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Wossname
Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
December 2014 (Volume 17, Issue 12, 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 and activities 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, Wolfiekins
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) GOOD OMENS RADIO PLAY UPDATES
04) ODDS AND SODS
05) ACTION REPLAYS: DISCWORLD CAROLS, PTERRY'S CARNEGIE MEDAL SPEECH
06) DISCWORLD MEETING GROUPS NEWS
07) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS
08) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
09) CLOSE

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01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH

"We hereby decree that 2015 on Roundworld shall be the 'Year of the Spinning Mouse' on Discworld. Hurrah! Hurrah! Huzzah!"

– Sir Pterry makes it official

"We are proud to confirm that the myriad of charitable efforts at Hogswatch 2014 raised a whopping £3,506 for RICE! – heartfelt thanks to all who opened their wallets, entertained, or made wonderful things to sell for this great cause."

– The Discworld Emporium

"This book is dedicated to Sir Terry Pratchett OBE who has stood like a wossname upon the rocky shores of our imaginations – the better to guide us safely into harbour."

– Ben Aaronovitch's dedication at the front of Foxglove Summer, his newest Rivers of London novel

"Books aren't just commodities; the profit motive is often in conflict with the aims of art. We live in capitalism, its power seems inescapable – but then, so did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art."

– Ursula Le Guin on the occasion of accepting a National Book Award, November 2014

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02) LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR

You better not shout, you better not cry... yes, that season is upon us again, the time when some people gather with their loved ones to eat, drink, make merry and exchange lovingly-chosen gifts, while nearly everyone else gathers with their not-really-liked-very-much ones to gorge inadvisably, drink to excess, exchange heated accusations and attempt to raise a sickly smile when unwrapping yet another unwanted pair of woolly socks from Aunt Euthropia... ah well, it will soon be the Year of the Spinning Mouse and the worst will be over...

Remember GlenBricker's Discworld Lego campaign, which has been gradually getting closer to the required figure of 10,000 requests to qualify as an official Lego set? Well, with 130 days left, that figure has almost been reached – less then 1,000 supporters to go now, at 9,007 and counting! If you're a Lego fan, or just looking to raise the Discworld profile yet further, do join in to support of the project. For more information and updates, go to https://ideas.lego.com/projects/36302 and have a look at what Discworld creations are on offer.

It's satisfying to see that Hogfather is now showing up around the world in "what to read/watch at Christmas" recommendations – as is A Slip of the Keyboard. And also gratifying to see an increasing amount Discworld-specific holiday cards and decorations. We in the Wossname editorial household are still slowly doling out our treasured Paul Kidby greeting cards, but the new one from the Discworld Emporium look well worthy of stocking up on – see item 7.1 below.

Speaking of Discworld-themed excellence, here's some Department of Awesome Wall Coverings news: fancy the entirety of The Colour of Magic as a poster? Yes, every word! Spineless Classics specialise in turning entire books into large one-sheet posters, with the added attraction of some of the text being arranged in the form of a relevant illustration – in this case, The Luggage (with trail of footprints) and Great A'Tuin. The text is small (4pt) but readable! See item 7.2 below.

Finally, we all know Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett have collaborated a few times, but according to this blurb from a site called Bidness, it's more unequal than that: "Tweets by famous authors like Amanda Palmer ('The Art of Asking') and former astronaut Chris Hadfield ('You are Here'), and The Onion Magazine's 'The Iconic Covers That Transformed an Undeserving World' will include the buy button. Moreover, readers buying Ms. Palmer's book will get a manuscript note from her and her husband Neil Gaiman, author of 'Terry Pratchett.'"

And now, on with the show!

– Annie Mac, Editor

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03) GOOD OMENS RADIO PLAY NEWS

Here comes the Apocalypse – or at least, the almost-Apocalypse. The hotly anticipated BBC radio adaptation of Good Omens is almost upon us!

Good Omens will be aired in six parts. Here be the broadcast schedule:

Monday 22nd December: Episodes 1 and 2, back to back, starting at 11pm
Tuesday 23rd December: Episode 3, starting at 11.30pm
Thursday 25th December: Episode 4, starting at ii.30pm
Friday 26th December: Episode 5, starting at 11.27pm (that's what the BBC official site says!)
Saturday 27th December: Episode 6, starting at the "matinee time" of at 2.30pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/goodomens

To hold you until Monday night, here be some official illustrations by Sean Phillips. Here are Peter Serafinowicz as Crowley and Mark Heap as Aziraphale:

http://bit.ly/1yx2eoE

...and here we have Charlotte Ritchie as Anathema Device and Colin Morgan as Newton Pulsifer:

http://bit.ly/1vFVUhB

(source: Bleeding Cool News)

...and from the Radio Times, a selection of teaser-soundbites introducing the characters. I have to say that the music sounds marvellous, and so does Peter Serafinowicz:

http://bit.ly/1vwuOV6

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04) ODDS AND SODS

4.1 DRAGONS AT CRUMBLING CASTLE CHRISTMAS STORY

"Have you ever wondered what Father Christmas gets up to the other 364 days of the year? Well wonder no more, as Sir Terry exposes all in his short story Father Christmas Goes to Work at The Zoo which you can read for free for a limited time here, taken from the fantastically funny collection of stories, Dragons at Crumbling Castle."

To read a fully illustrated version of this story on the web, go to http://bit.ly/12zmL34

To download, go to http://penguin-group.msgfocus.com/c/1cWK4OrAAoQgnInw1Sf76VW

4.2 THE TWELVE DISCWORLD COOKIES OF CHRISTMAS

Anne Hoppe, famed editor and sometime Discworld convention Guest of Honour, has been baking and decorating some rather special "Hogswatch cookies". And here they are!

Twelve Nac Mac Feegles:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B4Rdz2OCcAApK8i.jpg

Eleven werewolves howling:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B4Re6UbIYAAzlQt.jpg

Ten Tiff'ny Snowflakes:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B4RgTlnIEAAVDiz.jpg

Nine learn-ed rodents:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B4RhyObIgAEXNzG.jpg

Eight hatted wizards***:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B4RicYJIgAA_RsG.jpg

Seven unharmed hedgehogs:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B4RjvU-IQAIqpjL.jpg

Six "ships" a-fleecing:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B4RlT5lIQAAdIvL.jpg

Hogfathers, five:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B4RmBsaIIAAXYjM.jpg

Four Elephants:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B4Rnn7RIUAE7kol.jpg

Three Wyrd Hags:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B4RobplIQAA6xFf.jpg

Two Hippos, proud:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B4RqXHiIYAASv3-.jpg

...and A'Tuin swimming in a starred "sea":
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B4Rq6HOIYAAqmyq.jpg

Also, a bonus Great God Om:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B4RugHKIgAAb5dX.jpg

*** including Eskarina Smith

And on the subject of Ms Hoppe, here's an unearthed gem – Anne Hoppe at the Boston Athenaeum in 2009, reading Sir Pterry's remarks on the occasion of his being awarded the 2009 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction for Nation (he was pre-booked for Unseen Academicals events elsewhere at the time). You will have seen these words elsewhere, but here they are read aloud with the care and attention of someone who edited the book itself:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wX3fBDxiiu4

4.3 HOGSWATCH IN WINCANTON 2014: A PRESS REPORT

In the Western Gazette:

"With the flag of Ankh-Morpork flying from the town hall throughout the weekend residents could be forgiven for thinking they had stepped into another world, especially with the colourful array of characters to be seen strolling the streets of Wincanton. But it was all in good spirits as hundreds of fans of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels arrived for the annual festive knees-up. Beginning on Friday with a performance by Wincanton’s very own Harry Pursey the weekend featured a packed programme of events... Entertainment continued into the night with the Pink Pussycat Club Cabaret compered by 2013 Vice World Champion Whiskerina Muriel Lavender. She said: 'The level of talent never ceases to delight me, because the people who come here just abound with energy and fun.' Sir Terry was unable to attend but The Hat took pride of place throughout... Bernard Pearson revealed there would be no Spring Fling next year as the team would be busy with the publication of two new books. But he added: 'From what I understand this has been one of the most well-attended shows we have ever done. I say we; I sit in a shed and smoke a foul pipe, while Isobel sits at our dining room table with a pile of paperwork, an abacus and a large glass of brandy. But the person who has made all of this happen is our wonderful Reb Voyce. She has run herself ragged. I could not be more proud of her if she was my own daughter..."

http://bit.ly/1zIEAd8

4.4 STORY MUSEUM INTERVIEW

"I am William Brown, better known as 'Just William'. And 'It's not fair.' He always says things like 'It's not fair,' or 'It stands to reason.' I chose him because his author was one of the best authors there ever has been for children. That was Richmal Crompton. A woman, though lots of people thought she was a man. Why Just William? I like his style. He never gave up, for one thing. He wouldn't back off if he thought he was right. Also, he had a lot of fun. He seemed to smash someone's window every week and it would be the slipper. And that seemed to have no effect on him whatsoever. And the way he spoke, and the way he reasoned; I recognised it as a way of speaking and reasoning that was not necessarily mine. The lady who wrote him was an absolute genius.

To listen, or to download, the full Story Museum interview with Sir Pterry, go to

http://bit.ly/1quuISz

and scroll down to the box marked "Q&A with Cambridge Jones".

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05) ACTION REPLAYS: HOGSWATCH CAROLS, CARNEGIE MEDAL ACCEPTANCE SPEECH

4.1 WEIRD ALICE'S HOGSWATCH CAROLS

Weird Alice Lancrevic has been off on her Grand Sneer for some time now, but in her absence, we offer a repost of some of her most (in)famous Hogswatch carols...

A FAIRYTALE OF OLD ANKH

A PRISONER IN THE PALACE DUNGEONS:
It was Hogswatch Eve, mate
Down in old Ankh
A chained mime said to me
"Won't learn another word!"
And then he sang a song:
The hedgehog's point of view
I turned twice Widdershins
And dream'd of hot stoo

Got Raven's lucky beak –
See, Death of Rats says SQUEAK
A slate is running
In Biers for me and you
So Happy Hogswatch
From Dots and Sadie
Making Morpork free of crime
And nightmares all come true...

TWOFLOWER:
They've got gnolls big as trolls
They've got wizards in robes
But the smell goes right through you
There's no rest for your nose
When we walked round the Shades
On that cold Hogswatch night
You promised me Ankh-Morpork vampires don't bite

VARIOUS MEMBERS OF THE BEGGARS' AND THIEVES' GUILDS:
"You were Bursar – "
"You were jolly..."
"You stank like Queen Molly!"
When the minstrels stopped playing
We set them alight
Piss Harry's "collecting"
Mossy Lawn, he's dissecting
We ate Dibbler's meat pies
And retched through the night

ALL:
The boys from the YMPA Choir
Were singing sourly
And Dark Morris bells rang out
For Hogswatch Eve.

NOBBY AND COLON:
"You're a Fool, a nut-case!"
"You're a civic disgrace,
"Swigging Bearhugger's booze
"Till you hoick on your shoes!"
"You Lancre sheep-shagger..."
"You unlicensed Beggar!"
"Happy Hogswatch, you Nobbs -- "
"Hope the Gods shut yer gob!"

ALL:
The cops of the Day and Night Watch Choir
Committed harmony
And Dark Morris bells rang out
For Hogswatch Eve.

DUKE FELMET: "I could've ruled the Disc..."
DUCHESS FELMET: "Well, so could any twit!
"You took my crown from me
"When ghosts unmanned you..."
DUKE: "I killed for Lancre, dear
"I grabbed it for our own..."
DUCHESS: 'I'd rather stand alone!"
ALL LANCRE TOGETHER: "But we could never stand you!"

ALL:
The ghouls from the Bel-Shamharoth Choir
Were howling tunelessly
And Dark Morris bells rang out
For Hogswatch Eve!


WE THREE HAGS: ANE HOGSWATCHE CAROL

NANNY, GRANNY AND MAGRAT:
We three Hags Lancrastian are
Straddling brooms, we travel afar
Hearth and privy, pub and smithy
Casting our spells bizarre
Ohh...
Stars of Lancre, stern in black
Dames in regal pointy hats
Hubwards breezing, nethers freezing
Witches three who've got the knack

VERENCE:
Born a Fool, yet destined to reign
Never cruel though sometimes a pain
King well-meaning – New Age-leaning
Sensible, in the main
Ohh...
Star of Lancre, staunch and meek
Castle sanitation geek
Bells a-clinking, forward-thinking
Modernise your farm techniques

MAGRAT:
Frank but senseless, soppy am I
Wrinkled gowns and head in the sky
Sweet tomfool'ry, occult jewellery
"Wet as a hen," they sigh
Ohh...
Star of Lancre, star-crossed Queen
Star of herbal research scene
Keen defender, nappy-mender
Keeping Ynci's armour clean

NANNY:
Scumble mine, 'tis boozy perfume
Breath like fire can clear a big room
Girlish in spirit, bawling lyrics
Bawdy and rude – boom-boom!
Ohh...
Star of Lancre, super-Gran
Head of matriarchal clan
Crude and chummy, Greebo's Mummy
Who can fix things? Nanny can!

GRANNY:
Hogswatch parties? Sausages fat?
Ha! I can't be having with that!
Bees I'll borrow near and far, so
I can patrol my patch

ALL: Ohh...
Stars of Lancre, wyrd and wise
We've no need to advertise
Maiden, mother, and the... other
Guarding all 'neath Lancre's skies


NOT KING WENCESLAS

Doctor Mossy Lawn looked out
On his Igors merry
Tossing body parts about
(It's herrydeterry)
Jason stoked the forge so bright
Helped by Nanny's daughters
For his yearly task tonight -
Shoeing Tusker's trottt-ters.
Good King Verence donned his bells
And with jingles gentle
Spread organic Hogswatch smells
(Quite experimental)
Sybil served the party fare
With her fav'rite dragon
No fine wines on offer there –
Sam is on the waaaa-gon!


DECK THE HALLS...

Deck the halls with boughs of holllly
Buggrit, buggrit, ook, a pint of eels
Bow to ev'ry wizard's folly
Buggrit, buggrit, ook, *our* one has wheels
Fill to bursting ev'ry belly
Bugg'rem, bugg'rem, what duck?, wheeee!
Winkle pie for Mr Jelly,
Buggrit, buggrit, ook, the first one's free.
Deck the Libr'ry with bananas
Buggrit, buggrit, ook, cough cough, cough cough
For tonight the Watch won't ban us
Buggrit, buggrit, ook, the wheels fell off
Toast we now our figgins tender
Bugg'rem, bugg'rem, what duck?, wheeee!
Arrgh! The Bursar's on a bender!
Buggrit, buggrit, eek! – some Dried Frog tea?


HOGFATHER IS COMING TO TOWN

You better not shout, you better not cry
You better watch out, I'm telling you why:
Susan Sto Helit has a great big poker and she's gonna
bash all the monsters under your – I'm sorry, I'll
start that again...
She's making a list, she's checking it twice
She's gonna find out who's naughty or nice,
Susan Sto Helit has a great big poker and she's gonna
get that bogeyman hiding behind the – oh dear, this
isn't working very well, is it? Pardon me, there's a cowled
rat tugging at my skirt. Erm, Happy Hogswatch.
She knows when you are sleeping, she knows if you're awake
She knows if you've been bad or good because she's the
granddaughter of Death, after all, and Death sees the fall
of every sparrow and – aaah, forget it.


HOGSWATCH IS A-COMING

Hogswatch is a-coming, the Dean is very fat
Please to put a figgin in his pointy hat!

Hogswatch is a-coming, Lord Downey's wearing black
Please to put some poison in the old man's sack!

Hogswatch is a-coming and Death is on the prowl
Please to put two coppers in his deep, dark cowl!

Hogswatch is a-coming and Cohen has a sword
Please to give him rubies or you might get gored!

Hogswatch is a-coming and Dibbler's in his coat
Please to buy a sausage or he'll cut his throat!

Reality is wavering, all Ponder's team are wrecks
So please, please, put a figgin in the UU Hex!


...and not quite a carol, but seasonal, first published in 2007:

HOGGERWATCHY

Twas Hogswatch, and the savvy youths
Did slyly grin as sleep they feigned
All tinselled were the icy roofs
And the Hogfather reigned

'Beware the pig-shaped choccy buns!
'The drunken fights, the booze'd collapse!
'Beware the lemon curd, and shun
'Voluminous brandy-snaps!'

We took our chunder-cures in hand
Pork rinds and sausage pie we bought
Then rested we as the clock struck three
And had a wily thought

And as we hid, with prying eyes
The Hogfather (with list of names)
Came jingling through the wintry skies
HO. HO. HO. as he came!

One-two, one-two! The ham's sliced through!
Its charcoaled skin was bright as chrome
We played Charades, then thanked the Gods
And went galumphing home

'And hast thou drained the scumble-pot?
'Don't be alarmed, my wee pished bairn!'
O scabrous daze, me head's all glazed!
We mortals never learn...

Twas Hogswatch, and the savvy youths
Did slyly grin as sleep they feigned
All tinselled were the icy roofs
And the Hogfather reigned.


4.2 PTERRY'S CARNEGIE MEDAL SPEECH

On the occasion of winning the Carnegie Medal for The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents in 2001:

"I'm pretty sure that the publicists for this award would be quite happy if I said something controversial, but it seems to me that giving me the Carnegie medal is controversial enough. This was my third attempt. Well, I say my third attempt, but in fact I just sat there in ignorance and someone else attempted it on my behalf, somewhat to my initial dismay.

"The Amazing Maurice is a fantasy book. Of course, everyone knows that fantasy is 'all about' wizards, but by now, I hope, everyone with any intelligence knows that, er, what everyone knows...is wrong. Fantasy is more than wizards. For instance, this book is about rats that are intelligent. But it also about the even more fantastic idea that humans are capable of intelligence as well. Far more beguiling than the idea that evil can be destroyed by throwing a piece of expensive jewellery into a volcano is the possibility that evil can be defused by talking. The fantasy of justice is more interesting that the fantasy of fairies, and more truly fantastic. In the book the rats go to war, which is, I hope, gripping. But then they make peace, which is astonishing.

"In any case, genre is just a flavouring. It's not the whole meal. Don't get confused by the scenery. A novel set in Tombstone, Arizona, on October 26, 1881 is what– a Western? The scenery says so, the clothes say so, but the story does not automatically become a Western. Why let a few cactuses tell you what to think? It might be a counterfactual, or a historical novel, or a searing literary indictment of something or other, or a horror novel, or even, perhaps, a romance – although the young lovers would have to speak up a bit and possibly even hide under the table, because the gunfight at the OK corral was going on at the time.

"We categorize too much on the basis of unreliable assumption. A literary novel written by Brian Aldiss must be science fiction, because he is a known science fiction writer; a science fiction novel by Margaret Atwood is literature because she is a literary novelist. Recent Discworld books have spun on such concerns as the nature of belief, politics and even of journalistic freedom, but put in one lousy dragon and they call you a fantasy writer.

"This is not, on the whole, a complaint. But as I have said, it seems to me that dragons are not really the pure quill of fantasy, when properly done. Real fantasy is that a man with a printing press might defy an entire government because of some half-formed belief that there may be such a thing as the truth. Anyway, fantasy needs no defence now. As a genre it has become quire respectable in recent years. At least, it can demonstrably make lots and lots and lots of money, which passes for respectable these days. When you can by a plastic Gandalf with kung-fu grip and rocket launcher, you know fantasy has broken through.

"But I'm a humorous writer too, and humour is a real problem. It was interesting to see how Maurice was reviewed here and in the US. Over there, where I've only recently made much of an impression, the reviews tended to be quite serious and detailed with, as Maurice himself would have put it, 'long words, like "corrugated iron"' Over here, while being very nice, they tended towards the 'another wacky, zany book by comic author Terry Pratchett'. In fact Maurice has no wack and very little zane. It's quite a serious book. Only the scenery is funny.

"The problem is that we think the opposite of funny is serious. It is not. In fact, as G K Chesterton pointed out, the opposite of funny is not funny, and the opposite of serious is not serious. Benny Hill was funny and not serious; Rory Bremner is funny and serious; most politicians are serious but, unfortunately, not funny. Humour has its uses. Laughter can get through the keyhole while seriousness is still hammering on the door. New ideas can ride in on the back of a joke, old ideas can be given an added edge.

"Which reminds me... Chesterton is not read much these days, and his style and approach belong to another time and, now, can irritate. You have to read in a slightly different language. And then, just when the 'ho, good landlord, a pint of your finest English ale!' style gets you down, you run across a gem, cogently expressed. He famously defended fairy stories against those who said they told children that there were monsters; children already know that there are monsters, he said, and fairy stories teach them that monsters can be killed. We now know that the monsters may not simply have scales and sleep under a mountain. They may be in our own heads. In Maurice, the rats have to confront them all: real monsters, some of whom have many legs, some merely have two, but some, perhaps the worse, are the ones they invent. The rats are intelligent. They're the first rats in the world to be afraid of the dark, and they people the shadows with imaginary monsters. An act of extreme significance to them is the lighting of a flame.

"People have already asked me if I had the current international situation in mind when I wrote the book. The answer is no. I wouldn't insult even rats by turning them into handy metaphors. It's just unfortunate that the current international situation is pretty much the same old dull, stupid international situation, in a world obsessed by the monsters it has made up, dragons that are hard to kill. We look around and see foreign policies that are little more than the taking of revenge for the revenge that was taken in revenge for the revenge last time. It's a path that leads only downwards, and still the world flocks along it. It makes you want to spit. The dinosaurs were thick as concrete, but they survived for one hundred and fifty million years and it took a damn great asteroid to knock them out. I find myself wonder wondering now if intelligence comes with its own built-in asteroid.

"Of course, as the aforesaid writer of humorous fantasy I'm obsessed by wacky, zany ideas. One is that rats might talk. But sometimes I'm even capable of weirder, more ridiculous ideas, such the possibility of a happy ending. Sometimes, when I'm really, really wacky and on a fresh dose of zany, I'm just capable of entertaining the fantastic idea that, in certain circumstances, Homo Sapiens might actually be capable of thinking. It must be worth a go, since we've tried everything else.

"Writing for children is harder than writing for adults, if you're doing it right. What I thought was going to be a funny story about a cat organizing a swindle based on the Pied Piper legend turned out to be a major project, in which I was aided and encouraged and given hope by Philippa Dickinson and Sue Coates at Doubleday or whatever they're calling themselves this week, and Anne Hoppe of HarperCollins in New York, who waylaid me in an alley in Manhattan and insisted on publishing the book and even promised to protect me from that most feared of creatures, the American copy editor.

"And I must thank you, the judges, in the hope that your sanity and critical faculties may speedily be returned to you. And finally, my thanks to the rest of you, the loose agglomeration of editors and teachers and librarians that I usually refer to, mostly with a smile, as the dirndl mafia. You keep the flame alive."

www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/pressdesk/press.php?release=pres_terspeach.htm

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06) DISCWORLD MEETING GROUPS NEWS

The Broken Drummers, "London's Premier Unofficially Official Discworld Group" (motto "Nil percussio est"), 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: apparently on 30th November 1999 ("-5497 days to go", their website says), from 7pm onwards. Could it be that they Drummers have gone Trollish? If not, the next meeting is likely to be on Monday 5th January 2015...

The Drummers' December meet report:

"It was great to see so many of you at the Christmas/ 10th Anniversary celebration on Monday. In the end 29 people turned up. That's not quite the record (which is 33) but it's in second place. I was pleased that we had a significant number of the original members, including James O., who came up with the name "Broken Drummers" and who travelled a long way to be there. We also had three new people: Philip, who we recruited at Hogswatch, and Tara and Charlotte who we had not met before but turned out to be veteran Feegle impersonators. Plus, of course, loads more people who have joined over the course of the last 10 years. I did a quiz on Christmas songs, which Tim W. and Ruth won. Tim has agreed to do a quiz for next time as he says it will be good for him. How or why I'm not sure but keep it in mind when we do the quiz. Tim W. then kindly made a speech, which was a relief as I was flagging after shouting the quiz answers at 29 of you whilst trying to keep Bill quiet! Tim observed that I have been running Drummers for most of its 10 year history. I've had a great time doing that. Coming to Drummers was a huge turning point in my life. I even met my husband at a Drummers meeting. Therefore I'll repeat what I said Monday night. I didn't found Drummers, I started coming in March 2005 and took over running it in August 2006. The person who got the whole thing up and running in the latter half of 2004 was Jack. Since he wasn't there Monday I'll say a big thanks to Jack now. Thank you also to the rest of you for coming along and making Drummers what it is (whatever that may be)."

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". Forthcoming events include:

Saturday, January 10, 2015 2:00 PM Discworld Discussion #1 – Punes & Parodies

For more info about their next meetup, go to 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: if not New Year's Day, then Thursday 8th December 2015, 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 2nd January 2015 (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 1st December 2014 at 6.30pm (probably). 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, meet on the first Monday of the month (subject to holidays) at the child-friendly Carpe Cafe, 526 Murray Street, Perth, Western Australia.

Next meeting: from 5.30pm on Monday 5th January 2015 (probably).

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

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Western Drummers, also based in Sydney, 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: "If you have never been, please come on down. You would be very welcome. We eat, have a drink, talk Discworld and play board games. Starts kind of 6 – 6.30ish and finishes kind of 9pm ish."

Next meeting: as there was a meeting last week, the next will probably be in mid-January. For more information, contact Nanny Ogg – lewis_oz@bigpond.com – or visit their Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/westerndrummers

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07) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS

7.1 DISCWORLD EMPORIUM UPDATES

"New for Hogswatch – latest Discworld gifts & goodies!

"The City Watch Recruit File contains all the certification and ephemera to confirm your enrolment in the Watch and help you uphold the law on the mean streets of Ankh-Morpork - a great gift for any City Watch fan! Includes your Warrant Card, Appraisal, and Training Certificate, along with three Traffic Division Fixed Penalty Notices for you to deploy amongst your friends and relatives, and three forensic evidence stickers - ideal for laying claim to anything you might like to investigate, plus a prisoner receipt for when you have no choice but to take a wrong 'un into custody."

The City Watch Recruit File is priced at £10.00. For more info, and to order, go to:
http://www.discworldemporium.com/City%20Watch%20File

"What Hogswatch would be complete without the presence of Quoth, Death, and the Grim Squeaker? Add a little Pratchett magic to your tree or abode with a set of gorgeous lasercut birch wood decorations. Each set includes one of each design

The Discworld Decorations set is priced at £10.00. For more info, and to order (a bit late for this year, but plenty of time to order for next Hogswatch), go to:
http://www.discworldemporium.com/Discworld%20Decorations

"We've collaborated with Joe McLaren, cover artist for the Discworld Collector’s Library Editions from Gollancz, to create a view of Sator Square entitled 'Fairytale of Ankh-Morpork'. Joe's distinctive illustration, complete with wizards, beggars, dwarfs, trolls, the Hogfather in his sleigh, and snow swirling around the Tower of Art graces our exclusive Hogswatch cards... Joe has used his distinctive style to create a festive view of Sator Square, complete with wizards, beggars, dwarfs, trolls, the Hogfather in his sleigh, snow swirling around the Tower of Art and candlelit carols – a real Hogswatch treat! Printed on textured art paper, these gorgeous cards can be used as notelets or as framed art prints – perfect gifts or greetings this Hogswatch! Each pack comprises of 3 cards, which are accompanied by 3 kraft ribbed envelopes, and they measure 150 x150mm."

The Fairytale of Ankh-Morpork cards collection is priced at £7.50. For more info, and to order (again, too late for this year, but plenty of time to order for next Hogswatch), go to:
http://bit.ly/1C12Rxf

Also – "Fairytale of Ankh-Morpork has been cleverly designed to incorporate four separate tableaus forming this year's Hogswatch issues from the A-M.P.O. – Available to collect as a limited edition minisheet (_http://bit.ly/1C11qPh_, priced at £5.00) or adorning our 250 illustrated First Day Covers (_http://bit.ly/1r1zvLb_, price £10.00). Be good (the Hogfather is watching)"

And a final Hogswatch message from Team Cunning Artificer:

"We'll be having a little time off over Hogswatch to put our feet up, scoff mince pies and polish our baubles. Please note that we will cease shipping from DECEMBER 18TH, and any orders placed after this date WILL NOT BE SENT until we re-open on JANUARY 5TH. We've now passed all shipping deadlines except for UK orders, so we'd like to remind everyone that we cannot guarantee your goodies will arrive in time for the big day if ordered AFTER the dates shown below.

"The last issue from Discworld Stamps for the Year of the Reciprocating Llama is here - The Hogswatch Season LBE is a festive assortment of Discworld stamps, with a chance of sports and rarities. Each LBE in this edition contains at least one of this year's exquisite Hogswatch issues from the Ankh-Morpork Post Office, illustrated by Joe McLaren, along with a FREE winter edition of one of our most iconic stamps, the 50p Cabbage Field - an exclusive Hogswatch gift from us!
A VERY generous flurry of sports of the Winter Cabbage Field, and from all our current issues has been scattered throughout the edition – happy Hogswatch from the A-M.P.O! (_http://www.discworldemporium.com/hogswatch-season-lbe_, price £5.00)

"And finally, we'd like to extend heartfelt gratitude to YOU, our brilliant customers old and new for your continued custom and support over the past year. We're looking forward to sharing our forthcoming Discworld projects with you, and to celebrating our mutual geekery at conventions across the globe. May the Year of the Spinning Mouse bring you joy, happiness, and lots of Discworld merchandise!"


7.2 COLOUR OF MAGIC WALL POSTER

Most of us have bookshelves lining our wall. How about an entire book as a poster? Spineless Classics are offering just that:

"First published in 1983, this is the book which introduced Terry Pratchett and the Discworld to the reading public, starting a series of forty novels so far and making Sir Terry the UK's bestselling author of the 1990s. Now for the very first time fans can enjoy this iconic debut novel in its entirety on one page. This design is a single sheet measuring 700 x 1000mm (279/16 in x 393/8 in). All Spineless Classics are printed on heavyweight paper in sharp, lightfast ink which will not fade."

The Colour of Magic poster is priced at £39.99 unframed and £240.00 framed. To find out more about Spineless Classics, and to find out how to order your poster, go to:

www.spinelessclassics.com/the-colour-of-magic-fantasy-book-print-197.htm

USA customers can go to http://www.spinelessclassics.net/ ... In Fourecks, the site is /www.spinelessclassics.com.au/
and in South Africa, www.spinelessclassics.co.za/

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08) IMAGES OF THE MONTH

Man in Hat meets Leather-clad Barbarian:
http://bit.ly/1s0sipM

From Hogswatch in Wincanton 2014, some fabulous iconographs! Here is Captain Angua and her most recent "collar", a mime:
http://bit.ly/1ygyu4l

...and a truly awesome troll, complete with lovingly tended lichen:
http://bit.ly/1yQUkKv

...and Pterry the Puppet:
http://bit.ly/1ygAARK

...and Dios of Djelibeybi, accompanied by, perhaps, a Dark Clerk or other female Assassin:
http://bit.ly/1rYdyaY

...and a fantastic Hogswatch cake, topped by Death of Rats himself:
http://bit.ly/1ymnYr7

...and that's *Emperor* Cohen to you, peasant!
http://bit.ly/1yP8gno

...and here is an extensive photoset from the festivities, by participant Sara Long:
http://on.fb.me/1ygAbP4


It's the Glooper! AKA the 1949 model Monetary National Income Analogue Computer ("MONIAC"), which ran on water:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B37AzizIUAA0bVo.jpg:large

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09) CLOSE

And so we come to the end of another year. For me, it will always be the year that WOSSNAME became Wossname, and I raise my scumble glass to our late great founder Joe Schaumburger, who created this newsletter way back in the days when fanzines were printed on actual pieces of dead tree, circulated via physical post, and people could write titles all in uppercase without having to fear they would be misfiled in recipients' spam folders. I also raise a toast to our various contributors and Roving Reporters, and most of all to you, O Readers, for sticking with us through the years. Cheers! Prosit! Slainte! Millennium hand and shrimp!

According to the Sydney Morning Herald this week, "Terry Pratchett apparently never really forgave J. K. Rowling for replacing him as Britain's top-selling author". Er... the other one's got bells on... but at least they recommended Dragons at Crumbling Castle as a "delightful young adult collection"...

If there is any late breaking news, we'll pass it along. otherwise, we'll see you in January. Have a lovely holiday season and here's to the new year!

– Annie Mac

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Wossname
Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
November 2014 (Volume 17, Issue 11, Post 2)

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WOSSNAME is a free publication offering news, reviews, and all the other stuff-that-fits pertaining to the works and activities 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, Wolfiekins
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) MORE QUOTES OF THE MONTH
02) LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR
03) GOOD OMENS ON THE WIRELESS NEWS
04) NEW BOOK ON PRATCHETT AND PHILOSOPHY
05) DISCWORLD GAMES NEWS
06) MORE IMAGES
07) AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE
08) CLOSE

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01) THE OTHER QUOTES OF THE MONTH

    "He knew what he wanted to do. If they'd been people, scuffling in the gutter, he'd have known what to do. He'd have banged their heads together and maybe shoved them in the cells overnight. But you couldn't bang countries together." – Vimes contemplates the Borogravia-Zlobenia conflict, in Monstrous Regiment

    "Ye used yer eyes and used yer heid. That's what a real hag does. The magicking is just there for advertisin'." – William the Gonnagle points out that Tiffany already knows the basics of witchery, in The Wee Free Men

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02) A LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR

    It's Hogswatch time! In the town of Wincanton! Right now! Far classier than any Black Friday crush, so if you happen to be near Wincanton, do go join in the festivities. From local news site Wincanton Window:

    "Fans of the work of Sir Terry Pratchett, author of diverse works of fantasy and satire (and even some serious stuff), will be gathering in Wincanton in Somerset on 28/29/30 November 2014... This will be the 13th Hogswatch gathering in the town following its formal twinning in 2002 with Ankh-Morpork on the Circle Sea. Check the town sign! Fans will come from all over the globe including the USA, Australia and South Africa, to enjoy meeting friends old and new at the Discworld Emporium, the inns of the town, the Balsam Centre and the Memorial Hall. There will be a host of silly things to do, interesting lectures at the Balsam Centre – along with a Magnificent Makers Market – costumes to flaunt and to admire, lovely things to buy at the Emporium, and diverse activities in the Bear and the Memorial Hall...

    "See entertainments by and for the fans before and after the watershed! Expect jolly fun with the Fools Guild circus workshops. There will be the Grand Charity Auction in aid of R.I.C.E. with at least one special item to raise money supporting the Wincanton local library. On the Sunday evening, there will be a quiz hosted by the Bear Inn. Come early if you would like to participate – it is very popular.

    "We are going to have enormous fun as we always do. Come and join us. There is no cost to attend except for the important stuff like transport, food, accommodation and money to buy wondrous things! We look forward to meeting you whether 'tis again or for the very first time."

www.wincantonwindow.co.uk/hogswatch-2014-is-coming.htm

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    Who ever thought an estate agent's advertisement would be relevant to feature in Wossname? Ah, but this is the sort of estate agent's advert you don't see every day:

    "Property-seekers could enjoy their dream family Christmas in a brand new home if they choose one of the final two houses available at Kingwell Rise, Taylor Wimpey's sought-after development in Wincanton, Somerset... Kingwell Rise is located just outside Wincanton and enjoys a rural feel with a welcoming village atmosphere. Street names are inspired by Sir Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels, such as Peach Pie Street or Treacle Mine Road. Wincanton, which itself is 'twinned' with Discworld's Ankh-Morpork, is conveniently placed off the A303, one of the main routes connecting the south-west to London..."

    If you want to see the whole advert – the houses are more Scoone Avenue than Treacle Mine Road, but after all this is Roundworld – go to http://bit.ly/1zntsjn

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    Now read on for some exciting news about the forthcoming Good Omens radio play... and a new book about Terry Pratchett and philosophy, by actual philosophers (Wossname's review copy is in transit, so expect a full review in next issue)... and updates on Discworld games... and stuff...

– Annie Mac, Editor

THE REST OF THIS ISSUE IS UNDER THE CUT. CLICK HERE TO READ! )
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Wossname
Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
November 2014 (Volume 17, Issue 11, 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 and activities 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, Wolfiekins
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) ODDS AND SODS
04) REVIEWS: RAISING STEAM; A SLIP OF THE KEYBOARD
05) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
06) DISCWORLD MEETING GROUPS NEWS
07) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS
08) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
09) CLOSE

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01) QUOTE OF THE MONTH

"Come on, you're supposed to be a hard-nosed journalist! Pick up your pen and ask me about my sex life!"
– Pterry, being interviewed for the Ashbourne News Telegraph by tongue-tied fan Natalie Wakefield

"We can determine almost every facet of our life, why can't we choose our death?"
– Travis Wright, Managing Editor of The Stylus

"It's a story about the Antichrist. There's nothing more festive than that!'"
– actor Colin "Newt Pulsifer" Morgan enthuses about the seasonality of the Good Omens BBC radio play

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02) LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR

So how was it for you, darlings? The new Wossname mailing list so far, that is. I can report that from this end things are going much, much more smoothly than ever during my editorship in the Yahoogroups era. We have had a few problems with new issues being falsely flagged as spam by some ISPs (most notably Yahoo – somehow, not surprising) but for the most part readers are reporting good deliveries of entirely intact, un-truncated Wossname issues. Many thanks to all of you for your patience, and especially to the indispensable Steven D'Aprano for doing the admin while I was down with yet another long-running illness (also not surprising).

This is the time of year when everyone with actual funds or a plastic imitation of same is madly shopping for holiday goodies, and at the moment, both the Discworld Emporium and PJSM Prints are absolutely on fire with excellent Discworld-themed merchandise – see item 7.

Last week I went with some friends to see "Pride", possibly the best "Brit feelgood film" since "The Full Monty". All through the film I kept wondering why George MacKay, the actor playing the lead/viewpoint character, looked so familiar. Eventually the penny dropped: he played Johnny Maxwell in the BBC miniseries of Johnny and the Bomb eight years ago! I heartily recommend both productions, the current film and the older miniseries (which in my opinion was an excellent adaptation, true to the spirit of the book even though they changed a few things).

And now, on with the show!

– Annie Mac, Editor

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03) ODDS AND SODS

A very mixed bag...

3.1 COLIN MORGAN INTERVIEWED ABOUT BEING NEWT PULSIFER

From the Radio Times:

"Plenty of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett fans are excited about the upcoming radio adaptation of the authors' joint novel Good Omens – but it turns out one of them is actually in the cast. 'I've always been a fan of Terry Pratchett, I think he's great,' Colin Morgan (who plays Newt in the fantasy comedy) told RadioTimes.com. 'So when Good Omens came along it was a bit of a no-brainer for me. I've always felt this about Terry's books and Neil's books – they're an absolute pleasure to read personally, but I think they're just an honour and a privilege to get the chance to perform professionally.'

"Also starring Mark Heap, Peter Serafinowicz, Sherlock's Louise Brealey and Fresh Meat's Charlotte Ritchie, Good Omens follows the attempts of an angel and a demon to save the world from the antichrist – but all is not as it seems. It was written by Gaiman and Pratchett in 1990, and became a bestseller that remains popular to this day – and while the authors haven't had too big a role in the radio adaptation (Gaiman has pitched in with the scripts), they will be popping up in cameos..."

http://bit.ly/13p4VAE

3.2 THE STORY MUSEUM'S SEASONAL GOODIES

"If you're searching for that perfect Christmas present, we may have just the thing: 60 copies of our 26 Characters exhibition book have been signed by every single author involved, including Philip Pullman, Neil Gaiman, Julia Donaldson and Terry Pratchett. These are on sale for £260, and all proceeds go to supporting The Story Museum's work."

The Story Museum's "26 Characters" exhibition, which includes Sir Pterry's "Just William" character contribution, reopens this weekend. The exhibition is recommended for age 4+.

When: from 22nd November
Venue: The Story Museum, Rochester House, 42 Pembroke Street, Oxford OX1 1BP
Times: Fridays 10.00 – 17.00; Saturdays 10.00 – 17.00; Sundays 11.00 – 16.00. Last entry 30 minutes before closing.
Tickets: Full price: £7.50. Concessions: £5 (Under-18's, full-time students, job-seekers, over-60s). Family ticket (for a group of 4, including at least 1 child): £20. Children under one year, and companions of disabled visitors: Free
To book tickets, go to http://www.oxfordplayhouse.com/ticketsoxford/#venue=530 or ring the ticket hotline at 01865 305305

Also, there is an excellent explanatory brochure in .pdf form about the exhibition and venue, downloadable for free:

http://bit.ly/1t5PT8N

And here be the Story Museum's dedicated Pterry page, complete with a link to an audio Q&A:

http://bit.ly/1quuISz

For more information, go to www.storymuseum.org.uk/whats-on/26characters/ or email honor.dawkinsstean@storymuseum.org.uk

http://www.storymuseum.org.uk/

3.3 THE HISTORY OF DRAGONS (AT CRUMBLING CASTLE, THAT IS)

On the Waterstones blog, Kirsten Armstrong – an editor for Terry Pratchett's children's – "explains how his new collection of stories for children provides an insight to the development of his extraordinary imagination.

"Dragons at Crumbling Castle is a collection of fourteen of these early short stories, and it shows that, even aged sixteen, Terry had a powerful wit and sense of humour. We are introduced to daring animals, useless wizards and scheming criminals, all vividly imagined to hilarious effect. Yet the stories in this collection derive added charm by the fact that they offer a unique insight into the mind of Terry as a young man – and what first inspired him. A keen astronomer from childhood, the colonization of the moon was clearly on Terry's mind when he wrote The Great Speck: 1969 was, after all, the pinnacle of the space programme, and as Terry has said, he – along with many other keen young boys with telescopes – had what seemed then quite realistic dreams of space exploration taking us to other planets in the near future... Abominable Snowmen turn up several times in Terry's stories for the Bucks Free Press. It may be that Abominable Snowmen, or yetis, are simply creatures that appealed to Terry; however, it is worth noting that in 1967 Doctor Who, which Terry has acknowledged as a major influence, introduced the yetis as recurring villains in the series called The Abominable Snowmen..."

http://bit.ly/1AQigAP

3.4 HEROINES FOR GEEKS – AND EVERYONE ELSE

In The Telegraph, a ten-strong list of "the best geek culture heroines" includes Granny Weatherwax ("Terry Pratchett's best heroines share qualities with his first, the redoubtable Granny: hard work, sense, withering sarcasm and a rigid control of the darkness they secretly fear in themselves.") and Pratchett the Younger's reboot version of Lara Croft ("Croft received a more realistic make-over for the franchise's 2013 reboot in which she became a fully-rounded character, and one that women were proud to play."). The list is quite impressive and also includes such fictional luminaries as Buffy Summers, Kara "Starbuck" Thrace, Gaiman's Death, and Rogue of the X-Men:

http://bit.ly/1BONmJE

3.5 DISCOVERING THE WONDERS OF DISCWORLD

By Laura Antonucci:

"You can find Terry Pratchett in the sci-fi section in any book store, but he should really have a section all to his own. Pratchett has written an insane amount of published works, and which are mostly in the realm of science fiction and fantasy. In a similar vein of Douglas Adams — author of 'Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' — 'The Color of Magic' is funny, weird and one hell of an adventure. 'The Color of Magic' is the first in a vast amount of novels, however you can pick up any of The Discworld Series and not need know any background and still get swept up in the insane world of A'Tuin. When you begin a book that describes a world balanced on a disk, balanced on the back of four elephants, balanced on the back of a gigantic turtle, you either think, 'huh, based in religious world theory, cool,' or 'what the heck.' And it just gets weirder from there... I can't even begin to talk about 'The Color of Magic' and do it justice in one column, but that shouldn't stop anyone from picking up a copy from whatever bookstore you choose..."

www.thetowerlight.com/2014/11/bookmarks-a-series-for-the-sci-fi-fan/

3.6 THE LIFE OF A PRATCHETT SUPERFAN

By Jane McFarlane in the Derby Telegraph:

"Natalie started to collect the Discworld series, scouring charity shops at weekends in the hope of finding them... Natalie has just read each of the previous 39, in chronological order, in preparation for the new release. 'It's the first time I've ever read all of them in order," she said. "I started in May and then was horrified to get to the end of the 39th only to realise I hadn't pre-ordered Raising Steam! While I was waiting for it to be delivered, I ended up reading all the books I have about the Discworld series, ones like the Science of Discworld – I couldn't break off and read something else!"... This summer, Natalie treated herself to a weekend away at the Discworld Convention at the Palace Hotel in Manchester, leaving the family behind and joining fans from across the country for the three-day event... Natalie threw herself into the fun, designing a costume to be the Goddess Anoia, who is the goddess of things that get stuck in drawers. 'Originally I was just going to wear a white robe and fasten some kitchen utensils to it,' she said. 'But then I started planning more and more and in the end my dad even made me a crown with bent spoons around it. I absolutely loved the convention and going on my own was brilliant. I could do my own thing and be completely selfish – Daisy wants to come with me next year and I'm gutted!' A bone of contention between Natalie and journalist husband Andrew is that years ago, while working on the Western Gazette, Andrew actually interviewed Terry Pratchett. 'He read a couple of the books when he was a teenager but never really got into them so I was so jealous that he'd interviewed Terry Pratchett,' said Natalie. 'He redeemed himself by getting up virtually in the middle of the night a few years ago to drive me to a book signing in Winchester, but I still almost held it against him that he'd interviewed my hero.'..."

http://bit.ly/1t7liqj

3.7 ALZHEIMER'S STRIKES A MUSIC WITH ROCKS IN LEGEND

From our favourite Author to one of the greatest rhythm guitarists in rock history, Alzheimer's is no respecter of artists:

"AC/DC founding member and guitarist Malcolm Young is suffering from dementia, his family has confirmed. It was announced last week the 61-year-old would not be returning to the rock band after taking a break earlier this year due to an unspecified illness. 'Malcolm is suffering from dementia and the family thanks you for respecting their privacy,' his family told People... The group said last week that 'due to the nature of Malcolm's condition' Young would not feature on the new recordings or participate in the tour. His nephew, Stevie Young, will accompany the band on tour after playing rhythm guitar on the album. The news confirms rumours that the musician was suffering from the illness. The Sydney Morning Herald reported Young had been moved into full-time care at a nursing home in Sydney. According to a family friend, the guitarist could no longer remember how to play AC/DC songs. 'If you were in the room with [Young] and walked out, then came back in one minute later, he wouldn't remember who you are. He has a complete loss of short-term memory,' the unnamed source said..."

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-29439423

3.8 EARLY TEST FOR ALZHEIMER'S LOOK PROMISING

By Lisa Winter on IFLS:

"An early diagnosis is necessary to intervene and slow down the progression of neurodegenerative disease, such as Alzheimer's disease (AD). Unfortunately, the disease typically isn't spotted until symptoms have already appeared and amyloid plaques have begun to accumulate and cause damage to the brain. A new blood test claims to be able to accurately identify Alzheimer's disease 10 years before the onset of symptoms.

"The paper was published in The Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. Lead author Dimitrios Kapogiannis from the National Institute on Aging in Baltimore presented the research this week at the 2014 meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in Washington, DC. The blood test was performed on 174 patients with various degrees of neurological health: 84 of the participants were healthy adults, 20 were elderly adults with no dementia, and 70 had been diagnosed with AD. The researchers also had access to frozen blood samples from 20 of the AD patients that had been taken anywhere from 1-10 years prior to the diagnosis...

"There have been other AD tests announced this year that use different biomarkers to predict disease. Based on 10 proteins found in the blood, a team from Oxford predicted onset of AD within a year for over 1,100 participants, with 87% accuracy. A team from Georgetown University screened for 10 lipids in 525 participants, and was 90% accurate in predicting disease in three years. This current test is still in its early stages, and larger studies will be needed to replicate and validate these findings. The researchers are confident that using IRS-1 as a biomarker will be able to stand up to that scrutiny and will allow for early intervention of AD in the future..."

http://bit.ly/1v1emAB

3.9 IAN STEWART ON FLATLAND

Science of Discworld co-creator Ian Stewart loves the classic maths fantasy "Flatland":

"Mathematician Ian Stewart wants us to see what he sees. Which is kind of a problem, because he’s accustomed to envisioning some pretty impossible shapes: snowflakes in fractional dimensions, hypercubes in 4-D, 11-dimensional superstrings. So when the University of Warwick professor and author writes about these freaky geometries, he relies on an analogy — a way for us blockheads to understand realities above, below, and in between our three dimensions. His guide is a little mathematical fantasy he read over half a century ago: the cult classic Flatland. Written in the early 1880s by Edwin A. Abbott, the story follows A. Square, a regular quadrilateral who lives on a 2-D plane. He can’t conceive of depth, but his perspective expands when a sphere visits him from 3-D Spaceland. Though Square can’t experience all three of the sphere’s dimensions, he can see it in cross-section as a circle of various sizes. That’s the trick Stewart uses: By describing what it’s like for a flat object to imagine a solid one, he can help us imagine an object in four dimensions. For instance, a crazy 4-D sphere (called a glome) might appear to us as expanding and contracting spherical cross-sections. 'Starting with Flatland's point of view,' he says, 'you find a way in.' Stewart considers Flatland one of the earliest works of popular science..."

http://www.wired.com/2014/11/geometry-of-flatland/

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04) REVIEWS: RAISING STEAM; A SLIP OF THE KEYBOARD

4.1 RAISING STEAM

By N.C Sanders on Science Fiction.com:

"In any long running series, sequelitis is bound to set in at some point. It is an inevitability, along with getting the sniffles during flu season or craving anything and everything displayed on a cooking show. Someone neglected to inform Terry Pratchett of this fact, however. 'Raising Steam' is the fortieth book in his 'Discworld' series and it shows no signs of slowing down at all... This combination of playing around with real-world history and sprinkling it in with the magic and varying cultures unique to Discworld makes much of the adventure a real treat. It is the varying perspectives and continual shifts of narration which prove to be both a plus and a minus. Later on in the story, the character switching adds well-built tension into the drama filled final act, but can be a bit overwhelming in the beginning when trying to acquaint (or reacquaint) one's self with the ensemble cast. But this one wrinkle is far from enough to drag down this rousing tale which seems destined to pull an aged series into a new and exciting age..."

http://bit.ly/1x2NUpQ

...and by Cindy A. Matthews on Authorlink:

"Dick Simnel's creation of a prototype steam engine starts a commercial, transportation and technological revolution practically overnight, and of course it can't remain a secret for long. The newfangled invention inspires rabid trainspotters and Luddite-type detractors alike, as well as attracting the attention of those in power and those who are forced to maintain it, namely the Patrician Lord Vetinari and his right hand man, the amiable scallywag forever in his debt, Moist von Lipwig. Throw in a few grease-loving goblins, exercising their newly acquired civil rights, and some very angry dwarves, voicing quite a political agenda, and the fireworks begin in earnest. Pratchett constructs the conflict on his flat-disc fantasy world parallel to a Dickensian Earth where the steam engine shook up more than a few people's notions of how life could be and should be like..."

http://authorlink.com/2014/11/10/raising-steam-by-terry-pratchett/

4.2 ...AND A SLIP OF THE KEYBOARD

By Byron Gillan in the Buffalo News:

"Since his debut novel 'The Carpet People' in 1971, Pratchett has constructed an entire literary universe that some think is on par with the likes of Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, or such authors of the newer generation as George R.R. Martin and J.K. Rowling. So extensive is the Discworld collection, that there are fan-made guides for new readers first-approaching Pratchett's sprawling world. At times the author has branched out to write other works, such as his collaborations with the darling of the literary Comic-Con scene, Neil Gaiman (of 'Sandman' and 'American Gods' fame). However, Pratchett's attention has primarily concerned the world of Discworld and for good reason. The elaborate series boasts a massive fan base, with conventions, games, and more having grown and evolved around the books. As a result, Pratchett has achieved fame as one of the pillars of the modern fantasy community... His prose rails against the unjust ways of the world, and the circumstances of his own life. This image at once dispels the notions of Pratchett as the 'lovable-professor' as many have sought to describe him... We see Pratchett fighting to write down a few words of prose over an entire day in a novel's early pages; a weakness fans don't normally believe a talented and experienced author would possess. Later we see his frustrations with editors, event organizers, publishers and even fans. 'A Slip of the Keyboard' offers readers a candid, and extremely 'real' view of the world as Pratchett sees it. Warts included.

"That isn't to say there isn't humor, an iconic standard of Pratchett's work. Oh there is indeed that, and in spades. While he does not shy away from the darker aspects of his ascension to fame and fortune, Pratchett remains appreciative and loving of his ability, and the fans who made his rise possible. He shares many lovely and heartbreakingly-sweet tales of bonding with fans, experiencing the rising popularity of the Discworld series through conventions, and more..."

http://bit.ly/1xQPDPe

...and Colin Steele in the Sydney Morning Herald gives an Australian perspective:

"It's not all gloom and doom. Pratchett's dry humour and common sense pervades many of the essays, which are organised into three sections. A Scribbling Intruder covers his career as an author almost literally from rags to riches; A Twit and a Dreamer covers a range of subjects from school days to the meaning of Christmas, and Days of Rage covers issues relating to his struggle with Alzheimer's. Pratchett has been very outspoken about his diagnosis and the problems of the British National Health Service (NHS). His advocacy of assisted deaths is also emphasised in several essays, notably his reprinted 2010 BBC Richard Dimbleby lecture Shaking Hands with Death.

"Pratchett likes Australia, which he has visited more than a dozen times, and which features as the subject of his Discworld novel The Last Continent. His 1998 Australian signing tour is covered in a chapter diary, No Worries, which includes his Canberra Times/ANU lecture in which this reviewer features... Pratchett is very conscious of his working-class origins and reflects on his now rather stellar position, which includes a knighthood and a number of honorary doctorates. As a result, several of his essays emphasise the importance of education. He also emphasises the value of his school library and public libraries in general, although he deplores librarians calling themselves 'information providers'. Pratchett would much prefer the label, 'Shining acolytes of the sacred flame of literacy'..."

http://bit.ly/11Mmwlx

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05) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS

5.1 NEW: WYRD SISTERS IN BRISBANE

The Brisbane Arts Theatre, having just finished their triumphant run of The Amazing Maurice, are back with a new production of Wyrd Sisters, now open!

When: 22nd November to 13th December 2014
Venue: Brisbane Arts Centre, 210 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane, Queensland 4000 Phone (07) 3369 2344
Time: 8pm Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays; 6.30pm Sundays
Tickets: Adults $31, Concessions $25, Group discount (10+) $25, Large Group (75+) $20, Gold Members $15, Members $25AUD, Student Rush(10 mins before curtain) $10. Members can redeem their included season tickets for this show.
To buy tickets online, go to http://bit.ly/1AJ9lkw

http://artstheatre.com.au/show/wyrdsisters#sthash.3sCsVAE6.dpuf

5.2 NEW: AUDITIONS FOR MONSTROUS PRODUCTIONS' WITCHES ABROAD

Monstrous Productions are seeking cast and crew for their 2015 production of Witches Abroad:

"All roles are available and anyone aged between 18 and 70 is welcome. No experience necessary so why not have a go? Auditions will be held between 17th and 21st November with an open audition at Cardiff University Main Building on Thursday 20th; meet at 6pm in the foyer. Email us at monstrousproductions2012@gmail.com for your audition pack."

Witches Abroad will be performed at the Gate Theatre, Cardiff, from 8th-11th April 2015. Remember, all profits from Monstrous Productions plays and merchandise go to Alzheimer's Research UK. In fact, they exist solely to perform Pratchett plays for this very purpose!

http://www.monstrousptc.com/

5.3 REMINDER: WYRD SISTERS IN WEST SUSSEX

Stage-Door Theatre Company, having already tackled the Scottish Play some eleven years ago, will tackle the Disc-ish Play – Wyrd Sisters – this December.

When: 10th-13th December 2014
Venue: The Windmill Theatre, The Green, Littlehampton, West Sussex BN17 5LM
Time 7:30pm for evening performances, 2:30pm for the Saturday (13th) matinee
Tickets: £11 (concessions at £10). Please contact the box office at the Circle of Health, 67 Sea Lane, Rustington, West Sussex BN16 2RQ (telephone 01903 856801) for all ticket enquiries.

5.4 REVIEWS: WYRD SISTERS IN CARDIFF

In Wales Online:

"I don't know how they did it, but with no scenery and very few props, just the odd table or teapot, the Monstrous Productions Theatre Company managed to magic up the Discworld. From the opening scene where the three witches Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Magrat meet – all played brilliantly by Ellen Warren, Zoe Azzopardi and Lowri Belson – it was like seeing the much-loved book come to life... During one scene, there is a play within the play. Some of the actors sat down in the front row, my heart sank as I sensed audience participation. There is nothing guaranteed to put me on edge as much as joining in. I cringe at forced frivolity. To me, fun is a four-letter word, and not just because I can't spell. But I was wrong. I wasn't forced to take part, just sit back and enjoy the witches' hilarious heckling a few seats down from me. The entire cast did an amazing job, with many or them bringing multiple roles to life..."

http://bit.ly/1xc19FD

...and on Mithril Wisdom:

"The entire cast were superb, working well with Monstrous's hallmark minimalist stage decoration and allowing more room for all characters to shine. The witches themselves, performed by Ellen Warren, Zoe Azzopardi and Lowri Belson (Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat) had great chemistry with one another and did justice to the roles. My favourite performance, though, came from Jes Hynes (Lord Felmet), whose descent from simpering hen-pecked nobleman into guilt-ridden madman was a delight to watch, giving the role a touch of pantomime villainy but with the gravitas of the Shakespearean tragedy the story satirises. Once again, Davies' direction gives the audience plenty of Easter eggs during the performance... As the second Witches story under their belt, Wyrd Sisters shows that Monstrous Productions can tackle even the most ambitious of Pratchett stories..."

http://bit.ly/1sdCha9

5.5 REVIEW: MORT IN QUEENSLAND

In the Inverell Times:

"The large audience laughed its way through the very entertaining Mort and enjoyed a light supper at interval. The cast for Mort was a mixture of actors that were either new to the stage or new to Inverell audiences. The roles of Mort and Death were brilliantly portrayed by Brendon Evans and Dayne Rosolen. They were ably supported by young actors Eloise Collins, Emma Muggleton and Lachlan McDonald. Audiences familiar with Inverell Theatre Company productions would have been very familiar with the actor who portrayed Albert, Peter Caddey..."

http://www.inverelltimes.com.au/story/2679078/on-the-pulse/

5.7 NEW FOR 2015: WYRD SISTERS IN UPPINGHAM

The Uppingham Theatre Company (under the patronage of Stephen Fry) will present their production of Wyrd Sisters in October 2015 at the Uppingham Theatre, Stockerston Road, Uppingham, Rutland LE15 9UD

Audition and read-through dates are not available yet, but keep an eye on http://www.uppthearts.co.uk/ for updates!

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06) DISCWORLD MEETING GROUPS NEWS

The Broken Drummers, "London's Premier Unofficially Official Discworld Group" (motto "Nil percussio est"), 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 8th December 2014, from 7pm onwards.

The Drummers' November meet report:

"We met on Monday. It seems a long time ago now. We had one new person, Marina, who we knew from the forum. We talked a lot about Hogswatch and did our best to encourage those who have never been to come along. There was discussion of the most recent Dr. Who. My impression from that discussion is that I enjoy it more than most because my expectations are a lot lower. I still think the 'moon is an egg' episode was utter crap, though and don't get me started on why anyone would repair a Dalek without disabling its weapon function first. The was a happy moment when the staff at the Monkey Puzzle brought us a free bowl of chicken goujons. I'm still not quite sure why but they were nice (as is their roast pork belly with crackling and an apple stuffed with black pudding. I'm having a Homer Simpson moment just thinking about it). Only other thing that sticks in the mind is that I mentioned that I avoid putting anything too smutty in meeting reports as they are seen by people who have never been to Drummers. Everyone pointed out that anyone who would be shocked would probably hate Drummers anyway. Very true."

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". Forthcoming events include:

Thursday, 27th November 2014: Dinner and games at Groove Train, King George Square, from 5.30pm

Saturday, 6th December 2014: Discworld board games +early Xmas dinner at Bris Square Library Theatrette, from 2pm (dinner from 6pm)

For more info about their next meetup, go to 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 4th December 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 5th December 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 1st December 2014 at 6.30pm (probably). 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, meet on the first Monday of the month (subject to holidays) at the child-friendly Carpe Cafe, 526 Murray Street, Perth, Western Australia.

Next meeting: from 5.30pm on Monday 1st December 2014 (probably).

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

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Western Drummers, also based in Sydney, 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: "If you have never been, please come on down. You would be very welcome. We eat, have a drink, talk Discworld and play board games. Starts kind of 6 – 6.30ish and finishes kind of 9pm ish."

Next meeting: as there was a meeting last week, the next will probably be in mid-January. For more information, contact Nanny Ogg – lewis_oz@bigpond.com – or visit their Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/westerndrummers

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07) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS

7.1 PJSM PRINTS UPDATES

PJSM Prints are back in action with a piggies-drawn sleigh-full of Discworld goodies:

"Hogswatch is approaching! Check out the latest range of calendars, diaries, cards, badges and more from PJSM Prints!

"After much discussion and deliberation with Terry we have decided that from now on all new titles will be exclusively embossed with his signature plate rather than hand signed. He would like to make it clear that this has absolutely nothing to do with the progression of his Embuggerance, but after more than forty years of signing he feels that his hand really could do with a bit of a rest. And so even though we still have a large stock of signed books and prints, we now think it unfair to ask Terry to work his way through the inevitable mountain of orders that land around publication time. The signature embossing is pressed directly onto the page and is further enhanced with a golden Pratchett Coat of Arms. Thank you for your understanding, but we first and foremost have to think of Terry while still being able to offer something exclusive to our Discworld collectors worldwide.

"UPDATE! Thank you for all your feedback, but Terry would like to point out that he really is very much okay and has just finished one book and has already started another. He's still writing every day!"

Some PJSM goodies presently available include...

Terry Pratchett's Discworld Collector's Edition Calendar 2015

"Exclusively embossed With 800 days, 13 months, two of each season and more festivals than you can shake a stick at, a Discworld year is hard to keep track of! Whilst we can't offer the same excitement here in Roundworld the 2015 Discworld calendar is bursting with colour and features the artwork of Discworld artist Stephen Player. Each month sports a glorious full colour picture of your favourite characters and ample space for notes."

Price £15.00. To order, go to:
http://www.pjsmprints.com/books/index.html#calendar

Discworld 2015 Diary: We R Igors

"Exclusively embossed with Terry's signature, this delightfully illustrated diary is a must for any Pratchett fan's Hogswatch stocking! A durable, high quality hardback, with heavy weave pages, this beautiful book comes with all the functionality of an everyday diary but also packs the charm, wit and wonder of the Discworld into every month."

Price £20.00. To order, go to:
http://www.pjsmprints.com/books/index.html#Igors

Badges

"Our quality hard enamelled badges are always a hit but when the Hogfather turns up you simply can't resist! Great for pinning onto anything from school bags to blazers, wear your Hogfather with pride! He's only available for a limited time and stocks will dwindle, so snap one up while you can! Great stocking filler for the Discworld fan in your life."

Price for individual 40mm/1.5" badges (including Susan, Twoflower, Moist, Granny, Death, Rincewind with the Luggage, Vetinari with the Eyebrow, Pterry himself, the Librarian, and the new Hogfather badge) is £3.50 each; for individual 25mm/1" badges – a huge selection – £1 each. To order, go to:
http://www.pjsmprints.com/badges/index.html

Canvas prints

"We love our new range of canvases and can't wait to share them with you! Printed on the best quality, robust material and wonderfully sturdy, these vibrantly coloured prints feature some of our most popular artwork and classic quotes from the Man Himself. 5 Exclamation Marks is the Sign of an Insane Mind !!!!!"

Prices vary from £15 to £35.00 for a wide selection of different sizes. To view the full collection and to order, go to:
http://www.pjsmprints.com/canvas/index.html

Hogswatch cards

"Wish your loved ones a truly merry Hogswatch with our seasonal range of high-quality A5 cards. These beautifully illustrated gloss cards feature the artwork of Paul Kidby and include a lineup of Discworld characters guaranteed to titillate even the most cynical Ankh-Morporkian denizen. Cards feature The Hogfather, The Librarian (Who doesn't need an 'Ook!' in their life?) and Nanny Ogg in festive mood. All cards have individual messages and come complete with colourful envelopes."

Priced at £2.95, the cards are all A5 size and come with coloured envelopes. To view the full collection and to order, go to:
http://www.pjsmprints.com/Hogswatch/index.html

Mousemats

"Cheer yourself up at work or home with one of our quality Discworld mousemats, your desk will never be dull again with Death of Rats to keep you company (squeak!) All mousemats are now reduced so snap them up at only £5 each! Once they're gone, they're gone."

Price £5. To view the full collection and to order, go to:
http://www.pjsmprints.com/mousemats/index.html

Mort and Greebo

"Our latest 2 designs in the ever popular magnet and coaster Dweenie range, we're delighted to offer you Mort and Greebo. Take a look at the full range to mix and match your favourites. Don't forget, the Hogfather is available for a limited time only."

Price per magnet is £2.00; per coaster, £2.50; a set of 22 magnets is £42.00, and a set of 22 coasters is £52.00. Each magnet measures 57mm square; each coaster measures 90mm square. To view the full collection and to order, go to:
http://www.pjsmprints.com/dweenie/index.html

Death Hoodie

"A black outfit... with a hood... who wears an ensemble like that? Oh yes, Death! And now we're offering you the chance to as well with our NEW Death hoodie! Made of superb quality, heavy woven cotton our new hoodies will see you through the coldest Hogswatch in style. With one of our most popular images screenprinted on the reverse, these are a fabulous buy and are selling fast."

Price £38.00, in a range of sizes from Small to Extra Extra Large. For full details and to order, go to:
http://www.pjsmprints.com/tshirts/index.html

Paper Panda Cards – New

"We're exceptionally proud of these versatile and unusual cards featuring some of the most popular Discworld characters. Seasonal enough to use for Hogswatch greetings but left blank inside for you to personalise, each design is reproduced in faithful detail on A5 card and comes complete with envelope."

Price £2.95 each (editor's note: these new cards are exceptionally beautiful!). To view the full collection and to order, go to:
http://www.pjsmprints.com/greetingscards/index.html

CMOT Badges – Popular and easy to pack, good stocking fillers

"Proudly display your affiliation to the various Ankh-Morporkian guilds, institutions, organisations and individuals with our range of best selling designed lapel wear. Cock-a-snook at mere undergraduates with [the] Unseen University Alumni Badge" (approximately 35mm high)... Cock-an-even-bigger-snook at holders of inferior degrees with [the] Unseen University Doctoral Badge" (approx. 40mm high)... and not forgetting the Ankh-Morpork City Watch Badge: "Essential for every budding Watch Man, Woman, Troll, Dwarf, Golem, Vampire, Pixie etcetera. Antique bronze metal – approximately 35mm high."

UU Alumni Badge is £4.50; UU Doctoral Badge, £4.95; A-M City Watch Badge, £6.95. To view the full collection and to order, go to:
http://www.pjsmprints.com/cmot/index.html

"PLEASE NOTE OUR LAST GUARANTEED ORDERING DATES FOR HOGSWATCH 2014 ARE:

UK – 13th December
Western Europe – 6th December
USA – 5th December
The rest of the world (including Australia and New Zealand) – 27th November"

http://pjsmprints.com/


7.2 DISCWORLD EMPORIUM UPDATES

"Hogswatch is on the horizon, and our final recommended posting dates are here giving you plenty of time to peruse our range of Discworld delights and place your orders. To ease the burden of browsing we've compiled a handy selection of our favourite items for you to choose from":

New stuff: http://bit.ly/14kVeDD
Jewellery and apparel: http://bit.ly/1zo3EnE
Homewares: http://bit.ly/1oUaHDY
Printed gifts: http://bit.ly/1zo3QmT
Games and pastimes: http://bit.ly/1GV6ANA
...and of course, stamps: http://bit.ly/1wwj8Tn

USA: 11th December
EU: 13th December
UK: 18th December
Rest of the world: 3rd December

* Ankh-Morpork, the fiendishly difficult Discworld puzzle!

"Back in August we premiered our Ankh-Morpork Jigsaw, which promptly sold out at the International Discworld Convention. We've since been working on some tweaks and are pleased to announce that the Fiendishly Difficult Discworld Puzzle is now back in stock for Hogswatch!

"Ankh-Morpork, city of one thousand surprises – now in a thousand puzzling pieces! See the city unfold before your very eyes, but only if they can take the strain! Featuring artwork from The Compleat Ankh-Morpork, this fiendishly difficult Discworld puzzle is a must for any jigsaw collector and Pratchett fan. 'Compleated' puzzle measures 66 x 50cm, made in the UK. (Health warning; side effects may include head scratching, wall climbing and mild bouts of lunacy – but the view is worth it!). 2nd Edition."

Ankh-Morpork 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle, is priced at £17.50. For full details and to order, go to:
http://bit.ly/1ww2SSd

* Hogswatch 2014 Update!

Hogswatch 2014, "A gathering of Discworld fans who really should know better", will take place on 28th-30th November:

"Join us [in] Wincanton on November 28-30th in for a festive celebration of all things Discworld in Ankh-Morpork's very own twin town. Enjoy a weekend of diverse entertainments including, games, talks, activities for little folk and Hogswatch staples such as the traditional Sausage Supper, Strut your Stuff, and the Grand Charity Auction – all held in venues throughout the town. Good little boys and girls may even be treated to a visitation from the Hogfather himself. Expect good food, a warm welcome, and plenty of charitable nonsense in the company of fellow fans and likeminded folk. A full programme of events will be available nearer the date...

"This year we're also celebrating three major book anniversaries – 10 years of Going Postal, 20 years of Interesting Times and 25 years of Pyramids, giving a huge range of costuming opportunity. Dressing up is wholeheartedly encouraged, so whether Noble Postman or Agatean Emperor, don your Discworld gladrags and paint the town Octarine!

"Hogswatch is an informal gathering, with a friendly atmosphere and easygoing charm. It's (mostly) free to attend but you will have to source your own accommodation – click the 'Where to Stay' button below for ideas on where to rest your head.

"Getting there – for directions and public transport information (Google Maps): http://bit.ly/1xE5Sl5 – CAR PARKING – Wincanton is blessed with three free carparks, for restriction information and a car park map:
http://en.parkopedia.co.uk/parking/wincanton/

"Don't forget to order your limited edition Hogswatch 2014 Medal of Honour – exclusive to our fearless and foolhardy Hogswatch attendees!" The Hogswatch 2014 Medal of Honour is priced at £3.50. For full info and to pre-order for collection at the event:

www.discworldemporium.com/Hogswatch%20Medal%20of%20Honour

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FURTHER UPDATES

"Hogswatch is a special time for the Ankh-Morpork Post Office; the crisp crunch of snow under foot on the morning rounds, the back-breaking mail sacks full of Hogswatch cheer, the quivering excitement of stamp collectors as they await the Hogswatch designs... With previous guest artists including Paul Kidby and Peter Dennis, the limited edition Hogswatch issues from Discworld Stamps are always eagerly anticipated. We're excited to reveal that this year's designs are the result of an exclusive collaboration between The Discworld Emporium and guest artist Joe McLaren; cover artist for the stunning Discworld Collector’s Library Edition Hardbacks from Gollancz! A true Pratchett fan at heart (and a member of the Discworld Collector’s Club back in the 90s), Joe has used his distinctive style to depict a view of Sator Square on Hogswatch eve complete with wizards, beggars, dwarfs, trolls, the Hogfather in his sleigh, snow swirling around the Tower of Art and candlelit carols – a real Hogswatch treat!"

Here we go...

* "Fairytale of Ankh-Morpork" Minisheet

"This glorious image has been cleverly designed to incorporate four separate tableaus that make our new issues from the A.M.P.O. presented here as a limited edition minisheet measuring approx 90 x 90mm. An edition of only 300."

Priced at £5.00, the Fairytale of Ankh-Morpork minisheet will be available online on 2nd December (also available at Hogswatch 2014 Wincanton festivities next weekend). To see images of the Minisheet, and to order (in the fullness of time), go to: http://bit.ly/1yFbatF

* Hogswatch exclusive Little Brown Envelope!

"No Hogswatch would be complete without a festive edition of our Little Brown Envelope – a lucky-dip assortment of Discworld Stamps with a chance of rarities, sports and prizes. Each LBE in this edition will contain at least one of Joe McLaren’s Hogswatch stamps, along with a generous sprinkling of the two Hogswatch sport variants, rare Blue Triangles and Dead Letter Labels distributed throughout the edition. And that's not all! Being the season of goodwill there will also be TWO ultra-rare Blue Triangle Sports waiting to be found in lucky envelopes, along with prize tickets for 1 of 30 exclusive Sport Covers, or 1 of 30 Large Format Sheets of Hogswatch stamps – Now if that doesn’t get you in the festive mood, we don't know what will!

"ON SALE AT OUR HOGSWATCH EVENT IN WINCANTON FROM SAT 29TH, AND ONLINE IN TWO BATCHES AT 10:00AM & 6:00PM GMT ON TUESDAY 2ND DEC. For more information & a sneaky preview click the images!"

http://bit.ly/1uSUI8w
http://bit.ly/1xEC077
http://bit.ly/1raRx8o
http://bit.ly/1zNom0t

"N.B. Special Editions tend to sell our VERY quickly, often within the first ten minutes of release. To avoid disappointment we recommend the purchase of an LBE Season Ticket. Otherwise please have this page ready at the time of release and remember to refresh your browser. It is important to note that adding LBEs to your cart does NOT guarantee purchase - proceeding quickly to checkout once they have been added to cart is heartily advised."

The Hogswatch LBE is priced at £5.00. For more information and to order (in the fullness of time), go to: http://bit.ly/1torZEG

* "Hogswatch 2014 First Day Cover"

"A beautifully illustrated First Day Cover featuring this year's Hogswatch issues by guest artist Joe McLaren - cover illustrator of the stunning Discworld Collector’s Library edition Hardbacks from Gollancz. Joe has used his distinctive style to depict a festive view of Sator Square complete with wizards, beggars, dwarfs, trolls, the Hogfather in his sleigh, snow swirling around the Tower of Art and candlelit carols - a real Hogswatch treat! Each cover features all four designs, embellished with a limited edition Hogswatch frank from the A-M.P.O and accompanied by a decorative commemorative insert! An edition of only 250, each cover measures 110 x 220mm (DL)."

The Hogswatch 2014 First Day Cover is priced at £10.00 and will be available online on 2nd December (also available at Hogswatch 2014 Wincanton festivities next weekend). To see images of the First Day Cover, and to order (in the fullness of time), go to: http://bit.ly/1vaa7To


* "Hogswatch 2014 is only a week away and we are pleased to announce that our official programme of events is now LIVE! View on our website, or download a printable version for Acrobat-supporting devices – click below to view!"

http://www.discworldemporium.com/Hogswatch%202014


*** Editor's Choice: some recommended selections from the Discworld Emporium for your Hogswatch stockings...

a. "The Witches" board game

"The Witches is set in the magically charged land of Lancre. Players take on the role of trainee witches, such as Tiffany Aching and Petulia Gristle, learning their craft and dealing with all the problems that life on Discworld can throw at them. Our heroines will tackle everything from a sick pig to a full-blown invasion of elves - life can be tough for a young witch in Lancre! Fear not however, as an array of Discworld's most famous characters will be on hand to aid your quest. Along the way you'll meet the guiding forces of Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick, along with a rich supporting cast of familiar faces from Terry Pratchett's bestselling Discworld series. Compete with your fellow 'hags' to master the witches' craft, and cooperate to prevent crises from escalating into catastrophes. Most problems can be solved with a little headology and a nice cup of tea, although at times you must resort to magic, but beware - too much may cause you to turn 'Black Aliss'. The Witches can be played with up to four players, competitively, co-operatively, or even played solitaire.

"The Witches is the second Discworld game from Martin Wallace and explores another corner of Discworld, where our brave heroines are forever on call to impart their wisdom, and battling evil is just part of the job. Suitable for ages 13+ Play length 90 minutes approx."

"The collector's edition of The Witches includes exclusive alternative cover art, a larger Lancre map game board, four exclusive pewter figurines of each playable character: Tiffany Aching, Petulia Gristle, Annagramma Hawkin and Dimity Hubbub, along with a rather stunning A1 poster of artwork from the game. This edition is limited to 2000 copies world wide."

The Standard Edition is £29.99. To order:
http://bit.ly/1zDU9ky

The Collector's Edition is £40.00. To order:
http://bit.ly/1uSqUKt

b. The Ankh-Morpork Post Office Collection Box

A cut out and build beauty!

"From the pages of Going Postal and the team who brought you the Unseen University Cut Out Book this cut-out and build collection box is an ideal activity to while away a soggy afternoon. When complete your Ankh-Morpork post box can be used to collect anything from small coinage to love notes, or simply used as a table decoration. Each pack contains four sheets of sturdy paper to cut out including the option to make either a clean and shiny post box or a graffiti-decorated version more often seen on the streets of Ankh-Morpork. Finished article measures 235cm high, glue and cutting implement not supplied. Supervision of little folk is advised."

The A-M Post Office Collection Box is priced at £5.00. To order:
http://bit.ly/1p1yRw6

c. "Raising Steam" Collector's Pack

"The age of steam has arrived in Ankh-Morpork, and to celebrate the Discworld Emporium is proud to offer this exclusive collection of stunning ephemera from Terry Pratchett's 40th Discworld novel, Raising Steam! Each set includes an A3 folded guide to Discworld's new Railway, featuring cover artwork by Peter Dennis and Ian Mitchell depicting the glorious Iron Girder, Discworld's first locomotive. Inside you'll find the official map produced by Ian Mitchell for the frontispiece of Raising Steam, only BIGGER and in FULL COLOUR! On the reverse you'll find a full explanation of services available to first, second and third class passengers. Each guide has been lithographically printed onto high quality 280 micron art paper.

"You will also receive a third class luggage label featuring additional artwork of Iron Girder - a souvenir from your journey on the Ankh-Morpork and Sto Plains Hygienic Railway. This label is robust enough to withstand even the most 'enthusiastic' baggage handler and is matt varnished for a tactile finish. Measures approx. 70 x 110 mm. And then there's the ticket – the ultimate keepsake! Printed on textured paper and punched at either end on our own perforator, each ticket is printed on both sides for an authentic 'age of steam' appearance. On the reverse of your ticket you'll find a few useful titbits of information to make your journey more pleasurable (No singing, spitting or micturating from the windows).

"Also Included is a postcard from Uberwald, featuring an illustration of the Fifth Elephant crashing into the hills surrounding Bonk and Schmaltzberg. On the reverse, you can read the missive of a young dwarf in search of his roots. Each card bears an Ankh-Morpork Post Office 5p Rail Mail stamp, featuring Iron Girder herself, franked in transit. (Discworld Stamp collectors, please note that mint examples of this stamp will be available in the near future).

"All of the above has been prepared with great care to contain no spoilers - only details that have been made immediately apparent in the press as approved by Sir Terry."

The Raising Steam Collector's Pack is priced at £12.50. To order:
http://bit.ly/1BNZBGf

d. The City Watch Pocket Notebook

"Uphold the law on the streets of Ankh-Morpork with the aid of the official issue pocket notebook - a trusty companion to the officer on the beat or in a bind. Contains 44 plain pages for your reports and scribblings, along with six pages of reference material to guide you about your duties. Includes quick-fire information on powers of arrest, chargeable offences, first aid and watch houses, equipment regulations, and the all-important watch oath. Features sketchbook-quality 190gsm off-white leaves made from 100% real paper, and textured card cover with rounded corners. Measures 105 x 147mm."

The City Watch Pocket Notebook is priced at £5.00. To order:
http://bit.ly/11v2cUE

e. The I ATE'NT DEAD Necklace

"The Feegles call her the 'Hag O' Hags', the dwarfs 'She Who Must Be Avoided', but we know her best as Esmerelda Weatherwax: Discworld's most formidable practitioner of headology. Our tribute to Granny Weatherwax is her iconic borrowing sign recreated as a beautiful silver pendant and chain. Created by our award-winning silversmiths in the historic workshops of Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter, each pendant has been hand-crafted so that no one sign is precisely the same, and stamped with the Discworld and sterling silver hallmarks on the reverse. A precious and essential accessory for any aspiring witch!! Pendant measures approx 25 x 22mm, necklace (end to end) measures 480mm."

The I ATE'NT DEAD Necklace is priced at £45.00. To order:
http://bit.ly/1CdxRWp

f. And finally... Wintersmith! The Deluxe Edition of Steeleye Span's officially Pterry-approved concept CD

"An epic musical collaboration from mutual fans Steeleye Span and Terry Pratchett, based on the Discworld novel Wintersmith – a match made in folk-rock heaven! Steeleye Span famously played at Terry's 60th birthday party and they have been firm friends ever since. This deluxe double CD album features four extra songs, plus eight live tracks from the Wintersmith Tour and two exclusive demo versions. Features Maddy Prior, the voice of Steeleye for 40 years at the helm of the line-up, with band stalwart and fiddler extraordinaire Peter Knight, Rick Kemp on bass, Peter Zorn and Julian Littman on Guitars and Liam Genockey on the drum stool, With special guests Terry Pratchett, Kathryn Tickell and John Spiers."

The Deluxe Wintersmith CD set is priced at £15.00. To order: http://bit.ly/1xVb1E1

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08) IMAGES OF THE MONTH

An excellently cast trio of Lancre Witches, from Monstrous Productions' Wyrd Sisters:
http://bit.ly/1zb1IPx

The title page of the BBC Good Omens radio play script, "signed by All Involved", which raised £360.00 in the 2014 Children in Need auction:
http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTYwMFgxMDY2/z/cm4AAOSw1XdUW75P/$_57.JPG

...and the hardcover edition of Good Omens, signed by the authors, which raised £285.00 in the auction:
http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTA2NlgxNjAw/z/UusAAOSwosFUW7zO/$_57.JPG

The Author has a new hat!
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B2Qe7mYIgAA99HT.jpg

The Treacle Miners of Perth, Fourecks did a creditable Ankh-Morpork City Watch for Comic Con:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BkCYy87CcAAibKs.jpg:large


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09) CLOSE

As time continues to tick on and our favourite author's Embuggerance steals him away cell by cell, the subject of the freedom to choose one's own time and place of dying becomes ever more relevant. Here is a well-written, level-headed editorial piece on the subject in Brockport College's student newspaper. Well worth reading and considering.

"Terry Pratchett, a writer I admire, has Alzheimer's disease, which has recently begun affecting his ability to write.
Though he lives in the UK, which does not have any sort of Death with Dignity law, he sought information in Switzerland which does allow for physician-assisted suicide. He published 'Choosing to Die' which follows several patients as they travel to the Swiss company Dignitas to end their lives. In the documentary, Pratchett said if and likely when he loses his ability to write, he will most likely choose to end his life rather than live in a world where he can't write..."

http://bit.ly/1zEv5Kc

And here is another well-written and well-reasoned piece, this time from a demographic usually associated with social conservatism (i.e. corporate chartered accountancy):

"Our society has begun to move toward discussing death more frankly and re-examining many of our existing suppositions about what a good death looks like. A study released early this year found that most doctors surveyed would prefer a do-not-resuscitate, or 'no code,' order for themselves should they be diagnosed with terminal illness, though by default, most patients receive all available measures unless they specifically indicate other wishes. VJ Periyakoil, the study's lead author, observed that, 'Our current default is "doing," but in any serious illness there comes a tipping point where the high-intensity treatment becomes more of a burden than the disease itself.' Identifying this tipping point cannot be easy for doctors or loved ones, but surely when patients still have the capacity to do so, they deserve the power to make this call..."

http://bit.ly/1ucYPsg

In slightly cheerier news, Pratchett the Younger has now taken on writing the Tomb Raider comic, according to her Twitter feed: "Excited to announce that I'm writing the next run of Tomb Raider comics with @DarkHorseComics, starting with #13"

And a thought to finish on: according to the QI Elves, "The Aymara people of the Andes speak of the past as lying ahead and the future behind them". Backwards time among mountain dwellers? Sounds like a concept the Discworld troll community would find familiar...

And that's the lot for now. If there's any late-breaking news or other items of interest, we'll be back at the very end of the month. Otherwise, see you in December!

– Annie Mac

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Wossname
Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
October 2014 (Volume 17, Issue 10, 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 and activities 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, Wolfiekins
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) ODDS AND SODS
04) WOSSNAME REVIEWS DRAGONS AT CRUMBLING CASTLE, AND MRS BRADSHAW'S GUIDE
05) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
06) DISCWORLD CONVENTION NEWS
07) DISCWORLD MEETING GROUPS NEWS
08) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS
09) DISCWORLD LEGO NEEDS YOU!
10) ROUNDWORLD TALES: WITCHES, POSTMEN, AND AN AWFUL LOT OF BEER
11) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
12) CLOSE

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01) QUOTE OF THE MONTH

"This isn't the proper way to go exploring! You can't just take someone's wife along!"

– "The Abominable Snowman", from Dragons at Crumbling Castle

"One person in six has poor literacy in the UK – below the level expected of an 11-year-old, which will hold them back at every stage in their life. In these challenging economic times the need to address the national literacy challenge has never been more urgent and we're thrilled that with the vital funds raised by Books about Town, the National Literacy Trust can continue to make a difference in the UK's poorest communities, raising levels of literacy and opening up new opportunities."

– Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust, which will benefit from the sale of Paul Kidby's Ookbench

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02) LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR

It's that time of Roundworld year again, when young witches, wizards, zombies and all manner of other life- and unlife-forms come out of the woodwork and strike terror into the hearts of adults, or at least party down and solicit donations of sweet treats. And there's a new Halloween tradition that has sprung up over the past few years, namely the presenting of adaptations of Wyrd Sisters on stages near and far (see section five for some details). Also do check out this month's Roundworld Tales for some history of our own world's witches, and how the image of an 'orrible old crone came to symbolise them. And of course, The Cunning Artificers at Discworld Emporium also have some goodies for Halloween and Hogswatch – see section eigh-, I mean 7+1.

The "official" Wossname reviews of Mrs Bradshaw's Handbook and Dragons at Crumbling Castle can be found in section four. Both publications are highly recommended.

SF-geek website io9 wants to see Cripple Mr Onion come to Roundworld. The classic Disworld card game with its eight-suited card deck is number six on their ten-strong list of imaginary games from SF and fantasy media that they want to see in the real world:

"Trust Terry Pratchett to come up with his own absurdly quirky take on card games. Like many of the card games on this list, the fantastically named Cripple Mr. Onion (which first appeared in Wyrd Sisters) is essentially quite similar to Poker, except that players are dealt 10 cards, 5 face up, 5 face down, and must construct a winning set of cards in numerical order - with wonderful names like Triple Onion or a Bagel - or fold..."

http://bit.ly/1wD9Kz3

I hope the new, non-Yahoo, non-uppercase Wossname is going well for you, O Readers. It's certainly less stressful to produce and send! Now if we could only have fewer Hex breakdowns here in Wossname Central, life would be grand...

It's a packed issue this month, so on with the show!

– Annie Mac, Editor

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03) ODDS AND SODS

An eclectic assortment this month. Enjoy!

3.1 DEFEND A BOOK AND WIN PRATCHETT GOODIES!

There's still time to win if you write quickly...

"Ook! The Library in Ankh-Morpork is on fire. Even the long-limbed, agile Librarian will have time to save only one volume from the conflagration, and, as he's squatting near the science-fiction and fantasy sections, the surviving book must come from there. We'd like you to tell us, in a review of no more than 500 words, which book it ought to be.

"Entries should be emailed to enquiries@thegreatbritishbookshop.co.uk, using SFcomp as the heading. Judges of the competition will include Marc Gascoigne MD & Publisher, Angry Robot Ltd, and our very own David Birkett. We'll publish a selection of the book review entries, and the winner will receive this exclusive print signed by Sir Terry Pratchett and the Discworld artist Paul Kidby, the latter of whom created the amazing BookBench that we sponsored as part of the Books about Town campaign. The winner and four runners-up will also receive paperbacks of Sir Terry Pratchett's Wee Free Men and Going Postal, signed by the author and Paul Kidby.

"Entries should be received by midnight on the 31st October 2014.

"In summary, how to enter...

"1. Choose your favourite Sci-Fi or Fantasy novel.

"2. Write your review in no more than 500 words about the book and the reason it should be saved from the fire..

"3. Send your entry to enquiries@thegreatbritishbookshop.co.uk by midnight on the 31st October 2014, using SFcomp as the heading.

"4. Sit back and wait for our wonderful judges to decide if your book will be saved from the fire."

https://www.thegreatbritishbookshop.co.uk/win-discworld-print


3.2 DRAGONS AT CRUMBLING CASTLE COLLECTORS EDITION!

"A limited edition, deluxe slipcase version of collected short stories by master storyteller Sir Terry Pratchett, featuring dragons, dinosaurs, cavemen and car races! Fully illustrated and including a special foreword by Terry Pratchett plus two bonus stories; critical commentaries to accompany each story; limited-edition colour print; and additional content."

Priced at £25.00, from the Discworld Emporium:

http://bit.ly/1zKZ2fh


3.3 RAISING STEAM ORIGINS

From the Waterstones Books blog comes a long and loving post by Suzanne Bridson (an editor at Terry Pratchett's publishers) about Sir Pterry's real-world inspirations for Raising Steam:

"Anyone who has ever read a Discworld novel knows that despite being flat, and travelling through space on the back of a giant turtle (and being inhabited by dwarfs and trolls) Terry Pratchett's world is in many ways a mirror image of our own... But if you look beneath the surface of a Discworld novel, past the most obvious jokes, there are layers and layers more of real-world influences creeping in, which is what makes Discworld feel so familiar a place, despite all the magic. They are cleverly woven together from snippets of knowledge gleaned here there and everywhere by an author who has seen a lot, done a lot, and who as a child set out to read his way through the library, and hasn't stopped since...

"Steam trains are undeniably imported from the real world, or as Discworld aficionados would call it, Roundworld. But there are steam trains and there are steam trains – and Terry's are solidly grounded in history and all those books he's read (this resulted in a very specific brief for his cover designer). The Raising Steam train, Iron Girder, ends up bearing a close resemblance to the Lion locomotive that plied the first passenger line between Liverpool and Manchester. (Lion later starred in a 1953 comedy film, The Titfield Thunderbolt, seen and loved by Terry and still highly recommended by him, if you haven't come across it – it's no coincidence that a character in Raising Steam bears the name Thunderbolt, and in fact one of the earliest stories Terry ever wrote, for a local paper as a teenager, was the steam-powered tale of Humphrey Newt and the Thunderbolt Carriage.) However, Iron Girder evolves – in one single train she embodies years and years' worth of work by numerous inventors and engineers...

"Look beyond the trains themselves to their destinations and passengers and the Roundworld parallels pop up again. The most exotic train journey operating in Discworld (so far) is the Altiplano Express through the mountains to the bandit country of Zemphis, and beyond to the dwarf mines in Uberwald. Real altiplano trains exist, though in reduced numbers these days, on the high altitude plains of South America, where they were built in part to service the lucrative mining operations of the 19th and early 20th centuries. One such line runs to the edge of Lake Titicaca, where there are floating villages built on islands artificially created by their inhabitants from the reeds and mud of the lake. Not unlike, some might say, the raft people of the Netherglades in Raising Steam (though the villagers of Lake Titicaca certainly don't have webbed feet). Traversing every one of these routes across the Disc is Georgina Bradshaw, a train enthusiast and compiler of useful information for the intrepid yet respectable traveller. Her real world counterpart is of course George Bradshaw, whose Victorian railway guides remain popular today.."

An excellent piece, well worth reading in its entirety!

http://bit.ly/1wD96Bv

3.4 THE OOKBENCH RAISES A GOODLY SUM

£8,000 was raised by the sale of the Ookbench! Paul Kidby's fantastic bench was one of the top ten fundraising items at the official auction:

"A collection of literary-inspired benches were recently sold at auction to raise money for the National Literacy Trust. A public auction was held on October 7 at the Southbank Centre, with some pieces selling for a near-five figure sum. Proceeds will help to raise literacy levels amongst disadvantaged children in the UK. The 50 unique BookBenches were designed by a selection of local and renowned artists, including many of the books' original illustrators. Originally scattered across London during the summer, they pay homage to such celebrated literary minds as Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf and Dr Seuss...."

For the record, the most successful individual item was the Jeeves and Wooster bench, which raised £9500. A good pair!

http://bit.ly/1xOKXZC

"After 10 weeks on a public art trail in London, the National Literacy Trust's 50 BookBench sculptures designed by famous artists, children's illustrators and prominent local artists, went to auction on Tuesday 7 October 2014. Hosted auctioneer Edward Rising in association with Sotheby's and attended by a host of illustrious literary names from Joanna Trollope to Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman, the Books about Town auction was an absolutely fantastic evening which raised £251,500...

"The National Literacy Trust is dedicated to raising literacy levels in the UK. Our research and analysis makes us the leading authority on literacy and informs our work. We work with schools, run literacy projects in disadvantaged communities and campaign to make literacy a priority for politicians and parents. The Books about Town public art trails launched by the National Literacy Trust and Wild in Art in July, attracted thousands of visitors over the summer. The 51 unique BookBench sculptures were based on a range of iconic books from treasured children's stories such as The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Peter Pan to classic adult titles including 1984 and The Day of the Triffids. The initiative celebrated the joy of books and reading while giving people the chance to admire beautiful works of art, created by local artists and famous names..."

http://bit.ly/1tJkuc6

3.5 REVIEWS: A SLIP OF THE KEYBOARD

by David Barnett in The Independent:

"Pratchett cuts an affable figure both in print and real life – whether he's turning up for a convention devoted to his phenomenally successful Discworld comic fantasy series, or attending a TV panel debate on dignity in dying, he's never without his black hat and neatly trimmed white beard. It's wrong, though, to mistake his popular image for the be-all and end-all of the man himself, who emerges as, yes, likeable but also complex and angry... it is the essays, articles and journalism collected under the heading 'Days of Rage' which really open up Pratchett's character. A vocal proponent for a change in the assisted dying laws, yes, but also commentary on NHS funding (he was refused a £2.50 Alzheimer’s drug because he was too young) and the plight of the orang-utans. That isn't to say that there isn't a lot of fun in this book – it includes after-dinner speeches he can't remember if he actually made, not because of the Alzheimer's, but because of the late hour and the drink..."

http://bit.ly/1w9ZXCm

By Alex Sarll in The Northern Echo:

"Like any journalism collection, it's not something to be read straight through, being far better suited to occasional dipping. Not every piece has aged well; particularly baffling is the decision to include, as the second item, a 20-year-old look at the state of portable computing (spoiler: back then, not terribly portable). Even the better light pieces, amusing though many are, are more likely to please existing fans than make new ones. But the angrier pieces towards the end, on disease, dying and the barbaric British prohibition on euthanasia, are essential stuff..."

http://bit.ly/ZKdDr0

By Jennifer Kuan on Neontommy:

"Pratchett's writing is witty and engaging, but Gaiman makes it clear that Pratchett has a 'foundation of fury' in him as well that belies the picture on the cover of the book. With over 40 titles in his "Discworld" series and other books for readers of all ages Pratchett has quite the extensive publishing history, but this will be his first foray into nonfiction. "A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Nonfiction" is a collection of essays, speeches and lectures compiled from the duration of Pratchett's career... As a fantasy writer, many of Pratchett's writings focus on the genre—both defending it and discussing how to do it well. His essays also include insights into the excitement and exhaustion of signing tours. While Pratchett does not consider himself to be an author in the true sense, it is clear that writing is Pratchett's passion. Even if he never were to publish a book, Pratchett attests that he would still write every day...

"Pratchett notes that almost all readers know the tropes of the genre: dragons, elves, wizards, dwarfs, magic. According to him, the best fantasy writers "change the rules by which the world works and then write very carefully and logically by those rules." Rather than relying on these tropes to keep the story engaging, Pratchett suggests contemplating "how the wizards are dealing with the challenge of genetically modified dragons, and what the dwarfs are doing to stamp out racial harassment of gnomes" — in short, taking social issues and applying them to the writer's carefully structured world...

In [the] final section, Pratchett proves that he can handle serious topics with the same deftness with which he writes comedy and fantasy. His essays and speeches are honest, poignant and sometimes, as suggested by the title and Gaiman's introduction, rageful. He will be sorely missed when he goes not-so-gentle into that good night. Pratchett's book is the rare and valuable kind that simultaneously inspires, astounds and intimidates readers, especially those that aspire to have a similar career. He inspires because he has true passion for and belief in his work; he plans to continue writing until his dying day. He astounds because at one point, he would write 400 words each day, and if one day, he finished a novel in only 300 words, he would write 100 words of the next one. He intimidates because of the manner in which he inspires and astounds..."

http://bit.ly/1rdWDzl

3.6 TIFFANY ACHING IS A MIGHTY GIRL!

A Mighty Girl, "the world's largest collection of books, toys, and movies for parents, teachers, and others dedicated to raising smart, confident, and courageous girls", offered The Wee Free Men as their Pick of the Day:

"The Wee Free Men" by Terry Pratchett. Nine-year-old Tiffany Aching takes care of her irritating brother, reads everything she can find, makes delicious cheese on her father's farm, and has decided to be a witch. Her courage, clear-sightedness, and competence in wielding a frying pan prove to the witches in Fairyland that she was indeed born a witch, and a powerful one at that..."

https://www.facebook.com/NADWCon/posts/692739334155847
http://www.amightygirl.com/

3.7 PTERRY INTRO FOR SECRET WORLD BOOK

"The founder of the Secret World Wildlife Rescue charity, Pauline Kidner, hosted a book signing to celebrate her fourth book, titled A Place of Safety. The book follows the latest chapter in the ongoing success of East Huntspill-based Secret World, and Pauline's joys and sorrows working with wildlife. Sir Terry Pratchett has shown his support for the book by writing a foreword and it has been endorsed by nature photographer and television presenter, Chris Packham. The book tells the story of how Secret World grew from a former tourist attraction into a rescue centre that takes in 5,000 animals a year."

From This is the West Country:

"Pauline told the Weekly News: 'It has been 25 years since the arrival of the first badger cubs here at Secret World and it's been quite a journey for everyone involved since the creation of the charity. I never would have dreamed the charity would have grown so big. It's amazing how nature still surprises you after all these years – even now we have a very young fallow fawn which is so late as they usually are born in June. I am so lucky to have close contact with such beautiful and sometimes rare creatures.'"

http://bit.ly/1vvc4tl

3.8 DISCWORLD MAP APP UPDATES

For those of you who suffer fro-, own iPads, there are some updates to the Mapp App:

"Want to explore the city of Ankh-Morpork? The Discworld App for iPad allows you to zoom in on map features, find Discworld characters walking about, even take 'walking tours'... and it has now been updated!"

http://bit.ly/1te3ajp

The updates include the Ankh-Morpork and Sto Plains Hygienic Railway. Image is available at

http://bit.ly/1pSNKMx

This info comes from the Chicago Discworld Fans on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/chicagodiscworldfans

3.9 REMINDER: GOOD OMENS ON THE WIRELESS

From The Stage:

"Mark Heap and Peter Serafinowicz are to lead the cast of a BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's Good Omens. The cast for the six-part series – which is about the end of the world – also includes Sherlock actor Louise Brealey, Whitechapel's Phil Davis and Mark Benton, who has appeared in series such as Waterloo Road. They will be joined by Colin Morgan, Paterson Joseph and Josie Lawrence. The book is being adapted and directed by Dirk Maggs, who was behind last year's adaptation of Gaiman's Neverwhere, starring James McAvoy and Benedict Cumberbatch. It is produced by Heather Larmour, with Gaiman assisting...

The adaptation will be broadcast on Radio 4 in December. The exact broadcast dates have not been confirmed, however Radio 4 said five episodes would be aired across a week in 30-minute installments, culminating with a 60-minute finale on a Saturday, just before Woman's Hour."

http://bit.ly/1rV5beW

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04) WOSSNAME REVIEWS: DRAGONS AT CRUMBLING CASTLE, MRS BRADSHAW'S GUIDE

4.1 DRAGONS AT CRUMBLING CASTLE: NOT JUST FOR THE LITTLE ONES

By Annie Mac

I may have mentioned before that certain friends of mine read Pratchett novels aloud to each other at bedtime[1], their favourites being the Tiffany Aching novels or anywhere else the Nac Mac Feegle put in an appearance. With this in mind, I handed them a copy of Dragons at Crumbling Castle for a test drive... and the verdict was a resounding *"YES!!!"* (imagine that response in gazillionty-point type, rather as it would appear in the pages of Dragons at Crumbling Castle itself).

Dragons at Crumbling Castle is no towering example of Great Works of Terry Pratchett, but that doesn't mean anyone should be tempted to dismiss as a throwaway work for Pratchett completists. It stands on its own merit, and can be read in three different ways: as an amusing collection of fractured fairy tales and mild satirical fables; as a fascinating look into Pratchett's evolution as a writer, as well as a glimpse of early ideas for names, places and situations that came to fruition as parts of the Discworld series and other novels; and, of course, as a book of bedtime stories for children.

Dragons at Crumbling Castle contains fourteen stories over 340 pages, including two "new" – which is to say, very old – Carpet People adventures, all ably illustrated by Mark Beech. As with The Carpet People, the young Terry Pratchett shows his talent for twisting things slightly sideways and finding the funny side of serious endeavours. There is much wordplay, with place names that include Even Moor, the Costa Lotta, and Chilistan's capital city Chilblaine. The town of Blackbury, eventually known as the home town of Johnny Maxwell and friends in Pratchett's marvellous YA trilogy, makes its earliest appearance as a "lovely little market town in Gritshire". The county of Gritshire also contains East Slate and Umbridge, all of which appear repeatedly as the settings for many of these stories. There is also a first outing for some names any Discworld fan will recognise – the Stronginthearm family and Alice Band among them. And the concept of the Joke Monks in The Abominable Snowman has a distinctly Discworldish flavour[2]:

"'Hmm,' said Tence, tapping the paper. 'You know what this is, don't you? It's a Joke Wheel. There must be a Joke Monastery up here – and Joke Monks.' He explained: 'You see, they think the world was created as a joke, so everyone should give thanks by having a good laugh. That's why they tie jokes to water wheels. Every time the wheel goes round a joke goes up to heaven.'
"'What singular persons,' said Bill. 'You mean they spend all their time telling jokes?'
"'Yes. They even get up in the middle of the night to invent some more.'
"Someone tapped him on the shoulder. It was a small round man in a blue robe with a bald head and a big grin. Slowly he took a custard pie from one of his voluminous sleeves... It was a curious scene, halfway up the twenty-seventh largest mountain in the world. The monk stood there, laughing, while everyone else looked embarrassed, and Twist stood with custard dripping into his collar. Then there was a green flash, a popping noise, and the monk was gone... 'That was one of them,' said Tence. 'I forgot to add that they can do magic as well.'"

The Abominable Snowman and the title story (the latter as reviewed in September issue) are similarly themed tales of quests for fantastical creatures that turn out to be rather different from what the questers expected. The Great Speck imagines dust motes as microscopic stars and planets and presages The Last Hero with its wooden spaceship and reluctant astronauts as the feuding nations of Posra and Grabist, on the world of the Great Speck (.01mm long), both discover a promising New Speck approaching Great Speck-space. Their leaders force astronomers Gwimper and Winceparslie to invent inter-speck craft for the purpose of exploiting the new world. Of course things go wrong, but all works out in the end (apart from the stone crabs being inedible). This story gets extra points for introducing the expletive phrase "wootling mousesherters".

Father Christmas Goes to Work at the Zoo is an early take on the idea of an anthropomorphic personification needing to seek out a day job (this one in Blackbury!). The Big Race, a parody of those great-race parody films, gives us a first glimpse of Pratchett's long love affair with steam power. The Great Egg-dancing Championship is Romeo and Juliet with hints of Rocky and old-fashioned movie chase scenes – and eggs, naturally.

Rounding out the collection are The Blackbury Monster, an account of municipal ambition with a twist ending; Hunt the Snorry, a cautionary tale about not placing too much trust in rumours (or perhaps just a cutely daft tale of incompetent explorers); Dok the Caveman, in which we meet a sort of prehistoric Leonard da Quirm who invents all manner of anachronistic not-yet-useful things (including language and cookery); and Hercules the Tortoise, possibly the only story in the entire collection that reads like it was written to be read to young children, but after all, that was what all of these stories were meant to be!

My personal favourite is probably The 59A Bus Goes Back in Time, a curious and thoroughly fun story about a bus that, yes, goes back in time, in fact goes to a number of times including the Britannic era: "Soon the 59A – or rather, Mechanical Elephant LIXA – was bowling down the Roman road, filled with centurions all as pleased as puppies with their first bus ride."

Dragons at Crumbling Castle is a good, fun read all the way through. Get it for your children or young relations and read it aloud – they will surely enjoy it. Or try it for yourselves... perhaps at bedtime.

Recommended!

[1] Feel free to interpret that as Ogglishly as you wish
[2] Possibly pineapple, in this case



4.2 ALL THE WAY TO ZEMPHIS: AN APPRECIATION OF MRS BRADSHAW'S HANDBOOK

By Annie Mac

A notice to residents of Ankh-Morpork and The Continent:

*Mrs Bradshaw's Handbook to Travelling upon the Ankh-Morpork and Sto Plains Hygienic Railway is a superb traveller's compendium, offering 143 fully illustrated pages of route overviews, amusing facts and vital geographic and cultural information for persons of any species who wish to travel on this marvellous railway. Quirm College alumna Mrs Georgina Bradshaw, a genteel widowed lady of upstanding character whose fine copperplate handwriting is beautifully reproduced by the famed publishing house of Messrs Goatberger, has compiled a considerable list of "places of accommodation and refreshment", plus local market days, holidays, attractions and assorted comments about what each place is most famous – or infamous – for. Whether you are travelling on business, planning a holiday "away", or simply a steam enthusiast wanting to explore the delights of the most fragrant of Lord King's many enterprises, you will find "the Bradshaw" indispensable! Copies can be purchased from Goatberger's factory shop in Brewer Street, Isle of Gods, Ankh-Morpork for a reasonable price. Be sure to place your order now!*

...and for those of us less fortunates who reside on Roundworld:

What an amazing little gem this is!

Remember how lyrical I waxed about The Compleat Ankh-Morpork in that Wossname review a couple of years ago? Well, Mrs Bradshaw's Handbook is a smaller work, but it's no less of a triumph. From its antique-looking, gold(ish)-embossed cover to its wealth of illustrations and "reproduced" handwritten correspondence, Mrs Bradshaw's Handbook is a worthy addition to the smaller Disc books collection. Connoisseurs of Discworld ancillaries will no doubt find the look of it familiar, as it is Pterry-plus-Team Artificer effort bearing the distinctive style of the Discworld Emporium aka Isobel and Bernard Pearson, Reb Voyce and Ian Mitchell, with the added bonus of some fantastic Peter Dennis artwork. Dennis' contributions, including a lovely portrait of Mrs Bradshaw herself, carry on the conceptual theme of his "Ankh-Morpork meets the Age of Industry" illustrations that graced The World of Poo. All members of the team have done themselves proud, and the text is no less enchanting than the illustrations; I was delighted to see so many towns and districts, familiar to us from Discworld novels over the years, fleshed out and given distinct personalities (and if ever a somewhere could have a personality, that somewhere would surely be on the Disc) to add to what were once mere names on a map... or Mapp.

Mrs Bradshaw's journey on the Unnamed Continent's first steam-driven railway begins at the vast, teeming New Ankh Station, a "fine building with a grand facade and a large entrance hall where greenish light filters through the great stained-glass windows of the front elevation" and ends in the moutainous wilds of Ohulan Cutash, gateway to the Ramtops and home of all-weather-wear purveyor Orac Oracsson, clothier of choice for the Disc's new breed of trainspotters ("You can depend on an Orac", as their pune-y advert tells us). Along the way readers will encounter

Chapter 1 provides extensive information on the nuts, bolts and how-tos of Discly rail travel. Chapter 2 explores the route from Ankh-Morpork to Quirm, and subsequent chapters take us onwards along the coast, across the Sto Plains, up to Zemphis on the Altiplano Express, and finally to the current terminus of the "A-M&SPHR". Along the way we are treated to commentaries on the capacities, services and general quality of hotels and inns, the locations of clacks and post offices, and descriptions of the landscape, architecture and denizens, that is, residents of towns and cities (and city-states) including Quirm, Shankydoodle, Scrote, Upunder, Big Cabbage, all three Sto's, Little Swelling, High Mouldering, Great Slack, Much Come Lately, Upper, Lower and Middle Feltwhistle, fustic Wells, Zemphis, and of course Twoshirts. We can only hope that a later, updated Bradshaw will be published when the railway once again reaches Uberwald.

There is no question that the coming of rail travel will change the sleepy world we long-time readers once knew and loved, but this is not a bad thing – because it amply demonstrates one of Pratchett's great strengths as a fantasist, namely those touches of under-the-bonnet realism he's always brought to the Discworld. Most fantasy writers give us sweeping wars, royal romances and political intrigues but fail to mention the unfortunates who have to clean the blood off rune-engraved leather jerkins or to search far and wide for a seller of armour polish; Pratchett gives us all the drama, romance and intrigue but adds in genuine sweat, laundry workers, petty bureaucrats and disgruntled shopkeepers... and genuine progress. Things *change*, often in the space of a lifetime or even in the space of a few Disc years. And if that seems unlikely to you, just think about the changes the internet has brought to our own world.

Mrs Bradshaw's Handbook is a definite must-have. Highly recommended. Put it on your Hogswatch list now!

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05) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS

5.1 WYRD SISTERS IN TORONTO: POSTPONED

"Unfortunately, due to a combination of several personal emergencies among the cast, we have sadly decided to postpone our production of Terry Pratchett's Wyrd Sisters." – Liz Bragg, Artistic Director of the Socratic Theatre Collective

The production was due to run from the 31st of October to the 9th of November. Wossname will update with a rescheduled dates as soon as aailable.

For more information, go to:

https://www.facebook.com/socratictheatre


5.2 TAMAHER IN BRISBANE: ONE MORE SHOW!

The Brisbane Arts Theatre finish their season of the wonderful Matthew Holmes musical adaptation of The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents with a final matinee performance this coming Saturday.

When: Saturday 1st November 2014
Venue: Brisbane Arts Theatre, 210 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane, Queensland 4000 Phone (07) 3369 2344
Time: 2pm
Tickets: $16; Group (10+) $13, Gold Members $6.50, Members $13. Families with family membership can redeem their included season tickets for this show.

To order online, go to http://bit.ly/1ppEGyw

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


5.3 REMINDER: GUARDS! GUARDS! IN WILTSHIRE

The Wharf Theatre are currently presenting their production of Guards! Guards!, which will finish its run this weekend.

When: through 1st November 2014
Venue: Wharf Theatre, The Wharf, Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 1EB
Time: 7:30pm
Tickets: £9/£8 from Devizes Books, Handel House, Sidmouth Street, Devizes, SN10 1LD and 01380 725944.

http://www.wharftheatre.co.uk/


5.4 NEW: CARPE JUGULUM IN GUISBOROUGH, YORKSHIRE

Guisborough Theatre Company will be presenting their production of Carpe Jugulum in early November. The large cast looks good and enthusiastic!

When: Thursday 6th, Friday 7th, Saturday 8th November
Venue: St.Nicholas Church Hall, Bow Street, Guisborough, TS14 6BP
Tine: 7.30pm all shows
Tickets: £6, available from The Guisborough Bookshop (4 Chaloner Street, Guisborough, Cleveland TS14 6QD), or on the door; or to purchase online, go to:
http://www.guisboroughtheatreclub.org.uk/tickets2.html

http://www.guisboroughtheatreclub.org.uk/


5.5 NEW: WYRD SISTERS IN DICKINSON, TEXAS

Bay Area Harbour Playhouse are presenting their production of Wyrd Sisters in October and November. The opening night features a special seasonally appropriate offer:

"Dress as a witch Halloween night, Oct. 31, and head for the Bay Area Harbour Playhouse in Dickinson – witches get in free for the opening night performance of 'Wyrd Sisters' at 8 pm. It promises to be a delightful evening for everyone – for the witches plus others not in costume who will purchase their admission..."

http://bit.ly/1xxZGHH

When: 31st October–23rd November 2014
Venue: Harbour Playhouse, 3803 Highway #3, Dickinson, TX
Time: Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm.
Tickets: Adults $17. Seniors and Students $12. Children (12 and under) $6. Groups of 10 or more $2 off.

Call 281-337-7469 for ticket reservations or more information.

http://www.harbourplayhouse.com/


5.6 NEW: MORT IN INVERELL, FOURECKS

"Beaulieu Hall will be lit up again as the revived Inverell Theatre Company invites the community to enjoy their coming fantastical production of Mort, a play adapted by Stephen Briggs from the popular Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett... It is 16-year-old Brendan Evans' first production since the Inverell High School musical Fame earlier this year. He said he is getting comfortable with his role as the lead character, Mort..."

When: Thursday and Friday, 30th and 31st October, and Thursday through Saturday, 6th–8th November
Venue: Beaulieu Hall, Copeton Dam Road, Inverell, New South Wales
Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: $15 (concession price of $10 is available on 30th October). Supper is a gold coin donation. Tickets can be purchased at the Inverell Tourism Centre (phone 6728 816)

http://bit.ly/1tB6s08


5.7 REMINDER: WYRD SISTERS IN CARDIFF

After their successful presentation of Monstrous Regiment, Monstrous Productions are back with another Discworld goodie: Wyrd Sisters! "Check us out on the official Terry Pratchett website! Not long to go now and less than 2 weeks before we announce our premiere and open audition applications! Lovely to see that so many of our regulars have already bought their tickets, it means a lot to us that you keep coming back- we must be doing something right!"

When: 5th – 8th November 2014
Venue: the Gate Arts Centre, Keppoch St, Cardiff
Time: 7pm-10.30pm all shows
Tickets: £8 (£6 concessions). To purchase online, go to:

http://7889269b08cd.fikket.com/

or email monstrousproductions2012@gmail.com

Remember, all profits from Monstrous Productions plays and merchandise go to Alzheimer's Research UK. In fact, they exist solely to perform Pratchett plays for this very purpose!

http://www.monstrousptc.com/
http://www.thegate.org.uk/


5.8 REMINDER: WYRD SISTERS IN SOUTHEND

"East Essex Players, who have recently celebrated their 50th anniversary, have decided to break away from their usual Earth based comedies to take on the fantasy of Pratchett's Discworld. 'We have performed a variety of comedy genres from Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit, to episodes of Fawlty Towers' says East Essex Players chairman Hazel Latcham, 'We are now looking forward to the challenge of a fantasy comedy that has a cult status.'"

When: 12th – 15th November 2014
Venue: Dixon Studio, Palace Theatre, 430 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 9LA
Time: TBA
Tickets: £11.50, £10.50. A £1.50 per ticket booking fee applies, capped at four per order. Groups of 10+ please call 01702 351135 to buy fee-free.
Box Office: 01702 351135. To buy online, go to link below and click on the button for the desired date:

http://tinyurl.com/qat2s74

For more information, go to:

http://www.eastessexplayers.co.uk/


5.9 WYRD SISTERS IN WEST SUSSEX

Stage-Door Theatre Company, having already tackled the Scottish Play some eleven years ago, will tackle the Disc-ish Play – Wyrd Sisters – this December.

When: 10th-13th December 2014
Venue: The Windmill Theatre, The Green, Littlehampton, West Sussex BN17 5LM
Time 7:30pm for evening performances, 2:30pm for the Saturday (13th) matinee
Tickets: £11 (concessions at £10). Please contact the box office at the Circle of Health, 67 Sea Lane, Rustington, West Sussex BN16 2RQ (telephone 01903 856801) for all ticket enquiries.

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06) DISCWORLD CONVENTION NEWS

6.1 AUSDWCON (NULLUS ANXIETAS V) UPDATES

"Are you the next Buddy? Are you on a mission from Glod? Are you going to be The Next Big Thing? Would you like to entertain the guests at the Gala Dinner? If this sounds like something you or someone you know would be interested in, please send your details to galadinner@ausdwcon.org. Do us a deal that's cutting your own throat!"

http://ausdwcon.org/blog/music-with-rocks-in-at-the-night-of-1000-stars/

"There's A Special Place At Nullus Anxietas V For YOU. Nanny Ogg, Events Mistress for Nullus Anxietas V has placed a couple of casting calls for events at NAV:

I'm looking for a volunteer to organise and run the Lyrical Literature event. This is where the compere gives brave souls a song and a passage from a Discworld book to sing to the song tune. The audience then have to decide what the song is and possibly, if we want to be that sophisticated, which book the segment is from!
You will need to sort out the song titles and pieces from books and be prepared to run the event which is currently scheduled for 1-2pm on the FRIDAY.

PLEASE NOTE: this can be more than one person.

I am also looking for a volunteer to run the Chaos Costuming area. This is a place where we set up a sewing machine and provide bits of old fabric and costumes for attendees to tear up and recreate. The volunteer will need to organise and bring fabric etc, and will also need to see if they can get other people to cover shifts or at least leave the area nominally under someone's eye during the whole weekend.

Is this YOU??? If this sounds like your metier, you can respond to Nanny via the Nullus Anxietas V Forums or email enquiries@ausdwcon.org

http://ausdwcon.org/blog/casting-call/

REMEMBER! Nullus Anxietas V takes place 10-12 April 2015 at the Novotel Parramatta, Parramatta, New South Wales, XXXX. Tickets for the convention are held at the following prices until 15th March 2015: full $180, concession/child $120 (no charge for young children), family $500 and Supporting Membership $30. To purchase advance tickets, go to:
http://ausdwcon.org/shop/tickets/

6.2 IDWCON UPDATES

It's less than a year until the next Irish Discworld Convention, but you can already book your hotel! The A-M City Watch-themed convention will be held at the Cork International Airport Hotel on 2nd–5th October 2015.

"Hotel bookings for the Watch Open Weekend have just been made available, the Times can exclusively reveal. In an interview with our correspondent, Watch spokesperson Captain Shivers acknowledged that it is now exactly one year to go until this historic Watch outreach programme. She had this to say on the subject: 'In light of reaching this important milestone, we have published details of how to book a room at our venue, the Cork International Airport Hotel, not only for the enthusiastic recruits that have already signed up, but also any potential others who may be interested in this excellent opportunity to serve alongside our great City's finest.' Capt. Shivers strongly denied any rumours that the hotel had been booked up by the Sunshine Sanctuary's annual fundraiser, and confirmed that the Watch Open Day would go ahead on the 2nd-5th of October next year. More reports to follow as the story unfolds."

Room Costs

The special convention rate organised is:
– €75 per night for a single or double/twin room.
– €90 per night for a triple room.

"Breakfasts are optional, at a price of €10 each per person. Please specify if you'd like breakfasts when booking.
Room upgrades may also be available for an additional charge – please ask when booking if you are interested."

How to Book

The special convention rate is not available when booking through the hotel website, so please:
– Phone: (+353) 21 454 9800
– or Email: reservations@corkairporthotel.com

"Remember to quote your membership number(s), number of people for the room, dates required, and the code 'IDW conference 2015' [sic] when booking to avail yourself of the special rate."

http://idwcon.org/index.php/venue/bookingaroom.html

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

Tickets ("memberships") for IDWcon are now available to pre-book at the following prices: Full Membership €50.00, Concessionary Membership €40.00, Child 12 years and under must be accompanied by an adult but are apparently uncharged. To book, and for further information, go to:

http://idwcon.org/index.php/membership/buy-membership/2015-full-membership.html/

6.3 NADWCON 2015 UPDATES

An announcement from the Guild of Seamstresses...

Updates: Programing for The Great Discworld Fan Meet At Sasquan

Greetings all,

We've been in touch with Sasquan (WorldCon 2015) about the Discworld panels we'd like to see offered there for The Great Discworld Fan Gathering at that convention. We have suggested, among others, the ever popular NADWCon panels titled "The Science of Discworld" and "The Tech of Discworld", "The Women of Discworld" and "Folklore, World Myths, Ancient Legends and The Discworld".

Are there classes, panels, events, or meets you'd like to see there, either for kids or adults? Let us know using the link noted below. We can and will suggest the names of interesting people (many of them folks you might know from previous NADWCons) for these panels and events AND we are always looking for new people who can add to our sum of Discworld knowledge. So don't be shy, step up and offer your skills.

Over the next few months we will be working closely with the Chair of Events and the Chair of Programming for Sasquan. We will gather names and recommend folks for *every* Discworld panel and event until May 1st, 2015 (which is the programming cut off date). If you wish to be included on a panel - or want to suggest some good ideas – please use the Sasquan Program Idea form.

SASQUAN PROGRAM IDEA FORM:

Have an idea for Events or Program? Drop us an E-mail. We’re eager to hear what you've liked at conventions. Worldcons are always interested in ways to innovate new kinds of Program and Events. Currently, we have panels, videos, dances, parties, workshops, contests, game shows, concerts, Masquerade, Hugo Awards Ceremony, readings, autographings... Over the last few years, a film festival and Strolling with the Stars have been added to the Worldcon schedule. Between now and September 1, 2014, we’d like to get con attendees to think a little about new types of Program or Events we could add. We're also looking for new topics and panelists for Program, and can take topic/panelist suggestions until May 1, 2015. This idea form can help you reflect on what you've liked about recent conventions, and what you’d like to see Sasquan try to do in 2015.

TO FILL OUT THIS FORM, PLEASE GO TO THIS LINK:

http://sasquan.org/program/idea-form/

http://it-bodes.blogspot.com.au/2014/08/programing-for-great-discworld-fan-meet.html

6.4 2015 GERMAN DISCWORLD CONVENTION UPDATES

"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."

Registration is now open! "We reduced the number of bookable packages. As always there will be a special price for members of the Ankh-Morpork e.V.. Early bookers who finish their ticket order till December, the 31st 2014 will receive a free 5 € Convention prepaid card when arriving at the castle!

"If you would like to participate by organizing a workshop or giving a talk please contact us at Orga@Scheibenwelt-Convention.de."

To order tickets, go to:

http://www.discworld-convention.de/viewpage.php?page_id=8

http://www.scheibenwelt-convention.de/
https://www.facebook.com/ScheibenweltConvention

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07) DISCWORLD MEETING GROUPS NEWS

The Broken Drummers, "London's Premier Unofficially Official Discworld Group" (motto "Nil percussio est"), 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 3rd November 2014, from 7pm onwards.

The Drummers' October meet report:

"We had a great meeting last night. There were four new members and a lot of the regulars. First new person to arrive was Cecilia, who lives locally. Next was Richard, who was visiting from France. Shortly after Robin arrived. He came all the way from a remote part of Australia, where there are no Pratchett fans at all. Finally James B. arrived later on and, as promised, brought his new wife Christina. She showed us all the wedding photos including cute spider and cat cakes.

"I had a lot of discussion with Richard and Robin about Discworld movies, diaries and other memorabilia that is not easy to get abroad. Robin was overwhelmed by the geekiness and made nervous by the fact that he got all the references.
There was no quiz as Mark wasn't there but I did bring a prize since we have been sorting out our stuff. Alex G. was declared winner because he was the only person who wanted a Darth Vader model, which contained shower gel. The meeting ended with a lot of us quoting Blackadder.We walked back to Paddington Station with Alex and later spotted him on the opposite platform cuddling and caressing Darth Vader."

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 6th November 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 7th November 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 3rd November 2014 at 6.30pm (probably). 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, meet on the first Monday of the month (subject to holidays) at the child-friendly Carpe Cafe, 526 Murray Street, Perth, Western Australia.

Next meeting: from 5.30pm on Monday 3rd November 2014 (probably).

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

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Western Drummers, also based in Sydney, 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: "If you have never been, please come on down. You would be very welcome. We eat, have a drink, talk Discworld and play board games. Starts kind of 6 – 6.30ish and finishes kind of 9pm ish."

Next meeting: as there was a meeting last week, the next will probably be in mid-November. For more information, contact Nanny Ogg – lewis_oz@bigpond.com – or visit their Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/westerndrummers

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08) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS

8.1 DISCWORLD EMPORIUM UPDATES

1a. Train time!

"Mrs Bradshaw, if you were to go everywhere where the trains go and write about all those places, perhaps you could send me a copy of your notes? They could be useful to other intrepid passengers..." – Moist Von Lipwig, in Terry Pratchett's Raising Steam

"At long last Raising Steam is released in the UK in glorious paperback this week, with new cover artwork by Paul Kidby depicting Iron Girder with her industrious crew. Also published on October 9th is Mrs Bradshaw's Handbook; an invaluable and fully illustrated guide to Discworld's premier railway created at the behest of Most Von Lipwig and published by Ankh-Morpork's esteemed printer Thomas Goatberger.

"To coincide with the release of these fine Pratchett publications, we're offering a limited edition collector's pack including exclusive notes from Mrs Georgina Bradshaw herself along with souvenirs and ephemera from her journey on the A-M and Sto Plains Railway. Each pack includes four pages of jottings detailing two locations that didn't make it into Goatberger's final edit of her famous handbook. Also included are two beautifully illustrated postcards from Sto Lat and Brassica World, and an 'I love Big Cabbage' sticker ready to decorate your own luggage. Each set is presented in an illustrated envelope addressed to Moist Von Lipwig, and featuring a new Discworld postage stamp from The Chalk (Discworld Stamp collectors may wish to note that this new issue will be available for general release very soon. – more information coming soon).

"EMPORIUM EXCLUSIVE – Own a share in the Ankh-Morpork and Sto Plains Railway Company, with an official share certificate – free with every copy of Mrs Bradshaw's Handbook!"

Raising Steam paperback, priced at £7.99: http://bit.ly/1wcMZCO
Collector's pack, priced at £12.50: http://bit.ly/1y4qqAx
Mrs Bradshaw's Guide plus railway share, priced at £12.99: http://bit.ly/1sVYHlb

And here be the banner for these offers, showing the lovely Mrs Bradshaw herself:

http://bit.ly/1ppirsx

Also available: A Slip of the Keyboard, hardback, priced at £20.00: http://bit.ly/1DnkyW1

"Choo! Choo!"

To view these offers on one webpage, go to http://www.discworldemporium.com/index.php


1b. "Putting the 'Ook into spooky this Halloween"

"Grim Reapers, Igors, vampires, werewolves, witches, wizards, zombies... for Halloween inspiration you couldn't draw from a richer well than Discworld! If you're planning a Pratchett-inspired outfit or carving a pumpkin into the shape of Nanny Ogg we'd like to see it – send pictorial evidence of your efforts to us via shop@discworldemporium.com or via Facebook by Nov 2nd and we'll pick our favourite – the winner will receive our new Unseen University Diploma in Indefinite Studies, and will be announced on our Facebook page on Nov 3rd!"

To visit or post on the Discworld Emporium Facebook page, go to:

http://bit.ly/1wgCKfE

"And now for some suitably spellbinding new Discworld merchandise...

"Available now is our aforementioned addition to our range of Unseen University diplomas! Become Master of Indefinite Studies today, or choose from five other subjects from Discworld's most extraordinary educational establishment – a magical gift for any Terry Pratchett devotee or aspiring wizard! Each diploma is accompanied by a bronze octogram – affixed to a keychain for safekeeping – and a Graduate Declaration certificate to ensure that alumni leave Ankh-Morpork's foremost seat of learning with their education and university apparatus in a satisfactory state."

Available diplomas include Indefinite Studies (new!), Vindictive Astronomy, Creative Uncertainty, Cruel and Unusual Geography, Inadvisably Applied Magic and Post-Mortem Communications.

UU Graduation Set, priced at £12.50: http://bit.ly/1ppohKi

"The gods play games with the fates of men... now YOU can play games with the dice box of the gods! As passed around the deities of Cori Celesti, this delightfully macabre shaker has a rather satisfying rattle; so you can strike the fear of god(s) into your opponents while rolling them bones! Our version has been scaled down to fit comfortably into puny mortal hands and is accompanied by a pair of 12mm dice – a divine accompaniment to your Discworld board games! Sculpted by Bernard Pearson and hand-cast in resin, each dice box measures approx. 120 x 100 mm and is presented in a cotton pouch."

The Gods' Dice Box, priced at £25.00: http://bit.ly/11Nyb3h

"The third issue in the 'Wonders of the World' minisheet collection from Discworld Stamps is now available. Celebrating the Great Troll Bridge of Tübz. Each miniature stamp sheet features an illustration by Peter Dennis, and is accompanied by an informative (and not to mention decorative) postcard."

THE GREAT TROLL BRIDGE OF TÜBZ MINISHEET, priced at £5.00: http://bit.ly/1ohqOeJ

"HOGSWATCH NEWS! Tickets are now on sale for our traditional Sausage Supper at Hogswatch 2014 are now on sale – join us for our communal feasting of pork products at 7:30pm Saturday 29th November – limited spaces available! Meal ticket holders will enjoy a course of sausages from our local butcher, a generous dollop of mash and seasonal veg, followed by a traditional pudding in the name of Discworld. Your Meal Ticket will be available for collection in person from the Emporium counter from Hogswatch eve Friday 28th November, and will be marked with your designated Eating House. Please note that Meal Tickets will not be posted – so ignore our delivery information in your email confirmations. **Please do not order if you have any special dietary requirements, or a dislike of sausages** – Due to the unique pressures of Hogswatch we are unfortunately unable to cater for special requirements this year. If you require an alternative meal, don't despair – there are plentiful other dining opportunities in the town along with extensive bar food menus at our pubs. If you have allergies or intolerances our wonderful pubs may also be happy to accommodate your own grub by pre-arrangement."

Choices are Named Meats Sausage Supper priced at £10.99, Vegetarian Sausage Supper priced at £10.99, or Children's Sausage Supper priced at £4.99: http://bit.ly/1sZtCx8

"Stay 'orrible!"

To view these offers on one webpage, go to http://bit.ly/1nuWrR7


1c. "Atumnal Discworld goodies ahoy!"

Autumn evenings are best done 'deluxe', so draw the curtains, pour yourself a tipple, throw another Victorian orphan on the fire and wrap yourself in the words of the master while surrounded by some suitably luxurious Discworld merchandise...

"With Dragons at Crumbling Castle you can while away the hours with dragons, dinosaurs, cavemen and wizards. This limited edition slipcase version includes a special foreword by Terry Pratchett, bonus content and an exclusive print of Sir Terry himself in shining armour.

"To set the mood for the oncoming winter, what better than a deluxe edition of Wintersmith, a folk-rock collaboration from mutual fans Steeleye Span and Terry Pratchett. This double CD album features four brand new songs, eight live tracks from the Wintersmith Tour and two exclusive demo versions!

"Continuing the Tiffany Aching theme, the latest Little Brown Envelope from Discworld Stamps has arrived! The Chalk and Cheese 'LBE' contains an assortment of Discworld Stamps with the chance of sports & rarities, along with the first ever stamp from The Chalk – a charming little farthing issue depicting the rolling hills and woolly 'ships' of home. In contrast, each LBE also includes a new penny stamp from Ankh-Morpork's good-time guild – the upstanding Guild of Seamstresses. Both new stamps are also available singly and in beautiful whole sheets. Find then in the New Stamps bit of our site!

"Hogswatch is approaching fast and with our festive gathering here in Wincanton at the end of November we're pleased to announce our limited Hogswatch 2014 Medal of Honour – exclusive to our fearless and foolhardy Hogswatch attendees – is now available to pre-order Don't miss out! – order yours today and show the world you were there!

"Don't forget – tickets are now on sale for our traditional Sausage Supper at Hogswatch 2014 are now on sale and selling fast – join us for our communal feasting of pork products at 7:30pm Saturday 29th November – limited spaces available!

www.discworldemporium.com/Hogswatch%20Sausage%20Supper

Dragons at Crumbling Castle deluxe slipcased edition, priced at £25.00:
www.discworldemporium.com/Dragons%20at%20Crumbling%20Castle%20Deluxe

Wintersmith deluxe double CD album "Features Maddy Prior, the voice of Steeleye for 40 years at the helm of the line-up, with band stalwart and fiddler extraordinaire Peter Knight, Rick Kemp on bass, Peter Zorn and Julian Littman on Guitars and Liam Genockey on the drum stool, With special guests Terry Pratchett, Kathryn Tickell and John Spiers", and is priced at £15.00:
http://www.discworldemporium.com/Steeleye%20Span%20Wintersmith

Chalk and Cheese LBE, priced at £5.00:
www.discworldemporium.com/Chalk%20and%20Cheese%20LBE

Chalk Farthing stamp, priced at £0.50 each or £4.50 for a sheet of 9:
http://www.discworldemporium.com/Chalk%20Stamp

Guild of Seamstresses 1p stamp, priced at £0.60 each or £12.00 for a sheet of 20:
http://www.discworldemporium.com/Seamstress%201p

The New Stamps page:
http://www.discworldemporium.com/discworld-stamps/new%20stamps

To view these offers on one webpage, go to http://bit.ly/1wMj6Mp


8.2 THE DISCWORLD COLLECTORS ARCHIVE NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT

The Archive "of Discworld Merchandise, (Clarecraft, Bernard Pearson,PJSM , Paul Kidby, Mark Ayling, Discworld Emporium, Cunning Artificer, Waxworks etc) is looking for "likes":

"One of our posts reached 716 people this week... WOWsers!!! not bad for a page with only 376 Likes!!! Keep sharing the amazing works of the craftsmen(and women) who have made this wonderful stuff and encourage peeps to "Like" the page ... would love to hit 500 Likes before Hogswatch!"

https://www.facebook.com/DiscworldCollectorsArchive

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09) DISCWORLD LEGO WANTS YOU!

Remember the Discworld Lego project? It's now much, much closer to the 10,000 supporters needed for Lego to release a new official set... over 7,000 supporters have now registered their interest!

In June of this year, when the project had garnered over 5,000 supporters, Lego sent an official – and very encouraging – message:

"The great Great A'Tuin never looked so good. With this project, fans can now decide where his path through the cosmos will lead, be they followers of the Steady State Theory, the Steady Gait Theory, or even, the Big Bang Theory! We love that you've included so much information about this project, and have really worked to inspire a passionate fan base. Stay focused on your goal, you're more than halfway there. Keep on journeying to 10,000 supporters!"

Want to be part of the Discworld Lego True Believers? Off you go, then, to

https://ideas.lego.com/projects/36302

And here be an updated Granny Weatherwax vignette:

https://ideas.lego.com/projects/36302/updates

And a Tiffany Aching set proposal:

https://ideas.lego.com/projects/57284

[Editor's note: good work for the most part, but Tiffany's "sheep" look disturbingly like Doctor Who's robot dog K-9...]

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10) ROUNDWORLD TALES: WITCHES, POSTMEN, AND BEER

10.1 WHY A HAG LOOKS LIKE A RIGHT HAG

In a report for BBC Culture, Alastair Sooke investigates the provenance of our modern images of witches:

"Ask any Western child to draw a witch, and the chances are that he or she will come up with something familiar: most likely a hook-nosed hag wearing a pointy hat, riding a broomstick or stirring a cauldron. But where did this image come from? The answer is more arresting and complex than you might think... Witches have a long and elaborate history. Their forerunners appear in the Bible, in the story of King Saul consulting the so-called Witch of Endor. They also crop up in the classical era in the form of winged harpies and screech-owl-like 'strixes' – frightening flying creatures that fed on the flesh of babies. Circe, the enchantress from Greek mythology, was a sort of witch, able to transform her enemies into swine. So was her niece Medea. The ancient world, then, was responsible for establishing a number of tropes that later centuries would come to associate with witches.

"Yet it wasn't until the early Renaissance that our modern perception of the witch was truly formed. And one man of the period arguably did more than any other to define the way that we still imagine witches today: the German painter and printmaker Albrecht Durer. In a pair of hugely influential engravings, Durer determined what would become the dual stereotype of a witch's appearance. On the one hand, as in The Four Witches (1497), she could be young, nubile and lissom – her physical charms capable of enthralling men. On the other, as in Witch Riding Backwards on a Goat (c 1500), she could be old and hideous. The latter print presents a naked crone sitting on top of a horned goat, a symbol of the devil. She has withered, drooping dugs for breasts, her mouth is open as she shrieks spells and imprecations, and her wild, wind-blasted hair streams unnaturally in the direction of her travel (a sign of her magical powers). She is even clutching a broomstick. Here is the matriarch of the witches that we find in popular culture today..."

Sooke further notes that Durer may well have been inspired by an 15th-century artist, Andrea Mantegna, who portrayed Envy in "an extraordinarily intense Italian print known as Lo Stregozzo (The Witch's Procession) (c 1520). Here, a malevolent witch with open mouth, hair in turmoil and desiccated dugs clutches a steaming pot (or cauldron), and rides a fantastical, monstrous skeleton. Her right hand reaches for the head of a baby from the heap of infants at her feet..."

And then there was Francisco Goya and Henry Fuseli, with their fantastical portrayals of witches: "Plate 68 of [Goya's] Los Caprichos is especially memorable: a wizened hag teaches an attractive younger witch how to fly a broomstick. Both are naked, and the print was surely meant to be salacious: the Spanish 'volar' (to fly) is slang for having an orgasm... The Swiss-born artist Henry Fuseli, for instance, made several versions of the famous moment when Macbeth meets the three witches for the first time on the heath..."

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20140925-where-do-witches-come-from

10.2 THE REAL MISTER GROAT?

If only New York postman Joseph Brucato had realised the letters wanted to be delivered...

"A New York postman hoarded as many as 40,000 pieces of undelivered mail in his home, car and work locker over nine years, prosecutors have said... Postal investigators subsequently found 2,500lb (1.1 tonnes) of mail dated as far back as 2005. Mr Brucato's lawyer said in court his client suffered from depression. But the lawyer did not give a reason why Mr Brucato had allegedly taken the letters... According to court records, Mr Brucato became a postman in 2001 and had been assigned a regular route in the New York borough of Brooklyn for the past 11 years. When confronted by postal investigators about the undelivered mail in his vehicle, Mr Brucato said he had been keeping mail there for six months and 'on some days... did not deliver the mail intended for his route for various personal reasons', according to a federal criminal complaint. A search of Mr Brucato's residence, vehicle and locker at work found even more mail that investigators said was post marked as early as 2005..."

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-29387236

10.3 A MIGHTY FLOOD... OF BEER

The London Beer Flood of 1814 was an event in Roundworld history, but can't you just see this happening in Ankh-Morpork?
In separate articles, London historian Mike Paterson and beer historian Martyn Cornell offer an in-depth look into the Great Beer Flood and the Horseshoe (Meux) Brewery's history.

"...this rather bizarre industrial disaster that occurred near what is now the Dominion Theatre on 17 October 1814. Back then, London's drinking classes were supplied by dozens of competing breweries dotted around the capital and its outskirts. The competition between some of these manifested itself by their building ever bigger vats. Prior to going into commission, the brew-houses, as PR stunts, would typically use these massive containers to host big swanky dinners for the directors and their guests..."

At about six o'clock on the evening of the 17th, one of the steel bands restraining the huge vat, with its a capacity of over a million pints, burst, starting a liquid chain reaction: "The force of the escaping beer, and flying debris, including the huge staves of the collapsing vat, smashed several hogsheads of porter in the storehouse and knocked the cock out of another large vat in the cellar below which contained 2,100 barrels of beer, all of which except 800 or 900 barrels joined the flood..." and then "The tsunami of beer smashed down the brewery wall, destroyed immediately two houses and severely damaged many others plus the Tavistock Arms. The beer then flooded the basement rooms of numerous adjacent buildings. A huge throng immediately assembled many of whom had the presence of mind to harvest beer in pots, pans, teapots, jars, bottles – anything that came to hand..."

Eight people – Ann Saville, Eleanor Cooper, Elizabeth Smith, Sarah Bates, Catharine Butler, Mary Mulvey, the infant Thomas Murry and the child Hannah Banfield – lost their lives, and there were many additional injuries:

"As the huge wave of beer, at least 15 feet high, roared down the street it flooded cellars, knocked in the backs of houses and washed people from first-floor rooms. One little girl, Hannah Banfield, aged four, was taking tea with her mother Mary, a coalheaver's wife, in an upstairs room of one of the New Street houses when the vat collapsed. When the torrent of porter rushed in, Hannah was swept from the room through a partition and killed, while her mother was washed out of the window and badly injured and another child in the room 'nearly suffocated'... Houses in Great Russell Street, including the Tavistock Arms pub at number 22, that backed on to New Street had their cellars and ground floors filled with beer and their backs badly damaged. Those living in the cellars had to climb up on top of their highest pieces of furniture to save themselves from drowning in porter. At the Tavistock Arms, where beer had washed right through the taproom and into the street outside, pouring into the "areas" (basement entrances) of the houses opposite, part of the back wall collapsed on top of one of the pub servants, Eleanor Cooper, aged 14, who was at the pump in the yard, scouring pots. She was dug out of the ruins nearly three hours later, still standing upright, but dead..."

The smell of stale beer apparently lingered on in the area for many months.

It would seem that inappropriately comical accidents happened more than once there, as when one owner, John Stephenson Jnr, came to an unfortunate end:

"By 1792 the brewery was in the hands of John Stephenson. He was the 'natural' son of another John Stephenson, a wealthy London merchant, originally from Cumberland. John Stephenson senior, whose uncle was at one time Lord Mayor of London, was an MP for more than 30 years from 1761 until his death at his home in Bedford Square in April 1794, aged 84. Stephenson senior was unmarried, and left almost all his estate, which included land in Cumbria, to his son. John junior, his wife Susan and their six or seven children moved after John senior's death from nearby Charlotte Street into the rather finer house in Bedford Square, which was itself only a short walk north from the brewery... Tragically, John junior had little time to enjoy his extra wealth. Like other breweries at the time, the Horse Shoe brewery cooled the hopped wort after it was boiled by pumping it into large, shallow vessels at the top of the building, before it was run into the fermenting vessels and pitched with yeast. Around 10am on the morning of Thursday, November 13, 1794, one of the brewery workers spotted a hat swimming on top of the beer in one of the coolers. It was Stephenson's. Just a short time before he had been in the brewery "accompting house". Unnoticed, he had gone up to where the coolers were, fallen in and drowned..."

After the disaster, the Horse Shoe brewery carried on as one of London's leading porter producers for the rest of the 19th century before being absorbed into the huge Allied Breweries conglomerate.

http://bit.ly/1oSNEtt
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11) IMAGES OF THE MONTH

From Sir Pterry's Twitter feed, "An edible Iron Girder toolkit to celebrate t'publication of Mrs Bradshaw's Handbook and Raising Steam p/b. Gradely!" Gradely indeed:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bzh0glJCUAA8JfP.jpg:large

Ray Friesen's charming toon-icon of "Team G. O.", aka the Good Omens radio play gang:
http://bit.ly/1yQertw

A familiar quotation, illustrated for all to see at The Book Grocer in Morwell (Shop 37, Mid Valley Shopping Centre, Morwell, Victoria, Australia):
http://tinyurl.com/qjzmq65

...and finally, always a favourite: Sir Pterry at Secret World rescue centre in 2011, with Pauline Kidner and a hedgehog!
http://bit.ly/1w9Oin3

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12) CLOSE

And there you have it. Before closing, I'd like to share this amazing image of a library cake. There's no Librarian there, but with a bit of marzipangutan the possibilities would be endless...

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bz2LljYIQAEgK2a.jpg

And speaking of libraries, Warrington Guardian columnist Jeremy Craddock offers a fine, impassioned defence of libraries, referencing Pterry and Neil Gaiman in the process. Well worth a read:

http://bit.ly/1wvP4uH

Lastly, a non-Pratchett book recommendation: Reading the OED, by Ammon Shea (Penguin|Viking, 2008). A book that is both useful and fun. And daft. Here be a quote from Chapter A: "All of the human emotions and experiences are right there in this dictionary, just as they would be in any fine work of literature. They just happen to be alphabetized."

Remember, the mirror version of this issue can be viewed at

And that's the lot for October. Happy Hogswatch, er, Halloween, um, Hogoween to all! See you next month!

– Annie Mac

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Wossname
Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
September 2014 (Volume 17, Issue 9, Post 3)

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WOSSNAME is a free publication offering news, reviews, and all the other stuff-that-fits pertaining to the works and activities 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, Wolfiekins
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) MORE QUOTES OF THE MONTH
02) LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR
03) A SLIP OF THE KEYBOARD: NEWS AND REVIEWS
04) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
05) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS
06) ROUNDWORLD TALES
07) MORE IMAGES
08) AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE
09) CLOSE

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01) THE OTHER QUOTES OF THE MONTH

"As Terry walks into the darkness much too soon, I find myself raging too: at the injustice that deprives us of – what? Another twenty or thirty books? Another shelf-full of ideas and glorious phrases and old friends and new, of stories in which people do what they really do do best, which is use their heads to get themselves out of the trouble they got into by not thinking? Another book or two like this, of journalism and agitprop and even the occasional introduction? But truly, the loss of these things does not anger me as it should. It saddens me, but I, who have seen some of them being built close up, understand that any Terry Pratchett book is a small miracle, and we already have more than might be reasonable, and it does not behoove any of us to be greedy..."

– Neil Gaiman, in his preface to A Slip of the Keyboard

"All authors must occasionally wonder where the magic comes from, and sometimes I wonder where the strength of Daphne came from, and about the source of Mau's almost incoherent rage. Where ever their origins, I believe that Nation is the best book I have ever written or will write."

– Terry Pratchett, from A Slip of the Keyboard (Doubleday hardcover, page 141)

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02) A LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR

Hello out there, from the very back end of September! I only just got my copy of A Slip of the Keyboard, and my replacement copy of Dragons at Crumbling Castle arrived last night (the first one went missing in the post – no, really), I've given a shortish review of the former and no review of the latter until next issue... because when I jokingly said to a friend last night, "No sleep till Wednesday," it turned out to be prophetic, and as it's now nearing the last hours of the last day of the month, I think I'd better finish off before I get too cross-eyed.

To those of you who wrote to say that the new non-Yahoo Wossname arrived without problem and looks fine and perfectly formatted, many thanks. So far no one has written to complain; one hopes that's a good sign!

A wee reminder that Mrs Bradshaw's to Travelling Upon the Ankh-Morpork and Sto Plains Hygienic Railway Handbook will be published in Roundworld next month (9th October):

"Authorised by Mr Lipwig of the Ankh-Morpork and Sto Plains Hygienic Railway himself, Mrs Georgina Bradshaw's invaluable guide to the destinations and diversions of the railway deserves a place in the luggage of any traveller, or indeed armchair traveller, upon the Disc... Fully illustrated and replete with useful titbits, Mrs Bradshaw's Handbook offers a view of the Sto Plains like no other." But I am leaving out the previous pre-order link and will think long and hard before ever again offering links to Amazon; instead, I'll recommend that those of you who order books from the internet consider using smaller or more independent online booksellers[1], and will instead post a link to the keynote address by David Mitchell[2] at last week's Booksellers Association conference. I've been increasingly horrified by Amazon for some time now, so this speech didn't convince me, but perhaps it may help to convince someone else:

http://tinyurl.com/k7rkfo9

In a lighter vein, here be some hedgehogs who can never be *coloured* at all. Aww!

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-29349085

Also, for a small delight or enormous wonderfulness, have a look at Wee Mad Arthur on a pigeon, at the bottom of the Ookbench (item 8, third link).

And now for all the news that fits...

– Annie Mac, Editor

[1] Or indeed, the like of Sir Pterry's own independent bookshop which, as you'll recall, links to actual brick-and-mortar booksellers: https://www.myindependentbookshop.co.uk/TerryPratchett

[2] The funny one. Though he, too, is a published author


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Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
September 2014 (Volume 17, Issue 9, Post 2)

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WOSSNAME is a free publication offering news, reviews, and all the other stuff-that-fits pertaining to the works and activities 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, Wolfiekins
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) "DRAGONS AT CRUMBLING CASTLE" NEWS
04) "GOOD OMENS" – ON THE WIRELESS!
05) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
06) DISCWORLD CONVENTION NEWS
07) DISCWORLD MEETING GROUPS NEWS
08) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
09) CLOSE

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01) QUOTE OF THE MONTH

"Hooray! @terryandrob's DRAGONS AT CRUMBLING CASTLE is #1 on the UK children's charts! Congrats to all, inc. Mark Beech & @K_L_Armstrong!"

– Anne Hoppe, Pterry USA editor, on Twitter

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02) LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR

Well, here we are...

Meet the new WOSSNAME, same as the old WOSSNAME – except that it's now called Wossname, it isn't a part of Yahoogroups, and each issue is more likely to land in your inbox un-truncated, un-doubled, and formatted in a more readable fashion.

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I'd like to take this opportunity to once again thank our many long-time readers for sticking with us through the years – over fifteen of 'em now! – and to welcome newer readers, and additional thanks to those of you who have been writing letters of appreciation and encouragement to Wossname in general and your Editor in particular.

Now then, here be an urgent announcement about a chance to get a FREE!COPY! of A Slip of the Keyboard, from the official Terry Pratchett Books website:

"It's not long now until Sir Terry's collection of non-fiction, which spans his entire career, is out in bookshops nationwide. With a special foreword from Neil Gaiman too, we're betting you can't wait to get your hands on a copy. To celebrate the publication of A Slip of the Keyboard, we're giving away copies to 20 lucky winners! To enter, all you have to do is register your details on the shiny new newsletter form before Wednesday 24th September, and make sure you tick the box for our Suvudu newsletter too for more Fantasy & Sci-Fi book news and competitions."

And here is the link to click on to register: http://tinyurl.com/lguxc47

Remember, there are only a couple of days left, so get clicking!

This issue being a fairly short one, there will be a further issue before the end of September. Stand by... and don't touch that dial... but before we go onwards and, well, more onwards, here's a heartening little note from theatre company (and bigtime Discworld fans) Monstrous Productions:

"Our January 2014 production of Mort raised over £2000, bringing our total to £5100 raised for Alzheimer's Research UK since we formed! Thank you to everyone who came to watch both Mort and Carpe Jugulum in June 2013, we couldn't do it without your support."

Well done! And be sure to check out all the info for their next production, which will be Wyrd Sisters, in November – that's item 5.2 below.

– Annie Mac, Editor

p.s. Special thanks go to reader Tamar for bringing some of the less obvious Yahoogroups issues to our attention!

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03) "DRAGONS AT CRUMBLING CASTLE" NEWS

3.1 IN HIS OWN WORDS: THE STORY OF DRAGONS AT CRUMBLING CASTLE, BY SIR PTERRY

In The Guardian, a lovely piece by The Author himself about how and when he came to write the Dragons at Crumbling Castle stories:

"Focus on a planet revolving in space: Focus in on a small country in the northern hemisphere – Great Britain. Closer, closer... and on the western edge of London you can see the county of Buckinghamshire. Small villages and winding country roads. And if you could go back in time to the mid 1960s, you might spot a young lad on a motorbike coming down one such lane, notebook and pen in his jacket pocket. This is me. A junior reporter for the Bucks Free Press, sent out to cover stories on local events. If I was lucky, I would be going to something like a village fair – you know the kind of thing: men putting weasels down their trousers, people bobbing for frogs in a bucket, the odd cheese rolling too fast down a hill...

"It was a lot of fun back then. And somewhere in the middle of it I taught myself how to write by reading as many books as I could carry home from the library. So then I began writing stories of my own – stories for young readers that were published every week in the newspaper. The stories in this collection are a selection of those. There are dragons and wizards, councillors and mayors, an adventurous tortoise and a monster in a lake, along with plenty of pointy hats and a few magic spells (a few of which actually do what they are supposed to). Some of these early stories even spawned into my first novel, The Carpet People..."

To read the entire piece, go to:

http://tinyurl.com/lh6hhtf


3.2 A MULTIPLE CHOICE PTERRY QUIZ

Also in The Guardian, a charming quiz:

"Think you know your Discworld from your Dodger? Your rats from your Rincewind? Test yourself in our Terry Pratchett quiz"

Some samples of the questions:

Discworld stands atop a giant turtle. What is the turtle's name?

Donatello
Great T'Phon
Great A'Tuin
Tubul

Complete the quote from Lords and Ladies: 'In the beginning there was…'

'... a giant turtle.'
'... nothing, which exploded.'
'... only a small number of Discworld novels.'
'... a wizard named Rincewind.'

"Nunc Id Vides, Nunc Ne Vides" is the official Latin motto of the Unseen University. To which English phrase does the motto closest translate?

'Never tickle a sleeping dragon'
'No, no, you're doing it all wrong'
"Now you see it, now you don't"
'Eat a bit of pie'

Go on, have a look!

http://tinyurl.com/mrk8436

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04) "GOOD OMENS" – ON THE WIRELESS!

"It's the end of the world – just not quite how we might be expecting it – but then this is Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's version of Armageddon. BBC Radio 4 has today confirmed that the station will be collaborating with acclaimed authors Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett to create the first ever dramatisation of their co-penned cult-classic, Good Omens. The audio drama, which begins recording today in a secret London location, has a cast including Colin Morgan (Merlin, The Fall) as Newton Pulsifer, Josie Lawrence (Skins, EastEnders) as Agnes Nutter and Paterson Joseph (Peep Show, Green Wing) as Famine, as well as a host of delightful cameos, from the Gardeners' Question Time team to Neil and Terry themselves. Other cameos are set to delight listeners, but they are under wraps for now. Probably in a dusty occult bookshop in Covent Garden, but no one is quite sure.

"Mark Heap (Spaced, Green Wing, Stardust) and Peter Serafinowicz (Guardians Of The Galaxy, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Shaun Of The Dead) will be taking the central roles as angel and demon, Aziraphale and Crowley, respectively. The star-studded cast will also include Clive Russell (Game Of Thrones, Ripper Street), Julia Deakin (Spaced, Hot Fuzz), Louise Brealey (Sherlock), Simon Jones (Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy), Arsher Ali (Four Lions, Complicit, Beaver Falls), Phil Davis (Silk, Whitechapel, Being Human) and Mark Benton (Waterloo Road, Land Girls) to name but a few...

"The team behind Radio 4 and 4 Extra's Neverwhere – which received a phenomenal critical and audience response last year – has reunited for this special six-part dramatisation of Good Omens. With Dirk Maggs, best known for Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy, once again back in the director's and adaptor's chair, joined by producer Heather Larmour and ably assisted by Neil Gaiman... Fans will have to wait excitedly to hear the final drama as it is currently scheduled to air in December. It will broadcast across a week in five half-hour episodes and culminate in an hour-long final apocalyptic showdown, on a Saturday, shortly before Woman's Hour, should the world not actually end..."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2014/r4-good-omens

Lovely photo with the article, too. If you want to see the image on its own:

http://tinyurl.com/q8ojjgq

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05) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS

5.1 REMINDER: THE LAST CONTINENT IN ADELAIDE

Unseen Theatre's latest production – The Last Continent – is on right now!

When: now through 4th October 2014
Venue: The Bakehouse Theatre, 255 Angas Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000
Time: 8pm all shows
Tickets: Adults $20, Concessions $18, Groups (10+) $16.
To buy online, go to http://tinyurl.com/nqd4vlk and press the big red BUY TICKETS button.

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

And here be an excellent selection of iconographs from the current run of The Last Continent:

http://tinyurl.com/qxv2lph

5.2 WYRD SISTERS IN CARDIFF

After their successful presentation of Monstrous Regiment, Monstrous Productions are back with another Discworld goodie: Wyrd Sisters! "Check us out on the official Terry Pratchett website! Not long to go now and less than 2 weeks before we announce our premiere and open audition applications! Lovely to see that so many of our regulars have already bought their tickets, it means a lot to us that you keep coming back- we must be doing something right!"

When: 5th to 8th November 2014
Venue: the Gate Arts Centre, Keppoch St, Cardiff
Time: 7pm-10.30pm all shows
Tickets: £8 (£6 concessions). To purchase online, go to:

http://7889269b08cd.fikket.com/

or email monstrousproductions2012@gmail.com

Remember, all profits from Monstrous Productions plays and merchandise go to Alzheimer's Research UK. In fact, they exist solely to perform Pratchett plays for this very purpose!

http://www.monstrousptc.com/
http://www.thegate.org.uk/

5.3 WYRD SISTERS IN TORONTO

Socratic Theatre Collective will finish its fourth season by presenting their production Stephen Briggs' adaptation of Wyrd Sisters, just in time for Halloween.

When: 31st October-9th November 2014
Venue: Fraser Studios, 101‐76 Stafford Street, Toronto, Ontario
Time: evening shows all 7.30pm; matinees (2nd and 9th November) 3pm
Tickets: $20 general admission/$15 students and seniors. To purchase online, go to:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/869974%E2%80%A9

For more information, go to:

https://www.facebook.com/socratictheatre

5.4 AND WYRD SISTERS IN SOUTHEND

"East Essex Players, who have recently celebrated their 50th anniversary, have decided to break away from their usual Earth based comedies to take on the fantasy of Pratchett's Discworld. 'We have performed a variety of comedy genres from Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit, to episodes of Fawlty Towers' says East Essex Players chairman Hazel Latcham, 'We are now looking forward to the challenge of a fantasy comedy that has a cult status.'"

When: 12th–15th November 2014
Venue: Dixon Studio, Palace Theatre, 430 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 9LA
Time: TBA
Tickets: £11.50, £10.50. A £1.50 per ticket booking fee applies, capped at four per order. Groups of 10+ please call 01702 351135 to buy fee-free.
Box Office: 01702 351135. To buy online, go to link below and click on the button for the desired date:

http://tinyurl.com/qat2s74

For more information, go to:

http://www.eastessexplayers.co.uk/

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06) DISCWORLD CONVENTION NEWS

NULLUS ANXIETAS V (AUSTRALIAN DISCWORLD CONVENTION) NEWS

A message from the Fourecksian Discworld Convention Committee:

Roll out the red carpet, bang those grains, and watch out for stars in your eyes... The Australian Discworld Convention is coming up in a few mere months, and we are taking you to the Moving Pictures!

On April 10-12, 2015 in beautiful Parramatta, Sydney, NSW, Australia, you will experience the magic of the clickies with a range of delightful activities for all types of Discworld fans.

* Meet the stars of the silver screen at the Gala Dinner!
* Show off your costuming and/or acting skills in the "I Wanna Be A Star" Maskerade and XXXX Factor!
* Participate in Studio activities to ensure you make the best clickies possible!
* Test your knowledge of Discworld and Movies and their influence on each other in our Quiz!
* Support the Aboriginal Literacy Foundation at the Charity Auction!
* Be crafty with chain maille, knitting, card-making and more!
* Can you sing? Dance? Handle a sword a little? Learn all these skills and more at our workshops!
* And much more to be announced!

Tickets to the convention (and the Gala Dinner) are on sale now!
One lucky person in the first 100 will get their ticket cost reimbursed, so buy now and you could be as lucky as an Oswald winner!

For information on all of the above in a lot more detail, head over to our website :
http://ausdwcon.org

Our Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/Ausdwcon or follow us on Twitter @NullusAnxietasV

With One Thousand Elephants!

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07) 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 6th October 2014, from 7pm onwards.

The Drummers' September meet report:

"So Drummers met Monday night. We had no quiz. What we had was lots of chat. I arrived to hear final snippets of a conversation that seemed to be about nerd eugenics. Disturbing stuff! At some point there was discussion of the Worzels and their penchant for agricultural machinery related innuendo. Alex wanted to know the etymology of the phrase "Top Hole!". No-one was sure but an online search suggested it might come from billiards. Barbara and I have both recently acquired Kindles and Larry gave much advice on their use. Meanwhile, Andrew, Sim and Eunice discussed RPGs. Tim and Ruth are rehearsing a new play and will send details. General chat continued until people decided to go home."

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 2nd October 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 3rd October 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 6th October 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 6th October 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: Tuesday, September 23 at 6:00pm (that's tomorrow!)

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

https://www.facebook.com/westerndrummers

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08) IMAGES OF THE MONTH

The "cast" of Dragons at Crumbling Castle, in a gallery:
http://tinyurl.com/p35gctx

The cast of BBC Radio 4's adaptation of Good Omens:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BwxkfEnIcAErMNA.jpg:large

Some more parts of the Bradshaw's Guide:
http://tinyurl.com/o7ca9fd

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09) CLOSE

Whew! Made it to the end of this first issue. And there's more to come, including new reviews, before the end of this month. But for now, Wossname wishes you all a happy Equinox – autumnal or vernal, depending on your Jograffy – so here's to the relevant seasonal celebrations for all. See you soon!

– Annie Mac

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INDEX:

01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH
02) EDITOR'S LETTER
03) TERRY PRATCHETT PRESENTS...
04) "DRAGONS AT CRUMBLING CASTLE" NEWS
05) ODDS AND SODS
06) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
07) DISCWORLD CONVENTION NEWS
08) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS
09) DISCWORLD MEETING GROUPS NEWS
10) AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE
11) ROUNDWORLD TALES: *MISTER* BRADSHAW AND HIS GUIDE
12) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
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01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH

"Drumroll please...the book will be called: The Shepherd's Crown! We'll send more news your way as soon as we have it."

– Rob Wilkins at the 2014 UK Discworld Convention

"If there is an teenage boy in your life — and if you're worried he doesn't read — buy him a Discworld book. It may see him through."

– Chris McCrudden

"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."

– the Master himself

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02) LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR

Just coming in under the wire for August, owing to technical difficulties...

In case you missed it in the Quotes of the Month section above: the next Tiffany Aching novel, which Sir Pterry is working on right now, will be called The Shepherd's Crown. Wannawannawanna new Tiffy novel! Anyone got a time machine I can borrow?

There are also new books coming out, from September through October. First up is the Dragons at Crumbling Castle story collection. There has already been a "teaser short" released – "The Abominable Snowman" – but as I neither own nor know anyone who owns a Kindle or similar abominati-, I mean e-reader, I can't offer a review. We can, however, offer a review of the title story itself (see item 4.3) from a copy graciously provided by Lauren Hyatt of Penguin Random. Also about to be released is A Slip of the Keyboard, the nonfiction companion volume to last year's A Blink of the Screen. And then – well, see item 3 below!

Do check the Close (item 13) for a very important announcement for WOSSNAME readers. And with no further ado, it's on with the show...

– Annie Mac, Editor

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03) TERRY PRATCHETT PRESENTS...

Mrs Bradshaw's Handbook to Travelling Upon the Ankh-Morpork and Sto Plains Hygienic Railway!

The blurb:

Authorised by Mr Lipwig of the Ankh-Morpork and Sto Plains Hygienic Railway himself, Mrs Georgina Bradshaw's invaluable guide to the destinations and diversions of the railway deserves a place in the luggage of any traveller, or indeed armchair traveller, upon the Disc.

*From the twine walk of Great Slack to the souks of Zemphis: edifying sights along the route

*Ticketing, nostrums and transporting your swamp dragon: essential hints on the practicalities of travel

* Elegant resorts and quaint inns: respectable and sanitary lodgings for all species and heights.

* From worm-herding to Fustic Cake: diverting trivia on the crafts, foods and brassica traditions of the many industrious people for whom the railway is now a vital link to the Century of the Anchovy

Fully illustrated and replete with useful titbits, Mrs Bradshaw's Handbook offers a view of the Sto Plains like no other.

Mrs Bradshaw's Handbook will be released on 9th October 2014, but can be pre-ordered at a special price of £6.49 (or £10 for the audio CD version):

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0857522434/87

...and the cover looks like this.

...and Terry Pratchett also presents – so to speak – the first novel by Pratchett Prize winner Alexander Maskill! The Hive Construct is 352 pages long in hardcover and will be published on 25th September 2014 by Doubleday. "Praised by Terry and the judges for its originality and invention, The Hive Construct is an exciting SF debut to watch!"

The blurb:

Situated deep in the Sahara Desert, New Cairo is a city built on technology - from the huge, life-giving solar panels that keep it functioning in a radically changed, resource-scarce world to the artificial implants that have become the answer to all and any of mankind's medical problems. But it is also a divided city, dominated by a handful of omnipotent corporate dynasties. And when a devastating new computer virus begins to spread through the poorest districts, shutting down the life-giving implants that enable so many to survive, the city begins to slide into the anarchy of violent class struggle. Hiding amidst the chaos is Zala Ulora. A gifted hacker and fugitive from justice, she believes she might be able to earn her life back by tracing the virus to its source and destroying it before it destroys the city. Or before the city destroys itself...

The Hive Construct is available to pre-order from Amazon UK priced at £10.49 (Kindle edition £6.99)

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04) "DRAGONS AT CRUMBLING CASTLE" NEWS

Coming September 2014: Dragons at Crumbling Castle! The blurb:

A beautifully illustrated collection of short stories by master storyteller Sir Terry Pratchett, featuring dragons, dinosaurs, cavemen and car races! Dragons have invaded Crumbling Castle, and all of King Arthur's knights are either on holiday or visiting their grannies. It's a disaster! Luckily, there's a spare suit of armour and a very small boy called Ralph who's willing to fill it.

4.1 A TEASER IN E-BOOK FORM!

Random House Children's Publishers have published an e-short, "The Abominable Snowman", from Terry Pratchett's forthcoming short story collection Dragons at Crumbling Castle. The story is priced at £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 TEASER IMAGES!

"When Hercules the tortoise wakes up from hibernation at the end of March (in fact about quarter to April), he decides it's time to Explore the World. "

http://tinyurl.com/o8ht85f

"So what do you make of Mark Beech's illustrations for Dragons at Crumbling Castle?" asks Lynsey on the Terry Pratchett Facebook page. "Here's one of our very favourites – Mark's portrait of the great man himself!"

http://tinyurl.com/noftygu

4.3 A WOSSNAME EXCLUSIVE REVIEW!

DRAGONS AT CRUMBLING CASTLE: A LONGISH REVIEW OF A SHORT STORY (WITH FOOTNOTES, NO LESS)

by Annie Mac

"In the days of King Arthur there were no newspapers, only town criers, who went around shouting the news at the tops of their voices..."

There are times when I regret having learned to read at an age when most children are still getting to grips with coherent speech, because I missed out on having bedtime stories read to me. Everyone else I know has fond childhood memories of being read to by a parent or other relative, and that sometimes makes me feel out of the loop. But what I did have was a rather awesome grandmother who, being bright but severely dyslexic, made up her own stories and told them to me – not only at bedtime, but also when she was working at her sewing machine or sitting darning socks (yes, I am old enough to remember when people darned socks[1]). And although my nan's stories were about small animals and children having adventures in the real world, with nary a dragon, knight or castle in sight, Dragons at Crumbling Castle has a feel that reminds me of the stories she told me... so maybe I didn't miss out as much as all that. And for the rest of you, who were fortunate enough to be read to, Dragons at Crumbling Castle should bring back the best feelings of those times when you were snuggled under the covers listening to magical words from the mysteries of adults and reading.

Terry Pratchett wrote Dragons at Crumbling Castle and its companion stories when he was still in his middle teens and a jobbing junior journalist for the Bucks Free Press, years away from being the world-famous Sir Terry. If I have my Pratchett history right, he was landed with writing the weekly children's stories duties when the previous author left, and rather than continue the tone of his predecessor – who wrote the kind of children's stories that, well, people who don't understand children tend to write – he brought his own style to the table. Luckily for us, he wrote several years' worth of these, and even more luckily, they were preserved so we who never lived in south Buckinghamshire's weekly news catchment area can enjoy them. This also means that adult readers (and other persons prone to analysing literature) can see the seeds of his future greatness – and the evidence of his early greatness as well.

Even though Dragons at Crumbling Castle is barely 2,500 words long, it it rich in concepts and tropes that Pratchett carried over to The Carpet People and developed further in his later works (even to the present day?). The trademark Pratchett wordplay is already in evidence[2]; in fact, the story opens with a scenario based on wordplay. Likewise for the portrayal of wizards as hapless or befuddled – fans of Discworld will find Fossfiddle the incompetent, or at least under-competent, wizard familiar: "The door wouldn't open, so Fossfiddle got out his spell book. '*Hopscotchalorum, Trempledingotram-lines!*' he chanted. '*Open!*' Instead the door turned into pink meringue. Fossfiddle always got things wrong." And there is the pointy hat, of course, making an early appearance: "No self-respecting wizard would be seen in public without a pointy hat", Pratchett tells us in one of the footnotes (yes, there are footnotes. If this isn't the first time a children's short story was presented with footnotes, I would be well surprised.) And we have the Friday Knight, who soon becomes known as Fortnight (and that's a pun, too), and other characters who do not fit the popular image of their kind – again, a very Pratchett thing.

The hero of the story, a young not-yet-knight – possibly, in fact, a mere stable-hand, or the boy who polishes the armour – called Ralph[3] – is a small but sensible lad whose pragmatism and willingness to do what needs doing is reminiscent of the nine-year-old Tiffany Aching in The Wee Free Men ("When he was out of sight he took off the armour and hid it behind a hedge, because it squeaked and was too hot, and put on his ordinary clothes.") He is also patently more courageous and level-headed than any of the adults he meets on his journey to the castle – another theme Pratchett has riffed on in his other YA works such as The Amazing Maurice and the Johnny Maxwell trilogy. Ralph considers things and then acts according to his conclusions, which in the story leads him to keeping his head while his older companions are all in a tizz. What is more, he does so politely and respectfully. An encouraging example for children, don't you think?

The plot and dialogue of Dragons at Crumbling Castle are, for me, strongly reminiscent of those "Fractured Fairy Tales" that were a much-loved feature of the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon series we used to watch in the common room on Saturday mornings at my university student house, and also of the cartoons and poetry of the delightfully odd Shel Silverstein, whose works I discovered around that same time. In other words, joyously silly:

"'They[dragons] grow to be thirty feet tall,' said Fortnight, 'and then they take to roaring and rampaging and walking on the grass and other lawlessness and wicked deeds.'

'What sort of deeds?' asked Ralph interestedly.

'Oh – well, I don't know. Leaving taps running and slamming doors, I suppose.'"

The illustrations by Mark Beech capture that daftness perfectly. Beech's drawings are a stylistic cross between Pratchett's own (marvellous!) illustrations for The Carpet People and Johnny Hart's "Wizard of Id" comic strip, exactly suited to the text. There is a sort of visual pun in the story too, by the way, but you will have to discover that for yourselves.

Dragons at Crumbling Castle – the short story – is a charming piece and a great way to introduce the collection. If the rest of of the stories are up to this standard, and we know that they will be, you will definitely want to put Dragons at Crumbling Castle – the anthology – on your to-buy list ASAP! Highly recommended.


[1] As opposed to these days, when people merely mutter imprecations at them and throw them away

[2] but not taken down and used against him

[3] People often see the Name Ralph as comedic in its own right, but let's also not forget that it's an ancient name! If it was good enough for the Norsemen, it's good enough for a very small young hero...


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05) ODDS AND SODS

5.1 WANT THE OOKBENCH? GET BIDDING!

From Books About Town, who commissioned the London bookbenches:

"Our 50 BookBench sculptures are on display on the streets of London until 15 September. They will then be sold at public auction on 7 October 2014 at an exclusive event at the Southbank Centre. Tickets will go on sale to the public on 13 August via the Southbank Centre box office. Proceeds will go to the National Literacy Trust, a charity dedicated to raising the literacy levels of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

"If you are unable to attend the auction in person you can register below to watch particular lots during the auction, bid online and/or place an automatic maximum bid. Please follow the link on the relevant bench. Once you have registered, you may need to reload the page to view lots again. Once logged in, you can access your watch list through 'My Bidder'.

For any auction enquiries, please email auction@literacytrust.org.uk.

http://www.booksabouttown.org.uk/?action=ViewPage&Id=9

And here is an iconograph of Mr Kidby signing autographs whilst sitting on the Ookbench:

http://tinyurl.com/kry9278

5.2 PTERRY Q&A IN THE NEW YORK TIMES

In the Sunday Book Review:

"Sell us on your favorite overlooked or underappreciated writer.

"G. K. Chesterton. These days recognized — that is if he is recognized at all — as the man who wrote the Father Brown stories. My grandmother actually knew him quite well and pointed out that she herself lived on Chesterton Green in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, here in the U.K. And the man was so well venerated that on one memorable occasion, he was late in sending a piece to The Strand Magazine and a railway train actually waited at the local station until Mr. Chesterton had finished writing his piece. When she told me that, I thought, Blimey, now that is celebrity...

"Which novels have had the most impact on you as a writer? Is there a particular book that made you want to write?

"It has to be 'The Wind in the Willows.' It fascinated me. He had toads living in great country houses and badgers and moles acting like British gentlemen. I read the pages so often they fell apart, and God bless him for leaving in the pieces called 'Wayfarers All' and 'The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.' I am sorry to say that certain publishers, who really should know better, have produced editions with those pieces cut from that wonderful book, stating they were simply too heavy for children. I scream at stuff like that. After all, 'The Pilgrim's Progress' was a book written for children. A good book, no matter its intended audience, should get people reading, and that's what started me writing. And once I started, I never stopped..."

http://tinyurl.com/nuzjs6e

And here is the article's excellent illustration on its own:

http://tinyurl.com/p9jubwc

5.3 THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING FEEGLE

In the Children's Books section of The Guardian, Firebird's op-ed on literary depictions of Scottishness and the meaning of being a Scot gives more than a passing nod to our favourite Wee Free Men:

"In Terry Pratchett's The Wee Free Men, the wee men of the title are also called the Nac Mac Feegle (Mac Feegle meaning 'sons of Feegle', with Feegle being a variation of Fingal, an 18th century name for Fionn Mac Cumhaill). The Nac Mac Feegle embody the stereotypical Scotsman to great comic effect: they are small with "shaggy red hair, and are covered all over with blue tattoos and blue paint, in patterns which indicate their clan", while their favourite occupations are "drinking, stealing, and fighting anything that gets in their way". The Feegle can also be called Pictsies, after the real Picts, so named by the Romans because they were 'painted' with blue woad. In later times, the Picts passed into legend, and it was believed that they lived in underground chambers and burial mounds. Indeed, James Knox wrote in 1831 that they were "unco wee bodies, but terrible strang", while Robert Chambers wrote in Popular Rhymes of Scotland (1870) that "short wee men they were, wi' red hair, and long arms" – much more like the Pictsies in The Wee Free Men than the real Picts of history... By looking at children's books, the stories that shape our formative years, we can see how history mixes with mythology, language and landscape to construct a uniquely Scottish past that informs the way Scottish people see themselves and their nation. There is however, one key element of "Scottishness" found in children's literature that I could hardly miss out – the literature itself. While all the books mentioned have taken much of their character from an existing Scottish identity, it is not a one-way process. All these stories also feed into the rich vein of mythology and tradition that makes up the complex, fascinating, shifting fusion of characteristics that we call Scottish..."

http://tinyurl.com/mc476g7

5.4 ANYONE FOR SCUMBLE?

"Summer time is here. As a geek, that means copious consumption of two things – books and alcohol. Our own Silvia Sellerio went on a quest to efficiently combine the two by recreating Nanny Ogg's Scumble from Terry Pratchett's epic Discworld series. While I can't vouch that it'll dissolve a nail, I can say it's deceptively strong and does indeed taste, 'Mostly of apples. Mostly.'"

Sellerio's recipe contains 95° proof grain alcohol, dry cider (as this is a USA recipe, presumably that means the no-alcoholic sort), green apple juice, vodka, light brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, a tonka bean, and, yes, apples. For the complete recipe and preparation method, go to:

http://kitchenoverlord.com/2014/07/02/nanny-oggs-scumble/

5.5 A LONG EARTH ROLE PLAYING GAME

Gamer Dannynat has a go at creating a game based on the Long Earth series:

"Over the past few months I've been reading The Long Earth series by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter and it has piqued my curiosity to see what it'd be like in an RPG. The premise for The Long Earth is that there an infinite number of worlds arbitrarily labelled East and West from our own. The concept is that, given an infinite space with infinite possibilities, what would happen to humanity?... The books follow the cast of characters as they discover worlds with intelligent life, stepping creatures and how humanity adapts to this 'endless frontier'..."

http://dannynat20.wordpress.com/2014/07/19/the-long-earth-rpg/

Another game fan, library assistant talesfromthebookcave, heartily recommends Treefrog Games' "Ankh-Morpork":

"I always think of Ankh-Morpork as Victorian London, but really it is an archetype of any crowded, sprawling, corrupt city. The aim of the game is to take control of the city following the disappearance of its dictator patrician Lord Vetinari. How you do this is determined by which 'personality' card you are dealt from pack. These are similar to the mission cards in Risk, and in fact it's a similar kind of game. If your 'personality' is that of vampire Dragon King of Arms, for example, you win by spreading trouble, whereas if you are the troll gangster Chrysoprase, you win by making money, or if you are one of the aristocratic Lords you must take control of a number of regions on the map. You work towards your goal by playing action cards which allow you to carry out various actions such as placing your own counters ('minions') in a region you are trying to control, buying real estate, and assassinating your opponents' minions. Meanwhile, your opponents are trying to achieve their own mission – and, of course, thwart you in yours. Discworld: Ankh-Morpork is a fun, open game. It's chaotic, like Ankh-Morpork itself. One player can seem to be clearly leading, then have their lead wiped back as a Random Event occurs (such as a flood, fire, or a rioting mob), or another player suddenly announces they've completed their mission. Another good thing about it is that unlike Risk it's a finite game – once all the cards have been used that's the end. (I've had games of Risk that have literally lasted days and ended up fierce/weary wars of attrition. Maybe that's just my family and friends though. Or me). You don't need to have read the Discworld books to play, but the experience is infinitely enhanced if you have. The drawings of the characters are brilliant, and it's a joy to see figures such as Foul Ole Ron, Rincewind or DEATH in the flesh..."

http://tinyurl.com/mwf6drn

5.6 IS AN ALZHEIMER'S CURE IN OUR OWN BLOOD?

Is a possible solution to Alzheimer's all in the blood? In New Scientist:

"The scientists behind the experiment have evidence on their side. Work in animals has shown that a transfusion of young mouse blood can improve cognition and the health of several organs in older mice. It could even make those animals look younger. The ramifications for the cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries could be huge if the same thing happens in people... the idea of refreshing old blood with new harks back to the 1950s, when Clive McCay of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, stitched together the circulatory systems of an old and young mouse – a technique called heterochronic parabiosis. He found that the cartilage of the old mice soon appeared younger than would be expected. It wasn't until recently, however, that the mechanisms behind this experiment were more clearly understood. In 2005, Thomas Rando at Stanford University in California and his team found that young blood returned the liver and skeletal stem cells of old mice to a more youthful state during heterochronic parabiosis. The old mice were also able to repair injured muscles as well as young mice (Nature, doi.org/d4fkt5). Spooky things seemed to happen in the opposite direction, too: young mice that received old blood appeared to age prematurely. In some cases, injured muscles did not heal as fast as would be expected... So the billion-dollar question is: would a GDF11 boost have the same effect in humans? Wyss-Coray thinks it will, having taken the next step of injecting young human blood plasma into old mice. His preliminary results suggest that human blood has similar rejuvenating benefits for old mice as young mouse blood does..."

http://tinyurl.com/n68berh

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06) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS

6.1 REMINDER: SOUL MUSIC IN KINGSTON, FINAL NIGHT

If you're in London, you might be in with a chance to see Youth Music Theatre UK's final performance of their all-singing, all-dancing, all-Discworld production of Soul Music tonight!

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.

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

6.2 THE LAST CONTINENT IN ADELAIDE

Unseen Theatre's latest production – The Last Continent – starts next month!

When: 19th September through 4th October 2014
Venue: The Bakehouse Theatre, 255 Angas Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000
Time: 8pm all shows
Tickets: Adults $20, Concessions $18, Groups (10+) $16, Preview all tix $15. To buy online, go to http://tinyurl.com/nqd4vlk and press the big red BUY TICKETS button

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

6.3 WYRD SISTERS AT SOUTHEND

"East Essex Players, who have recently celebrated their 50th anniversary, have decided to break away from their usual Earth based comedies to take on the fantasy of Pratchett's Discworld. 'We have performed a variety of comedy genres from Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit, to episodes of Fawlty Towers' says East Essex Players chairman Hazel Latcham, 'We are now looking forward to the challenge of a fantasy comedy that has a cult status.'"

When: 12th–15th November 2014
Venue: Dixon Studio, Palace Theatre, 430 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 9LA
Time: TBA
Tickets: £11.50*, £10.50* *A £1.50 per ticket booking fee applies, capped at four per order. Groups of 10+ please call 01702 351135 to buy fee-free.
Box Office: 01702 351135. To buy online, go to link below and click on the button for the desired date:
http://tinyurl.com/qat2s74

http://www.eastessexplayers.co.uk/

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07) DISCWORLD CONVENTION NEWS

DWCON 2014: THE AFTERMATH

The creators of the Guards! Guards! board game had a great time at the convention:

"We had a great weekend in Manchester at the Discworld Convention 2014. We ran two brilliant games of our Guards! Guards! - Live Action Convention game. (The Palace Hotel is an amazing example of Victorian architecture and design on a very grand scale, which might have had something to do with why we had to send a search party out to find one of our Spell Run teams when they headed out to get their second spell and didn't come back!)

"We had an epic game of Guards! Guards! the boardgame on Sunday in which the Elucidated Brethren made a serious attempt to overrun the city with dragons (they almost succeeded too).
We had lots of folk play testing for us and got some great feed back and one or two new ideas to consider for our upcoming Discworld game Clacks which will be released next year.

"We also got to chat with our new and very talented friend Amber who has agreed to come onboard the team as our artist for the Clacks project. Can't wait to see her ideas.

"Finally, to any of you out there who have never been to a Discworld Convention (and there are many held each year around the world) we offer one simple piece of advice: Start planning now and get to one! You will not believe the amount of fun these guys can pack into a weekend."

And here are the Backspindle lads' DWcon 2014 photos:

http://tinyurl.com/or8hzpj

Also, a large selection of other DWcon 2014 photo and blog links:

http://dwcon.org/pages/88/photos-discworld-convention-2014

https://dwcon.org/news/2014/08/15/now-the-dust-has-settled

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08) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS

This month's report from the Cunning Artificer(s):

Over the past few weeks we've welcomed visitors on their way to and from various fan gatherings such as DWCon, Nineworlds and Loncon. A big thank you for making the detour to visit us – you've certainly helped soothe our post convention blues, and we hope we were able to begin/end your convention adventures in a suitably geek-tastic fashion! To those who lent their skills and souls to organise 2014 Discworld Convention in Manchester earlier this month, we thank you. A marvellous time was had at the suitably grand Palace hotel, and it was a delight to spend time with conventioneers old and new in the name of Discworld.

In the coming weeks we'll be releasing brand new Discworld items that previewed at the convention:

http://www.discworldemporium.com/index.php?route=product/latest

Available now is our tribute to the Hag O' Hags – Granny Weatherwax's iconic borrowing sign recreated as a beautiful solid silver pendant and chain. Created in the historic workshops of Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter, each pendant has been hand-crafted so that no one sign is precisely the same – a precious accessory for any aspiring witch:

http://tinyurl.com/nq3mlrg

The Assassins' Guild Graduation set includes all you need to become a bona fide member of Ankh-Morpork's deadliest guild. Each set includes your very own Master Assassin's diploma, a Licence to Inhume, and your guild membership card:

http://tinyurl.com/lwfulyz

Those of an organised disposition rejoice! The Discworld Diary 2015: We R Igors, and Discworld Collector's Edition Calendar 2015 featuring the lively illustrations of Stephen Player are now available. Each diary includes a free poster featuring the many faces of Igor – exclusive to the Discworld Emporium:

http://tinyurl.com/nwsyw2k

New Discworld Stamps celebrating Ankh-Morpork's artistry and industry were released last Friday 15th. The Guild of Merchants 2p, and an issue from the 'Great Artworks of Ankh-Morpork' series featuring William Pouter's 'Man with Dog' are available singly and as beautiful whole sheets:

http://tinyurl.com/pkwer5f
http://tinyurl.com/kc269wp

[to see more] visit the NEW STAMPS section of our site for more information:

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

The Merchants' Guild 2p and 6p 'Man With Dog' also adorn our limited edition Ankh-Morpork Grand Exhibition first day covers, created to commemorate the convention. Each envelope features a decorative insert and exclusive hand-stamp from the A-M.P.O. Both new issues are also included in our latest Little Brown Envelope 'The Grand Exhibitionists' LBE' - a lucky dip of Discworld stamps with the chance of sports, rarities and other considered trifles!

To read this full letter online, go to:

http://tinyurl.com/oqymj2c

Editor's note: for dwellers in EcksEcksEcksEcks who wish to support the Book Depository site, the Igors diary can be purchased for AUD$22.25 at http://tinyurl.com/m43zh55

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09) 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: 1st September 2014, from 7pm onwards.

The Drummers' most recent meet report:

"I didn't make the meeting but Tim W. kindly sent a report: We started the, long awaited, quiz after Ponder and some others left. With the usual know-it-alls absent (except me, of course) hopes were high (as high as they ever get with one of my quizzes!). We began to the usual groans and moans and were half way through when a wandering Canadian named Morgan arrived, here on route to the Con. We continued then repeated the beginning of the quiz for Morgan to have a go. 5 out of 18 seemed the average (our Canadian friend) doing well, but the winner was our very own Mark with 9! I asked him later if he was writing the next quiz and he said 'we'll see'. The rest of the evening past pleasantly with discussions of Canadian/British politics and London attractions (if Morgan wasn't totally confused by the 'Million and One suggestions of what to do in London in two days', I'd be highly surprised!!) The meeting finished with the pub shutting and myself, Mark and Morgan walking back to Edgware Road Station."

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 4th September 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 5th September 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 1st September 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 1st September 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: TBA

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

https://www.facebook.com/westerndrummers

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10) AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE

10.1 LONG EARTH/WAR/MARS REVIEWS

Blogger travelswithadiplomat reviews the three Long Earth novels.

Review of The Long Earth:
"I... found myself reading this trying to work out when Pratchett was authoring, when Baxter was. Both have quite different styles and it is fairly straightforward to pick out their individual ingredients in this mixture... It is a good opener and, with all alternative Earth stories, has capacity for the authors to go wherever they like, even away from the Discworld Conventions of Madison to the lands of other fans. I think it best to say it is a summary novel, a precis if you will of those great trail blazing novels from the likes of Bear, Stirling and others..."

http://tinyurl.com/n8o3862

Review of The Long War:
"When 'The Long Earth' came out with its Pratchett notion of a potato inspired device (quickly forgotten in this latest because it was a tad too ridiculous) that gave rise to an infinite series of earths for humanity to expand into, it created a vast series of options for the authors to explore. So vast, in fact, they've fallen short with this latest, directionless effort. All it has done, in truth, is show the brilliance of the idea (though rehashed somewhat – see Greg Bear's 'Eon') and the incapacity of the authors to deal with it... Part of the problem is Joshua Valiente's weary inclusion – it's almost as though the character isn't interested; part of the problem is the character of Sally – she's intensely dislikeable; part of the problem is that Lobsang's not in it enough; the whole of the problem is nothing gets the detail it deserves. We've too many threads fighting for four hundred pages of large print space and no one's a winner. As a reader I want to investigate more about the culture of Trolls, of Kobolds, of Beagles; I want a thorough story following Capt. Maggie on her personal starship Enterprise with the Cat; I need Joshua to be kicked in the backside to show some enthusiasm; I want the gifted Roberta and her Chinese expedition to get ten times the airtime. The whole East twenty million voyage is begging for a juicy hook to yank the reader. The disappearance of the Trolls (yet they are too easy to find) is casually handled; the chewing off of Joshua's appendage unexplained; the “war” that is the title is merely an apologetic after-note of vapid inconsequentialness scrawled in the final chapters. I've seen more fight in the Norse Sagas on Valhalla than I saw in this book..."

http://tinyurl.com/o7abxly

Review of The Long Mars:
"The content and style of it seems to be more Baxter than Pratchett – the latter's hand is clear in the Lobsang episodes but it seems the waning powers of the author have meant Baxter has taken a lead on this latest effort. It is heavier on the science fiction, with lighter touches on brow-breaking philosophy... This book is all about growth, all about exploration, all about potential. It's also an improvement on book two as it's more purposeful, more inventive, more hard science fiction than aimless fantasy. I get the feeling that Baxter took the lead on this one and the rhythm of the story is much better handled, despite the genius of Pratchett..."

http://tinyurl.com/nlgkv2p

Blogger Harriet Leslie aka Miss Heliotrope was impressed by The Long Earth:

"I am generally wary of collaborative novels, feeling that they in some respects detract from of both authors while failing to live up to their potential. However, these fears were unfounded in the case of The Long Earth. Here, Pratchett contributed the plot while Baxter brought the more serious science fiction aspects to the table. I feel that the two writers styles married well together and that Baxter managed admirably to write a book where the initial idea was not his own. However, as seems to be the case with many of the books I read, this one has split opinion (reviews here). I think this is due to the prominence of Pratchett in promotion of this title. Those who expected it to be more comic, in the vein of Discworld, seem to feel let down by the harder sci-fi. However, Baxter is well-renowned in his genre and has created a thoroughly thought through set of worlds, which benefit from Pratchett's somewhat lighter touch. The character of Lobsang is immediately recognisable as a Pratchett creation, but many of the more interesting aspects of the book, such as the concept of the probability tree, may well have come from Baxter..."

http://tinyurl.com/nwt64nl

Blogger Robert McGrath was perplexed by The Long Mars, but not disapproving by any means:

"It is all totally baffling to the point that it is difficult to even fathom what is going on. How can the splitting be localized, with a new / alternative time line for each local space? What in the world would the planet you are on have to do with alternate universes? And if the splitting is local, then why would it be “per planet” rather than per individual mind or whatever is causing the splits? I don't understand. The long treks step through zillions of alternative planets, playing out alternate geological and evolutionary scenarios. As expected, there is awesome weirdness to be found, and that is fun to read. And I do mean “awesome” and I do mean “weird”..."

http://tinyurl.com/mcfzfxo

...while blogger Geek Girl in Love was less sure:

"The book does a great job of conveying the diversity of the earths, and the combination of wonder and boredom that people experience when the take long journeys across thousands of earths in a year. The problem with this installment is that, even more than in the past books, the story is to' disjointed to make any cohesive or compelling narrative. I skimmed a lot – and so did the authors, who often start paragraphs with “Four years later...' The characters are engaging but there's no time to build a relationship with them because the narrative keeps jumping around... It's a great thought experiment but a fractured, disappointing novel..."

http://tinyurl.com/qem7kop

Blogger Frivolous Waste of Time has many criticisms of The Long War, but still liked it:

"The Long Earth was a slightly muddled novel, but it was carried by the strength of its ideas and compelling central conceit, as well as being anchored by the compelling central journey of Joshua and Lobsang. The Long War still has a lot of that brilliance, but it's even more muddled, and lacks the impact of the original... Simply put, there's too much damn stuff going on in The Long War. A lot of that stuff is good, but it's muddled, and too many plot lines are included. Now, I don't mind a wide plot at all, but pretty much all of them involve some kind of journey through the Long Earth, from Joshua's trip to find the trolls to a young woman's trip East with the Chinese. I reckon there are about five different journey narratives, and they begin to roll into one. The first book had lots of snippets from other characters as well, but the focus was very much on Joshua, but that focus is lost in The Long War. There's a lot of good stuff here, easily enough to make me want to come back for the next one, I just hope that The Long Mars is a bit more focused. Still, that imagination that made the first one so great is still there, and Pratchett and Baxter's hypothetical future remains as well developed and intriguing as ever..."

http://tinyurl.com/k4hhl3o

Blogger Richard aka velociraptor256 also had reservations about The Long Earth:

"So yes, it's a great concept, and Baxter and Pratchett get very inventive with it, with such things as human colonists setting out into the Long Earth like old American settlers, and the different climates and ecosystems of the Earths as they get further away from the Datum. But while these are good, they're not enough to overcome some major problems. Firstly, there isn't really much of a story. There are sources of conflict, such as the problems caused by people leaving the Datum and some rather bitter people who are physically unable to step, plus the dangerous situations that Joshua finds himself in. But there's no three-act structure, and no clear goal or conclusion that the characters are heading towards... For a big chunk of the story, the only characters onscreen are Joshua and Lobsang. The latter is an interesting one; he's friendly and charming enough, but also so powerful and all-seeing that you never feel truly comfortable in his company. Joshua, unfortunately, is another factor that lets the story down, as he's more dull. A bit like Alex Cross, he's too generic; I couldn't get much of a feel for the kind of person he is except that he's a practical guy who likes his privacy. He also doesn't have much of a voice (unlike Lobsang) – you can't look at his dialogue and instantly recognise him or link it to what he's said before; indeed, occasionally his dialogue doesn't feel like something a normal person would say, a pet peeve of mine in stories..."

http://tinyurl.com/nt7wo8f

10.2 AND THE REST

Blogger Danielle Tamara Fabella was very impressed with Eric:

"Eric is an incredibly entertaining, witty, and funny fantasy tale that pokes fun at its own genre without being self-deprecating... Rincewind is one of Pratchett's best and most hilarious Discworld characters, whose affinity for attracting imminent death (literally) has made him both a cynic full of gems of wisdom (taken from very unpleasant experiences) as well as an expert runner. He and Eric make a priceless misfit duo, who do not so much battle the forces of evil as threateningly wave their fingers at them before running in the other direction... While Eric is one of the shorter Discworld novels, it definitely delivers the grand adventure and good time Pratchett is known for..."

http://tinyurl.com/pxq4bgo

Scott Holstad was blown away by Small Gods:

"It's a great satirical take on organized religion and it has a lot to say about it. Pratchett handles it as deftly as he handles other serious subject matter, with humor and grace. The man's a genius! ... There's a lot about belief in this book, and a lot about God and gods. The more people believe, the greater the god. Brutha finds that his devoted belief is shaken, by his god, no less, as well as other so-called believers. And it does him a world of good. So I guess the lesson is we shouldn't take everything we're fed too literally or at face value. The philosophers in this book are the true thinkers and yet they are doubters. Pratchett's good. This book is both serious and hilarious at the same time..."

hankrules2011.wordpress.com/2014/08/17/a-review-of-small-gods

Blogger My One Contribution reviews The Truth in the light of Roundworld realities:

"What struck me most about The Truth is how safe and comfortable it was. The basic plot is that William de Worde becomes entangled with the first movable-type press in Ankh-Morpork and accidentally invents journalism. Neither the printing press nor journalism have a squeeky-clean history in the real world. The invention of the printing press went hand-in-glove with the Protestant Reformation in Europe that tore the continent apart for a couple of generations. Modern journalism has been the site of some pretty fierce political fighting and toppled some fairly entrenched powers. The Truth was written a decade before 'The News of the World' brought the profession into disrepute, but a century after the towering figures of Hurst et al used their newspapers to inspire the USA into war in Cuba and fired its colonial ambitions in the Philipines. Neither printing nor printed matter have been or should ever be this safe... This sense of safety is perhaps best illustrated by the story not told about Otto, the 'Black Ribboner' photographer. The light required to take photographs is actively dangerous to him, causing him at least pain and in the most serious incidents, disintegration. Fortunately, the sting is taken out – he carries around a vial of blood that cracks and rejuvenates him whenever he has one of his little 'accidents'. There is no real sign here of a tortured passion, or the twisted psychology that causes someone to pursue a profession that causes them continuous pain. The sharp edges are all carefully blunted. Mid way through the novel, he is forced in a way to revert to monstrous type to save his human friends, but the revelation of his true dark potential has no effect whatsoever on his relationships or his self-perception... To me, this means that the clear subtext of the novel is that everything's fine, everything's swell. Move along folks, there's nothing to see here. There's nothing going on that needs a good satiric skewering or a bit of cutting down to size..."

http://myonecontribution.wordpress.com/2014/08/18/the-truth-2000/

Blogger aliceisonline gives Equal Rites 4 of 5 stars:

"I loved Granny Weatherwax! I loved her attitude, out dated opinions, her stubborn assertion that she always right and always knows everything even thought that isn't always the case, and her slight hypocrisy... I really enjoyed reading more about the inner workings of the Unseen University, and more of the Head Librarian! ('Ook!'). The typical humour is still to be found, I laughed to myself several times out loud.. I'm all for equal rights and I love that Pratchett decided to try to tackle some of that in this book, but I can't help wishing that Esk had been older than eight years! She's just too young to really be able to understand what is going on around her, and while it is perhaps her ignorance or naivety that go her as far as she got (and made her able to put up with some of Granny's behaviours I suppose!), but I think more could have been done with an older character. She also acts much older than her eight years at times and seems able to understand things beyond her years..."

betweenscreens.com/2014/08/15/review-equal-rites-by-terry-pratchett/

Blogger suby3 has fallen under the spell of The Wee Free Men:

"Tiffany Aching is awesome. I want Tiffany to be my little sister. She is a charming, intelligent, funny, strong, curious, confident and lovely nine year old. Everyone loves Tiffany. Kids will love and relate to her and look up to her. While she's mature, it really feels like you are reading about a nine year old, which is fantastic. There is nothing more annoying than a child who is written like an adult or what the authors (unrealistic) idea of a child is. Tiffany's allies are the Nac Mac Feegle, or the Wee Free Men, who are hilarious and crazy. I think I might love them just as much as Tiffany. They provide a lot of the comedy in the book, and it is a very funny book. I laughed out loud two or three times, which a lot, because I never laugh during books. The Wee Free Men was filled with effortlessly funny moments. The Chalk is a great setting, and Tiffany's heritage plays a big role in the story. The book does still have a lot of depth mixed in with mischief and humor..."

http://tinyurl.com/kgybnle

Blogger Samantha Field is moved by the wit and wisdom of Maurice:

"This week's 'Wit and Wisdom' is of 'The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents'. I am currently re-reading this book and it makes me smile just as much as the first time I read it... Beautiful images are conquered in your head of dancing rats and sarcastic cats whilst there are also much darker and sad events in the book. It's definitely a good read – for adults and children..."

http://tinyurl.com/l5xs3xh

Blogger Nate aka Mind Worlds notices and accepts Pratchett's stylistic changes in Snuff:

"I wonder if Pratchett hasn't climbed into Vimes's battered head and squinted through Vimes's eyes at the grim, grim world. Granted, Pratchett's no stranger to dark themes. Case in point: DEATH as a major recurring character (though conspicuously absent from Snuff, the second book in the whole series to ever do so). Readers and reviewers have noted that since his diagnosis, Pratchett's imagination has gotten darker. They're right. The series hasn't been this straightforwardly serious since Night Watch... It's a decent story, trading mystery and madcap antics for murders and more madcap antics, peppered with Pratchett's practical wit and wisdom. Atop the peppering he pours, thick and pungent like molasses gravy, a moral about fantastic racism. Yup. As it turns out, Discworld goblins, who haven't crawled into the spotlight since Unseen Academics, are people too... Pratchett's casts are wide, wild, and wonderful, rife with telling details and hilarious incongruities. Still, I sense he stretched himself thin on this one. Feeney embodies every pure, naive, bizarrely competent rule-abiding good kid from early Carrot (Guards! Guards!) to Preston (I Shall Wear Midnight – another dark book). Stratford seems to stem from such a line of quirky psychopaths as Mr. Teatime (Hogfather) and especially Carcer (Night Watch). The main villains, the council of nobles, don't do much. The goblins, for being the subject of this literary tirade, appear for remarkably few pages (barring the inscrutable 'Stinky' and a compelling subplot back in Ankh-Morpork). Most egregious of all, Lord Vetinari shows signs of weakness: battling the daily crossword and actually listening to music instead of reading the sheet music. But I quibble..."

http://tinyurl.com/nlmbf68

Book-a-week blogger fiftytwobooks came late to Discworld books with Thud!, but has caught up since:

"This was the first Discworld novel I ever read. I don't even know why I picked it up – I guess I just wanted an easy read that would entertain me. I didn't realize that it would be so much more than that. Now it's a book that I read over and over again. Not only is it funny and light and a very fast read, it has lines that stick in my mind, and of course the book 'Where's my Cow?' which enchanted readers around the world... Recommendation: ***** Must read..."

http://fiftytwobooks2014.wordpress.com/2014/08/12/book-16-thud/

Blogger Elven Stardancer (er um what?) was bewitched by Wintersmith:

"How can a book about a thirteen year old witch, five hundred tiny blue tattoo-covered men with red hair, and a senior witch who goes to her own funeral after forecasting her long-delayed meeting with Death (she's 111yrs old or 113 depending on who's counting) for a few hours later, be romantic? I'm not even sure who the books are aimed at – children or adults – though a lot of the humour is very complex as well as being paradoxically quite childlike (not childish, I hasten to clarify). The book (one of a series of four about said young witch and her tiny protectors) is full of humour and quirkiness with precious little that can be described as traditionally romantic, and there is absolutely no direct mention of sex though this is hilariously alluded to by the little blue, Gaelic-sounding men). There is hardly anything in the way of romantic language, very little said about actual feelings, yet it remains one of the most romantic books I've ever read... The romantic element, it has just occurred to me, is as ghostly and ephemeral as the Wintersmith himself. Yet the story has turned winter into something incredibly evocative which, for me – I hate winter and go into hibernation after the clocks go back – is truly amazing..."

http://elvenstardancer.net/2014/07/18/wintersmith/

Captain Beardley's very short but deeply moved review of Nation:

"Just finished Nation. I don't think there are any words to describe how much it means to me, but I will try anyway. It's one of those books that you pour your heart into. You get very emotional when the chunk of pages still left unread starts to get smaller and smaller.
It's a very beautiful book. After reading it, I feel as though the little island and all of it's wonderful inhabitants will stay with me for a very long time."

http://tinyurl.com/ksktagf

Bilingual German blogger Nadine was gripped by Carpe Jugulum:

"I love the Lancre witches. On many occasions have I said that I hope to become a Granny Weatherwax or a Nanny Ogg when I'm old (I realise they are vastly different people and I suspect I am more of a Nanny but I'll take what I can get). With Granny gone for a large part of the book, Sir Terry had his hooks firmly set into me. After all, a Lancre without a Weatherwax is just not right. In her stead, the Quite Reverend Mightily Oats has arrived and brings with him a lot of discussion about religion, belief, and all things holy. With everything Terry Pratchett writes, there are wonderful bits of wisdom in everything Granny says. The nature of good and evil is no exception... Normally, the witches books leave me an emotional wreck. The lack of structure and frequent POV hopping prevented this from happening here. Sure, Granny Weatherwax standing on the edge and being gone for most of the beginning of the book was tough. She is such an essential part of Lancre – and Discworld, really – that her absence was all the more painful. One thing you will always get, however, is humor. Pratchett's vampires are dangerous and scary, but they also have their quirks. Agnes and Perdita's interactions, as well as Nanny Ogg just being Nanny Ogg make for more than enough scenes to make you laugh..."

http://tinyurl.com/qepfa97

Blogger Richard James Ford offers us a long essay about "what makes Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels so captivating": Worth a read:

"So, what does make Pratchett's writing so captivating? Is it his eccentric portrayal of his characters, or his parodied versions of already existing stories? Perhaps the reader feels familiar with his writings, due to the familiarity of the stories which have been moulded into his own ideas? The truth is: there is no answer. He is regarded as eccentric beyond belief, and all of his ideas are his own. Even if he bases them upon an already existing story, he still adapts the idea into his own, always in a more outlandish fashion than its origin, only referring back with glimpses of familiarity. It will never be possible to comprehend this man's brain, or how the ideas form inside his head. You could say that his writing is so satisfying solely because of the gargantuan amount of humour inside of it. Yet you would be wrong. There is more to the humour, more to the way his characters are created, sculpted into something which Pratchett was aiming for all along; something more in-depth than just a few laughs. He integrates beliefs and values into his humour that somehow make the reader take the views on board more than if they were conveyed seriously. So if a reason had to be chosen, it would be that: that he expresses subjects that he feels strongly about through his writing, particularly his humour. However, the reason for why his Discworld Novels are so captivating cannot be put down solely to that..."

http://tinyurl.com/kweb3h9

Blogger notwithoutmybowlerhat reviews the recent much-lauded Lifeline Theatre production of Monstrous Regiment:

"The play was vivacious, interesting, and captured the spirit of Terry Pratchett. I was curious how they were going to catch the pithy remarks by the narrator, which I love best about his work. For those of you who have not read books by the author, he makes these wonderful, snarky comments about Morris dancing (which I happen to love), laundry, etc. I think they managed to convey that humor well. The acting was good but Michaela Petro who played Maladict, was phenomenal. Maledict is a coffee-drinking vampire who abstains from human blood. She managed to convey the aristocratic, java obsessed vampire so well. She was a pure joy to watch throughout the play. She is someone to watch for in the Chicago theater scene. Also Katie McLean Hainsworth, the actor who played Igor, was amazing too. She really got into the character in her posture and pose. Lifeline did a nice job with the staging. It's a small theater with no curtain but they make excellent use of the stage..."

http://tinyurl.com/n454tgp

Blogger Jennifer Kathleen, a passionate Discworld and Harry Potter fan, presents an amusing (or at least bemusing) intertextual piece – wondering what Hogwarts student house each of the main A-M Watch characters might have been "sorted" to. She sees Vimes as a "Ravenclaw-Hufflepuff mix", Carrot is a Hufflepuff, Angua a Gryffindor, and Cheery Littlebottom "definitely a Ravenclaw first and foremost and maybe a Gryffindor second". And then we come to Nobby and Colon:

"Unfortunately, Hogwarts doesn't have a house for characters whose sole purpose is to be bumbling comedic relief and to have things happen to them. Some would have you believe it's Hufflepuff, but those people are talking out their asses. Between them, they display traits of all houses – Colon's years of experience mean a surprising degree of street smarts, Nobby's low form of cunning in thievery, their combined foolhardiness and tendency to rush in when they do anything at all, their adamant loyalty to Vimes and the Watch (usually). But overall, I think it might actually just be funniest if they were Squibs..."

http://tinyurl.com/nzwec25

...and finally, a Tor Books blog post by Chris McCrudden, "12 Reasons to Read and Love Terry Pratchett's Discworld":

"1. The Discworld
2. He is the King of Ridiculous Fantastical Comedy
3. You don't have to start at the beginning.
4. You have several different series to choose from
5. But Granny Weatherwax is Everything!
6. Let's talk about DEATH
7. And Ankh Morpork
8. And Religion
9. A note on the Dungeon Dimensions
10. Josh Kirby's Covers
11. Quotability
12. And finally, he keeps boys reading for pleasure through the dark, lonely days of adolescence..."

Each Reason is explored at greater length in the blogpost:

http://tinyurl.com/lovlfxq

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11) ROUNDWORLD TALES: *MISTER* BRADSHAW AND HIS GUIDE

Any reader who didn't instantly recognise the character of widowed travel enthusiast Mrs Georgina Bradshaw in Raising Steam must never have experienced any British railways. My own reaction to the character was a surprised "oh, of *course* he had to include that!" giggle. For the rest of you: George Bradshaw was a mapmaker and printer famous for his Railway Companion, a book of, yes, railway timetables that was an invaluable aid for any 19th-century rail traveller.

Born in Salford, Lancashire (later a suburb of Manchester and later still the home of Coronation Street!) in 1801, Bradshaw opened an engraving business in Belfast in 1820, then returned to the city of his birth in 1822 to open a successful engraving and printing business. In 1841 he founded a weekly magazine, Bradshaw's Manchester Journal, "to sell at the cheap price of a penny-halfpenny a week", and soon changed the title to Bradshaw’s Journal: A Miscellany of Literature, published now out of London. "Bradshaw's Railway Time Tables and Assistant to Railway Travelling", the world's first compilation of railway timetables, was published in 1839 when the railways of Britain were almost as new as the Ankh-Morpork Hygienic Railway was to Raising Steam's Mrs Bradshaw. The book was cloth-bound and cost sixpence; in 1840 the title was changed to Bradshaw's Railway Companion, now priced at one shilling, although within a year the price had dropped back to the original. New volumes were issued as needed to keep up to date. Up through the end of the First World war, any railway timetable was called "a Bradshaw" whether it was the genuine article or not.

Having a book of railway timetables became less necessary when the 100-plus railway companies were merged into "the Big Four". While Bradshaw's did modernise the guide in the 1950s, its usefulness was on the wane. The final edition, No. 1521, was published in 1961. Bradshaw himself was long since dust, having died more than a century earlier in 1853, but his railway guides will live forever as a part of the history of Britain.

Sources include:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Bradshaw
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bradshaw%27s_Guide
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/journeysbyrail/9666372/Bradshaw-the-man-behind-the-guide.html

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12) IMAGES OF THE MONTH

Paul Kidby, sitting on his Ookbench!

http://tinyurl.com/q64gg6w

It's not so much this picture as the comment beneath it:

http://tinyurl.com/nko2ppj

A reminder that a great new Discworld-themed game is coming soon from the lads at Backspindle:

http://backspindlegames.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Clacks-image.jpg

The Cunning Artificer's handsome kiosk at DWcon 2014:

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The Hat! As photographed at DWcon 2014 by Oda Rygh:

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Kaye Elling, a most excellent Dwarf:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BuluAevCQAAxNvh.jpg

...and with dwarf bread:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BumzK7SIIAEc3Pk.jpg

A rather familiar-looking "Twoflower", auctioning for charity:

http://tinyurl.com/pkyf77v

...and worth revisiting – a celebration of Marc Simonetti's French Discworld covers:

http://tinyurl.com/lop2v2y

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13) CLOSE

So...

A recent programme broadcast on USA radio's "This American Life" featured a book written by none other than WOSSNAME's late great founder Joe Schaumburger! here's a bit of the transcript of show 532, "Magic Words", originally aired on 15th August 2014:

"There's this book full of magic words that one of our contributors, Jonathan Goldstein, found in his apartment when he was moving recently. He hadn't looked at it in over 30 years. It's called 'Ultra-Psychonics – How To Work Miracles With The Limitless Power Of Psychoatomic Energy.' It was written by a man named Walter Delaney, published in 1975. The book's premise, its basic premise, is that just as objects are composed of atoms, thoughts are composed of psychic atoms, or what Delaney calls psychons, ultrons, and egons..."

"Did Walter Delaney really believe what he was writing? Believe, for instance, that while the old-fashioned zodiac was outdated, his psychonic zodiac with its cryanox, vernox, estavox and invernox signs was more scientific as it was seasonally based? And that even if you were born under the estavox summer sign, you might exhibit a more cryanox winter type personality if you were born in an air conditioned hospital? The back of the book refers to him as, quote, "one of the world's leading authorities on the psychic and occult sciences." But I could find no mention of him anywhere on the internet. It was only when I searched on Walter Delaney and pseudonym that I finally got a lead. It turns out that like so many other mystical men from Leonard Susskind to Regis Philbin to my father Buzz Goldstein, Walter Delaney was originally a Jew from the Bronx by the name of Joseph Schaumburger. Schaumburger passed away in 2011. But I managed to track down his daughter, Barbara. She was in her early 20s when her dad was writing the book, and she remembers it clearly. At the time, Schaumburger was living in New Jersey and making a decent wage as an editor at a publishing house that specialized in occult self help books with titles like 'Secrets From Beyond The Pyramids' and 'The Magic Of Chantomatics.' And he was astonished by the amount of money he saw writers making..."

To read the full transcript of the show, follow the link below and scroll down to "Act One. I Believe I Can Fly". It's absolutely fascinating in a painful, how-can-people-be-so-gullible way. CMOT Dibbler would be proud!

http://tinyurl.com/pzamsx3

You may remember the sad story of the rescued orangutan who'd been captured and forced to become an unwilling Seamstress. Her story has a far happier continuing:

http://tinyurl.com/ojutjf4

The final two books in the Gollancz Discworld Collector's Library – the first being last, in other words The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic – are now available to purchase. Have a shufti at this page for the lot:

http://tinyurl.com/lc2udcz

As always these days, a mirror version of this issue is available to read at http://wossname.dreamwidth.org/

However...to all of you, dear Readers, especially the very many of you who was reduced to writing "where is the rest of this month's WOSSNAME?" and "why is this month's WOSSNAME cut short?" emails to your Editor over the years, here be an important pre-announcement announcement:

!!!FREE AT LAST!!! !!!FREE AT LAST!!! WOSSNAME WILL AT LAST BE FREE OF THE FRUSTRATIONS AND DEPREDATIONS OF YAHOOGROUPS!!! WITH MULTIPLE EXCLAMATION MARKS!!!! (though not quite five of them...) We have finally set up a way to send WOSSNAME directly to your inboxes! This is partly the cause of the technical difficulties that delayed the issue you're reading right now – it's hard to get things off a crashed server – but we think things are ready to go now. So this will, I hope, be the last-ever issue of WOSSNAME you will have to get via Yahoogroups. There's no decision yet at this end on whether to close the group there or not, as the archives are useful, but at least the likelihood of issues actually getting through to you intact should be one hundred per cent.

Stand by for the official announcement soon. In the meantime, happy approaching final third of the Roundworld year to all, and to all a good night – afternoon – whatever...

– Annie Mac

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02) EDITOR'S LETTER
03) ODDS AND SODS
04) DISCWORLD CONVENTION NEWS
05) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
06) MORE IMAGES OF THE MONTH
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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
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04) ODDS AND SODS
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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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INDEX:

01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH
02) EDITOR'S LETTER
03) THE LONG EARTH SERIES: NEWS AND REVIEWS
04) ODDS AND SODS
05) REVIEW: DODGER'S GUIDE TO LONDON
06) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
07) REVIEW: THE LONG WAR
08) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS
09) DISCWORLD CONVENTION NEWS
10) DISCWORLD MEETING GROUPS NEWS
11) ACTION REPLAYS
12) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
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01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH

"I have been blessed with good fortune in my life. I've turned a passion into a profession."

– Terry Pratchett, on accepting his first non-European honorary doctorate

"I'm sorry. I know that I am a small, weak man, but I have amassed a large library; I dream of dangerous places."

– AE Pessimal in Snuff (p. 186, Doubleday hardcover)

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02) LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR

All my life, I've taken my job seriously. Whether the work was paid (e.g. career) or unpaid (e.g. WOSSNAME), I always applied myself to the best of my ability. That application had much to do with why I did well in my former career, and I've continued doing my best to *do* my best as editor/publisher of the WOSSNAME newsletter even though my physical health is dodgy, my financial situation dodgier, and my mental health generally a Don't Arsk. But although I took on WOSSNAME as a favour to Joe-the-founder and have kept it going with less and less volunteer "staff" since his death a few years ago, my promise to Joe isn't the only reason I carry on here – I do WOSSNAME as a thank-you to Terry Pratchett, the man and the brand, for bringing so much delight and so much satisfaction to my life through his writings and for being one of the most awesome and influential popular philosophers of our time.

When I tell people Terry Pratchett ruined me for almost all other authors' work, I am not only dead serious but am also making that claim on the basis of a vast amount of comparative study: I've read many thousands of books over the decades. No, really. I taught myself to read at an early age, have ever been a fast reader with comprehensive, long-lasting content retention, and truly did spend much of my childhood inhaling every library I could get my eyes on (most of the rest of my time was spent marathoning and nature- watching; I may not have been the world's only child XD runner with a rucksack full of books, but I suspect we're a fairly rare occurrence), so by my early teens I had all the seminal and mid- period science fiction and fantasy "giants", long lists of other genre fiction, forests-worth of big-L Literature and vast mountains of pulp – not to mention far greater amounts of nonfiction – under my reading belt. And unsurprisingly, as the years went on and the list of authors sampled grew, my expectations rose with the height of my Already Read That pile.

And then came Terry Pratchett.

I used to think Wodehouse was the pinnacle of jaunty wit – until Pratchett. I used to think Tom Sharpe was the apex of trenchant social satire – until Pratchett. I even used to think Robert Rankin rather rocked – until Pratchett. And so on. I fell in love with the Discworld series and grew more and more wide-eyed as the power of Pratchett's writing kept on increasing, as he slipped more and more powerful characterisations and observations into the novels without ever losing the weirdly innocent charm of the Discverse itself. And then he wrote Night Watch, and pretty much blew away all the other science fiction writers. And then he wrote Nation, and moved me so with its story – and most of all with its magnificently real characters – that I cried myself sick on my first three readings of it, and yearly re-readings still choke me up something rotten. And then he wrote Dodger, and transported us to the muck and magic of nineteenth-century London in the most rollicking picaresque since Fielding's Tom Jones romped across the public imagination some 250-odd years ago.

Terry Pratchett's ability to draw us a living, breathing character in the space of a sentence or two continues to amaze me. Even the most secondary characters, from long-ago Mended Drum owner Hibiscus Dunelm to minor Agatean bureaucrat Six Beneficent Winds, from "Bill Door"'s fellow farm labourers to the least memorable member of the Silver Horde, from Tawneee the unworldly stripper to "winkle-stall queen" Verity Pushpram, spring instantly into fully realised 3-D on the mental screen. Consider Roland's father, dying Baron of the Chalk: we hardly got to "see" him in the Tiffany Aching books, yet his presence was so vibrant, so *alive* – and his death so filled with light and hope and welcome resolution – that it gutted me. Consider Angua's mother: sketchily drawn yet real enough that we could see in her the sources of so much of Angua's personal anxieties and Wolfgang's over-indulged arrogance. Consider goblin Billy Slick's great-grandmother, the alcohol-soaked but needle-sharp Regret of the Falling Leaf. Consider Brick the foundling troll, overwhelmed by life in the big city, drug-addled and none too bright yet sensitive enough to recognise the subtle distinctions of moral conflict. Consider Mrs Colon, never seen but easily pictured. Or Miss Healstether. Or the Smoking Gnu. Or Kelda Jeannie. Or the rat- catchers in TAMAHER, real enough to smell and far more menacing than any throwaway comedy villains have a right to be. Or... the list goes on and on. Pratchett's greatest strength, and many agree with me on this, lies in his ability to present all those living, breathing, utterly sympathetic characters in a way that feels effortless, straight out of his imagination into our hearts.

And then I read The Long War, and Terry Pratchett's writing brought me to tears again, but this time for a very different reason.

All of the above is my long-winded way of saying that I simply cannot, in conscience, write a truthful review of The Long War because I can't find anything good to say about it, despite having promised last month to include a review in the June issue. I feel awful about this. I feel like some kind of traitor. I feel like I'm biting the hand that's fed my Happy Reading Place for almost thirty years. But I can't squeeze out enough juice to make the proverbial lemonade, because The Long War feels nothing like Terry Pratchett's writing and nothing like a book I'd wish to recommend to friends or strangers. I found it even drier and more lifeless than The Long Earth. I found the characters even more cipher-like, with not the slightest touch of the *aliveness* that pervades all the rest of Pratchett's creations. And no, it's not a matter of different genres, as I suggested in my review of The Long Earth two years ago, nor is it a matter of time and PCA changing the author's style – as far as I'm concerned, Snuff and Raising Steam and all the rest of his recent work still fills my world with shining, sparkling wordcraft.

So I've bowed out of this one, Readers, even though it breaks my heart. I've decided to repost my review of The Long Earth, as just about every criticism I offered in reviewing the first book of the series holds for the second, and have passed reviewing duties for The Long War over to one of WOSSNAME's few remaining staff members (see item 7).

Dear Sir Pterry and Team Pratchett, please don't hate me, 'k? I shall continue to do my best to pay respects to that enormous body of awesome work. The flame still burns!

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And the flame *does* still burn, in the form of WOSSNAME's review of Jack Dodger's Guide to London. It's a bit of a love letter from the heart, and no lemons required squeezing in its making. See item 5...

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As an ever greater number of amateur dramatic companies and student drama projects choose to present Discworld plays, the quality of the productions continues to rise. I normally present Discworld plays without concentrating on any particular productions, but I have to say that Australia's "Unseen Theatre" company deserves an extra nod of appreciation for their presentations, and now, to judge by reviews and other reactions, the Lifeline Theatre of Chicago deserves a nod as well for their current staging of Monstrous Regiment. Do be sure to read the reviews for that production and for Unseen Theatre's recent production of Thief of Time, below in section 6!

And speaking of Unseen Theatre, auditions are continuing for their forthcoming production of The Last Continent. Many roles were filled during yesterday's auditions, but not all of them. Director Pamela Munt writes, "Unfortunately we didn't quite fill all of the roles that we have for "The Last Continent" at auditions today. So we will be holding a second round of auditions next Sunday 7th July. We do have enough females. We are now just looking for a couple more males. If you would like to audition please contact Pamela by email at pamela@unseen.com.au This time you will need to make a specific appointment for your audition."

If you're an aspiring Fourecksian luvvy, and want more details, go to:

http://www.unseen.com.au/shows/auditions-round-2-sunday-july-7

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This seems a good time to remind everyone that the gorgeous Gollancz Discworld Collector's Edition reissues of earlier Discworld novels are almost all, erm, reissued! Still to come in July are the rest of the Lancre Witches books (Witches Abroad, Lords and Ladies, Maskerade), and in August, the reissues finish with The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic. These smaller-format hardcovers are still priced at £9.99 each, and so worth it – I don't know about you, but my own early Discworld paperbacks are now several steps beyond dog-eared, foxed, badgered, wolved and Things from the Dungeon Dimensions-battered. As these reissues remain unavailable for purchase in USA/Canada due to the frustrating niceties of the publishing industry, but there's always that handy internet whatchmajig that might prove helpful... according to the official Gollancz blog, "Many of you are asking whether the series will continue after Jingo. The short answer is: we don’t know. The slightly longer answer is that we do not control rights in any of the Discworld books after Jingo; they are published by Transworld. At the moment, we know of no firm plans on their part to continue the Collector’s Library, but if that changes we’ll certainly note it on the Gollancz blog."

For a full list of the published and about to be published reissues, go to:

http://tinyurl.com/n7zvr6k

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

– Annie Mac, Editor

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03) THE LONG EARTH SERIES: NEWS AND REVIEWS

3.1 THE LONG MARS: THE BLURB

"2040-2045: In the years after the cataclysmic Yellowstone eruption there is massive economic dislocation as populations flee Datum Earth to myriad Long Earth worlds. Sally, Joshua, and Lobsang are all involved in this perilous work when, out of the blue, Sally is contacted by her long-vanished father and inventor of the original Stepper device, Willis Linsay. He tells her he is planning a fantastic voyage across the Long Mars and wants her to accompany him. But Sally soon learns that Willis has ulterior motives ...

"Meanwhile U. S. Navy Commander Maggie Kauffman has embarked on an incredible journey of her own, leading an expedition to the outer limits of the far Long Earth.

"For Joshua, the crisis he faces is much closer to home. He becomes embroiled in the plight of the Next: the super-bright post-humans who are beginning to emerge from their 'long childhood' in the community called Happy Landings, located deep in the Long Earth. Ignorance and fear are causing 'normal' human society to turn against the Next - and a dramatic showdown seems inevitable

The Long Mars has been released this week in the UK. The hardcover version is priced at £9.00 on amazon.co.uk:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Long-Mars-Earth/dp/0857521748

...or at £12.99 via the far less morally grey Waterstones:

http://terrypratchett.co.uk/index.php/books/the-long-mars

3.2 THE LONG WAR: OUT NOW IN PAPERBACK

"A generation after the events of The Long Earth, mankind has spread across the new worlds opened up by Stepping. Where Joshua and Lobsang once pioneered, now fleets of airships link the stepwise Americas with trade and culture. Mankind is shaping the Long Earth ? but in turn the Long Earth is shaping mankind ...

"A new 'America', called Valhalla, is emerging more than a million steps from Datum Earth, with core American values restated in the plentiful environment of the Long Earth ? and Valhalla is growing restless under the control of the Datum government...

"Meanwhile the Long Earth is suffused by the song of the trolls, graceful hive-mind humanoids. But the trolls are beginning to react to humanity?s thoughtless exploitation...

"Joshua, now a married man, is summoned by Lobsang to deal with a gathering multiple crisis that threatens to plunge the Long Earth into a war unlike any mankind has waged before."

For more information, and to order:

http://terrypratchett.co.uk/index.php/books/the-long-war

3.3 THE LONG MARS: REVIEW

By Beth Wyatt on London 24:

"The Long Mars, the third in a bestselling series by fantasy genius Terry Pratchett and science fiction star Stephen Baxter, follows the subsequent years through a variety of narrative threads. US Navy commander Maggie Kauffman leads her crew along the Long Earth on two airships, in an attempt to surpass the Chinese record set five years previously of 20 million 'stepwise' Earths. An expedition is also to be had for Sally Linsay, who is contacted out of the blue by her father Willis, the inventor of the original Stepper device, with a tantalising offer to go where none have dared dream of – the Long Mars. But will they find anything worth discovering? And what are Willis' motives? Meanwhile, Joshua Valiente is alerted to the existence of a new civilisation of super-smart humans and becomes pulled into the resulting conflict. Each of the threads, which eventually begin to pull together at the end of the novel, are equally as gripping. The discoveries made on the expeditions are jaw-dropping and, as you would expect from a science fiction novel, are intelligently explained rather than just shoehorned in... Pratchett's trademark playful wit combines with Baxter's science fiction expertise later on with creatures such as a dog-human species, a murderous crustacean and a flying reptile. Not many other writers could introduce such wacky creations and make them believable... With a collaborative novel, there is a worry that the tale may not flow, but Pratchett and Baxter's voices blend seamlessly..."

http://tinyurl.com/ofm7qz2

3.4 STEPHEN BAXTER ON THE COLLABORATIVE PROCESS

Stephen Baxter discusses his collaboration with Sir Pterry on the Long Earth books:

"It quickly emerged that we had quite different writing styles. The Long Earth (as it became) is a kind of extended landscape which you could map, and as the series went on it evolved a history spanning decades, so from the beginning I showed up with sketch maps and timelines, all subject to revision but settings for the stories we would tell. This was 'hard SF' after all, SF of the kind I'd always written, where you stick to the laws of physics (given the odd tweak such as the existence of the parallel worlds in the first place) and you convince the reader through internal consistency. Whereas Terry likes to find his way into a story by following the people: give him two characters sitting in a room and the story will come, he says. As it's worked out, the tensions between the two methods have basically been constructive... I remember a moment when it came together. We sat before his voice-recognition computer system and worked through a revision of Terry's early material, as our Daniel Boone-like hero Joshua Valiente is summoned to the presence of the mysterious artificial intelligence Lobsang for the first time. Terry veered off unexpectedly into a flashback to Joshua's past, when he was a troubled thirteen-year-old on 'Step Day', the day when the Long Earth suddenly opened up for mankind. Terry likes to drill down into the heads of his characters; I think young Joshua had something in common with Tiffany Aching. We had Joshua saving other, less capable kids who got lost in the forests of the parallel worlds – and then I took over, thinking of my world mappings, and had Joshua go off alone deeper into the Long Earth... I think we became confident that this had worked; we had put Terry's characterisation, humour and wisdom together with my sense of the hard-SF structure necessary for establishing the universe of the Long Earth..."

http://www.terrypratchett.co.uk/?p=5098

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04) ODDS AND SODS

4.1 REPEAT: FOURECKS HONOURS SIR PTERRY

Nice coverage of that newest honorary degree:

"UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd, who presented the award to him in the United Kingdom, says Terry Pratchett is a clear example of someone who has stayed true to his passion. 'Terry brings his immeasurable talent and intellect to doing what he loves – he has produced an enormous body of work that continues to delight and inspire millions of readers and writers around the world,' Prof Lloyd says. 'His contribution not only to literature, but also to the causes about which he is passionate, is enormous and has been rightly acknowledged in literary prizes, through sales and in awards such as this one.' Prof Lloyd says the University is delighted that Terry has accepted the title of Honorary Doctor, his first award of this type from outside the UK and Ireland. 'This brings Terry into the UniSA community in a more personal way and brings our students and the wider University closer to the life of a great writer and a great man,' Prof Lloyd says..."

http://w3.unisa.edu.au/unisanews/2014/June/story3.asp

4.2 REVIEW: THE FOLKLORE OF DISCWORLD

Reviewed by Kate Padilla on Authorlink:

"What a treat for a book reviewer to receive a book in a genre not normally sought and embark on a literary journey. English author Terry Pratchett, who created the Discworld Series (40 volumes with sales up to 85 million copies) has just released, 'The Folklore of Discworld,' co-written with British folklorist Jacqueline Simpson. It is a detailed reference book of legends, myths and customs from 'planet earth' that Pratchett links to his fantasy world... The sensational core of the series are characters who live on Discworld — dwarfs, witches, vampires, gods and other creatures... I discovered Discworld can lead you along a path of laughter and a trip into a joyful magical mystical world."

http://tinyurl.com/lcnxgse

4.3 BEWARE: HERE BE ELVES!

Does Iceland need to put up Dancers? They certainly have Lancre's gnarly ground...

"Plans to build a new road in Iceland ran into trouble recently when campaigners warned that it would disturb elves living in its path. Construction work had to be stopped while a solution was found... Surveys suggest that more than half of Icelanders believe in, or at least entertain the possibility of the existence of, the Huldufolk – the hidden people. Just to be clear, Icelandic elves are not the small, green, pointy-eared variety that help Santa pack the toys at Christmas – they're the same size as you and I, they're just invisible to most of us. Mainly they're a peaceable breed but if you treat them with disrespect, for example by blasting dynamite through their rock houses and churches, they're not reticent about showing their displeasure.

"Iceland's rugged landscape is no bucolic idyll – the very ground boils and spits irrationally, the surrounding craggy, black mountains fester menacingly and above, the sky is constantly herniated by the iron-grey clouds it strains to hold up. It's a visceral, raw and brutal beauty which makes Heathcliff's Wuthering Heights look like a prissy, pastoral watercolour. "You can't live in this landscape and not believe in a force greater than you," explains Professor of Folklore Adalheidur Gudmundsdottir..."

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-27907358

4.4 INTERVIEW: RHIANNA PRATCHETT

"We spoke briefly about her father, Terry Pratchett. Did having such a famous author as a father influence her at all? 'I'm not sure how much he influenced me to go into writing. He certainly didn't actively encourage it. I guess it was just in the blood.' Indeed, the relationship between Rhianna and her father is much more complex than a literary dynasty: 'I'm immensely proud of what my father has achieved in his career, but I see him as being my dad first and foremost, not 'Terry Pratchett' [the] famous author. He's the man who built me Moomin Valley out of papier-mache, taught me how to milk goats and who took me out of bed in the middle of the night to see glow worms and Halley's comet...'"

http://tinyurl.com/kjld9ma

4.5 LEARNING: LANGUAGES AS A HEDGE AGAINST DEMENTIA

A University of Edinburgh study has shown that learning a second language, even in late adulthood, might delay the onset of dementia by several years:

"The findings indicate that those who spoke two or more languages had significantly better cognitive abilities compared to what would have been expected from their baseline test. The strongest effects were seen in general intelligence and reading. The effects were present in those who learned their second language early, as well as later in life."

So... hands up, all you over-40s who want to learn how to speak fluent Nac Mac Feegle!

If you wish to read the full article, it's here: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-27634990

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05) REVIEW: DODGER'S GUIDE TO LONDON

By Annie Mac

I'm not sure what astonished me more about Jack Dodger's Guide to London – the realisation that I never got around to posting a review of it in WOSSNAME, or the discovery that hardly anyone else out in the wider world appears to have reviewed it. Oh, woe! And waily waily! And I can't be having with this! So...

As we sit in our comfortable homes with all the "mod cons" we take for granted now – well-caulked roofs, good insulation, hot and cold running water, mains gas and electricity, working flush toilets – and our easy access to effective medical treatment, fresh food and clean clothing (and let's not forget the vital work of the refuse collectors, street-sweepers and all the other municipal toilers who make even relatively low-income neighbourhoods far more salubrious places to be in than anywhere anyone but the richest, most powerful people could manage two centuries ago), it can be hard to imagine just how dirty and dangerous London life was in the days of Dodger and his contemporaries. Jack Dodger's Guide to London, filled with historical facts, legends and anecdotes and enlivened by frequent quotes from Sir Jack Dodger himself (based, it says on the cover, on his "original notes"), goes a long and entertaining way towards showing the differences between then and now. The book's 138 pages and twenty-four chapterlets cover many areas of everyday life amongst the high and low of Victorian London: coin of the realm, street vernacular, the Ragged Schools, the Royal Family, underwear and outerwear; details of shopping and housekeeping, crime and the law, and what it was like to live in the slums; transport, public works, entertainments of the time; and various other aspects of Victorian London – including of course the lives of sailors, Seamstresses, dock-workers... and toshers. Special highlights for me were extracts from the actual works of the real Henry Mayhew, and reprints of news items of the time (none of them, sadly, written by Charlie Dickens).

Apart from its oodles of info, Dodger's Guide is a visually delightful piece of art in its own right, styled to match the previous entry in the series that now includes Where's My Cow? and The World of Poo. From the old-fashioned, gilt-decorated matte covers and equally old-fashioned-looking (and Greenpeace approved) renewably sourced paper to the new illustrations by Paul Kidby plus a wealth of reproduced 19th century images and beautifully varied layouts and fonts – as it says at the front of the book, "Considered trifles courtesy of The Discworld Emporium, Wincanton, Somerset... Text design by Lizzy Laczynska... Picture research by Liane Payne" – the book is worth owning for its aesthetic qualities alone, never mind the fun and cheerful faux-Victorian stylings of its content.

The penultimate and final pages of Jack Dodger's Guide to London offer a bibliography and list of internet sources for those of you who might like to take your 19th-century London researches further. I would also recommend some books I own and websites I visit, that provide contemporary-to-us sources of London images and information that fit in nicely with the theme of Dodger's Guide – particularly Geoffrey Fletcher's exquisite short book The London Nobody Knows, which was first published at the end of the 1950s and gives a very good picture, via Fletcher's descriptions and sketches of the remnants of Victorian and Edwardian London, of what life was like in times closer to Dodger's era; Paul Talling's Lost Rivers of London (Talling also runs the excellent if heart-rending, at least to us former London residents, website Derelict London); the website http ://the-east-end.co.uk/and its Twitter account, @The_East_End; and Catharine Arnold's very engaging factual histories of London, including "Necropolis (London and its Dead)", "City of Sin (London and its Vice)", and "Bedlam (London and its Mad)". Another related group of interest is the Ragged Victorians, a sort of social-history Peeled Nuts who assemble in costume, "Using original resources, and the works of Henry Mayhew and Charles Dickens..." to "achieve the most authentic impression, of what life was like in the 1840/50s"; their website can be found at http://www.raggedvictorians.co.uk/

Jack Dodger's Guide to London is a Small but Perfectly Formed(TM) gem of the first water. It shines like golden sovereigns embedded in a tosheroon. If you haven't read and collected it yet, I suggest you do so without delay!

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Here be a review of Dodger's Guide on SFF World, by Mark Yon:

http://tinyurl.com/kww4hjm

...and one at concatenation.org by Peter Tyers:

http://www.concatenation.org/frev/pratchett_dodger_guide.html

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06) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS

6.1 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: TBA
Tickets: Pricing TBA

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

6.2 REVIEWS: THIEF OF TIME IN ADELAIDE

More reviews of Unseen Theatre's latest production...

By Benjamin Orchard for Adelaide Theatre Guide:

"Pamela Munt, in adapting the novel for the stage, provides newbies like myself with just enough world-building exposition to get by… but only just. I found the first ten minutes or so of this play to be a bit of a jumble, and I would have appreciated a somewhat more detailed explanation as to the intricacies of this world. Fortunately, once the main plot kicks into gear, the play becomes somewhat easier to follow and Munt's script captures Pratchett's greatest strength as a writer, namely his gift for dialogue that is at once gleefully absurd and bitingly witty. This sublime wordplay is buoyed by an impassioned cast, ensuring that many scenes are hilariously entertaining to watch, even if they don't completely make sense and serve no purpose in driving the narrative forward.

"The talented ensemble assumes multiple roles, Monty Python style, with chameleonic finesse, but a few performances stand out more than others. Leighton James is endearingly adorkable as both the naive clockmaker, Jeremy, who is unwittingly recruited by malevolent otherworldly beings to construct a doomsday device and as novice monk, Lobsang, who is entrusted with the daunting quest of preventing the apocalypse. Philip Lineton has laconic charm to spare as Lobsang's aging mentor, Lu-Tze, whose sage wisdom is often filtered through bizarre 'Karate Kid' style housework metaphors. Hugh O'Connor is surprisingly amiable as Death, and together with the other Four Horsemen (Lewis Baker, Tony Cockington, Daniel McInnes, Samuel Creighton) generate an off-kilter chemistry reminiscent of an over-the-hill rock band on a reunion tour. Amelia Lorien is deliciously snarky as Death's granddaughter, Susan, and the filmed narration by Melanie Lyons is a hoot, her relaxed, casual tone adding an extra layer of humour to many life or death situations in the story..."

http://tinyurl.com/pamhylz

By Peter Bleby on aussietheatre.com.au:

"Pamela Munt and The Unseen Theatre Company are to be commended on even attempting to bring this world premiere to the stage. It is not their first either, but this 26th novel in the Discworld series is a particularly difficult one, perhaps especially if you have not read several of its predecessors. Pratchett's writing, though very popular, is not necessarily everybody's cup of what-you-will. But there is always genuine humour, serious inquiry, and crazy fantasy, and these elements are well portrayed in this adaptation... Naturally, this play is surreal, disjointed, quirky and full of non–sequiturs, which must have made learning the lines a bigger challenge, which this cast has mastered well..."

http://tinyurl.com/qctb5jc

By Stephen Davenport for Indaily:

"As usual, the production combines all the best elements of the company to produce a satisfyingly paced piece that ranks among Pamela Munt's, and her players', best episodes. It is an enjoyable romp. Discworld fans – and many round-world patrons – will find it an absolute treat. This is an impressive play with a good deal of aptitude in the troupe; and each performer is truly striking. It's surprising what substance in presentation can do to bring complex plots, entire continents, and even the whole of space and time, to life. Of course, the play is a quest with comical heroes, sagacity, and satire, but this time, it comes with an unusual philosophical outlook, that fortunately doesn't detract from the hilarity. Much of the success is due to the hearty direction by Munt who's adaptation gives the piece a suitable depth and yet doesn't ignore the essence of Pratchett's humour. She delivers a fairy-tale for adults, utilising the author's astonishing work of imagination to yield fastidious absurdity and soul in every particular, impeccably produced scene..."

http://www.unseen.com.au/shows/thief-time/reviews/thief-time-0

6.3 REVIEWS: MONSTROUS REGIMENT IN CHICAGO

Rave reviews – quite savvy ones as well!

Kelsey Jorissen in the Chicago Reader:

"Hainsworth has done a fine job of translating Pratchett's amiable cynicism into sharp theatrical language. His adaptation is witty on its own account and only slightly overlong at two and a half hours. But it's Theis's ensemble that bring even the undead to vivid, entertaining life. Starting out jet-set smooth and uber-vampire confident, Michaela Petro suffers amusingly when severe caffeine deprivation brings Maladict this close to breaking his blood- temperance oath. Justine Turner acts her way through thick layers of gray foam costuming to create a droll troll. And Katie McLean Hainsworth steals a whole slew of scenes as Igor the, uh, Igor. Robert Kauzlaric builds an engagingly clueless lieutenant out of air quotes, while Christopher M. Walsh supplies unexpected nuance and a large measure of heart as the squad's tough, genial NCO. Sarah Price's Polly is as plucky as she needs to be — and yet her main virtue isn't heroism or even likability, but the way she invites us into her adventure..."

http://tinyurl.com/nwtpcl4

By Barbara Vitello in the Chicago Daily Herald:

"Taking its title from John Knox's 16th-century tirade against female sovereigns ('The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women'), in which he argues gender makes women unsuitable leaders, the play satirizes gender roles. It also serves as a caustic rebuke of war, blind patriotism and persistent stupidity – all of which make this 'Regiment' resonant... Facing defeat and with their ranks depleted, army recruiters seek out young soldiers willing to enlist in Borogravia's latest struggle against neighboring Zlobenia. Among them is Polly Perks (Sarah Price, a winningly winsome waif), who cuts her hair, dons a pair of breeches, changes her name to Oliver and joins the army to find her wayward brother (also a recruit) and bring him home. She's assigned to a ragtag regiment, whose recruits are as green as she is. Among them is aristocratic vampire Maladict (Michaela Petro, all refined menace), who swore off blood in favor of coffee; Igor (great work from Katie McLean Hainsworth), a hunchback medic with a talent for stitching together bodies; and the slightly dim troll Carborundum (the affable, amusing Justine C. Turner), who enlists under the army's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy. This motley band of "brothers" includes Melissa Engle's pious Wazzer, a Joan of Arc-like character who hears the voice of Borogravia's revered Duchess... Rounding out the regiment dubbed monstrous is the self-contained Lofty (Mandy Walsh) and the defiant Tonker (passionately played by Kim Boler), who expresses in simple terms the frustration of the powerless... Leading the untrained, poorly outfitted regiment is the gruff, battle-hardened, unfailingly decent Sgt. Jackrum, played with equal parts compassion and ruthlessness by Christopher M. Walsh. Walsh brings real pathos. Also on hand is Jackrum's weaselly corporal Strappi (John Ferrick) and their commanding officer, the dapper, befuddled Lt. Blouse (the hilarious Robert Kauzlaric), a dandy eager for glory... At two and a half hours including intermission, the play is overly long and needs trimming. But that's a minor point in what is a major delight from a company renowned for its page-to-stage translations..."

https://www.dailyherald.com/article/20140612/entlife/140619664/

By Kerry Reid in the Chicago Tribune:

"I've yet to get my literary passport stamped for Terry Pratchett's "Discworld." But after seeing Lifeline Theatre's marvelous production of "Monstrous Regiment," the 31st novel in Pratchett's hugely popular series about life on a flat planet whose inhabitants' foibles are suspiciously similar to our own, I'm ready to book passage on the S.S. Pratchett... As I've not read the source novel, I can't vouch for how much adapter Chris Hainsworth had to leave on the cutting-room floor, but from reading online summaries, my guess is 'a lot.' My judgment is that it doesn't matter. As a Pratchett newbie, I had no problem entering into this topsy-turvy world for two-plus hours and following the ins and outs of its backstory... The best thing about Hainsworth's script and director Kevin Theis' crackerjack staging is that it manages to fully inhabit the realm of the ridiculous while tipping its hat to Pratchett's essentially humanist/feminist concerns. Somehow, as Iraq falls into even greater sectarian violence, a play rife with grotesque absurdity (soldiers dining on horsemeat and clothed in the blood-soaked uniforms of dead comrades) about a never-ending war waged on behalf of the probably- dead duchess of the aforementioned Borogravia seems wholly apropos... The anti-war and anti-violence sentiments in the script, updated by Hainsworth with references to 'shock and awe' and 'don't ask, don't tell,' are handled with offhanded aplomb that keep them from feeling like cheap sloganeering... If there has been a more accomplished comedic ensemble on a Chicago stage this year, I've not seen it..."

http://tinyurl.com/lzmfbut

By Mary Shen Barnidge for the Windy City Media Group:

"Those familiar with the literary career of Terry Pratchett (who commands his own yearly international conference in the UK) know to expect sly social commentary in the guise of a mock-epic fantasy structured with the slapdash glee of a Dungeons and Dragons tournament. For those encountering the exhaustive Discworld series for the first time (like me), Chris Hainsworth's adaptation deftly avoids becoming bogged down in arcane backstories from previous volumes to locate us firmly in the present, the Balkanesque conflicts providing a canvas for discussion of war's eternal stupidity. This is no windy allegorical polemic, however. Under Kevin Theis' direction, this motley band of, uh, brothers emerges as a gang of live-action cartoons, with smart, slapstick antics always grounded in individual personalities... The wordplay likewise brims with the delight of an author who obviously loves his language, replete with puns and allusions inserted so unobtrusively as to register without stopping the flow of the action, as well as a dry humor ('I've starved before,' Sgt. Jackrum warns his troops, 'There's no future in it') refreshingly devoid of the juvenile snark too often infecting sword-and-sorcery satire. The swift physical pace would mean nothing without verbal agility as well, but Lifeline's dream-team ensemble never misses a step..."

http://tinyurl.com/kuzo2g4

Also, a piece about the genesis of the production, by Myrna Petlicki for Sun-Times Media:

"Kevin Theis had never heard of Terry Pratchett's Discworld fantasy novels when Lifeline Theatre asked him to direct 'Monstrous Regiment.' 'I only became a fan of the series as a result of working on this play,' the Oak Park resident said. Theis read the source novel and one other book in the series and was drawn to the author's humor. 'He's a really, really funny writer,' Theis said. 'The world he's created is so freeing to an author. He basically says there are no rules. In Discworld if you believe in something strong enough, it comes true... Chris Hainsworth, who did the adaptation, is a big fan,' Theis noted. 'He has read all the Discworld books and is a repository of all Discworld knowledge...' Theis believes that this satire on war is especially relevant to our situation in America. 'We're about to come to the end of our longest war in history,' he said of the combat in Afghanistan. 'And the idea that we must stop this war is a huge theme of 'Monstrous Regiment.' Satire is an important element in the books of Discworld and there's lots of humor in this play but Theis insists that the show goes deeper than that..."

http://tinyurl.com/pt9j38l

6.4 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. Note: there is no performance on Friday, July 4."

http://tinyurl.com/nefve5c

When: now, and up until 20th July 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

6.5 REVIEW: MORT IN CHESHAM

A review of Mort at The Little Theatre by the Park, Chesham, by Rita Carpenter for the Bucks Free Press (Sir Pterry's old workplace):

"With a great many fairy tale characters, some superb costumes and strong performances the play went along at a cracking pace. Produced by Katherine Coburn and directed by Jonathan Coburn the group is very family orientated and this was evident by how many family members were taking part. The lighting and sound effects were superb and with 26 scenes it was amazing how well everything flowed. With a minimalistic set the scenes were depicted by clever lighting and props which appeared and disappeared swiftly adding to the magic of the production. There were not many youngsters in the audience indeed there were more on stage and I would have liked to have seen more but the ones I spoke to during the interval all agreed that they were really enjoying the play..."

http://tinyurl.com/od3hu6l

6.6 REVIEW: WITCHES ABROAD IN BIRMINGHAM

Last month's Jadis Shadows production of Wyrd Sisters at Old Joint Stock, Birmingham, reviewed by Selwyn Knight on The Public Reviews:

"As with many of Pratchett's stories, themes from this world are skilfully placed into the Discworld to provide entertainment and comic effect. In The Wyrd Sisters, there are several Shakespearian themes, most noticeably from King Lear, Hamlet and Macbeth, though Pratchett superbly debunks the witches' scenes as the older, more experienced witches play down any need for melodrama when invoking magic... This is quite a wide ranging story and there are some potentially questionable directorial decisions: it's made clear that all female characters in the travelling players' troupe are traditionally played by men, but it's not obvious what the director hoped to achieve by casting a male duchess alongside female witches. The set is also very busy with unused items littering the back wall, some of which only make a single appearance, but remain in vision throughout. Indeed, the scene changes lack fluidity, and, unless it is mentioned in conversation, it is rarely obvious in which location we find ourselves. This lack of fluidity is a factor in the show's main weakness – it is simply too long... The finest performances come from the three witches, with Granny Weatherwax maintaining her sardonic demeanour exceptionally well throughout, Nanny Ogg giving every indication of enjoying the drunken life of loose morals and Magrat remaining idealistic and naive, even as she and the Fool take their first tentative steps towards romance. Indeed, the Fool is a lynchpin of the whole piece and clearly rather more intelligent than first meets the eye..."

http://tinyurl.com/kzfnkf3

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07) REVIEWS: THE LONG EARTH, THE LONG WAR

7.1 THE LONG EARTH: THE LONG REVIEW, REPOSTED

By Annie Mac

A few weeks ago, I went to see The Avengers, the Joss Whedon- scripted and directed superhero film. I like superhero films as a rule, I grew up reading and loving Marvel comics, and I have been in awe of Joss Whedon's writing and directing skills for many years now, so my expectations were fairly high. And here's a funny thing: I said, as my friends and I watched the closing credits, "That may well be the definitive superhero movie"; I was sufficiently impressed to go back to see it again (with mostly different companions) two weeks later; I intend to buy the DVD of it and watch it repeatedly over the years... and yet my one-sentence summary of The Avengers was "Joss Whedon is such a genius that he *almost* managed to make a silk purse." – because for all its clever writing, fantastically witty dialogue and exquisite direction, cinematography, editing and special effects, it simply did not touch my heart as completely as the X-Men films have done.

So what has this to do with The Long Earth?

Well. In a brief mention in last month's issue, shortly after my first reading of the book, I described The Long Earth as "a fast, exciting piece of storytelling" containing "fascinating ideas, great imagery, and some very memorable characters". All of that is true, but The Long Earth also is not without its flaws, and those flaws mean that this unquestionably well-crafted and clever novel ultimately failed to lift and fill my heart in the way that Terry Pratchett's other work always does.

Before I go any further, Reader, I'll stop right here and acknowledge that some things I perceived as flaws may not be considered flaws by some of you – read on to the section about characters – but no, it isn't a matter of The Long Earth being in a different genre. There has been much trumpeting here and there along the lines of "Terry Pratchett's writing is taking a new direction: he's doing science fiction now!"; but for many of us, this announcement sounds daft, because we know that Terry Pratchett has been writing – and releasing – some fine, fine science fiction novels and shorter pieces for decades, among them The Dark Side of the Sun and Strata (early-career but promising), the Johnny Maxwell trilogy (especially the first and third books), Night Watch (science fiction plus Literature-quality sociopolitics and psychology, cleverly disguised as a fabulous Discworld novel), and one of my own all-time favourite science fiction short stories, *#ifdef DEBUG + "world/enough" + "time"* (which I rate at least as highly as Robert Heinlein's classic "By His Bootstraps").

Let's be honest: there's no way to critique a new Pratchett novel, in any genre, without comparing it to his extant body of work – or, for that matter, without comparing it to any previous Pratchett collaborations – and by that yardstick The Long Earth doesn't quite measure up to most of the author's previous brilliance. But given what we already know of Terry Pratchett's mighty writing-fu, I cannot help but lay the blame this time at the feet of co-writer Stephen Baxter.

Baxter's strong suit has always been the Big Idea, most notably that of a technological advance that effectively rewrites human society at a fundamental level, and he does it well, but he suffers from the typical science fiction writer's weakness when it comes to putting flesh on the bones of the story. A good example would be The Light of Other Days, another collaborative novel (written, or at least co- created, with Arthur C. Clarke): fabulous ideas set down masterfully but let down somewhat by flat, poorly realised characters. In the case of Baxter and Clarke, you have two bone-dry ideas men with little grasp of how to create living, breathing characters, so this is unsurprising. In the case of Baxter and Pratchett, you have a bone-dry ideas man and a master of character depth, character motivation and sparkling dialogue exchanges – and yet the end result lacks that depth and sparkle that I expect from anything Terry Pratchett has a hand in.

But that doesn't mean this review is a negative one. It really doesn't. So let's start with the general and the positive, shall we? To wit:

The Long Earth is a science fiction novel, very much so, well into the realm of ideas-driven "hard" science fiction, and it delivers the aforementioned fascinating ideas and great imagery. It gives excellent new twists to well-trodden speculative concepts. It also presents what has to be one of the most, if not the most, bizarre accoutrements to interuniversal travel and demonstrates likely social and political changes in a well-thought-out manner. The actual wordcraft is miles above almost all other science fiction (not that we would expect any less here). In short, it does what it says on the tin, and on that level it works very well indeed.

Plot is not a particularly strong point, but this is often the case with ideas-driven fiction. As most of you already know from The Long Earth's long promotional run-up, the story revolves around a homemade device, freely and anonymously released on the internet, that allows its user to "Step" to and from alternate Earths in alternate universes, and the ways this simple technology changes, well, everything. We are shown the chaos, terror and joy of "Step Day", the attempts of various nations' authorities to deal with the opening of this ultimate frontier, the ways in which human nature asserts itself in the same old manner even in the face of the new, and the desolation of those who for unexplained reasons are physically unable to Step. Beyond that, The Long Earth is the story of two entities who set out together on an exploring trip to the furthest reaches of the "High Meggas", a million or more Earths beyond our own "Datum Earth" – Joshua, a hyperintelligent, talented, methodical and rather obnoxious young man who was born under very unusual circumstances, prefers his own company to the extreme, and craves the Silence (no, not what you Doctor Who fans are thinking), and Lobsang, an even more intelligent, talented, methodical and rather obnoxious AI who is legally human (and yes, he has a certificate of sorts to prove it; now where have we read that one before, hmm...) – and whom and what they find along their way.

There is humour, though much of it feels slightly out of place and does not meld as well as it could have with the rest of the "feel" of the narrative. There is drama, though precious little of it. Some guns of the Chekhov variety (Anton, not Pavel, in case you wondered) are drawn but never fired – though in fairness, this is the first of a multi-volume tale, so the reader has no way of knowing whether the unfired guns are an oversight or merely a long-term, teasing set-up for later parts of the story arc. Oh, and the book ends on a cliffhanger. A big cliffhanger. A really big cliffhanger. Argh!

Speaking of guns, there aren't any on the alternate Earths, at least not until settlers construct the necessaries to mine and refine metals. But guns are hardly the only source of danger amongst humans. The Long Earth seemed to have an unrealistic dearth of violence – yes, the idea of having one's own unspoilt and possibly untenanted (by humans, at any rate) planet would charm many, but human nature is illogical at best and "I was here first!" would surely take precedence, with people preferring to fight for *this* or *that* Earth rather than to move along to the next empty planet. There are mentions of crime at first, but not many; instead, we get a "room and privacy solve everything" scenario that rings a bit false for me.

When it comes to fiction reading, I expect – demand! – characters I can take into my heart, or at the very least figuratively invite home for a cuppa, whether they are likable people or not. The Lancre witches, the various Watchpersons and denizens of Ankh-Morpork, Johnny Maxwell and his cohorts, Maurice and the Clan, Mau and Daphne, almost all the characters in Good Omens... I cared about them all. The characters in The Long Earth, on the other hand, *should* have engaged me but never did. Creating characters worth caring about can be done in science fiction. Larry Niven did it, in his Known Space stories and even more so in his tales of the Warlock and decline of magic as a natural resource. Neal Stephenson does it almost all the time. I tried to find a reason to care about any of the characters in The Long Earth, but did not succeed, and this lessened my enjoyment of the story.

On a side note, Pratchett readers are already familiar with the humble potato as an object of power (as seen in The Truth). This time around, having your potato doesn't help you safely reach the next life... or no, wait, it does. The easy to assemble Stepper is strangely personal. Each would-be traveller has to finish assembling their Stepper with their own hands; otherwise the device will not work, unless you are one of the small but measurable number of people who can "Step" without mechanical assistance (again, a teaser that is not resolved in this first volume). Any sort of potato will do, apparently – which to this reviewer's mind is itself a figurative can of worms that could have been addressed or at least mentioned. For instance, does the freshness of the potato count? Does it matter if it's cooked? Is it possible to travel to an alternate Earth with a Stepper powered by, say, a nice hot bag of chips? Did the authors gather around a pub table at some point discussing exactly those questions? Enquiring minds want to know, for after all, science fiction is all about enquiring minds... also, I think we finally know who came up with the weird nuns in Good Omens. That part (weird nuns in The Long Earth) worked, even though we never actually met the most unusual of them.

In summation:

Is The Long Earth a good book? Certainly! Am I looking forward very, very eagerly to the next instalment? Definitely! The Long Earth does disappoint in some crucial areas, but that doesn't change the fact that, when it comes to hard science fiction – or what-if fiction – created in collaboration, The Long Earth is as good as it gets.

Final verdict 1: it's not a Discworld novel, but we already knew that, so don't expect it to be.

Final verdict 2: a very good book that I feel should have been a great one.

Final final verdict: flawed but compelling, and therefore highly recommended.


7.2 REVIEW: THE LONG WAR

By Steven D'Aprano

In "The Long War" (TLW), Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter pick up ten years after the events of "The Long Earth". In that time, many significant changes have taken place, any one of which could have been the major plot of a novel: Datum USA is controlled by a mildly fascist government hostile to the steppers; at least two more intelligent species have been discovered, the humanoid kobolds and the dog-like beagles; the Long Earth colonies have not only established peaceful relations with the trolls, but have become dependent on their labour; Joshua and Lobsang have fallen out, and the protagonist Joshua is married and has a son of school age. I was greatly disappointed that the authors failed to show us any of these events, instead they just told us they had happened, violating one of the most important rules of good fiction: show, don't tell.

I normally don't like to give away significant plot points when reviewing books, but from time to time I come across something so remarkable that, spoiler or not, no responsible reviewer should fail to mention it. In TLW, Pratchett and Baxter set up the possibility of no fewer than three possible wars: Datum USA versus rebellious stepper colonies, Datum Earth extremists versus the steppers, and humankind versus assorted non-humans. And then... nothing. There was no Long War at all, not even a Long Battle, or a Short Police Action. There was a detachment of Marines who took a firm-but-friendly stroll down the main street of one of the colonies to show the flag, but it was over in eight pages without any real sense of tension or jeopardy, and the chapter ends with "the Long War was over". One might have added "without ever starting, or even being noticed".

I cannot help but contrast this unfavourably with Pratchett's "Jingo". When the threatened war between Ankh-Morpork and Klatch is averted at the last minute (but not before a few clashes between the opposing forces), it was because the protagonists struggled hard to avert the war. There was a real and ever increasing sense of tension due to the the near-certainty of war. But in TLW, the threat was nothing more than a mild sense of trouble brewing as the story progressed, just one of many things going on, and barely noticed by the characters. If not for the novel's title, it would have been barely worthy of a mention, just another of the oh-so-many disconnected and minor events taking place.

I find it difficult to believe that an author of Pratchett's stature could have such an inappropriate and misleading title foisted on him against his wishes, so I can only imagine that Pratchett, at least, was happy with it. So what happened to the war? I wasn't expecting this to be a Tom Clancy novel by any means, but neither was I expecting such a blatantly inaccurate title. It was as if I had bought a book titled "Sherlock Holmes In New York", only to discover that Holmes was not in New York and barely appeared in the book at all. Ironically, if I had known that there was no war in The Long War, I might have bought the book much sooner.

I'm a great admirer of Pratchett's writing, so it is disappointing that so little of his style shows in TLW. I don't just mean the lack of comedy – there were attempts to include some Pratchettesque humour in "The Long Earth", such as the magic potato that powers the stepper boxes, but they felt completely out of place and tacked on. So the lack of humour in TLW is actually a positive development. But even more so than the prequel, TLW does not feel like Pratchett writing: the style is bland and unengaging, not terrible by any means – I've read far worse by some demi-gods of the science fiction genre – but it lacks Pratchett's usual wit and sparkle. There's little sense of plot or pacing, and far too much happens off-stage.

One of the things keenly missed is the lack of Pratchett's skills with characterisation. A few manage to feel like decent secondary characters, fleshed out enough that you know they're real people, but not enough to really come to know them well. Perhaps the closest to Pratchett's usual standard is Sally, and what we come to know her as is mostly taciturn.

Joshua Valiente, I think, suffers badly from this lack. He's curiously passive for somebody intended as the protagonist, and even Rincewind the wizard, Pratchett's oldest and least fully-rounded protagonist, feels like more of a person than Joshua. Part of the problem is that we're told how skilful and clever Joshua is, but we aren't shown it. The authors take the time to tell us that he is a skilful hunter, butcher, artificer, blacksmith, smelter and teacher, but none of these are relevant to his role in the book, and we see hardly any sign of his skilfulness and cleverness. We're shown him having to be rescued himself after he goes to the aid of a crashed airship. As is typical for the series so far, the episode is rushed through in a handful of pages. Another time, Joshua comes to the aid of someone being attacked by elves, screws up badly, but nothing of any consequence comes from his mistake. Yet another time, he finds himself in a very similar situation as Sam Vimes in "The Fifth Elephant", being hunted by hostile, intelligent non-humans. Unlike Vimes, who survives by virtue of his grit, determination, skill and intelligence, Joshua survives because the hunters have a sudden, unexpected and unexplained spirit of mercy.

It seems to me that TLW's lack of detailed characterisation is a symptom of a larger problem with the series: there's too much going on, so everything gets short shift. We're briefly told that something is happening, dark hints of a serious problem brewing are dropped, the characters seem barely aware of the danger, and then the climax of the event is rushed through in a few pages. I get the feeling of "Whew, well that's another disaster averted, good job chaps, anyone fancy a cuppa?"

Pratchett's previous career as a newspaper writer has given him the ability to fit the maximum heart and soul of story into the minimum amount of novel, but TLW shows no sign of this tight focus. It's a long, rambling book, with too many side-shows and too little main feature. There are so many things happening that it's hard to care about them, and the story lacks drama or tension. Joshua being hunted was one of the few exceptions, and that was over in five pages. And like its prequel, TLW ends with something which in real life would be of incredible significance, but like the terrorist's nuclear attack on Madison, it feels like yet another side-show, an afterthought, glued on and with no real connection to anything else. It's not a cliffhanger, its an anti-climax.

Some of the perplexing mysteries of "The Long Earth" remain unanswered. Why do stepper boxes fail to work unless assembled by the person who will use it? That sounds like magic, completely out of place in a hard science fiction novel. What is the significance of the potato? Why was a minor character in the first book given the same name [Percy Blakeney – Ed.] as The Scarlet Pimpernel? TLW doesn't answer any of these, or even hint at answers. Perhaps the authors have wisely dropped them as bad ideas to be ignored rather than mysteries to be solved. One can hope.

When all is said and done, TLW isn't an awful novel, but even as an ideas-driven story as opposed to a plot-driven or character-driven one, it fails to engage. It's hard for me to see why I should bother to continue with the series, especially given that the next book is set on Mars. Billions upon billions of Earths, and there's not enough of interest to explore without moving the story to Mars? I feel this does not bode well for the rest of the series.

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08) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS

DISCWORLD EMPORIUM UPDATES

"Greetings Discworld devotees! We've a delightful crop of additions to our bookshelves this week, as new editions from publishers Gollancz and Transworld further expand the Terry Pratchett collection.

"The latest books in the Discworld Collector's library have arrived – Feet of Clay (_http://tinyurl.com/lxyubor_) and Jingo (_http://tinyurl.com/ntvey79_) are the final instalments in the City Watch collection, and have some of our favourite covers yet! ... The next books from the Collector's Library will be Witches Abroad, Lords and Ladies, and Maskerade – coming to a Discworld Emporium near you on July 3rd!

"The Ankh-Morpork Post Office has colluded with the honourable Guild of Thieves to produce the latest releases from Discworld Stamps. The Thieves' Guild 3p (_http://tinyurl.com/laab9vm_) features a stunning illustration of the famous Guild Hall with its iconic Thieves' Kitchen – a hive of licensed crooks and ne'er do wells. Being an enterprising bunch, the guild have also introduced a surcharge stamp (_http://tinyurl.com/p79rxsz_) that, for a small fee, will protect your letters and parcels from pilfery. Both issues are available to collect as single stamps or as beautiful whole sheets.

"Both new issues are also available in every one of our latest Little Brown envelopes. The Thieves' Guild 'LBE' (_http://tinyurl.com/lzfjyrd_) contains an assortment of current Discworld stamps, plus the chance to find 'sports' and rarities. If you're unlucky enough not to find anything rare then your envelope may well have fallen victim to an opportunistic robber – of course a discerning thief will always leave a receipt, and an array of dockets for all manner of pinched items await the unfortunate!

"The second issue in the Wonders of the World Minisheet Collection has also arrived – the Light Dams of The Great Nef minisheet (_http://tinyurl.com/pl8y8or_) celebrates the 'illuminating' constructions of Goldeneyes Silverhand Dactylos and local tribes in Discworld's dryest desert. Each sheet features six illustrated stamps, and is accompanied by an explanatory post card.

"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 CONVENTION NEWS

9.1 NADWCON 2015:

http://sasquan.org/
http://www.worldcon.org/

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?

"The X-Men's blackbird? Batman's batmobile? Green Goblin's glider? If you're feeling really adventurous why not turn your vehicle into the kind of transport a hero or villain would have? Perhaps you're more interested in a permanent base like Superman's Fortress of Solitude or He-Man's Castle Greyskull? If so, why not dress your tent up as your lair? There will be a prize for the best one. There are no limits to what you can do with your costumes. Be as inventive as you like or faithfully recreate your favourite character's costume."

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

Nullus Anxietus V is coming! Some early details:

When: 10th to 12th April 2015
Venue: Novotel, Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia
Tickets: current ticket prices are $80-$140 per Attending Member, $400 per Family, $30 per Supporting Membership. To purchase at these rates, go to http://ausdwcon.org/shop/

"Previous Conventions have had Guilds. For Nullus Anxietas V the Guilds are replaced by the Studios of Holy Wood and Convention members (who choose to join a "guild") will be randomly assigned to one of the five studios for activities. Can't sing? Can't dance? Can handle a sword a little? Then Holy Wood beckons, and the clickies want YOU." – Daniel Hatton, Guildmeister

"The date of the convention is still too far distant for us to start negotiating room rates but we will have the upper hand if we can go into the discussion with an estimate of how many we would likely need. We'd like to convince them to be the cheapest rate in all of Parramatta and make their money by booking every room rather than them charging a lot for a few rooms. If at all possible, please give us an indication if you will be booking accommodation at the venue and what sort of room you would like. You do not need to be registered to fill in the survey, we would just like an idea of how many rooms we will need for the weekend. Rest assured we will not hold you to this – it's just an estimate. Your name will only be used to ensure you're not on the spreadsheet twice. You will still need to book your own accommodation." – the organisers

http://ausdwcon.org/

9.4 CABBAGECON 2015

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.

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

Apparently Cabbagecon 2 was a great success on the fun front. The organisers say of next year's event, "It will be a happy occasion for fans of Sir Terry Pratchett from the Netherlands and abroad to meet each other again and have fun. We hope to see you too!"

9.5 IDWCON 2015

""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, in the meantime, here's an internal memo from Captain Shivers of the A-M City Watch, Irish Precinct:

To: Potential New Recruits
Re: The Theme!
People of Roundworld, we're very pleased to announce that the theme of the Irish Discworld Convention 2015 will be the Watch Open Weekend. Watch this space for further details! If you would like to know more about the Convention, please see our FAQ page. And if you would like to know more about what happened last time, please see the Previous Conventions section. If you have ideas for events you'd like to run, or see us run at the convention, please email: programme@idwcon.org. If you have any other questions, feel free to email us on: info@idwcon.org.

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 7th July 2014, from 7pm onwards.

The Drummers' most recent meet report:

"We did indeed meet on Monday 2nd. Apologies for the late report. We've just moved and only got the phone line sorted out yesterday meaning we've had to survive without a home internet connection for a few weeks. It has been tough. However the lack of temptation meant that I finally finished writing the Wadfest murder mystery yesterday. I'll send profiles out to those who have signed up. Meanwhile, I'm still looking for another two cast members (three would be even better but not essential). The two remaining characters are the leader of a pressure group that opposes superheroes (this character is a woman) and a parody of Superman (this one has been written as male but could become female if necessary). Anyone interested please buy a ticket to Wadfest and send me your ticket number. Anyway Drummers met this month. I came late as I had another meeting first. I can't remember much now beyond the fact that the Monkey Puzzle made sure I got a meal even though the kitchen was closing as I arrived."

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 5th June 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 4th July 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 7th July 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 7th July 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, Bruce Neal Drive, Penrith at 6.30-7.30pm for food, 7.30pm for games, quizzes and chat.

Next meeting: TBA. The latest meeting took place on 24th June.

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) WORTH AN ACTION REPLAY

From pop-up shops and restaurants to pop-up book benches – Paul Kidby is among the illustrators who will be making London a more magical place to read:

"Bloomsbury is set to play host to a range of literary classics, from Peter Pan to The Wind in the Willows, as a series of painted 'BookBenches' will soon pop up all over town. The benches will feature images from novels dating back to the 19th century, including Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, right through to modern favourites such as How to Train your Dragon by Cressida Cowell. Renowned artists and illustrators will be picking up a paintbrush and bringing some classic characters to life, including Ralph Steadman who famously worked with Hunter S Thompson, will be replicating characters from his 1973 children's classic take on Alice Through the Looking Glass, and Paul Kidby who designed the images in Terry Pratchett's Discworld..."

http://tinyurl.com/lpzukgx

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RAISING STEAM: IN PAPERBACK

Lynsey from Transworld says: "Raising Steam in paperback has a whole new cover look! Coming your way in the UK on 9th October 2014!"

http://bit.ly/raisingsteam

And the new cover image: http://tinyurl.com/nv8zvjw

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My Independent Bookshop site itself:

"There's nothing more magical than a bookshop. A bookshop is more than just a shop – it's a gateway to brand new worlds. It lets you visit places you'd never normally go, live lives you'd never normally live and feel things you'd never normally feel. And now you can create your own virtual bookshop, discover new books and be inspired... There's no end to our rewards. With My Independent Bookshop, you'll get the first word on the latest giveaways, competitions and exclusives from some of the best authors around... We love bookshops, and we know you do too. That's why we've teamed up with hive, to ensure that for every book you buy, a percentage of the sale is shared with a local, independent bookshop."

How to make your own virtual bookshop:

http://www.myindependentbookshop.co.uk/register

http://www.myindependentbookshop.co.uk/

http://www.myindependentbookshop.co.uk/TerryPratchett

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A BEAUTIFUL, CROWDFUNDED MARC SIMONETTI ART BOOK

You may recall French illustrator Marc Simonetti's stunning art for the cover of Turtle Recall. Now he is offering the world his first collection in book form, titled "Coverama". With 63 days left on his crowdfunding page, "Coverama" has already surpassed its goal total of $10,000, but that's no reason to stop supporting it. Discworld fans dug deep for Snowgum's "Troll Bridge" crowdfund appeal, and we all know how successful that drive was!

Crowdfunding for "Coverama" ends on 15th July 2014...

www.itsartmag.com/features/projects/coverama-by-marc-simonetti/

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12) IMAGES OF THE MONTH

FOUND AT LAST! Photo of Sir Pterry dressed as Just William for the Oxford Story Museum:

http://tinyurl.com/k5vdv86

The Long Mars cover facsimile:

http://tinyurl.com/kzj7c42

Another great shot of Archchancellor, that is, Vice Chancellor David Lloyd giving Sir Pterry his honorary degree from the University of South Australia:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BopWpJcCYAEZGN8.jpg

The Lifeline Theatre's excellent-looking cast of Monstrous Regiment:

http://tinyurl.com/kxwdhma

YES YES PLEASE WE WANT THIS NOW!!!

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BqKXDLrCMAAsyvr.jpg

Nice ink:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bpsa8rPIUAEjyBd.jpg

...and finally, a photo of the cast of TAMAHER: the Musical, as performed by the ACT Youth Theatre this week in Carlisle and Penrith:

http://tinyurl.com/kcx7u67

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13) CLOSE

A few bits to finish with...

Fourecksian fans of Pratchett – and all manner of fantasy, science fiction, crime and the rest – might want to make a trek to Canberra's Gaslight Books in the coming weeks:

"Gayle Lovett, who opened Gaslight Books in 1989, said she was closing up shop after 25 years. The bookshop – which has operated from the same spot in Fyshwick since it opened in 1989, aside from its six years in Woden – has specialised in crime, mystery, science fiction, fantasy and horror. It has hosted many talks and signings by Australian and international genre writers including Terry Pratchett, Ian Rankin, Peter Corris, Ed McBain and Kerry Greenwood. 'Terry Pratchett was so popular we had people out the door waiting in the queue,' she said of the British creator of the Discworld series. 'He was a delightful man to talk to.'... For the month of June all stock – new and secondhand – will be 25 per cent off with further discounts in July. No more books will be bought, no more newsletters will be sent out and current gift vouchers and valid credit notes should be used by June 28. The store will close on August 2... Although she had not worked out all the details, Lovett said she intended to maintain an online presence selling first editions, signed books and collectable paperbacks and magazines... She said she had more than 8000 books in stock, most of them secondhand. So perhaps the only mystery now is: how many will she be able to sell before the shop closes?

"Gaslight Books is at 10/83 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick. Opening hours are Thursday-Friday 10am to 5.30pm and Saturday 10am to 3pm. Website: gaslightbooks.com.au"

http://tinyurl.com/nlm2ml3

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Magdalena Schamberger, of the charity Hearts & Minds, suggests five ways to engage with a relative or friend with advanced dementia:

"1. Take time and just be: be in the moment, make gentle eye contact and allow for silence, stillness and breathing together. Spend time with no pressure, no agenda, no tasks (such as dressing, clothing or feeding), no judgment and no expectations. Allow the person to be who they are now.

"2. Don't ask questions: questions can be distressing at the best of times and can put pressure on people. But repetition can be good. As a way of creating a connection, repeat the name of your relative or friend gently to a well-known melody or song that they love. They can feel and may realise that you mean them.

"3. Focus on physical activity and memory: remember physical activities you used to do together, such as baking, gardening, storytelling or DIY. If the person is physically still able, try to do them together. Even though they may not remember these activities later, they may well remember the physical experience and the positive feelings they had when they were doing them.

"4. Be kind, caring and compassionate: physical contact is important. Although people with dementia may seem distant or confused at times, they have emotions and feelings. Hold their hand, give them a hug. Show them compassion and care.

"5. Look at the person, not the illness: remember to laugh, sing and dance together. Get out of the daily routine. Explore fresh things and create shared moments together."

http://tinyurl.com/nllk4ur

And that's the lot for June. Enjoy your summer sunshine – and the residents of XXXX can join me in digging out winter wear, as winter seems to have arrived at last... see you next month!

– Annie Mac

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02) EDITOR'S LETTER
03) PTERRY AND ALZHEIMER'S NEWS: DEMENTIA FRIENDS
04) MORE ODDS AND SODS
05) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
06) AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE
07) MORE IMAGES OF THE MONTH
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01) QUOTES OF THE REST OF THE MONTH

"It's possible to live well with dementia. And write bestsellers 'like wot I do'."

– a certain Sir

"There was a time maybe five years ago when many people were questioning whether brick-and-mortar bookstores were going to survive the onslaught of online retailers. Now, if you take the narrow view that a bookstore is nothing more than a machine that swaps money for books, then it follows that there's no need for a physical store. But here we are five years later. Some bookstores have gone out of business, it's true. But there are big, beautiful bookstores all over the place, with sofas and coffee bars and author appearances and so on. Why? Because it turns out that a bookstore is a lot more than a machine that swaps money for books."

– Neal Stephenson, interviewed by Slashdot, 2004

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02) LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR

Our favourite Sir has collected yet another honorary doctorate (and rightly so), this time from the University of South Australia. And as the continent of Fourecks is quite a long way from English country gardens, this honour was delivered – by a UK ex-pat, Vice Chancellor David Lloyd:

"'I have been on the receiving end of many awards throughout my career, but I really am delighted to have been acknowledged in this way by the University of South Australia,' Pratchett said on Tuesday. 'My love of Australia is widely-known and I am only sorry that I am unable to make the journey Down Under to receive my honorary doctorate in person. Therefore, my humble thanks go to Professor Lloyd for racking up the air miles on my behalf.'

"Professor Lloyd, who made the journey to the UK to present the award, says Pratchett is a clear example of someone who has stayed true to his passion. 'Terry brings his immeasurable talent and intellect to doing what he loves — he has produced an enormous body of work that continues to delight and inspire millions of readers and writers around the world,' Prof Lloyd says. 'His contribution not only to literature, but also to the causes about which he is passionate, is enormous and has been rightly acknowledged in literary prizes, through sales and in awards such as this one'..."

To read the full story in the Adelaide Advertiser, go to:

http://tinyurl.com/mudsc36

And here is Sir Pterry receiving his doctorate, courtesy of Professor Lloyd:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BopXH94IIAI0JG-.jpg

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Remember, The Long Mars, final instalment in the Long Earth trilogy, comes out next month! The 19th of June, to be precise. Meanwhile, I've finally got my hands on a copy of The Long War (don't arsk), so expect a review in the next issue. And now, on with the (rest of the) show...

– Annie Mac, Editor

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03) DEMENTIA FRIENDS: SIR PTERRY SPEAKS OUT

This was originally published in The Guardian on the 13th of May 2014. I don't normally reproduce entire pieces, but this is *important*. Hopefully a horde of "Grauniad" lawyers won't descend on us for it!

"A few years ago, my novel Dodger took the reader back to times long gone to meet famous names of fact and fiction, and brought them together on a journey – ultimately – of chivalry. Enduring danger and peril, they chase a woman who needs saving and do their best to protect her. In the book, Dodger (who is based on Dickens's masterful portrayal of the original Artful Dodger) gets into a number of scrapes for Simplicity's sake. As a reward, we see him climb the social ladder of acceptance until, by the end of the book, he is honoured and revered.

"Without appearing a curmudgeon, I worry that such kindness could be a thing of the past. As you may already know, I live with dementia. Unlike 800,000 people with a form of the condition, I struggle with a rarer type, which holds me back in ways I never thought possible. But what I do share with the hundreds of thousands living with this tricksy condition is disbelief at the stigma and shame still surrounding a disease that affects the brain and which can ultimately affect as many as one in three of us.

"If you haven't already seen it, last week Public Health England and the Alzheimer's Society launched a TV campaign encouraging society to emulate my Dodger's valiant behaviour in their everyday lives. But there's a twist – it's for the benefit of people with dementia – a group of people who have been side-lined and ignored for far too long.

"Dementia. The word itself describes shrinkage of the brain, the process of abnormal proteins clinging to the spongy masses of our cranium that we rely on to think and speak. However, the real and tangible meaning of the word will be different to everyone living with the condition. For some, they might struggle in a supermarket with finding the right change. That nagging voice in their head willing them to understand the difference between a 5p piece and £1 and yet their brain refusing to help them. Or they might lose patience with friends or family, struggling to follow conversations.

"For me, living with posterior cortical atrophy began when I noticed the precision of my touch-typing getting progressively worse and my spelling starting to slip. For an author, what could be worse? And so I sought help, and will always be the loud and proud type to speak my mind and admit I'm having trouble. But there are many people with dementia too worried about failing with simple tasks in public to even step out of the house. I believe this is because simple displays of kindness often elude the best of us in these manic modern days of ours.

"Ultimately, research is the answer. While talented scientists beaver away at finding a cure, this campaign holds a mirror up to us all – forcing us to realise we can do more in our everyday lives to help. Look past that mirror, maybe even through the wall, to the house of your next-door neighbour. Maybe it's an older lady, albeit only in her 60s, who you haven't recently seen popping to the shops as usual. You notice that she's forgotten to collect her milk from the doorstep, and that when you last stopped to chat she seemed confused and couldn't follow what you were saying. Think of how you might be able to help her – there are little things you could do to support her and let her know she's not alone. There are hundreds of thousands of us out there living with dementia who – to paraphrase the song in the advert – every now and again really could do with a little help from a friend."

To read the original piece online, go to:

http://tinyurl.com/kq8dggv

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02) EDITOR'S LETTER
03) ODDS AND SODS
04) "MY INDEPENDENT BOOKSHOP" GOES LIVE
05) DISCWORLD GAMES NEWS
06) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
07) PTERRY AND ALZHEIMER'S NEWS
08) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS
09) DISCWORLD CONVENTION NEWS
10) DISCWORLD MEETING GROUPS NEWS
11) BREATHTAKING NEW MARC SIMONETTI ART BOOK
12) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
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01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH

"Independent bookshops supported this jobbing genre author long before the geeks were let out of their wardrobes. Being able to support these talented retail wizards through My Independent Bookshop is a very, very good thing."

– Sir Pterry, talking about My Independent Bookshop

"I wrote the [Wintersmith] album with Terry Pratchett, based on his books.
Well, on some of his books, not all of them – that would be a long album. "

– Maddy Prior, who knows an impossible task when she reads one!

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02) LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR

It's another packed issue this month, so we're coming to you early!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. This one, from the new "Dementia Friends" campaign (see item 7 below), is absolutely priceless:

http://tinyurl.com/lnb4rmm

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In the Portsmouth News online, there's a shout-out for the Hayling Island Bookshop, featured in an earlier issue of WOSSNAME. They will be the suppliers for Sit Pterry's virtual bookshop (see item 4 below):

ONE of the smallest independent bookshops in the country has been given a huge boost by fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett. Sir Terry, author of the popular Discworld series, has nominated the Hayling Island Bookshop to be the supplier of his chosen favourite books on a new social media site... Sir Terry's site links to the tiny Mengham bookshop if people want to buy them. He was a guest at the shop in 2008 and it made a big impression on him... Sir Terry has named his own fantasy and science fiction-themed bookshop Narrativia after the goddess of inspiration he invented... Marie Telford, owner of The Hayling Island Bookshop which is just 3m sq, said: 'We were absolutely astonished, delighted and honoured to hear that Sir Terry had chosen our tiny bookshop to be linked to his personal bookshop containing his favourite books. We hosted Terry on Hayling in 2008 for the launch of his book Nation and we are so pleased that he is helping independent bookshops to extend their reach in this way. We hope many of the readers will come and visit us in person too.'"

http://tinyurl.com/kmehqgf

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From pop-up shops and restaurants to pop-up book benches – Paul Kidby is among the illustrators who will be making London a more magical place to read:

"Bloomsbury is set to play host to a range of literary classics, from Peter Pan to The Wind in the Willows, as a series of painted 'BookBenches' will soon pop up all over town. The benches will feature images from novels dating back to the 19th century, including Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, right through to modern favourites such as How to Train your Dragon by Cressida Cowell. Renowned artists and illustrators will be picking up a paintbrush and bringing some classic characters to life, including Ralph Steadman who famously worked with Hunter S Thompson, will be replicating characters from his 1973 children's classic take on Alice Through the Looking Glass, and Paul Kidby who designed the images in Terry Pratchett's Discworld..."

http://tinyurl.com/lpzukgx

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In addition to their Irish "Wintersmith" tour dates (see item 3.4 below), Maddy Prior and Steeleye Span will be gigging in Bolton this month with new fiddler Jessie May Smart, who has replaced departing long-serving member Peter Knight.

When: 22nd May 2014
Venue: the Albert Halls, Victoria Square, Bolton BL1 1RU
Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: £19.50. To book, phone the Box Office on 01204 334400 (Mon-Fri 9-5 & Sat 10-4). There is a Booking Fee of £0.50 per Ticket charged on credit card transactions, or a charge of £1.00 per ticket for online purchases. To book online, go to:
http://alberthallsbolton.ticketsolve.com/shows/873513221/events/127044692

http://www.alberthalls-bolton.co.uk/

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The Wincanton Spring Fling was a success as usual, with a total of £1357.15 being raised for the RICE Centre. Well done Team Artificer and all the supporters of Ankh-Morpork's one and only twin town! As for the "Dementia Friends" campaign, go read the item, visit the page and watch the video. It may break your heart, but with love. Then go do what you can to spread the word about dementia.

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A quick note: the Broken Drummers, london's oldest Discworld neeting group. will be having their mothly meeting tonight (13th May) – see item 10.

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

– Annie Mac, Editor

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03) ODDS AND SODS

3.1 RAISING STEAM: IN PAPERBACK!

Lynsey from Transworld says: "Raising Steam in paperback has a whole new cover look! Coming your way in the UK on 9th October 2014!"

http://bit.ly/raisingsteam

And the new cover image: http://tinyurl.com/nv8zvjw


3.2 KNIGHTS (AND WIZZARDS) OF B.A.D.A.S.M.

There's a new-ish Facebook group, known as the Benevolent Antipodean Discworld Appreciation Society (Melbourne CBD Chapter), that is looking for some action:

"B.A.D.A.S. (Melbourne CBD Chapter) is a group for fans of Sir Terry Pratchett and his series the Discworld. We are hoping to get a regular (monthly or if we are all having fun more regular) meet-up happening. Activities will range from book discussion, board games, eating and pretty much anything that enough people will think is fun. We are hoping to foster a fun community that everybody can enjoy."

The group is open, so anyone can join.

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


3.3 TORQUAY'S THE PLACE FOR DRAGONS

"A magnificent painting of a dragon for a calendar of Terry Pratchett's best-selling Discworld novels is featured in a new exhibition at Torquay Museum. The exhibition, entitled Tell Me a Dragon, runs until June 25 featuring original watercolour paintings by award-winning children's author and illustrator, Jackie Morris. The Discworld calendar dragon painted by Jackie gave her the idea for her own Tell Me a Dragon book, in which she dispels the fearsome reputation of these magical creatures. This is the first time Jackie's dragon paintings have been exhibited together. The exhibition of paintings is supplemented by dragon-decorated objects from Torquay Museum's own collections, ranging from magnificent Samurai swords to Torquay's first ever gas lamp in the shape of a dragon (dated to 1834), and beautiful ceramics..."

http://tinyurl.com/n4st2cw


3.4 REMINDER: THE WINTERSMITH TOUR IN IRELAND

Come to Ireland and dance the Dark Morris...

Monday 19th May
Town Hall Theatre Galway
00353 (0) 91-569777
Tickets are €25. To purchase online go to
http://tinyurl.com/lexdxb7

http://tht.ie/1868/Steeleye-Span

Tuesday 20th May
The Hawk's Well Theatre Sligo
00353 (0) 71-9161518
Tickets are €25.00; online booking:
http://www.hawkswell.com/events/event/steeleye-span and go to http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase for that date; concession prices are available in person at the box office or by phone 071-9161518

Wednesday 21st May
Vicar Street Dublin
00353 (0)1 77 55 800

Tickets are €31.50 (including booking). For details go to http://tinyurl.com/mod7dlu


3.5 REMINDER: NEW PAUL KIDBY EXHIBITION

"Discworld and Beyond"
When: current, through 28th June 2014
Venue: Willis Museum, Market Place, Basingstoke RG21 7QD (phone 0845 603 5635)
Time: Tuesdays to Fridays 10am – 5pm
Tickets: Admission is free


3.6 RAISING STEAM FOR REAL

Want to raise some steam? Here be a chance for some of you to experience the kind of steam-driven thrills that moved Sir Pterry to write his latest novel!

"Join the dedicated team of volunteers at Kempton Steam Museum and help restore and maintain the world's largest working triple-expansion steam engine and the Grade II* listed building and its heritage contents. You don't need experience but any skills, from painting and decorating to electrical or mechanical engineering will be useful. Training is available including learning to drive the engine, conduct tours of the static engine display and meeting the public."

When: Thursdays, 15th, 22nd and 29th May 2014; Sat 24th May, Sun 25th May
Venue: Kempton Steam Museum, Kempton Park Water Works, Snakey Lane, Hanworth, TW13 7ND
Time: 10:00–16:00 all days

"Volunteers will be asked to become a member of Kempton Great Engines Society for £11.00, which will entitle them to a year's membership, free admission at all times and a quarterly newsletter... Volunteers are asked to provide their own overalls and working boots. Hard hats and most tools are provided. Bring your own lunch; tea and coffee is provided."

Kempton Steam Museum is the "Home of the world's largest working triple-expansion steam engine, one of a pair commissioned in 1928 and housed in a magnificent Grade II National Monument where visitors can explore the engines and see one in steam. Regular guided tours, children's activity packs, rides available on Darent, a 1903 narrow-gauge steam locomotive and engine driver training days available."

http://www.kemptonsteam.org

Telephone 020 3565 3586

Email kemptonsteam@gmail.com


3.7 DISCWORLD READING ORDER CHART: GOING VIRAL?

As featured in Images of the Month in the April main issue, an updated and very attractive Discworld Reading Order Chart is being recommended all over the place3. Here's the Geeks of Doom page, including the image:

"Maybe you are a newcomer to the wondrous writings of Terry Pratchett. Or maybe you've been reading Discworld novels since the 1980s, like yours truly. Either way, at some point you have probably wondered which book is next in the great timeline of all things Terry, or maybe you're curious how they all tie in together. Well, friends, have I got a treat for you! The Discworld Reading Order Guide 2.21 is newly updated and features virtually every book in an easy to understand chart. Krzysztof Kietzman is credited with creating the chart, though it seems that others have contributed to it as well..."

http://tinyurl.com/mzau6a2


3.8 DISCWORLD LEGO: CLOSER TO POSSIBLE!

Remember GlenBricker's proposed Discworld Lego set, that would become a reality if 10,000 supporters prove their interest? Well, there are now 4,803 supporters – nearly half-way there! – and there is still almost a full year to go. If you'd love you some Discworld Lego, go here and make your wishes known:

https://ideas.lego.com/projects/36302


3.9 REMINDER: DISCWORLD DAY AT THE STORY MUSEUM

On the 25th of May, the Story Museum in Oxford will host a Discworld Day! Stephen Briggs will read extracts from Going Postal at 11.30am and 2pm, and there will be various other Discworld-y goings-on from 11am to 5pm. Don't forget to wear your lilac!

"We're Going Postal here in Oxford's old post office with Discworld Day activities inspired by Ankh Morpork's Post Office."

In addition to the exhibition entrance fee of £7.50 (£5 for under-18′s, full-time students, job-seekers, over-60s; no charge for children under one year and companions of disabled visitors), there will be a £2 charge for the event. £4 event-only tickets will be offered on the day, subject to availability. Advance booking is recommended.

The Story Museum
Rochester House, 42 Pembroke Street, Oxford OX1 1BP
+44 (0)1865 790050
onceuponatime@storymuseum.org.uk

http://www.storymuseum.org.uk/the-story-museum/events

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04) THE VIRTUAL BOOKSHOPS ARE OPEN!

"My Independent Bookshop" is now live! From booktrade.info:

"Hundreds of new 'bookshops' were opening in the UK today as part of a campaign to champion the personal recommendation of books. Authors including Terry Pratchett, Irvine Welsh and Lisa Jewell were among the first to join the 'My Independent Bookshop' network by opening their own virtual bookshops and giving people an inside-the-covers look at their favourite reads. The initiative, launched by Penguin Random House UK – the country's biggest book publisher – allows book lovers to set up a virtual bookshop, share and review their favourite reads, and discover books online. Readers can set up their own shop with twelve books at a time on their shelves – changing the display as often as they choose by season, genre or mood – the possibilities are endless... All books in the virtual shops are available to buy online through hive.co.uk, the ecommerce arm of Gardners wholesalers, which is connected with hundreds of independent bookshops across the UK. As part of the registration process, 'My Independent Bookshop' users can choose their favourite real-world independent bookshop to connect with. Hive will then pass a commission from any purchase made through the website to their chosen shop... Author Terry Pratchett, who has connected his online 'bookshop', NARRATIVIA, to the tiny Hayling Island Bookshop in Hampshire, said: "Independent bookshops supported this jobbing genre author long before the geeks were let out of their wardrobes, being able to support these talented retail wizards through 'My Independent Bookshop' is a very, very good thing...'... Commenting on the launch, Hannah Telfer, Group Director, Consumer & Digital Development at Penguin Random House UK, said: 'People are becoming ever more sophisticated in the way they move between their social, digital and physical worlds. We want to harness the opportunities this creates to celebrate the power of personal recommendation. By giving people the magical experience of curating their own bookshop and sharing this with their communities we are putting the discovery of great books and authors – no matter who they are published by – directly into the hands of book lovers...'"

http://www.booktrade.info/index.php/showarticle/53793/


In Management Today:

"According to the Booksellers Association, there are now less than 1,000 independent bookshops gracing UK high streets – a third fewer than nine years ago. Penguin Random House, the world's largest publisher, has today swooped in to support this dwindling band of high-street traders with the launch of My Independent Bookshop. The website encourages book lovers to set up their own virtual stores, where they can showcase and review their favourite books and check out what other people are reading. Crucially, you can buy books from the site, with a small proportion of takings (5% of the revenues from every physical book and 8% from each ebook) going to support scores of local independent book stores. Around 70 independent retailers are connected to the site so far, and authors including Irvine Welsh, Tony Parsons, Alastair Campbell and Terry Pratchett have already set up their own 'bookshop profiles' (Pratchett recommends Neil Gaiman's American Gods and The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy by Douglas Adams, in case you're interested.) For now, this isn't a money-making scheme for Penguin Random House. According to Dan Franklin, the company's digital publisher, it's all about collecting valuable data: ‘We can see what's trending, what books are popular and how people are interacting...'"

http://tinyurl.com/n35aor6


The My Independent Bookshop site itself:

"There's nothing more magical than a bookshop. A bookshop is more than just a shop – it's a gateway to brand new worlds. It lets you visit places you'd never normally go, live lives you'd never normally live and feel things you'd never normally feel. And now you can create your own virtual bookshop, discover new books and be inspired... There's no end to our rewards. With My Independent Bookshop, you'll get the first word on the latest giveaways, competitions and exclusives from some of the best authors around... We love bookshops, and we know you do too. That's why we've teamed up with hive, to ensure that for every book you buy, a percentage of the sale is shared with a local, independent bookshop."

How to make your own virtual bookshop:

http://www.myindependentbookshop.co.uk/register

http://www.myindependentbookshop.co.uk/

http://www.myindependentbookshop.co.uk/TerryPratchett

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05) DISCWORLD GAMES NEWS

Here's the latest from mah homey, I mean the inimitable David Brashaw, co-creator of the "Guards! Guards!" boardgame:

"After selling out again in 2013 Backspindle Games are delighted to confirm that the Pre-order of Guards! Guards! A Discworld boardgame for 2014 is available right now at:

http://backspindlegames.com/our_work/crouching-tiger-hidden-dragon

"Games should be shipped to customers before the end of June 2014 and for a limited time they have a special Spring Fling price of £29.99 and in addition FREE shipping to UK customers.

"Euan from www.childsplaycharity.org recently commented 'Thanks for making the Guards! Guards! game. I bought it for my wife at Christmas and we've enjoyed it immensely. We especially like the tone of the game. It felt like being in a Pratchett novel. :)'

"Game Salute in the US have ordered 500 copies.

"The Backspindle Boys are booked for DWCon 2014 in Manchester. They will of course have copies of Guards! Guards! to demo and sell, and will have their new board game, Clacks for demoing.

"My sources have told me there is a new cooperative version of the game in development and play-tests have gone very well.
The boys will also be running their LIVE run-around the Convention version of Guards! Guards! with prizes for the winners of course and possibly more chocolate Ankh-Morpork dollars to boot!

"As for a release date for Clacks, not confirmed as yet, as Backspindle have been very busy with their latest sell-out game Luchador! Mexican Wrestling Dice (not a Discworld game, but great fun, banging tables and high-fives etc.) As soon as we know we'll let you all know."

Sounds great! And I'm looking forward to being able to grab a copy of Clacks for myself – Ed.

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06) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS

6.1 NEW: THIEF OF TIME IN ADELAIDE, FOURECKS

Unseen Theatre, Australia's marvellous Pratchett-and-Discworld-themed theatre group, is back this month with a new production of Thief of Time!

When: Preview Show on Friday, 23 May 2014; opening night on Saturday, 24th May; then performances on 28th, 29th, 30th and 31st May, and 4th through 7th June
Venue: Main Theatre, the Bakehouse Theatre, 255 Angas Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000
Time: 8:00pm all shows (the play runs for 2 hours plus a 10 minute interval)
Tickets: Adults $20, Conc $18, Fringe Benefits $16, Groups (10+) $16; Preview $15. Tickets can be purchased at the door on the night (subject to availability), or to book ahead online, go to http://www.trybooking.com/82617

By agreement with Sir Terry Pratchett, all proceeds from the Opening Night performance will be donated to the South Australian Voluntary Euthanasia Society (_www.saves.asn.au/_)

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

6.2 NEW: AMAZING MAURICE THE MUSICAL IN CARLISLE AND PENRITH

ACT Youth Theatre will present their production of Matthew Holmes' superb musical adaptation of The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents next month in Carlisle and Penrith.

Carlisle:
When: Saturday 14th June,
Venue: The Green Room, West Walls Theatre, West Walls, Carlisle, Cumbria CA3 8UB
Tel: 01228 533233
Time: 2pm Matinee and 7:30pm Evening Performances
Tickets: £8 adults and £6 concessions, available from Carlisle Tourist Information (01228 598 596)

http://www.carlislegreenroom.co.uk

Penrith:
When: Saturday 28th June
Venue: Penrith Playhouse, Auction Mart Lane, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 7JG view map
Telephone 01768 865557
Time: 2pm Matinee and 7:30pm Evening Performances.
Tickets: £8 adults and £6 concessions, available from Penrith Tourist Information (01768 867 466)

www.penrithplayers.co.uk

Tickets for both venues can also be purchased online at: www.acttheatre.ticketsource.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/acttheatrecumbria

6.3 UPDATED: MONSTROUS REGIMENT IN CHICAGO

"Lifeline Theatre is thrilled to offer a special discount on MONSTROUS REGIMENT tickets to Discworld fans near and far. $10 off regular single tickets, June 12-July 20, with code 'OZZER.' Must order by May 31st. Call 773-761-4477 or purchase online at www.lifelinetheatre.com."

This production is looking very promising! – Ed.

When: 30th May – 20th July 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
Tickets: $20 for previews (30th May-8th June), $40 for Regular Run: June 12-July 20 (Thu & Fri at 7:30pm, Sat at 4pm & 8pm, Sun at 4pm). To book online in advance, go to http://tinyurl.com/kzehtaw and click on the desired dates at the bottom of the page (or scroll through from there to the June or July calendars for tickets on those dates)

http://www.lifelinetheatre.com/performances/13-14/mr/index.shtml

6.4 REMINDER: MONSTROUS REGIMENT IN SUDBURY

Sudbury Dramatic Society presents Monstrous Regiment this week, starting tonight!

When: Tuesday 13th to Saturday 17th May 2014
Venue: The Quay, Quay Lane, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2AN Tel. 01787 374745
Time: 7.45pm
Tickets: £9.00 (Friends £8.00). Tuesday 13th only – all tickets £7.00. Groups of 10 or more students £7.00 To buy tickets, phone 01787 374745 or online at https://quaytheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873507408/events

Pre-theatre suppers are available to book on the Friday and Saturday
evenings only.

http://www.quaytheatre.org.uk/whatsOn.htm

6.5 REMINDER: MORT IN CHESHAM

Chesham Bois Catholic Players (Amateur) present Mort at the Little Theatre this month.

When: 16th-18th May 2014
Venue: Little Theatre By The Park, Church Street, Chesham Bucks HP5 1HU
Time: Fri. 16th at 8pm, Sat. 17th at 7.30pm, Sun. 18th at 4pm
Tickets: all tickets £10. "Unsold tickets may be available at the door."
To book online, go to http://cbcp.ticketsource.co.uk/

http://www.littletheatrechesham.co.uk/
facebook.com/pages/Chesham-Bois-Catholic-Players/692088180825325

6.6 REMINDER: WITCHES ABROAD IN MARYBOROUGH, QUEENSLAND

The Maryborough Players present their exclusive production of Witches Abroad, as adapted and directed by Renoir (presumably not the dead Impressionist master). Profits from the production will go to Alzheimers Australia and the Australasian Order of Old Bastards, they claim!

When: 4th–7th June 2014
Venue: Brolga Theatre & Convention Centre, 5 Walker Street,Maryborough, QLD
Time: all evening performances 7.30pm; additional Saturday matinee 2pm
Tickets: Adults $30.00, Concession and Friends $25.00, Students $20.00 To book online, go to http://www.brolgatheatre.org/default.asp?PageID=95

http://www.brolgatheatre.org/

6.7 REMINDER: WYRD SISTERS AROUND THE MIDLANDS

...although the new travelling production by the Jadis Shadows company is also a sort of "witches abroad"! Jadis Shadows, "Resident Company for STMO Media's Magic Alley in Stratford Upon Avon", present their production in May and June 2014, in a number of places.

When: 16th & 17th May 2014
Venue: Leicester Guildhall, Guildhall Lane, Leicester LE1 5FQ
Time: 7:30pm
Tickets: £12.50, £10.50 concessions. Box Office – 0116 253 2569

When: 29th & 30th May 2014
Venue: Swan Theatre, The Moors, Worcester, WR1
Time: 7:30pm
Tickets: £13.50 (No concession prices). Box Office – 01905 611427. Monday to Saturday 10am – 5pm. Tickets can be booked or held on reservation for up to 4 working days but must be paid for, in full, 4 days prior to the performance. To book online: http://tinyurl.com/lomgby3

When: 11th, 12th & 30th June 2014
Venue: Castle Theatre Wellingborough, 10 Castle Way, Wellingborough, Warwickshire NN8 1XA
Time: 7.45pm
Tickets: £10 for everyone. Box Office – 01933 270007

http://www.jadisshadows.com/index.php/current-programme

6.8 REMINDER: GUARDS! GUARDS! IN ELTHAM (LONDON, NOT FOURECKS)

The Bob Hope Theatre's in-house amateur drama company will present their production of Guards! Guards! this week.

When: 14th-17th May 2014 at 19:45
Venue: Bob Hope Theatre, Wythfield Road, Eltham SE9 5TG
Time: 7.45pm (bar opens at 7pm)
Tickets: £9 (concessions £8, not available Friday or Saturday). Group discounts are on offer. Box Office: 020 8850 3702 or book online at www.intelligent-tickets.com/index.php?th=bh

www.bobhopetheatre.co.uk

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07) PTERRY AND ALZHEIMER'S NEWS

BECOME A DEMENTIA FRIEND

In Little Black Book:

"Sir Paul McCartney is today announced as an ambassador for Dementia Friends as celebrities and Alzheimer's Society ambassadors perform one of The Beatles' most memorable tracks 'With a Little Help From My Friends' including Lily Allen, Chris Martin, Ray Winstone; Pixie Lott; Paul O'Grady; Leighton Baines; Fiona Phillips; Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes; Simon Pegg; Hugh Dennis; Amanda Holden; Alesha Dixon and Ruth Jones and Sir Terry Pratchett, alongside Gina Shaw, a 61 year old singer and former nurse from Liverpool who has dementia. And the project seems to have moved the celebrities involved to find out more about the condition themselves. 'I think everyone should watch the Dementia Friends video to see the amazing and brave lady who lives with dementia in it. Gina is very open about a condition that there's so much stigma about, but she's got great support is using her position to spread the word,' said comedian and writer Meera Syal... The film will encourage viewers to become a Dementia Friend – which means gaining an understanding of the challenges faced by people with dementia and learning a few useful tips to help make life better for those living with the condition. To become a friend, individuals watch a short online film, which explains what dementia is, how it affects individuals and what people can do to help those living with the disease. Once they've watched the film, they then enter their details in order to receive a Dementia Friends badge (to show their support), and ‘Little Book Of Friendship', which includes further ideas and tips on how to help people with dementia. Alternatively, people can attend a face-to-face awareness session run by Alzheimer's Society in their area... Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of Alzheimer's Society, said: 'Given that one in three people over 65 will develop dementia, it is fantastic to be working together with Public Health England to launch a star studded campaign to raise awareness of dementia and encourage people to become Dementia Friends. Everyone has a role to play. Through Dementia Friends, we can all understand a bit more about what it is like to live with dementia and the small things that help those with the condition. It is easy and free to become a Dementia Friend, so I urge you all to sign up and make a difference.'..."

http://tinyurl.com/mtsqrbj

On the Alzheimer's Society website:

"By 2015, we want there to be a million people with the know-how to help people with dementia feel understood and included in their community. The initiative was fully launch in mid-February 2013 after the initial announcement in November 2012. Dementia Friends Champions are volunteers who talk to people about being a Dementia Friend in their communities after attending a training course and receiving ongoing support. A Dementia Friend learns a little bit more about what it's like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action - anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend. The drive forms part of the six-month progress report on the Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia..."

http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/documents_info.php?documentID=2070

...and the NHS:

"Professor Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director for Dementia for NHS England, said: 'NHS England welcomes this incredibly valuable campaign which will raise the awareness of dementia across the country. I would strongly encourage people to sign up to become a dementia friend and encourage their friends and family to sign up too. Most of us know, or know of someone with dementia and becoming a dementia friend is a positive sign of support.'..."

http://www.england.nhs.uk/2014/05/07/dementia-friends/

In The Mirror:

"Public Health England and Alzheimer's Society have joined forces for the Dementia Friends campaign to recruit over a million "Dementia Friends" – ordinary people who are willing to learn about dementia and how to support people with it.
Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Public Health England, says: 'Until there's a cure, friendship is the best treatment we have for dementia.' ... A Dementia Friend is simply someone who has an understanding of what dementia is and the little things they can do to support those living with the condition. Visit Dementia Friends online at dementiafriends.org.uk Search for your local face-to-face information session – these free interactive classes can provide practical advice on how you can help others live well with dementia. If there isn't a session nearby or you can't make the allocated dates, you can always watch the short Dementia Friends video instead. You'll receive a Dementia Friends badge and a 'Little Book of Friendship' which includes tips and ideas on how you can be a friend to someone living with Dementia."

mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/health/become-part-dementia-friends-campaign-3488020

In the Western Gazette:

"Sir Terry Pratchett is among a host of stars appearing in a new television campaign to raise awareness of a new Dementia Friends campaign from Public Health England and Alzheimer's Society. The campaign has been created to highlight that people with dementia can still live fulfilling and rewarding lives and sees stars present their messages to the backing of The Beatles' With a Little Help from my Friends... Dementia prevalence figures from the Dementia 2010 report – recently updated by Alzheimer's Research UK using current population estimates – show there are an estimated 2,600 people living with dementia in south Somerset, 1,100 in north Dorset and 6,500 people in Wiltshire..."

http://tinyurl.com/km9uhfh

In The Telegraph:

"The celebrities star in a new advert to encourage people to become 'dementia friends' to help boost volunteering, education and support for the growing number of people with the condition. Volunteers who take part in the scheme will be able to attend free sessions to learn how to spot the signs of dementia and offer support for sufferers, the Alzheimer's Society said... celebrities involved in the ad include comedian Simon Pegg, actor Ray Winstone, footballer Leighton Baines and presenter Paul O'Grady. Author Sir Terry Pratchett – who suffers from Alzheimer's disease himself – is also involved... The news comes as a new report found that English businesses are losing out on hundreds of millions every year because of employees' caring obligations for people who have dementia. Almost one in 10 dementia carers have to withdraw from work altogether and 12 per cent have been forced to reduce the number of hours they spend at work. Experts have estimated that the total cost of those who leave employment or have to reduce their hours totals more than £1.6 billion. The report compiled by the Centre for Economics and Business research on behalf of Dementia Friends - the Alzheimer's Society's campaign – estimated that throughout this year 50,000 carers will have to quit their job due to caring responsibilities. And a further 66,000 will have to make adjustments to the number of hours they work... 'The fact that thousands of workers in this country are juggling caring responsibilities without support and understanding from their employers is frightening,' said Alzheimer's Society chief executive Jeremy Hughes. 'We're all beginning to talk about dementia, however, society is not yet fully supportive of people with dementia, either in the workplace or in everyday life. I'd love to see everyone become Dementia Friends, and make life that little bit easier for people with dementia.'...

http://tinyurl.com/kj8bgtr

For more information:

https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/
https://twitter.com/DementiaFriends
https://www.facebook.com/DementiaFriends

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08) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS

8.1 D.I.Y "RAISING STEAM" CHARACTERS! FOLDABLE! DOWNLOADABLE! AND FREE!!!

A to-die-for set of almost painfully adorable Raising Steam characters to print out at home! Free of charge! What's not to like?

Dick Simnel:
http://www.raisingsteam3d.com/pdfs/Dick_Dieline.pdf

Moist von Lipwig:
http://www.raisingsteam3d.com/pdfs/Moist_Dieline.pdf

Harry King:
http://www.raisingsteam3d.com/pdfs/HarryKing_Dieline.pdf

Iron Girder herself:
http://www.raisingsteam3d.com/pdfs/IronGirder_Dieline.pdf

Vetinari:
http://www.raisingsteam3d.com/pdfs/LordVetenari_Dieline.pdf

Of the Twilight the darkness:
http://www.raisingsteam3d.com/pdfs/OfTheTwilightTheDarkness_Dieline.pdf

Adora Belle:
http://www.raisingsteam3d.com/pdfs/AdoraBelle_Dieline.pdf

Mr Thunderbolt:
http://www.raisingsteam3d.com/pdfs/Thunderbolt_Dieline.pdf

Dick Simnel's workshop:
http://www.raisingsteam3d.com/pdfs/DicksWorkshop_Dieline.pdf

http://tinyurl.com/mdmsdam


8.2 DISCWORLD EMPORIUM UPDATES

"Greetings Disc lovers,

"Of course an Emporium celebration wouldn't be complete without special releases from Discworld Stamps, and we'll be debuting fantastic new issues from Lancre and Genua. Available as single stamps or beautiful collectible sheets, the Lancre 3p and Genua 2 Cent issues feature artwork of Lancre Castle and Ella Saturday respectively. Available at the Spring Fling, and online from Tuesday May 6th - click the images below to see more!

http://tinyurl.com/mxbofxq

"The May Day! May Day! LBE is a limited edition Little Brown Envelope, containing a 'lucky dip' assortment of Discworld Stamps with a chance to find sports, rarities and prizes. Every LBE will contain the brand new Genua 2 Cent, and Lancre 3 Pence Discworld Stamps, and 50 lucky envelopes will contain prize tickets for a 'Letter to Lancre' – a rare postal artefact exclusive to this LBE. Keep an eye out for A-M.P.O Dead Letter labels, little scribbles from a certain artificer, rare $5 Blue Triangles and the most coveted Discworld Stamp of them all - the Blue Triangle Sport!
This edition comprises 1000 LBEs, of which 500 will be available at the event itself on Saturday 3rd May. The remainder will go on sale online on Tuesday 6th May in two batches at 10:00am and 6:00pm BST

http://tinyurl.com/lbvnmj3

"Limited Edition LBEs have a habit of selling out jolly quickly, usually within the first hour of release. To avoid disappointment we recommend the purchase of an LBE season ticket, valid for 6 or 11 LBE editions – find out more here:

http://tinyurl.com/lrfwqx9

[Editor's note: if already sold out, the link may be dead.]

"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 CONVENTION NEWS

9.1 NADWCON 2015: NEWS AND EXPLANATIONS

Ladies and Gentlemen,

There are two things you need to know before we announce the location of the 2015 North American Discworld Gathering:

#1 Sir Terry Pratchett is not able to be with us in person this time, as much as he might like to. Terry and Rob's international travel schedule has changed substantially, and he is focused on his writing, and on forthcoming projects.
Your best chance of seeing Sir Terry in person is to attend the International Discworld Convention in 2014 in Manchester, England, August 8-11, 2014. (Their registration is currently filled but there is a waiting list.). Honored Guests at DWCon 2014 "will appear subject to availability and professional commitments."

#2 There is no seed money available to help fund another NADWCon. As some of you know, NADWCon 2011 did not make a profit, and it appears that NADWCon 2013 did not, either. A number of people worked very hard on those last two NADWCons. Those of you who have served in the convention trenches will know how hard it is to put on a good, 1,000 person event, let alone one that makes any money.

Many of the fans who've been volunteering at NADWCon from the very beginning had imagined that each NADWCon would help construct a solid foundation which would, in turn, support future cons, but things don't always work out as well as we could wish. Given this news I've just shared, the 2014/2015 team knew that producing another NADWCon in 2015 was going to be a challenge. So, here is where things stand today:

Drum Roll Please .....

Many of you guessed right: Seattle was the chosen venue. (Note the past tense).

and...

We've been discussing dates for this event that ranged from late summer to early fall because we did not wish to compete with our friends at Norwescon; a fantasy and science fiction convention that takes place in Seattle every Spring.

Then this happened ....

An experienced, fun-loving, and collaborative core group of volunteers was deeply engaged in planning when WorldCon, Inc. announced that Spokane, WA had won the 2015 bid for the World Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention. This meant that most of the talent and volunteers on the west coast would now focus their time, resources and attention on that event. Add to this the fact that many of our NADWCon attendees also go to Worldcon; we cannot ask them to fly out to the same location twice in one year.

In light of these circumstances we have decided to hold a Discworld Gathering at WorldCon 2015. This WorldCon's official name is Sasquan. Sasquan will take place in Spokane, WA on August 19th - 23rd in 2015.

They know we're coming: The Planning Committee is in touch with the organizers of Sasquan. Our job now is to support this large, international convention, and make sure that our Discworld friends have fun while they're there. Our first question to Sasquan was, "How can we help?".

The North American Discworld Guilds are on board, including the Seamstress Guild (extroverted, costume loving party givers) led by their talented Director Missy Hayes. Also with us are the the Dark Clerks (highly organized folks who like to run things backstage), the Printers and Engravers (writers and editors), the Cunning Artificers (arts and crafts), along with musicians, various family groups, and other North American guilds to be named later. We're planning the Seamstress Guild parties (oh, those parties!), and – pending Sasquan's approval, where needed – various Discworld meets, panels, classes, arts and crafts, pub crawls, kids events, and lots of fun across this great con for all our Discworld friends. In a way, this will be like leaving little Lancre to visit Ankh Morpork. You might want to bring The Luggage.

You can buy your membership to Sasquan, at their 2015 WorldCon website:

http://sasquan.org/
http://www.worldcon.org/

PLEASE NOTE:
* Sasquan attendees can't book hotel rooms for this con until late summer or early fall of 2014. (See the Sasquan website for details)
* More information about our Discworld events at Sasquan will be forthcoming at our website (nadwcon.org), through social media, and via a newsletter.

That's all, folks. You now have over fifteen months to make your arrangements. (3) We're going to have a great time. We hope you can join us.

http://it-bodes.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/announcing-dates-and-location-for-north.html


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?

"The X-Men's blackbird? Batman's batmobile? Green Goblin's glider? If you're feeling really adventurous why not turn your vehicle into the kind of transport a hero or villain would have? Perhaps you're more interested in a permanent base like Superman's Fortress of Solitude or He-Man's Castle Greyskull? If so, why not dress your tent up as your lair? There will be a prize for the best one. There are no limits to what you can do with your costumes. Be as inventive as you like or faithfully recreate your favourite character's costume."

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

Nullus Anxietus V is coming! Some early details:

When: 10th to 12th April 2015
Venue: Novotel, Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia
Tickets: current ticket prices are $80-$140 per Attending Member, $400 per Family, $30 per Supporting Membership. To purchase at these rates, go to http://ausdwcon.org/shop/

"Previous Conventions have had Guilds. For Nullus Anxietas V the Guilds are replaced by the Studios of Holy Wood and Convention members (who choose to join a "guild") will be randomly assigned to one of the five studios for activities. Can't sing? Can't dance? Can handle a sword a little? Then Holy Wood beckons, and the clickies want YOU." – Daniel Hatton, Guildmeister

"The date of the convention is still too far distant for us to start negotiating room rates but we will have the upper hand if we can go into the discussion with an estimate of how many we would likely need. We'd like to convince them to be the cheapest rate in all of Parramatta and make their money by booking every room rather than them charging a lot for a few rooms. If at all possible, please give us an indication if you will be booking accommodation at the venue and what sort of room you would like. You do not need to be registered to fill in the survey, we would just like an idea of how many rooms we will need for the weekend. Rest assured we will not hold you to this – it's just an estimate. Your name will only be used to ensure you're not on the spreadsheet twice. You will still need to book your own accommodation." – the organisers

http://ausdwcon.org/

9.4 CABBAGECON 2015

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.

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

Apparently Cabbagecon 2 was a great success on the fun front. The organisers say of next year's event, "It will be a happy occasion for fans of Sir Terry Pratchett from the Netherlands and abroad to meet each other again and have fun. We hope to see you too!"

9.5 IDWCON 2015

""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, in the meantime, here's an internal memo from Captain Shivers of the A-M City Watch, Irish Precinct:

To: Potential New Recruits
Re: The Theme!
People of Roundworld, we're very pleased to announce that the theme of the Irish Discworld Convention 2015 will be the Watch Open Weekend. Watch this space for further details! If you would like to know more about the Convention, please see our FAQ page. And if you would like to know more about what happened last time, please see the Previous Conventions section. If you have ideas for events you'd like to run, or see us run at the convention, please email: programme@idwcon.org. If you have any other questions, feel free to email us on: info@idwcon.org.

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: Tonight, actually! Monday 12th May 2014, from 7pm onwards. The regular "first Monday of the month" date was moved back to avoid clashing with the Wincanton Spring Fling, which took place last week.

The Drummers' most recent meet report:

"Last night we had a fantastic turnout. We had to add table after table to our zone just to accommodate everyone. We had a visitor from the Netherlands, Sandra, who is on holiday in London. She said that she was pleased to meet up with other nerds and hopes to come again. I was also pleased to see Bill returning to us like the ghost of Drummers past.
The numbers meant that I didn't get to speak to everyone. I ended up having a very serious conversation about the similarities between fandom and religion and the distinction between the epistemological and sociological aspects with Tim and Ruth (who are back together, that's your hot gossip for the day). Larry and Judy brought their wedding photos from over 30 years ago (Larry looked very sweet and innocent, Judy has remarkably aged very little in that time so looked pretty much the same). Alex also flirted with Andrew, asking me if he was "hetero-flexible". Tim E. brought a jeopardy style quiz, ideal for arguing about possible answers and wording, which caused much amusement. The winner, with full marks, was Tim. W. which caused an immediate sound of fear and foreboding when everyone realized that this meant he would be doing the next quiz."

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 5th June 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 6th June 2014 (probably, though isn't that Queenie's official birthday celebrations day?).

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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 2nd June 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 2nd June 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, Bruce Neal Drive, Penrith at 6.30-7.30pm for food, 7.30pm for games, quizzes and chat.

Next meeting: Tuesday 20th May 2014 (confirmed!)

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) A BEAUTIFUL, CROWDFUNDED MARC SIMONETTI ART BOOK

You may recall French illustrator Marc Simonetti's stunning art for the cover of Turtle Recall. Now he is offering the world his first collection in book form, titled "Coverama". With 63 days left on his crowdfunding page, "Coverama" has already surpassed its goal total of $10,000, but that's no reason to stop supporting it. Discworld fans dug deep for Snowgum's "Troll Bridge" crowdfund appeal, and we all know how successful that drive was!

Crowdfunding for "Coverama" ends on 15th July 2014...

"IT'S ART and Marc Simonetti are proud to present Marc's first ART BOOK: Coverama. Marc Simonetti is a French illustrator who has illustrated many great Fantasy and Sci-Fi books, such as George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire and Terry Pratchett's Discworld Novels. He's has also worked for video game companies like (EA, Ubisoft, Activision, Sony...) and worked as a concept artist and color key artist on advertisements and long feature films... The hardcover Art Book will have around 240 pages printed on high quality paper, and will be full of illustrations. The text will be in both English and French. Their subjects will cover the Game of Thrones books, The Disc World , Lovecraft's worlds, Fantasy and Scifi books, video games and advertisements, personal works, and several "Making Of" made especially for the book... You will enjoy a unique sneak peek on the art process as well and some never seen sketches... Some illustrations will have a link to their online video making of. I will do at least 4 original images, including the book cover art and their full Making Of, explained in text and in online videos..."

There are several pledge levels (we all know how these things go now)n – Civilian for $15.00, Scout for $30.00, Mercenary – France for $40.00, Mercenary – Worldwide for $50.00, Bounty Hunter for $100.00, Colonel for $250.00, Rear Admiral for $500.00, High Admiral for $750.00, and Commander for $1,000.00. To discover what each level offers, visit the page:

http://www.itsartmag.com/features/projects/coverama-by-marc-simonetti/

[Editor's note: for more of Simonetti's quirky Discworld covers art, go to www.marcsimonetti.com - my personal favourites are his covers for Reaper Man, Small Gods, and definitely Soul Music. He also does really scary Feegles.]

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12) IMAGES OF THE MONTH

Susan would approve! As dispensed by the very enlightened Barrett Pharmacy of Watford City, North Dakota:

http://tinyurl.com/n899tlp

...and Nanny Ogg would definitely approve of this ever so louche Interesting Vegetable, as posted by The Poke:

http://tinyurl.com/lymbzm3

Here be an iconograph of the assembled 3-D foldable "Raising Steam" characters (see item 8.1 above):

http://tinyurl.com/lk8re7y

GlenBricker, who created the Discworld Lego proposal, now brings us a Tiffany Aching with frying pan, diary, ship beasties and Feegles. Lego-Tiffany is a truly scary sight; I doubt even the Quin would want to mess with her:

https://ideas.lego.com/projects/57284

...and finally, a marvellously motley collection of Wincanton Spring Fling-ers rockin' the Pink Pussycat Club:

http://tinyurl.com/lcgxwrm

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13) CLOSE

You may remember, from Men at Arms, that the Fools' Guild has a secret museum of clown faces painted on eggs, with an egg for each clown's unique and "protected" make-up. Here be the real Roundworld version:

"A clown's face is his livelihood; it's an unwritten rule among clowns that one must not copy the face of another. Accordingly, in 1946 London clown Stan Bult began painting the faces of his colleagues onto eggshells, effectively trademarking their identities. Bult's collection was largely destroyed in an accident in 1965, but London's Circus Clowns Club resurrected the practice in 1984 and added samples of its members' costumes and wig hair, making each into a peculiar sort of portrait. In 1979, Leon 'Buttons' McBryde, a clown with the Ringling Bros & Barnum and Bailey Circus, heard about the British practice and established his own egg registry, which now includes hundreds of portraits of clowns hand-painted by his wife, Linda. The U.S. registry has been used in at least one court case in which one clown charged another with infringing his design..."

http://www.futilitycloset.com/2014/05/09/the-clown-egg-register/

And here is a wonderful collection of clown-face egg photographs by Luke Stephenson:

http://lukestephenson.com/the-clown-egg-register/

And finally, a message, in poster form, for orangutan-loving choccy-bar consumers in Fourecks. It's a graphic list of which popular snack bars contain palm oil and which do not. Buy smart, tuckshop-raiders!

http://tinyurl.com/mppt6da

And that's the lot for now. Enjoy this merrie month of May, don't forget to wear the lilac on the 25th, and we'll see you again soon!

– Annie Mac

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April 2014 (Volume 17, Issue 4, post 1)
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INDEX:

01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH
02) EDITOR'S LETTER
03) A DAY TO REMEMBER!!!
04) DRAGONS AT CRUMBLING CASTLE
05) A NEW KIND OF BOOKSHOP
06) ODDS AND SODS
07) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
08) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS
09) DISCWORLD CONVENTION NEWS
10) DISCWORLD MEETING GROUPS NEWS
11) DISCWORLD GAMES NEWS
12) AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE
13) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
14) CLOSE

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01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH

"An International Terry Pratchett Day? I have a day?"

– guess who...

"My Independent Bookshop gives readers the ability to discover surprising new worlds in an interesting way. Go on, have a virtual rummage around you'll never know what you might find."

– our favourite author, on setting up his own virtual bookshop

And a lovely image to go with that last quote: http://tinyurl.com/kdgwfhb

"If you haven't read any Terry Pratchett books you are missing out. Imagine Harry Potter, Monty Python, Neil Gaiman, Blackadder, Airplane!, Alan Moore, Lemony Snicket, National Lampoon, Mad Magazine and Private Eye were all a single person. That person's name would be Sir Terry Pratchett."

– Blogger The Equiatic Blind

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02) LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR

Before we begin, are you sitting comfortab-, I mean, we have an urgent message for "green-eyed Kate, who wrote to Terry on 1 April". And the message is "please send Colin Smythe ( mailto:cpsmythe@aol.com ) your email or snailmail address. It's very difficult to give you answers to your questions without one or the other..." The letter in question bore what appears to be a Fourecksian postmark, with a $2.60 stamp featuring a cute image of an Echidna, but lacking an airmail label or mention of the UK in the address. If you're out there, Kate, do get in touch...

This month's issue is jam-packed with all manner of news and such, so let's go right to the meat of it. On with the show!

– Annie Mac, Editor

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03) A DAY TO REMEMBER

We've already missed it for 2014, but put this in your diary for next year:

"To celebrate Sir Terry Pratchett as The London Book Fair's (LBF) Author of the Day on Tuesday 8 April, the International Authors Forum, in association with LBF, has designated Tuesday 8 April International Sir Terry Pratchett Day, to mark his phenomenal international publishing success. To launch the day, authors from around the world will be asked to vote for their favourite character from one of his books choosing from a list of Sir Terry's Official Top 10 Favourites, which are:

1. Commander Vimes
2. Death
3. Granny Weatherwax
4. Tiffany Aching
5. Lord Vetinari
6. The Librarian
7. Nanny Ogg
8. Rincewind
9. The Nac Mac Feegle
10. Willikins

"Katie Webb, International Authors Forum, said: 'Sir Terry Pratchett is a huge source of pride amongst the global author community. His innumerable achievements and dedication to his craft – unlocking imaginations, giving entertainment, education and wonder to so many – are testament to the value of the author in society. We are honoured to be celebrating Sir Terry Pratchett, and to be spreading the celebration worldwide'..."

...and here be a direct link to the official logo:

http://tinyurl.com/mzqhfh9

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04) A NEW KIND OF BOOKSHOP

It's new! It's virtual! It's Pterry's!

"My Independent Bookshop is a new reader recommendation website for booklovers everywhere. You'll be able to set up and curate your own bookshop, review books and recommend reading suggestions to others. If you've always wanted to set up your own bookshop, My Independent Bookshop is for you! We're currently in a beta phase (gotta dust off those shelves!) but we'll be opening our doors to everyone in early May. In the meantime though, you can register your interest by clicking http://bit.ly/1lDD0n1 and we'll let you know when we're ready for you."

https://www.facebook.com/myindiebookshop

"Terry has set up his own online bookshop, named Narrativia, on My Independent Bookshop – a new website where anyone can go and set up their own virtual bookshop. Narrativia is filled with the books which have most inspired Terry over the years and it'll open for new users in May. Sign up now if you'd like to receive more information and check out Terry's bookshop when it's open."

http://bit.ly/1lDD0n1

https://www.facebook.com/pratchett

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05) NEW PRATCHETT BOOK! OF OLD STORIES!

Random House Children's Publishers UK have announced the forthcoming publication of "Dragons at Crumbling Castle", a heavily illustrated new collection of children's stories that represents some of Sir Pterry's very earliest published work. "Dragons" will be released in September of this year.

"We're thrilled to announce the forthcoming publication of DRAGONS AT CRUMBLING CASTLE by Terry Pratchett in September 2014. Dragons at Crumbling Castle is a new collection of children's stories with over a hundred full-page black-and-white illustrations from Mark Beech. Full of crooks, knights and dragons this is a book for children to treasure and we can't wait to read them all!"

"World rights for DRAGONS AT CRUMBLING CASTLE were bought by Kirsten Armstrong, Fiction Editor at RHCP UK from Colin Smythe. RHCP will publish the collection in print and ebook in September. Kirsten comments: 'We're so thrilled to be publishing this collection – Terry's youngest work yet. These stories are full of Pratchett's trademark wit and imagination and will be adored by anyone aged 8-108. Brimming with knights, dragons, abominable snowmen and even more abominable crooks, they are a joy to read and share with young readers. We can't wait to introduce Terry's genius to a whole new generation of future fans.' RHCP will also be publishing a collector's special edition of DRAGONS AT CRUMBLING CASTLE with extra content in November."

"Published together for the first time with over a hundred full-page black-and-white illustrations from Mark Beech, this is a book to make children laugh and introduce them to the wit and magic of Terry Pratchett. And the discerning Discworld reader will discover in each of these stories ideas which Terry developed elsewhere in his later novels."

"RHCP will publish Dragons at Crumbling Castle in £12.99 hardback and as an e-book in September. A collector's edition with extra content will follow in November."

http://www.booktrade.info/index.php/showarticle/53325/

http://tinyurl.com/l98s3gd

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06) ODDS AND SODS

6.1 NEW DELUXE DISCWORLD DIARIES

The theme thith time ith Igorth! To be published in August, so start looking for your pre-orders now...

"Gollancz, an imprint of the Orion Publishing Group, in partnership with the official purveyor of merchandise from Terry Pratchett's Discworld, The Discworld Emporium, are delighted to announce plans to publish Discworld diaries for the next three years from 2015 to 2017. With background detail and hilarious one-liners, The Discworld Diaries will help all fans of Sir Terry Pratchett keep their lives in order. Developed in consultation with Sir Terry Pratchett, the Discworld diaries are one part diary, one part guide to the arcane practices of the funniest creation in modern fantasy. Each diary celebrates the unsung heroes of the Discworld universe; in this instance: those stoic, selfless minions from the farflung region of Uberwald, the Igors.

"Gollancz's previous Discworld diaries sold over 25,000 copies per year at their peak, and their Discworld calendars continue to sell in the order of 15,000 copies per year. The Discworld Collector's Library, launched in November last year and has already sold more than 40,000 copies. Terry Pratchett's editor at Gollancz, Darren Nash, says: 'From the moment we sat down with the team from the Discworld Emporium it was clear that they shared the Gollancz vision: fans producing wonderful things for other fans. We're delighted to be working with them and with Sir Terry Pratchett, and confident that 2015's will be the best Discworld Diary ever – until next year!' The Discworld Emporium adds: 'As any Igor will tell you, 'What goeth around, cometh around'. This excursion into Pratchett's world of the Igors has taught us more about anatomy, and indeed 're-cycling', than one could possibly have wished to know. Regardless, we're delighted to share it with you in this little tome. Hopefully it will have you in thtitcheth!'

"The Discworld Diary 2015 is the most lavishly illustrated Discworld diary Gollancz has ever produced – full-colour throughout for the first time – and is published in hardback on the 21 August 2014, priced at £16.99. The following two diaries will be published in August 2015 and 2016, and will be sure to delight Terry Pratchett fans around the world for years to come."

http://tinyurl.com/l4wckmj

6.2 DISCWORLD DAY AT THE STORY MUSEUM

On the 25th of May, the Story Museum in Oxford will host a Discworld Day! Stephen Briggs will read extracts from Going Postal at 11.30am and 2pm, and there will be various other Discworld-y goings-on from 11am to 5pm. Don't forget to wear your lilac!

"We’re Going Postal here in Oxford’s old post office with Discworld Day activities inspired by Ankh Morpork’s Post Office."

In addition to the exhibition entrance fee of £7.50 (£5 for under-18′s, full-time students, job-seekers, over-60s; no charge for children under one year and companions of disabled visitiors), there will be a £2 charge for the event. £4 event-only tickets will be offered on the day, subject to availability. Advance booking is recommended.

The Story Museum
Rochester House, 42 Pembroke Street, Oxford OX1 1BP
+44 (0)1865 790050
onceuponatime@storymuseum.org.uk

http://www.storymuseum.org.uk/the-story-museum/events

6.3 THE WINTERSMITH TOUR GOES TO IRELAND

Come to Ireland and dance the Dark Morris...

Monday 19th May
Town Hall Theatre Galway
00353 (0) 91-569777
Tickets are €25. To purchase online go to http://tinyurl.com/lexdxb7

http://tht.ie/1868/Steeleye-Span

Tuesday 20th May
The Hawk's Well Theatre Sligo
00353 (0) 71-9161518
Tickets are €25.00; online booking: http://www.hawkswell.com/events/event/steeleye-span and go to http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase for that date; concession prices are available in person at the box office or by phone 071-9161518

Wednesday 21st May
Vicar Street Dublin
00353 (0)1 77 55 800

Tickets are €31.50 (including booking). For details go to http://tinyurl.com/mod7dlu

6.4 TURTLE RECALL: NEW USA RELEASE

HarperCollins, USA publishers of Turtle Recall, say:

"For every Pratchett fan, the must-have fully updated guidebook to Discworld! The Discworld, as everyone knows, is a flat world balanced on the backs of four elephants which, in turn, stand on the shell of the giant star turtle, the Great A'Tuin, as it slowly swims through space. It is also a global publishing phenomenon with sales of nearly 85 million books worldwide (and counting). With 39 books in the canon, not including the various guides, maps, diaries, and other tie-in volumes, there's a lot of Discworld to keep track of—more than most fans can manage without magic.

"Turtle Recall is the ultimate authority on probably the most heavily populated—certainly the most hilarious—setting in fantasy literature and includes a guide to Discworld locales from Ankh-Morpork to Zemphis, as well as information to help you distinguish Achmed the Mad from Jack Zweiblumen and the Agatean Empire from the Zoons. Plus much, much more.
Covering everything from The Colour of Magic, the first Discworld novel, through Snuff!, Turtle Recall: The Discworld Companion . . . So Far is the most up-to-the-minute encyclopedia of Terry Pratchett's extraordinary universe available."

www.harpercollins.com/books/Turtle-Recall/?isbn=9780062292551

6.5 "THE DUEL" TRAILER!

Remember "The Duel", the collaborative project between Trinity College Dublin animation students and Professor Sir Pterry? Well, an official trailer is now available to view. Looks very professional indeed!

http://vimeo.com/88069708

6.6 "RAISING STEAM" REVIEW: THE WASHINGTON POST

By Sara Sklaroff

"'Raising Steam' is Terry Pratchett's 40th — yes, 40th — Discworld novel, and it won't disappoint fans of the earlier 39... Salted among all the treacle miners and nascent trainspotters are some serious ideas about technology and the irrevocable changes it brings. Pratchett's noir police commander, Sam Vimes, muses on what Discworld's version of the telegraph has meant to society: 'Here is the new thing and here it is. And yesterday you never thought about it and after today you don't know what you would do without it. That was what the technology was doing. It was your slave but, in a sense, it might be the other way around.' As on our spherical world, some folks embrace the change, while others are deeply suspicious... While exploring questions about the unintended consequences of technology, Pratchett also blasts fundamentalists who resist all progress. But mostly he seems to be having fun with words in the very British strain of absurdist humor that he has made his own..."

6.7 REMINDER: WINCANTON SPRING FLING

Heading for Ankh-Morpork's official twin town this Spring? The 2014
Wincanton Spring Fling swings into action on May Bank Holiday
weekend, 3rd and 4th May. This year's Fling will feature a Friday
night storytelling session, maker's market and grand charity
auction, among many other pleasant events.

For more information, go to http://www.discworldemporium.com/

6.8 REMINDER: NEW PAUL KIDBY EXHIBITION

Discworld and Beyond, the noted exhibition of the work of Paul
Kidby, is now open in a new venue. "This exhibition showcases
the wonderful book covers and illustrations for Pratchett's novels
including favourite characters like Rincewind, the Wee Free Men and,
of course, Death. All his work is marked by a staggering quality of
draughtsmanship and effective use of colour, bright for the book
covers and muted for his faerie paintings."

When: current, through 28th June 2014
Venue: Willis Museum, Market Place, Basingstoke RG21 7QD (phone 0845
603 5635)
Time: Tuesdays to Fridays 10am – 5pm
Tickets: Admission free

6.9 DISCWORLD AS WORLD-VIEWER

A nice shout-out by Sarah Abraham in The Indian Republic, in a piece titled "Books For All Moods: Which Ones to Read?":

"Somehow, it's easier to take an objective look at the problems of life if we can take a step back and put some distance between us and the problem. Subjectivity can mess up the process considerably. So it makes sense that one of the best ways to see the problems with our world clearly is to set it all on another one. In this case, it's a flat world carried by four elephants that stand on a turtle who swims through space. Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, despite being set in such a world, will give you fresh perspectives on religion, racism, sexism, changing world order, politics, football, the industrial revolution and much more. Oh, and they're rib-ticklingly funny, only you won't always know if you're laughing at the book or yourself."

http://tinyurl.com/mhrlco7

6.10 DISCWORLD VERSUS ACADEMIA: A THESIS ON SPEECH USES IN GOING POSTAL, AND A REVIEW OF DISCWORLD AS "THEOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY"

Gaenor Burchett-Vass, a teacher (and student) whose online alias is "Aunty Muriel", has posted an extract, "Speech and Thought Representation in Terry Pratchett's 'Going Postal'", from from chapter two of her MA thesis "Stylistics and the Form/Content Dichotomy". An extract of the extract:

"Terry Pratchett, the author of the hugely popular Discworld series, is a writer who, like many modern authors, makes extensive use of dialogue. Pratchett's dialogue serves both to advance plot and to delineate character, but there is more to it than this: through his use of FID, Pratchett is able to pass comment on both the characters he creates and the world they – and by allegorical extension, we – inhabit. Pratchett's use of FID enables the characters to comment both on themselves and on other characters, and the narrator can do the same. The allegorical nature of the text means that there is frequently a real-world counterpart to which the comments of the narrator/character also apply. For modern-day readers, comments of a moral nature are generally more palatable when they come from the mouths of fictional characters rather than that of the narrator. The idea that literature exists to edify and instruct the reader is now old-fashioned, but this is what Pratchett manages to do nevertheless. The didactic purpose of the text is achieved through FID without alienating the reader: because his voice is inextricably intertwined with that of his characters, the narrator can moralise without appearing to do so..."

It's always exciting to see Pratchett's work used in academic theses, and if the differences between Pure Narrative of Narrative Report of Action, Narrative Report of Speech, Narrative Report of a Speech Act, Indirect Speech, Free Indirect Discourse, Direct Speech, and Free Direct Thought whet your interest this is the link for you...

http://tinyurl.com/k3nr2sr

And then we have Linn Marie Tonstad, assistant professor of systematic theology at Yale Divinity School, considering Discworld in light of another theologian's book:

"The characters of Pratchett's city offer a vivid imaginative rendering of the vulnerabilities and possibilities of life in everyday finite contexts that bring together diverse creatures in the service of the goal of common flourishing. Although all theologies outline a social imaginary, whether implicitly or explicitly, the dry and technical character of much theological reflection can make it difficult for the reader to imagine what life would be or could be like given the proposals advanced by a particular author. Pratchett is a consummate observer of the everyday, and his world brings to life what a theology of the everyday would look like... The meaning of this life is central to the possibilities of flourishing in everyday contexts. The only protection against the yawning threat of meaninglessness and futility is to get on with things, to act wisely for the flourishing of the quotidian even while recognizing and affirming its finitude and vulnerability. A theology of finite flourishing in quotidian proximate contexts might look very much like Pratchett's satirical rendering of the challenges of life together. Pratchett offers a lively theology of finite ordinary existence that helps the reader to see her own context with eyes newly attentive to vulnerability, truth-telling, the threat of violence, and the inevitability of death. Neither Kelsey nor Pratchett are avowed feminists, but elements of their projects show a deep and unexpected affinity with feminist approaches to the value of ordinary life precisely in its ordinariness and finitude..."

http://tinyurl.com/mphzsyj

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07) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS

7.1 NEW: MORT IN TADLEY

The Boundary Players will present their production of Mort next month.

When: 6th-10th May 2014
Venue: William Penney Theatre, Aldermaston Recreational Society complex, Tadley, Hants RG26
Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: £7 adult, £5 concession (all tickets £5 on opening night which is Tuesday 6th)
Tickets can be reserved by telephoning 07756 141734 (voicemail available) or by e-mailing tickets@boundaryplayers.co.uk. When reserving tickets please provide details of your name, the type of tickets you require i.e. Full price or Concession, the performance night and the number of tickets required. Tickets will be held in the Box Office for collection on the night of the performance.

http://www.boundaryplayers.co.uk/whats_on.phtml

7.2 NEW: MONSTROUS REGIMENT IN SUDBURY

Sudbury Dramatic Society presents Monstrous Regiment in May.

When: Tuesday 13th to Saturday 17th May 2014
Venue: The Quay, Quay Lane, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2AN Tel. 01787 374745
Time: 7.45pm
Tickets: £9.00 (Friends £8.00). Tuesday 13th only - all tickets £7.00. Groups of 10 or more students £7.00
To buy tickets, phone 01787 374745 or online at https://quaytheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873507408/events

Pre-theatre suppers are available to book on the Friday and Saturday evenings only.

http://www.quaytheatre.org.uk/whatsOn.htm

7.3 NEW: MORT IN CHESHAM

Chesham Bois Catholic Players (Amateur) present MORT at the Little Theatre next month.

When: 16th-18th May 2014
Venue: Little Theatre By The Park, Church Street, Chesham Bucks HP5 1HU
Time: Fri. 16th at 8pm, Sat. 17th at 7.30pm, Sun. 18th at 4pm
Tickets: all tickets £10. "Unsold tickets may be available at the
door."
To book online, go to http://cbcp.ticketsource.co.uk/

http://www.littletheatrechesham.co.uk/
facebook.com/pages/Chesham-Bois-Catholic-Players/692088180825325

7.4 NEW: WITCHES ABROAD IN MARYBOROUGH, QUEENSLAND

The Maryborough Players present their exclusive production of Witches Abroad, as adapted and directed by Renoir (presumably not the dead Impressionist master). Profits from the production will go to Alzheimers Australia and the Australasian Order of Old Bastards, they claim!

When: 4th-7th June 2014
Venue: Brolga Theatre & Convention Centre, 5 Walker Street,Maryborough, QLD
Time: all evening performances 7.30pm; additional Saturday matinee 2pm
Tickets: Adults $30.00, Concession and Friends $25.00, Students $20.00
To book online, go to http://www.brolgatheatre.org/default.asp?PageID=95

http://www.brolgatheatre.org/

7.5 NEW: WYRD SISTERS AROUND THE MIDLANDS

...although the new travelling production by the Jadis Shadows company is also a sort of "witches abroad"! Jadis Shadows, "Resident Company for STMO Media's Magic Alley in Stratford Upon Avon", present their production in May and June 2014, in a number of places.

When: 2nd & 3rd May 2014
Venue: Old Joint Stock Theatre, Temple Row West, Birmingham B2 5NY
Time: 7:30pm
Tickets: £12, £10 concessions. Box Office 0121 200 0946

When: 16th & 17th May 2014
Venue: Leicester Guildhall, Guildhall Lane, Leicester LE1 5FQ
Time: 7:30pm
Tickets: £12.50, £10.50 concessions. Box Office – 0116 253 2569

When: 29th & 30th May 2014
Venue: Swan Theatre, The Moors, Worcester, WR1
Time: 7:30pm
Tickets: £13.50 (No concession prices). Box Office – 01905 611427. Monday to Saturday 10am – 5pm. Tickets can be booked or held on reservation for up to 4 working days but must be paid for, in full, 4 days prior to the performance. To book online: http://tinyurl.com/lomgby3

When: 11th, 12th & 30th June 2014
Venue: Castle Theatre Wellingborough, 10 Castle Way, Wellingborough, Warwickshire NN8 1XA
Time: 7.45pm
Tickets: £10 for everyone. Box Office – 01933 270007

http://www.jadisshadows.com/index.php/current-programme

7.6 REMINDER: WYRD SISTERS IN ACCRINGTON

Oswaldtwistle Players will present their production of Wyrd Sisters, adapted by Stephen Briggs and directed by Martina Burns, in late April and early May.

When: 30th April – 3rd May 2014
Venue: Oswaldtwistle Civic Theatre, 157 Union Road, Oswaldtwistle, Accrington BB5 3HZ
Time: 19:30
Tickets: £8.50 (concessions £7.50); all tickets £7 on 30th April

http://i72139.wix.com/oswaldtwistleplayers

7.7 REMINDER: GUARDS! GUARDS! IN ELTHAM (LONDON, NOT FOURECKS)

The Bob Hope Theatre's in-house amateur drama company will present
their production of Guards! Guards! in May.

When: 14th-17th May 2014 at 19:45
Venue: Bob Hope Theatre, Wythfield Road, Eltham SE9 5TG
Time: 7.45pm (bar opens at 7pm)
Tickets: £9 (concessions £8, not available Friday or Saturday).
Group discounts are on offer. Box Office: 020 8850 3702 or book
online at www.intelligent-tickets.com/index.php?th=bh

www.bobhopetheatre.co.uk

7.8 REMINDER: MONSTROUS REGIMENT IN CHICAGO

Chicago has already experienced Discworld on stage a few months ago, and now the Windy (and currently bloody freezing) City gets another taste: Lifeline Theater will present their production of Monstrous Regiment, as adapted by Chris Hainsworth and directed by Kevin
Theis, on various dates in May, June and July, a veritable season!

When: 30th May – 20th July 2014
Venue: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N Glenwood Ave, Chicago, IL, 60626
Time: evenings at 7.30pm on Thursdays and Fridays and at 8pm on Saturdays; matinees at 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays
Tickets: $20 for previews (30th May-8th June), $40 for Regular Run: June 12-July 20 (Thu & Fri at 7:30pm, Sat at 4pm & 8pm, Sun at 4pm). To book online in advance, go to http://tinyurl.com/kzehtaw and click on the desired dates at the bottom of the page (or scroll through from there to the June or July calendars for tickets on those dates)

http://www.lifelinetheatre.com/performances/13-14/mr/index.shtml

7.9 REVIEW: LORDS AND LADIES IN CHELTENHAM

By Simon Lewis in the Gloucestershire Echo:

"Engaging and entertaining, if disjointed, chaotically pantomimish and blighted by fluffed lines, it peaked and troughed through whirlwind of set pieces that bristled with splendid costumes, luxuriant beards, unsteady doors, laugh-out-loud humour and lengthy elf ears. Yet out of the mirth and mayhem emerged several outstanding individual performances. With characteristic skill, Mike Sheldrick turned another off-beat role into an award-winning display, this time as the hilarious helmeted herald Shawn Ogg, while Jan Uzzell shone as his cheery mother Nanny. She, in turn, was suavely romanced by the foppish dwarf Casanunda, deliciously played by the velvet-voiced Gwenefer Roskilly. American-accented Anja Stevens commanded all attention as the glamorous, red-robed Queen of the Elves, while Anthony Bolding oozed charm as the lovelorn academic Ridcully, seeking reconciliation with the haughty, but captivating, Granny Weatherwax, whose studied portrayal by the supremely capable Sharon Villiers securely anchored the entire performance..."

http://tinyurl.com/lu6a35n

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08) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS

DISCWORLD EMPORIUM UPDATES

"Greetings all,

"The Emporium recently enjoyed a visit with the lovely Paul Kidby at his New Forest home to pick up copies of his illustrated book, The Charmed Realm. While there we were lucky to ogle his work in progress for a HUGE group portrait of Discworld denizens, and admire the Discworld BookBench he is painting for the Literary Trust's Books about Town project

http://tinyurl.com/mqmskpj

"And so we are proud to offer the English edition of the Charmed Realm, a truly beautiful book depicting a world of fairy folk and magical creatures, imagined and brought to life by Paul's sumptuous imagery and words penned by wife Vanessa.

http://www.discworldemporium.com/The%20Charmed%20Realm

[Editor's note: there are five additional images, clickable on the page]

"We've also added a brand new poster print to our range from Ankh-Morpork's most disreputable drinking establishment, The Mended Drum! Visitors to our Hogswatch event may remember seeing Discworld artist Peter Dennis creating this image in person at his live draw session, and here is the result! This humorously detailed rendition of Discworld's iconic tavern brings the Drum to life in all its gory - this is certainly a poster that demands a closer look, if you're brave enough!

http://tinyurl.com/kb3dene

[Editor's note: there are three additional images, clickable on the page]

"New releases from Discworld Stamps include the elegant Assassins' Guild 3p issue

http://tinyurl.com/mxoduds

and the Fools' Guild 10p

http://tinyurl.com/mg6ce9j

"Both stamps are available as singles or as attractive full sheets, and in the latest edition of our lucky-dip envelope full of assorted Discworld Stamps. Every envelope will include the Assassins' Guild 3p, while select LBEs will contain the Fools' Issue along with the chance of finding rare and elusive 'sport' variants.

http://tinyurl.com/n96fsyg

"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 CONVENTION NEWS

9.1 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?

"The X-Men's blackbird? Batman's batmobile? Green Goblin's glider? If you're feeling really adventurous why not turn your vehicle into the kind of transport a hero or villain would have? Perhaps you're more interested in a permanent base like Superman's Fortress of Solitude or He-Man's Castle Greyskull? If so, why not dress your tent up as your lair? There will be a prize for the best one. There are no limits to what you can do with your costumes. Be as inventive
as you like or faithfully recreate your favourite character's costume."

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

9.2 AUSDWCON 2015

Nullus Anxietus V is coming! Some early details:

When: 10th to 12th April 2015
Venue: Novotel, Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia
Tickets: current ticket prices are $80-$140 per Attending Member, $400 per Family, $30 per Supporting Membership. To purchase at these rates, go to http://ausdwcon.org/shop/

"Previous Conventions have had Guilds. For Nullus Anxietas V the Guilds are replaced by the Studios of Holy Wood and Convention members (who choose to join a "guild") will be randomly assigned to one of the five studios for activities. Can't sing? Can't dance? Can handle a sword a little? Then Holy Wood beckons, and the clickies want YOU." – Daniel Hatton, Guildmeister

"The date of the convention is still too far distant for us to start negotiating room rates but we will have the upper hand if we can go into the discussion with an estimate of how many we would likely need. We'd like to convince them to be the cheapest rate in all of Parramatta and make their money by booking every room rather than them charging a lot for a few rooms. If at all possible, please give us an indication if you will be booking accommodation at the venue
and what sort of room you would like. You do not need to be registered to fill in the survey, we would just like an idea of how many rooms we will need for the weekend. Rest assured we will not
hold you to this – it's just an estimate. Your name will only be used to ensure you're not on the spreadsheet twice. You will still need to book your own accommodation." – the organisers

http://ausdwcon.org/

9.3 CABBAGECON 2015

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.

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

Apparently Cabbagecon 2 was a great success on the fun front. The organisers say of next year's event, "It will be a happy occasion for fans of Sir Terry Pratchett from the Netherlands and abroad to meet each other again and have fun. We hope to see you too!"

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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 5th May 2014, from 7pm onwards.

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 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 1st May 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 2nd May 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 5th May 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 5th May 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) intend to meet on the third Monday of every month at The Rowers, Bruce Neal Drive, Penrith at 6.30-7.30pm for food, 7.30pm for games, quizzes and chat. 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) DISCWORLD GAMES NEWS

11.1 REVIEW AND GUIDE: TREEFROG GAMES' "THE WITCHES"

By manaiaclemim, on tametheboardgame.com:

"I'm personally of the opinion that Ankh Morpork is the best Discworld board game so far, and I believe Dave agrees with me. However, this game is also brilliantly conceived. It's more laid back than Ankh Morpork, in that, you're not really trying to one up any of the other players, or double-bluff them into now knowing your objective, or anything like that, because you're all sharing the same objective and there are plenty of problems on the board, so you don't usually ever have to go for the same one as another player! It's also great because you can play it as a 1-player game, just to fill a rainy afternoon. I highly recommend this game, to everyone, but also specifically to people who prefer games that aren't super-competitive!"

The review includes detailed descriptions of the game itself and the rules of gameplay, and is clearly written.

http://tametheboardgame.com/2014/02/24/the-witches/

11.2 REVIEW: CRIPPLE MR ONION

Also by manaiaclemim:

"The game is a little like Poker in two respects, the first of which is that you must make the highest scoring hand to win the round, and the second of which is that, if you don't play it often, the rules are such that's it's easy to forget them and end up both confused and annoyed. There's a dealer for each round, which changes at the end of every round. The game starts by each player being dealt five cards face down, which they are immediately allowed to look at and can then discard up to four of them, being given replacement cards by the dealer. Once everyone's done this a further five cards are dealt face up onto the table in front of each player – except the dealer, who receives theirs face down. The first player then begins by trying to assemble a high-scoring hand (I'll list the different hand in point order in a minute), once they've done this, the player to their left must assemble a higher-scoring hand, or fold. If they succeed in creating a higher scoring hand the first player is then allowed to try to rearrange their cards to score even higher, or fold. Once on player has been forced to fold play continues to the left until one player remains. This player wins the hand and becomes the dealer for the next round..."

Again, plenty of details about gameplay, plus a link to where to get the most suitable Roundworld pack of cards.

http://tametheboardgame.com/2014/02/26/cripple-mr-onion/

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12) AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE

There's a lot of blog action out there lately...

Blogger Beka Cooper's short musings on The Carpet People:
"It's a cute concept made into a fairly standard quest narrative, with thoughts on free will and empire that show the beginnings of that depth-behind-humor that we know and love Pratchett for. Maybe it was just me, but the cast was large enough that I had trouble keeping track of everyone. I still prefer The Wee Free Men as a kid's first introduction to Pratchett, but Pratchett not quite grown into his full writing strength is still worth reading."

http://alibrarymama.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/the-carpet-people/

Blogger N J Magas thinks the best Discworld book to read is all of them:
"Believe it or not, my first introduction to Pratchett's writing wasn't Discworld. It was Good Omens, coauthored with the above mentioned Neil Gaiman. I adore that book to itty bitty pieces; just thinking about it now makes me want to go back and reread it. I've read a handful of his Discworld books as well and have the opinion that – as an author – he can do no wrong. As I've mentioned in previous entries, Pratchett writes an amazing, entertaining Death, such that I look specifically for those books which feature Death as a character. Really, it's hard to pick a wrong place to start with Terry Pratchett's books... Each one is a witty little adventure into a brilliant tongue in cheek fantasy world filled with complex societies, strong personalities, and a full, rich magic system. "

http://njmagas.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/p-is-for/

...as does blogger Dicken:
"Terry Pratchett is among the most creative and witty modern authors, and certainly one of my favorite authors of all time. His characters are both likable and interesting, and his world-building is remarkable (you may have noticed these things are important to me). Pratchett is a leader in the genre of fantasy-satire fiction. His jokes are funny, clever, and above all else, very British... Terry Pratchett is a very prolific writer and I have found pretty much everything of his worth the read. His Magnum Opus has got to be the collection of works set in the Discworld, thanks to which he is well known. Discworld is a place of magic and mythology, and above all else, stories. These range from epic struggles involving heroes and gods, to the adventures of a deadbeat cop. Regardless of the plot, it will be fun..."

http://tinyurl.com/m5jdv7y

...and blogger Antipelican:
"SIR Terry Pratchett (um, yes, he was knighted for being so fab-tastic and writing beautiful things) has written approximately eleventy billion books. Most of them, but not all, are set in a made-up universe called Discworld. And though his Discworld books are full of wiz(z)ards, witches, vampyres, and other magical magic-y things, and even though they're quite funny and stunningly witty, they are also some of the realest descriptions of what it is to be human that I've ever come across. And I recently found a small passel of Discworld books I hadn't read yet (joy oh joy oh joy), so I rectified that situation as fast as possible. I don't so much read books by Pratchett as inhale them, gobbling them up with my eye-holes as fast as possible. The pages sometimes catch fire behind me as I go..."

http://tinyurl.com/kp6rn8l

Game industry blogger BehindTheWires gets to grips with Discworld novels via The Colour of Magic audiobook:
"The version that I picked up was a spritely 7 hours long and narrated by Nigel Planer, who does a great job at getting hold of all of Pratchett's complicated, imaginary vocabulary. A semi-downside of the Nigel Planer version is that it sounds a lot like it has been ported from an old cassette version. You can hear the subtle, magnetic squeal of digital synthesis in the background and the volume, and even general mastering of the audio track varies from chapter to chapter; which can be obnoxiously jarring when you're caught up in the story. It does, however give it the retro feel of an 80′s novel though, which is probably as close to the feeling of picking up a tattered, much-read, beloved book as you can get with an audio track... Despite it being an introductory novel, of sorts, it actually does a great job of introducing you to the concept of Discworld and the physics, lore and jargon that surrounds it..."

http://tinyurl.com/med6u94

Blogger Mr Rhapsodist's review of Thief of Time:
"It's a given that any novel that contains Terry Pratchett's Death is going to interest me, though he doesn't have as big a role in this story as he does in Hogfather or Reaper Man. Still, his granddaughter Susan is a nice semblance of order in a chaotic storyline, trying to make sense of everything. I also loved the inclusion of irreverent characters like Nanny Ogg and Lu-Tze (the latter being so darn insistent of getting everyone to remember Rule One). The other protagonists, Lobsang Ludd and Jeremy Clockson, are interesting in their own way, but that's less to do with character development and more to do with identity and backstory... But as Pratchett is so good at doing, he also brings a nice element of pathos to the story. Characters like Lobsang, Jeremy, and Myria LeJean are more amusing because of their naivete, especially when paired with more cynical characters like Lu-Tze, Igor, and Susan..."

http://rhapsodistreviews.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/thief-of-time/

...and of The Truth:
"While the cast of this novel didn't hit me in the same as Hogfather did (which remains my all-time favorite Discworld read), it did have a quality that reminded me of Mort. William is very much like the titular character from that story, idealistic and brash in a way that puts him in danger more often than not. And just as Mort has Ygritte [sic], William has the lovely Sacharissa to assist him, though she proves to be a far more cunning writer than he is. By far, my favorite character in the story was Otto, the reformed vampire and photographer. Besides his Bela Lugosi-type accent, every 'vord' out of his mouth is a delight and he has some wonderfully terrifying moments every now and then... William de Worde is a great lens for the rest of the story, but he doesn't really bring much skill on his own. That's up to people like Sacharissa, Otto, and the dwarves. But to be fair, William does have a knack for getting into people's faces and being persuasive by whipping out his notebook..."

http://rhapsodistreviews.wordpress.com/2014/03/18/the-truth/

Blogger Rachelefish reviews The Fifth Elephant, tissues at the ready:
"What was it about this particular Terry book that got me? They all get me, on some level, but by the end of this one I was off and on crying, cheering for the characters, and holding my breath. Admittedly, I haven't had a good cry while reading in awhile so I'm glad I picked this one up. It's been on my shelf for nearly a year... I don't want to spoil anything, but I will say the whole last third had me bursting into tears and letting out terrified yelps. I was going to put in some of my favorite quotes, but I'd have to type out the whole book, and I think there are laws against that..."

http://tinyurl.com/lljvkrn

Blogger (and Scone of Stone baker!) Mari was delighted by Raising Steam:
"Of course, what is an Ankh-Morpork story without its multitude of problems? Along with the steam train revolution, there is also a civil war brewing amongst the dwarves, and to make matters worse, grags–dwarf rebels–are burning down clacks towers and attacking non-dwarfish characters. And what happens when goblins and trolls become a major part of the train-running business? Raising Steam (#40 of the Discworld novels) answers these questions, and puts forth even more to think about. But that's Terry Pratchett for you. It's actually been a while since I've returned to Ankh-Morpork, so reading up on the latest happenings within the city was tremendously welcome on my part. I loved that the entire book involved many of the Ankh-Morpork factions, especially when it meant reading about some of my favorite characters, like William de Worde and Sacharissa Cripslock, Vetinari, Sam Vimes and the Night's Watch, the wizards of Unseen University, a mention of CMOT Dibbler (who will always remain my favorite businessman), etc. The list really does go on. I loved that Moist Von Lipwig remains forever a scoundrel, but one with a heart of gold, and I loved what Pratchett concluded regarding the Low King of the Dwarves..."

http://tinyurl.com/m98b2xe

Blogger Vacuous Wastrel is back with a surprisingly positive review upon re-reading Soul Music:
"I didn't remember Soul Music fondly, or at least having read some negative reviews I came to remember it unfondly – the negative elements I remembered, while the positive I forgot. And I'm glad of that. Because the result was that this was a really enjoyable surprise... Music, in this book, is life, is creation, is the futile and ultimately self-destructive defiance of death, the great stygian opiate against pain and loss, and the question of to what extent we should imbibe of it ties the book together and gives it much of its power... Yes, the rock music is indulgent, a personal enthusiasm, but Pratchett's earned a little indulgence. Both the music and the death make the book feel authentic, and I don't think it's entirely a coincidence either that Sir Terry has essentially chosen to affiliate his family with Susan's. Susan Sto Helit feels like one of the greatest, but in particular one of the most real, the most authentic, of Pratchett's characters. I don't know what Pratchett's daughter actually is (or was) like and whether Susan is a true reflection of her, but I felt strongly when reading this that that author's attitude toward Susan is very much the attitude of a father toward his teenage daughter (whether or not its specifically the attitude of the real Pratchett toward his real daughter): there's a real tenderness there that I don't think I've seen since Equal Rites..."

http://vacuouswastrel.wordpress.com/2014/04/06/soul-music-by-terry-pratchett/

...and he also disses – or doesn't dis? – Men at Arms:
"I'm disappointed. Firstly because Men at Arms follows a blisteringly brilliant run of Pratchet[sic], from the final section of Witches Abroad, through the whole of Small Gods and Lords and Ladies, and stopping off at the non-Discworld Only You Can Save Mankind (which, OK, isn't actually brilliant, but is much better than a lightweight children's novella about computer games has any right to be) along the way. And secondly because I remember it as one of my favourites, and have been really looking forward to it... It feels like an attempt to get back to the zany humour after the relatively Big and Important Small Gods and Lords and Ladies, but I didn't feel it really worked. There were several laugh-out-loud moments in this book – but most of them weren't actually the overt 'jokes'. And yet, disappointed I may be, thanks to my impossibly high expectation, yet I did end up really liking this book. Why? Well, let's be honest here, one big part of the reason is very obvious, unavoidable, and I guess not entirely generalisable to all readers: it's got a sexy, kickass, smartarse tomboy werewolf girl in it, and thus I am genetically unable to dislike it..."

http://tinyurl.com/m9t8cvj

...and witters on lovingly about Lords and Ladies:
"Lords and Ladies is a new start for Pratchett. Underlyingly, this is because it represents a move away from (albeit not a complete abandonment of) the central themes of belief, stories, representation and so on that so dominated Moving Pictures, Reaper Man, Witches Abroad, and Small Gods – those themes remain an important part of the metaphysical bedrock of this novel, but the novel is not about them in the way its predecessors seemed to be... although the plot is standalone, this is the second outing for most of the characters, and third or fourth for some of the main ones (and in one case I think the eleventh), so it's probably a book that benefits from knowing about the previous novels, even if detailed recall of plot points is not really required. With the exception of The Light Fantastic, I'd say it's the least standalone of the novels so far. And I think this is significant: Pratchett has, it feels, said what he wanted to say, done his experimenting, and is now returning to established parts of his world to tell stories. Because while Lords and Ladies doesn't feel like it has the thematic focus of previous installments, it sure as hell has a story..."

http://tinyurl.com/lrjxqfm

Blogger reuoq returns with a review of Dodger:
"One advantage of not being Discworld is that Pratchett is freed up from having to use all his recurring characters all the time – he doesn't do this in every novel, of course, but frequently it feels like he's only including a character because he feels obliged. Here he has free reign over who gets into the book. He's also able to actively explore Victorian history, rather than obliquely alluding to it. As his postscript notes, it's something he's had on the backburner for a while, and it's good that he's had the chance to write a novel about it while he still can. It's just a shame that by writing about something non-Discworld, he's chosen the place that most resembles the Discworld, and I feel like he could have used the opportunity to write about somewhere else instead, or another period..."

http://reuoq.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/book-54-dodger-2012/

An uncredited member of blogging collective The Rabid Rainbow Ferret Society presents a list/review of favourite "quirky and captivating characters of Discworld":
"However, while I could rhapsodise on the humour (silly and serious, wound through every topic), the cultures (satiric and exaggerated, but multi-layered and deeply thought-out), the plots (wide-ranging and intriguing), and many other things, what I've actually decided to focus on is what definitely keeps me coming back to Discworld over and over again. The amazing characters... My shortlist for characters to include for even a basic overview of the variety that Discworld offers in this arena was almost twenty. It was extremely difficult to choose between then, and, no doubt, I could happily go on about all of them – and I could have gone on more about the few who made it to my final list..."

The list includes Vimes, Vetinari, Granny Weatherwax, Tiffany Aching, Carrot, and Death.

http://tinyurl.com/n8vaz53

Young blogger Ren, whose favourite Discworld novel is Monstrous Regiment, warms to Tiffany Aching:
"Tiffany is the protagonist, but the ones who get top billing (and the best part of the book, hands down) are the wee free men, aka the Nac Mac Feegle, a clan of pictsies. No, that's not a misspelling, it's just this thing that Pratchett does, he takes the idea of Picts and Pixies and so you get blue-tattooed warriors in kilt who are only a few inches tall, and it's so ridiculous that it may just work. They're loud and disorderly and fairly stupid, and have names like Rob Anybody and Daft Wullie and No'-As-Big-As-Medium-Sized-Jock-But-Bigger-than-Wee-Jock Jock. According to them, the Nac Mac Feegle rebelled against the wicked rule of the Queen and were therefore exiled from Fairyland. According to everyone else, they were kicked out for being drunk. Either way, they accompany Tiffany in her search for her brother, providing interesting dialogue and headbutting enemies. If it sounds like a big bowl of nonsense, that's because it is. Like I said, Discworld books don't go in for logic. I did rate this 3 teacups, but that's only because it's not Pratchett's best book. A 3-teacup Discworld book is as good as a 4-teacup or 5-teacup book by anyone else, in my opinion..."

http://tinyurl.com/k5oc3q8

Blogger Gingersister's fun review of Dodger:
"Mr. Pratchett. You, sir, are a genius, and I am unanimous in this. I kept finding things to photograph, from the opening paragraph, to the book's end, and I felt they were too much and too good to just randomly throw out on the interwebs without context. Instead I thought they warranted a blog post, so that I could combine quote and review in one nice spot... A) Terry Pratchett knows a lot of history. B) Terry Pratchett has a good of respect for Henry Mayhew, and we all should. C) Terry Pratchett cares about things like poverty, and injustice, and the fact that he can make a discussion about them funny and entertaining is just splendid. D) Any author who can reference 'that nice young man, Karl, that I hid from the cossacks with once' and make it clear who he is referring too without being OBVIOUS should be my friend. I liked the characters in this very much, especially since they have a place in my pop culture and literary reference library. It isn't a fantasy novel the way most of the other Discworld books are. Instead Pratchett explores Victorian London from above and below, allowing the flights of fancy point to the things our society has been battling for a long time: Poverty, injustice, the difficulty of choosing the welfare of one vs the many. I especially enjoyed Solomon who was unique, fascinating, full of surprises, scandalous stories and philosophical wisdom. Read the book, enjoy the sewers, meet Sweeney Todd, Charles Dickens, Benjamin Disraeli, and a very amused royal 'We'..."

http://gingersister.wordpress.com/2014/03/30/dodger/

Blogger funkyfacecat also enjoyed Dodger:
"Dodger is a rollicking read; it's fun spotting the cameo appearances by Victorian figures, there's a sense of the uncanny in the sewer-world, the intrigue is interesting, with echoes of Wilkie Collins as well as Dickens, and the city and its denizens are lovingly evoked. It's very enjoyable – but. It lacks edge and genuine peril. It is aimed at non-adult readers, which is fair enough, but the Tiffany Aching books are scary enough, even when their heroine is nine years old. Although Dodger's relationship with his grownups is amusing enough, they almost protect him too well, and Dodger himself is a more than capable adversary. There just could be more of everything – more verve, more danger, more cameos, more smells. What there is, though, provides a very pleasant and amusing read..."

http://tinyurl.com/m3e93a5

...as did blogger Antonio Urias:
"Terry Pratchett has created a vast and highly populated world that is now more than capable of propelling an entire novel on its own power. The cameos and honorable mentions are more than just fan-pleasing moments, although they are that too, they are also demonstrations of just how rich Discworld has become. One of the joys of this book was the interactions between Lipwig and Vimes, two characters who despite living in the same city have previously had only limited interaction. The copper's copper and the 'reformed' con man make an amusing pairing. Nevertheless, for all the fun cameos, and delightful pairings, there is little that is new here... But as I said earlier, after 40 books, one of the central joys of reading a Discworld book that it is a Discworld book, and while Raising Steam did not quite rise to the heights of previous novels, Pratchett remains highly enjoyable..."

http://tinyurl.com/mw5zmq5

Blogger Apaperbackpacker was pleased by Raising Steam:
"This story also sees a transformation in Lipwig's personality and mindset, which brings about a sort of somberness to the otherwise comical story. Pratchett emphasizes on themes that include coups, government de-stabilization, terrorism, Steam Engines and the advent of railways, commercialization, racism and gender inequality all portrayed by the various species that co-habit the Discworld. Pratchett also delves deep into the nuances and technology surrounding the working of a Steam Engine, the commercial ventures and subsequent employment opportunities that arose with the railways while managing to retain his trademark sense of humor which made this book all more enjoyable and a fast paced read..."

http://paperbackpacker.com/2014/03/28/friday-reflections-2/

...as was blogger Geekgirlinlove:
"I loved this book, but its tone is a little different from the earlier Discworld books, including those featuring Moist. The humor is sharp but less laugh-out-loud in nature. In fact there are very few sections during which I whooped with laughter, or rushed to quote a passage. The Discworld books have always had some serious points to make, and my sense with this book and the previous book, Snuff, is that Terry Pratchett has no interest in messing around – if he has a point to make, he's just gonna come out and make it... If you are deeply opposed to things like legalizing gay marriage, or equal opportunities for women, or racial and ethnic diversity, then you won't like this book although I'd argue that you certainly ought to be reading it. I don't recommend Raising Steam as the first Discworld book you should read but I do highly recommend it overall, and if you haven't read other Discworld books, don't worry, you'll catch up just fine. I loved this book even though I missed the madcap feel of earlier installments..."

http://tinyurl.com/n899u8b

Blogger Graham Rutter's take on the religious philosophies of Small Gods:
"The novel Small Gods by Terry Pratchett is another book I think that vicars and church leaders in general really should read. It's well-written and a great story, but also has an important theological message. Actually, it's even more than that. As well as being an adventure story and a coming-of-age novel, it is also a meditation on the problems of power, structure, authority and faith... The really interesting part, for theological reflection, is Pratchett's plot device that belief 'powers' the different gods. The more people who believe, the more power the god has. If a god has no believers, then they become little more than a wandering spirit... And, of course, Pratchett is absolutely right. We need structures to operate, but it's sometimes easier to act as if that is the important thing, rather than God, whom the structures of the church are meant to serve..."

http://0lem.wordpress.com/2014/03/20/small-gods/

Blogger Coree, on Radical Farmwives, admires the Tiffany books:
"Tiffany is a practical girl who thinks a lot. She's an astute nine year old, but still definitely a youngster. She also fends off the magical creatures and even the deceptive and wicked Queen of Fairyland with nothing more than her common sense, love of the land, and a cast iron skillet. There are more nuggets of curious wisdom in this first book than in the whole Potter series (no offense to Harry – I do love those books – just saying). Tiffany's wonderful foil throughout her adventures are the Nac Mac Feegle, otherwise known as the Wee Free Men. They are a class of fairies unto themselves... Feegles are the rogues of the fairy world, whose misadventures are written phonetically in such a strange and hilarious brogue accent that it brought the whole family to uproarious laughter – even the three year old... One of the things I love about these books, besides the good entertainment, is that they promote a sense of place, and the place, in this case, is a rural countryside. That's a rare find these days..."

http://radicalfarmwives.com/2014/03/27/inspired-12/

Blogger Canadian Bibliophile praises The Light Fantastic:
"There is so much to love about the Discworld, and especially the first two books in this series. I love Twoflower for many reasons. One is that my career is the same as his – he sells insurance (or in-sewer-ants as he describes it to Rincewind). He's definitely a glass-is-half-full kind of guy and a perfect match for Rincewind, who is sure the glass is pretty empty... I really enjoyed this on audio. I have only listened to one other Discworld on audio (Raising Steam) and I'm glad that Nigel Planer's narration lived up to my expectation. His voice for Death is just perfect, as was the scene where Twoflower teaches Death and several gods to play cards! After imagining all these voices in my head for the last two decades of reading these novels, I'm glad to discover that the audiobooks are just as fantastic..."

http://tinyurl.com/k527rhk

Blogger The Childlike Author thinks I Shall Wear Midnight did not come up to the brilliance of the first Tiffany book, but was still fine:
"Tiffany defeats them all in the end. She beats the Hiver and the Wintersmith by submitting to them (in a way), and she beats the Cunning Man and the Queen of the Fairies by (essentially) having more help. And yet they're all too inhuman for my taste. Miss Aching needs a real person as an enemy for once... if I were to rank the four antagonists, greatest to least, they would be in this order: Queen of the Fairies, Cunning Man, Wintersmith, Hiver. What I like so much about the Cunning Man is his curious ability to affect a crowd's mind and thoughts... The story itself is a good one, despite the antagonist clone straight from the two previous books. Tiffany Aching has aged a little more, gets jilted instead of doing the jilting, and finds herself surrounded by supportive friends as well as an especially supportive friend in the final scene. The main difference in this novel compared to the others is simply that Tiffany Aching is her own witch. She has officially 'grown up' as the saying goes, and is no longer apprenticing. But she still has to prove to herself (and to all the other witches) that she truly can handle being on her own. And, of course, she acquits herself well..."

http://tinyurl.com/l42n6aw

...but (grudgingly) admires Wintersmith:
"I will admit that I may have underrated both this book and the preceding Tiffany Aching novel, A Hat Full of Sky... I liked The Illustrated Wee Free Men simply too much and couldn't bear to see them rated at the same level. However, Wintersmith follows in the spirit of both just fine, though more in the spirit of A Hat Full of Sky than The Illustrated Wee Free Men, and more in simply the spirit than anything else... My favorite part of the book is Tiffany Aching's dealings with one of her witchy peers... Tiffany deftly handles the situation that arises, and ends up, in no uncertain terms, showing everyone that she is indeed Mistress Weatherwax's future successor. And if she's not, I'm going to eat a pair of woolen socks..."

http://tinyurl.com/kjlcahv

Blogger Lakes Mum offers a short rave review of Equal Rites:
"Having loved reading this myself its great to return to it as an audio book. Having a female narrator is perfect as the story is mostly about Esk and introduces Mistress Weatherwax the witch (one of my discworld favourites). This was a perfect one to be listening to over International Women's Day as it shows the fight for the rights of females to be accepted as wizards and attend Unseen University. Its also a great contrast between the rural back water of Badass and the metropolis of Ankh Morpork. I would definitely recommend this one. It can stand on its own or as an introduction to Discworld for newbies."

http://tinyurl.com/l9h6bu4

Blogger Edouard Stenger gives Night Watch 9/10 rating in his short review:
"I haven't chronicled here all the previous Pratchett I read, I have really the impression, reading Discworld novels that they are getting better all the time. Night Watch is indeed even funnier than the previous ones and is an even fiercer satire of our world... This is the occasion for Terry Pratchett to give numerous treats to his readers with several explanations and facts about the main Ankh Morpork characters and I have to admit I enjoyed them all. A state-of-the-art book that will send you – again ! – rolling on the floor laughing out loud. A must if you have enjoyed previous Discworld novels."

http://tinyurl.com/k2dtj2d

Blogger nobookshallbeleftbehind gives a big thumbs-up to Hogfather:
"This book is very funny and you might get some strange looks for randomly laughing in public places. This is a book about the nature of beliefs. It is a reminder that things as we think of as essential, eternal, unbreakable are here because we willed them to be. Death is nothing like you would expect, he is very sarcastic, funny and witty. Susan, who is Death's granddaughter, is left to fix this entire mess. Susan is level headed, rational, self-sufficient duchess-turned-governess who firmly believes that 'Real children do not go hoppity skip unless they are on drugs.' This is an amazing book which I am very happy to have read. It makes a great reading any time during the year..."

http://tinyurl.com/n7mg4o2

Blogger PoiSonPaiNter reviews Eric:
"I read this in German. Simply because almost every book I own is the German translation/version. Therefore I can't say anything about Pratchett's original jokes, as I don't know which are his and which came through the translation.
The only thing that I can properly say about the reading itself is, that the novel is far too short.
It seemed a bit rushed at times and I am certain there would have been way more stories to tell, but we only got a little glimpse of that. Still a fun read though..."

http://randompoison.wordpress.com/2014/03/04/tp-eric/

...and finally, a delightful short observation about Discworld and parody, by blogger Farilian:
"Pratchett's parody of fantasy cliches is not the same as in so-called 'true' parodies (like Bored of the Rings, The Chronicles of Blarnia or Barry Trotter). It goes deeper. While the parodies mentioned are happy with poking fun at the original text and trying to make some money while doing it, Pratchett takes his inspiration from countless authors and sources. He takes mythology, folklore, fantasy and numerous other topics and genres and mixes them together to form his own world – the Discworld. Compared to the copycat-worlds we encounter in parody texts, the Discworld is a world on its own – yes, it is based on a cosmological image from Hindu mythology, but Pratchett's interpretation of it is unique and fresh. In short, it is not a copy but something that hasn't been there before. So don't go tell the inhabitants of the Discworld that they are cardboard copies of someone else – they might take offence."

http://realmsofacademia.wordpress.com/2014/03/21/parodies-parody/

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13) IMAGE OF THE MONTH

A lovely Discworld Reading Order chart:

http://tinyurl.com/m8njm7t

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12) CLOSE

And that's all we have time – or room – for this month, apart from a note that Raising Steam retains last month's number 2 position on the Locus hardcover bestsellers list: www.locusmag.com/Magazine/2014/04/locus-bestsellers-april-2/

I hope everyone received plenty of treats from the Soul Cake Duck last weekend. And remember – next month brings the Glorious 25th, and also Towel Day on the same date, so do remember to at least take a lilac towel everywhere you go then!

– Annie Mac

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INDEX:

01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH
02) EDITOR'S LETTER
03) ODDS AND SODS
04) RAISING STEAM: NEW (USA) REVIEWS
05) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
06) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS
07) DISCWORLD CONVENTION NEWS
08) DISCWORLD MEETING GROUPS NEWS
09) ROUNDWORLD TALES: THE STINKPIPES AND SEWERS OF DODGER'S LONDON
10) THINGS PTERRY FANS SAY
11) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
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01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH

ALL OF THEM! here is The Daily Pratchett, a Twitter account that presents, yes, daily quotes from the works of a certain (or Sir-tain?) Mr Pratchett. "Suggestions welcome", it says there:

https://twitter.com/DailyPratchett

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02) LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR

First off, a grateful thank-you to the various people who wrote in over this past month expressing sympathy for my illness woes. Things are slowly improving – the best part being a resurgence of general Joy of Living (a wonderful thing, no matter what Reg Shoe might think). Hopefully my improved spirits will be reflected in the tone of this issue!

Some bits and bobs (not to be confused with Odds and Sods, which is section 3 in this month's issue):

Locus Magazine's March hardcover bestsellers list has a new entry: Raising Steam, coming in at number 2.

http://tinyurl.com/n9xg93w

Laugh and a half ye first: on the Minnesota website zumbrota.com, Jan David Fisher's piece on satirical fantasy/SF includes an accurate description of Pratchett's work until we get to "One of the books had the Captain of the Night Watch reading the children's book 'Are You My Mother' to his young son." Methinks Mr Fisher is conflating Where's My Cow with a certain episode of Christopher Eccleston's Doctor Who season...

http://tinyurl.com/jwp55cq

Laugh and a half ye second: American political commentator Bill O'Reilly, whose worldview is without doubt the utter antithesis of every piece of Pterry's "stealth philosophy" espoused in his works, quoted Miss Tick ("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.") in his op-ed titled "Liberalism is destroying things that work" and followed it by stating, "I haven't read Pratchett's 'The Wee Free Men' book series, but after stumbling across that quote, I wish I had. I mean, here's a man who clearly gets it." Oh dearie dearie me, someone does *not* get it. This could possibly be the most jaw-droppingly inappropriate use of a Pratchett quote ever...

In an amusing piece of what one might call cross-species casting, I note that the actor playing Angua in next month's production of Men at Arms by the Q2 Players is called... Cat! Here's wishing a successful run to Cat Lamin and her castmates (see item 5.4 for details).

Speaking of our favourite werewolf Watch officer, your Editor had an "Angua moment" recently: someone asked me what hair product I was using because my hair smelt so good, and I had to admit that I'd sneaked a squirt of "...for a glossy coat" dog spray when helping to primp a friend's showdog...

The Science of Discworld IV is released this week in paperback! To order a copy, go to http://amzn.to/1g1NnZv

A reminder: The Long Mars, third book in The Long Earth series, will be released in hardcover and ebook versions on 19th June 2014. To pre-order from Amazon, go to http://amzn.to/1jxuSkt

Another reminder: Sir Pterry will be the special guest at Eastercon 65 from 18th – 21st April 2014 at the Crown Plaza Hotel, Glasgow, health permitting: http://satellite4.org.uk/

There's quite a lot of action on the Discworld plays front around Roundworld, so do have a shufti at section 5. And now, on with the show!

– Annie Mac, Editor

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03) ODDS AND SODS

3.1 THE LONG MARS: OFFICIAL BLURB

2040-2045: In the years after the cataclysmic Yellowstone eruption there is massive economic dislocation as populations flee Datum Earth to myriad Long Earth worlds. Sally, Joshua, and Lobsang are all involved in this perilous work when, out of the blue, Sally is contacted by her long-vanished father and inventor of the original Stepper device, Willis Linsay. He tells her he is planning a fantastic voyage across the Long Mars and wants her to accompany him. But Sally soon learns that Willis has ulterior motives . . .

Meanwhile U. S. Navy Commander Maggie Kauffman has embarked on an incredible journey of her own, leading an expedition to the outer limits of the far Long Earth.

For Joshua, the crisis he faces is much closer to home. He becomes embroiled in the plight of the Next: the super-bright post-humans who are beginning to emerge from their 'long childhood' in the community called Happy Landings, located deep in the Long Earth. Ignorance and fear are causing 'normal' human society to turn against the Next – and a dramatic showdown seems inevitable . . .

3.2 NEW PAUL KIDBY EXHIBITION AND WORKSHOPS

Discworld and Beyond, the noted exhibition of the work of Paul Kidby, opens in a new venue this weekend. "This exhibition showcases the wonderful book covers and illustrations for Pratchett’s novels including favourite characters like Rincewind, the Wee Free Men and, of course, Death. All his work is marked by a staggering quality of draughtsmanship and effective use of colour, bright for the book covers and muted for his faerie paintings."

When: 29th March through 28th June 2014
Venue: Willis Museum, Market Place, Basingstoke RG21 7QD (phone 0845 603 5635)
Time: Tuesdays to Fridays 10am – 5pm
Tickets: Admission free

Mr Kidby will also be heading some workshops during the Easter holidays. Fancy learning how to draw dragons, from the visual creator of Errol himself? Here's your opportunity:

10am – 1pm Saturday, April 12. Adult Workshop
"Join Paul for an inspiring workshop and tutorial. Receive hands on help with your own work in a friendly and encouraging atmosphere. Please bring your own materials e.g. sketchbooks, pencils, colour pencils. Participation, which costs £20, must be booked in advance by ringing or popping in."

1.30pm – 3.30pm Saturday, April 12. Family Workshop
"Join Paul for an inspiring family friendly workshop and learn the art of drawing dragons! Receive hands on help with your own work in a friendly and encouraging atmosphere. Children to be accompanied by an adult. All materials provided. Book in advance by ringing or popping in. Cost: £7 per participant."

11am – 4pm Thursday, June 26. Adult Masterclass
"Join Paul for an inspiring workshop and tutorial. Receive hands on help with your own work in a friendly and encouraging atmosphere. Participation, which costs £20, must be booked in advance by ringing or popping in."

For more information, go to hants.gov.uk/willis-museum or ring 01256 465902.

3.3 WINCANTON SPRING FLING

Heading for Ankh-Morpork's official twin town this Spring? The 2014 Wincanton Spring Fling swings into action on May Bank Holiday weekend, 3rd and 4th May. This year's Fling will feature a Friday night storytelling session, maker's market and grand charity auction, among many other pleasant events.

For more information, go to http://www.discworldemporium.com/

3.4 REMINDER: THE STORY MUSEUM OPENING

The Story Museum exhibition is due to officially open on Saturday, 5th April 2014.

"Oxford's Story Museum will open this spring with a photographic exhibition featuring famous authors dressed as the characters they loved most as children. The 26 Characters exhibition will feature children's laureate Malorie Blackman as the Wicked Witch of the West in Frank L Baum's The Wizard of Oz, Terry Jones as the comic strip character Rupert Bear, Terry Pratchett as Just William from the Richmal Crompton series, and Neil Gaiman as Badger from Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows, in a series of photographs taken by Cambridge Jones... The museum is planning a full programme of events and activities, with a talking throne and a dressing-up area. The exhibition is supported by the Arts Council and will run from April to November..."

http://www.thebookseller.com/news/authors-dress-story-museum.html

3.5 MARK READS...

Soi-disant "Vegan cyclist, Internet community nerd, atheist bookworm, high-five purveyor" Mark Oshiro has just begun a huge project: to read and review the entire Discworld series: "If you’ve not heard, I will be starting a long, long, LONG journey on March 12th, in which I will attempt to read every Discworld book in publication order. Yes, all of them..."

http://markreads.net/reviews/

[Editor's note: I have looked at the page and it seems to me that Mr Oshiro charges a fiver for the ebook of his comments on each book he reads. I have no idea what the appeal of this might be, but then I am to the best of my knowledge neither a "vegan cyclist" nor an "internet nerd", so perhaps I'm missing some information here. Any answers?]

3.6 A TORTOISE TO MAKE OM PROUD?

Journalist Sally Kettle writes about meeting Jonathan, St Helena's 182-year-old giant tortoise whose life so far has life has spanned the reigns of eight British monarchs from George IV to Elizabeth II, and 51 prime ministers:

"A photograph taken in 1882 shows Jonathan at his full size, and it can take 50 years to reach that physical maturity. The years since haven't always been kind. Tourists would often do whatever it took to get 'that' photo. Now, a viewing corridor runs along the bottom of the lawn to keep overzealous sightseers at bay. It was a huge privilege for me to get so up close and personal. Jonathan loves having his neck stroked. His head extends out from his shell to a surprising length. He snaps for his food – bananas, cabbage and carrots – with some ferocity. [keeper] Joe almost lost the end of his thumb and has resorted to wearing thick gloves. 'He doesn't mean to nip me,' he says, 'he just finds it difficult to locate his food.'... Blindness made it hard for Jonathan to find the right vegetation, and due to malnutrition Jonathan's beak became blunt and soft, adding to his problems finding food. Now there's a new feeding regime, in place where Joe delivers a bucket of fresh fruit and vegetables every Sunday morning. With this extra nutritional boost Jonathan's skin now looks plump and feels supple. His beak has become a deadly weapon for anyone attempting to shove a carrot anywhere near his mouth. And he can belch..."

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-26543021

3.7 REVIEW: THE TRUTH

In North Carolina's Times-News, Sara Ingle recommends new Discworld readers start with The Truth:

"Although the series is slightly self-referential, there is no need to read them in order, though those who become hooked will benefit from re-readings later on. The 25th book in the series, 'The Truth,' generally is agreed to be a good place to start. Ankh-Morpork is a city that lives on gossip, and William de Worde writes it all down, sending it in a monthly letter to the upper-crust of Ankh-Morpork's friends and rivals. It's an easy life, and when rumor says that the dwarves can turn lead into gold, he writes that down, too. But when the aforementioned lead turns out to be a printing press, Williams finds himself enlisted as the head writer for Discworld's first newspaper. Working with the woman whose father he just put out of business, plus an unstable, teetotaling vampire photographer who crumples to dust with every camera flash, he finds himself writing about (and suddenly in the midst of) murders, conspiracies to overthrow the government, and humorously shaped vegetables... Although the book is not overly coarse in language or in content, it is not suggested for young readers. Pratchett has written several young-adult books that are excellent no matter your age..."

http://tinyurl.com/mazqyey

3.8 REVIEW: DODGER'S GUIDE TO LONDON

By Caroline Smart on the South African website Artslink:

Fascinating, well designed and very amusing look at Victorian London through the eyes of Dodger... Dodger's Guide To London (with an especial interest in its underbelly...) sounds so genuine and paints the sights, sounds, smells and social structures of London so well that you actually start believing that Dodger (a name for someone who dodges trouble) exists. However, a tiny footnote explains that Dodger is a fictional character as are a number of his associates in the book... Chapters have headings like Aspidistra Land; A Nation of Shopkeepers and Nippers, Scallywags, Urchins and Rascals as well as When Clobber Maketh the Gentleman and Places to Avoid. Each page produces fascinating historical information, quotations from personalities of the times and Dodger's inimitable comments... Paul Kidby's illustrations add visual charm while the text design is by Lizzy Laczynska and picture research by Liane Payne..."

http://tinyurl.com/ozk567c

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04) NEW REVIEWS: RAISING STEAM

Because, of course, it is now officially released in the USA...

4.1 By Ken Armstrong in the Seattle Times:

"Building a railway is as much about economics as engineering, and with this being Discworld — sort of like our world, sort of not — the hurdles are both familiar and twisted. The starting capital traces its origins to sea plunder ('your granddad were slightly a bit of a pirate,' the railway's engineer is told); land rights must be settled with goblin squatters; and legal niceties fall to a lawyer who happens to be a troll, which is no longer a big deal in Discworld, with trolls so much like people, only bigger, that some work as dentists, some as hair stylists, and the one who's handling all the contracts elicits this reaction from a new client: 'Weren't he nice? For a lawyer.'... Pratchett melds politics, finance and the occasional dark turn with his fantasy and humor, and as ever his footnotes are not to be missed. It is there that we learn that 'stumbleweed is like tumbleweed, but less athletic.' Reading the previous 39 Discworld novels is not necessary to delight in 'Raising Steam,' which is a good thing, because that would seem to be asking a lot. That said, how many writers are more fun to spend time with?..."

http://tinyurl.com/kgxpj39

4.2 By CA Bridges in the Daytona News-Journal:

"'Raising Steam' has a very different tone than the previous books. Darker, action-packed, with a quicker pace and possibly the biggest cast Pratchett has ever used, as fits a story as expansive as this needs to be. Where most of the previous books could be read and enjoyed without having read the rest, this one almost demands a certain level of familiarity, if only to get all the references and cameo appearances. 30 years ago the Discworld books began as light-hearted parodies of fantasy tropes, poking fun at warriors and wizards and getting in some licks on our own modern society. Since then, as Pratchett's characters grew in complexity and the Discworld itself grew in scope, the Discworld series has become a wholly remarkable work of satire Pratchett wields like a scalpel. 'Raising Steam' is about the first railroad, yes, but it's also about the industrial revolution and class warfare and diplomacy and the changing world and the dangers of dogma and the excitement and terror of change and the struggle for universal suffrage and the sheer love of great big iron things and how an entire society can be changed by one man who knows how to use a slide rule. Also, it's funny..."

http://tinyurl.com/kdeb7rw

4.3 A harsh yet considered review by Christopher Bahn in the Onion AV Club:

"Raising Steam suffers from being Pratchett's least whimsical Discworld book, though he sneaks in some solid punnery, like a town called Aix-En-Pains. But in place of the usually effortless-seeming sly wit and silliness, Raising Steam offers unsubtle earnestness. It rarely feels like vintage Pratchett, and at times it doesn't sound very much like the writer at all. Characterizations of long-established Discworldians like Vetinari are off-kilter. Lawman Sam Vimes sounds more like a soldier than a cop. The momentum of the railroad and coup storylines grind slowly down through an interminable journey to Uberwald that eats up far too much of the narrative... Hopefully, this is just an uncharacteristic blip of mediocrity in a mostly unbroken line of terrifically enjoyable books, though it's been sadly clear that a decline would come sooner or later after Pratchett was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's in 2007. Certainly, the speed at which Raising Steam moves forward long-simmering elements of the overarching Discworld plot, not to mention the unusually large number of cameos by characters from earlier novels, suggests that Pratchett might be moving to bring the series to an endpoint on his own terms. He's certainly earned that right..."

http://tinyurl.com/kqkqg3d

4.4 ...and a more positive review by Jacob Edwards in buzzymag.com:

"One great strength of Terry Pratchett's Discworld series comes by way of the eponymous world's being always in flux. Ever since The Colour of Magic (1983), in which Ankh-Morpork first was established – a most pungent and exquisitely base city – the Discworld has undergone a renaissance that has been blossoming now for thirty years and seen great strides taken in terms not only of technology but also of social issues such as gender, race and even species equality. Pratchett's fortieth Discworld book, Raising Steam, deals with the advent of railways, the newfound humanoid dignity of goblins (following on from the previous novel, Snuff), and the rise of terrorism by way of a rabid, deep-dwelling dwarf sect. In many ways this is Pratchett's most ambitious project to date... An unusually large number of characters having been reprised from previous stories and called aboard this latest outing, Raising Steam constitutes a rare instance of Pratchett's crafting a book that may prove insufficiently self-contained to hold the interest of new readers. Though stoking the nostalgia of longstanding fans, Discworld in-jokes such as 'going librarian' lie dangerously self-indulgent across Pratchett's newly laid tracks. In mitigation of such criticism, let it be said that Terry Pratchett has given himself wondrously high standards to live up to, not least of all in his imaginative scope and his ever-blossoming proliferation of wordplay and wit. Raising Steam may not be his finest work, but still it chugs along nicely and affords Pratchett plenty of scope to traverse the variegated landscape of language..."

http://buzzymag.com/raising-steam-by-terry-pratchett-book-review/

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05) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS

5.1 REMINDER: GOING POSTAL IN BASILDON

The Thalian Theatre Company, experienced Discworld plays producers, will present Going Postal this week.

When: 27th to 29th March 2014
Venue: Mirren Studio, Towngate Theatre, St. Martin's Square, Basildon, Essex SS14 1DL
Time: 8pm
Tickets: £10 adult, £8.50 concessions, available from the theatre box office on 01268 465465, or you can book tickets online by going to http://tinyurl.com/kfubr4y

http://www.towngatetheatre.co.uk/index.aspx?articleid=4771

5.2 WYRD SISTERS IN TYNESIDE

The Westovian Theatre Society will present their production of Wyrd Sisters from the end of this month through early April.

When: Monday March 31 to Saturday April 5 2014
Venue: Pier Pavilion, Pier Parade, South Shields, Tyne and Wear NE33 2JS
Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: £6 on Monday and Tuesday and £7 Wednesday to Saturday, available from the Visitor Information Centre, Haven Point, South Shields. Tel. 0191 424 7788. Opening hours are 10am – 1pm and 1.30pm – 5pm until Saturday 29th. From Monday March 31, tickets will be available at the Theatre Box office, which is open for telephone calls between 6.30pm and 8pm. Tel. 0191 456 0980. Cash or Cheques only (Cheques payable to 'The Westovians Theatre Society') – No cards available at present.

www.westovians.co.uk

5.3 REMINDER: WITCHES ABROAD IN PORTSMOUTH

Collingwood RSC Theatre Group, already veteran Pratchett play presenters, will offer their production – a world premiere, no less – of Witches Abroad this week!

When: Thursday 27th through Saturday 29th March 2014
Venue: HMS Collingwood, Newgate Lane, Fareham, Portsmouth, PO14 1AS
Tickets: £6, available via the box office (07502 037922)

To see their whimsical Kidby-pastiche poster, go to http://tinyurl.com/l9hlaka

https://www.facebook.com/hmscollingwoodrsc

5.4 REMINDER: MEN AT ARMS IN KEW

The Q2 Players, "Kew's Leading Amateur Theatre Group", will present their production of Men at Arms in early April.

When: Thursday 3rd – Saturday 5th April 2014
Venue: Kew Community Centre, St. Luke's in The Avenue, Richmond, Surrey TW9 2AL
Time: Thurs-Sat shows at 8pm; Sat Matinee 2.30pm
Tickets: £8 (concessions £6) Box office TBA; email q2players@gmail.com

http://www.q2players.org.uk/Q2_Players/Upcoming_Show.html

5.5 REMINDER: NATION IN TEMPE, ARIZONA

The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts will present a production of Mark Ravenhill's NT stage adaptation of Nation in April, directed by Megan Weaver.

When: 4th–13th April 2014
Venue: Galvin Playhouse, 51 E. 10th St, Tempe, AZ 85287 (at Mill Avenue & 10th Street, University of Arizona Tempe campus)
Time: 4th, 5th, 10th and 12th at 7.30pm; 6th and 13th at 2pm
Tickets: $8-$16; to buy online, go to http://tinyurl.com/lhb2oyw
Herberger Institute students are offered free admission on tickets reserved in advance.

5.6 LORDS AND LADIES IN CHELTENHAM

The Deep End Theatre Company will present their production of "Lords and Ladies", adapted by Irana Brown, in April.

When: Wednesday 9th - Saturday 12th April 2014
Venue: The Playhouse, Cheltenham, 47-53 Bath Rd, Town Centre, Cheltenham GL53 7HG
Time: 7.45pm (Saturday matinee at 2pm)
Tickets: £10 (£8 Concessions on Wed evening & Sat Matinee only) Available from Cheltenham Playhouse Box Office: 01242 522 852

5.7 MASKERADE IN WEYMOUTH

The Weymouth Drama Club will be presenting their production of Maskerade in early April.
When: April 3rd, 4th and 5th
Venue: The Weymouth Pavilion, 7 Hope Street, DT4 8TU Weymouth, Dorset (phone 1305 750050)
Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: £10.50. To buy online, go to http://tinyurl.com/ptf5vjx

https://www.facebook.com/weymouthdramaclub

Here be a cast photo: http://tinyurl.com/kbhqlo5

5.8 WEIBERREGIMENT (MONSTROUS REGIMENT) IN GERMANY

German amateur dramatics group "Die Dramateure" present their third production of a Discworld play. This time it's Weiberregiment (Monstrous Regiment). WOSSNAME wishes them every success!

When: 11th and 12th April 2014
Venue: Burgerhaus Bischofsheim, Dornigheimer Weg 21, 63477 Maintal, Germany
Time: 7:30 pm
Tickets: 8,50€ (7,00€ if bought online). To buy tickets online, go to http://www.dramateure.com/karten

5.9 GUARDS! GUARDS! IN ELTHAM (LONDON)

The Bob Hope Theatre's in-house amateur drama company will present their production of Guards! Guards! in May.

When: 14th-17th May 2014 at 19:45
Venue: Bob Hope Theatre, Wythfield Road, Eltham SE9 5TG
Time: 7.45pm (bar opens at 7pm)
Tickets: £9 (concessions £8, not available Friday or Saturday). Group discounts are on offer. Box Office: 020 8850 3702 or book online at www.intelligent-tickets.com/index.php?th=bh

www.bobhopetheatre.co.uk

5.10 WYRD SISTERS IN ACCRINGTON, WHICH IS STILL NOT IN CHESHIRE

Oswaldtwistle Players will present their production of Wyrd Sisters, adapted by Stephen Briggs and directed by Martina Burns, in late April and early May.

When: 30th April - 3rd May 2014
Venue: Oswaldtwistle Civic Theatre, 157 Union Road, Oswaldtwistle, Accrington BB5 3HZ
Time: 19:30
Tickets: £8.50 (concessions £7.50); all tickets £7 on 30th April

http://i72139.wix.com/oswaldtwistleplayers

5.11 REMINDER: MONSTROUS REGIMENT IN CHICAGO

Chicago has already experienced Discworld on stage a few months ago, and now the Windy (and currently bloody freezing) City gets another taste: Lifeline Theater will present their production of Monstrous Regiment, as adapted by Chris Hainsworth and directed by Kevin Theis, on various dates in May, June and July, a veritable season!

When: 30th May – 20th July 2014
Venue: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N Glenwood Ave, Chicago, IL, 60626
Time: evenings at 7.30pm on Thursdays and Fridays and at 8pm on Saturdays; matinees at 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays
Tickets: $20 for previews (30th May-8th June), $40 for Regular Run: June 12-July 20 (Thu & Fri at 7:30pm, Sat at 4pm & 8pm, Sun at 4pm). To book online in advance, go to http://tinyurl.com/kzehtaw and click on the desired dates at the bottom of the page (or scroll through from there to the June or July calendars for tickets on those dates)

http://www.lifelinetheatre.com/performances/13-14/mr/index.shtml

5.12 REVIEWS: MAKING MONEY IN SALISBURY

Reviewed by Ham Quentin in the Southern Daily Echo:

"Director Chris Hawley's adaptation... features the resourceful con merchant Moist von Lipwig, who is again played by Stew Taylor, displaying enough energy to help us sail through a three hour play featuring 35 characters, not to mention four thousand Golems! This time Moist, who's getting rather bored with running the Ankh-Morpork Post Office, inherits control of the town's biggest bank via its new major shareholder, the dog Mr Fusspot (superbly designed and constructed by Sally Preisig at Mimic Productions) bequeathed by deceased chairwoman Topsy Lavish (Theo Ross gives a lovely cameo, and goes on to play two more characters)..."

http://tinyurl.com/msheb5r

...and by Hannah White, in the same paper:

"The plot is everything you would expect from Sir Terry – an extraordinary storyline with plenty of humour. There were outstanding performances, especially from Stew Taylor as the lead role, Moist von Lipwig. Phil Taylor, as golum Gladys, was responsible for many of the laugh out loud moments, and Alistair Faulkner was fantastic as Mr Bent. Special mention must also go to Teddy Woolgrove, socially awkward Hubert, and George Goulding as Igor and Mr Slant as well as Theo Ross, Mrs Lavish... All of the actors gave it their all and it was clear they were thoroughly enjoying themselves..."

http://tinyurl.com/k9flxcv

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06) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS

DISCWORLD EMPORIUM UPDATES

"Greetings one and all! Our big ginger cat has rediscovered his spot in the Emporium shop Window after his seasonal hiatus, and the pungent whiff of cabbage is in the air... ladies and gentlemen, spring has sprung! To mark the changing of the season our traditional reissue of the 50p 'Cabbage Field' Stamp from the Ankh-Morpork Post Office has arrived. This definitive Discworld Stamp celebrates the bountiful cabbage fields of the Sto Plains, and is our nod to the cabbage-flavoured and scented stamps mentioned in Thud! and Making Money.

"In further celebration of the humble cabbage, we've also released the 'Penny Sprout', a diminutive regional issue from Sto Helit honouring that small brassica of questionable palatableness. Both new issues are available to own now, and can be purchased singly or in elegant sheets from the New stamps section of our website – http://tinyurl.com/p4auaev

"Also released this week is our brand new Little Brown Envelope, the 'of Cabbages and Kings' LBE (_http://tinyurl.com/prs7orz_). Each envelope contains the new 50p Cabbage Field and Penny Sprout issues, along with a 'lucky dip' assortment of Current Discworld stamps. A generous serving of sports and $5 Blue Triangles has been scattered throughout the issue
http://tinyurl.com/kt99x7z

"We are pleased to report that (thanks to a large mallet and a truckload of cheddar) our web-wobbles as outlined in our previous newsletter have now been resolved and its business as 'unusual' at the Discworld Emporium and we can once again be contacted with any concerns or enquiries via reb@discworldemporium.com. Thank you once again for your support!

"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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07) DISCWORLD CONVENTION NEWS

7.1 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?

"The X-Men's blackbird? Batman's batmobile? Green Goblin's glider? If you're feeling really adventurous why not turn your vehicle into the kind of transport a hero or villain would have? Perhaps you’re more interested in a permanent base like Superman's Fortress of Solitude or He-Man’s Castle Greyskull? If so, why not dress your tent up as your lair? There will be a prize for the best one. There are no limits to what you can do with your costumes. Be as inventive as you like or faithfully recreate your favourite character's costume. "

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

7.2 AUSDWCON 2015

Nullus Anxietus V is coming! Some early details:

When: 10th to 12th April 2015
Venue: Novotel, Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia
Tickets: current ticket prices are $80-$140 per Attending Member, $400 per Family, $30 per Supporting Membership. To purchase at these rates, go to http://ausdwcon.org/shop/

"Previous Conventions have had Guilds. For Nullus Anxietas V the Guilds are replaced by the Studios of Holy Wood and Convention members (who choose to join a "guild") will be randomly assigned to one of the five studios for activities. Can't sing? Can't dance? Can handle a sword a little? Then Holy Wood beckons, and the clickies want YOU." – Daniel Hatton, Guildmeister

"The date of the convention is still too far distant for us to start negotiating room rates but we will have the upper hand if we can go into the discussion with an estimate of how many we would likely need. We'd like to convince them to be the cheapest rate in all of Parramatta and make their money by booking every room rather than them charging a lot for a few rooms. If at all possible, please give us an indication if you will be booking accomodation at the venue and what sort of room you would like. You do not need to be registered to fill in the survey, we would just like an idea of how many rooms we will need for the weekend. Rest assured we will not hold you to this – it's just an estimate. Your name will only be used to ensure you're not on the spreadsheet twice. You will still need to book your own accommodation." – the organisers

http://ausdwcon.org/

7.3 CABBAGECON 2015

Cabbagecon 3, the third Dutch Discworld Convention, will take place in June of next year!

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

Apparently Cabbagecon 2 was a great success on the fun front. The organisers say of next year's event, "It will be a happy occasion for fans of Sir Terry Pratchett from the Netherlands and abroad to meet each other again and have fun. We hope to see you too!"

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08) 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 7th April 2014, from 7pm onwards.

The Broken Drummers March 2014 meet report:

"There was a good crowd at Drummers last Monday. We had a visitor from California, plus a lot of the regulars – including Barbara, who hasn't been for a while. When talk turned to video games, Jacqui said, 'Oh, no you're not discussing Zelda again.' Indeed we were. We even told James about all the Zelda T-shirts you can buy on Red Bubble. Tim E. could not make it with a quiz so I decided that we would play a game I learned from Chris over the weekend. Each player writes the name of a film at the top of the page and passes it on. The next player draws the film however they see fit, turns the paper over so the title is obscured and passes it to the next person, who describes the picture in words. This carries on alternating between drawing and writing until we get to the bottom of the page and ideally end up with a picture that bears no relation to what is at the top. The results were suitably hilarious. Andrew's interpretation of one image was very Freudian (he also chose 'Free Willy' as his film) but my favourite was James' illustration of Zulu as a toilet with a zoo on top. Only Judy's 'Mary Poppins' remained clear all the way through. Since the game has no winners and losers, Tim is still responsible for the next quiz. Otherwise, knitting and similar are clearly contagious as Jacqui spent the evening doing crochet. Our American visitor took a 3D photo of the group, which I'm hoping he'll send me. A couple on the next table showed great interest in our group and thought it was wonderful that such a thing would exist. Plus James managed to find the Zelda T-shirt online with the slogan, 'You make me harder than the water temple'. He was deliberating whether to buy one when we left so maybe Jax has a point about the Zelda obsession."

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 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 3rd April 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 4th April 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 7th April 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 7th April 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) intend to meet on the third Monday of every month at The Rowers, Bruce Neal Drive, Penrith at 6.30-7.30pm for food, 7.30pm for games, quizzes and chat. For more information, contact Nanny Ogg – lewis_oz@bigpond.com – or visit their Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/westerndrummers

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09) ROUNDWORLD TALES: THE STINKPIPES AND SEWERS OF DODGER'S LONDON

Residents of and visitors to London and other major UK cities often pass certain tall, mysterious iron posts at or near kerbsides. Twenty feet or more in height and often whimsically ornate, these look like 19th-century lampposts. But in actuality they are Victorian stink-pipes, created to burn off the ghastly smells rising from urban sewers.

Students of London history – and readers of Dodger's Guide – know of the Great Stink of June 1858, that debacle of choking, eye-watering stench that sent Parliament scrambling for more salubrious parts; even Benjamin Disraeli, then Chancellor of the Exchequer, was reported as running from the Commons chamber with a handkerchief pressed over his face. The Great Stink led directly to the creation of Joseph Bazalgette's superb sewer system, of course, but a certain degree of noxious smells still persisted for many years afterwards.

Webb's Patent Sewer Gas Destructor was invented by Birmingham native Joseph Edmund Webb. Patented in 1895, the Destructor featured a glass-enclosed pilot flame at its top, linked to the local gas supply; by heating the air in an enclosed "chimney", the flame drew sewer gas up to the top of the post and ignited it. This served not only as smell-destroyer but also as a free streetlight.

Sheffield was the "capital of the destructor". Webb's company installed 84 destructors between 1914 and 1935. Amazingly, 22 of these are still standing, and three are still at work, illuminating certain streets with an orange glow every night.

I remember, from my years as a London resident, a charming old-fashioned streetlamp behind the Savoy. I only learned recently that it was a Webb's Patent Sewer Gas Destructor called – wait for it – Iron Lily! Yes, this sewage-powered lamp shares a name with the fearsome sports mistress of the Quirm College for Young Ladies. Somehow this seems appropriate...

Sources: http://tinyurl.com/lcmsfag and http://tinyurl.com/lm8f86c

There are also some excellent photos here:

http://tinyurl.com/qjzlao6

A blogpost about London's stink pipes:

http://greatwen.com/2011/09/27/secret-london-stink-pipes/

And then we get to the River Fleet, once one of London's great waterways and latterly one of its most infamous sewers. Here be fascinating piece by Peter Watts on traversing that very sewer. Written in 2005 for an issue of the London magazine Time Out, it is now finally available to read online, and gives a queasily picturesque description of what the working environment of a tosher must have been like:

"The tunnel is around ten feet tall and wide, so we can walk two abreast. It's about the same size as a tube tunnel. The smell slowly subsides, although lumps of faeces and toilet paper gather in places where they've washed against the brickwork. Otherwise, there's just a trickle of brown water ferrying the odd cotton-bud downriver. It's no hellhole, but still a far cry from the Fleet's sixteenth-century heyday as one of London's key tributaries, when, flanked by wharves and warehouses, it was a centre of London commerce. It separated Westminster from the City and carried cargo to the Thames, was compared unfavourably with the four rivers of Hades by Ben Jonson, was briefly turned into a canal and then covered in portions from 1732, by which time it was little more than an open sewer... In 1846, the Fleet exploded, its sewage gasses bursting the street above, rendering King's Cross Road impassable, destroying Clerkenwell poorhouses and smashing a Thames steamboat against Blackfriars Bridge. This river, it seems, has a habit of coming back to ambush those who thought it dead and buried...

"Almost two centuries later, traffic and police sirens are audible overhead, competing with the constant crash of water that flows from numerous side tunnels, feeding the central trickle. Rats stop and stare as we walk past. I nervously keep my torch shining on them until we have moved on... Water which before barely covered our feet is now above our knees, flooding downhill towards us at pace and rising slowly all the time. Wading into the tide, our clothes are heavy with water and our feet struggle to grip the slimy stone floor. Panicking rats scurry up the walls to get out the way of the bubbling water. It's frightening. Nobody knows we are down here and as our pace slows I begin to ponder our options. Should we press on, or brave a side tunnel, where a ladder may at least take us above water level, so we can sit it out. But how long would that take? And what if the water keeps rising and the side tunnel we're in doesn't have access to the street..."

Gripping stuff! To read the entire article, with its accompanying photos, go to: http://tinyurl.com/kfaumsv

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10) THINGS PTERRY FANS SAY

Bonnie Riley says...
I opened Raising Steam today, and finished my first read straight through. Sir Terry, I first found your books 10 years ago, at the onset of a condition I will have for the rest of my life. Thank you for all the joy you have given. Bless you in your journey. Know that you are loved.

Brittany DuMond says...
I preordered Raising Steam on audiobook and I woke up early just to start listening to it. (: It's one of the best I've ever read. Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the world of fantasy, Terry Pratchett!

Greg Buist says...
I've just finished Raising Steam. Thank you again Mr Pratchett you wonderful wonderful man. May you continue "raising steam" for many years to come.

Sean Gillin says...
Just read The Long Earth and it was brilliant. (Congrats to Stephen Baxter too).Actually, I devoured the pages with my eyes.I love that feeling from a book.Have you thought about a film of?Possibly animated?

Mohamed Murad says...
The more I see him in action the more I have to wonder: Was Havelock Vetinari based on Vladimir Putin or did Valdimir Putin base his leadership style on Lord Vetinari?

Patricia F Talley says...
Mr Pratchett, I love your Disc World! You made the list of my favorite books ever and its pretty much all of them! There is no trophy for this honor I'm afraid, no big party or anything, You are in good company on the Favorites Book Shelf tho, I won't drop any names or anything. Just know you are honored Sir. Thank you.

Matthew Kerslake says...
Mr Pratchett, Sir, my love, are you and Mr Baxter doing a talk this year on the Long Mars by chance? if so, when, will it be at the institute of engineering in London again and how can i get tickets? For more years than i can remember you have been an inspiration to me and i would love to come see you talk again. Yours fanatically, the little boy in Wooton Basset , at the Johnny and the Dead signing with the bin liner of books.

Poor Adam says...
I have always had trouble reading a book from start to end until my friend gave me her dad's copy of The Bromeliad. thank you so much for helping me love something that school made me hate

Melanie Roth says...
Thank you so much for Tiffany!

Jeroen van Gessel says...
Thank you very, very, very much Terry, for giving me so much joy by reading your books. Started with "The colour of Magic"up to Raising Steam. It is a joy and privilage to read your books. Many greetings. Jeroen.

Mike Lacey says...
Good to see Terry back to his very best with Raising Steam.

Peter Gerling says...
32 years old and a long time fan!!! glad the voice recognition software eased the hassle of writing manually!
I'm still envious of my cat seeing the color octarine after all these years! I'm reading thud right now and can't wait to get my hands on future publications =);-)

Agarwaen Cran says...
Dear Sir Pterry, I want randomly say "thank you" for all the phantastic moments with your books. So... Thank you :-)

Holly Witchey says...
The caravansary of friends I've made in Discworld make life on Earth a richer experience.

Sharon Tansill says...
Terry signed my 'Soul Music' book ... your words in my head ... they have been ever since ... read every discworld over & over

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11) IMAGES OF THE MONTH

A very young fan doing a very creditable impression of a certain author!
http://tinyurl.com/ln9p58y

Another young fan putting her naturally ginger hair to good use for Feegle-ing as part of her school's book day:
http://tinyurl.com/pu9dkfc

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12) CLOSE

And so we come to the end of a fairly long issue. Hope you enjoyed it!

If you're a Backspindle Games fan and happen to find yourself in NI on Saturday 5th April, do drop in to the Lisburn Gaming Club (Laganview Enterprise Centre, Drumbeg Drive, Old Warren, Lisburn BT28 1QR) where Dave and Leonard will be hosting "a very special Luchador! Mexican Wrestling Dice tag-team tournament in addition to the normal Tabletop Day games. This event should have masks, costumes, music, lights, lots of noise and hopefully at the end a tag-team of very happy winners who will get a prize. We may even have it broadcast via Youtube...fingers crossed..."

http://www.lisburn-gaming.co.uk/

Also note that Backspindle's popular Discworld game, "Guards! Guards!", will be available for purchase again soon, and there will be a special pre-order page on the site:

http://backspindlegames.com/news-2/international-tabletop-day-2014

And that's all for now. Have a foolishness-free All Fools (1st April), and we'll see you next month!

– Annie Mac

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INDEX:

01) EDITOR'S LETTER
02) ODDS AND SODS
03) RAISING STEAM REVIEWS
04) PTERRY AND ALZHEIMER'S NEWS
05) ROUNDWORLD TALES: TREACLE MINING
06) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS
07) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
08) DISCWORLD MEETING GROUPS NEWS
09) MORE IMAGES OF THE MONTH
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01) LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR

So here we are, several weeks later, and I have to report that my health issues are still impacting on my ability to do my best on WOSSNAME work (or anything else, for that matter). I can tell you this: if anyone ever offers you a free sample of a charming dysfunction called Type 2 Trigeminal Neuralgia, just say no. Very loudly. Trust me on this. Persistent, brain-eating facial pain does what it says on the tin, namely eats one's mental processing and concentration abilities, and among other things causes one to not be able to write coherent reviews, and to move the town of Accrington from Lancashire to Cheshire, as I did in the previous issue (and I have less excuse than many, being well familiar with said town; many thanks to WOSSNAME's Director of Trains, Brian Dominic, for quietly pointing that out to me). However, today has been the first comparatively world-of-pain-free day I've had in weeks, so hopefully there are no similarly egregious mistakes below...

Now then. First off, some title news: the third book in The Long Earth series will be called The Long Mars! Release date will be 19th June 2014. To pre-order from Amazon: http://amzn.to/1jxuSkt

Remember, Sir Pterry will be the special guest at Eastercon 65 from 18th – 21st April 2014 at the Crown Plaza Hotel, Glasgow: http://satellite4.org.uk/

By the way, that turtle-shaped roundabout praised by Pterry and featured in the first issue this month is in Bundaberg, Queensland, Fourecks: http://tinyurl.com/mr3w6b7

– Annie Mac, Editor

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02) ODDS AND SODS

...and some of these are very odd indeed...

2.1 ANOTHER MOIST VON LIPWIG – CLOSER TO HOME

Fund manager Benjamin Wilson has now been jailed for seven years. His crime? He "used author Terry Pratchett's signature to dupe friends and colleagues out of £22million and spent it on lavish life of racehorses, sports cars and Vegas gambling trips". No, really:

"Benjamin Wilson, 35, used the money of 'several hundred' investors - including close friends and colleagues - to fund his 'lavish lifestyle', Southwark Crown Court heard. Wilson, who was today jailed for seven years, used the cash to pay for a multimillion-pound home as well as buying racehorses, a luxury sports car and gambling in Las Vegas.
He doctored business statements to hide his fraudulent activity, using Google Images to copy the signature of author Terry Pratchett to sign off audit reports, the court heard. He pleaded guilty in December 2013 to two counts of forgery and one of fraud, having previously admitted a charge of operating a collective investment scheme without authorisation. Sentencing Wilson to seven years, Judge Michael Grieve said Wilson had carried out an 'utterly shameless confidence fraud' targeting victims who invested money 'they could ill afford to lose'. He had used the cash to fund a lifestyle of 'untold lavishness and luxury', the judge said. 'You were the sole architect of the fraud from start to finish,' he said. 'There may well be some element of living in a world of make believe. At the same time it was a cruel and very sophisticated fraud with only one beneficiary - that was yourself.'..."

http://tinyurl.com/mphg2wq

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2.2 AND ANOTHER PRATCHETT OF INTEREST...?

In the Toronto Star, news of a new fantasy author by the name of Pratchett:

"It may be fortunate that Vincent Pratchett knows his way around a fire hose. His career as an author is liable to get red hot in 2014. A veteran of 23 years with Toronto Fire Services, Pratchett's first novel, The Raven's Warrior, was selected as one of the works to be given out on World Book Night in April... Already a winner of the 2013 USA Best Book Award for visionary fiction — handed out by USA Book News — the novel is set in 10th-century China. Its protagonist, a Celtic warrior, is taken in battle by Vikings and dragged and sold across Europe and Asia until he ends up a slave to a Taoist priest and his daughter in the Middle Kingdom. Under his masters' Eastern tutelage, the Celtic slave becomes a king in a story Pratchett describes as a kind of Arthurian legend... Pratchett — who works out of Station 135 in Forest Hill — is as surprised as anyone at his book's award recognition. Indeed, he's still shocked that he's a professional author at all..."

http://tinyurl.com/jw2yx6o

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2.3 ERIC AS INSPIRATION

A good many people consider Eric to be the lest of all Discworld works, but for fantasy author David L. Stone aka David Grimstone, reading Eric was a literal (and literary) life-changer – and only because he was a pound short for the book he had intended to buy!

"I'd almost given up completely when I found Eric. The book, showing a wizard shooting through the air with a boy dragging on the flying chest beneath him, was tiny….and I mean tiny. It was also £2.99. I resigned myself to buying an actual book, took it home and – rather miserably – started reading it just after lunch. By dinnertime that day I was absolutely in love with Terry Pratchett. He spoke so directly to my imagination that it genuinely seemed like he had tailored the book entirely for me. In the weeks that followed, I bought and read every Discworld novel from the back catalogue, and devoured them all at the weekends. This reached fever pitch when I actually started faking illness so that I could stay off school and read them...."

This blog essay is well worth a read. And I shall have to go back to our copy of Knights of Madness and see if Mr Grimstone is worth reading, too, since it contains one of his stories...

http://blokecalleddave.co.uk/?p=538

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2.4 APPEAL FOR A THOUSANDE ELEPHANTS!!!!

From Maggie Wilde, on behalf of the 2014 Wincanton Spring Fling:

"COME ON FOLKS, ANYONE COMING TO SPRING FLING AT WINCANTON 3RD/4TH MAY THE THEME IS "MOVING PICTURES" SO WE NEED 1000 ELEPHANTS!! PLEASE BRING AS MANY AS YOU CAN. They can be sketches, stuffed toys, knitted or sewn, old toys from charity shops, figurines, cakes, biscuits, chocolate, soap. In fact I'll give a prize to the 'most unusual form of elephant' and to the person who brings the most elephants. They can be loaned for the count up then retrieved or left to be sold on the 'Fifth Elephant stall', proceeds to the charity. Anyone who can't come but wishes to contribute please send your elephants to the Discworld Emporium, 41 The High Street Wincanton Somerset BA9 9JU with a covering letter. thank you. We can't send any back but they will be included on the stall. Any leftovers will go to local charity shops. PS nothing alive or dead or life size, thanks!"

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03) REVIEWS: RAISING STEAM

By Mark Vaughan-Jackson, in Canadian newspaper The Telegram:

"When he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's a few years ago (2007, to be exact), I had a moment of mourning and feared that was it, that I'd never have a new Discworld tale — or at least only a few more. Since then, he's proved me and the rest of the world wrong. In fact, from our end as readers eagerly anticipating the next book, it seems the only change is Pratchett now uses voice technology instead of a keyboard... Either way, I for one am delighted that Sir Terry continues to put out new works — Discworld or otherwise... Lipwig has become Pratchett's latest in a long line of central characters who, for a book or two, become the focus before the author shifts back to a different part of the Discworld and a different protagonist. This has been part of Pratchett's secret of longevity. I've said it before: most big sci-fi or fantasy series choke on their own success after five or 10 books. Discworld hasn't — not after five, not after 10 or 20 or 30 or even now after 40. Just when you wonder whether yet another storyline featuring Granny Weatherwax will work, he changes tack and hits you with a Commander Vimes story, or a tale from one of the other countries clinging to the surface of the Disc, on top of the four elephants atop the Great A'Tuin, the giant pace turtle. These changeups keep things fresh, allowing Pratchett to keep on revisiting the creative well that he found way back in Book 1... As ever, Pratchett throws in a couple of curveball sub-plots, too. This time it's the continued inner unrest in the Dwarven realm, as Low King Rhys Rhyson struggles to maintain the new peace with Trolls and Humans while dealing with the unrest of the dwarvish religious fundamentalist, the Grags. Again, as ever, Pratchett has a deft hand as he casts a gently satirical eye over everything from dwarven gender discrimination to goblin emancipation. All in all, classic Pratchett that was great fun to read..."

http://tinyurl.com/nevzcrf

By Elli Christie, Books Editor, in Exepose, the University of Exeter's student newspaper:

"Despite, understandably, reducing his public appearances since being diagnosed with Alzheimer's, Pratchett still publishes a book a year and the Discworld remains as dynamic and refreshing in Raising Steam as it was when The Colour of Magic was published in 1983. Following on from the events in Snuff which saw goblins acknowledged as part of society and previous beliefs challenged, Raising Steam explores what the further implications of this emancipation are on Ankh-Morpork and the Discworld... Whilst this all sounds fantastical, Raising Steam constantly remains surprisingly relevant to not only our world but current day events. There is a thoughtful and subtle exploration of what might cause terrorism and how it can quickly engulf a community through fear and ignorance when certain dwarfs are able to destroy train stations and kill despite being a minority. Moist von Lipwig is also aware that positive media representation is essential for the railway that is so dependent on the goodwill of its customers and Pratchett demonstrates this with an insight into the commercial thinking that is behind his zany schemes..."

http://tinyurl.com/lcdaxb9

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04) PTERRY AND ALZHEIMER'S NEWS

SIR PTERRY RECOMMENDS: A BOOK ON ASSISTED DYING

"Sir Terry Pratchett provides foreword to locally-written book on dying with dignity... Lesley Close, of Stanley Hill, Amersham, had to make the decision. She chose to accompany her brother to an appointment with Dignitas, the Swiss organisation which offers to help people commit suicide. Her book, Assisted Dying – Who Makes the Final Decision? came out on Wednesday last week, and includes a case study of her experience... It is co-edited by Jo Cartwright, campaigns and press manager for Dignity in Dying... The book focuses on case studies of families who support assisted dying for different reasons, and hopes to raise awareness of the issue. Ms Close's brother, John Close, was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2001, and in 2003 he made the decision to go to Zurich to end his own life with Dignitas..."

Here is the foreword to the book, as reprinted in Get Bucks:

"I don't fear death, but, like many other people, I do fear dying badly. This book explores assisted dying by looking boldly at the historical, medical, legal, philosophical and ethical aspects at the heart of the matter. It punctuates these with the stories of real people's deaths, of real suffering and the ght[sic] that has been inspired in the people living with memories of those deaths. Some of the people in this book, much like Peter Smedley who invited me to witness his assisted death at Dignitas, died too soon to ensure that they could die well. In years to come people will look back, aghast, at a time – this time – when people were forced to choose between living on and dying well. This book will undoubtedly move the debate forward and help us get to the stage when the choice to die as we wish is one that we can make at home, surrounded by the things and people that have made our lives what they are. That's a time to look forward to, when the fear of dying badly will have been consigned to history books.

Sir Terry Pratchett, October 2013"

http://tinyurl.com/mxzhmys

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05) ROUNDWORLD TALES: TREACLE MINING

From Wikipedia:

"The topic has been a joke in British humour since the mid 19th century. One possible origin of the joke is from 1853 when 8,000 British Army soldiers were camped on Chobham Common. The camp included storehouses containing barrels. When the soldiers left for the Crimean War and the site was dismantled, they buried barrels to avoid having to remove them. Some of the barrels contained treacle and Cobham villagers who discovered and removed them were called "treacle miners" as a joke. Local folklore about treacle mining was extended back into history back to Roman Britain. Another explanation is that 'treacle' meant 'a medicine', derived from the appearance of the Greek derivative 'theriacal' meaning medicinal (Gk theriake = a curative or antidote), so the various healing wells around Britain were called 'treacle wells'. Treacle later came to mean a sticky syrup after the popularity of a honey-based drug called "Venice treacle", and the continued use of the old form in the treacle wells led to the joke...

"The village of Sabden in Lancashire cultivated a considerable body of folklore about local treacle mining in the 1930s. The local newspaper helped foster the myth, publishing numerous stories about the fictional mines.
The paper mills around Maidstone in Kent were known as 'The Tovil Treacle Mines' by locals, after the area where one of the mills owned by Albert E. Reed was situated. The company helped the myth with a float in Maidstone carnival with a 'treacle mine' theme... Tudeley and Frittenden in Kent are also said to have had treacle mines. A tank wagon on the Kent and East Sussex Railway was painted in fictional 'Frittenden Treacle Mines' livery in 2009... Treacle mines have also been claimed in Wem (Shropshire), Talskiddy, Bisham, Nuneaton, Chobham, Tongham, Tadley, Skidby, Ditchford, Crick. Dunchideock and many other locations across Somerset and Devon..."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treacle_mining


And a more "myffic" tale from treacleminer.com, which also features quotes from Discworld books and from Discworld (and Roundworld!) folklorist Jacqueline Simpson:

"Many claim to know that there were Treacle Mines in Buxted, but few know the full story. They will tell you that the treacle mines of Buxted were sited next to the lighthouse near the harbour. They will not tell you that, in the 17th century, barges came up he river Uck and berthed on the quay-side, where treacle rock was loaded and transported to the coast; where it was taken by oxen driven wagons to larger towns, where the treacle was used to make treacle floss, treacle tarts, treacle toffee and surprisingly limpet mines... The lighthouse was a focal point of the old village of Bukktsted. The treacle miners operating in the area used the lighthouse as a lookout-post (camera obscura); as a bank for treacle nuggets; the storage for the miners' candles and products produced and as a meeting point for the village Morris Men... The treacle seams followed the ley lines stretching from old Buxted through Etchingwood beyond the Spotted Cow Ale House, along the Hadlow Down ridge and beyond to Hadlow Down, Jarvis Brook, Steel Cross and the Boar's Head..."

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06) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS

6.1 A MESSAGE FROM THE CUNNING ARTIFICER

"Dear Emporium Followers,

"The ants are on strike, the FTB (Fluffy Teddy Bear) is missing and the mouse it without its cheddar. We therefore regrettably announce that our website is currently off-line and 'normal' service has been somewhat disrupted.

"We are working hard to to fix the problem, but until the site is back up and running we will not be able to send or receive emails via our usual business email address: reb@discworldemporium.com. We are very very sorry, from the bottom of our little hearts for any inconvenience and concern this may cause. Please rest assured that our 'real' shop hasn't vanished, so if you have any worries about your current/pending orders you are welcome to phone us on 01963824686, or use our temporary email discworldemporium@gmail.com

"Hopefully we won't have to resort to pulling the Big Red Lever just yet!
Thank you for your patience and support"

6.2 LEGO DISCWORLD CREATIONS

For all you Lego enthusiasts, here be a Flickr image set of the Potent Voyager, as described in The Last Hero graphic novel:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/l-space/12570487295/in/set-72157641076233184/

Also, a very impressive Sator Square in Lego:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/38463026@N04/sets/72157641076999114/

6.3 DISCWORLD STAMPS

A new announcement from those Cunning Artificers:

"They've arrived! The new set of official Definitive stamp issues from the Ankh-Morpork Post Office have been delivered by our own Mr Spools, and we've been busy perforating and tearing hundreds of sheets and thousands of stamps in preparation for their launch. This perennial range of Discworld Stamps began life in 2004 inside Hardback editions of Going Postal, and has undergone an annual design overhaul ever since. As an official Roundworld branch of the A-M.P.O we are proud to reveal our new designs for the iconic Half Penny Post Office, Penny Patrician, 2p Coat of Arms, 5p and 10p Morporkias and famous $1 Tower of Art. Each issue will be available in sheets and singles from Monday 3rd February, and are available to preview now in the New Stamps section of our site –

http://tinyurl.com/m6wnxfa

"But why wait?! Keen collectors and aspiring Stanley Howlers can be the first to own these new issues with our first Little Brown Envelope issue of the year, the 'Usual Suspects' LBE – available now! The LBE is our version of the 'tenpenny lucky dip bag' featured in Going Postal, and this current edition includes an average of three new Definitive issues in every envelope along with an assortment of current Discworld stamps, and the chance to obtain their respective rare 'sport' variants – follow the link to view:

http://tinyurl.com/mgpeyzc

"ASK US ABOUT STAMPS! – find out how it all began by perusing our friendly Beginners Guide to the wonderful world of Discworld Stamps – http://tinyurl.com/m8bq3as – or start your collection with a Going Postal Starter Pack – follow the link to view – http://tinyurl.com/kjn2a9p ..."

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07) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS

7.1 MAKING MONEY IN SALISBURY: FINAL PERFORMANCES THIS WEEK!

When: remaining dates are 27th February-1st March 2014
Venue: Studio Theatre, Ashley Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP2 7TN
Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: from Salisbury Information Centre, phone 01722 342860

http://www.studiotheatre.org.uk/

7.2 REVIEW: MAKING MONEY IN SALISBURY

By Hannah White, in the Salisbury Journal:

"The plot is everything you would expect from Sir Terry – an extraordinary storyline with plenty of humour. There were outstanding performances, especially from Stew Taylor as the lead role, Moist von Lipwig. Phil Taylor, as golum[sic] Gladys, was responsible for many of the laugh out loud moments, and Alistair Faulkner was fantastic as Mr Bent. Special mention must also go to Teddy Woolgrove, socially awkward Hubert, and George Goulding as Igor and Mr Slant as well as Theo Ross, Mrs Lavish. Anthony von Roretz put in a convincing performance as tyrant Lord Vetinari, despite stumbling over a couple of lines in the first half. James Bradwell proved he could pull off villainous Cosmo Lavish just as brilliantly as his hilarious performance as Manuel in Studio's recent Fawlty Towers production. All of the actors gave it their all and it was clear they were thoroughly enjoying themselves..."

http://tinyurl.com/k9flxcv

7.3 REMINDER: GOING POSTAL IN BASILDON

The Thalian Theatre Company,whose vast array of previous Pratchett productions includes Wyrd Sisters, Men at Arms, Maskerade, Mort, Guards! Guards! and Carpe Jugulum, are adding a new play to the list when they present Going Postal in March.

When: 27th to 29th March 2014
Venue: Mirren Studio, Towngate Theatre, St. Martin's Square, Basildon, Essex SS14 1DL
Time: 8pm
Tickets: £10 adult, £8.50 concessions, available from the theatre box office on 01268 465465, or you can book tickets online by going to http://tinyurl.com/kfubr4y

http://www.towngatetheatre.co.uk/index.aspx?articleid=4771

7.4 REMINDER: WITCHES ABROAD IN PORTSMOUTH

Collingwood RSC Theatre Group, already veteran Pratchett play presenters, will offer their production – a world premiere, no less – of Witches Abroad in March.

When: Wednesday 26th through Saturday 29th March 2014
Venue: HMS Collingwood, Newgate Lane, Fareham, Portsmouth, PO14 1AS
Tickets: £6, available via the box office (07502 037922)

To see their whimsical Kidby-pastiche poster, go to http://tinyurl.com/l9hlaka

https://www.facebook.com/hmscollingwoodrsc

7.5 REMINDER: WYRD SISTERS IN NEWPORT, ESSEX

The Newport Free Grammar School, a fine old institution whose former pupils include the fine actor James Frain and a rather well-known cook fellow called Jamie Oliver, will be presenting their production of Wyrd Sisters in March.

When: Thursday 13th to Saturday 15th March 2014
Venue: Newport Free Grammar School, Nedwport, Essex CB11 3TR
Time: 7:30pm
Tickets: £8, concessions £6
Booking is through the Finance office on 01799540237

For more information, and a good-looking poster (reproduced with permission, no less), go to:

http://tinyurl.com/nela4oc

7.6 REMINDER: MEN AT ARMS IN KEW

The Q2 Players, "Kew's Leading Amateur Theatre Group", will present their production of Men at Arms in April.

When: Thursday 3rd – Saturday 5th April 2014
Venue: Kew Community Centre, St. Luke's in The Avenue, Richmond, Surrey TW9 2AL
Time: Thurs-Sat shows at 8pm; Sat Matinee 2.30pm
Tickets: £8 (concessions £6) Box office TBA; email q2players@gmail.com

http://www.q2players.org.uk/Q2_Players/Upcoming_Show.html

7.7 REMINDER: NATION IN TEMPE, ARIZONA

The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts will present a production of Mark Ravenhill's NT stage adaptation of Nation in April, directed by Megan Weaver.

When: 4th–13th April 2014
Venue: Galvin Playhouse, 51 E. 10th St, Tempe, AZ 85287 (at Mill Avenue & 10th Street, University of Arizona Tempe campus)
Time: 4th, 5th, 10th and 12th at 7.30pm; 6th and 13th at 2pm
Tickets: $8-$16; to buy online, go to http://tinyurl.com/lhb2oyw
Herberger Institute students are offered free admission on tickets reserved in advance.

7.8 REMINDER: WYRD SISTERS IN ACCRINGTON, LANCASHIRE (note Jograffy correction!)

Oswaldtwistle Players will present their production of Wyrd Sisters, adapted by Stephen Briggs and directed by Martina Burns, in late April and early May.

When: 30th April - 3rd May 2014
Venue: Oswaldtwistle Civic Theatre, 157 Union Road, Oswaldtwistle, Accrington BB5 3HZ
Time: 19:30
Tickets: £8.50 (concessions £7.50); all tickets £7 on 30th April

http://i72139.wix.com/oswaldtwistleplayers

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08) 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 3rd March 2014, from 7pm onwards.

The Broken Drummers February 2014 meet report:

"We arrived on Monday night in a state of shock due to problems with our landlord and letting agent. Thank you to everyone for your support, stories of your own problems with unscrupulous landlords. Thank you to Sim especially for the offer of going to shout at them in her most Australian way, which is apparently very disturbing to British sensibilities. It was great to see such a large crowd this month. I'm afraid I have little to report this time as we were feeling pretty drained and left early. Jax was just beginning her quiz as we left so I don't know the result.
Addendum: I'm told that Tim E. was the winner."

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 6th March 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 7th March 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 3rd March 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 3rd March 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) intend to meet on the third Monday of every month at The Rowers, Bruce Neal Drive, Penrith at 6.30-7.30pm for food, 7.30pm for games, quizzes and chat. For more information, contact Nanny Ogg – lewis_oz@bigpond.com – or visit their Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/westerndrummers

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09) MORE IMAGES OF THE MONTH

Here we have Sir Pterry and Mister Fusspot just before the opening night of Salisbury Studio Theatre's production of Making Money. Remember, it runs through the 1st of March!

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bg766GVIgAAtvbV.jpg

And here he is with the less quadrupedal members of the cast: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bg76GUNIIAA-CbL.jpg

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10) CLOSE

And that's it for February, as far as I know. Remember, next Tuesday is Pancake Day! I for one am hoping to be able to eat one. There's only so much liquid breakfast and broccoli smoothies a body can stand...

– Annie Mac

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INDEX:

01) QUOTE OF THE MONTH
02) EDITOR'S LETTER
03) RAISING STEAM: USA RELEASE AT LAST!
04) EARLY DISCWORLD NOVELS HARDCOVER RELEASES CONTINUE
05) THE FUN OF THE (BOOK) FAIR...
06) ...AND PLAYING DRESS-UPS FOR THE STORYTELLING MUSEUM
07) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
08) NEW INTERVIEW IN LOCUS MAGAZINE
09) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
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01) QUOTE OF THE MONTH

"When I was in my late teens, my mate Dave put on Steeleye Span at 11. It was ringing in my ears and that was it – I went to see them whenever I could. Just hearing them has helped me."

– folk-rock fan TDJ Pratchett

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02) LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR

So here we are in February, nearly half-way through, and I have to report with some embarrassment and frustration that my health issues continue to slow my WOSSNAME projects to snail's pace. Sorry about that... but there is some news and quite a number of stage productions to tell you about, so this will be the first of two posts for this month.

Prog Rock Magazine have made a short documentary about the making of Steeleye Span's Wintersmith album, featuring Sir Pterry, Maddy Prior and other members of the band. The video is the second feature window, barely a third of the way down the page: http://tinyurl.com/lts84ms

There is also a 14-minute YouTube promo for the album, featuring clips from the songs and well worth listening to!

http://tinyurl.com/m8b7lx7

Also of interest: on the French science fiction site "L'etrange Librarium", an interview with musician-turned-translator Patrick Couton who has been translating the Discworld series since 1993. Those of you wishing to practice your "langue de Quirm" might enjoy having a go; the rest of you can head to the translation engine of your choice. My own Quirmish being a bit rusty but serviceable, I can tell you that this interview tempts me to get hold of some of M Couton's Discworld translations; he says the rendering of the text is left up to him – and as a onetime English-to-French lyrics translator, your Eidtor appreciates what a fine and taxing art that is – and besides, "Monde merveilleux du caca" is an even better title than "The World of Poo", n'est-ce pas?

http://tinyurl.com/kwheejo

And now, it's on we go!

– Annie Mac, Editor

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03) RAISING STEAM IN THE USA

At last, the wait is over! And the cover's not bad either. Raising Steam will be released across the water on the 18th of March. For all you faithful Pratchett readers who had to wait, trust me, the wait was worth it...

To pre-order your copy via links from USA publishers Doubleday:

http://smarturl.it/RaisingSteamFB

For the record, on Amazon the pre-order prices are $17.04 for the hardcover edition, $15.31 for the Kindle edition, and $23.63 for the Audiobook CD; as usual, Amazon guarantees that if a lower price becomes available by the shipping date, pre-orders will be accordingly reduced in charge.

The Amazon page:

http://tinyurl.com/phq65ja

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04) REMINDER: EARLY DISCWORLD NOVELS HARDCOVER RELEASES CONTINUE!

As you'll recall from our featured item in last October's main issue, "The Discworld Collector's Library" is being released in "thematic" sets, with hard covers illustrated by Joe McLaren, at a very reasonable price of £9.99 each. The Death Collection, consisting of Reaper Man, Mort, Hogfather and Soul Music, have already been released, as has the Cultures of Discworld Collection (Small Gods and Pyramids). This month of February sees the release of two titles from the Unseen University Collection, Eric and Sourcery, while March is scheduled for the release of the first titles in the City Watch Collection, Guards! Guards! and Men at Arms. Unfortunately, as publishers Gollancz have pointed out, they only own the release rights to these lovely books in the UK and Commonwealth countries with the exception of Canada, so North American readers wishing to purchase any of the collections will have to do so via UK or non-Canadian Commonwealth booksellers.

And here's a great place to buy them – the Discworld Emporium, on the Street of Cunning Artificer (note lack of plural):

"Developed by Gollancz in consultation with Sir Terry Pratchett, the Discworld Collector's Library is an affordable new set of hardback editions of Discworld novels, from The Colour of Magic to Jingo. These books look stunning on the bookshelf, with gorgeous artwork and a fine print quality that make these books a collection to treasure. The Books will be published in a series of themed sets beginning with the 'Death' collection, and will be added to our site as and when they become available."

http://www.discworldemporium.com/books/Discworld%20Collector%27s%20Library

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05) AUTHOR OF THE DAY IS...

Sir Terry Pratchett, of course! This particular day being 8th April 2014, the opening day of the 2014 London Book Fair:

"The author's work will be the focus on a programme of events on Tuesday 8th April to celebrate 'the writer's place at the heart of the international publishing industry'... LBF director Jacks Thomas said: 'Terry's presence at The London Book Fair 2014 is a complete treat; a national icon and international inspiration, Terry has created a literary fan base of millions around the world; his contribution to the book industry is tremendous and his influence continues to stimulate new generations of readers in numerous markets and languages. We are looking forward very much to welcoming him to Earls Court in April.' Larry Finlay, m.d. of Transworld, said: 'All of us at Transworld and Random House Children's Publishers are so proud to publish Sir Terry Pratchett. I cannot think of another writer who has done more to entertain and inspire readers across the last three decades.'..."

www.thebookseller.com/news/pratchett-be-lbf-author-day.html

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06) DRESS-UPS FOR STORY TIME!

In which Sir Pterry becomes Just William, for a wee while:

"Oxford's Story Museum will open this spring with a photographic exhibition featuring famous authors dressed as the characters they loved most as children. The 26 Characters exhibition will feature children's laureate Malorie Blackman as the Wicked Witch of the West in Frank L Baum's The Wizard of Oz, Terry Jones as the comic strip character Rupert Bear, Terry Pratchett as Just William from the Richmal Crompton series, and Neil Gaiman as Badger from Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows, in a series of photographs taken by Cambridge Jones... The museum is planning a full programme of events and activities, with a talking throne and a dressing-up area. The exhibition is supported by the Arts Council and will run from April to November..."

http://www.thebookseller.com/news/authors-dress-story-museum.html

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07) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS

7.1 GOING POSTAL IN GEORGETOWN, ONTARIO

Georgetown Little Theatre are currently presenting their production of Going Postal, with four shows remaining.

When: 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th February 2014
Venue: John Elliott Theatre, 9 Church St., Georgetown, Ontario (right beside the Library)
Time: 8pm all shows
Tickets: price is not displayed anywhere unless one ent4rs the credit card gate; for info and price(s), ring box office 905-877-3700 (Tuesday through Thursday from 2pm to 6pm, Friday and Saturday from 1pm to 5pm, with extended hours on show nights) or purchase online at https://secure1.tixhub.com/haltonhills/procurement/

www.haltonhills.ca/theatre

7.2 ...AND IN BASILDON

The Thalian Theatre Company,whose vast array of previous Pratchett productions includes Wyrd Sisters, Men at Arms, Maskerade, Mort, Guards! Guards! and Carpe Jugulum, are adding a new play to the list when they present Going Postal in March.

When: 27th to 29th March 2014
Venue: Mirren Studio, Towngate Theatre, St. Martin's Square, Basildon, Essex SS14 1DL
Time: 8pm
Tickets: £10 adult, £8.50 concessions, available from the theatre box office on 01268 465465, or you can book tickets online by going to http://tinyurl.com/kfubr4y

http://www.towngatetheatre.co.uk/index.aspx?articleid=4771

7.3 MAKING MONEY IN SALISBURY

Studio Theatre of Salisbury, whose production of Going Postal last year was greatly enjoyed and praised by Sir Pterry himself, will present another Discworld spectacular – Making Money, this time – in March. Chris Hawley of the theatre group says, "Like last time, we expect this show to sell out so to avoid disappointment best to book early.This is what Sir Terry said about Going Postal ...' This was so well done that I wish I had written a better book! I loved the voices, because it has to be about the voices. It was done so people could see it and have a lot of fun. If they (Studio Theatre) wanted to do some more Discworld, I would be here in the front row.'"

When: 20th February-1st March 2014 (no performances on Sunday 23rd or Monday 24th)
Venue: Studio Theatre, Ashley Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP2 7TN
Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: from Salisbury Information Centre, phone 01722 342860

http://www.studiotheatre.org.uk/

7.4 REMINDER: WITCHES ABROAD IN PORTSMOUTH

Collingwood RSC Theatre Group, already veteran Pratchett play presenters, will offer their production – a world premiere, no less – of Witches Abroad in March.

When: Wednesday 26th through Saturday 29th March 2014
Venue: HMS Collingwood, Newgate Lane, Fareham, Portsmouth, PO14 1AS
Tickets: £6, available via the box office (07502 037922)

To see their whimsical Kidby-pastiche poster, go to http://tinyurl.com/l9hlaka

https://www.facebook.com/hmscollingwoodrsc

7.5 WYRD SISTERS IN ACCRINGTON, CHESHIRE

Oswaldtwistle Players will present their production of Wyrd Sisters, adapted by Stephen Briggs and directed by Martina Burns, in late April and early May.

When: 30th April - 3rd May 2014
Venue: Oswaldtwistle Civic Theatre, 157 Union Road, Oswaldtwistle, Accrington BB5 3HZ
Time: 19:30
Tickets: £8.50 (concessions £7.50); all tickets £7 on 30th April

http://i72139.wix.com/oswaldtwistleplayers

7.6 WYRD SISTERS IN NEWPORT, ESSEX

The Newport Free Grammar School, a fine old institution whose former pupils include the fine actor James Frain and a rather well-known cook fellow called Jamie Oliver, will be presenting their production of Wyrd Sisters in March.

When: Thursday 13th to Saturday 15th March 2014
Venue: Newport Free Grammar School, Nedwport, Essex CB11 3TR
Time: 7:30pm
Tickets: £8, concessions £6
Booking is through the Finance office on 01799540237

For more information, and a good-looking poster (reproduced with permission, no less), go to:

http://tinyurl.com/nela4oc

7.7 MEN AT ARMS IN KEW

The Q2 Players, "Kew's Leading Amateur Theatre Group", will present their production of Men at Arms in April.

When: Thursday 3rd – Saturday 5th April 2014
Venue: Kew Community Centre, St. Luke's in The Avenue, Richmond, Surrey TW9 2AL
Time: Thurs-Sat shows at 8pm; Sat Matinee 2.30pm
Tickets: £8 (concessions £6) Box office TBA; email q2players@gmail.com

http://www.q2players.org.uk/Q2_Players/Upcoming_Show.html

7.8 NATION IN TEMPE, ARIZONA

The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts will present a production of Mark Ravenhill's NT stage adaptation of Nation in April, directed by Megan Weaver.

When: 4th–13th April 2014
Venue: Galvin Playhouse, 51 E. 10th St, Tempe, AZ 85287 (at Mill Avenue & 10th Street, University of Arizona Tempe campus)
Time: 4th, 5th, 10th and 12th at 7.30pm; 6th and 13th at 2pm
Tickets: $8-$16; to buy online, go to http://tinyurl.com/lhb2oyw
Herberger Institute students are offered free admission on tickets reserved in advance.

7.9 MONSTROUS REGIMENT IN CHICAGO

Chicago has already experienced Discworld on stage a few months ago, and now the Windy (and currently bloody freezing) City gets another taste: Lifeline Theatre will present their production of Monstrous Regiment, as adapted by Chris Hainsworth and directed by Kevin Theis, on various dates in May, June and July, a veritable season!

When: 30th May – 20th July 2014
Venue: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N Glenwood Ave, Chicago, IL, 60626
Time: evenings at 7.30pm on Thursdays and Fridays and at 8pm on Saturdays; matinees at 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays
Tickets: $20 for previews (30th May-8th June), $40 for Regular Run: June 12-July 20 (Thu & Fri at 7:30pm, Sat at 4pm & 8pm, Sun at 4pm). To book online in advance, go to http://tinyurl.com/kzehtaw and click on the desired dates at the bottom of the page (or scroll through from there to the June or July calendars for tickets on those dates)

http://www.lifelinetheatre.com/performances/13-14/mr/index.shtml

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08) NEW INTERVIEW IN LOCUS MAGAZINE

Here be a few quotes from the Pratchett interview in this month's Locus Magazine:

"I just love steam engines. Even here in Britain, if a steam train goes through the countryside, it never spoils the countryside! Oh, there's all the stuff it's chuffing out, but we nod that off. The old fashioned railways, the steam engines, they lived and they breathed...

"I want to live in a world where I go into the office and I say, 'Put up the piece I was doing yesterday and get me Dave on the phone.' And the computer would say, 'Yes, Terry, I'm giving you the last thing you wrote yesterday and I believe you mean Dave Busby because he's the Dave you most often speak to.' Regrettably the technology hasn't got me there yet, but at least when I walk through the office door the computer starts up and Word is already there on the screen, waiting for me to start talking. It's not difficult to do. We are monkeys, so talking to other monkeys comes naturally. Some people say there's no charm in dictation. To hell with that, it's down there on the page...

"I want to do another Tiffany Aching novel, too. Have you heard of Steeleye Span? They're an English folk group, and they're putting quite a lot of Tiffany Aching in an album inspired by Wintersmith. When you see her again she'll be a bit older than she was in the last novel, of course, because I can do that sort of thing, but I think she's going to have different problems from now on. I write these days in what I call 'carpet squares.' I do a bit, noodle around, see what it looks like. I've got carpet squares all over the place! I know there's a story in there somewhere. I've got most of it in my head, but I don't know what the ending is, although I think she's going to tell me what it is when I'm good and ready...

"We haven't talked about my Alzheimer's. It doesn't bother me at all. I mean, I have it. But a lot of better writers than me, born around the time I was born, are now lost..."

To read more extracts, go to http://tinyurl.com/ocdh55w

The full interview is available in the February 2014 issue of Locus.

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09) IMAGES OF THE MONTH

The USA cover of Raising Steam:

http://tinyurl.com/mtn2jgt


Somewhere in deepest Queensland, Australia, there's a civic planner who loves Discworld:

http://tinyurl.com/mr3w6b7


A very nice group of people playing a round of Treefrog's "The Witches" Discworld board game and loving it. There may just be a WOSSNAME Newshound in there:

http://tinyurl.com/n4zyffw

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10) CLOSE

And that's it for the moment. But we'll be back before the end of the month with more news, reviews, reports and whatnot. Enjoy your Valentines and don't forget to cook those pancakes!

– Annie Mac

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January 2014 (Volume 17, Issue 1, 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)


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01) LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
02) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
03) THINGS PRATCHETT FANS SAY
04) DISCWORLD GROUPS MEETING NEWS
05) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
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01) A LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR

So, has everyone recovered from the holidays? Good! That makes all of you and none of me (insert weak smile here). But January is traditionally a quiet month in Roundworld, so this issue is very small (but perfectly formed, I hope). I did promise some reviews – specifically of The Carpet People USA hardcover, the new hardcover Mort, and Dodger's Guide to London. These shall follow either in a week or so, or early in February. But in the meantime, there are some bits and pieces of information that won't wait!

First, for you readers living in or intending to visit the dreaming spires of Oxford next month, there's still time to get tickets for OrangAid! This is a fundraiser for our Librarians (note uppercase) with some very special non-orange-ape guests:

"Join the Sumatran Orangutan Society for an evening of comedy in aid of conservation on Monday 3 February 2014. The show will be headlined by Bill Bailey, and also features Rob Newman, Tony Law, Sara Pascoe and Paul Foot. All proceeds will support the charity's work to protect orangutans and their rainforest homes."

The show will take place at New Theatre Oxford, George Street, Oxford OX1 2AG. Tickets are £27.90 to £38.90 plus a £2.85 transaction fee.

Here be the link for ticket purchase and other information:

http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/orangaid-with-bill-bailey/new-theatre-oxford/

To find out more about the Sumatran Orangutan Society (SOS), you can follow them on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/orangutanssos – and Twitter – http://twitter.com/orangutanssos

It says "Adult content, may contain swearing. Parental discretion advised" on the tin, by the way. Swearing? From Bill Bailey? Surely not...

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Speaking of visiting southern Britain, reader Rebecca is seeking advice for Discworld tourism in London. She has written to WOSSNAME:

"Hi, Would it be possible to ask your fine readers if there is anything Pratchetty to see while visiting London? I am going to be there in 2015 and would LOVE to see anything that might be along those lines. :) Thanks!"

Responses via your Editor, please! It's worth noting that Rebecca is vegan, so don't suggest any visits to fish and chip shops...

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I came across an amusing moment in the life of one Erica SadunJan:

"Last week, I picked up a copy of The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter at the library. The book was sitting there on the shelf. I had heard some reasonably good buzz about it. So when it caught my eye, I did something I haven't done in a while. I checked out a dead-tree version. I also did something I had never done before. As I was reading the book, I stumbled across an unfamiliar word and, rather hilariously, ended up tapping the printed page until it finally occurred to me that the book wasn't going to offer me built-in dictionary and Wikipedia access..."

http://tinyurl.com/lktep2t

And onwards...

– Annie Mac, Editor

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02) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS

2.1 GUARDS! GUARDS! IN KNEBWORTH


When the Knebworth Amateur Theatrical Society's production of Guards! Guards! had to be cancelled at short notice last November due to a medical emergency, KATS secretary Jo Simpson assured us that the production would go ahead early in the new year. And that's just what's happening next week! Jo Simpson says:

"The Dragon is back! KATS planned to bring you this spectacular show, featuring light and sound effects and a flying dragon, in November. However, we hit a major stumbling block when a key team member, our technician Graham Dormer, had a heart attack the Saturday before curtain up. We are delighted to report that Graham is now in much finer fettle, and we are able to offer you a flying start to the New Year. As well as Graham’s heart attack, one of the actors fell ill but it will all be worth it as it is a very funny play. A stellar cast who take on a multitude of roles, make this one of the best plays KATS have ever put on stage. Featuring the voice of Graham Dormer as the Dragon.

"To put on the play, Terry Pratchett asks that amateur groups give a donation to an Orang-Utan charity. If you've enjoyed the play, we would encourage you to do so too."

When: Thursday 23 – Saturday 25 January 7.45pm
Venue: Knebworth Village Hall, Park Lane, near the train station (08457 484950 for arrival and departure times)
Time: 7.45pm (doors open at 7.15pm)
Tickets: £7 or £6 concessions from (01438) 814166 or 07952 199183 or Village News, Station Road, Knebworth.


There will be tea and coffee at the interval and a licensed bar before and at the interval

Getting there: http://www.knebworth.org/Pages/Information/travel.html

http://www.katsdrama.info/

2.2 MORT IN CARDIFF

Monstrous Productions, already old hands at producing Pratchett plays, will be presenting their new production of Mort at the end of this month. "Monstrous Productions is a Cardiff-based Theatre Company that specialises in the performance of adaptations of novels by Sir Terry Pratchett, the proceeds of which are donated to Alzheimer's Research UK. We are entirely funded through sponsorships, fundraisers and investors; we are currently sponsored by Barclays bank, Cardiff University and are backed by Alzheimer's Research UK."

When: 29th January – 1st February 2014
Venue: the Gate Arts Centre, Keppoch St, Cardiff CF24 3JW
Time: 7pm
Tickets: £8.00 (Concession £6.00). To buy online via PayPal or to reserve to pay on the door, go to http://7889269b08cd.fikket.com/


"Tickets can also be reserved by emailing us at monstrousproductions2012@gmail.com, or bought directly from the Gate Theatre, although we do encourage buying directly from us... 2 weeks to go and tickets are selling much faster than last time and seeing as we sold out on the Saturday last year we would recommend pre-booking if you intend to come on the Friday or the Saturday.

"We are extremely proud to announce that Carpe Jugulum raised an impressive £3100 for Alzheimer's Research UK! Thank you to everyone who came to watch, we couldn't do it without your support."

http://www.monstrousptc.com/

2.3 MAKING MONEY IN SALISBURY

Studio Theatre of Salisbury, whose production of Going Postal last year was greatly enjoyed and praised by Sir Pterry himself, will present another Discworld spectacular – Making Money, this time – in March. Chris Hawley of the theatre group says, "Like last time, we expect this show to sell out so to avoid disappointment best to book early. This is what Sir Terry said about Going Postal ...' This was so well done that I wish I had written a better book! I loved the voices, because it has to be about the voices. It was done so people could see it and have a lot of fun. If they (Studio Theatre) wanted to do some more Discworld, I would be here in the front row.'"

When: 20th February-1st March 2014 (no performances on Sunday 23rd or Monday 24th)
Venue: Studio Theatre, Ashley Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP2 7TN
Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: from Salisbury Information Centre, phone 01722 342860


http://www.studiotheatre.org.uk/

2.4 WYRD SISTERS IN BRIGHTON

Brighton Little Theatre will present their production of Wyrd Sisters in February.

When: Tuesday 28th January through Saturday 1st February 2014
Venue: Brighton Little Theatre Company, 9 Clarence Gardens, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 2EG
Time: 7.45pm
Tickets: £9.00 "Book through our website at www.brightonlittletheatre.com or our telephone booking service on 0844 888 0432."
Box Office: 0844 888 0432
Enquiries: 01273 777 748 or email info@brightonlittletheatre.com


Tickets must be collected 15 minutes before the show start time

http://brightonlittletheatre.ticketline.co.uk/wyrd-sisters

http://www.brightonlittletheatre.com/

2.5 WITCHES ABROAD IN PORTSMOUTH

Collingwood RSC Theatre Group will be presenting their production – a world premiere, no less – of Witches Abroad in March.

When: Wednesday 26th through Saturday 29th March 2014
Venue: HMS Collingwood, Newgate Lane, Fareham, Portsmouth, PO14 1AS
Tickets: £6, available via the box office (07502 037922)


https://www.facebook.com/hmscollingwoodrsc

2.6 MEN AT ARMS IN KEW

The Q2 Players, "Kew's Leading Amateur Theatre Group", will present their production of Men at Arms in April.

When: Thursday 3rd – Saturday 5th April 2014
Venue: Kew Community Centre, St. Luke's in The Avenue, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 2AL
Time: Thurs-Sat shows at 8pm; Sat Matinee 2.30pm
Tickets: £8 (concessions £6) Box office TBA; email q2players@gmail.com


http://www.q2players.org.uk/Q2_Players/Upcoming_Show.html

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03) THINGS PRATCHETT FANS SAY

A fan letter on Facebook, from Andrew Spittal:

"I read Mort at the age of 14. From there, I discovered a world deeper than the Lord of the Rings, more detailed than Narnia, and more enjoyable than any other fantasy series I had then read in my young adult life. Then it all went black... The pressures of adulthood took hold, and I was lost amid a sea of expectations. The same feeling can be achieved from repeatedly dipping one's head in ice-cold cider, and, between dunkings, being hit around the face with a velvet glove filled with empty promises. It was worse than horror. My girlfriend salvaged me from this. She bought me a new copy of the Discworld roleplaying game this Hogswatch (Christmas).

"Now, I must admit, I'm back with a vengeance. Not the little vengeance, that creeps upon you like a burglar in the night, but rather like the vengeance that kicks in your door, punches your elderly grandmother round the chops, then helps itself to pork pie and wine before singing "Auld Lang Sine", and then exiting just as mysteriously as it had arrived. And all this magic I have to thank you for. My hero, my author, my man. Terry Pratchett, esq."

Amanda Vornauf says...

"I have read almost all of your books. Yesterday I introduced my 10 year old to your wee free men book series. She loves to read but most books don't interest her enough to finish them. However she is gladly reading the first book without my prompting her. Also we just discussed spending some of her chriatmas money on buying the rest of the book series for her. Thank you Sir Terry Pratchett! For writing books I love, and also writing books my daughter loves as well! 2 Generations of Discworld Readers!"

Ds Span says...

"Dear Sir Prattchett, Just joined in so I could thank you for the Turtle...She really moves!!!"

Steam buff Derek King and his eerily-named (he says) family say...

"Dear Mr Pratchett – I have just finished your latest tome 'Raising Steam' and being a steam railway buff, it was right up my street, so to speak. However I must take you to task on certain character names you used, Harry King indeed! and his wife 'Effie' who had a nickname 'Spike' – I have to tell you my name is Derek King, my wife is Yvonne, affectionately known as 'Effie' and we have a Cockatiel named Spike – are you Psychic or something, taking our family names and subjecting them to such ignominies! Still a damn good read though, have a happy Christmas and a Happy New Year Derek and Yvonne 'Effie' King"

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04) DISCWORLD GROUPS MEETING NEWS

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 6th February 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 7th February 2014 (probably).

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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.

Next meeting: Monday 3rd February 2014,from 7pm onwards.

The Broken Drummers January 2014 meet report:

"Last night there was just a small gathering. We had colds so stayed at home and several of the regulars contacted me to say that they couldn't make it. However, there were three new people, Sam, Ben and Muhayman. James B. informs me that it 'was nice to have some fresh blood! Tasty, tasty blood!' Jacqui brought along the quiz that didn't happen at the Christmas dinner but decided to save it for next time (just to build the anticipation). She says that 'we had some lively chatting, Eunice was on the receiving end of an apparently very enjoyable neck massage, we talked of proper knives and having matching cookware!' Apparently Gary, the landlord, also came to thank everyone for coming to the Puzzle so often. I think we can pass on those thanks to the rest."

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

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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 3rd February 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 3rd February 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) intend to meet on the third Monday of every month at The Rowers, Bruce Neal Drive, Penrith at 6.30-7.30pm for food, 7.30pm for games, quizzes and chat. For more information, contact Nanny Ogg – lewis_oz@bigpond.com – or visit their Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/westerndrummers

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05) IMAGES OF THE MONTH

Sir Pterry, enjoying the best seat in the house – sitting on stage during a Steeleye Span "Wintersmith" concert:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bb4cociIEAAV5DS.jpg

...and riding on Iron Girder (as it were):
http://tinyurl.com/jvldznn

It's a World of Poo!
http://cheezburger.com/146181

Rozalind Mansfield and her daughter Ilyana created this excellent Hogswatch card:
http://tinyurl.com/ljyunwm

For all you pareidoliacs out there, Koos de Korte offers a sky full of hat:
http://tinyurl.com/l7lyn56

Mel Thomsett knew just what to leave out for the Hogfather:
http://tinyurl.com/kd2x278

And finally, here be an iconograph that brings together two of the best things in the Discverse: a hedgehog in a library!
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bc7MqBRIIAEnTir.jpg

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06) CLOSE

Now then, I shall send this out immediately before the KATS footlights go on! Back soon, and to all of you WOSSNAME wishes an... erm... interesting Year of the Reciprocating Llama!

– Annie Mac

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