whoot! whoot!

"We will be at the DWCon next month were we will be demoing Clacks, and letting the wonderful delegates try all the different types of pay in the game, one for all, cooperative, free word creation...and more. In addition we will be demoing Guards! Guards! and running the LIVE run-around-the-convention version of the game...'hold on to your hat!'"

"Hopefully following all of this we will be refining Clacks for a 2015 release."

www.backspindlegames.com

7.2 ON CREATING "THE PERFECT DISCWORLD GAME"

At WhatCulture, Henry Dowling takes a very long and very impassioned look at "would need to be done for a game to justify the sought-after Discworld license". Well worth reading the entire piece! Here are a few extracts:

"We see the Discworld series as literary art, not Rowling-esque pulp fantasy. And we devour anything Discworld-related with rampant hunger – books, maps, board games, figurines, if it says 'Discworld' on the cover, we'll buy it. It's a vast empire, the Discworld metaverse, and we all want a piece of it. One realm which hasn't received fair attention, though, is Discworld's representation in the gaming world. We're on the 40th novel in the award-winning series, but it's been 14 long years since the last proper attempt to capture the Discworld magic in game form (and no, the delightful boardgames don't count). In that time we've been subjected to unpleasant games based on brilliant fantasy books (ie. just about any Lord Of The Rings game), and substantially more unpleasant games based on forgettable fantasy books (ie. any game with Harry Plopper's bespectacled mug plastered on the box). After enduring all of that, the time is right for an amazing game based on the astounding fantasy scribblings of Mr. Pratchett.

"WhatCulture put the idea to revered gaming industry personality Rhianna Pratchett – Tomb Raider reboot writer, unofficial custodian of all things Discworldian, and of course Terry's daughter. 'There have been a few pitches sent my father's way over the years, but none have been up to snuff, quite frankly,' she told us. 'Some thought they got it, and when asked to pitch their vision for the project, quite clearly didn't. So basically we've not had the right pitch from the right company yet.' This tells us two things: that, as it stands, there is no Discworld project openly in development, but also that the idea is very much on the table should the right concept stroll in... Raven-haired Rhianna has made it clear that she won't be taking over from her father when it comes to the novels, but that's not to say she wouldn't be prepared to step in for a worthy gaming project. But she's a busy woman, with her talented fingers in many intriguing pies, so perhaps we need a contingency plan. And if there's one man with the credentials for the job, it's British writer Stephen Briggs...

"Since Sir Terry is English, many of us will have imagined an English accent for the various characters, but that doesn't have to be a rule. Bruce Willis in his grizzled John McClane/Die Hard guise could be a perfect Sam Vimes, for example, while a chap with silky tones like Unchartered's Nolan North would slip right into the Moist von Lipwig role. Pop old John Cleese in there as UU Archchancellor Ridcully – in fact, there would be place for all the surviving Monty Python gents – and a franchise return for the brilliant Tony Robinson should be a given. Obviously it can't all be A-list celebrities across the board, but this is the kind of project which would need to call in the big guns where it makes sense to do so...

"We've had Discworld games in the past, and none of them scorched a flaming streak across the gaming sales charts. The three primary suspects – Discworld, Discworld II: Missing, Presumed…!? and Discworld Noir – were acceptable point and click affairs, but they all missed the mark in quite specific ways. If an upcoming Discworld project is to make an impact, if it's to justify the use of the license, the team behind it will have to tread carefully... for the millions of Terry Pratchett acolytes who have been exploring the many realms of the Disc in their minds for decades, it really does feel that the time is right – we deserve a new Discworld title...."

http://tinyurl.com/pmglswq

7.3 "ANKH-MORPORK" INCLUDED IN TOP 5 FANTASY GAMES

On Here is the City:

"Discworld: Ankh-Morpork – We've included Terry Pratchett's Discworld inspired board game as not only does it convey well the character and humour of his celebrated novels but it’s a good easily accessible game to pick up and learn quickly that won't take you all night to play. The game doesn't suffer from lack of depth however, there is a lot of strategy and double guessing your opponents and the secret player objectives determined by your character add an air of tension to the game. Set in the corrupt Ankh-Morpork city state melting pot at the centre of the Discworld you're on a mission to gain control over the city by deploying minions and building property. There's a well worked mechanic using 'trouble markers' that can block others building property and all player actions are determined by cards in the player's hands. A 12 sided die comes into play only to determine where in the city random events occur although said events can take a while to surface in the game, which with its fast moving pace can get missed out if you plough through a game too quickly."

http://hereisthecity.com/en-gb/2014/07/12/top-5-fantasy-board-games

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08) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS

DISCWORLD EMPORIUM UPDATES

We've been Going Postal for 10 years!

It's been a decade since the publication of Going Postal, when the man in the black hat gave us the man in the golden hat, and we were commissioned by Transworld publishers to illustrate the very stamps designed by Moist Von Lipwig and Mr Spools in the book.
Soon after, Terry appointed our shop as an official branch of the A-M.P.O. with exclusive rights to produce 'real' Discworld Stamps as part of our range. The first stamps off the presses were hand perforated by Terry himself on a Victorian device at Bath Postal Museum of which Terry is patron. Ten years, and hundreds of thousands of stamps later, Discworld Stamps are collected worldwide and feature an ever-changing range of designs from all over Discworld with contributions by guests artists including Paul Kidby and Peter Dennis. To us, everyday is a celebration of Going Postal!

http://tinyurl.com/p9ltaby

To commemorate this special occasion, the Iconic 'Penny Patrician' has been transformed into the 'Penny Moist' for a limited edition Presentation sheet featuring ten variations of this distinguished Discworld Stamp. Bearing the profile of Going Postal's hero and saviour of the Ankh-Morpork Post Office, Moist Von Lipwig. Each sheet is embossed with shiny gold foil in tribute to Moist's famous golden suit and winged Postmaster's hat, and is presented in an embossed slip cover. Available on Weds 9th July:

http://tinyurl.com/p3rqbnn
http://tinyurl.com/nzjbgro

Our 10TH Birthday LBE (_http://tinyurl.com/mvvmgfy_) is a limited edition of 1000 envelopes containing a bonanza of Discworld Stamps, with four extra stamps included as a gift from us, each envelope also features an elegant new fourpenny issue honouring Ankh-Morpork's esteemed tyrant Lord Havelock Vetinari, and at least two of our anniversary 'Penny Moist' variants.

The postmen of Ankh-Morpork have also contributed to this edition with a scattering of 'We're sorry we missed you' cards bearing a variety of reasons for non delivery waiting to be found, along with prize tickets for one of 50 exclusive 10th Anniversary First Day Covers. Two VERY lucky envelopes will contain that most coveted of Discworld Stamps. The Blue Triangle Sport!

The 4p Vetinari (_http://tinyurl.com/l8gszfx_) is a sleek and stately issue available as single stamps or as stunning full sheets, each featuring the Vetinari sable on sable coat of arms, highlighted with silver, and black gloss accents. Available Wednesday 9th July:

http://tinyurl.com/o44c94h
http://tinyurl.com/p7sjz72

In other news...

The latest books in the Discworld Collector's library from Gollancz have arrived, and rather beautiful they are too - Witches Abroad (_http://tinyurl.com/ostbtwh_), Lords and Ladies (_http://tinyurl.com/ncl7e2r_), and Maskerade (_http://tinyurl.com/pd76tec_) are the final instalments in the Witches collection and are available now from our bookshop...

The Emporium's Bernard Pearson visited Terry at his home yesterday to celebrate the 10th birthday of Discworld Stamps and present him with our 10th Anniversary Edition Little Brown Envelope (_http://tinyurl.com/lr84d2v_). The visit brought back memories of when the very first stamps were hand perforated by Terry and Bernard on a Victorian device at Bath Postal Museum ahead of Going Postal's release.

Bernard has also penned a personal reflection of his journey in 'flately' (as Terry once christened it) for our the Discworld Emporium Forum pages - read all about it here:
http://tinyurl.com/ku3shsc

"For more information about the wonderful world of official Discworld Stamps, and to discover how it all began, visit the Discworld Stamps bit of our website where you'll find a beginners guide, glossary and current issues from all over the Disc:

http://www.discworldemporium.com/discworld-stamps

"For all our latest wares and releases have a browse through our New Products page – it's mostly harmless!"

http://tinyurl.com/l8ztg9n

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09) DISCWORLD EVENTS NEWS

9.1 HOGSWATCH IN JULY!

Brisbane Arts Theatre
210 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 4000
http://artstheatre.com.au/hogswatch2014

Hogswatch in July is a FREE, FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENT! Take a step sideways and enter the alternate universe of the Discworld where magic abides. You'll find Discworldians celebrating Hogswatch (like our Christmas, but not quite) at a local fete. Enjoy the cultural entertainments, sample the local cuisine and partake in authentic Discworldian activities. There will be Markets, a petting zoo (gold coin donation), free kids crafts, Bake sale, Morris Dancers, C.M.O.T. purveyor of fine meats (ie. Sausage sizzle), Assassins for hire, Game competitions for all ages, a games tent, cosplay, Baking and Costume competitions (details to follow), food and coffee vendors and if that wasn't enough, to top it all off there will be a visit from the Hog Father Himself!

So come along incognito, or pick up some local outfits on the day. Be sure to bring the family for this fun day out. Need costumes? Our Costume Cottage has all your discworlidan needs covered!

You also have the chance to help be a part of the organisation by heading to http://www.pozible.com/project/181787

Check the facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/1474037639497598/

Please note that this is an alcohol and drug free event.

http://artstheatre.com.au/hogswatch2014

[Editor's note: "alcohol and drug free" – wot, no scumble?]

9.2 WADFEST 2014

"This year's theme is heroes and villains. This means you get the chance to dress up as the hero or villain that you have always wanted to be. You can take your inspiration from comics, films and cartoons, or invent a new character for yourself. There will be trophies for the best dressed villain and best dressed hero, so get your sewing machine out and give it a go! If you're no good at sewing and you don't have anyone to help out, you can always hire a costume for the weekend. As well as special themed hero and villain games there will be all your usual Wadfest favourites, including smack the penguin. If it's your first time at Wadfest, why not take a look through the photos of Wadfests past to get an idea of what to expect?"

When: 15th to 17th August 2014
Venue: Wood Green, The Animal Charity, King's Bush Farm, London Road, Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire, PE29 2NH
Tickets: £25.00 per adult for the weekend including Camping and Events. Children under 16 go free when accompanied by a paying adult. To purchase tickets online, go to http://www.wadfest.co.uk/page2.html

http://www.wadfest.co.uk

9.3 AUSDWCON 2015 UPDATES

Nullus Anxietus V is coming! Some early details:

When: 10th to 12th April 2015
Venue: Novotel, Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia
Tickets: see below

The Early Bird ticket prices are no longer available. Here be the updated prices:

"Attending Member Ticket sales close 15 March 2015, or earlier if we sell all tickets. This ticket entitles you to one (1) ticket to attend Nullus Anxietas V in full! You will be granted entry to all events except the Gala Dinner (tickets for the Gala Dinner are sold separately). You will be given a fancy membership badge to wear at all times. You will also be given a souvenir programme, and a show bag full of goodies" – priced at $180.00 (AUD) full, $120.00 child/concession (children under 5 free)

"Attending Family Ticket: this ticket entitles you to family tickets to attend Nullus Anxietas V in full! Purchase this for two (2) adults and two (2) children 15 and under; or one (1) adult and three (3) children 15 and under. Your family will be granted entry to all events except the Gala Dinner. Your family will be given fancy membership badges to wear at all times. Your family will also be given souvenir programmes, and show bags full of goodies... If you decide to join a Guild (and it is so much fun if you do) then we will assign you to a guild at random. Unless you specify otherwise, we will put the children into the same guild as the adults" – priced at $500.00 (AUD)

"Supporting Membership: Can't make it to Nullus Anxietas V? Or maybe you're just not sure yet? Or perhaps you can't afford the full ticket right now? Then buy a Supporting Membership to show your support! With a supporting membership you can upgrade to an attendee ticket any time up until March 15, 2015, and save the $30 you've already spent! You could even buy a supporting membership as a gift for a friend" – priced at $30.00 (AUD)

http://ausdwcon.org/shop/

http://ausdwcon.org/

9.4 CABBAGECON 2015 UPDATES

Cabbagecon 3, the third Dutch Discworld Convention, will take place in June of next year. Among the special guests will be Venugopalan Ittekot, Dutch translator of the Discworld novels.

"It will be a happy occasion for fans of Sir Terry Pratchett from the Netherlands and abroad to meet up again and have some fun. We hope to see you too!"

When: 27th and 28th June 2015 Venue: Tulip Inn Hotel Val Monte in Berg en Dal (near Nijmegen) Tickets: Membership of Cabbagecon 3 for the whole weekend is priced at €40,00, with a €5 discount for children, seniors and students. For the Saturday only or the Sunday only, the price is €25,00, with the same discounts as above applying. To book online in advance, go to http://www.dutchdwcon.nl

9.5 IDWCON 2015 UPDATES

""Hear ye, hear ye, lads and lasses. We're pleased as punch, and so very proud, to announce that the 4th Irish Discworld Convention will be held from the 2nd to the 5th of October, 2015... We hope to see you all at the Cork International Airport Hotel..."

Confirmed guests so far include Bernard Pearson (the Cunning Artificer himself), Isobel Pearson, TSoD co-author Jack Cohen, folklorist (and Discworld myth-checker) Jacqueline Simpson, and the ever-excellent Colin Smythe.

The new IDWcon webpage is truly gorgeous! Go have a look and a wander.

Tickets are priced at €50.00 for Full Membership, or €40.00 for Concessionary Membership. Children under 12 are free. To book, go to:

http://tinyurl.com/qbx36m6

http://idwcon.org/
https://twitter.com/IDWCon
https://www.facebook.com/groups/idwcon/

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10) DISCWORLD MEETING GROUPS NEWS

The Broken Drummers, "London's Premier Unofficially Official Discworld Group", meets on the first Monday of every month at the Monkey Puzzle, 30 Southwick Street, London W2 1JQ: "We welcome anyone and everyone who enjoys Sir Terry's works, or quite likes them or wants to find out more. We have had many visitors from overseas who have enjoyed themselves and made new friends. The discussions do not only concern the works of Sir Terry Pratchett but wander and meander through other genres and authors and also leaping to TV and Film production. We also find time for a quiz. The prize is superb. The chance to set the quiz the following month."

Next meeting: Monday 4th August 2014, from 7pm onwards.

The Drummers' most recent meet report:

"Drummers met on Monday 7th July. There was very exciting news. James B. is not only engaged, he's getting married next month. He promises to bring his new wife along to Drummers although possibly after they are married so that we don't scare her off. Congratulations to James! Otherwise, much discussion of Rolf Harris, including something about him in a basque (that's all I heard and I didn't want to enquire further). Tim didn't make it so his quiz is still in limbo. We left early as we were both pretty knackered. What happened after that will have to go unrecorded, unless anyone wants to fill me in."

For more information, go to http://brokendrummers.org/ or email BrokenDrummers@gmail.com or nicholls.helen@yahoo.co.uk

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The Pratchett Partisans are a new fan group who meet monthly at either Brisbane or Indooroopilly to "eat, drink and chat about all things Pratchett". For more info about their next meetup, go to http://www.meetup.com/Pratchett-Partisans/ or contact Ula directly at uwilmott@yahoo.com.au

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The City of Small Gods is a group for fans in Adelaide and South Australia: "We have regular monthly dinner and games nights, longer games days, plus play outings, craft-y workshops, and fun social activities throughout the year. For more info and to join our mailing list, visit http://cityofsmallgods.org.au "

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The Broken Vectis Drummers meet on the first Thursday of every month from 7.30pm at The Castle pub in Newport, Isle of Wight.

Next meeting: Thursday 7th August 2014, probably, but do email to check.

All new members and curious passersby are very welcome! For more info and any queries, contact broken_vectis_drummers@yahoo.co.uk

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The Wincanton Omnian Temperance Society (WOTS) meets on the first Friday of every month at Wincanton's famous Bear Inn from 7pm onwards. "Visitors and drop-ins are always welcome!"

Next meeting: Friday 1st August 2014 (probably).

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The Northern Institute of the Ankh-Morpork and District Society of Flatalists, a Pratchett fangroup, has been meeting on a regular basis since 2005 but is now looking to take in some new blood (presumably not in the non-reformed Uberwald manner). The Flatalists normally meet at The Narrowboat Pub in Victoria Street, Skipton, North Yorkshire, to discuss "all things Pratchett" as well as having quizzes and raffles.

Details of future meetings are posted on the Events section of the Discworld Stamps forum:

http://www.discworldstamps.co.uk/forum/

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Sydney Drummers (formerly Drummers Downunder) meet on the first Monday of every month in Sydney at 3 Wise Monkeys, 555 George Street, Sydney,2000.

Next meeting: Monday 4th August 2014 at 6.30pm (probably). For more information, contact Sue (aka Granny Weatherwax): kenworthys@yahoo.co.uk

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Perth Drummers meet on the first Monday of the month, subject to holidays.

Next meeting: Monday 4th August 2014 (probably).

"Please note we have moved to Carpe Cafe from 5.30pm Carpe Cafe, 526 Murray Street, Perth, WA. Meeting at a cafe means we are under-18 friendly!"

For details follow Perth Drummers on Twitter @Perth_Drummers and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/Perth.Drummers/ – otherwise message Krystel directly at khewett@live.com

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Western Drummers (that's two groups for the Sydney Pratchett fans now) meet at The Rowers, Nepean Rowing Club, Bruce Neal Drive, Penrith at 6.30-7.30pm for food, 7.30pm for games, quizzes and chat.

Next meeting: 22nd July at 6pm

For more information, contact Nanny Ogg – lewis_oz@bigpond.com – or visit their Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/westerndrummers

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11) IMAGES OF THE MONTH

The Dragons at Crumbling Castle cover art, by illustrator Mark Beech:
http://tinyurl.com/q7me4jm

The Discworld according to Kidby – here be an actual Iconograph, complete with a pile of dust that will soon be Otto Chriek again:
http://tinyurl.com/m2zdxcf

Ye can tak' our trrrouserrrs, but ye canna tak' ooour cake! Fab-tastic Feegles cake by starbakesisters:
http://instagram.com/p/p6SpRTCHV4/

Pterry onna plane – your Editor quite likes this one:
http://tinyurl.com/lj96amj

...and this one:
http://tinyurl.com/m3sh7p4

...and finally, some pictures posted by Discworld enthusiast Shelli Ward...
Discworld cupcakes! Soooo cute: http://tinyurl.com/pzn6fwj
The kind of "creationism" all can enjoy: http://tinyurl.com/p72f56e
Mmm, cake: http://tinyurl.com/m6b2dg4

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12) CLOSE

An update on that Discworld bench... Paul Kidby says: "Delighted to hear that the Discworld Ookbench is now in position outside London's City Hall near Tower Bridge. Looking forward to seeing your bench selfies!"

Here be an iconograph of the "Ookbench":

http://tinyurl.com/lq393rp

...and installed:

http://tinyurl.com/q67r2th

...and a portrait of the artist as a middle-aged ookbench-sitter:

http://tinyurl.com/q5ltv9p

And that's the lot for the first half of July. Hopefully we'll be back before the month is out with more news, stuff, things, odds and sods. Those of us down in Fourecks can take comfort from the fact that the winter solstice is well and truly past and the days are getting noticeably longer. For the rest of you, enjoy your days of summer, and don't forget the sunscreen, especially if you're of the Troll or Goblin persuasion...

– Annie Mac

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WOSSNAME

Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion


July 2013 (Volume 16, Issue 7, Post 1)

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WOSSNAME is a free publication for members of the worldwide Klatchian Foreign Legion and its affiliates, including the North American Discworld Society and other continental groups. Are you a member? Yes, if you sent in your name, country and e-mail address. Are there any dues? No! As a member of the Klatchian Foreign Legion, you'd only forget them...

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Editor in Chief: Annie Mac
News Editor: Fiona (not Bruce) Bruce
Newshounds: Vera, Mogg, Sir J of Croydon Below, the Shadow
Staff Writers: Asti, Alison Not Weatherwax, Steven D'Aprano, L.C. Wynn-Jones
Convention Reporters: Mithtrethth Hania Ogg et al
Staff Technomancer: Jason Parlevliet
Book Reviews: Drusilla D'Afanguin
Puzzle Editor: Tiff
Bard in Residence: Weird Alice Lancrevic
DW Horoscope: Lady Anaemia Asterisk, Fernando Magnifico, Kevin
Emergency Staff: Jason Parlevliet
World Membership Director: Steven D'Aprano (in his copious spare time)


Copyright 2013 by Klatchian Foreign Legion

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INDEX:

01) QUOTE OF THE MONTH
02) LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
03) NEW RELEASES!!! WITH TRAINS!!!
04) ODDS AND SODS DEPARTMENT
05) IAN STEWART ON THE SCIENCE OF DISCWORLD
06) THE LONG WAR REVIEWS
07) THE THINGS PRATCHETT FANS SAY...
08) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
09) ROUNDWORLD TALES: THE REAL MOIST VON LIPWIG?
10) DISCWORLD GROUPS MEETING NEWS
11) HOGSWATCH IN JULY
12) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
13) DISCWORLD GAMES NEWS
14) CLOSE


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01) QUOTE OF THE MONTH

"So when I was taking high school Biology back in the 90's, we had to make these flash cards of varying animal species. My teacher wasn't the brightest crayon in the box, and my project partners had a mile-wide streak of mischief in them. We made a card for a giant star turtle. Made up a genus/species for it, and put down for 'information' that it had four elephants and a discworld on its back. She never caught it. This may partially explain my love/hate relationship with biology."

– FlowerGirlPhysicist, on i09

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wossname: Clacks rendering of SPEAK HIS NAME to keep Pratchett on the Overhead (Default)
WOSSNAME

Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion


July 2013 (Volume 16, Issue 7, Post 2)

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WOSSNAME is a free publication for members of the worldwide Klatchian Foreign Legion and its affiliates, including the North American Discworld Society and other continental groups. Are you a member? Yes, if you sent in your name, country and e-mail address. Are there any dues? No! As a member of the Klatchian Foreign Legion, you'd only forget them...

********************************************************************
Editor in Chief: Annie Mac
News Editor: Fiona (not Bruce) Bruce
Newshounds: Vera, Mogg, Sir J of Croydon Below, the Shadow
Staff Writers: Asti, Alison Not Weatherwax, Steven D'Aprano, L.C. Wynn-Jones
Convention Reporters: Mithtrethth Hania Ogg et al
Staff Technomancer: Jason Parlevliet
Book Reviews: Drusilla D'Afanguin
Puzzle Editor: Tiff
Bard in Residence: Weird Alice Lancrevic
DW Horoscope: Lady Anaemia Asterisk, Fernando Magnifico, Kevin
Emergency Staff: Jason Parlevliet
World Membership Director: Steven D'Aprano (in his copious spare time)


Copyright 2013 by Klatchian Foreign Legion

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INDEX:

01) LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
02) PTERRY FOR CITY READS IN BRIGHTON
03) BACK TO BEACONSFIELD
04) DISCWORLD APP PRICE DROP FOR THE REST OF JULY
05) THE THINGS PRATCHETT FANS SAY...
06) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
07) AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE
08) A READER'S LETTER
09) MORE IMAGES OF THE MONTH
10) DISCWORLD GAMES NEWS
11) LATE BREAKING NEWS, AND CLOSE


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01) A LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR

Back again with some more news, bits, bobs, odds and sods. Like this one:

Fantasy, fiction, philosophy, psychology... what do (or don't) they have in common? In this live discussion video, two Terrys – our favourite Author and the philosopher Terry Eagleton – and famed novelist (and leading Pratchettian) AS Byatt engage in a British Humanist Association-sponsored debate about the nature and uses of fantasy. This fascinating exchange covers the topics of "fantasy and freedom", "fantasy and desire", and "fantasy and fiction", not forgetting the psychological aspects of fantasy. The sound quality is fairly wretched but the content is fascinating. Many thanks to Colin Smythe for pointing this one out!

http://iai.tv/video/at-the-world-s-edge

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Talk about taking one's cosplay seriously – in the Land of Fog, needlewoman The Dreamstress has finished her version of a Polly Oliver uniform after five years of planning and execution. From the lack of, erm, places to put a pair of socks, we can only imagine that this is the uniform Polly might have worn *after* effecting reforms post-return to duty, but do have a look because the results are truly spectacular! The page includes photos and the history of creating the costume:

http://thedreamstress.com/2013/07/announcing-polly-oliver/

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In other news – or lack of it – seems to be very little text out there about this month's NADWCon. If anyone can point me to reviews or reminiscences, we'd be much obliged!

And on with the show...

– Annie Mac, Editor

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