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Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
December 2015 (Volume 18, 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 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, Mss C, Alison not Aliss
Staff Writers: Asti, Pitt the Elder, Evil Steven Dread, Mrs Wynn-Jones
Staff Technomancers: Jason Parlevliet, Archchancellor Neil, DJ Helpful
Book Reviews: Annie Mac, Drusilla D'Afanguin, Your Name Here
Puzzle Editor: Tiff (still out there somewhere)
Bard in Residence: Weird Alice Lancrevic
Emergency Staff: Steven D'Aprano, Jason Parlevliet
World Membership Director: Steven D'Aprano (in his copious spare time)

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INDEX:

01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH
02) EDITOR'S LETTER
03) RHIANNA PRATCHETT'S YEAR'S-END TRIBUTE TO HER FATHER
04) ODDS AND SODS
05) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
06) DISCWORLD GAMES NEWS
07) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS
08) DISCWORLD MEETING GROUPS NEWS
09) DISCWORLD CONVENTION NEWS
10) ROUNDWORLD TALES: HO, THE MEGAPODE!
11) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
12) CLOSE

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01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH

"Terry's final day of writing was exactly one year ago today. We spent the morning working on his biography and we laughed. A lot. Later, he called Rod Brown – MD of @Narrativia_Ltd – and Mark, his accountant, before heading back down to the house. He then called @rhipratchett for a chat over a cup of tea and we talked about the next novel. Specifically, which one should come next. And then – on December 8th – after such a blessedly slow decline, PCA became Alzheimer's and nothing was ever quite the same again. Mind how you go, Terry."
  – Rob Wilkins, 5th December 2015, on the official @terryandrob Twitter account, hashtagged #speakhisname

"I like to think that wherever Dad is now, there is a hat on his head, a stick in his hand and a whistle on his lips. There's probably a cat about somewhere too. There should always be a cat."
  – Rhianna Pratchett, in her tribute to Sir Pterry in The Guardian, 25th December 2015

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02) LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR

  Well now, here we are in the final hours of the final day of the year that was 2015, and to my own astonishment I seem to have managed to out together a December issue of sorts. It's been a very odd month for me (don't arsk), and somehow the various book and play and game reviews that were meant to be in this issue have yet to come into being. Here's hoping the January issue will be more, erm, inclusive. And extensive. And other words ending in -ive. But meanwhile...

  In a somewhat bizarre "listicle" on Dread Central, one David Gelmini puts the "Discworld Death Trilogy" in his "Top 5 Horror Book Series You Should Be Reading". In the relevant section, he says, "I know what you're thinking: That sounds more like comic fantasy than horror. Well, hear me out... one of the major recurring characters in the series, who appeared in nearly every book, was Death, depicted in his classic skeletal grim reaper form. Three of the books in the series – Mort, Reaper Man, and Soul Music – were known as the 'Death Trilogy' and featured Death as a protagonist rather than a supporting player, so if that doesn't place them in the horror category, then I don't know what does."

  Yes, Mr Gelmini, that's right: you don't know what does. The whole point of Pratchett's most famous anthropomorphic personification is that the character of Death is a *sympathetic* character, that the author took a traditional figure of horror and turned it into a kind of person, an entity with definite character and definite opinions – an entity that endlessly strives to understand humans as more than mere stalks for the reaper's scythe, to the point of undertaking human activities and adopting and raising a child. If that doesn't place the Death of Discworld in the *not*-horror category, then I don't know what does.

  And staying on the subject of grim reapers, do have a look at the Discworld Emporium's adorable new Death of Rats plushie in Item 7. As cuddly and not-horrible as any Death can ever be...

[Editor's note: if you want to read the Dread Central listicle on the web, go to http://bit.ly/1NGuu2F ]

  On with the show! Even if it's a very short one...

– Annie Mac, Editor

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03) RHIANNA PRATCHETT'S TRIBUTE TO HER FATHER

In The Guardian, a loving remembrance at the end of the year of loss:

  "The reaper came for my father much earlier in his life in the form of Death from his world-famous and much-loved Discworld novels. Death was a towering, cloaked and scythe-wielding skeleton who had a penchant for curries, a love of cats and TALKED LIKE THIS. We got a number of tear-inducing letters from fans who were nearing the end of their lives and took great comfort in imagining that the death that came for them would be riding a white horse called Binky. Dad had done something with more success than anyone else – he made Death friendly.. Dad was a great observer of people. And when he ran out of actual people, he was a great imaginer of them. Both his grannies come through in his witch characters, while there's a fair chunk of me in Tiffany Aching and Susan Sto Helit, Death's adoptive granddaughter. He always said that he was most like the brusque Commander Vimes, raging against injustice. But he was a little like Death too; always loved a good curry and Pratchetts have cats like other people have bathrooms...

  "His funeral showed me that my father meant many things to many people, and we were all grieving for different versions of him, when he felt most ours. For my mother, it was their early years together when they were semi self-sufficient, grew their own vegetables and had goats in the front garden and chickens in the back. For his manager Rob, it was sitting side by side, helping him keep the words flowing and making him the odd 'glug' – a coffee with a tot of brandy. Or, on harder days, a brandy with a tot of coffee. For me, the dad I grieved most for, and still do, is the one I remember as a kid.., Dad was someone who committed to the narrative of a situation rather more than the practicality. So he would wrap me up and take me out of bed in the middle of the night to show me the glow-worms in the hedge or Halley's Comet blazing across a star-filled sky. For him, his daughter seeing these marvels of nature was much more important than sleeping, which I could do any time. He didn't teach me magic, he showed me it..."

To read the full piece – and oh yes, you should! – go to http://bit.ly/1ShsLnI

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04) ODDS AND SODS

4.1 PAUL KIDBY REFLECTS

Paul Kidby looks back on 2015:

  "When the call came to tell me of his death on the morning of the 12th of March I was working on my first draught for the cover of The Shepherd's Crown and it is undoubted that my feelings leaked down my pencil into the drawing and Tiffany developed a sorrowful gaze. When I amended the cover for a second draught I had come to terms with things a little and I think it is again reflected in the face of Tiffany. This time she looks perhaps a little sad but I like to think that her knowledge of the patterns of life and natural order of things shine out with a touch of defiance mingled with an inner peace and happiness. I choose to celebrate Terry's life and all the joy it brought to many and I hope my final cover of a Discworld novel pays tribute to him as a fitting mark of my great respect.

  "The Tiffany Aching books are special to me as both Terry and I share a love of the Chalk landscape where he lived and for a time so did I. Capturing aspects of this special place is always a treat for me and working on The Shepherd's Crown was a moving experience, as I drew I remembered the conversations Terry & I used to have about gardening, folklore and recipes for nettle soup (good fodder for starving artists!) The chalk landscape with its ancient drove roads and wide skies seemed to exert a creative energy for us both. I am comforted by the knowledge that this landscape will endure..."

http://bit.ly/1Zk1nY1

Editor's note: please do visit this page to see the drawings that accompany the text. Be ready for strong feelings...


4.2 COVER ART FOR THE LONG COSMOS

...which will, of course, be published in June 2016: http://bit.ly/1ITaw5I


4.3 GOOD OMENS AND HOGFATHER REMEMBERED

A loving look back at Good Omens, by Justine Jordan in The Guardian:

  "Twenty-five years on, the book has lasted surprisingly well. Pratchett and Gaiman's obsession with tech meant they were ahead of the curve when it came to the 'slim computers' that demon Crowley likes so much. Some things haven't changed: 'All that lather comes up from the centre of the Earth, where it's all hot,' says a member of Adam's gang. 'I saw a programme. It had David Attenborough, so it's true.' And the real end of the world that Adam foresees is closer and scarier than ever: 'Everyone's goin' around usin' up all the whales and coal and oil and ozone and rainforests and that, and there'll be none left for us. We should be goin' to Mars and stuff, instead of sittin' around in the dark and wet with the air spillin' away.' I remember longing, after finishing Good Omens all those years ago, for another Pratchett/Gaiman book, something that was never likely to happen and is of course impossible now. In retrospect, it seems amazing that two such singular and prolific creative energies could share the writing of a novel..."

http://bit.ly/1Yf5esg

...and a paean to Hogfather, by Katharine Trendacosta on i09:

  "Hogfather mercilessly deconstructs a lot of the usual Christmas tales, while ultimately still coming down on the side of belief being important. Death stops the Little Match Girl from dying, as she does in the story, since the best gift he can give her is a 'future.' And there's also a great big problem with being a jerk every other day, and deciding to be charitable just for Christmas, like Good King Wenceslas. Death's also confused by the things he's supposed to do as the Hogfather, wondering if checking his list twice is 'enough.' There are a lot of problems with Christmas myths, Pratchett points out, but children's belief in Santa is not one of them. Pratchett himself was an atheist, but not of the science and logic kind. The embodiment of scientific rules and rationality in Discworld are the Auditors, and they're the villains..."

http://bit.ly/1RQJnSV


4.4 REVIEW: GOING POSTAL

Nice review of Going Postal in the University of Washington Daily:

  "The book is unique, silly, and therefore a classic Pratchett novel. Every paragraph has a joke (even if they can be obscure), each character has a valid point to make, and the plot makes sense while still staying true to a classic form. The writing is dead-easy to understand and parse — great for kids — but has enough puns to last an adult reader a lifetime. There's something wholesome about these books — even though the words themselves definitely aren't — that make them great to read on a bad day. So, forget your muted, boring daily life, and enter the bright world of the Discworld..."

http://bit.ly/1lus8Kz


4.5 POINT-AND-CLICK DISCWORLD MEMORIES

The point-and-click 1990s game "Discworld" remembered, by David Fox on Moviepilot:

  "It's hard to over-emphasise just how big a deal it was for young me that I could play my favourite style of game based on my favourite novels! Discworld put you in the role of Rincewind, the main protagonist of the early Discworld novels and the worst wizard in the world. He's voiced by Monty Python's Eric Idle in a performance so pitch perfect that I hear his voice in my head when I re-read the Rincewind-starring novels. Idle is joined by other British comic actors including Rob Brydon and Tony Robinson, and the top quality voice acting – along with the hilarious script that really translates Pratchett's humour from page to screen – is a big plus in Discworld's favour."

http://moviepilot.com/posts/3670561


4.6 REVIEW: SMALL GODS

A savvy review of Small Gods and its Roundworld relevance, by Wayne Gregson in the Bendigo Advertiser:

  "It's been a bad year for losing talented, prolific writers. But I'm particularly missing Sir Terry Pratchett, the British former journalist who created the mad-but-sane satirical universe of Discworld. I was thinking about him after watching the TV news the other night, and wondering if all the world's wars would end if leaders were forced to read Pratchett's Small Gods. Most wars are about differences in religion, or at least people using difference in religion as an excuse to steal stuff. Most of the differences are fabricated, petty and pointless. It is most clearly shown in the wildly complex alliances, hatred, bombings, invasions and murders in the Middle East, which – on the tellie at least – looks like madmen fighting over shattered rocks and pulverised dirt.

  "Good science fiction and science fantasy teaches us something about ourselves. It's possible to tease out concepts when you put them in an unfamiliar environment. In Small Gods, Pratchett explores the religious power of the once Great God Om and pumps up the idea that the supernatural sphere has many, many gods, some bloated arrogant things and some not so big. It just all depends on how many people the gods can get to believe in them. Or to just follow them. Like a Facebook or Twitter fanatic..."

http://bit.ly/1lRcyJI

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05) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS

5.0 HAPPY HOGSWATCH FROM UNSEEN THEATRE!

Pamela Munt writes:

"We at Unseen would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our loyal patrons for their support during 2015.
We could never do it without you, the audience to cheer us along!

"You may have noticed that our website badly needs some updating which I hope to get time to do over the break.

"Meanwhile, the hot news is that you should keep an eye out for 'The Wee Free Men' in April (15th to 30th). More news on this later.

"I hope that you all enjoy your Hogswatch break!"

Also, a reminder for the cast of The Wee Free Men: "Don't forget! First rehearsal after our Christmas Break is THIS coming Sunday 3rd Jan at 3pm. (please enter via red foyer door in Cardwell St). There is also a production meeting afterwards at 6pm.! (for Heads of Departments - all of them this time). See you all there!"


5.1 REMINDER: ERIC IN CARDIFF (FEBRUARY 2016)

Monstrous Productions are going from strength to strength! Having raised over £16,000 for Alzheimer's Research UK so far through ticket sales for their Discworld plays – including £4,000 for their recent and much lauded production of Night Watch – the company is now set to tackle Eric in the new year!

When: 18th, 19th and 20th February 2016
Venue: The Gate Arts Centre, Keppoch Street, Roath, Cardiff CF24 3JW Box Office (029) 2048 3344
Time: 7pm all evening shows; 2pm matinee on Saturday 20th
Tickets: £7 (£5 concessions). To purchase online, go to http://7889269b08cd.fikket.com/

"Tickets are now on sale for Eric! They're a bit cheaper than usual as the play is shorter. Please be aware that there is one performance less than usual too so there will be fewer tickets available."

5.2 REMINDER: MORT IN YORK, 2016: AUDITIONS!

We Are Theatre, a performance group particularly dedicated to engaging community and disability, will be presenting their production of Mort next June – the 21st and 22nd, at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre in York. But first, it's auditions time! Charlotte and Donna of We are Theatre tell us: "York is readily accessible via transport and as a company, we have an open door policy, so we do not have a core membership, instead holding open auditions and casting from those auditions for each show."

When: 10th, 17th and 24th January 2016
Time: late afternoon/early evening. To book an audition, contact wearetheatre@googlemail.com or ring 07521 364107, and give the following information: name, age (if under 18), email address, telephone number, and preferred audition date.

Rehearsals for the June dates will be held on Sunday afternoons/evenings "from Spring 2016 onwards".

www.wearetheatre.co.uk

5.3 REMINDER: THE SHAKESPEARE CODEX TICKETS!

"Tickets will be on general sale from 10 January 2016. We're expecting quite a lot of interest in this show, so early booking (particularly for the weekend performances) is recommended. More news on the show here, as it happens. There will be four evening performances, plus a matinee on the Saturday. Tickets are £10.00 (Wed, Thu) and £11.00 (Fri, Sat mat and evening). Block bookings (6 & over) will be available for the Wed and Thu performances only."

http://www.shakespearecodex.co.uk/
http://www.studiotheatreclub.com/whats-next

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06) DISCWORLD GAMES NEWS

CLACKS UPDATES AND NEW BACKSPINDLE PROJECTS

The lads at Backspindle Games, makers of the Guards! Guards! and Clacks boardgames, say:

  "For a limited period our new Clacks board game together with a beautifully sculpted miniature of Moist von Lipwig (that can be used in the cooperative race game) can now be ordered together here:

http://bit.ly/1OqgLKt

  "If you already have Clacks and you'd just like the Moist von Lipwig miniature, it is also available for a limited period too.

  "The last ever print-run of Guards! Guards! has been completed. So if you want a copy for yourself or a friend to keep before they are all gone, copies can still be ordered here (FREE UK delivery):

http://bit.ly/1TnwP4b

  "It's fun game for 2-6 players and "a great evening's entertainment", according to one fan! Every game has 90 illustrated Discworld character cards, each with a quote about them taken from Sir Terry's books.

  "We are delighted to confirm Ninja Division (_www.ninjadivision.com_) will be stocking our Discworld games for US and Canadian customers in 2016.

  "Thank you for enjoying our games and reading our news. A peaceful New Year to all!"

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07) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS

DISCWORLD EMPORIUM UPDATES

  "Ever dreamed of living in Ankh-Morpork? Why not grab a slice of the Big Wahoonie with your very own piece of Discworld 'Unreal Estate'! Back with a new look, our 'Portal Properties' portfolio contains your lease, tenancy agreement & property specifications, along with a delicious illustration of your home by EA illustrator Jonathan Kirtz! Also included is a neighbourhood guide to help you settle in to your new surroundings, and a free key-chain for the first 500 new residents!"

Each piece of Unreal Estate is priced at £10. For more information, and to order, go to:

http://bit.ly/1MFVNpE

About the illustrator: http://www.jkirtz.com/

  "Our solid silver unisex pendant & chain features Great A'tuin by Joe McLaren in a cool satin finish. Smithed by real craftsmen in the historic workshops of Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter, each pendant is stamped with the Discworld and sterling silver hallmarks."

Each Great A'Tuin necklace is priced at £45. For more information, and to order, go to:

http://bit.ly/1JeBfd8

  "Introducing our limited edition festive stamps and souvenirs! This year's Hogswatch issues feature three designs created on behalf of the Sunshine Sanctuary for Sick Dragons, and illustrated by Peter Dennis. By collecting these marvellous issues you'll help provide vital aid for the Sanctuary's residents. Each $1 stamp is available to own as a set of 3 single stamps, in stunning whole sheets or in the latest 'Little Brown Envelope' Edition from Tuesday 1st December."

The Sunshine Sanctuary stamps are available as a sheet of 24 stamps, priced at £12, or a set of three single stamps, priced at £1.50. For more information, and to order, go to:

http://bit.ly/1JeBBAC

  "The Sunshine Sanctuary Hogswatch Appeal First Day Cover is a limited edition of 200 envelopes. Each cover bears this year's $1 Hogswatch Issues, marked with an exclusive Sunshine Sanctuary Frank, and swamp dragon illustrations by Peter Dennis! Includes an A5 fold-out appeal insert for your kind consideration. Available from Tuesday 1st December."

The Sunshine Sanctuary First Day Cover is priced at £7.50. For more information, and to order, go to:

http://bit.ly/1QWu3Fx

  "NEW IN! Add a little 'Ook' and SQUEAK to your bookshelves this Hogswatch with Discworld plushies designed by cartoonist and comic book artist Ray Friesen! ...because who wouldn't love to wake up to a little Death of Rats under the tree (apart from the family hamster)!"

The Discworld Plushies are priced at £15 each. For more information, and to order, go to:

http://bit.ly/1YMVuG6

  "Granny's iconic borrowing sign recreated as a beautiful silver pendant and chain, smithed by real craftsmen in the historic workshops of Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter. A precious and essential accessory for any aspiring witch!!"

The I Ate'nt Dead necklace is priced at £45. For more information, and to order, go to:

http://www.discworldemporium.com/I%20ATE'NT%20DEAD%20Necklace

  "The Emporium is now in hibernation. You are more than welcome to place orders at this time but please be aware that they won't ship until after January 5th. Thank you for a wonderful year and Happy Hogswatch from us all."

http://www.discworldemporium.com/

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08) DISCWORLD MEETING GROUPS NEWS: UPDATES AND REMINDERS

The Broken Drummers, "London's Premier Unofficially Official Discworld Group" (motto "Nil percussio est"), meets next on 30th November 1999 (-5874 days to go), according to their website, or more probably on Monday 4th January 2016 at the Monkey Puzzle, 30 Southwick Street, London, W2 1JQ. For more information, go to http://brokendrummers.org/ or email BrokenDrummers@gmail.com or nicholls.helen@yahoo.co.uk

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

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There is a new public Facebook meeting group, "The Gathering of the Loonies (Wincanton chapter)": "This group, by request of Jo in Bear will continue to be used for future unofficial (not run by the Emporium) fan Gatherings in Wincanton. Look here for information."

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

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The Pratchett Partisans are a fan group who meet monthly at either Brisbane or Indooroopilly to "eat, drink and chat about all things Pratchett. We hold events such as Discworld dinners, games afternoons, Discworld photo scavenger hunts. Our recent 'Murder In Morpork' mystery party was a great night out. With 26 people attending, we had 24 suspects, our special guest – Vetinari, and one dead mime! It was a fun night of food and murder and we are planning another Murder in December so stay tuned. We also attend opening night at Brisbane Arts Theatre's Discworld plays." The Partisans currently have about 200 members who meet at least twice a month, usually in Brisbane.

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

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

"Every few months, we have a full day's worth of board games at La Scala Cafe, 169 Unley Rd, Unley in the function room starting at 10am."

For more info, go to http://ausdwcon.org/fan-clubs/adelaide/quiz/

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The Broken Vectis Drummers meet next on Thursday 7th January 2016 (probably) from 7.30pm at The Castle pub in Newport, Isle of Wight. For more info and any queries, contact broken_vectis_drummers@yahoo.co.uk

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The Wincanton Omnian Temperance Society (WOTS) next meets on Friday 1st or 8th January 2016 (probably) at Wincanton's famous Bear Inn from 7pm onwards. "Visitors and drop-ins are always welcome!"

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

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

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Sydney Drummers (formerly Drummers Downunder) meet next on Monday 4th January 2016 at 6.30pm (probably) in Sydney at 3 Wise Monkeys, 555 George Street, Sydney,2000. For more information, contact Sue (aka Granny Weatherwax): kenworthys@yahoo.co.uk

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The Treacle Mining Corporation, formerly known as Perth Drummers, meets next on Monday 4th January 2016 (probably) from 5.30pm at Carpe Cafe, 526 Murray Street, Perth, Western Australia. For details follow Perth Drummers on Twitter @Perth_Drummers or join their Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Perth.Drummers/ – or message Alexandra Ware directly at <alexandra.ware@gmail.com>

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09) DISCWORLD CONVENTION NEWS

NADWCON IV!

Emily Whitten says:

  "NADWCon is BACK, Baby!

  "Yes, that's right, The North American Discworld Convention, previously held in 2009, 2011, and 2013, is coming back to an as-yet-unannounced North American location in 2017! And yes, I've ordered my con-runner's straitjacket, as I will be co-chairing the Con along with the Chair from the 2013 Con. (For those who are not aware, I also co-founded NADWCon from 2005-2009, Vice-Chaired the 2009 Con, and Chaired the 2011 Con. In other words, I know a bit about con-running.)

  "Despite knowing I'm probably going to lose a healthy dose of sanity before the end, I'm super excited to be helping to bring back this awesome Discworld Con for North American (and world-traveling!) fans. We took a break in 2015 (due in large part to Discworld creator Sir Terry Pratchett's declining health and sad passing in March) but even with Sir Terry gone, his creations and fans live on, and we will continue to celebrate that 'until the ripples they cause in the world die away.'

  "For further convention news, please stay tuned to the new NADWCon website, and check out our first press release there..."

http://www.comicmix.com/2015/12/01/emily-s-whitten-nadwcon-is-back-baby/

Further information will be available at http://nadwcon2017.org

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10) ROUNDWORLD TALES: HO, THE MEGAPODE!

A fascinating item sent in by Wossname's "Mrs Cake":

Editor's note: language sissies be warned – this article is liberally salted with, well, salty words:

  "There are plenty of things in our world that share, completely or partially, the common name of the Meleagris birds. A venomous marine fish. Soy-based meat alternatives. West Asian countries. All these, of course, are Meleagris-style 'turkeys' in name only. There are even a handful of other species of bird that are, confusingly, referred to as 'turkeys' despite not being particularly close relatives of the gobble-gobble/hand tracing variety so familiar to North Americans. One of these not-turkeys resides on the opposite side of the Pacific from Meleagris, and in the Southern Hemisphere. The animal I'm referring to is the Australian brush-turkey (Alectura lathami). With its beefy, bowling ball shape, alert and fanned out tail feathers, and naked head and neck…both saturated with colors that look like the end result of receiving a swirly in a vat of liquefied candy corn…the brush-turkey seems damn deserving of its fowl moniker... Australian brush-turkeys, growing to as much as two and a half feet long, are the largest living members of the megapode family (Megapodiidae). Megapodes, so named for their typically thick, powerful legs and large feet, are a somewhat primitive fork of the 'ground fowl' clan. Megapodes and true turkeys are both members of the ground fowl order (Galliformes), but hail from very different evolutionary lineages within that larger umbrella of relatedness. Megapodes are restricted to Australasia, with much of their biodiversity scattered through Australia, New Guinea, and many of the islands in the eastern section of the Indo-Australian Archipelago. While the Australian brush-turkey isn't domesticated or ritually consumed by Ozzies like Meleagris is in the States, there are unique aspects of the biology of this megapode on the antipode that are worth sharing... perhaps the most interesting thing about Australian brush-turkeys is how they bring little brush-turkeys into the world. They, like all megapodes, have highly divergent reproductive practices..."

http://sydkab.com/2015/11/26/australias-turkey/

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11) IMAGES OF THE MONTH

French Discworld illustrator Marc Simonetti's delightful take on Death as the Hogfather holding court in Crumley's: http://bit.ly/1O7PEDM

A spot-on Nanny Ogg, from the Attic Players' production of Wyrd Sisters this month:
http://bit.ly/1OyYfCH

With Britain's first-ever International Space Station crewmember – Tim Peake – now in space, it's a good time to revisit the crew of the Kite, as imagined by Paul Kidby in The Last Hero:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CWQphiWW4AAnUgp.jpg

Artist Bruce Brenneise's poignant tribute to Sir Pterry. Scroll on the right for accompanying text: https://www.artstation.com/artwork/JEO6n

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12) CLOSE

  And that's the lot for 2015. We'll be back in late January, I hope. Wishing you all a very happy Year of the Sneezing Panda, aka 2016!

– Annie Mac

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wossname: (Rats!)
Get your Feegle on, O Thespians of Fourecks' state of South Australia! Unseen Theatre's next Discworld play will NOT be Feet of Clay – instead, they have been given permission to stage the first Tiffany Aching novel, The Wee Free Men!

"What makes The Wee Free Men so wonderful is Pratchett's ability to make realistic, human characters in the middle of an otherwise zany world."

"There is such humanity and feeling in the undercurrents of this book that you won' be able to help but be taken back to your own childhood moments that have remained untainted by the harsh reality of adulthood."

The play will run from 15th to 30th April 2016 – but first, a cast is needed. Director Pamela Munt says, "Roles available: Too wide and varied to mention. Just come along if you are interested."

Auditions info:

When: Sunday 29th November 2015
Venue: Bakehouse Theatre, 255 Angas Street, Adelaide
Time: 5pm

Rehearsals will be held each week on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings, running to this schedule:

December 8th to 20th (Christmas break)
Jan 3rd to Feb 11th (Fringe break)
March 15th to April 14th (Production Week commences Sunday April 10th)

If you are interested in auditioning, contact Pamela Munt at pamela@unseen.com.au to let her know. "No appointment time is necessary because the auditions will be run in a group format. BUT we do need an idea of numbers."

To view the Unseen Theatre's Facebook page, go to http://on.fb.me/1NRYGVH
wossname: (GNU Terry Pratchett)
Wossname
Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
November 2015 (Volume 18, 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 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, Mss C, Alison not Aliss
Staff Writers: Asti, Pitt the Elder, Evil Steven Dread, Mrs Wynn-Jones
Staff Technomancers: Jason Parlevliet, Archchancellor Neil, DJ Helpful
Book Reviews: Annie Mac, Drusilla D'Afanguin, Your Name Here
Puzzle Editor: Tiff (still out there somewhere)
Bard in Residence: Weird Alice Lancrevic
Emergency Staff: Steven D'Aprano, Jason Parlevliet
World Membership Director: Steven D'Aprano (in his copious spare time)

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INDEX:

01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH
02) EDITOR'S LETTER
03) THE TERRY PRATCHETT SCHOLARSHIP: A REPORT
04) ODDS AND SODS
05) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
06) DISCWORLD GAMES NEWS
07) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS
08) DISCWORLD MEETING GROUPS NEWS
09) DISCWORLD CONVENTION NEWS
10) ROUNDWORLD TALES: THE UNDELIVERED LETTERS
11) AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE
12) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
13) CLOSE

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01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH

"I have reached the conclusion that a person may make a decision to die because the balance of their mind is level, realistic, pragmatic, stoic and sharp. And that is why I dislike the term 'assisted suicide' applied to the carefully thought out and weighed up process of having one's life ended by gentle medical means."
  – Sir Terry Pratchett, 2010, in his Dimbleby Lecture "Shaking Hands with Death"

"We should always debate ideas that appear to strike at the centre of our humanity. Ideas and proposals should be tested." – ibid.

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02) LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR

  Hogswatch is a-coming, the sausages are fat... and as winter sets in around the lands of the Ankh-Morpork Consulate and the dwellers in Fourecks start to gear up for BBQ season, the naughty and the nice are making their hopeful lists to send to the Hogfather. Item 7 is full of excellent suggestions from the assorted artificers at the Discworld Emporium and Discworld.com, should you be in the market for fanworthy gifts. And if you're thinking of gifts of the dead tree variety, don't forget your local booksellers, both real and virtual (_http://www.myindependentbookshop.co.uk/_).

  There is quite a lot of Discworldly art featured in this issue, both official and fan-made. Some of it requires staying within the lines. Some of it is also edible. I hope you enjoy the various art links we've gathered for your delectation...

  And that will do for the moment. But first, a word about a kerfuffle. In last month's issue, item 9 ("Fanac") was devoted to a string of Discworld-centric limericks sent in by one of our Newshounds. As no source was given apart from "found this on Facebook", I did a number of searches (as I normally do) but found nothing to indicate where the limericks thread came from; but as it was obviously fan-made and definitely fun, I decided to include it in the issue. Then, not long after the month's issue went out, I received an email from Jason Anthony of Discworld Monthly newsletter, explaining that the limericks came from a thread on the Discworld Monthly Facebook group, which is a private group. Jason and I have since discussed this and all's sorted. But as offence was taken, Wossname hereby apologises to the Discworld Monthly Facebook group for the uncredited sharing of a thread posted in that group.

  The very purpose of Wossname, since its beginning back in the 1990s, has been to make fans aware of both direct news of the life and work of Terry Pratchett and various international activities of Pratchett fans, including links to fan art and reposting of forum threads and assorted fan poetry and essays; and that will continue to be our policy and raison d'etre. But to anyone – staff or civilian – who wants to send in any fan-based items from less than public sources in future, do let us know the origins...

  On with the show!

– Annie Mac, Editor

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03) THE TERRY PRATCHETT SCHOLARSHIP: A REPORT

A special report by Danny Sag of the Australian Discworld Convention Committee

  As you may have heard, Sir Terry Pratchett has – posthumously – created a perpetual scholarship at the University of South Australia, allowing Masters students to undertake their research at the Hawke Institute at UniSA and the Long Room at Trinity College Dublin.

  On Monday September 28, Rob Wilkins – Terry's long time PA, Business Manager and friend presented the scholarship to UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd. You may have seen some of the news articles, or the official video from UniSA (links below), but I'm here to tell you about a fan's perspective.

  Members of the Australian Discworld Convention committee including myself were fortunate enough to be invited to this event, and so we stood there nervously amongst many other university dignitaries, feeling a little out of place - until Rob came in, recognised us, and gave us all hugs!

  Once the formalities began, Professor Lloyd introduced Rob and the scholarship, Rob spoke for a short while about Terry's life since the embuggerance, and the relationship Terry and Rob had developed with Prof. Lloyd at his time at Trinity College Dublin and later UniSA. Terry was given an honorary doctorate at Trinity College in 2008 and at UniSA in 2014, and for some of the time in between, Terry was a visiting Professor at Trinity College giving some lectures on writing. Rob then told us how last October – on the day after Prof Lloyd had visited to present Terry with his UniSA doctorate (together with a graduate's hat with corks), Terry wrote letters to his family and to Rob, which were not opened until Terry's birthday this year, after his passing.

  The letter to Rob included a phrase similar to "I fancy a memorial scholarship in my name. Speak to David Lloyd and make it so." – and it has now happened! This is special as it's a perpetual scholarship - worth AU$1,000,000 (there or thereabouts) – which should tie the two universities together in Terry's name forever.

  After the speeches, Rob presented Professor Lloyd with a large novelty cheque from the Royal Bank of Ankh-Morpork, the official documentation was signed (and stamped with Terry's bee), and a few of us had Rob sign our copies of The Shepherd's Crown.

  A fun morning all around, and we were *also* lucky enough to catch up privately with Rob a little later to discuss the 2017 Australian Discworld Convention, which will be held in Adelaide. But we can't possibly tell you about that.... although if you sign up to the mailing list at http://ausdwcon.org you'll find out about Nullus Anxietas VI when we have stuff to announce!

  Here be more photos: http://imgur.com/a/MlZfc

[Editor's note: there is indeed fresh Nullus Anxietas VI news! Scroll down to item 9.1]

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04) ODDS AND SODS

4.0 PTERRY STATUE UPDATE

From the Salisbury Journal:

  "A campaign get a statue of the late Sir Terry Pratchett installed in Salisbury has gathered more than 2,500 signatures. Organisers say they are now working [with] an artist and Sir Terry's management team to draw up concept designs for the statue. Campaigner Emily Brand said: 'We've had some fantastic support and media coverage for the project, and it just goes to show how much love the community in both Salisbury and across the world had for Sir Terry. It's been a little quiet the last couple of weeks, but we are now working with artist Paul Kidby and Sir Terry's management team to create some concept designs for the statue in the near future. Once we have some designs I can go forward with the official pitch which I have been invited to put forward to one of the local councils. This project is going to be a long time coming to fruition, but I am so overwhelmed by the positive responses we've had so far, and I hope you'll all continue to follow us we work together to see this tribute to one of Britain's great authors come to life.'..."

http://bit.ly/1OlfWFA


4.1 THE FIFTH AND FINAL LONG EARTH NOVEL

The final Long Earth novel is due to be published in June 2016. Here be blurbage from Goodreads:

  2070-71. Nearly six decades after Step Day and in the Long Earth, the new Next post-human society continues to evolve. For Joshua Valiente, now in his late sixties, it is time to take one last solo journey into the High Meggers: an adventure that turns into a disaster. Alone and facing death, his only hope of salvation lies with a group of trolls. But as Joshua confronts his mortality, the Long Earth receives a signal from the stars. A signal that is picked up by radio astronomers but also in more abstract ways – by the trolls and by the Great Traversers. Its message is simple but ts implications are enormous:

  JOIN US.

  The super-smart Next realise that the Message contains instructions on how to develop an immense artificial intelligence but to build it they have to seek help from throughout the industrious worlds of mankind. Bit by bit, byte by byte, they assemble a computer the size of a continent – a device that will alter the Long Earth's place within the cosmos and reveal the ultimate, life-affirming goal of those who sent the Message. Its impact will be felt by and resonate with all – mankind and other species, young and old, communities and individuals – who inhabit the Long Earths...

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25859268-the-long-cosmos

...and here be an interview with Guardian journalist (and fan) Alison Flood, back in 2010, when the Long Earth series was a mere project in its infancy:

  "Both authors are determined to put the parameters of their world(s) down in concrete before getting started. 'Once you've got the science and the background you have to be true to it. One of the problems of Doctor Who-type fiction is that you can make it up as you go along. If you do it right, you use the modelling clay you've got,' said Pratchett. 'You only get one chance to put down the parameters of what's possible. I've been phoning doctors and people like that and saying "Can this work?" You have to find something which seems right and not too blatantly bad from a scientific point of view'..."

http://bit.ly/1P1tMzZ


4.2 THE BOING BOING REVIEW: THE SHEPHERD'S CROWN

By Cory Doctorow, with little to no spoilage:

  "The Tiffany Aching books were Pratchett's personal favorites, a fact that had puzzled me, because as good as they were, they seemed slight alongside of the Moist von Lipwig books, whose exploration of the way that modernity and technological change rippled out through society really resonated with me. But in The Shepherd's Crown, I've come to realize what it is about these books that makes them so special and endeared them so well to Pratchett's own heart: it's their compassion... In The Shepherd's Crown, Tiffany's coming of age arrives at its climax, and Pratchett uses her challenges to bring her into contact with a much wider piece of the Discworld. More importantly, he makes her confront impossible situations – wicked problems where someone must lose. Into this action, Pratchett introduces all kinds of symmetries and touches in on some of the Discworld's old threads: the old romance between Granny Weatherwax and Archchancellor Ridcully, the ongoing story of the railroad (see Raising Steam), the social pecking order of witches, and the relationship of gender to witchcraft and wizardry, first explored in 1987's Equal Rites.

  "What makes this book so great – what made Pratchett so great – is his commitment to making jokes into something more than gags. The early Pratchett Discworld novels were rather thin by comparison to the later ones (he confesses as much in some of his essays), because Pratchett got better as he went along. Pratchett's early work was dominated by puns, Douglas-Adams-ish comic footnotes (that often fell short of Adams's high standard) – cheap yucks. But Pratchett got better. Lots better. He didn't get better by giving up on those cheap yucks: he got better by making them into something more than cheap yucks. The Nac Mac Feegle are a silly gag about Scottish, drunken, ultraviolent Smurfs. In the Wee Free Men, Pratchett played with this notion, figured out where and how he could push it around. Five books later, the Nac Mac Feegle aren't a gag anymore. They're full-blown characters, and if there are running gags about them all being called things like No'-as-big-as-Medium-Sized-Jock-but-bigger-than-Wee-Jock Jock, they are garnish, not the main dish, which is a deft way of using these spear-carriers to move the story into complicated places where Tiffany's wisdom, self-confidence, compassion and sense of duty are all tested... I loved this book. I loved it even when it tore my guts out. If you love Pratchett, I guarantee it will tear your guts out too, and even though I'm not someone who worries much about spoilers, this one is big and I'm going to leave it to you to discover. But you've been warned..."

http://bit.ly/21ccap7


4.3 DISCWORLD COLOURING-IN PAGES!

A set of Paul Kidby's Tiffany Aching novels illustrations for all ages, generously made available on Terry Pratchett Books to print out and colour...

Tiffany and her frying pan:
http://bit.ly/1Hh1ejm

Rob Anybody Mac Feegle of the Chalk Feegles, looking fearsome as a Big Man should:
http://bit.ly/1MwAcn8

Miss Treason's Boffo skulls, Enochi and Athootita:
http://bit.ly/1PISjdc

...and a rendering of the original Paul Kidby cover for The Shepherd's Crown:
http://bit.ly/1QCM0bt

And to get ready for next October, you can download the Shepherd's Crown Halloween Pack, complete with costume suggestions and plenty of other things, by going to http://bit.ly/1MwAkTw and clicking on the download button


4.4 ADOPT A DRAGON!

From the Discworld Emporium and the creative genius of Paul Kidby...

  "Please don't let our flames go out! At Hogswatch the Sunshine Sanctuary is 'swamped' by countless dragons in desperate need of love and care. By adopting a dragon today you'll help provide vital aid for the sanctuary's most needy residents. In return for your contribution and support, you'll receive 3 own baby swamp dragons, lovingly and exclusively sculpted by Mr Paul Kidby! Produced in a beautifully glinty cold-cast bronze finish, these dragon babies really glow! But that's not all – you'll also receive adoption certificates to name and keep safe with your dragons, all presented in transportation gift boxes to prevent escape! Please remember: 'A Dragon is for Life, not just for Hogswatch!'

  "Our dragons are house trained but will sit happily outdoors should they become too much of a handful. It is also worth noting that these dragons are 100% unexplosive, and pose no risk to your home or possessions."

There are several different dragons...

Swamp Dragon #1: "This little cutie measures 160(l) x 95(w) x 60(h)mm." Priced at £30. For more information, and to order, go to http://bit.ly/1MfT73b

Swamp Dragon #2: "This little cutie measures 95(l) x 100(w) x 95(h)mm." Priced at £30. For more information, and to order, go to http://bit.ly/1MfTb34

Swamp Dragon #3: "This little sweetheart measures 115(l) x 85(w) x 100(h)mm." Priced at £30. For more information, and to order, go to http://bit.ly/1LUvpeV

Full set of three dragons: "These little b-lighters measure (mm): 95(l) x 100(w) x 95(h), 95(l) x 100(w) x 95(h), 160(l) x 95(w) x 60(h)." Priced at £80 the lot. For more information, and to order, go to http://bit.ly/1Hw6WZh

To view the main Adopt a Dragon page, featuring photos of Mr Kidby putting the finishing touches on his original dragon sculptures, go to http://bit.ly/1PepeWW


4.5 JIM VISION'S NEW DISCWORLD TRIBUTE ART

Nomes! On a boat!

  I've been following Jim Vision and End of the Line's Twitter feeds ever since the Brick Lane Pratchett mural made the headlines many moons ago, and I was gratified to find that there was further Discworld tribute art to be had from the same artists in London. But as it.'s been several months since the post about the "Terry Pratchett boat" and the starboard side photos never materialised, here be the post with its incomplete set of art photos:

http://www.endoftheline.co/the-terry-pratchett-boat-starboard-side/

Another straight-on view, from Jim Vision's collection:
http://bit.ly/1XTWbcx

  "Following the production of the Terry Pratchett tribute wall by Jim Vision & Dr Zadok, fans gathered far and wide to marvel at the spectacle. One of them being barge owner and London resident Faith. Faith got in touch with us to request her very own Terry Pratchett mural to be painted along the side of her house boat which moors on the east London canal. Jim Vision headed on over last week to get started and completed the starboard side with signature Josh Kirby gnomes and frogs. Take a look below. The port side still needs completing, so you can find Jim & Faith's brand new boat on the canal this Saturday. Final images to come next week.."

Photo credit on the page: T.Elhaj

http://jimvision.co.uk/

Also, here be an action replay of the Brick Lane mural, which has been partially changed by the same artists to Star Wars figures, after an unusually long tenure with minimal vandalism:

http://www.endoftheline.co/the-terry-pratchett-tribute-mural/


4.6 JOSH KIRBY GIVEAWAYS!

From the dedicated Josh Kirby Facebook page:

  "In December we have two big giveaways planned so please share this page with friends, family and fans of Josh Kirby, Terry Pratchett and Discworld."

https://www.facebook.com/officialjoshkirby/

Editor's note: the page can be viewed even by those who don't have a Facebook account. If you're not familiar with Kirby's non-Discworld art, go give yourselves a treat! And be sure to have a shufti at Mr Kirby's biography:

http://www.artofjoshkirby.com/about.html


4.7 STEELEYE SPAN WINTER 2015 TOUR DATES

The wonderful co-creators of the Wintersmith songs, live on tour:

Tue 24 Nov The Stables, Milton Keynes – Box office/info: 01908 280800
Wed 25 Nov New Vic Theatre, Newcastle Under Lyme – Box office/info: 01782 717962
Thu 26 Nov Prince of Wales Centre, Cannock – Box office/info: 01543 578762
Fri 27 Nov Town Hall, Cheltenham – Box office/info: 0844 576 2210
Sun 29 Nov Royal & Derngate, Northampton – Box office/info: 01604 624811
Mon 30 Nov Epsom Playhouse, Epsom – Box office/info: 01372 742555 / 742227
Tue 1 Dec The Winding Wheel, Chesterfield – Box office/info: 01246 345 222
Wed 2 Dec Huddersfield Town Hall, Huddersfield – Box office/info: 01484 223200
Thu 3 Dec Sage, Gateshead – Box office/info: 0191 443 4661
Fri 4 Dec Leeds Town Hall, Leeds – Box office/info: 0113 224 3801
Sun 6 Dec Great British Folk Festival, Skegness – Box office/info: 0330 102 5295
Tue 8 Dec The Apex, Bury St Edmunds – Box office/info: 01284 758000
Wed 9 Dec Corn Exchange, Ipswich – Box office/info: 01473 433100
Thu 10 Dec St Mary's In The Castle, Hastings – Box office/info: 01323 841414
Sat 12 Dec The Lighthouse, Poole – Box office/info: 0844 406 8666
Sun 13 Dec Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch – Box office/info: 01708 443333
Mon 14 Dec Cadogan Hall, London – Box office/info: 020 7730 4500
Tue 15 Dec St George's Bristol, Bristol – Box office/info: 0845 40 24 001
Wed 16 Dec Portsmouth Guildhall, Portsmouth – Box office/info: 0844 847 2362
Thu 17 Dec City Hall, Salisbury – Box office/info: 01722 434434

To purchase tickets online for any of these dates, go to http://steeleyespan.org.uk/tour/ and click the button for the desired date.


4.8 THE RETURN OF... GREEBO?

In the Nottingham Post:

  "A missing cat returned to its owners having lost an eye after five years in the wilderness – and weeks before the couple perform in a play featuring a one-eyed feline. Half-Persian tabby Silva was feared dead when she went missing from her Colwick home in 2010. But last Monday owner Gale Brammer received a call from Cat Rescue saying microchipped Silva had been picked up by one of their volunteers. The news came as Gale, 56, and her husband Richard, 48, were rehearsing the Colwick Theatre Club's production of Terry Pratchett's Maskerade. Richard, producer of the show, said: 'It's the most bizarre coincidence. It was almost too coincidental to be true. In the play, Nanny Ogg has a tomcat called Greebo, who only has one eye. Silva had two eyes when we last saw her, so she must have been through some awful things. It's very sad, but she's home and safe now.' The couple toyed with the idea of casting their cat in the role but decided it would be too cruel to put her on stage in front of live audiences. 'If it was being recorded like a film, I'm sure we could have involved her,' said Richard. 'But it's just not fair on her and we don't want to frighten her.'..."

http://bit.ly/1GHnOky


4.9 THE OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY BLOG: THE LANGUAGE OF DISCWORLD

An excellent Oxford Dictionaries blog entry about the language of Discworld!

  "What first started life in 1983 as a parody of the fantasy and science fiction genres has now blossomed into a minutely detailed world. One of the most enjoyable aspects of Pratchett's writing is that, despite the fantastical setting, the people and places seem very real and relatable. One of the ways that Pratchett has achieved this is through richness of language... The Disc is both 'a world and mirror of worlds', filled with different countries and cultures which have more than a passing resemblance to our own, and it's clear that Pratchett has had a lot of fun creating the linguistic identities of Discworld's various inhabitants... With so many different languages spoken on the Disc – Morporkian, Klatchian, Ephebian, and Omnian to name a few – there's no wonder that language barriers, as anywhere, can cause confusion. For example, Ankh-Morpork might be the Disc's greatest metropolis but to a native of Uberwald (a 'very wild' place indeed!) Morpork is a word for an item of ladies' underwear. The Borogravian national anthem is another familiar example of the problems of translation. While probably a rousing call to arms in its native tongue, the Morporkian (or English) translation is somewhat mystifying... If human language differences weren't problematic enough there are also Trollish and Dwarfish to contend with. A clear parody of Tolkien's own inventions, Discworld dwarves speak a guttural language which, to the untuned ear, sounds like someone in need of a throat sweet or two. Dwarves famously have no single word for rock and can also communicate through a complex pictorial language known as Minesign. Trolls, on the other hand, are much more physical beings, communicating mainly by hitting each other with rocks. They do, however, have both a written and a spoken language and are perhaps responsible for the oldest writing on the Disc... Aside from the amusing names and satirizing of cultural confusion, language forms an important part of the underlying philosophy of the novels as Pratchett recognises how language creates the reality it describes. He also demonstrates the power of language in shaping the way we relate to our own identities and the past..."

http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2012/06/the-language-of-discworld/


4.10 REVIEW: THE WORLD OF POO

In The Missoulian (of Missoula, Montana), a review by Marjorie Doyle:

  "If you have a child around 9 or 10 years old and are a fan of Pratchett's 'Discworld,' this is the book for you. If you've never read Pratchett and need some humor in your life, this little book will have you hooked. One of the only authors that my spouse and children have in common, Pratchett's use of word play and irreverent humor will have most chuckling all the way through this book 'for all ages.' The story of young Geoffrey – who is sent off to visit his grandmamma while his mother is preparing for childbirth – and his quest to collect samples of poo of every variety is more amusing than can be imagined..."

http://bit.ly/1ShyN5F


4.11 A CHAMPION DISCWORLD CAKE!

In the South Wales Argus:

  "An Ebbw Vale woman and her five-year-old son were 'over the moon' after they were given top prizes in an international cake competition at the weekend. Jay Humphris won gold for her two-foot goblin and fairy cake while her son Toby Ashman, five, was given a certificate of merit for his creation at the Cake International show in Birmingham. The pair entered the decorative exhibit category alongside Emma Phillips, who runs Ebbw Vale-based Epic Cakes and also won a silver prize for her elaborate Terry Pratchett-inspired cake... Ms Phillips, who owns Epic Cakes and runs classes in Ebbw Vale learning action centre, won silver in the competition. She said: 'This is the first year I've entered. We were delighted to bits. My cake was a bit of a nod to Terry Pratchett because he passed away last year and my husband is a huge fan.'"

http://bit.ly/1NIhW85

And here is a photo of Emma and her award-winning cake: http://bit.ly/1XgblXB

[Editor's note: for more amazing Discworld cakes, go to the Images section!]


4.12 TERRY PRATCHETT, MIRROR(ER) OF (REAL) WORLDS

Here be a well-crafted piece by Shweta Taneja about how speculative fiction can provide a truer picture of reality, on the Indian culture site Scroll:

  "In 2001, while receiving the Carnegie Medal for his children's book The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents, author Terry Pratchett said, 'We categorise 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.'... For fantasy, be it in gaming or books or movies, is perceived by the majority as escapism and a desire to live in alternate realities. But for many authors like Pratchett, the purpose of fantasy is not to immerse yourself in another world so as to forget your own, but to reflect on your own society, to gaze into its gaping holes. In the same speech, Pratchett says, '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.' And the skilled writer that he is, he manages to reflect our society's political and social milieu through satire, mirroring international bickering on climate change, the modern day obsession with television, ambitious politicians who force war in the name of justice, and even the disruptive role that everyday greed and cowardice play, all through a bunch of monsters and wizards..."

http://bit.ly/1N4t0zW


4.13 "RISE OF THE TOMB RAIDER" CONTAINS A TRIBUTE FROM RHIANNA TO HER DAD

In Gamezone:

  "The daughter of beloved fantasy giant Terry Pratchett, she had the opportunity to learn at the knee of one of the greats, but she's stood out on her own skills and has carved an niche into the world of gaming with writing credits for the 2013 reboot of Tomb Raider, Mirror's Edge, Heavenly Sword, Overlord, and she's back with Rise of the Tomb Raider. Lara's father has been a specter and motivator for the titular archaeologist since her inception, exploring Croft Manor and traversing tundra following his clues and with the passing of Terry Pratchett, the younger saw a good opportunity to include an homage to the late author. 'There is one journal ... when my dad was being interviewed about his Alzheimer's, he said that there was one particular memory he didn't want to lose,' Pratchett recently told GamesRadar. 'It was about the time I was born. The night I was born. I immortalized that memory in one of Richard [Croft]'s diaries. So it's a little– it's a riff on that memory of my father's, rolled into Richard's memories.' Pratchett described the experience as cathartic and it's nice to see such a genuine tribute to someone who was not only clearly dear to her, but to the many Discworld fans around the world...."

http://bit.ly/1NjV1pp

There's also a full interview with Ms Pratchett in The Telegraph, about the game and other things:
http://bit.ly/1O9ohxO


4.14 ON READING THE SHEPHERD'S CROWN

Tracy Briseno of the Ames Public Library has written a reflective essay about the end of new Discworld novels:

  "I am having trouble reading this book. Usually, I buy the newest Pratchett book the day it is released and read it cover to cover that day or at the very least, within that week. I devour the book, then often go back and re-read it again once I've finished. Pratchett's books are fun and interesting, thought-provoking, and make the reader see the world around them with different eyes. I've read most of them multiple times and regularly recommend them to friends (and strangers). The point remains, that I don't want to finish this book. I dearly want to read it, but when it is over, there will be no more new adventures in this wonderful world I've come to love. That breaks my heart... The interesting thing for me is that the loss is felt anew when you discover an author you love, read through their whole body of work, then get to the end... For me, this doesn't translate to wanting others to continue ghostwriting (which Pratchett's daughter has assured fans will not happen in his case.) I mourn the finality, but anything else would feel like a sham, not quite right..."

http://amestrib.com/news/memory-terry-pratchett

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05) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS

5.0 NEW: UNSEEN THEATRE'S NEW AUDITIONS!

Unseen Theatre's next Discworld play will be Feet of Clay! The play will run from 15th to 30th April 2016 – but first, a cast is needed. Director Pamela Munt says, "This is a 'City Watch' play so I am hoping that lots of you male actors out there are jumping in to attend auditions. Female roles are also available of course. Basically we need a cast of thousands."

Auditions info:

When: Sunday 29th November 2015
Venue: Bakehouse Theatre, 255 Angas Street, Adelaide
Time: 5pm

Rehearsals will be held each week on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings, running to this schedule:

December 8th to 20th (Christmas break)
Jan 3rd to Feb 11th (Fringe break)
March 15th to April 14th (Production Week commences Sunday April 10th)

If you are interested in auditioning, contact Pamela Munt at pamela@unseen.com.au to let her know. "No appointment time is necessary because the auditions will be run in a group format. BUT we do need an idea of numbers."


5.1 NEW: ERIC IN CARDIFF (FEBRUARY 2016)

Monstrous Productions are going from strength to strength! Having raised over £16,000 for Alzheimer's Research UK so far through ticket sales for their Discworld plays – including £4,000 for their recent and much lauded production of Night Watch – the company is now set to tackle Eric in the new year!

When: 18th, 19th and 20th February 2016
Venue: The Gate Arts Centre, Keppoch Street, Roath, Cardiff CF24 3JW Box Office (029) 2048 3344
Time: 7pm all evening shows; 2pm matinee on Saturday 20th
Tickets: £7 (£5 concessions). To purchase online, go to http://7889269b08cd.fikket.com/

"Tickets are now on sale for Eric! They're a bit cheaper than usual as the play is shorter. Please be aware that there is one performance less than usual too so there will be fewer tickets available."


5.2 REMINDER: MASKERADE IN CAMBRIDGE (DECEMBER)

Discworld plays and home of the Cambridge Footlights – what's not to like? The ADC Theatre will present their production of Maskerade in December.

  "After the sell-out success of Wyrd Sisters, Bawds bring another Discworld to the ADC Theatre with their unique mix of film, music and comedy, directed by a former President of the Footlights and dedicated to the proposition that 'in opera, no-one can hear you scream'."

When: Tuesday 8th – Saturday 12 December 2015
Venue: ADC Theatre, Park Street, Cambridge CB5 8AS (phone 01223 300085). "Parking is available in Park Street Car Park operated by Cambridge City Council. Street parking on Jesus Lane is often available for minibuses and other large vehicles. Approach must be made via Victoria Avenue or Maids Causeway due to traffic restrictions."
Time: 7.45pm
Tickets: £12/£10 concessions (Tue & Sat Matinee £10/£8 concessions). To book, go to https://www.adctheatre.com/whats-on/drama/maskerade.aspx and select a date from the drop-down menu on the right of the page

https://www.adctheatre.com


5.3 REMINDER: WYRD SISTERS IN HEXHAM (NOVEMBER)

The Queen's Hall Theatre Club are presenting their production of Wyrd Sisters this week.

When: Thursday 26th – Saturday 28th November 2015
Venue: Main Theatre, Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham, Northumberland NE46 3LS (Box Office 01434 652477)
Time: 7:30pm a shows
Tickets: £10 (concessions £9, under 18s £7). The Box Office is open from 10.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday & 10.00am to 4.00pm Saturday and one hour before the start of every performance. To buy online, go to http://bit.ly/1O5eIAp and click on the tab marked BOOK, then click the BOOK tab for the date of your choice.

http://www.queenshall.co.uk/events/terry-pratchett%E2%80%99s-wyrd-sisters
http://www.queenshall.co.uk/


5.4 REMINDER: WYRD SISTERS IN BELFAST (NOVEMBER)

The Bart Players will present their production of Wyrd Sisters this week.

25th–28th November 2015
Venue: Bart Players, 183 Stranmillis Road, Belfast
Time: 7.30pm all shows
Tickets: £10.00 (Concession for Under 18/Over 60s/Students £8.00; groups of 10 or more will earn a discount). Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/bartplayers – or by email to bartplayersbelfast@gmail.com,
or by phoning 028 9020 2280.

http://bartplayers.co.uk/


5.5 NEW: MORT IN YORK, 2016: AUDITIONS!

We Are Theatre, a performance group particularly dedicated to engaging community and disability, will be presenting their production of Mort next June – the 21st and 22nd, at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre in York. But first, it's auditions time! Charlotte and Donna of We are Theatre tell us: "York is readily accessible via transport and as a company, we have an open door policy, so we do not have a core membership, instead holding open auditions and casting from those auditions for each show."

When: 10th, 17th and 24th January 2016
Time: late afternoon/early evening. To book an audition, contact wearetheatre@googlemail.com or ring 07521 364107, and give the following information: name, age (if under 18), email address, telephone number, and preferred audition date.

Rehearsals for the June dates will be held on Sunday afternoons/evenings "from Spring 2016 onwards".

www.wearetheatre.co.uk


5.6 REVIEW: MASKERADE IN LINCOLNSHIRE

by Winston Brown in the Spalding Guardian

  "The ever-ambitious Act II Theatre Company set its drama group the task of bringing Pratchett's reworking of The Phantom of the Opera to theatre audiences at Spalding's South Holland Centre... The production turned into an epic, two-hour, 40-minute marathon with catchphrases like 'It's all about the music', 'the show must go on', and 'if your house is on fire, what's the first thing you would take out?' Kelly's remarkable turn as Nanny Ogg, plus steal-the-scene turns from Lily Bergin (Sgt Detritus) and Summer Milnes (Corporal Nobbs), added to reliable performances by Morgan, Hayley and the precocious Alex Gilman (Greebo)..."

http://bit.ly/1NIgSkD

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06) DISCWORLD GAMES NEWS

6.1 LEGO NO-GO

Some disappointing news for Lego and Discworld fans:

  "Lego has just reported the results of Lego Ideas, in which it crowdsourced suggestions from Lego lovers for new products. And the news is bad. Not one of the ideas, all of which received the required 10,000 supporters, has been given the green light. In total, 13 ideas were rejected, including a Lego set that replicated the living room from '80s sitcom The Golden Girls; minifigures of the two elusive members of dance act Daft Punk; a scene from the Discworld novels; a Tyrannosaurus rex; the International Space Station; video game The Legend of Zelda and an ice palace from Disney movie Frozen. Each suggestion received at least 10,000 backers between January and May this year, making it eligible for Lego Review. But the Danish company decided not to forward any of the projects to the production stage, an unwanted first in Lego history. Lego did not divulge the reasons behind its decisions, although one factor could be the challenge of securing intellectual property rights on certain ideas."

http://yhoo.it/1X44u8M

However, some people remain undaunted, especially amazing large-scale Lego sculptor Eero Okkonen, interviewed here by Lego aficionados "The Brothers Brick":

  "TBB: What was the hardest aspect of a Discworld character to capture in LEGO?

  "Eero: Probably the Librarian's shapes and proportions, especially with my limited dark orange collection. The Dean's leather coat's text 'DEAN – BORN TO RUNE' was tricky too. Most of the MOC was built simply around it, as it set the scale for it.

  "TBB: Did you have a moment of 'Eureka' when a particularly odd part just seemed to fit?

  "Eero: The Librarian's face, definitely. It took lot of shaping, but came out surprisingly fast in night-time, two or three hours. I tried all sorts of odd parts to capture his rubbery baggy face. The minifig arms connected to the hip piece were going to be used as the brow but they ended up in the lower jaw instead. The handlebar piece had the most important 'Eureka' moment here, as it made a great upper lip and framed the eyes. It also made it possible to move the yellow teeth a bit forward, giving a bit less human-like and more orangutan-like overall shape to the face.

  "TBB: How much time does it take to complete a build? Do you revisit for improvements before you are satisfied?

  "Eero: The time taken differs... But I think I am quite fast builder. These usually have taken something like six hours each, some less, some more. Ridcully, who was the first one built, was done in a weekend shortly after Sir Terry's death in March and it took a bit more; I somehow found the legs challenging as most of my character builds usually have longer cloaks. Rincewind, on the other hand, took a lot less. His facial features took some shaping and SNOT work, but everything else came together in hour or two, the shaping being very simple here. I always revisit my old creations, but usually after they are photographed and posted online..."

http://bit.ly/1lAcNse

If you haven't time at the moment to read the full interview, do take a moment to look at these amazing photos of his Discworld work!

Ridcully, Rincewind, the Dean and the Librarian:
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5687/23056056312_22b5f5c521_z.jpg

The amazing Vimes, with cigar, truncheon – and proper bare toes:
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5707/21719775158_55b8f10547_z.jpg

...and Susan, dressed for The Duty and accompanied by the Death of Rats:
http://farm1.staticflickr.com/733/21808725266_2fdb0855ae_z.jpg

6.2 "CLACKS": A HOGSWATCH REMINDER!

No, there's no new news (or indeed, new ODs) since last month. But this is where your Editor imp-lores all and sundry who haven't bought Clacks yet to go to your nearest Roundworld game-seller and demand they present you with a copy to buy. While I have no full review to offer yet since it's taken a while to arrange a proper multiplayer session (December issue will have the review), we at Wossname Central have tinkered a bit with the game and can assure you that it's a goer. And what better way to liven up your post-Hogswatch dinner family games, right?

http://www.backspindlegames.com/clacks/
http://discworld.com/products/games/
http://www.discworldemporium.com/Clacks

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07) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS

7.1 DISCWORLD.COM UPDATES

It looks like Discworld.com have got their hands on Tiffany's goddess-of-summer cornucopia, when it comes to Discworld merchandise...

  "Crunching snow, snorting boar and rolling turnips in the office herald the approach of Hogswatch at Discworld.com HQ, and we're delighted to invite you to explore our range of seasonal gifts on our NEW festive favourites pages. Here you'll find tempting treats to delight every Discworld fan, unusual stocking-fillers and some new ideas from the Roundworld goodies vault. But do avoid disappointment and heed our last ordering dates as we cannot guarantee postage of items ordered after the following:

UK – 11th December
Europe – 4th December
USA – 4th December
The rest of the world (including Australia & New Zealand) – 1st December

http://discworld.com/products/festive-fun/
http://discworld.com/products/stocking-fillers/

Stocking fillers

  "We have a ton of treats to stuff the stocking of any Discworld fan and a host of affordable Roundworld gifts too so please take a browse through our new Hogswatch pages, where everything is grouped together for simpler, faster shopping! Brighten up your desk with one of our quality mousemats, which are now all priced at just £5 – stock is extremely limited so grab your favourite design while it lasts. Or order one of our canvas bags and cover it with badges from our massive selection – we even have a colourful range of six 'festive specials'. Our quality Dweenie badges are always a hit but when the Hogfather turns up who can resist! He's only available for a limited time so snap one up while you can. And don't forget to deck your Christmas kitchen with magnets and coasters from our Dweenie range, again the Hogfather is only available for a short time. And grab the hugely popular rat chopping board and NEW Death chopping board while we still have stock!"

http://discworld.com/products/stocking-fillers/
http://discworld.com/products/bags/
http://discworld.com/products/badges/
http://discworld.com/products/dweenie-badges/
http://discworld.com/products/coaster/
http://discworld.com/products/gimlets-kitchen/rat-chopping-board/
http://discworld.com/products/gimlets-kitchen/death-chopping-board/

And for under the tree...

  "We're delighted to offer you a huge range of high quality goodies featuring all your favourite characters from the Discworld. We have t-shirts and hoodies, Tiffany's exquisite pendants, stunning artwork (some still signed in person by Terry Pratchett), DVD's (including Terry's 'Living with Alzheimer's', now back in stock) and a hog-load more."

http://discworld.com/products/t-shirts/
http://discworld.com/products/hoodies/
http://discworld.com/products/jewellery-discworld-merchandise/
http://discworld.com/products/signed/
http://discworld.com/products/dvds/terry-pratchett-living-with-alzheimers/

Festive Favourites...

  "All your festive favourites are here in our Hogswatch special page, from Death as the Hogfather specials to our seasonal range of high-quality A5 Hogswatch cards. Beautifully illustrated gloss cards featuring the artwork of Paul Kidby, they include a lineup of Discworld characters guaranteed to titillate even the most cynical scrooge. Cards feature The Hogfather, The Librarian (We all need a little extra 'Ook! in life!) and Nanny Ogg in a festive mood. All cards have individual messages and come complete with colourful envelopes."

http://discworld.com/products/hogswatch-cards/
http://discworld.com/products/festive-fun/

A really special gift...

  "We have limited stocks of items that were personally signed by Terry Pratchett. Keep a little piece of history and remember him by tucking these items away on your shelf at home. A truly irreplaceable and precious Hogswatch gift. We also have limited numbers of collectable items and keepsakes for you to choose from for those extra special gift ideas."

http://discworld.com/products/signed/
http://discworld.com/products/collectables/

  "Books, books and more bOOKs! As well as a vast range of Discworld novels in paperback and hardback, embossed with Terry's golden coat of arms, we have a wonderful selection of gift books ranging from the sublime Nanny Ogg's cookbook, Terry's incredible & moving 'Shaking Hands with Death' and the wickedly funny 'Good Omens', to the glorious Death's Domain and other Discworld mapps! We're all engrossed in the NEW Discworld atlas too, well worth a read! This stunning work brings to life the lands and locations of the Discworld stories in a way never seen before. Accompanied by lavish full-colour illustrations and a detailed world map, this is a must-have for any Discworld fan."

http://discworld.com/products/paperbacks/
http://discworld.com/products/hardbacks/
http://discworld.com/products/books/book-nanny-oggs-cookbook/
http://discworld.com/products/books/shaking-hands-with-death/
http://discworld.com/products/books/book-good-omens-paperback/
http://discworld.com/products/books/book-deaths-domain/
http://discworld.com/products/books/book-a-tourist-guide-to-lancre/
http://discworld.com/products/books/the-discworld-atlas/

  "Organise your year with us... With 800 days, 13 months, two of each season and more festivals than Vetinari has mimes in his dungeon, a Discworld year is hard to keep track of! But we CAN help you keep tabs on a Roundworld Year with the 2016 Collector's Calendar. This unusual collection features twelve pieces of original art from Joe McLaren, cover artist for Gollancz's hugely successful Discworld Collector's Library. The calendar includes all major realtime calendrical data for Great Britain, Eire, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA, as well as notable Discworld dates. And the delightfully illustrated 2016 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 – a must for the modern witch!"

http://discworld.com/products/books/discworld-2016-collectors-edition-calendar/
http://discworld.com/products/discworld-library/
http://discworld.com/products/books/discworld-2016-diary-a-practical-manual-for-the-modern-witch/

  "Collect all your favourite characters from the Lancre Coven now easily accessible in our special selection pages. From Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, Magrat Garlick and Agnes Nitt to our youngest star, Tiffany Aching. We have a wonderful selection of magical merchandise to please every fan of the delightful Discworld witches."

http://discworld.com/products/the-witches/

  "Cheer up the tree this Hogswatch! You asked for them and we're delighted to announce the launch of three heavenly Hogswatch decorations to brighten up the tree of any Discworld fan! These cheerful designs feature Paul Kidby's ever-popular artwork. The reverse is printed with festive mottos and each aluminium disc is suspended from a jolly red ribbon – Happy Ho Ho Hogswatch from us all!"

http://discworld.com/products/hogswatch-decorations/

  "We've launched three quality new phone cases just in time to make the Hogswatch of any iPhone 5 or 6 user. Sporting three of our most popular designs these cases are proving to be a huge hit so order while we still have stock. And for those of you who don't have an iPhone, don't worry, we're looking at stocking other covers so keep checking our Facebook, Twitter and website!

http://discworld.com/products/phone-covers/
https://www.facebook.com/discworldofficial/?ref=hl
https://twitter.com/Discworld_com
http://discworld.com/

7.2 DISCWORLD EMPORIUM UPDATES

First off, the Hogswatch delivery news:

  "'Nether rain nor snow nor glo m of ni t...' As an official branch of the Ankh-Morpork Post Office we pride ourselves on offering swift and reliable delivery all over the Roundworld."

For delivery in time for Hogswatch please make sure you order by the following dates:

Asia, Cyprus, Far East, Japan, South America, Eastern Europe – 6th December
Australia, New Zealand, Greece – 9th December
Germany, Italy – 13th December
Canada, USA – 14th December
Rest of Europe – 15th December
UK – 18th December

  "We will cease shipping from Friday 18th December. Orders placed after this date will not be sent until we re-open on Tuesday 5th January. Check the postal system for worldwide incidents or status updates by visiting
http://www.royalmail.com/service-updates."

Editor's note: for the full info, go to http://bit.ly/1lBEUXP

Now, for some new stuff...

* The Great A'Tuin game mats!

  "A generously proportioned Discworld game mat from Micro Art Studio featuring Great A'tuin, the Star Turtle by Paul Kidby. This marvellous mat isn't just for gaming though, oh no. In fact, we've been using ours as a general desk mat but it is also ideal for crafting, table decor, pet bowls and as a mouse mat for trolls for example! Measures 60 x 40cm, fabric with 2mm rubber non-slip backing."

Each Game Mat is priced at £10.00. For more information, and to order, go to:
http://www.discworldemporium.com/discworld-atuin-mat

* The Flora & Fauna of Discworld tea towel!

  "100% cotton tea towel featuring some of our favourite Discworld plants and critters, including the Curious Squid, Quantum Weather Butterfly, Counting Pine, Hermit Elephant and Swamp Dragon! Illustrated exclusively for us in glorious thaumicolour by Vladimir Stankovic in his wonderfully dark story-book style, this fantastical tea towel is a tribute to some of the 'wilder' creations from the mind of Terry Pratchett – the flora and fauna that made the Discworld world just a little bit more, well, Discworld. Measures 78 x 48cm."

Each Discworld Flora & Fauna tea towel is priced at £9.95. For more information, and to order, go to:
http://www.discworldemporium.com/discworld-flora-and-fauna-teatowel

* The Death's Cloak pin!

  "A replica of the Omega cloak pin worn by Death and Susan in the film adaptation of Hogfather. Made in pewter with a heavyweight brooch clasp, and delivered in a stylish presentation box. Measures 70 x 40mm."

Each Death's Cloak pin is priced at £10.00. For more information, and to order, go to:
http://bit.ly/1vleZlt

...and the Kidby Dragons latest...

  "Thank you! Our baby swamp dragons, exclusively sculpted for us by Mr Paul Kidby, have twice sold out, meaning that lots of little dragons have been adopted, helping to provide vital aid for dragons in desperate need of love and care this Hogswatch. Each dragon is hand-cast, polished and finished to achieve their special glow – so it takes time for them to be created, but we're working hard to get them restocked soon and will let you know when they are ready for re-homing once more."

http://www.discworldemporium.com/

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08) DISCWORLD MEETING GROUPS NEWS: UPDATES AND REMINDERS

The Broken Drummers, "London's Premier Unofficially Official Discworld Group" (motto "Nil percussio est"), meets next on Monday 7th December 2015 at the Monkey Puzzle, 30 Southwick Street, London, W2 1JQ. For more information, go to http://brokendrummers.org/ or email BrokenDrummers@gmail.com or nicholls.helen@yahoo.co.uk

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

*

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

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

*

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

Upcoming events hosted by the Pratchett Partisans include:

Homicide at Hogswatch. Sat 19 December 6pm-10pm. Grand Central Hotel Dining Car. Will another Murder will be committed in Ankh Morpork? More details will be released soon.

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

*

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

"Every few months, we have a full day's worth of board games at La Scala Cafe, 169 Unley Rd, Unley in the function room starting at 10am."

Upcoming events include:
Nov 26th Monthly Dinner and Games, Seven Stars Hotel, 187 Angas St
Nov 29th Planning Picnic, Botanic Park, 11.30am
Dec 6th Round World Events SA Annual General Meeting
Dec TBA End of Year Dinner

For more info, go to http://ausdwcon.org/fan-clubs/adelaide/quiz/

*

The Broken Vectis Drummers meet next on Thursday 3rd December 2015 (probably) from 7.30pm at The Castle pub in Newport, Isle of Wight. For more info and any queries, contact broken_vectis_drummers@yahoo.co.uk

*

The Wincanton Omnian Temperance Society (WOTS) next meets on Friday 4th December 2015 (probably) at Wincanton's famous Bear Inn from 7pm onwards. "Visitors and drop-ins are always welcome!"

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

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

*

Sydney Drummers (formerly Drummers Downunder) meet next on Monday 7th December 2015 at 6.30pm (probably) in Sydney at 3 Wise Monkeys, 555 George Street, Sydney,2000. For more information, contact Sue (aka Granny Weatherwax): kenworthys@yahoo.co.uk

*

The Treacle Mining Corporation, formerly known as Perth Drummers, meets next on Monday 7th December 2015 (probably) from 5.30pm at Carpe Cafe, 526 Murray Street, Perth, Western Australia. For details follow Perth Drummers on Twitter @Perth_Drummers or join their Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Perth.Drummers/ – or message Alexandra Ware directly at <alexandra.ware@gmail.com>

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09) DISCWORLD CONVENTION NEWS

9.1 AUSDWCON 2017 NEWS

Nullus Anxietas VI – The Discworld Grand Tour – will take place at the Lakes Resort Hotel, West Lakes, Adelaide, South Australia on 4-6 August 2017. Read on...

Announcing The Discworld Grand Tour!

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  Ladies, Gentlemen, Dwarfs, Trolls, Vampires, Werewolves, Goblins, Feegles, sundry others and Nobby Nobbs – the Ankh-Morpork Tourism Board invites you to a journey of wonder, whimsy, and, er, wossname at *Nullus Anxietas VI – The Discworld Grand Tour – The Australian Discworld Convention.*

  The Discworld Grand Tour will be held on 4th-6th August 2017 at the Lakes Resort Hotel, Adelaide, South Australia. This convention will be a way to escape on a luxurious trip to the Discworld to enjoy three (or four) fabulous days of fun and frivolity with your fellow fans of the late, great Sir Terry Pratchett.

  Our wonderful new website has just launched and can be found at https://ausdwcon.org
Please visit the site to read all about the upcoming convention and to book your tickets!

Let Rincewind tell you all about it:
https://youtu.be/j80m1JdktQA

Terry Pratchett Folio Special Offer

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Thanks to the kind generosity of Rob Wilkins, the first 50 people to purchase tickets to Nullus Anxietas VI will receive a very special gift – a limited edition Terry Pratchett Folio, containing some short writings by our very favourite author. These have only been previously available to attendees at the UK Discworld Convention in 2014, at Nullus Anxietas V in 2015 and for a very short time at Discworld.com. This is your chance to get one of the few remaining copies, simply by buying your ticket to Nullus Anxietas VI!

For more information, see https://ausdwcon.org/shop/folio-special-offer/

HO! HO! HO! Buy your loved one a Hogswatch present!

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Also now available in the Australian Discworld Convention shop are Hogswatch Presents – vouchers you can buy for a friend or loved one which they can use at a later date to buy their Nullus Anxietas VI ticket! This is a special limited-time sale – Hogswatch Presents will only be available until December 20th.

Meet your fellow tourists

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You can find out more about Nullus Anxietas VI – The Discworld Grand Tour – The Australian Discworld Convention and chat with other potential tourists at:

Website: https://ausdwcon.org
Facebook page: https://facebook.com/Ausdwcon
Facebook group: https://facebook.com/groups/ausdwcon2017
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ausdwcon


IDWCON LETTERS

The Irish Discworld Convention committee have now released a collection of these letters, from members of Team Pratchett and members of the public, in .pdf form.

  "Throughout the Convention, we ran a memorial event called 'Letters to Terry', where attendees were encouraged to write a letter celebrating the impact of Sir Terry's work on their lives." A few extracts to whet your interest:

  "Well, if the old adage is true: 'no man is truly dead while his name is remembered', then there are millions of us remembering your name old darling, so many in fact that perhaps by some strange alchemy of fate the concept you so wonderfully explored in 'Small Gods', of deities being created by the prayers of their followers, then you might yet appear in some vision to a virgin or as a rocking statue in the grotto of your choice..."
– Bernard Pearson

  "So many of us mourn you not just as an admired author, a fiction producing superstar glimpsed from afar, but for the very real way your writing touched our lives, widened our world view, improved our sense of justice and made us laugh."
– Shivers

  "I had never been part of a fan community. I knew nothing of fan conventions or fan culture... And so, when the 2008 convention rolled around, I, at age 48, packed up my bags and flew to England from New Delhi to attend and it was the first time in my entire life that I had gone somewhere alone, to be amongst people I had never met before for any purpose, least of all for the purpose of celebrating works of fiction and their author. I arrived, met a few people, started gophering and the first duty I was given was to carry your bags. I was in awe..."
– Elizabeth Ann Warner Gaw

  "I am a religious believer, and you weren't, and we had many a good discussion on this. But ultimately, once one has crossed the black sands under the starry skies, these speculations will disappear in the light of reality. So it is my confident prayer that one day we shall see one another again, and talk, and talk, and talk..."
– Jacqueline Simpson

  "I was a geek when that was a thing that got you beat up regularly in school, long before it turned into an ironically cool label. You were a refuge, an example that people who unabashedly spent their time thinking about witches and elves could be spectacularly successful and not apparently bothered if others didn't care for the same thing... You gave me joy, Terry, when I needed it. You gave me a way to connect with those I love. You let me look at the world in a different way, and continue to do so. I miss the idea that there is more to be heard from you, but I know that's incredibly greedy when you've already given me so much."
– Kris Vasquez

To read the whole collection, go to http://idwcon.org/index.php/convention/2015aftermath.html/ and click on the Letters to Terry link. Beware, the whole document is 54 pages long and may cause strong emotions...

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10) ROUNDWORLD TALES: THE UNDELIVERED LETTERS

As told by Maev Kennedy in The Guardian:

  "Thousands of pieces of correspondence, many still unopened, were stored away by Dutch postmaster and are now being examined by academics... an extraordinary trove of thousands of pieces of correspondence, never delivered, many still unopened and sealed closed, found packed into a leather trunk and stored away for centuries in the Netherlands. The collection includes letters from aristocrats, spies, merchants, publishers, actors, musicians, barely literate peasants and highly educated people with beautiful handwriting, and are written in French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and Latin... The letters were sent between 1680 and 1706, a time of constant war and political upheaval in Europe, and were kept by a married couple, Simon de Brienne and Maria Germain, the postmaster and mistress in The Hague. They were a canny business couple who spent a period in England as court officials to the newly crowned William III before selling their positions for £1,550 and a barrel of Burgundy and returning home. At the time the delivery of letters was paid for by the recipient, and many may have been undeliverable because the recipient had changed address – one had been forwarded to a series of different addresses, in vain – or even died. Smith believes that they were kept in the hope that one day they would be collected and paid for. 'Something about these letters frozen in transit makes you feel like you've caught a moment in history off guard,' he said. 'Many of the writers and intended recipients of these letters were people who travelled throughout Europe, such as wandering musicians and religious exiles. The trunk preserves letters from many social classes, and women as well as men. Most documents that survive from this period record the activities of elites – aristocrats and their bureaucrats, or rich merchants – so these letters will tell us new things about an important section of society in 17th-century Europe. These are the kinds of people whose records frequently don't survive, so this is a fantastic opportunity to hear new historical voices.'..."

http://bit.ly/1HBvVKP

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11) AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE

Here be another thoughtful review by the excellent Kokay Maramot. This time it's Jingo:

  "Jingo is easily Terry Pratchett's craziest stunt. Unlike most City Watch novels, Jingo didn't start with a murder or death (or at least not obviously criminal). It starts with squids and fishermen! It is fair to say that everything would have continued peacefully where it not for a freak geological movement which caused an island (much like Atlantis, though possible less grander and definitely smellier), to surface. Crane up to Ankh-Morpork where the social weathercocks are stirring in the direction of war! From the humblest citizen to the bigwigs in the war councils of Ankh-Morpork, everyone is talking big and thinking small. But this being a City Watch novel and our main heroes and heroines [are] policemen, it's not going to be about the merits of diplomacy. It's going to be about the delights and excites of proactive crime fighting... But while Jingo had a lot to say about the stupid things people do that gets them into stupid wars, most of the novel is just gratuitously fun. And that fun goes a long way when your subject matter is something as grave as war. And I realized something peculiar at how Terry Pratchett frames his omniscient authorial voice. One can't help but laugh when Colon goes on with his aggressive jingoism, but feel truly disgusted when the nobles do the same..."

http://bit.ly/1X5s9FR

...and here we have a fascinating blog post by one Jamie Gibbs, covering all the stages of being in a Discworld play (this on being Monstrous Productions' recent Night Watch), from auditions to final bows and post-run celebrations, complete with terrific iconographs:

  "It was a strange experience – I've not done any kind of performing for about a decade, so suddenly being back in that world again was a little nerve-wracking. I read Carcer's monologue at the audition – not too successfully as I fumbled the words and didn't come across as menacing at all. The dialogue scenes were easier as the nerves had worn off and there was less of a deer-in-headlights feeling. Thankfully, that night after the audition I'd been told I'd got a part and could become a member of Monstrous Productions! As the play progressed, I was lucky enough to get an upgrade to my role not once, but twice, due to cast members leaving. And so it was that I went from Waddy to Billy Wiglet to Ned Coates, earning me the award for 'Most Promoted' at the Night Watch after-show party... When it came to the first day of show week, I'd started to get a little nervous. Thankfully the rest of the cast and their backstage shenanigans did away with any nerves pretty quickly. One of the most satisfying things was, during a fight scene when I get winded by John Keel and go down like a sack of potatoes, there were audible gasps from the audience. Jes and I had practiced the fight numerous times, but it was great to get confirmation that it was believable..."

http://bit.ly/1PUEo2k

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12) IMAGES OF THE MONTH

12.1 FAN ART

A selection of Discworld fan art...

A funky group portrait by FaQy:
http://faqy.deviantart.com/art/discworld-456356452

...and one by Yenefer:
http://yenefer.deviantart.com/art/Discworld-characters-121973566

...and one by Jesskat:
http://bit.ly/1PH0NS4

Bob Greyvenstein's fabulous take on Granny, Nanny, Lily and Tiffany:
http://bit.ly/1X5Eo5q

A (literally) eye-popping Rincewind by a-discworld-guild:
http://bit.ly/1NJmhHY

A collection of assorted Discworld fan art from the sublime to the, um, less sublime:
http://bit.ly/1MJRVoR

...and a fine collection of Discworld animal life in sepia, by Andrew Salt:
http://bit.ly/1SRmVHl

Wossname has featured several "Discworld Doodles" drawings by the extremely talented Amy Simmonds, who says, "I would just like to say thank you very much for featuring some of my Doodles on the Wossname newsletter and crediting me by name :D I have absolutely no problem with you using any of my Discworld fan art but might I ask that you also provide a link to my Discworld Doodles Facebook page please?" Of course we will, Amy!

Amy's Facebook page:
https://t.co/Yf7B37PMKe

Amy on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/InkaDoodleDo

12.2 MORE CAKES!

A small but perfectly formed iconograph of possibly the best Discworld cake ever, made by Mrs Barracude-Bruce, as posted on Cake Wrecks:
http://bit.ly/1MG1iVL

Natalie Porter of Immaculate Confections, cakemaker extraordinaire and dedicated Discworld fan, made an amazing Grim Squeaker cake for Hogswatch at the Discworld Emporium:
http://www.immaculateconfections.co.uk/grim-squeaker-hogswatch-cake/

Jo Orr of Ciccio Cakes made an amazing Hogfather from Rice Krispies Treats, fondant, white chocolate and edible lace, for UK children's charity Bake a Christmas Wish:
http://bit.ly/1SRljxc

And from Cake International 2013, a fine Luggage:
http://bit.ly/1lBIpO9

12.3 OTHER IMAGES

A marvellous montage! Some characters who will be in the Studio Theatre's 2016 production of The Shakespeare Codex:
http://bit.ly/1kM3LIl

From Paul Kidby's official page: "Here is Granny's cottage in the Ramtops, one of the endpapers I created for The Shepherd's Crown collectors gold edition."

http://bit.ly/1KXd64F
https://www.facebook.com/paulkidby

We all know what Paul Kidby looks like, but if you ever wondered what Josh Kirby looked like, here you go:
http://bit.ly/1KYaC6i

A set of photos from Uppingham Theatre Company's recent production of Wyrd Sisters:

http://mdbaines1.jalbum.net/Wyrd%20Sisters/Friday%20Photos/index.html

Also, Magrat and Verence caught (almost) in the act:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CSqGZT3WwAAYNnl.jpg

...and some of the audience, who definitely got into the spirit of things:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CSrH5vWWUAErhxr.jpg

Some of the Alexandra Players' cast from their recent production of Wyrd Sisters:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CSo4Ef8WIAA0rKx.jpg
and https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CSp8aoeXIAEEPT8.png
and https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CSz0RM0WEAEyftn.jpg

...and finally, possibly the best Discworld cosplay ever – one David Mountain and friends, doing true justice to Moist, Angua, Colon, Vimes and Mort at a convention in the UK:

http://bit.ly/1Yn7quu

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13) CLOSE

And that's the lot for the moment, apart from a few items:

  The superb Good Omens radio play has been nominated for a BBC Audio Drama Award in the Best Audio Drama (series or serial) category. Judging for the awards will be on 31st January 2016 at Broadcasting House in London.

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  According to the Random House website, there will be a graphic novel version of Small Gods, to be published in July of next year. Stay tuned for updates!

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  Granny Weatherwax made it easily into a "top ten greatest witches of all time" list in the Huffington Post:

"There are loveable witches aplenty in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, from the earthy Nanny Ogg to would-be opera diva Agnes and YA heroine Tiffany Aching. Esme Weatherwax is exceptional in that she is far from loveable, but will always do right by her village, even sitting down to play dice with the Grim Reaper on occasion it it means saving a life..."

http://huff.to/1NJhlD5

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  There's an interesting blog entry on The Oxford Student, about authors and their "look". Included, of course, is The Hat:

"A distinctive look can reinforce, or play against, a reader's perception of what an author is like based on their work. No-one is surprised after reading Neil Gaiman's work to find him a slightly dishevelled, tousle-haired goth with a fondness for black coats... The late, great Terry Pratchett was known not only for his unique prose style, but in his public appearances for his trademark black hat, to the point where it was disconcerting to find pictures of him not wearing it..."

http://oxfordstudent.com/2015/11/13/an-author-after-a-fashion/

  In closing, I'd just like to point out that Pratchett superfan Emily Whitten is truly amazing. In addition to being bright, beautiful and clever, she has written a top-notch topical essay that references a certain Discworld book that can be said to reflect certain current events. Do have a read: http://bit.ly/1NlGmtM

  Wossname wishes our USA readers a very happy Thanksgiving. See you all soon!

– Annie Mac

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We Are Theatre will be presenting their production of Mort next June -- the 21st and 22nd, at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre in York. But first, it's auditions time!




wossname: (GNU Terry Pratchett)
The sixth official Australian Discworld convention aka Nullus Anxietas VI – The Discworld Grand Tour – will take place at the Lakes Resort Hotel, West Lakes, Adelaide, South Australia on 4-6 August 2017. Read on...

Announcing The Discworld Grand Tour!
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Ladies, Gentlemen, Dwarfs, Trolls, Vampires, Werewolves, Goblins, Feegles, sundry others and Nobby Nobbs – the Ankh-Morpork Tourism Board invites you to a journey of wonder, whimsy, and, er, wossname at *Nullus Anxietas VI – The Discworld Grand Tour – The Australian Discworld Convention.*

The Discworld Grand Tour will be held on 4th-6th August 2017 at the Lakes Resort Hotel, Adelaide, South Australia. This convention will be a way to escape on a luxurious trip to the Discworld to enjoy three (or four) fabulous days of fun and frivolity with your fellow fans of the late, great Sir Terry Pratchett.

Our wonderful new website has just launched and can be found at https://ausdwcon.org
Please visit the site to read all about the upcoming convention and to book your tickets!

Let Rincewind tell you all about it: https://youtu.be/j80m1JdktQA

Terry Pratchett Folio Special Offer
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Thanks to the kind generosity of Rob Wilkins, the first 50 people to purchase tickets to Nullus Anxietas VI will receive a very special gift – a limited edition Terry Pratchett Folio, containing some short writings by our very favourite author. These have only been previously available to attendees at the UK Discworld Convention in 2014, at Nullus Anxietas V in 2015 and for a very short time at Discworld.com. This is your chance to get one of the few remaining copies, simply by buying your ticket to Nullus Anxietas VI!

For more information, see https://ausdwcon.org/shop/folio-special-offer/

HO! HO! HO! Buy your loved one a Hogswatch present!
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Also now available in the Australian Discworld Convention shop are Hogswatch Presents – vouchers you can buy for a friend or loved one which they can use at a later date to buy their Nullus Anxietas VI ticket! This is a special limited-time sale – Hogswatch Presents will only be available until December 20th.

Meet your fellow tourists
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You can find out more about Nullus Anxietas VI – The Discworld Grand Tour – The Australian Discworld Convention and chat with other potential tourists at:

Website: https://ausdwcon.org
Facebook page: https://facebook.com/Ausdwcon
Facebook group: https://facebook.com/groups/ausdwcon2017
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ausdwcon


Editor's note: the image below is the property of the Australian Discworld Convention folks. Be sure to visit their website to see it in its proper place!



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Colwick Theatre Club is staging Maskerade this week – starting tonight!

When: 28th, 29th, 30th October
Venue: Colwick Community Centre, Vale Road, Colwick, Notts NG4
Time: 7.30pm all shows
Tickets: £4 (concessions £3). To book, ring the box office on 0115 8471982 or 07507299526

Also, there is a related human interest – well, feline interest – story in the Nottingham Post:

"A missing cat returned to its owners having lost an eye after five years in the wilderness – and weeks before the couple perform in a play featuring a one-eyed feline. Half-Persian tabby Silva was feared dead when she went missing from her Colwick home in 2010. But last Monday owner Gale Brammer received a call from Cat Rescue saying microchipped Silva had been picked up by one of their volunteers. The news came as Gale, 56, and her husband Richard, 48, were rehearsing the Colwick Theatre Club's production of Terry Pratchett's Maskerade. Richard, producer of the show, said: 'It's the most bizarre coincidence. It was almost too coincidental to be true. In the play, Nanny Ogg has a tomcat called Greebo, who only has one eye. Silva had two eyes when we last saw her, so she must have been through some awful things. It's very sad, but she's home and safe now.'... The couple toyed with the idea of casting their cat in the role but decided it would be too cruel to put her on stage in front of live audiences... The couple have since raised £200 for Cat Rescue in Silva's name..."

http://bit.ly/1GHnOky
wossname: (GNU Terry Pratchett)
Wossname
Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
October 2015 (Volume 18, 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, Mss C, Alison not Aliss
Staff Writers: Asti, Pitt the Elder, Evil Steven Dread, Mrs Wynn-Jones
Staff Technomancers: Jason Parlevliet, Archchancellor Neil, DJ Helpful
Book Reviews: Annie Mac, Drusilla D'Afanguin, Your Name Here
Puzzle Editor: Tiff (still out there somewhere)
Bard in Residence: Weird Alice Lancrevic
Emergency Staff: Steven D'Aprano, Jason Parlevliet
World Membership Director: Steven D'Aprano (in his copious spare time)

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INDEX:

01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH
02) EDITOR'S LETTER
03) VIDEOS: TEAM PRATCHETT ON WORKING WITH SIR PTERRY
04) ODDS AND SODS
05) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
06) DISCWORLD GAMES NEWS
07) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS
08) DISCWORLD MEETING GROUPS NEWS
09) "FANAC": DISCWORLD LIMERICK SLAM!
10) ROUNDWORLD TALES: THE ALCHEMY OF BILLIARD BALLS
11) AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE
12) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
13) CLOSE

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01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH

"I'm tremendously grateful to Terry for the chances he gave me, for the opportunity he gave me to change my life in ways I couldn't possibly imagine."

– Stephen Briggs

"People like to be told what they already know. Remember that. They get uncomfortable when you tell them *new* things. New things ... well, new things aren't what they expect. They like to know that, say, a dog will bite a man. That is what dogs do. They don't want to know that a man bites a dog, because the world is not supposed to happen like that. In short, what people *think* they want is news, but what they really crave is *olds*."

– Lord Vetinari to William de Worde (The Truth, Doubleday hardcover p. 77)

"We are delighted and honoured to display the Discworld Knight. Terry was a regular patron and would have been pleased to see this statue in the restaurant where he so often raised a glass with friends."

– Elizabeth Edwards, manager of the Queen's Head, Sir Pterry's local pub

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02) LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR

October has been a month of waiting for me. Waiting on tenterhooks. Waiting for the Compleat Discworld Atlas to arrive. Waiting for Wossname's hose copy of Clacks to arrive. Waiting for a certain exclusive report to come back from the person who is vetting it... and as of today the waiting for all of these continues, but ticking clocks and hissing sand demand that we go to press... erm, to clacks... and so we shall.

Things waited for will arrive, and be reported on, but for the moment, enjoy this issue of Wossname which is full of news. And possibly some olds. And if you haven't re-read The Truth recently, do give it a go – coming back to it after almost fifteen years, I found The Truth to be a weighty and significant story disguised (brilliantly so) as a lightweight comedy caper. Beautiful stuff...

On with the show!

– Annie Mac, Editor

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03) VIDEOS: TEAM PRATCHETT ON WORKING WITH SIR PTERRY

3.1 STEPHEN BRIGGS ON WORKING WITH SIR PTERRY

Here be a wonderful video of Mr Briggs at Sir Terry's home, talking about their 25-year collaboration and how it changed his world:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/fkjjw0fiyti5f8u/StephenBriggs_generic.mp4?dl=0

The video can also be accessed via http://www.shakespearecodex.co.uk/ – click on the orangeish button on the lower left of the homepage.

Many thanks go to Mr Briggs for this gift to the fans!

3.2 ROB WILKINS AND SANDRA KIDBY ANSWER FANS' QUESTIONS

In a lovely eleven minute video, Rob answers questions put to him by attendees of the Scheibenwelt (German Discworld) convention. He discusses the possible Discworld Lego set, forthcoming productions from Narrativia, and gives some fascinating bits of inside knowledge – including the fact that Sir Pterry left the world of the living to the sound of Meatloaf's classic Bat Out of Hell! Some quotes:

"Yes, there will be other adaptations, for the TV and for the big screen, but I can't be specific about which novels..."

"Terry really did leave behind a huge volume of unpublished material... The ideas are ideas we discussed together, so maybe some episodes of The Watch will be influenced by some of that material..."

"Did we ever have an argument? We argued every day! Every day I quit, and every day Terry sacked me... but we only argued if we were arguing about a plot point... we did argue, but it was always about the story... we did make it up very quickly..."

"Can you imagine being at the forefront of the creative process, sitting beside Terry Pratchett every day as he wrote..."

"I can honestly say that out of all the fan mail Terry received, Eskarina Smith was asked about the most..."

"Terry left what he called 'anchors' throughout his writing, and could refer back to them -- something you as a reader would have skimmed over, wouldn't have even noticed at the time, and yet he would refer to it twenty-five novels later..."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCLq7KNMu_8

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04) ODDS AND SODS

4.0 PETITION FOR A PRATCHETT STATUE

As mentioned in the previous issue...

"Sir Terry Pratchett is a national icon when it comes to creating fantasy worlds that bring joy to millions of people. With over 70 books and 75 million copies sold worldwide, he created a powerful legacy that has encouraged reading and creativity. And here in Salisbury we were lucky enough to have him as a local resident for over 20 years. He worked with local people and artists, and made wonderful contributions to the local hospital.

"But there is little to inform the guests and residents of this vastly popular city of Sir Terry's involvement, or the love the community had for him in return. Salisbury take pride in many notable statues and works of art across the city, but we would like to campaign for a permanent statue, in a prominent location, in memory of Sir Terry's incalculable role in the culture of this country.

"Our aim will be to contact local officials via Salisbury City Council to either encourage them to take on the project themselves, or grant us permission to work with them in making it happen. If funding becomes an issue, it is possible that crowd-sourcing some of the costs could be viable, with any additional money raised going towards those charities supported by Sir Terry."

If you wish to sign the online petition, go to:

http://chn.ge/1Jn8iVs

4.1 DISCWORLD BARON BOUGHT BY ROB WILKINS FOR PTERRY'S LOCAL

The Discworld Baron was auctioned to the tune of £5,000 for the Trussell Trust, making it the highest-priced of the Barons. At first it was credited to a mystery bidder, but soon the bidder was identified as none other than Rob Wilkins himself. Now it has been donated to a permanent place in the Queen's Head pub in Broad Chalke, Wiltshire – otherwise known as Sir Pterry's local!

The Charter Barons project raised £200,000 altogether for the Trussell Trust, which coordinates the ever-increasing number of vital food banks in the UK.

This from Discworld.com, formerly PJSM Prints:

"The Discworld Knight baron has this week taken up residency at The Queen's Head pub in Broad Chalke in Wiltshire, where it will be on display for the next couple of months before moving to its permanent home in the Chalke Valley. It is hard to imagine a more fitting tribute to Terry for whom this statue was dedicated. The design of the baron was already in production at the time of Terry's untimely passing on 12th March 2015. His family kindly gave permission for The Discworld Knight to remain in The Barons' Charter project in his memory and at the auction on 1st October, Rob Wilkins was the winning bidder. Rob worked alongside Terry for many years, and felt that the most fitting tribute to the author would be to secure the magnificent statue and place it in the author's favourite pub for all to admire. 'We all know that Terry had the most incredible sense of humour, and would have taken great delight in reappearing here to keep an eye on the locals,' he said..."

To read the whole announcement, go to:

http://discworld.com/discworld-knight-on-display-at-terrys-local-pub/

4.2 PAUL KIDBY NOMINATION AS ILLUSTRATOR

On The Bookseller:

"Illustrators are now listed on the CILIP Carnegie 2016 nominations list, revealed today (19th October), following last year's complaint from author/illustrator Sarah McIntyre. In October 2014, CILIP nominated Oliver and the Seawigs (OUP Children's Books) for the 2015 Carnegie medal, mentioning writer Philip Reeve as the author but not McIntyre, who illustrated the book. McIntyre, who said she co-created the story, suggested the organisers should open the award up to books attributed to co-authors. 'Because the book has a lot of illustrations it has a shorter text; the world is built by the pictures as well as the words.' Her campaign has paid off because the titles nominated for the 2016 Carnegie medal are listed with both the author and illustrator. So both Jacqueline Wilson and Nick Sharratt are listed for Katy (Puffin), as are David Walliams and Tony Ross for Awful Auntie (HarperCollins Children's Books) and Terry Pratchett and Paul Kidby for The Shepherd's Crown (Doubleday Children's Books)..."

The full list of nominations can be found online at http://bit.ly/1PBvhne

http://bit.ly/1W6vRyt

4.3 HOW SIR PTERRY CHANGED THE WORLD'S VIEW OF ALZHEIMER'S

"Tim Parry from Alzheimer's Research UK said that the late author had transformed attitudes towards the disease. 'Terry Pratchett has played a huge role in just bringing it to people's attention and beginning to change the language towards the idea that we actually may be able to fight these diseases,' he said. 'He was the first person to say he wanted to kick it in the arse.' Parry, who is head of communications for the organisation, also spoke about how crucial it was to remove the stigma and shame around the disease, and that Pratchett's frank and very public discussion of his condition had helped..."

http://bit.ly/1N6SpaV

4.4 PICTURING PRATCHETT

In the Western Morning News:

"Members of the Exeter Camera Club have curated a series of exhibition to celebrate the club's 125th anniversary, making it one of the oldest camera clubs in the country. The black and white and monochrome photographs are currently being exhibited all month at The Cafe, Topsham, Devon. Photographer Phil Lockett paid tribute to author Terry Pratchett in his image 'A Tribute to Sir Terry'. He said: 'The image idea came very easily, it was the most natural of reactions when you hear news of a personal loss, to stop what you're doing or reading, take off your glasses and just absorb what that news meant. The book was one on my bookshelf I knew had his famous Death character appearing in, and I wanted him evident on the pages spread open. Death always speaks all in uppercase. I let the book fall open pretty much unguided and placed the glasses gently before taking the picture.'"

http://bit.ly/1Ml3MPn

The photograph: http://bit.ly/1GO2Lrs

4.5 REVIEW: THE WORLD OF POO

By Allen Adams for the Maine Edge:

"One of the reasons that Pratchett is so beloved is his ability to create richly detailed worlds. 'The World of Poo' was essentially a throwaway joke in 'Snuff,' and yet Pratchett managed to extrapolate that brief bit into something fully formed and – frankly – awfully funny. It is Pratchett all the way down, too, with plenty of winks and nods to various other Discworld properties and even a handful of his usual footnotes. As for readers of all ages, that is absolutely accurate. Granted, there's a lot of nuance that one could only pick up if one was familiar with Discworld, what with the sly references and central roles for a couple of Discworld's tertiary characters. However, while those details will enhance the enjoyment of the more experienced, younger readers will find plenty to delight them. It's a sweet story about a curious little boy who is fascinated by poo – no doubt there are more than a few kids just like Geoffrey out there in the wide world. Poo is hilarious and no one understands that better than little boys. 'The World of Poo' is a delight, working on multiple levels to engage and entertain young and old alike..."

http://bit.ly/1Kzmbk9

4.6 REVIEWS: THE SHEPHERD'S CROWN

***EDITOR'S NOTE: REMEMBER, IF YOU HAVEN'T YET READ THE SHEPHERD'S CROWN, BEWARE OF SPOILERS IN THESE REVIEWS!***

By Rene Nol for the Otago Times:

"Someone once said of Terry Pratchett that he was the kindest teacher you could ever have. Certainly for me he was the funniest. The research (he insisted it was pleasure reading) Pratchett did for his Discworld books was astoundingly wide-ranging, as he gleaned obscure tidbits, about the grittier side of Victorian London (from the sewers up, literally) say, to the sublime works of Leonardo da Vinci, among a host of subjects. These were then processed by Pratchett's lively imagination to reappear sometimes as major themes in his books, sometimes as one-liner jokes. Even a chance encounter was enough to set Pratchett's mind working: he once saw a large woman struggling with her wheeled suitcase, which appeared to have a mind of its own regarding where it was going. From this was born the Luggage, a chest on dozens of little legs. It was bound to follow its owner wherever that might be (even through time itself), and it radiated malevolence when in the mood.

"It is tempting to think Pratchett had his own demise at the front of his mind when he was writing The Shepherd's Crown..."

http://www.odt.co.nz/entertainment/books/359556/finale-fantasys-finest

By Scott Wilson on Popzara:

"Reading this novel made me realize just how different Discworld stories can be told just by changing the age of the character. Most of the political satire and adult humor is replaced with more toned down versions, which are pretty funny, but not in the same way. Another oddity about this novel is a trend that carried over from his previous book, Raising Steam, in which many of the point-of-view characters seen in different chapters only pop up once and are never heard from again, while established characters seem to miss out on the action. While it does a good job of saying goodbye to Discworld as a whole, The Shepherd's Crown feels like one of the weakest stories in the series. Many of the situations and villains are reused from earlier works without much more characterization. It carries many of the usual themes that Pratchett uses, such as sexism, change, and the inevitability of death, but everything seems to resolve entirely too easy, and very rarely is there much conflict between characters... The Shepherd's Crown is not an ending. It is, however, a reminder of stories that will never be told..."

http://bit.ly/1LVTp2x

By Hannah Sissons on Forge Fuse:

"The Shepherd's Crown is the fifth and final book about Tiffany and Pratchett keeps her spirit beautifully alive throughout. Pratchett's book is laced with ideas which he evidently wanted the world to know of before he departed... Whilst written for younger readers, this book can appreciated by anyone of any age. It stands for friendship, hard work, family and above all real magic; magic that is created, not by swishing a wand around or reading off spells, but by embracing our humanity, speaking for those with no voice and caring for those in need..."

http://forgetoday.com/fuse/the-shepherds-crown/

4.7 MUSINGS ON EQUAL RITES AND ON MORT

More from blogger Nat Wassell, on Cultured Vultures:

On Equal Rites: 'Equal Rites' is the third book in the series, and it is a landmark point in the series for several reasons. One of the things I noticed during this novel was that Sir Terry never tries to disguise the narrative voice as being anything but his own. There are a lot of metaphors that come up which involve comparisons to things like dodgems and radio, things that do not exist on the disc and therefore cannot be compared by anyone who is not firmly of our own world. I wonder if this is a deliberate move on Sir Terry's part, claiming Discworld for his own and allowing no one to mistake it as belonging to anyone but him. There is no omniscient third party here, telling the stories. There is only Terry Pratchett and his wacky, wonderful imagination..."

http://bit.ly/1LvVTTN

On Mort: "I think the fact that Death is one of the most fleshed out, sympathetic characters in the whole series tells you everything that you need to know about Discworld and the delight that Pratchett takes in inverting the norm. If Granny Weatherwax was Pratchett's muse, Death was his closest companion... When I was first discovering Discworld, 'Mort' was the title that kept coming up as the best place to start, although I never followed that advice. On doing some informal research now (stalking Tumblr and Goodreads) it seems that a lot of people agree on 'Mort' being one of the best in the series. I'll be honest though; I didn't like it that much the first time round. I liked Death, but then it is difficult not to like him, he is so warm, so endearing, so funny. It was everything else that I didn't much care for; Mort as character was not my favourite, although I liked him more than Rincewind, and the story didn't quite make sense to me. If it had been the first book that I picked up, I cannot say for sure that I would have carried on with the rest of them. So I'm pleased to say that, the second time around, 'Mort' was much more enjoyable for me... In terms of style, the main thing I noticed is that one of my main gripes from the first three novels – the fact that Pratchett has a habit of repeating himself a lot – has been put to a stop here, and that Pratchett even comments on it, like he has suddenly realised he was doing it. It's self-conscious writing and it shows a respect for the reader; he knows that they will have noticed and he makes no apologies for it, but does accept he was doing it..."

http://culturedvultures.com/discworld-discussions-mort-1987/

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05) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS

5.0 REMINDER: WYRD SISTERS IN UPPINGHAM

It's that time at last! After a long run-up, the Uppingham Theatre Company will be staging their production of Wyrd Sisters at the end of this month. Many thanks to Vikki Shelton and her team for the updates – it looks like this production will be truly excellent!

When: Thursday 29th October through Saturday 31st October 2015
Venue: Uppingham Theatre, 32 Stockerston Road, Uppingham, Rutland LE15 9UD
Time: 7.30pm all evening shows; Saturday matinee 2.30pm
Tickets: £10 (includes a £2 charity donation per ticket to Rutland Reminders). Available in person from Uppingham Sports and Books, 9 High Street East, Uppingham. To purchase online, go to https://www.wegottickets.com/location/1664

A special Discworld menu to accompany the production, devised by the Uppingham Theatre Company's Vikki Shelton and approved by Colin Smythe, will be served at The Vaults restaurant, The Market Place, Uppingham LE15 9QH starting on the 18th October through to 31st October to help Uppingham Theatre Company raise money for Rutland Reminders (50p from the price of each plate). To enquire about booking a table for a pre Wyrd Sisters meal, or for more information, contact Tom on 01572 823259. "Please pre order your food to ensure its availability, and be mindful of the play's starting time if you are eating pre show"

http://www.uppinghamtheatrecompany.org.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Uppingham-Theatre-Company/215743641793859

www.thevaultsuppingham.co.uk

Editor's note: for some fun photos of the cast larking about, go to http://wossname.dreamwidth.org/24897.html

5.1 NEW: MORT IN LISMORE, FOURECKS (OCTOBER)

The Lismore Theatre Company continues to present their production of Mort this month.

When: 30 and 31 October 2015; also, matinee performance on the 25th
Venue: Rochdale Theatre, 603 Ballina Rd, Goonellabah, New South Wales 2480
Time: 8pm all evening shows; 5pm matinee
Tickets: $20 all shows except for the performance on 31st October which is $30 as it will be a special Halloween fancy dress night. Tickets are available at the door, or to pre-purchase online go to:

http://www.trybooking.com/158774 (for all performances except the 31st)
http://www.trybooking.com/158775 (for the Halloween Gala night)

http://lismoretheatrecompany.org.au/

5.2 NEW: WYRD SISTERS IN WATLINGTON, NORFOLK (OCTOBER)

The Watlington Players will present their production of Wyrd Sisters at the end of this month.

When: 29th – 31st October
Venue: Watlington Village Hall, Church Road, Watlington, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE33 0HE
Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: £7 (£5 concessions). To purchase online, go to
https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/watlingtonplayers

"If you wish to pay with cash or cheque, the box office can be called between 6.00pm and 7.00pm – 0845 052 9645.
We would like to invite you all to dress up as your favourite Pratchett or Halloween character for our Saturday night performance, however this will not be an essential!"

www.watlingtonplayers.com
www.facebook.com/watlingtonplayers

5.3 REMINDER: WYRD SISTERS IN CHARLTON, SOUTHEAST LONDON (OCTOBER)

The Alexandra Players will present their production of Wyrd Sisters at the end of this month.

When: 28th–31st October 2015
Venue: Alexandra Hall, Bramshot Avenue, Charlton, London SE7
Time: 8pm (Wednesday 28th, Thursday 29th, Friday 30th); 7pm (Saturday 31st)
Tickets: £9 (£8 concessions). To order online, go to http://alexandraplayers.org.uk/?page_id=2738 and use the booking form on the page, or for a block of more than four tickets email alexandraplayers@gmail.com

http://alexandraplayers.org.uk/

5.4 NEW: WYRD SISTERS IN DEREHAM, NORFOLK: OCTOBER AUDITIONS FOR 2016 PRODUCTION

The Dereham Theatre Company will present their production of Wyrd Sisters next March. All performance royalties for will be donated to The Orangutan Foundation!

When: Thursday 10th March through Saturday 12th March 2016
Venue: Dereham Memorial Hall, 61 Norwich Street, Dereham NR19 1AD
Time: 7.30pm all performances
Tickets: TBA

But first: AUDITIONS THIS WEEK!

The online audition form can be found at http://dosoc.co.uk/audition.asp

Read-Through: Monday October 26th at 7:30pm.
Auditions: Saturday October 31st from approx. 11:00am till 5:00pm
Venue: The Studio, Rear of Dereham Memorial Hall, 62 Norwich Street, Dereham NR19 1AD

"It is beneficial to attend one or both read-throughs to get a feel for the play and characters, although not necessarily essential. Please make sure you are available for the whole Audition day. If you are unable to make this or need to attend at a specific time, please let us know ASAP. Whilst it will not count against you, learning the extracts ahead of Auditions will help us judge your comedic skill. Also whilst accents can be worked on (we have six months) we are looking for at least some effort in speaking with the appropriate dialect... There are 33 individual parts and we're aiming for a cast of around twenty. Those not in lead parts are likely to be playing 2–4 characters throughout the production and there are plenty of lines (and comedy moments) to go around...

"A full Audition Timetable will be e-mailed by Thursday October 29th. However, if you have any further questions, e-mail me at secretary@dosoc.co.uk."

http://dosoc.co.uk/membersproduction2.asp

http://www.dosoc.co.uk/

5.5 NEW: MASKERADE IN CAMBRIDGE (DECEMBER)

Discworld plays and Cambridge Footlights – what's not to like? The ADC Theatre will present their production of Maskerade in December.

"After the sell-out success of Wyrd Sisters, Bawds bring another Discworld to the ADC Theatre with their unique mix of film, music and comedy, directed by a former President of the Footlights and dedicated to the proposition that 'in opera, no-one can hear you scream'."

When: Tuesday 8th – Saturday 12 December 2015
Venue: ADC Theatre, Park Street, Cambridge CB5 8AS (phone 01223 300085). "Parking is available in Park Street Car Park operated by Cambridge City Council. Street parking on Jesus Lane is often available for minibuses and other large vehicles. Approach must be made via Victoria Avenue or Maids Causeway due to traffic restrictions."
Time: 7.45pm
Tickets: £12/£10 concessions (Tue & Sat Matinee £10/£8 concessions). To book, go to https://www.adctheatre.com/whats-on/drama/maskerade.aspx and select a date from the drop-down menu on the right of the page

https://www.adctheatre.com

5.6 REMINDER: WYRD SISTERS IN HEXHAM (NOVEMBER)

The Queen's Hall Theatre Club will perform their production of Wyrd Sisters in November.

When: Thursday 26th – Saturday 28th November 2015
Venue: Main Theatre, Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham, Northumberland NE46 3LS (Box Office 01434 652477)
Time: 7:30pm
Tickets: £10 (concessions £9, under 18s £7). The Box Office is open from 10.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday & 10.00am to 4.00pm Saturday and one hour before the start of every performance. To buy online, go to http://bit.ly/1O5eIAp and click on the tab marked BOOK, then click the BOOK tab for the date of your choice.

http://www.queenshall.co.uk/events/terry-pratchett%E2%80%99s-wyrd-sisters
http://www.queenshall.co.uk/

5.7 REMINDER: UNSEEN ACADEMICALS IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE (NOVEMBER)

The Marlow Players will present their production of Unseen Academicals in November.

When: 12th, 13th and 14th November 2015
Venue: Shelley Theatre, Court Garden, Pound Lane, Marlow, Bucks SL7 2AG
Time: 8pm all shows
Tickets: £12. To purchase online, go to http://marlowplayers.org.uk/product-category/boxoffice/

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

5.8 REMINDER: MAKING MONEY IN BASILDON (NOVEMBER)

The Thalian Theatre Group are back in November with a new Discworld production: Making Money!

When: Thurs. 12th – Sat. 14th November 2015
Venue: Mirren Studio, Towngate Theatre, St Martin's Square, Basildon, Essex SS14 1DL.
Time: 8pm
Tickets: £10 (£8.50 concessions), with a booking fee of £1. To purchase online, go to http://thaliantheatregroup.wix.com/thalian and click on the tickets image. To reserve tickets by phone, ring 01268 417854. A percentage of ticket sales will be donated to Alzheimer's Research UK.

Box Office telephone: 01268 465 465.

http://thaliantheatregroup.wix.com/thalian
www.facebook.com/ThalianTheatreGroup/info?tab=page_info

www.towngatetheatre.co.uk/

5.9 REMINDER: THE SHAKESPEARE CODEX WORLD PREMIERE IN ABINGDON (APRIL 2016)

"Discworld's 'stars' have to stop the elves taking over our world, make Shakespeare write A Midsummer Night's Dream ... and ensure the potato is discovered! Featuring Ridcully, Rincewind, Granny Weatherwax, Angua, Vetinari, Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth I ... & the Earl of Oxford. Based loosely on The Science of Discworld II: the Globe, Lords & Ladies, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Staged on 6 to 9 April 2016 (both Terry's and Shakespeare's birth month)... We're expecting quite a lot of interest in this show, so *early booking* (particularly for the weekend performances) is recommended. Block booking discounts will be available for the Wed and Thu performances."

When: 6th-9th April 2016
Venue: Unicorn Theatre, Medieval Abbey Buildings, Checker Walk/Thames Street, Abingdon, OXON, OX14 3HZ
Time: TBA
Tickets: £10.00 (Wed, Thu, Fri shows) and £11.00 (Sat mat and evening shows)

http://www.shakespearecodex.co.uk/

5.10 MASKERADE PRODUCTION WAS A TRIBUTE TO PRATCHETT

An article about the Henley Players' recent production of Maskerade featured tributes to Sir Pterry from sibling actors George and Harry Petrie:

Two brothers appearing in a play based on the work of Sir Terry Pratchett have each written their own tribute to the late author... Among the cast of the play, the plot of which is said to carry echoes of The Phantom of the Opera, are brothers George and Harry Petrie. Together, they decided to use the occasion to pay tribute to Sir Terry, who died in March.

George says: 'I grew up with Pratchett and in every book, movie, play or game I have enjoyed I can find certain similarities in his style. My views on both art and modern life are shaped by his unique way of looking at any subject. He saw both the way things often presented themselves as well as the way they looked from angles you hadn't considered before. I sincerely doubt I would be as cynical, or as in love with creative fiction as I am without his influence. Beyond what he meant as a writer, whose work I love, he also stood as an exemplar of what an artist should be: looking at genres outside your own and expanding your view of the world and your mind constantly; never looking down at alternative art forms but instead looking for ways you can express yourself through them. Above all, he held that money was 'an unavoidable consequence' and that the only reason to write, to create, was it gave you joy to do so.'

Harry says: 'Having come to Pratchett's works at a later point than my brother, I found their wonderful oddness and fantastic humour a constant joy. His inimitable style has left it's impression deep on both the way I write, as well as how I view the world. Having greatly felt his passing, as did legions upon throngs of his fans, finding a means of paying tribute to the man that had, and will always have an immense impact on me, has been no mean feat. But I hope, as I am sure my fellow cast members do, that our production of Maskerade will in some small way show our appreciation, respect and love for both the man and his works.'

http://bit.ly/1L7YzXw

5.11 NEW: WYRD SISTERS IN BELFAST (NOVEMBER)

The Bart Players will present their production of Wyrd Sisters in late November!

25th–28th November 2015
Venue: Bart Players, 183 Stranmillis Road, Belfast
Time: 7.30pm all shows
Tickets: £10.00 (Concession for Under 18/Over 60s/Students £8.00; groups of 10 or more will earn a discount). Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/bartplayers – or by email to bartplayersbelfast@gmail.com,
or by phoning 028 9020 2280.

http://bartplayers.co.uk/

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06) DISCWORLD GAMES NEWS

Here comes Clacks!

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

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

Meanwhile, while Wossname awaits the delivery of our copy, here be the story of Clacks and how it came to Roundworld...

"Back in September 2011 Leonard Boyd and I (David Brashaw) who run Backspindle Games had recently published Guards! Guards! A Discworld Boardgame in conjunction with Z-Man Games. Both being from Ireland we thought, where was the best place to be just after its release? The Irish Discworld Convention, of course! This venture was not without its challenges as it took us five hours 'by car" to get there, while many others who had travelled from across Europe got there in less than four hours... We were mostly delayed by a Post Office van that was broken down at the Mad Cow roundabout. Funny how this later impacted subliminally in our game Clacks! (darn Post Office)... On the final day when we were all packed up and relaxing in the lounge, we talked with other delegates about the Sky TV adaptations of Discworld books. I had just said that my favourite one was Going Postal and the great race when Leonard came out with the statement, "I'm sure there is a good game in there somewhere." Hence we started talking about how many lamps were on a Clacks tower, the type of alphabet, semaphore, and transmission of words, and in no time at all had come up with an initial idea of a board game in which players would compete to transmit words.

"Once back safe and sound in County Down we developed the idea further, agreeing on how many lamps should be on a board, and Leonard devised the Clacks alphabet. We dug out our respective copies of Going Postal for reference purposes. Leonard then created a simple board and tile lamp stickers while I got some wooden blocks cut and painted them black with the interference of our cat — they became his plaything while drying on the windowsill — and we had a demo game ready to go...

This is a good, long, detailed diary of the development of Clacks, well worth taking the time to read while you await delivery of your own copy.

http://bit.ly/1GrWLtS

Not ordered your copy yet? You know you want to! You can get Clacks from...

http://www.backspindlegames.com/clacks/
http://www.discworldemporium.com/Clacks
http://discworld.com/products/games/clacks-a-discworld-board-game/

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07) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS

7.0 NEW KIDBY PRINTS!

"Next week I am releasing my new fine art limited edition signed print: Drawings from the Shepherd's Crown. It features 12 iconic vignette illustrations including Tiffany, Rob Anybody, Mephistopheles the Goat and You the Cat."

A photo collage of the drawings:

http://bit.ly/1ZPJgue


7.1 DISCWORLD.COM UPDATES

"Welcome one and all to Spindlewinter at Discworld.com HQ. 'Tis the month for all things Eldritch and Discworld's finest have taken over our website until Hallows Eve. To celebrate the witching hour, you can now add the NEW Granny Weatherwax bust to your collection, and sport our elegant NEW Granny T-shirt. We're also hailing the return of the Collector's Death Pin and bringing our popular Roundworld section back. Not only that but we've added a handy 'New Products' section! Join us as the season changes, rejoice in the magic of Discworld and follow your heart to the Lancre Coven..."

* The Granny bust:

"Based on Paul Kidby's illustrations of Granny, this detailed bust is made from high-quality resin and is ideal for painting."

The unpainted Granny Weatherwax bust is priced at £28. For more information, and to order, go to:

http://discworld.com/products/busts/granny-bust-unpainted/

* The Granny t-shirt:

"A silhouette image of Discworld's foremost practitioner of headology, in striking colours from a design by Paper Panda. For this design in classic fit we use Gildan 200gsm weight garments in 100% cotton. They have taped neck and shoulders, seamless twin needle 7/8″ collar, quarter-turned to eliminate crease. The image is applied using a hard-wearing purple Superflex Vinyl. For the skinny fits we use combed and ringspun 100% cotton in 145gsm weight. They have shoulder taping to maintain shape, a longer body length and flattering side-seaming."

The Granny Weatherwax Papercut t-shirt is priced at £15. For more information, and to order, go to:

http://discworld.com/products/bags-clothing/granny-papercut-t-shirt

* The Death pin:

"When released back in 2008, this proved to be one of our most popular pins ever produced. Inspired by Death's Domain: A Discworld Mapp, the design features purple enameling, Death's famous piercing blue eyes and the motto 'NVLLA IVSTITIA EST EGO SOLVM EST'. The detailing and art nouveau styling is simply stunning. VERY LIMITED STOCK!"

The Death Pin is priced at £60. For more information, and to order, go to:

http://discworld.com/products/collectables/death-pin/

"Soon we'll be hearing the tramping of hogs and decking the Discworld.com halls with sausages again so we're delighted to introduce our fab new 'Festive Favourites' page, a quick-click option for all your Hogswatch specials, and some nifty stocking fillers. Keep an eye on this page over the coming weeks as we'll keep it up to date with all the finest finery for your festive frolics!"

* The Festive Favourites include a selection of button badges priced at £1 each (Nanny Ogg, Hogfather, Feegles, etc.), a Death as Hogfather pin priced at £3.50, and a Death as Hogfather 30mm metal cast miniature priced at £8.50. For more information, and to order, go to:

http://discworld.com/products/festive-fun

"We're feeling social here at Discworld.com HQ and are delighted to welcome you to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well as encouraging you to chat to us on email, Reddit and see our latest photos on Flickr. Please join us and do offer your opinions, we value your views and love seeing your photos and collections!"

https://www.facebook.com/discworldofficial
https://twitter.com/Discworld_com
https://instagram.com/discworld.com_official/
email: pr@discworld.com
https://www.reddit.com/user/discworld_com
https://www.flickr.com/photos/132892573@N05/

We're giving away a set of US paperback edition copies of the first four Tiffany novels this month. Simply email your answer to the following question to pr@discworld.com to be entered into the draw. "Name the third son of Lord Swivel". Good luck!"

...also...

* Terry Pratchett's Folio!

"This highly collectable hardback, originally produced for fans at the 2014 UK Discworld convention when Terry himself was unable to attend, stands at just over five inches tall. 'Terry Pratchett's Folio', contains two scenes cut from Raising Steam, Terry's advice for life, Rob Wilkins' thoughts on Terry, an Ode to Multiple Universes, and is embossed with Terry's personal coat of arms. All proceeds from this special keepsake will go to the RICE centre in Bath."

The Terry Pratchett Folio is priced at £25. For more information, and to order, go to

http://discworld.com/products/collectables/terry-pratchetts-folio

* The Discworld survey!

"Please take a moment to help us! We'd like you to have your say on our future product range..."

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GWK39S8

http://discworld.com/

7.2 DISCWORLD EMPORIUM UPDATES

Get-cher Compleat Discworld Atlas heeeere! Companion piece to the Compleat Ankh-Morpork, now available to Roundworld customers!

"Your Compleat guide to the geography and topography of Discworld! The Compleat Discworld Atlas is a wondrously witty travel guide brought to you by The Ankh-Morpork Guild of Trespassers and Unseen University Press. Each atlas boasts full colour plate maps, sumptuous illustrations and a comprehensive gazetteer, all accompanied by a giant double-sided map featuring a magnificent vision of The World Turtle A'Tuin and wonderfully detailed delineation of the Disc on the reverse. The Compleat Discworld Atlas is our final collaboration with Sir Terry Pratchett. A project 3 years in the making, this new guide to the extraordinary world he created was completed before his untimely death in March 2015.

"To honour this auspicious publication each copy from the Emporium includes a souvenir travel poster as a gift from us."

The Compleat Discworld Atlas is priced at £25 (and that's cutting their own throats!). For more information, and to order, go to:

http://www.discworldemporium.com/Compleat-Discworld-Atlas

"Accompany your Discworld Atlas with our exclusive set of postcard prints, featuring 7a exotic scenes from the atlas itself. Send them, frame them, or use them to mark your place in your favourite Discworld books! The world is your mollusc with our exclusive set of postcard prints featuring artwork from the Compleat Discworld Atlas and Mrs Bradshaw's Handbook! Frame them, send them, or use them as bookmarks – each set includes 7a postcards from Ankh-Morpork, Lancre, Sto Lat, Big Cabbage, Uberwald, Genua, Old Treachery and Krull, each printed in a traditional vintage postcard finish."

The set includes postcards of the Wonderful Fanny, Big Cabbage, Lancre, Uberwald, Krull, Sto Lat, Genua, and of course Ankh-Morpork ("I survived the Mended Drum and all I got was this lousy postcard").

The Discworld Postcard Prints set is priced at £5. For more information, and to order, go to:

http://www.discworldemporium.com/Discworld-postcards

"A brand new puzzle game based on Discworld's "Clacks" semaphore messaging system, as featured in Sir Terry Pratchett's novel Going Postal! Play against your friends and claim the title of Fastest Clacks Operator on the line, or play together as a team to win the race against the Post Office across the Discworld in this strategic puzzle game from the makers of Guards! Guards!. Using a semaphore system of shuttered lamps on top of high towers, the Grand Trunk Semaphore Company has revolutionized long-distance communications on the Discworld. Their network of towers covers most of the Unnamed Continent, but now the old postal service is fighting back. Driven by the determination of newly "volunteered" Post Master Moist Von Lipwig, the Ankh-Morpork Post Office has challenged the Clacks operators to a race from Ankh-Morpork to Genua! Contains rules for a player vs. player game, a co-operative race game against the Post Office, and a children's introductory game."

Clacks is priced at £29. For more information, and to order, go to:

http://www.discworldemporium.com/Clacks

"As a Terry-appointed Ankh-Morpork Consulate we are officially authorised to issue these truly fantastic Discworld artefacts, each featuring individual numbers, immigration stamps from your travels around the Disc, and a 'real' Ankh-Morpork duty stamp fixed inside. Knowing Terry Pratchett fans to be nought but trustworthy, each passport is pre-endorsed ready for you to fill in your details as honestly, or as imaginatively, as you wish. The Passport contains vital information on prohibited goods, currency, and work permits along with space for stamps should you visit the Discworld Emporium in person, or any other place that is silly enough to stamp it. Measures 100 x 140mm."

Each Discworld Passport is priced at £10. For more information, and to order, go to:

http://www.discworldemporium.com/ankh-morpork-passport

"Our popular Turtle Moves design by 2016 Discworld Calendar artist Joe McLaren is now available on a brand new tote bag as well as our bestselling t-shirts! These cotton shoppers have 'bags' of room, and long handles for ease of toting!"

Each Discworld Turtle Moves tote bag is priced at £7.50. For more information, and to order, go to:

http://www.discworldemporium.com/Turtle-Moves-Tote-Bag

It's back to school time for all you UU students out there!

Choose from a fine collection of Unseen University clothing and accessories, including the UU hoodie (£28); UU Scarf (£40); UU 35mm Alumni Badge (£4.50); UU Doctoral Badge (£4.95); The Librarian's 'Ook' badge (£4). For more information on each, and to order, go to:

http://discworld.com/products/uu-clothing-badges/

"And finally, what better way to make your luggage stand out on the carousel (without numerous little legs) than a set of Discworld Luggage Labels! (warning: may irritate Sapient Pearwood). A set of six luggage labels harking from Discworld's new age of steam! Each label is a souvenir from adventures in Discworld travel, and has been printed to withstand the most rigorous of expeditions. With designs from favourite Discworld destinations including Lancre, Uberwald, and Ankh-Morpork along with designs from C.M.O.T. Dibbler travel, the Ankh-Morpork Guild of Trespassers, and the Ankh-Morpork and Sto Plains Hygienic Railway, our Discworld Luggage Labels will render your cases unique on the luggage carousel! Circular stickers measure 95mm diameter, rectangular designs measure 111 x 69mm."

Each Discworld Luggage Labels set is priced at £6. For more information, and to order, go to:

http://www.discworldemporium.com/Discworld-luggage-labels

http://www.discworldemporium.com/

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08) DISCWORLD MEETING GROUPS NEWS: UPDATES AND REMINDERS

The Broken Drummers, "London's Premier Unofficially Official Discworld Group" (motto "Nil percussio est"), meets next on Monday 2nd November 2015 at the Monkey Puzzle, 30 Southwick Street, London, W2 1JQ. For more information, go to http://brokendrummers.org/ or email BrokenDrummers@gmail.com or nicholls.helen@yahoo.co.uk

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

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

Some updates, for anyone who'd like to attend:

The Victorian/Dickensian/Steampunk Gathering of The Loonies

Fri.
* Deck the hall with balls of holly – bring some spare decorations and help us decorate our hall for a weekend of festivities
* We want to put up a tree for geeks – so if you have small geeky things to put in the tree – Deathstar baubles – toy Daleks – miniature magic wands – a fairy Mr Spock – anything geeky (even some festive Watchmen or Feegles – it's not a Discworld Tree – it's a Geeky Tree)
* The Good Old Days – Charge your beer mugs and gather around the tables for a fun chat about things that made you the geeks you are today – what was your first costume? – who was your first geeky crush? – what geeky books would be on your desert island? The stuff that has made you – you.
Sat.
Morning
* The Victorian poor lived in hand-me downs & second hand clothes – so can we! Bring any costumes or bits of costumes you don't want to the Sweetman Hall and then buy/sell/barter/swop with somebody else.. Larks what fun we could have....
Lunchtime
* In Victorian times urchins didn't know where their next meal was coming from and neither do we – forage in food establishments for your lunch...
Afternoon
* Geeky afternoon of Games
* Tea Duelling
* Promenade up and down the High Street in you best Geeky togs.... Victorians loved nothing better than walking around showing off their finery – we can do the same in anything geeky – Steampunks – Victorians – Witches - Seamstresses – Trekky costumes – Fez's and long scarves....anything
Evening
* Join us for a geeky Xmas Meal – Bring crackers and have a festive Geeky dinner... [Note: Saturday supper at Bear is
£12 for two courses, £8.95 one course, or £3.95 for pudding only. Turkey, beef or vegetarian option (aromatic Moroccan stew with couscous), and Christmas Pudding to finish. Please call the Bear to book]
* After Dinner Victorians didn't sit watching the TV or playing video games – they gathered around the piano and sang songs and played silly parlour games and entertained themselves – we geeks can do the same – sing songs – tell jokes etc – NOT A SHOW – but everybody entertaining everybody...
* It's not Xmas without a Ghost Story (or a Doctor Who special!) – Finish the night with a spooky telling of A Christmas Carol by our own Scrooge – Mr Ebenezer Hicks!
Sun.
Morning
* Nothing Planned yet
* As you were so good at foraging on the Saturday see if you can repeat it on the Sunday!
Afternoon
* A Tea Party with Tea and cake (please bring cake) Party hosted by a Man in a funny Hat so wear a Hat and join in (maybe a small prise for the best hat?)
* Join the Queen for a small game of Croquet on our specially imported indoor crochet lawn
* Being Polite Victorians we will be invited to 'Vacate the premises' (No mucky words at this gathering!) (Pack up the Geeky Tree, collect stuff people brought and depart home.)

"This is by no means a finished or full plan – there is still space in it that we can fill with other stuff – if anybody has ideas or suggestions – shout out and if we can make them happen we will. This is not a Hogswatch and it is not intended as a big even so if you want to come see friends – have fun – great. But if you don't come it's possibly something your life will go on with without. We aren't advertising this big time – it's mainly targeted at the friends who have been gathering for more than 10 years now – to continue doing so..."

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

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

Here be some upcoming events hosted by the Pratchett Partisans:

Carpe Jugul– Vinum! Halloween Party. Friday 30th Oct 7pm. Lady Margolotta's Castle. Appropriate Halloween/Discworld/Formal attire compulsory. $20 per person: platter food, games, prizes and dessert.

Discworld games afternoon Sat 14 November 2pm-8pm. Community meeting room Brisbane Square library. Drop in during the afternoon for Discworld board and card games, then dinner and drinks starting from 6pm at a local eatery.

Homicide at Hogswatch. Sat 19 December 6pm-10pm. Grand Central Hotel Dining Car. Will another Murder will be committed in Ankh Morpork? More details will be released soon.

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

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

"Every few months, we have a full day's worth of board games at La Scala Cafe, 169 Unley Rd, Unley in the function room starting at 10am."

Upcoming events include:
Nov 15 Chain Maille Workshop (TBC)
Nov 26 Monthly Dinner and Games, Seven Stars Hotel, 187 Angas St
Nov 29 Planning Picnic, Botanic Park, 11.30am
Dec 6 Round World Events SA Annual General Meeting
Dec TBA End of Year Dinner

For more info, go to http://ausdwcon.org/fan-clubs/adelaide/quiz/

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The Broken Vectis Drummers meet next on Thursday 5th November 2015 (probably) from 7.30pm at The Castle pub in Newport, Isle of Wight. For more info and any queries, contact broken_vectis_drummers@yahoo.co.uk

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The Wincanton Omnian Temperance Society (WOTS) next meets on Friday 6th November 2015 (probably) at Wincanton's famous Bear Inn from 7pm onwards. "Visitors and drop-ins are always welcome!"

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

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

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Sydney Drummers (formerly Drummers Downunder) meet next on Monday 2nd November 2015 at 6.30pm (probably) in Sydney at 3 Wise Monkeys, 555 George Street, Sydney,2000. For more information, contact Sue (aka Granny Weatherwax): kenworthys@yahoo.co.uk

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The Treacle Mining Corporation, formerly known as Perth Drummers, meets next on Monday 2nd November 2015 (probably) from 5.30pm at Carpe Cafe, 526 Murray Street, Perth, Western Australia. For details follow Perth Drummers on Twitter @Perth_Drummers or join their Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Perth.Drummers/ – or message Alexandra Ware directly at <alexandra.ware@gmail.com>

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09) THE DISCWORLD LIMERICK SLAM!

Here be a gem mined from the wilds of Facebook by one of our Newshounds. Marvellous stuff!

Hampus Lybeck of Gothenburg, Sweden started the proceedings with a challenge, "The rule of thumb is that there are limericks you can read with ladies present, limericks you can read with vicars present and then proper limericks." and then offered the first one:

From Lancre (Bad Ass) hailed a witch
Who had an unfortunate glitch
Her time-line bifurcated
And she duplicated
Now her friends can't tell which witch is which.

...and this happened...

Lucie Zeale
There once was a Smith in Bad Ass
With seven fine boys and a lass
A wizard was she
And eventually
she could travel through time to the past.

Sarah Rutherford Smith
There once was a boy from Copperhead
Whose hair was indelibly red.
He enforced the laws,
Loved a girl with four paws
And had irrefutable street cred.

Ruth Leslie
There once was a dashing young author.
Who said to himself "Well I oughta",
bring Disc world to life,
let laughter run rife.
You did good, you well loved old author. Tah dah!

Roger McKillop
There's music frae oor Feegles moond,
whaur drinkin', an' fechtin' aboond,
Wi' a big bottle o' Scumble,
We'll jine in the rumble,
An' hope the roast ship isnae foond!

Dan Ladle
In Ankh-Morpork there was a dictator,
Who preferred to be earlier than later,
He talked to the rats and liked crunching the stat's
On things said at a Square named Sator

Tania Maria Cann Lewis
Headology, said Nanny Ogg
Whilst talking to Gaspode the Dog
Is a load of old Fanny
I leave it to Granny
I prefer just to swig at my grog

Lucie Zeale
There was a man from Llamedos
Who played a fine harp of course
With a dwarf and troll
They made rock and roll
And were the best band there ever was!

There was a wizard in Ankh
A tourist with luggage like a tank
Too far did they roam
From Morporks loam
That straight off of the disc, they sank

Nicole B Hicks
Vimes walks the streets in the night
With nary a crim'nal in sight
The agony aunts
Hung two up, by their pants
And the rest are all hiding, in fright.

The Ankh is a curious river
Not so much a flow, as a quiver
You can skip more than a rock
If you're quick, you can walk
But it smells like a half-rotten liver.

Ruth Leslie
There once was a Magrat from Lancre,
Whose future was looking quite danker.
But she met a fool, who was destined to rule,
and all Verence could do,was to thank her.

Nicole B Hicks
The Alchemist's Guild has gone missing
In a pile of rubble, all hissing
Lots of bricks, I am told,
But none of them gold
So all of us are left wishing.

Monks sew up the trousers of time
Dumping bits in some unvisited clime
The Procrastinator rolls
And the Mandala scrolls
Whilst I fiddle about with this rhyme.

Nigel Finn
Leonard of Quirm was never quite sure,
How to continue limericks after line four,
When asked why this was,
He answered "Because."
Then he became distracted and sketched a detailed drawing of muscles in the human thumb, a nice little invention for keeping cheese at a consistent temperature, and a device for raining down fire on enemy ships.

Hampus Lybeck
A nice young man from Sutton Hoo
Knew a limerick that stopped at line two...

Nigel Finn Oook ook oooook ook ook,
Ook ook, oook ook ook,
ook ook OOK!
ook OOk OOK?
OOK ook OOOOK ook ook!

Nicole B Hicks
Though it looks like a cosmic mistake,
A world, round and flat, like a pancake,
The black-hatted creator,
Gave the Disc no equator,
Tis perfect, it requires no remake.

David Bond
Promotion in the halls of UU,
Was filling the dead men's pointy shoes,
Then along came Ridcully,
A fellow quite jolly,
Now the Bursar hides in the loos.

Nigel Finn
There once was a copper called Vimes,
Who knew he should move with the times,
He employed dwarfs and trolls,
A werewolf, some gargoyles,
And a vampire to help solve some crimes.

Nicole B Hicks
If wishes were horses, we'd ride
On A'tuins back, we'd abide
And while that would be merry
We can all be more Terry
And spread ripples on earth, far and wide.

A photog named Otto loves light
But crumbles away when it's bright
Shriek, if you must
Then sweep up the dust
So he can get the iconograph right

Nigel Finn
A man with a fowl on his head,
Was sick of the rumours they spread,
About a duck on his bonce,
So with much nonchalance,
He'd just reply "What duck?" instead.

Hampus Lybeck
From the town of Ohulan Cutash
(Well, the suburb, Sheepridge, let's not clash)
came a man with a secret
So dreadful you won't hear it
From me without huge loads of cash!

Roger McKillop
Tae write this poem, Daft Wullie wished.
Bit couldnae cause he wis pished!
He's reduced tae a mumble,
By scoffin' mair Scumble,
Than even he could hae wished!

Hampus Lybeck
There once was a young dwarf named Glod.
Through life did he happily plod.
Until this spot of bother;
His 'dad' was his mother
it turned out, or that's what I'm tlod.

Lucie Zeale
there once was a man called Groat
who drank turpentine for his throat
He lived with young Sidney
who was not of that kidney
a knowledge of pins was his boat.

Chris Browne
There once was a Reaper called Mort
Who travelled from Morpork to Tsort
Taking souls without fear
Till a change of career
Made him boss of the Sto Helit court.

There was a young Aching called Tiff
Whose cheeses had started to whiff
She did witchy magic
But the outcome was tragic
When Horace rolled over a cliff.

Nicole B Hicks
Young Sam, it is said, enjoys poo
From animals which quack, oink or moo
When asked about smell
He just said, "Oh well,
I'm from Ankh, it's nothing too new."

Chris Browne
Ponder Stibbons said, wiping his specs
And flexing his magical pecs,
'No cause for alarm
'When splitting the thaum
'I leave all the hard parts to Hex'

Roger McKillop
Moose pipes soond oor warnin' clear,
The big wee Hag's stridin' up here!
She kens aboot the ship,
Wi' her hauns oan her hip,
"A reckonin'" aw' Feegles fear!

Hampus Lybeck
Old women who live in The Shades
have handbags that bristle with blades
for every occasion
from tea to castration
or wanton destruction and raids.

Chris Browne
Jools Stollop was built like a waif
Her beauty assured she was safe
To succeed as a model
On high heels she'd toddle
Wearing micromail frocks (does not chafe)

Hampus Lybeck
Goodie Whemper (Maysherestinpeace)
used research methodologies.
Turned witchcraft into science
despite Granny's annoyance
at their likeness to jommetries.

Nigel Finn
A five part limerick briefly summing up the events of Feet Of Clay;

A dwarf named Cheery Littlebottom
Announced to the room "I have found some
Arsenic that was used
By the person accused
Of killing the priest and Hopkinson"

Old Stoneface remained quite confused
By an overabundance of clues
He couldn't find a link
And he needed a drink
And both those thoughts gave him the blues

Vetinari, meanwhile, remained ill
The thing that poisoned him was still
A mystery to all,
A trained wasp in the wall
Seemed all that could cause it. untill;

"Why hadn't I seen it before!?"
Thought Vimes as he ran to the door,
"The butcher, the baker,
The candle-stick maker!
I've figured it out now, I'm sure!"

Meanwhile Dorfl had helped save the day
Which provoked Captain Carrot to say
"Let's reward this beings acts,
Since he stopped the attacks
By destroying the clay of his clay."

Roger McKillop
"Bit it wisnae an Aitken ship!"
Said Rob wi' tremulous lip.
Fir oor mutton roast,
He ken't he wis toast,
She'd a skillet firm in her grip!

Roger McKillop
The Big Yan an' Rob were lampooned,
An' liftit high aff the groond,
Thus Tiff made her point,
Ower the stolen lamb joint,
As oor lads landed an' mooned!

Nicole B Hicks
Things get cold on Cori Celesti
Bring wool socks, and a double thick vesty
Please don't anger Fate
You won't like him irate
And no priest on the Disc will dare bless thee.

There once was a crook called von Lipwig
On the end of a rope he danced a jig
An angel helped Moist
Slip from the joist
And got him an honest to gods gig.

Hampus Lybeck
A young lad from Pseudopolis
gave demonology a whiz
wished for long life and beauty
and chestfuls of booty
got a wizzard instead, what a miss!

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10) ROUNDWORLD TALES: THE ALCHEMY OF BILLIARD BALLS

It seems that Moving Pictures' alchemists were echoing Roundworld history...

"When you played billiards during the early days of plastic, you took your life into your hands. Under the right circumstances, your bank shot could cause a ball to explode.

"Billiards played an important role in driving the development of synthetic plastic. In the Victorian era, billiard balls were made of ivory, a material created from carved tusks. But some feared (perhaps erroneously) that ivory's popularity was going to lead to a shortage of the material, as elephants would be hunted to near extinction. They were onto something — but it wouldn't happen for decades.

"Phelan and Collender, a major billiard table manufacturer, offered a $10,000 reward to any person who could make a non-ivory billiard ball. In 1869, an inventor named John Wesley Hyatt came up with a solution. He mixed nitrocellulose with alcohol and a waxy resin called camphor, and molded it into a ball that looked and felt a lot like ivory. This material, patented as Celluloid and later used for artificial dental plates, was the first mass-market synthetic plastic, launching what became known as the Age of Plastics. Unfortunately, nitrocellulose is also called guncotton, and it's combustible. It explodes so rapidly that it doesn't typically set anything on fire, but it can burst into flame and make a loud bang. And in boozy 19th-century pool halls, that was not such a great idea..."

http://bit.ly/1MLjei7


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11) AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE

The excellent Kokay Maramot has some further Pratchett thoughts...

On Where's My Cow:

"My first story as a child was told to me by my father. I was probably the same age as Young Sam (in Where's My Cow). I remember the nights, inside my parent's room in our small starter home. My father would read it to me again, over and over – the tale of how the animals from all over the world, walked by pair inside Noah's Ark. To a child's imagination, the arc bent space and time, it was infinitely large inside! There came the largest elephant, the fiercest lions, the birds, the dogs, cats, probably a kangaroo hopped inside too, but at the age of one, the only exotic animal I could fit inside it were ducks and rats. My mother bought me a duck and a rat one day from some church vendor. One day, both disappeared. No, they didn't die, I would have remembered. Probably went and freed themselves in search of Noah's Ark. Every capricious kid must've been as wicked as Egypt's King Ramses!... I remember my father, patient man that he is, reading Noah's ark many times in one night. My mother was probably relieved that I was nagging someone else during bedtime! My parents celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary last May 17th! They should be congratulated!

"Noah's Ark must have been a big hit for a child of one, but it could be trying to fathers (and mothers) all over the world. So, Terry Pratchett, being a genius (as this site attest to the many books I've reviewed) released a truly interactive approach to the usual animal bedtime story with a twist in Where's My Cow? It is a plus if your household loves the Discworld series and is familiar with one of its heroes – Sir Samuel Vimes, Knight, Duke and Commander of Discworld's fictional police force..."

http://bit.ly/1IQJCdx

On reading Pratchett on public transport:

Got on the bus at around 10pm today. I had to finish a few things in the office and extended my hours. The bus I got on was a one year old yellow skinned smelly creature. At one year old, it's cleaner than most buses in the metro, but that doesn't mean it's on top condition. The aircon is busted and the cover seats are muddied. For two hours this will be my shell because it's going to be a turtle soon when it hits EDSA- the longest, most crowded and, most dreaded pass any Filipino commuter had to endure every day. Anyway, I've learned to shun all the noise and distraction by plugging my headphones and playing some music from my phone while reading. When I'm feeling confident and focused, I could do without the headphones and would read all the way through the ride without breaking my concentration. All the way through the ride is almost two hours of squeezing in a crowded world of people who looks like they had a long day and would like it to end as soon as possible. The bus crawled anyway... As I read I Shall Wear Midnight, I had to stop and look out the bus window and not look anyone directly in the eye or they will see tears flowing from behind my glasses. When I read Terry Pratchett, I am reminded of the people in my hometown, in this city, in this country. I am reminded of my old grand aunt, living alone in her house, burgled just a few days ago. I am reminded of the 44 police officers who died in an encounter with the rebels in my country at Mamasapano, Maguindanao. I am reminded of the people who doesn't know the sophisticated words to make sense of this new world. I am reminded of my father and mother. The people I ride the bus everyday who had to endure buses like this. No other author has made me glance thoughtfully at strangers before..."

http://bit.ly/1WcVcab

From Pratchett Job, one blogger's ultimate top ten:

"Consider the output of your average author, who writes a handful of books over the course of their career. That's impressive in itself, hell, being able to get your book snapped up by an agent, skip through the minefield of the acquisition, editing, marketing and publicity processes before spotting your novel in your local Waterstones makes you The Big (Wo)Man in my eyes. Pratchett did this repeatedly. Several times a year for many years. While working on countless other things, raising a family, having hobbies. How? Seriously, how? And that's before we start discussing the quality of his books. This top 10 is Pratchett's zenith. Imagine being in the position where you are writing Small Gods and know you have something golden on your hands. Then doing it again. And again..."

The list includes Going Postal, The Last Hero. The Fifth Elephant, Pyramids, Small Gods, Lords and Ladies, Maskerade, Feet of Clay, Night Watch, and Thief of Time. This list and his reasons for his choices may not match your own, but it makes for a fascinating piece.

http://bit.ly/1OYFPwj

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12) IMAGES OF THE MONTH

Some photos of a very pleased Paul Kidby with his Discworld baron, which fetched £5,000 for the Trussell Trust:
http://bit.ly/1iXdVUY
http://bit.ly/1KnedKX

...and here is the Discworld Baron in his new home, the Queen's Head
http://cml.sad.ukrd.com/image/448829-300x500.jpg

Sybil Ramkin and Errol, from the recent Harbour Theatre production of Guards! Guards!, nails the look:
https://fpearl.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/ramkin.jpg?w=1000&h=

...and the dragon-o-lantern carved for the production:
https://instagram.com/p/8_9UqptTDX/

...and a selection of iconographs from the production:
http://harbourtheater.com/2015/10/02/photos-from-guards-guards/

Gaspode and Laddie, drawn by the very talented Amy Simmonds:
http://bit.ly/1JOhWAW

The cast of Wyrd Sisters from this recent production by the Twin Lakes Playhouse of Mountain Home, Arkansas, has a definite Scottish Play look:
http://bit.ly/1K4tPCL

Paul Kidby's "American Gothic" colour portrait of Bill Door and Miss Flitworth:
http://on.fb.me/1XjxuGe

Some very good Discworld fanart by Peter Klijn:
http://bit.ly/1Gxw9Y5

And finally, a bijou diamond – Sir Pterry pictured with the Errol created for the first production of Guards! Guards! Photo courtesy of Stephen Briggs on the internet:
http://bit.ly/1MlcvRJ

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13) CLOSE

News coming soon about a new – additional – Wossname format will be... well... coming soon! There may even be another October post. Watch this space...

– Annie Mac

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The End. If you have any questions or requests, write: wossname-owner (at) pearwood (dot) info

Copyright (c) 2015 by Wossname for the Klatchian Foreign Legion
wossname: (Anthill inside)
Starting this evening (UK time) on BBC Radio 4 Extra, a six-part adaptation starring Martin Jarvis, John Wood and Melvyn Hayes. Each episode is 30 minutes long and will be available internationally for several weeks after broadcast. Check it out!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00fgszb (episodes 1 and 2)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007jmk0 (episodes 3 through 6)
wossname: (Plays)
It's that time at last! After a long run-up, the Uppingham Theatre Company will be staging their production of Wyrd Sisters at the end of this month. Many thanks to Vikki Shelton and her team for the updates -- it looks like this production will be truly excellent!

When: Thursday 29th October through Saturday 31st October 2015
Venue: Uppingham Theatre, 32 Stockerston Road, Uppingham, Rutland LE15 9UD
Time: 7.30pm all evening shows; Saturday matinee 2.30pm
Tickets: £10 (includes a £2 charity donation per ticket to Rutland Reminders). Available in person from Uppingham Sports and Books, 9 High Street East, Uppingham. To purchase online, go to https://www.wegottickets.com/location/1664

A special Discworld menu to accompany the production, devised by the Uppingham Theatre Company's Vikki Shelton and approved by Colin Smythe, will be served at The Vaults restaurant, The Market Place, Uppingham LE15 9QH starting on the 18th October through to 31st October to help Uppingham Theatre Company raise money for Rutland Reminders (50p from the price of each plate). To enquire about booking a table for a pre Wyrd Sisters meal, or for more information, contact Tom on 01572 823259. "Please pre order your food to ensure its availability, and be mindful of the play's starting time if you are eating pre show"

http://www.uppinghamtheatrecompany.org.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Uppingham-Theatre-Company/215743641793859

www.thevaultsuppingham.co.uk

And here are some fine cast photos to whet your appetite:




wossname: (Rats!)
ON STAGE THIS WEEK!

The Henley Players present their production of Maskerade this week!

"Fast, furious and massive fun, Maskerade promises to be a dazzling night of absurdity, thrills, witty dialogue and a plot that moves like a high speed train. Brilliantly adapted for the stage by Stephen Briggs from the novel by the late great Sir Terry Pratchett, Maskerade is superlative entertainment for all ages... and what better place to represent an old opera house than the fourth oldest working theatre in the land, and I do believe… can you see ...yes, there ...up in the fly tower, it’s a ... aaiiieeeeeeeeeeee!!"

When: Wednesday 14th October to Saturday 17th October 2015
Venue: The Kenton Theatre, New Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 2BP
Time: evening shows 7.30pm, plus a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm
Tickets: 14th and 15th: Adult £10, Concessions £9; 17th matinee all tickets £10; 16th eve and 17th: All tickets £12. Group discount is eleven tickets for the price of ten

Box Office (phone 01491 575698) is open Monday - Friday from 11am to 3pm, and Saturday from 10am to 1pm; also open 1 hour prior to performance for that show only

https://www.kentontheatre.co.uk/
http://www.henleyplayers.com/

An article about the production, featuring tributes to Sir Pterry from actors the Petrie brothers, can be read here: http://bit.ly/1L7YzXw


wossname: (GNU Terry Pratchett)
STARTING THIS WEEK!

The Lismore Theatre Company is presenting their production of Mort this month.

When: 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and 31 October 2015; also, matinee performances on the 18th and 25th
Venue: Rochdale Theatre, 603 Ballina Rd, Goonellabah, New South Wales 2480
Time: 8pm all evening shows; 5pm all matinees
Tickets: $20 all shows except for the performance on 31st October which is $30 as it will be a special Halloween fancy dress night. Tickets are available at the door, or to pre-purchase online go to:

http://www.trybooking.com/158774 (for all performances except the 31st)
http://www.trybooking.com/158775 (for the Halloween Gala night)

http://lismoretheatrecompany.org.au/
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I'm tremendously grateful to Terry for the chances he gave me, for the opportunity he gave me to change my life in ways I couldn't possibly imagine. – Stephen Briggs

Here be a wonderful video of Mr Briggs at Sir Terry's home, talking about their 25-year collaboration and how it changed his world:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/fkjjw0fiyti5f8u/StephenBriggs_generic.mp4?dl=0

The video can also be accessed via http://www.shakespearecodex.co.uk/ – click on the orangeish button on the lower left of the homepage.

Many thanks go to Mr Briggs for this gift to the fans!
wossname: (Anthill inside)
The Bay Area Harbour Playhouse is currently presenting a rollicking production of Guards! Guards!

When: current, weekends through 18th October

Venue: Harbour Playhouse, 3803 Highway #3, Dickinson, TX.

Time: 8pm Friday and Saturday nights, Sunday matinee at 2:30 pm

Tickets: $17 adults, $12 students and senior citizens, $6 children 12 and under; $15 each for groups of 10 or more, and $10 each for students and seniors groups of 10 or more.

To purchase tickets, go to http://bit.ly/1L0I2Cp and select your desired date from the drop-down menu.

"Sunday, Oct. 11, from 12 noon until 2:00 p.m. Bill Underwood will dress as a knight in armour and ride his steed in front of the theatre. Free hot dogs and soft drinks will be served as the public has opportunity to be photographed with the knight."

More information, and a set of photos from the performances, can be found at:

http://harbourtheater.com/
wossname: (Anthill inside)
The Dereham Theatre Company will present their production of Wyrd Sisters next March at Dereham Memorial Hall. But auditions for the cast are happening this month!

The online audition form can be found at http://dosoc.co.uk/audition.asp

About the auditions:

Read-Throughs:
Monday October 19th at 7:30pm
Monday October 26th at 7:30pm

Auditions:
Saturday October 31st from approx. 11:00am till 5:00pm

All at The Studio, rear of Dereham Memorial Hall, 62 Norwich Street, Dereham NR19 1AD

Director Paul Allum says:

It is beneficial to attend one or both read-throughs to get a feel for the play and characters, although not necessarily essential. Please make sure you are available for the whole Audition day. If you are unable to make this or need to attend at a specific time, please let us know ASAP. Whilst it will not count against you, learning the extracts ahead of Auditions will help us judge your comedic skill. Also whilst accents can be worked on (we have six months) we are looking for at least some effort in speaking with the appropriate dialect... There are 33 individual parts and we’re aiming for a cast of around twenty. Those not in lead parts are likely to be playing 2 – 4 characters throughout the production and there are plenty of lines (and comedy moments) to go around. I encourage you to read the original novel or listen to the audio book version. There is also an animated film adaptation (available on YouTube) which sticks fairly closely to the novel.

A full Audition Timetable will be e-mailed by Thursday October 29th. However, if you have any further questions, e-mail me at secretary@dosoc.co.uk.


http://dosoc.co.uk/membersproduction2.asp

http://www.dosoc.co.uk/


wossname: (Anthill inside)
The Watlington Players will present their production of Wyrd Sisters at the end of this month.

When: 29th – 31st October
Venue: Watlington Village Hall, Church Road, Watlington, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE33 0HE
Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: £7 (£5 concessions). To purchase online, go to
https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/watlingtonplayers

"If you wish to pay with cash or cheque, the box office can be called between 6.00pm and 7.00pm – 0845 052 9645. We would like to invite you all to dress up as your favourite Pratchett or Halloween character for our Saturday night performance, however this will not be an essential!"

www.watlingtonplayers.com
www.facebook.com/watlingtonplayers
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The Perpetual Terry Pratchett Memorial Scholarship

A special report by Danny Sag of the Australian Discworld Convention Committee

  As you may have heard, Sir Terry Pratchett has – posthumously – created a perpetual scholarship at the University of South Australia, allowing Masters students to undertake their research at the Hawke Institute at UniSA and the Long Room at Trinity College Dublin.

  On Monday September 28, Rob Wilkins – Terry's long time PA, Business Manager and friend presented the scholarship to UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd. You may have seen some of the news articles, or the official video from UniSA (links below), but I'm here to tell you about a fan's perspective.

  Members of the Australian Discworld Convention committee including myself were fortunate enough to be invited to this event, and so we stood there nervously amongst many other university dignitaries, feeling a little out of place - until Rob came in, recognised us, and gave us all hugs!

  Once the formalities began, Professor Lloyd introduced Rob and the scholarship, Rob spoke for a short while about Terry's life since the embuggerance, and the relationship Terry and Rob had developed with Prof. Lloyd at his time at Trinity College Dublin and later UniSA. Terry was given an honorary doctorate at Trinity College in 2008 and at UniSA in 2014, and for some of the time in between, Terry was a visiting Professor at Trinity College giving some lectures on writing. Rob then told us how last October – on the day after Prof Lloyd had visited to present Terry with his UniSA doctorate (together with a graduate's hat with corks), Terry wrote letters to his family and to Rob, which were not opened until Terry's birthday this year, after his passing.

  The letter to Rob included a phrase similar to "I fancy a memorial scholarship in my name. Speak to David Lloyd and make it so." – and it has now happened! This is special as it's a perpetual scholarship - worth AU$1,000,000 (there or thereabouts) – which should tie the two universities together in Terry's name forever.

  After the speeches, Rob presented Professor Lloyd with a large novelty cheque from the Royal Bank of Ankh-Morpork, the official documentation was signed (and stamped with Terry's bee), and a few of us had Rob sign our copies of The Shepherd's Crown.

  A fun morning all around, and we were *also* lucky enough to catch up privately with Rob a little later to discuss the 2017 Australian Discworld Convention, which will be held in Adelaide. But we can't possibly tell you about that.... although if you sign up to the mailing list at http://ausdwcon.org you'll find out about Nullus Anxietas VI when we have stuff to announce!




Here be more photos: http://imgur.com/a/MlZfc
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Wossname
Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
September 2015 (Volume 18, 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, Mss C, Alison not Aliss
Staff Writers: Asti, Pitt the Elder, Evil Steven Dread, Mrs Wynn-Jones
Staff Technomancers: Jason Parlevliet, Archchancellor Neil, DJ Helpful
Book Reviews: Annie Mac, Drusilla D'Afanguin, Your Name Here
Puzzle Editor: Tiff (still out there somewhere)
Bard in Residence: Weird Alice Lancrevic
Emergency Staff: Steven D'Aprano, Jason Parlevliet
World Membership Director: Steven D'Aprano (in his copious spare time)

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INDEX:

01) MORE QUOTES OF THE MONTH
02) EDITOR'S LETTER: ABOUT LITERATURE AND "LITERATURE"
03) THE SIR TERRY PRATCHETT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
04) THE SHEPHERD'S CROWN: REVIEWS
05) THE SHEPHERD'S CROWN: FAN TRIBUTES
06) MORE ODDS AND SODS
07) DISCWORLD MEETING GROUPS NEWS (UPDATE)
08) THE SHEPHERD'S CROWN: THE WOSSNAME REVIEW
09) MORE IMAGES OF THE MONTH
10) CLOSE

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01) MORE QUOTES OF THE MONTH

"The Shepherd's Crown and all the Tiffany Aching adventures are a New York Times bestselling series. Fabulous news!"
  – @terryandrob, 10th September 2015

"I fancy a memorial scholarship in my name. Speak to David Lloyd and make it so."
  – Sir Terry Pratchett, in his final to-be-opened-after-death letter to Rob Wilkins

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02) LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR

  Most Pratchett fans will be aware of the stir that ensued a few weeks ago when an arts critic for The Guardian newspaper savaged and dismissed the works of Terry Pratchett without having read them. Apart from showing rank unprofessionalism by critiquing a body of work without reading any of it first, the piece was a sad display of the kind of egregious literary snobbery – "all genre novels are bad because only impenetrable and tortuously-written novels about Serious Subjects(TM) can possibly be good" – that gives big-L Literature a bad name among the multitude who read for pleasure. Or in simpler words, said critic was a self-important twit pitching to an audience of self-important gits.

  And yet... and yet...

  ...what this critic did was a good thing, because he brought the spotlight back onto the literature-versus-Literature debate and placed that light squarely on the works of an author who wrote a vast series of high literary quality – in the fantasy genre.

  Look at any list of so-called greatest novels in the English language and you find a plethora of of "worthy" writing: books built on themes rather than on stories, books that take the inward eye to boring extremes, books that may have been significant in their original era and then failed to age gracefully but remain on the "greatest" lists due to the power of memes and traditions. The predictable inclusion of Moby-Dick, of the novels of Austen and Joyce, of writers whose entire oeuvre celebrates the repellent lives of personal or societal failures in ways that are more misery-inducing than uplifting (coughBukowskicoughMcCarthycough)... of course these have their place, and some of them are even well-written, but to deny beautifully-crafted literature an uppercase L simply because it belongs to a less mainstream field is an insult to good writing.

  Great literature, in my unapologetic opinion, needs to contain both superb wordcraft and emotionally-involving subject matter, plus what I would call "flow of story". Many of the books that find their way to those "greatest" lists lack one or more of these qualities – again, this is my own arrogantly unapologetic opinion, but for the record, yes, I *have* read the bulk of them so I am speaking from a base of evidence. Many of the novels of "genre author" Stephen King have all three in abundance. Most of the novels of Terry Pratchett have all three in abundance *plus* an undercurrent of moral and social observation that raises them to the highest level of big-L Literature.

  I would also include, in the category of great and enduring literature, stories that are so filled with life and flow that they transcend their time, for example the novels of Robert Louis Stevenson. But sometimes a cracking story is not nearly enough, and for an illustration of that we can look to the myriad bestselling novels of Michael Crichton: cracking stories, yes, but Crichton's wordcraft is simply wooden and his inability to create characters that were more than one-dimensional ciphers suffused his entire body of work; so no, Crichton is very likely to be read several generations down the line. (Crichton was also, if you want to get technical, possibly the most successful genre author in the history of popular publishing – hellooo, the plots and subject matter of most of his work are science fiction – but for some reason his books were never filed in the SF and Fantasy section. Go figure.)

  Confession time: I got over PG Wodehouse a long time ago. Once upon a time I loved his books, but by the time I'd come back for a third re-read I realised that the scope of them was too narrow, the stories too formulaic, to retain their sparkle for me – and that there were quite simply too many of them cut from the same cloth with little to relieve their sameness. It used to bother me that Pratchett was compared, in the early days of his career, to Wodehouse as if this were conferring a great honour upon a novice author. I suppose The Colour of Magic had a certain Wodehouse-like playfulness to it, but Pratchett's writing rapidly transcended those narrow confines. Wodehouse wrote well, but he wrote only about the madcap stupidities of the uppercrust of one place and era. Pratchett wrote about vampires and werewolves, golems and trolls, dwarfs and pictsies, but what he was really writing about was the human condition – and books about the human condition are as Literature as you can get.

  And now, on with the show...

– Annie Mac, Editor

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03) THE SIR TERRY PRATCHETT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

The University of South Australia's media release:

  "Marking his passion for lifelong learning, curiosity and exploration, the estate of the late Sir Terry Pratchett has announced the endowment of a unique scholarship at the University of South Australia to honour the memory of the best-selling author. The Sir Terry Pratchett Memorial Scholarship will be awarded by the University of South Australia in perpetuity, every two years and will support a student to undertake a Masters by research at UniSA's Hawke Research Institute, covering stipend, travel and accommodation expenses as well as research costs. The $100,000 scholarship will additionally provide an extraordinary opportunity for students to conduct their research both at UniSA and at Trinity College Dublin, in Ireland for up to a full year in the course of their two-year's study...

  "UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd says that the University is humbled by the generosity of the scholarship. 'This extraordinary gift is the largest student scholarship of its kind in the history of the University,' Prof Lloyd says. 'Terry was someone who was never shy of contributing to the things he believed in and as recipients of this wonderful bequest we are reminded of his commitment to inquiry and to learning. The fact that this is a perpetual scholarship means that, like Terry's books, this gift will endure for generations to come. The scholarship will support worthy students to complete cultural research relevant to, or inspired by Terry's work and linked to the Hawke Research Institute's theme of identity transformations. That opens a vast field for creative and sharp minds – anything from the study of satire and its impact on societal identities right through to the impact of information and communications technology (ICT) in society. Whatever the research proposal in this field, we want to see topics that consider social impacts and investigate tangible benefits to society – it's an exciting challenge and one that we think Terry would have loved.'

  "The collaborative scholarship builds on a growing relationship between two very different universities in two hemispheres, who share links both through research and their strong associations with Sir Terry Pratchett and is underpinned by an MOU between Trinity College Dublin's Trinity Long Room Hub and UniSA's Hawke Research Institute.

  "Dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Trinity College Dublin, Prof Darryl Jones, says the School of English at Trinity was honoured to have Sir Terry Pratchett as an Adjunct Professor. 'His wit, his warmth, his intelligence and above all else, his humanity made him an unforgettable friend and colleague,' Prof Jones says. 'We miss him dearly, and we're delighted to be part of this joint endeavour with the University of South Australia. The Sir Terry Pratchett Memorial Scholarship is a fitting tribute to a wonderful writer and a remarkable man.'..."

http://bit.ly/1VkFLH7

In Indaily:

  "The $100,000 biannual scholarship will support a student studying a Masters by research at UniSA's Hawke Research Institute. In addition, scholarship holders will be given the opportunity to study at Trinity College Dublin, in Ireland, for up to a year during their two years of study. The estate of the late, and much loved, author announced the endowment of the Sir Terry Pratchett Memorial Scholarship in Adelaide today. UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd said the perpetual scholarship, like Pratchett's books, was a gift that would endure for generations. 'This extraordinary gift is the largest student scholarship of its kind in the history of the university,' Lloyd said. 'Terry was someone who was never shy of contributing to the things he believed in and as recipients of this wonderful bequest we are reminded of his commitment to inquiry and to learning.'

  "He said the scholarship would support students to complete cultural research relevant to, or inspired by Pratchett's work, and linked to the Hawke institute's theme of identity transformations. 'That opens a vast field for creative and sharp minds – anything from the study of satire and its impact on societal identities right through to the impact of information and communications technology in society...'""

http://bit.ly/1KZuQBf

In The Australian:

  "In an envelope sealed until after his death in March, best-selling British author Terry Pratchett kept a $1 million secret, honouring a great friendship, a love of science fiction and his respect for higher education. Half a world away, the University of South Australia will now benefit from Pratchett's generosity in perpetuity, thanks to his close relationship with vice-chancellor David Lloyd. 'Last time we saw Terry, we went to his house in the UK last year and the kids were out feeding the sheep,' Professor Lloyd said. 'The next day he gave a letter to (manager) Rob Wilkins and in the letter he said he wanted to give this to the university. It was only opened on his birthday in April this year,' Professor Lloyd told The Australian... It is the largest endowment the university has received...

  "Professor Lloyd first met Pratchett when he recommended his favourite author for an honorary doctorate while working at Trinity in 2008. Pratchett had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease a year earlier, but Professor Lloyd said he remained intellectually sharp and gave regular guest lectures until his death from pneumonia. When Pratchett would lecture at Trinity, he would visit Professor Lloyd and his wife for dinner. He went to family birthdays, and they would discuss literature. 'He was just Terry to us,' Professor Lloyd said. 'My children knew he was Sir Terry and they thought he would have a sword.'"

http://bit.ly/1QHTpmq

And some iconographs...

The sandwich board announcement:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CP8ucRyWcAAQT98.jpg

David Lloyd and Rob Wilkins holding a replica Bank of Ankh-Morpork cheque signed to the university for $1,082,753.00:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CP8-UspWcAAhzp_.jpg

Rob delivering the announcement:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CP86Lt6VAAAUwRX.jpg

And there's even some video! This is a four-minute selection of bits from the formal announcement, featuring David Lloyd, Rob Wilkins... and The Hat!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mE4coOWdeKI&feature=youtu.be

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04) THE SHEPHERD'S CROWN REVIEWS

BE WARNED!!! IN LARGE, UNFRIENDLY LETTERS!!! WITH MULTIPLE EXCLAMATION MARKS!!!! HERE BE SPOILERS!!! NOT IN THE QUOTED EXTRACTS, BUT DEFINITELY IN THE REVIEWS THOSE EXTRACTS CAME FROM. IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE SHEPHERD'S CROWN YET AND DON'T WISH TO READ SPOILERS, *DO* *NOT* *CLICK* ON THE ACCOMPANYING LINKS!!!! INSTEAD, GO TO ITEM 7, BELOW, FOR THE ONLY REVIEW OF THE SHEPHERD'S CROWN GUARANTEED TO BE FREE OF ANY SPOILERS WHATSOEVER – Ed.

By David G. Lloyd, Arch-Chancellor, I mean, Vice-Chancellor and President at University of South Australia and admiring friend of Sir Terry Pratchett, on The Conversation:

  "I knew and counted Terry among my friends since 2008, and I watched Alzheimer's slowly and insidiously strip him of attributes and faculty over that time. The 41st and final Discworld novel – published five months after its author's death – wasn't something I ever wanted to face. But I am glad I did. It's a joy to read. Terry knew in 2014 that this was the likely curtain call for his time on the Disc. He was still incubating ideas for future books. He wasn't quite finished with Sam Vimes or the wizards of Unseen University – but he was a very clever and, above all, realistic man...

  "Shepherd's Crown wasn't an easy write for Terry. Rob Wilkins' afterword to the book hints both at that and that there was still more finishing to be done on this novel, had there only been more time. We can only wonder what that may have been... This is not a fantasy novel intended for 'younger readers' as it is wont to be pigeonholed... This is a book for all ages, the tour de force of one of the English language's greatest authors, who, in the midst of encroaching darkness and facing so many terrors of his own, has contrived to astound us one last time with his craft. Terry's razor-sharp insight to the human condition, through an unusually turtle-shaped lens remains strong. Pratchett liberally sprinkles his text with instructions to his readers – read books if you want to learn things, make choices when faced with them, stand your ground, don't tolerate the intolerable from others. Simple, yet sound advice for life..."

http://bit.ly/1Q3o79R

In The Telegraph by Kat Brown, who gives it five out of five stars:

  "This isn't just a great Discworld book, it's extraordinary; a proper send-off for Pratchett and this mammoth series. It is shot through with an elegiac tone, you have a sense of it being his own 'play's last scene'. If this wasn't intentional, it's a bloody good coincidence. Earlier themes and characters return for a last hurrah (impressively without once feeling like an episode of This is Your Life) anchored by one of Pratchett's most popular recent characters, young witch Tiffany Aching... Pratchett has never been a sentimental writer, but there is an expansiveness here that is new and reflective... Having spent the last 30 years raising an amused eyebrow at the quirks of human nature, Pratchett uses his final novel to examine the power of humanity... There is the potential for decency in all of us, he says. None of this is to say that Pratchett has gone soft. His trademark wisdom and seemingly bottomless knowledge remains sharp... As ever with this series, there is a delight to be had in knowing you will spot another intriguing reference when you read it again..."

http://bit.ly/1VqebrU

By Nicholas Tucker in The Independent:

  "The Shepherd's Crown, the 41st addition to his Discworld series, continues the story of young witch Tiffany Aching, first met four novels ago in The Wee Free Men. But this final work contains no bewildering flashbacks or anything else taken for granted in the Discworld cosmology. Sir Terry had a new tale to tell, and launches into it at top speed... There is no evidence that Sir Terry's degenerative illness affected the quality of this prose. Some scenes were written two years ago, given that he usually had more than one novel on the go. A few cliches of the 'foaming tankard' type get past, but this is still an author delighting in the fertility of his imagination..."

http://ind.pn/1X42TND

Also in The Independent, by David Barnett:

  "It's impossible to open the book without a sense of melancholia, and it feels like the author embarked upon the writing of it weighted with the same. He knew when he sat down to write it that it would be his last Discworld, his final book. As such, it's difficult to see The Shepherd's Crown as anything other than Sir Terry's farewell letter to his legion of fans – though of course, this being a Pratchett, it's pretty fine novel in its own right... This is essentially Tiffany's coming of age novel, of a young woman on the cusp of adulthood who has greatness thrust upon her... The Discworld series has outgrown its comic fantasy roots – despite the central conceit of a flat world balanced on four elephants on the back of a giant turtle swimming through space – to become astute observations on the human condition... The Shepherd's Crown is a sometimes sad, often funny and eminently suitable testament to the life and career of Terry Pratchett."

http://ind.pn/1JGbQqG

...and Christopher Stevens in the Daily Mail:

  "His publisher categorises these as books for 'young adults', but that's ridiculous because any teenager (or any 70-year-old, for that matter) could find fun in a Discworld book. The point about the Tiffany tales is that they are also suitable for much younger children. A bright seven-year-old could easily be engrossed, even if half the plot and most of the sly cultural references were too subtle for them to spot. Bookish children know they're skating over some of the literary layers but they don't care, as long as there's lots to enjoy. Terry, who was a bookish child all his life, understood that. These 'young witch' novels are also especially good for parents who want to read aloud to their children. I can attest to that: there's endless scope for over-acting and dreadful accents. Most entertaining for bedtime stories are Tiffany's tiny guardians, the brawling, drunken fairy folk called the Nac Mac Feegle. They curse and threaten and blather in a rollicking Glasgow dialect, like Billy Connolly fighting his way out of a vat of whisky, and such is Terry's skill with language that he never writes a word you'd be shocked to hear a child repeat... There's no condescension, however, no coyness about life's cruelties just because this is a children's book..."

http://dailym.ai/1KjoS9A

In the Christian Science Monitor, by Yvonne Zipp:

  "To open the final Terry Pratchett novel is an emotional thing. To close it is even harder. Many wonderful writers, from Neil Gaiman to A.S. Byatt, have expounded on Pratchett's brilliance, the righteous anger that powered the prolific writer, his unfailing sense of fairness. The man also wrote a beautiful footnote. Over 41 novels, he created a fantasy world rich enough for readers to steep in and wry and wise enough to come back for another dip... this is less of a review and more of a thank-you letter. Other folks can debate the relative literary merits of 'The Shepherd's Crown' – I was just grateful there was one more book..."

http://bit.ly/1NyCjtd

In The Guardian, by AS Byatt:

  "Tolkien's mystic and lordly elves have an ambivalent relationship with humans. Pratchett's are glamorous and nasty. They destroy things – washing, children – for the pleasure of it. As a child I knew that elves were nasty not nice, but also exciting. Neil Gaiman has famously said of Pratchett that he was not 'a jolly old elf' – he was angry. He wrote increasingly about worlds in which real harm happens and increasingly about real efforts to prevent it. In The Shepherd's Crown, which is part of a group of novels claiming to be for 'young adults', evil and anger still take the form of fairy story and myth. But the reader experiences them sharply...

  "I started to read Pratchett out of a need for other worlds as well as the one I lived in. I like the alien geography, the octarine colour, the magic that was tough and neither technical nor sentimental. I was happy enough with the clacks, a system of message towers cleverly rhyming with fax when we first knew faxes, a kind of telegraph in mountains and wildernesses. I used to argue with journalists who asked me if the Discworld was not all simply satire of our world and I would say, no, no, it is an imaginary world with its own ways..."

http://bit.ly/1IhYvj5

Also in The Guardian, by Amanda Craig:

  "Pratchett, with his sardonic inventiveness, social satire, play on language, deep feeling for landscape and love of what is best in human nature, had less critical praise than he deserved. His heroes and heroines are not royalty in disguise, but thieves, con-men, shepherds, soldiers and midwives. In his championing of the ordinary, the sensible and the slightly silly he went against the grain – and never more so than in creating Tiffany Aching... Of course [The Shepherd's Crown] is riotously funny, with the gloriously irrepressible Nac Mac Feegles having the best jokes and fights; as bright blue warriors otherwise known as the Wee Free Men they are shrunken but fearsome Scottish Nationalists; the Elves and their quarrels may well recall other politicians south of the border. The real battle, however, is between selfishness and duty. Pratchett has rarely been so direct. It's tempting to think that in this, his last book, he felt able to drop his customary teasing through footnotes and explain what empathy is... We are so used to the way George RR Martin or Joe Abercrombie or even Ursula le Guin show us fantasy worlds riven with cruelty, that perhaps the kindliness of Discworld is more subversive than it seems. It is, in essence, a humanist's creation in which laughter, as Nabokov said, is the best pesticide, and humour as potent as swords... This is not a perfect example of Pratchett's genius, but it is a moving one..."

http://bit.ly/1hMrs1T

By Michael Dirda in The Washington Post:

  "'The Shepherd's Crown' is certainly a worthy crown to Terry Pratchett's phenomenal artistic achievement, though sharp readers will recognize that some elements ... are never fully developed. Moreover, anyone expecting lots of laughs will need to revisit some of the other books set on Discworld. While the Nac Mac Feegle are consistently amusing, much of this novel concerns itself with death and life's purpose, while also examining the claims of tradition against the need for change and progress. Above all, though, 'The Shepherd's Crown' — like all of Pratchett's fiction — stresses the importance of helping others. Beyond this, I think that Pratchett's farewell advice would be to follow his witches' sensible principle: 'Just do the work you find in front of you and enjoy yourself.'..."

http://wapo.st/1Kn91gu

The Huffington Post's review, by David Kudler:

  "The characters were always the strong suit of Pratchett's novels — that and the wild humor. Throughout, we meet up of some of the most memorable characters from the previous forty Discworld novels, particularly the women — Eskarina Smith, Agnes Nitt, Queen Magrat, Nanny Ogg, and of course the indomitable Granny Weatherwax. In fact, Granny Weatherwax has what I found to be the most memorable scene in the book, a somber, quiet passage that set the tone for the whole novel... Most of Pratchett's writing was notable for its biting satire and wild humor. While there is definitely humor in The Shepherd's Crown, it feels very subdued. Nanny Ogg and the Nac Mac Feegle crack jokes, but there's a whistling-in-the-graveyard feel to them. Even the author's notoriously random footnotes feel more wistful than riotously funny..."

http://huff.to/1LECUU9

In the New Statesman, by Deputy Editor Helen Lewis:

  "Since March, I have been reading the few remaining Discworld books I never tackled during Pratchett's lifetime. I had never got round to reading his series about the junior witch Tiffany Aching. Shamefully, I think I saw 'young adult' and my inner dowager duchess reached for the smelling salts. That was my stupid mistake. The Aching books are some of Pratchett's best, and I fell so instantly in love that I had a passage from one of them at my wedding this summer. So The Shepherd's Crown was a double sadness: not just goodbye to Terry Pratchett, but goodbye to new adventures for Tiffany Aching, to Nanny Ogg, to Greebo the smelly, one-eyed tomcat and to Magrat, the drippy hippie queen who nevertheless shot an elf in the eye with a crossbow through a keyhole when her friends were in danger... And that is what I was really saying goodbye to, as I snuffled quietly to myself on the train, surrounded by strapping Danes on a day trip to the countryside. I'm never going to love another author like I loved Terry Pratchett..."

http://bit.ly/1F8vY4L

By Natalie Bowen, in the Lincolnshire Echo:

  "This is not the place to start exploring the series, as it is impossible to read without being familiar with the satirical world he created over 40 previous novels. Newcomers will be baffled by unexplained references to canonical events and apparently random characters given the barest introduction – and there are a lot of these cameos, a pleasing nod to fan favourites. Pratchett's last adult novel, Raising Steam, was criticised for lacking his typical biting wit, but this does not seem as obvious in young adult fiction, which has always had a gentler approach. Yes, some of the punchlines are predictable, but Pratchett's signature twists on real events still raise a smile..."

http://bit.ly/1glh1kf

On Den of Geek, by Juliette Harrison. WARNING!!! THIS REVIEW CALLS ITSELF "SPOILER-FILLED" AND YES, THEY REALLY MEAN IT!!! But here be a spoiler-free extract:

  "It was not entirely deliberate that The Shepherd's Crown is, as the back cover reminds us, the final Discworld novel. Rob Wilkins' Afterword offers a tantalising glimpse of the other stories that will never now be written down, and this novel is not an ending. The Discworld goes on and Tiffany Aching has a lot of future ahead of her. It may say 'The End' at the bottom of the last page, but this is not a story that has an end, just a point where we have left it to go and do other things. The story carries on, and while there will be no more Discworld novels, it will continue in other ways, in plays and (probably) screen versions, through games and cosplay events... But this is a Discworld book, and no matter how tragic and weighty they may be, there is always a light heart at the centre of any of these novels. And so it is with this one; the hilarious footnotes are present and correct as ever, and the references to everything from Shakespeare to Dad's Army to Margaret Thatcher will ensure that readers are smiling through their tears..."

http://bit.ly/1UQnaTc

Den of Geek also offers a "spoiler-free" review, also by Juliette Harrison:

  "The Shepherd's Crown is a funny, sad and extremely moving farewell to Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels... Reading this book first will, of course, spoil the endings of several other Discworld books, predominantly those featuring Tiffany Aching, but it has resonances reaching right back to the third book, Equal Rites, and forward to the fortieth, Raising Steam. But the story itself will make perfect sense and offer an enjoyable tale filled with pop culture references and people trying out new ways of thinking – and most importantly of all, it is funny as well as heart-breakingly sad. The Discworld is still, at its heart, comedy, even if tragedy has been seeping through its bones for a long time now... For a long-time Discworld reader, this is not a book that can easily be quantified as 'good' or 'not quite so good' (no Discworld novel is 'bad'). It is neither of those things. Like all Discworld novels, some will come to think of it as an all-time favourite, while others will consider it pretty good, even if it doesn't have the Watch in it. No one is likely to think of it as a weaker novel in the series, and most will likely consider it one of the strongest, and certainly one of the most – possibly the most – moving..."

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Charlie Jane Anders' review on i09:

  "The latest Discworld book, The Shepherd's Crown, doesn't just have the task of wrapping up the story of Tiffany Aching, trainee witch. It's also the very last Discworld book, since author Terry Pratchett sadly passed away earlier this year. The good news is, this is a solid ending to both stories... There's not much glory in the life of a witch, as Pratchett has imagined it, and the main enemies that Tiffany must battle against include pervasive sexism and idiocy. So the coming-of-age, hero's-progress story for Tiffany is as much a matter of accepting one's lot in life as it is rising to some kind of fantastic world-beating challenge. That said, The Shepherd's Crown is surprisingly upbeat, especially as compared to the somewhat darker previous Tiffany Aching book, I Shall Wear Midnight. This is very much the culmination of Tiffany's journey, and a major theme is that she's no longer a struggling young girl, but a fully-fledged witch who deserves, and demands, respect. And Tiffany's arrival as a proper, important witch in her own right, is balanced with a story about how Discworld has changed, and the nature of progress in general... The Shepherd's Crown is bittersweet for a number of reasons, including the fact that we'll never get any more Discworld books from Pratchett's pen...

  "As a final Discworld book, meanwhile, Shepherd's Crown presents a beautifully panoramic view of Discworld as a place in flux. Pratchett does a good job of giving cameos to a number of other great Discworld characters, without being too obtrusive, while also giving kind of an overview of how his world is moving into a new era of industrial progress... this is a beautiful ending to Tiffany Aching's story, with a blend of sadness and hopefulness that will stick with you long after you've closed the pages..."

http://bit.ly/1Qca8xG

By Villordsutch on Flickering Myth:

  "The Shepherd's Crown will be the Terry Pratchett book which will be known for both breaking your heart and mending it at exactly the same time. As a grown man I bear uncanny resemblance to a 6ft Viking and I don't think a book – which is technically classed as young adult fiction – has ever brought me to such an emotional state before. Just after the first fifty pages I needed to stop reading and resolve myself due to the sadness that had fallen upon the Discworld. This book of gender discrimination and equality, acceptance and humility, coping with loss, and the circle of life which has been all wrapped up in a YA fantasy setting has become a landmark in my mind; a true emotional marker that will never be forgotten..."

http://bit.ly/1Lt6cVI

By Gopal Sathe on Gadgets NDTV:

  "Pratchett's genius often lay in his asides, which were full of knowing glances and cheerful nudges to the brain, to make you think about things in completely different ways. And where Raising Steam seemed like it was in a hurry to tie up all the loose ends that had come up in Snuff, The Shepherd's Crown is a slower book that has been building up ever since Pratchett wrote The Wee Free Men in 2003. There are parts where The Shepherd's Crown still feels rushed, but it is an excellent work which feels much more like Pratchett than some of his other, recent books. It carries his trademark humour, with its blend of jollity and savagery. As is typically the case for his books, he takes a closer look at any kind of accepted truth, and goes on to upend our understanding of things. That he does so now with the characters and characterisations he himself had created in the past might not appeal to everyone. But that is not what this book is about..."

http://bit.ly/1K8Pz1v

By Tasha Robinson, for NPR:

  "The book is unmistakably a personal, meaningful, but no-fuss goodbye to the world. And significantly, it's largely about how life goes on for everyone else... A note at the end of the book explains that Pratchett did complete it, but didn't have time for the second passes he usually took to flesh out the story. That omission is obvious throughout The Shepherd's Crown: The writing is unusually blunt and artless in places, and there's an unevenness to the storytelling — some colorful side moments play out at rapturous length, while key action whisks by, and characters occasionally get lost in the blur. But Shepherd's Crown is still recognizably Pratchett, from the giggle-fit-inducing footnotes to the stern moral message about selflessness, empathy and caring for others..."

http://n.pr/1LUHnaZ

Cassandra Khaw's review on Ars Technica:

  "Terry Pratchett is ostensibly a voice of humorous fantasy. He made atheist golems, literary orangutans, a cowardly wizard who dealt with his role as a Hero by running away very, very quickly. But as Neil Gaiman observed in his introduction for A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Non-fiction, Discworld's venerable creator was also often furious. His books snarled. They railed against today's storms, its innumerous injustices. Monstrous Regiment lampooned the pointlessness of war. Equal Rites shouted at sexism, Small Gods at the problem of blind faith, Carpe Jugulum the privileged's proclivity to demean those beneath them. In comparison, The Shepherd's Crown feels quieter and tauter, although no less fierce. It feels like an acknowledgement. No matter Pratchett's influence, there is only so much he could do, has done, can continue to do even as the effects of his writing ripple outwards. And he seems at peace with that..."

http://bit.ly/1KNavRz

A review by Lucy Sussex in the Sydney Morning Herald:

  "The Shepherd's Crown, his final book, belongs to a series aimed at young adults, centred on young witch Tiffany Aching. They were among his best, very English pastorals, with a strong sense of place. Here, Pratchett revisited earlier novels, drawing in characters as if tying up loose threads... Pratchett gave joy to millions of readers and his personal millions enriched good causes. The Shepherd's Crown is an uneven epitaph, but under the circumstances, a fitting one."

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05) THE SHEPHERD'S CROWN: FAN TRIBUTES

Anna Mulch:
"Thank you Sir Terry for writing girls and women as heroes and well rounded characters. Thank you for not creating caricatures of women. You are more of a feminist than quite a few that I know, and what is great about it is that it wasn't overt, it wasn't anarchistic, it wasn't forced. You wrote the girls and women the way you did because that's how they were. Thank you."

Kereth Makura:
"I've just finished the Shepherd's Crown, and a sense of loss is upon me. Though I am thankful for my visits to a strange world that sat upon the backs of four elephants; that in turn stood atop a Turtle's shell. I am glad that I can always revisit such places, in the pages of a book. In my head – I have wandered the Streets of Ankh Morpork, I've seen the distant Ramtop Mountains, and Far Off Uberwald. I have travelled from Lancre to the deserts Djelibeybi across The Circle Sea, and have sat upon the Chalk and watched the "Ships," As occasionally I'd swore that I heard someone small, blue and unseen but often nearby give out the yell of "Crivens" I've met many strange folk upon my travels, The Good, The Bad and The Witchy. I've been drunk on Scumble and sang of Hedgehogs and Wizzard's Knobs, and even witnessed DEATH. . .And for these moments of joy, and many others...I thank you (Sir) Terry, and if there is a World beyond the Black Desert of Death's realm? I hope that you have found peace there. . ."

Jac Chamberlain:
"Finished the last book, would like to thank a great man for making me laugh, cry and most of all think!"

Chris Browne:
"Does it count as a spoiler if I say I did not find ANY trace of Embuggerance in the whole book? The Shepherd's Crown will stay in the Overhead forever I think."

Merredy Jackson:
"Having finished the last book, I intend to go back and re-read every witches book. I don't think of it as ending; I always pick up new things when I read Discworld. But I grieve for what is lost; Terry's brilliance, and the stories we will never hear. Young Sam growing up to be a Watchman, Moist's son trying to pull cons on his father, continuing adventures of Susan, the Wizards, and all the other characters I love so much."

Martine KB:
"Today I pay my homage. I open my bottle of wine and toast to a man that has been an enormous part of my life. On this day, the day his last story comes out into the world, I will drink to his greatness and his family. I will mourn his loss and will rejoice his life. His world has given me much more that he will ever know. He has been there in the good and the bad and he will continue to be there for ever more. The last of his series has come out today, the end of an era. I will read it, the moment it arrives at my door. After that, I will read it again and again, just like I did with all his books. They will stay with me, his characters will live inside my own imagination and have great adventures. They will live on in me and in all the people who have been touched by his works. Sir Terry Pratchett will never really die, for his name is spoken by all his readers and his fans. Tomorrow I will start spreading the word and tell people about his Discworld, the great A'Tuin riding through space, on his back 4 elephants that carry the disc, a world where everything is possible! Tomorrow I will spread the word, today I will remember."

Daniel Harrowven:
"Over the last few years when Terry's illness was getting worse I still loved the new publications but if I am completely honest I felt that the 'depth' of the plot and humour was slightly lacking compared to earlier works, but the books were still amazing and even more so considering what Terry was dealing with. This afternoon I have cried my eyes out (Danny, 37, skin head heavy metal fan) but also laughed louder than I have in years, The Shepard's[sic] Crown reads like a Discworld book from the 90's-early 2000's when Terry was at the peak of the fantasy/comedy scene. The comedy is razor sharp and the plot gripping and intense."

Maire Wilcox:
"I guess each of us is going to get something different from it and I was left with the realisation that Terry was making peace with himself and the world, He left us with a legacy to always look at the world from a different angle and to never lose sight of what's important which is different from personal. I'm going to be digesting this for a long time to come."

Jay Bolt:
"Terry, you weren't good. You were amazing. You can never begin to understand the impact you had on me or my family, never mind the wider Discworld community. I can never thank you enough for what I have personally gained from you and your work. I am ever in your debt."

Katy Rewston:
"I wish I had had the guts to write sir Terry a letter whilst I still had the chance, thanking him from the bottom of my soul for the Discworld books. They got me through the hell of school, and through times of deepest depression and weeks of insomnia because in the dark of night my mind just will not shut up. The audiobooks sooth me, and I find so much wisdom and comfort in them, and even now when i go through them after almost 15 years of reading the books and listening to the audiobooks I still find new wit and wisdom that i did not notice before. I would have thanked him for writing the most 'real' women I have ever encountered in books, in such a huge variety of ages and personalities. Susan for her no nonsense strength, Angua for just being so badass and Cheery for her bravery in the face of so much prejudice. His women are so real, so strong, and it helped me accept things about my own personality as i have so often felt out of place in the modern world.

"The witches made me think about how much I think about reality and other people, about nature and the complex relationships of communities. Agnes Nitt was one of the first larger girls i encountered in fiction and i could relate so much to her when I was in school. The Tiffany books make me think of my childhood as i grew up in Yorkshire near where the floodplains gave way to the chalk (near a white horse too), and in a way they make me homesick.

"In Vimes I found a reflection of my own cynicism, it let me create my own watchman on my thoughts, and think about the meaning of Justice and the law, and I still maintain that Night Watch is one of the finest books ever written.
Death made me not so scared of dying, if only for the thought that I would love to give that big lovable skeleton a hug as I doubt he gets many.

"The wizards made me laugh, and the books like Small Gods and Thief of Time really made me think, something that is one of the greatest things about his books. They make you see the world in a whole new light. The sheer complexity and depth to the world and its characters never ceases to amaze me and they feel like old friends. The observations he made about people are just incredible and so witty and funny that they still make me laugh after all this time.
I sit here with the Shepherds's crown in my lap and some part of me does not want to open it, I do not want to say goodbye to the series, and yet I know I never will because I will always keep coming back to it, always. Thank you Sir Terry....from the bottom of my heart and soul for giving us the Discworld and for making the world a better place for so many people."

Nick Mays:
"I wasn't disappointed. It really is a fitting end to the fantastic Discworld series, marrying together the 'Adult' and 'Young Persons' DW strands brilliantly... it really felt that Sir Terry was giving his fans a really fond farewell. There's a lovely and moving afterword from Rob too. When I read the final page, I felt the tears spring to my eyes and I whispered "Thank you, Terry." Just one thing though: I really DO feel that Discworld isn't gone. It's still there, it will always be there... and Rhianna is going to make sure that it lives on still further with the City Watch series and adaptations of the novels, the calendars, the diaries, the games.... We have all this to come, as well as our fond memories. Discworld will never die – it will live forever. We're not just lucky to have been a part of this continuing journey... we are blessed. Thank you indeed, Sir Terry."


Mandy Cosser:
"It is not my place to grieve for Terry Pratchett. For I will always have the books, to read and to reread. The Discworld will never die. Yes, there will be no new Discworld, but there will also be no new Middle Earth. For me, I believe the true grief belongs to those who knew him and loved him personally. I have a very strong belief about Death. When I die, I don't want to be remembered for the fact that I am gone, or how I went. I want to be remembered for how I lived. We, as readers, have a luxury that his family don't. Every time we open one of his books, the worlds he created come alive again."

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06) MORE ODDS AND SODS

6.1 PAUL KIDBY'S DISCWORLD AND BEYOND

...is available for tour bookings. This is from Mr Kidby's official page:

  "The Discworld & Beyond Touring Exhibition is currently available for bookings at museums & galleries around the UK in 2016. For details please contact Steve Marshall, Exhibitions Curator, St. Barbe Museum & Art Gallery Lymington, Hants, SO41 9BH Email steve.marshall@stbarbe-museum.org.uk Phone 01590 676969"

6.2 REVIEWS: THE LONG UTOPIA

Reviewed in The Independent by Barry Forshaw:

  "The late Terry Pratchett was the undisputed master of comic fantasy, cheerfully channelling everything in his armoury to produce witty, immensely imaginative novels. Steven Baxter also sits comfortably in the pantheon, but in his case as Britain's principal writer of 'hard' science fiction, using underpinnings of real science which make his outrageous narrative leaps utterly plausible – and with not a hairy-footed troll to be seen. In other words: Pratchett=Magic/Baxter=Science. But against all the odds, The Long Utopia, the latest in a continuing, now-posthumous collaboration, demonstrates that this forced marriage of disparate talents has produced a diverting offspring, with the scientific comfortably seeing off the supernatural... Those looking for the steady stream of Pratchett wit will be disappointed, though humour is certainly in evidence – but this is very much a science-fiction novel, rich in an awe-inspiring sense of wonder, with mind-boggling concepts thrown out like sparks from a Catherine wheel..."

http://ind.pn/1MWVgDY

...and in The Guardian by Adam Roberts:

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

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6.3 WATERSTONES BLOG: LOOKING BACK ON THE DISCWORLD SERIES (CONTINUED)

Our Booksellers' journey through the Discworld continues...

Part Two selections:

For me, [Reaper Man] was the turning point in the Discworld novels – the first that fully uses this fictional world to satirise our own. A very clever and humorous look at the existential by a master wordsmith. – Andrea Richards, Waterstones Dunfermline

Small Gods is not your typical Discworld story; it's not a Vimes whodunnit, or Granny Weatherwax thwacking everyone with a big stick. The plot is much more personal... It explores an oft-overlooked world outside of Ankh-Morpork that's created with Pratchett's inimitable style; there are characters who don't even believe they live on a disc. And it's by far the most thoughtful of all the books, with some of Pratchett's best jokes sitting alongside his most poignant observations... – Chris Taylor, Waterstones Reading Oracle

Men At Arms: The constants of Terry Pratchett – exploring notions of inclusion, exclusion, social mobility, right and wrong, responsibility, action when necessary, faith and belief – are all here. Men At Arms is funny, clever, knowing and a bit darker than previous stories... – Thorie Hinds, Waterstones Exeter High Street

[Interesting Times] is filled with the customary wit and satire which runs through all the Discworld novels, yet it still retains something a bit different to the rest of the collection. It is the scale of the story and the "otherness" of the content which draws me back to it again and again. – Katie Hawthorne, Waterstones Newcastle Emerson Chambers

https://www.waterstones.com/blog/re-reading-discworld-part-two

Part Three selections:

The Last Continent: A story of creation and evolution, exploring myths and folklore common to our own part of the universe as much as the Discworld. It's also a fantastic study of academic institutionalism, colonialism and exploration. Pratchett at his best. No Worries! – James Gray, Waterstones Lancaster King Street

I love the hidden depths of [Carpe Jugulum], as binding together a rollicking good plot is a theme of duality. There are vampires who gives humans a sporting chance, and vampyres, who don't. There is Agnes Nitt, discovering that the little voice in her head has become a full blown second personality. There's a Phoenix, that lays not one egg but two and there is an edge between light and dark. Treading a path along that edge is the always wonderful Granny Weatherwax. Physically and emotionally she appears at her most vulnerable in the novel and her character is all the richer for it... – Rebecca Gransbury, Waterstones Sheffield Orchard Square

The Thief of Time is the apocalyptic action movie of the Discworld series, only with far better dialogue and a plot that does stuff other than blow things up (though there's plenty of that too)... There's a lot of threads to this one that Pratchett masterfully intertwines, managing to write a full-on thriller – albeit one peopled by yetis, baby monks, creepy floating cloaks, witches, clock enthusiasts and more chocolate than you can possibly imagine – without losing eye-watering humour, heart, or his trademark pitch-perfect characterisation. The Thief of Time is a sprawling blockbuster of a novel; one that will make you examine what it really means to be human. – Jenn Morgans, Waterstones King's Road Chelsea

[The Last Hero] is, for me, the best of the Discworld series. It marks the turning point between the high fantasy of the earlier books and the 'fantasy noir' of the later books. It's also a Discworld all-star team-up book, with dozens of recurring characters making appearances. And it manages to be genuinely moving, too... – James Donaldson, Waterstones Kirkcaldy

Night Watch truly demonstrates Pratchett's genius... I read this novel without any prior knowledge of Discworld, and it spurred me on to reading the rest of the series. It's perfect for new readers because it has all the elements of a Discworld story – insofar as it is bizarre, satirical, hilarious yet serious – but it also has a particular cohesion which some of other books occasionally lack. – Lucy Lyndon-Jones, Waterstones Oxford

https://www.waterstones.com/blog/re-reading-discworld-part-three

Part Four selections:

[Monstrous Regiment] is a masterpiece of comedy from Pratchett, who brings to life, for one short book, some characters you really wished popped up more often. It's brilliantly funny and, what's more, Pratchett never shies away from describing the horrors of war... – Emy Howard, Waterstones Cirencester

Going Postal: In Moist, Pratchett gives us one of the best leading men the Discworld has seen since the early Vimes books, a reluctant civil servant using his ability to spin any situation to his advantage makes for wonderful satire about the state of politics... This book also brings up the important point that in the rush of new technology and different ways to communicate it's important to remember that only real tactile letters can be S.W.A.L.K... – Jen Wooton, Waterstones Covent Garden

Wintersmith is all about balance: between the seasons, the elements and – most poignantly in Tiffany's case – between heart and head. Not only must she concentrate on the subtleties of witchcraft, she has to learn to deal with boys and the first tentative allusions to sex... It is this straightforward, no nonsense manner that I find so endearing... – Lucy Hounsom, Waterstones Exeter Roman Gate

[Unseen Academicals] is classic Pratchett (ie: hilarious). It's full of jokes, influences and ideas... as Pratchett says: the important thing about football is that it is not just about football. Plus, the goalkeeper is a librarian orang-utan. What's not to like? – Ian Farnell, Waterstones Sheffield Orchard Square

Snuff is certainly one of the more heavy hitting of the Discworld novels. Slavery, drugs, intimidation and murder cannot be tackled lightly and it is clear the author has strong feelings on the matter... [Vimes'] inner battle throughout the novel to hang onto what is Right and Just, makes this novel for me... – James MacDonald, Waterstones Scarborough

Raising Steam feels a much more expansive read than previous books in the series. Indeed, it can often feel like events are passing by at some speed as you hurtle along the narrative rails. There's a sense that there's no time for dawdling, with a greater degree of reported action than in stories such as Night Watch or Snuff, where the narrative feels almost to take place in realtime... These shifts in speed allow Pratchett to pack in glimpses of far more characters than he might otherwise have been able – which will bring smiles of delight to fans... Trains might not evoke in everyone the excitement which they obviously do in Mr Pratchett. We have now come to a place in history where they are merely functional – part of our everyday lives, and an expensive and often frustrating part at that. Raising Steam makes the idea of this invention – the revolutionary nature of it, which is filled with ideas, hope and possibilities – truly thrilling, and in doing so revitalises the entire series in the same way that Dick Simnel's Iron Girder does the Disc. – Dan Lewis, Waterstones Piccadilly

https://www.waterstones.com/blog/re-reading-discworld-part-four

6.4 ...AND AN INDIVIDUAL RE-READ EFFORT

A well-written piece by one Nat Wassell about re-reading Discworld, particularly The Colour of Magic:

"I love Pratchett's humour and I love his philosophy and I love how he could just find those words to describe something that you never would have thought could have been put into words. I love the in-jokes. I love the inversion of the expected into the unexpected, and how the way he mocks things is almost always gentle. I love Terry Pratchett because he so clearly, so dearly, loved what he did. So then, to 'The Colour of Magic'; the first Discworld book and the first I ever read. Picking it up and starting to read it feels like talking to an old friend... One of my favourite things about Discworld is the way that Pratchett treats the gods, as if they were just another group of people who happened to live on the Disc, which I suppose they kind of are. In this book, the metaphor is stark; they play dice just as they play with the character's lives. I like the concept of Fate and The Lady being the only ones that the people really seem to have any respect for. That sounds a lot like modern day to me – I know more people who believe in Fate and Luck than who truly believe in any god. It's a clever touch, I think..."

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6.5 THE RETURN OF COLLECTIBLE CARROT!

A classic from Discworld.com:

  "Originally released in July 2009, this bronzed pin features Captain Carrot standing to attention, holding the Ankh Morpork flag. It was due to be the first in a series of figurative pins featuring various Discworld denizens. If fact, he turned out to be the only one. It stands at 38mm high."

The Captain Carrot pin is priced at £25.00. For more information, and to order, go to:

http://discworld.com/products/collectables/captain-carrot-collectors-pin/

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07) DISCWORLD MEETING GROUPS NEWS (UPDATE)

Here be some upcoming events hosted by the Pratchett Partisans of Brisbane, Fourecks!

  Dining around the Disc: Uberwald. Wed 7 Oct 7pm. Black Forest German Restaurant Highgate Hill. Join us for a culinary tour of the Disc, or at least Roundworld's closest equivalent. Hosted by Jon

  Brisbane Tolkien Fellowship Dinner Dance. Sat 10 Oct 7pm. Enoggera Bowls Club. RSVP to the Official Facebook Event to get more information

  Carpe Jugul– Vinum! Halloween Party. Friday 30th Oct 7pm. Lady Margolotta's Castle. Appropriate Halloween/Discworld/Formal attire compulsory. $20 per person: platter food, games, prizes and dessert.

  Discworld games afternoon Sat 14 November 2pm-8pm. Community meeting room Brisbane Square library. Drop in during the afternoon for Discworld board and card games, then dinner and drinks starting from 6pm at a local eatery.

  Homicide at Hogswatch. Sat 19 December 6pm-10pm. Grand Central Hotel Dining Car. Will another Murder will be committed in Ankh Morpork? More details will be released soon.

Remember, you can join up at

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

or contact Ula directly at uwilmott@yahoo.com.au

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08) THE SHEPHERD'S CROWN: THE FIRST WOSSNAME REVIEW

By Annie Mac

  This is probably the easiest review I've ever written.

  There will be a detailed review, eventually, but because The Shepherd's Crown is the last Discworld book, Wossname is likely to wait for some weeks or even months before tackling any in-depth analysis. So for now I can say that everything that needs to be said about the can be summed up in one sentence:

  The Shepherd's Crown, fifth and final novel in the Tiffany Aching sequence, was written by Terry Pratchett.

  No, really. That is the single most important quality of this book. Are you with me so far?

  Before you read any further, let me assure you that you *can* read further. Those of you who haven't taken possession of a copy of The Shepherd's Crown yet, or who are saving it to be opened at some future date when the finality of it seems more bearable, can read this entire review without learning one thing about the plot. Over the years of writing pre-publication reviews of Discworld novels and other works by Terry Pratchett, I often sweated proverbial bullets trying to write a review that discussed the contents of each book without giving away anything about its contents; but this time there was no advance copy and the lay of the land is irrevocably changed by the knowledge that there will be no more Discworld novels, not ever.

  Much as I loved them – and continue to love them – Pratchett's last Discworld books leading up to The Shepherd's Crown, especially Raising Steam, felt different in style, rather like they had been dictated (which of course they were, by necessity, as his PCA advanced, but the point is that they *felt* dictated, and this is possibly what made some long-time fans, so used to his pre-Embuggerance style, less comfortable). The Shepherd's Crown, though, feels like it was written, as in both written down and typed up by its creator.

  Yes, written.

  It matters not one whit that this was a physical impossibility; I'll say it again: The Shepherd's Crown feels like it was written, by Terry Pratchett's own hand.

  The dialogue is beautiful. The storylines have direction and flow. And best of all, there is a sweetness of spirit, a full measure of heart and soul and brim-filled affection for his characters, that in my opinion makes The Shepherd's Crown stand without qualification amidst what I consider to be his greatest works: Night Watch, Nation, the rest of the Tiffany Aching series. And I don't feel that it counts as spoilage to say that this final book has integrated Sir Terry Pratchett's great creation, brought the evolutionary changes in the Discworld series' forty-one novels together in a way that sets the stage for an imagined future.

  Oh, and I cried. More than a bit. But not from sadness at the finality of The Shepherd's Crown – no, I cried because the writing was beautiful and the story was perfect.

  They say one should go out on the crest of a wave, leave the pitch as a winner. With The Shepherd's Crown, Terry Pratchett has certainly succeeded at that.

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09) MORE IMAGES OF THE MONTH: PAUL KIDBY

Young Esk, drawn in 2009 for a Talpress edition:
http://bit.ly/1MxCTV0

One of my all-time favourite Kidby drawings – the Band with Rocks In channelling Roundworld's Sgt Pepper album cover, featuring many of my favourite Kidby renderings of favourite Discworld characters:
http://bit.ly/1Wqpxyx

An early version of the cover art from The Shepherd's Crown:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CPLBf4cWcAApUvN.jpg

Granny's boots... starting with Paul Kidby's own boots, photographed:
http://bit.ly/1RazddG

...to eventually become these (The Shepherd's Crown, chapter 5 illustration):
http://bit.ly/1iVeJKP

Discworld Massif characters identified... left to right, back row to front row!

1. Nigel the Destroyer, Moist von Lipwig, Adora Belle Dearheart, Detritus, Samuel Vimes, CMOT Dibbler, Otto Chriek, Cohen the Barbarian, Fred Colon, Magrat Garlick, Verence of Lancre, Gimlet, Nobby Nobbs, Grabpot Thundergust, Tiffany Aching, Mr Fusspot, Errol, and Of the Twilight the Darkness (and the uncredited mime "photobombing" them:
http://bit.ly/1QHWxyH

2. Casanunda, The Dean, Lord Vetinari, Leonard of Quirm, Mort as the Duke of Sto Helit, Death, Granny Weatherwax, Ponder Stibbons, Ridcully, Rincewind, Nanny Ogg, Greebo, Twoflower, The Luggage, and The Librarian:
https://instagram.com/p/8FeJOPsiDN/

3. Ysabell, Lord Downey, Constable Flint, Dr Whiteface, Susan, Albert, Carrot, Angua, Lupine (Mrs Cake's potential son-in-law), Lu-Tze, Reg Shoe, Eric Thursley (the well known demonologist – not), Cheery Littlebottom, Igor, Snorri Snorrisson, and Gaspode:

http://bit.ly/1JxLjqR

For more of Mr Kidby's Discworld art, go to https://instagram.com/paulkidby/

Also, an announcement from the Official Paul Kidby page:

  "As part of The Salisbury Arts Trail I will be signing prints & books, including 'The Shepherd's Crown' at Longford Barn, Bodenham, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP5 4EJ on Sat 3rd October 2-4pm. Items are available for sale or bring your own copies. My work will be on show at the barn throughout the trail week, 3rd -11th October, 10am-6pm daily."

http://www.plainartssalisbury.co.uk/salisbury-art-trail/

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10) CLOSE

  And this time, this really is it for September. I need a break! See you soon, and a happy autumnal equinox to most of the world and happy vernal equinox to dwellers in Fourecks and the Land of Fog. See you soon...

– Annie Mac

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The End. If you have any questions or requests, write: wossname-owner (at) pearwood (dot) info

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wossname: (GNU Terry Pratchett)
Sir Terry Pratchett's right-hand man Rob Wilkins will be making a brief appearance in Fourecks this coming week. He will be signing copies of his afterword in The Shepherd's Crown, and answering questions about his work with Sir Pterry. Not to be missed!

Adelaide event:
When: Tuesday 29th September 2015
Venue: Dymocks Adelaide, 135 Rundle Mall, Adelaide, South Australia (phone 08 8223 5380)
Time: 12:30pm
Tickets: FREE! But must be pre-booked. See below.

Melbourne event:
When: Wednesday 30th September 2015
Venue: Dymocks Melbourne, 234 Collins Street, Melbourne 3000
Time: 6.30pm
Tickets: FREE! But must be booked in advance. To book, go to:

http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=161340

Editor's note: Wossname will be there, of course!

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And why, do I hear you ask, is Mr Wilkins in Australia? Here's why:

"A unique scholarship for South Australian university students has been funded by the estate of best-selling British author Terry Pratchett. The $100,000 biannual scholarship will support a student studying a Masters by research at UniSA's Hawke Research Institute. In addition, scholarship holders will be given the opportunity to study at Trinity College Dublin, in Ireland, for up to a year during their two years of study. The estate of the late, and much loved, author announced the endowment of the Sir Terry Pratchett Memorial Scholarship in Adelaide today. UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd said the perpetual scholarship, like Pratchett's books, was a gift that would endure for generations. 'This extraordinary gift is the largest student scholarship of its kind in the history of the university,' Lloyd said. 'Terry was someone who was never shy of contributing to the things he believed in and as recipients of this wonderful bequest we are reminded of his commitment to inquiry and to learning.'..."

http://bit.ly/1KZuQBf

"In an envelope sealed until after his death in March, best-selling British author Terry Pratchett kept a $1 million secret, honouring a great friendship, a love of science fiction and his respect for higher education. Half a world away, the University of South Australia will now benefit from Pratchett's generosity in perpetuity, thanks to his close relationship with vice-chancellor David Lloyd. 'Last time we saw Terry, we went to his house in the UK last year and the kids were out feeding the sheep,' Professor Lloyd said. 'The next day he gave a letter to (manager) Rob Wilkins and in the letter he said he wanted to give this to the university. It was only opened on his birthday in April this year,' Professor Lloyd told The Australian..."

http://bit.ly/1QHTpmq

"The collaborative scholarship builds on a growing relationship between two very different universities in two hemispheres, who share links both through research and their strong associations with Sir Terry Pratchett and is underpinned by an MOU between Trinity College Dublin's Trinity Long Room Hub and UniSA's Hawke Research Institute.

Dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Trinity College Dublin, Prof Darryl Jones, says the School of English at Trinity was honoured to have Sir Terry Pratchett as an Adjunct Professor. 'His wit, his warmth, his intelligence and above all else, his humanity made him an unforgettable friend and colleague,' Prof Jones says. 'We miss him dearly, and we're delighted to be part of this joint endeavour with the University of South Australia. The Sir Terry Pratchett Memorial Scholarship is a fitting tribute to a wonderful writer and a remarkable man.'..."

And there's even some video! This is a four-minute selection of bits from the formal announcement, featuring David Lloyd, Rob Wilkins... and The Hat!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mE4coOWdeKI&feature=youtu.be

http://bit.ly/1VkFLH7


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