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Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
August 2017 (Volume 20, Issue 8, Post 1)


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

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INDEX:

01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH
02) EDITOR'S LETTER
03) ODDS AND SODS
04) DISCWORLD CONVENTION NEWS
05) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
06) DISCWORLD MEETING GROUPS NEWS
07) AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE
08) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
09) CLOSE

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01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH

"Almost 30 years ago, Terry Pratchett and I wrote the funniest novel we could about the end of the world, populated with angels and demons... Three decades later, it's going to make it to the screen. I can't think of anyone we'd rather make it with than BBC Studios, and I just wish Sir Terry were alive to see it."
– Neil Gaiman

"If you are looking for actors to play two of the best-loved characters you and Terry Pratchett ever created, then, if you are very lucky and have been very good, you will get Michael Sheen and David Tennant to bring them to life. The best Welsh actor of his generation gets to be an angel, the best Scottish actor of his, a demon." – Neil, again

"We've done the final tally. In 5 years and 9 productions we've donated £28,070 to dementia charities. We hope we did @terryandrob proud."
– Monstrous Productions, coming to the end of a brilliant run of Discworld theatre

"I have rather cunningly clustered three items in one corner of my desk, so that they can be swept up together and carried out under one arm should I ever have to evacuate in haste. The first is my honorary degree from Discworld's Unseen University, bestowed on me by my friend, the late Sir Terry Pratchett, back in 2008. It adds significant sparkle to my CV, and its very existence tickles me pink to this day."
– David Lloyd, Archcha–, er, Vice Chancellor of the University of South Australia, speaking to the Times Higher Education website

"The star of the show will be a full-size recreation of Terry's office – known as The Chapel – quite literally the place where so many of his books began their life. For the visitor, this represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Terry's world as he worked and the objects in situ with which he chose to surround himself."
– the Salisbury Museum whets our appetite for visiting the Terry Pratchett: HisWorld exhibit

"The one feeling I couldn't escape while reading Good Omens, was 'this would make an awesome TV series', not a film, the book has too much depth of character and the development would never get the treatment it deserves if it were crammed into a 2-hour time-frame. TV is the better format for long-form storytelling, as you get more room to breathe so to speak, to develop your characters better in front of your audience's eyes and you don't necessarily have to rush anything.'"
– blogger Danny T had a crystal ball...

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02) LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR

I thought August was supposed to be the quiet month! And yet somehow we have a packed issue, with more to come...

We're only a few weeks away from the opening of the Terry Pratchett: HisWorld exhibit (see item 3.1). Remember, the exhibit runs from September 16 2017 until 13 January 2018 at the Salisbury Museum. Here be their lovely webpage, with images, info and a handy Buy Tickets button: http://www.pratchetthisworld.com/

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Team Pratchett have posted the query, "If you could invite three Discworld characters to a dinner party, who would they be?" For the record, my choices would probably be Tiffany, Esk and Lady Sybil – but only if Mrs Gogol was doing the cooking. What about yours?

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Spare a thought for the passing of Chantek, a notably learned person of the hairy orange persuasion who recently died at the advanced age of 39:

"An orangutan who was one of the first apes to learn sign language has died in Atlanta, Georgia, aged 39. Chantek lived with an anthropologist in Tennessee for about nine years and learned to clean his room, make and use tools and memorise the route to a fast-food restaurant. He spent his later years in Zoo Atlanta where he was treated for heart disease. Zoo officials said he had 'an engaging personality' and would be deeply missed. In a statement, Zoo Atlanta said that at 39, Chantek was one of the oldest male orangutans in North American zoos. His cause of death was not yet known, it said, but vets had been treating him for progressive heart disease. Orangutans are considered geriatric after the age of about 35, the zoo added..."

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40858040

...and this would be a good time to remind everyone of the URL for the Orangutan Foundation: http://www.orangutan.org.uk/

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Monstrous Productions, huge-hearted purveyors of Discworld productions, have come to the end of their amazing run, as their founder and guiding light is exiting the stage (pursued not by a bear but by a life-changing event). @MonstrousPTC had this to say on Twitter: "Well have taken our final bows as a company. We had our biggest audiences ever this week and raised £4,200 for @TyHapusWales. Thank you for all your support over the past 5 years and for enjoying the Discworld with us. This account will remain active to inform you of any events or any projects the monsters now build out of this." Well done, Monstrous folk! Now who's going to pick up the baton next? Roundworld needs more Discworld-based theatre companies!

Right, on with the show...

– Annie Mac, Editor

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03) ODDS AND SODS

3.0 HERE COME CROWLEY AND AZIRAPHALE: "GOOD OMENS" MINISERIES CAST AT LAST!

In a coup of perfect casting, it's been announced that David Tennant will play Crowley, opposite the hugely talented Welsh actor Michael Sheen as Aziraphale. Anyone who's seen Tennant's deliciously louche portrayal of Peter Vincent in the fun 2011 remake of Fright Night will have no doubts that he can do a fantastic Crowley:

"Michael Sheen and David Tennant have been cast in the lead roles in the Amazon series adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's 'Good Omens,' Variety has learned... co-produced by BBC Studios with Narrativia, the production company of Pratchett's daughter Rhianna, and the Blank Corporation and in association with BBC Worldwide for Amazon Prime Video and the BBC. Gaiman, Caroline Skinner, and Chris Sussman are executive producing for BBC Studios, and Rob Wilkins and Rod Brown will executive produce for Narrativia. Gaiman adapted all six episodes of the series and will also serve as showrunner. Following its exclusive launch on Amazon Prime Video, the series will also be broadcast on BBC in the U.K...."

http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/neil-gaiman-good-omens-michael-sheen-amazon-1202522663/

...and here's a reminder of what the lead actors look like, for those of you who may have been hiding in a cave somewhere in Uberwald:
https://pmcvariety.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/michael-sheen-david-tennant.jpg

The series will consist of six episodes, and will hit the air (BBC) and the clacks (Amazon Prime) next year. Bring it on!

3.1 "TERRY PRATCHETT: HISWORLD" EXHIBIT OPENING SOON!

The wildly-anticipated "Terry Pratchett: HisWorld" exhibit at the Salisbury Museum opens next month...

"The Salisbury Museum, The Estate of Terry Pratchett and Paul Kidby present 'Terry Pratchett: HisWorld', an exclusive major exhibition based on the extraordinary life of Sir Terry Pratchett, the creative genius behind the Discworld series. Follow his journey to becoming one of our best known and best loved writers. This unique exhibition will include artwork by the man himself and treasured items owned by Sir Terry which have never previously been on public display. Also featured will be over forty original illustrations by Paul Kidby, Sir Terry's artist of choice."

When: 16th September 2017 to 13th January 2018
Venue: Salisbury Museum, The King's House, 65 The Close, Salisbury, Wilts SP1 2EN (phone 01722 332151, email museum@salisburymuseum.org.uk)
Time: opening times are Monday to Saturday 10:00 to 17:00, Sundays (9 April - 29 October) 12:00 to 17:00. "Please note that our cafe is closed on Sundays."
Tickets: Adult £8, child £4, family (2 adults/4 children) £20, under-5s free. "Please note that all tickets issued by the museum are ANNUAL PASSES and are valid for one year. This is a condition of participating in the Gift Aid scheme and is offered regardless of whether you opt for the standard or donation admission."

http://www.salisburymuseum.org.uk/your-visit/prices

Tickets are also available online from http://salisbury.merlintickets.co.uk/product/ADME

http://discworld.com/terry-pratchett-exhibition-announced-salisbury/
http://pratchetthisworld.com

3.2 THE DISCWORLD IMAGINARIUM!

Paul Kidby has been up to something secret. Something wonderful...

"I am delighted to reveal what I have been working on this year: A collection of my favourite Discworld artwork, including a new portrait of Sir Terry himself."

The Gollancz press release:

"Gollancz is delighted to announce the acquisition of Terry Pratchett's Discworld Imaginarium, a stunning portfolio of illustrations from the brush of renowned Discworld artist, Paul Kidby. Paul Kidby was Sir Terry Pratchett's artist of choice. He provided the illustrations for The Last Hero, designed the covers for the Discworld novels since 2002 and is the author of the bestseller The Art Of The Discworld and Terry Pratchett's Discworld Colouring Book. Now, he has collected the very best of his Discworld illustrations in this definitive volume, including 40 pieces of never-before-seen art, 30 pieces that have only appeared in foreign editions, limited editions and Book Club editions, and 17 book cover illustrations since 2004 that have never been seen without cover text.

"Sir Terry Pratchett himself once said that Kidby's art is 'the closest anyone's got to how I see the characters'. If Terry Pratchett's pen gave his characters life, Paul Kidby's brush allowed them to live it, and nowhere is that better illustrated than in this magnificent book.

"Orion Group Publisher, Jon Wood, and Gollancz Digital Publisher, Darren Nash, acquired the rights to Terry Pratchett's Discworld Imaginarium from Rob Wilkins at Dunmanifestin, Ltd, which controls the copyright to all of Sir Terry Pratchett's works, including his Discworld characters and creations. The 272-page full-colour volume will publish on 23rd November and retail at £35.

"But that's not all! Taken from the Patrician's private collection by a discerning art dealer* we've got a high-class treat for those looking for something a little more distinct: a Special Edition, which will feature a variant cover, a new piece of art produced exclusively for this version and signed by Paul Kidby, metallic page edging, a marker ribbon and a specially-designed slipcase. Also, released on 23rd November, the Special Edition will retail at £75.

"Artist Paul Kidby said, 'I am delighted to present the Discworld Imaginarium: a comprehensive collection of my favourite illustrations painstakingly selected after many weeks spent rummaging through my portfolios. The resulting pages of this book not only look back at works past, they also look forward – with newly created artworks in celebration of the amazing ongoing legacy that Sir Terry Pratchett created for us all.'"

http://www.paulkidby.com/terry-pratchetts-discworld-imaginarium/

Paul Kidby also tweeted a short video (1 minute 12 seconds) of himself creating his new portrait of Sir Pterry:
https://twitter.com/PaulKidby/status/891968443775365120

...and a few more details from The Bookseller:

"The book will comprise his favourite Discworld illustrations in what Gollancz is calling a "definitive" volume of his work. It includes 40 pieces of never-before-seen art, 30 pieces that have only appeared in foreign editions, limited editions and Book Club editions, and 17 book cover illustrations since 2004 that have never been seen without cover text. Publishing simultaneously there will also be a £75 Special Edition of the book featuring: a variant cover, a new piece of art produced exclusively for the edition and signed by Kidby, metallic page edging, a marker ribbon and a specially-designed slipcase..."

http://www.thebookseller.com/news/terry-pratchetts-discworld-imaginarium-gollancz-605941

3.3 STEPHEN BRIGGS HAS A LOT TO SAY!

Along with the Terry Pratchett: HisWorld exhibit, the Salisbury Museum will present a special one-off – "Building a World with Terry Pratchett: A talk by Stephen Briggs":

"Stephen Briggs and Terry Pratchett played together on Discworld for 25 years. They built a city on a brownfield site, then mapped a world to put it onto. They also wrote several other books, several diaries, and a cook book. Stephen will tell us how it happened. The talk will be followed by tea and biscuits and the chance to visit the 'Terry Pratchett: HisWorld' exhibition."

When: Saturday 23rd September 2017
Venue: Salisbury Museum, The King's House, 65 The Close, Salisbury, Wilts SP1 2EN (phone + 44 (0)1722 332151)
Time: 14:30 to 15:30
Tickets: £8 Members, £10 Non-Members ("tickets include tea and biscuits"). Booking required. Please contact the museum:
http://www.salisburymuseum.org.uk/taxonomy/term/38

http://www.salisburymuseum.org.uk/whats-on/events/building-world-terry-pratchett-talk-stephen-briggs

3.4 THROUGH THE MEDIUM OF DANCE!

The James Wilton dance company will be presenting their unique dance work "Last Man Standing" at various venues in the UK south-west in October and November:

"Last Man Standing draws from the tale of Orpheus and Eurydice, as well as The Last Hero by Terry Pratchett. The work is about living for the moment, about appreciating every second and enjoying life while it lasts. Flying bodies, last minute catches and an energy you can feel as well as see, Last Man Standing is dance driven by unparalleled energy and athleticism, performed by world class dancers; an international award winning work by rising star, James Wilton. His work draws on martial arts, break dancing and capoeira to create raw, earthy and ground-breaking performance. All of this propelled by a trademark soundtrack of heavy rock, ambient music and textured soundscapes. Audiences will see dancers fly through the air and land quite literally at their feet. They will experience every drop of sweat, every gasp for air and every finger twitch."

7th October: Drimpton Village Hall, Chard Road, Dorset DT8 3RF
https://artsreach.co.uk/ (Buy Tickets link not available yet)

9th October: Exeter Northcott Theatre, Stocker Road, Exeter, Devon EX4 4QB, 7.30pm
Tickets: £14 (£12 concessions, £9 for school groups of 10+ plus one FREE teacher ticket for every 10 students booked, £5 student standby. Groups of 10 get 11th ticket FREE. To book, go to https://exeternorthcott.co.uk/calendar/last-man-standing/

20th October: The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre, Coal Orchard, Taunton, Somerset TA1 1JL, 7.30pm
Tickets: standard from £14, student from £10. To book, go to https://ticketsource.co.uk/booking/date/372656

21st October: Trowbridge Town Hall, Market Street, Trowbridge, BA14 8EQl, 8.30pm
Tickets: £5 plus booking fee. To book, go to https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/boxoffice/select/tDniVoFPPIiT

1st November: The Bay Theatre, Weymouth College, Cranford Avenue, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 7LQ
No times and tickets information available yet

30th November: Pavillion Dance South West, Westover Road , Bournemouth BH1 2BU, 7.30pm
Tickets: £12 (£10 concessions, £8 groups of 10+, £6 under-26). To book, go to http://www.pdsw.org.uk/event/book-now/LMS1/Performances
http://www.pdsw.org.uk/what-s-on/live-performance/last-man-standing-by-james-wilton-dance/

http://www.jameswiltondance.org.uk/performances

3.5 THE PASSING OF AN EDITOR OF NOTE

"Diane Pearson, who worked at Transworld for almost 40 years, has died, aged 85. Pearson worked as a senior editor at Transworld from 1964 to 2002 during which time she played 'a pivotal role' in the company's fortunes, both past and present, according to Transworld. She acquired and worked with many of the industry's biggest-selling authors, such as Terry Pratchett, Joanna Trollope, Kate Atkinson and Jilly Cooper, the latter for over 20 years, and in 1994 was awarded the British Book Award for Editor of the Year. She was also the President of the Romantic Novelists' Association from 1986 to 2011. Pearson was also an author in her own right. Her novels included The Marigold Field (1969, Corgi) and its sequel Sarah Whitman (1971, Corgi), Csardas (1975, Head of Zeus) and The Summer of the Barshinskeys (1984, Corgi). In tribute, Larry Finlay, managing director at Transworld, said Pearson was 'an integral part of the Transworld story' whose legacy would "burn brightly for years to come'...

http://www.thebookseller.com/news/transworld-editor-diane-pearson-dies-aged-85-611441

3.6 MINE'S A PINT... OOK!

The new Discworld Ale from Ales by Mail ("official outlet for Discworld Beers on Roundworld") is L Space Voyager, described by the brewers as "a banana hefeweisen". Here be their announcement:

"Just over a year ago our beer supply portal from Discworld, established by the Wizards of UU, closed unexpectedly. Since then, Discworld Beer has been in scarce supply. We've been hearing disturbing news from Discworld about the many breweries producing Discworld beers. Recently, Frau Ortrud Ulrich – head librarian at Germany's Nationale Bier-Bibliothek, the library of beer knowledge on Roundworld – arrived at her office to find a small pile of empty peanut husks and banana skins, along with a significant amount of Discworld Beer sitting amongst piles of carefully sorted returned books. A hastily scribbled note, found along with these items, read simply 'Ooook'. Frau Ulrich of course reached out to us. So far we have been able to piece together only part of the puzzle. It would seem that Unseen University's Librarian has traversed L-Space bringing with him some essential supplies, and was able to liberate some cans of L-Space Voyager. We can only assume that he meant for us to get them into the hands of you, the Roundworld fans. It appears to be a delightful hefeweizen style beer with notes of banana (what else?) and a subtle but pleasant tang of peanut. His stay was, it seems, only brief, but importantly the Librarian left behind the beer! Rather oddly, the beer appears to bear the brewery name 'Drum Brewing Co'. To our knowledge, Drum Brewing came to prominence when the famed Ankh-Morpork brewtavern, the Mended Drum, was swallowed up by unknown parties as part of their acquisition of many of Discworld's brewing institutions. Our concerns about the fate of brewing on Discworld remain and we have sent out various exploratory expeditions in an attempt to find out more. For now, we are grateful to the Librarian for the chance to try and share Voyager with you, but watch this space for more details."

To read the announcement complete with iconographs and footnote, go to https://www.alesbymail.co.uk/blog/new-discworld-beer-l-space-voyager/

For more information, and to order, go to https://www.alesbymail.co.uk/browse-by-brewery/drum-brewing
A six-pack of L Space Voyager is priced at £14.24. More info:
https://www.alesbymail.co.uk/pick-n-mix-beer/drum-discworld-lspacevoyager-6pack

3.7 NEW BOOKS!

All right, new releases of old books. Specifically, the next round of classic Discworld re-releases. According to Penguin Books:

"We are thrilled to reveal Joe McLaren's covers for these upcoming additions to the Discworld Collector's Library: Thief of Time, Night Watch, Monstrous Regiment and Going Postal. Continuing in the style of the series, approved by Terry before his death, these beautiful hardbacks will hit bookshops in October. We hope you like them as much as we do."

There are pre-order buttons on the page – http://classics.penguin.co.uk/q/17EiCHLryPO1Iox75EywdU/wv – but these lead to Amazon pages. Or you could always wait for a reputable bookseller to offer them...

3.8 FOR JOSH KIRBY FANS...

"Josh Kirby was a master painter renowned for his groundbreaking illustrations in science fiction, fantasy and horror. His work included Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Terry Pratchett's Discworld, the Pratchett and Neil Gaiman penned Good Omens, and countless other film posters and book covers. When Kirby passed on in 2001, the trustees of his estate had been tasked with sorting through his vast archives. Amongst the papers, receipts and correspondences with famous authors, was a hidden gem. Amy Anderson, the executive director of the Josh Kirby estate, says: 'We discovered a hand typed manuscript, along with sketches and doodles, telling the whimsical and adorable tale of a time traveling mouse, named Marmaduke. And now, sixteen years later, it's becoming a reality.' To bring this long, lost creation to the world, the Josh Kirby Estate assembled a dream team of sorts, by inviting Discworld cartoonist, Ray Friesen and Discworld co-author, and voiceover artist, Stephen Briggs, to lend their talent to the project... With the dream team in place, the estate made the decision to launch a Kickstarter campaign so that everyone could be a part of this once in a lifetime opportunity..."

http://www.pr.com/press-release/726904

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04) DISCWORLD CONVENTION NEWS

4.1 AUSDWCON 2017 ROUND-UP

"Thank you to our special guests Stephen Briggs, Daniel Knight, David Lloyd and Martin Pearson, our virtual guests Ian Stewart, Ray Friesen, and the Discworld Emporium, to Rob Wilkins and Colin Smythe, to Unseen Theatre Company, Hot for Joe Morris Dancers, Steamkittens, Susan Lonie, Matt Falloon, and all our volunteers, activity organisers, first aiders, security, press corpse, games teachers, gophers and anyone else who helped out. Thanks to all who bidded so generously at the charity auction raising over $9000 for the Aboriginal Literacy Foundation and Alzheimer's Australia SA. And of course, thanks to you, our amazing team of tourists!"

https://ausdwcon.org/blog/au-revoir/

"The secret is out... Nullus Anxietas VII will indeed be happening in 2019! This time, it's back to Melbourne, where the Australian Discworld Conventions all started 10 years ago. If you're super keen to make sure you get a spot at the next amazing convention, you can buy your supporting membership RIGHT NOW! More information about Nullus Anxietas VII will be revealed in a few months' time, so make sure you're subscribed to the mailing list to hear the news first! Thank you all, and farewell!"

To buy a Supporting Membership: https://ausdwcon.org/supporting2019/

To join the mailing list: https://ausdwcon.org/about/mailing-list/

The AusDWcon 2017 gallery of iconographs:
https://www.flickr.com/groups/ausdwcon2017/pool/

...and special guest Stephen Briggs tweeted some photos of AusDWcon's cuddly Twoflower doll's adventures on his journey from EcksEcksEcksEcks to Team Pratchett Central:

https://twitter.com/StephenPBriggs/status/895622447202009088

4.2 NADWCON NEWS

The countdown has begun... Guests of Hono(u)r are packing their Luggages for – or already on their way to – Genua, that is, New Orleans. The Convention begins on the morning of Friday 1st September and runs through the weekend. Join Stephen Briggs, Colin Smythe, Esther Friesner, Pat Harkin and the marvellous Discworld artist Omar Rayyan at the Sheraton New Orleans for an unforgettable "Genuan Experience"!

Some tickets are still available: https://nadwcon2017.org/signup/2017-adult-membership.html

https://nadwcon2017.org/

4.3 THE FIRST ANNUAL DISCWORLD DAY: A ONE-DAY EVENT IN SOUTH AFRICA

Looks like it will be as fun as a fun thing! "We invite you to discover the streets of Ankh-Morpork, the greatest city of the Discworld. A folklorique network of old lanes, squares and alleys for your walking pleasure. Wherre exitement and trolls lurke arounde everry corner and much may be heard the traditional street cries of old time also the laughing visages of the denuizens as they goe about their business private. All guilds are welcome, so if you fancy yourself as an artificer, a seamstress, an assassin or a clown, you'll be sure to be in good company along The Street of Cunning Artificers. Dogs and unruly luggages to be kept on leashes at all times."

Features include the Discworld Dress Up, "battles of Cripple Mr Onion, Thud! and the likes", Discworld telly at the Muntab Moving Pictures House, and much more...

When: 4th November 2017
Venue: The Moors Castle, 638 Larsens Road, 1739 Muldersdrift, Gauteng, South Africa
Time: 11.00 to 22.00
Tickets: R60.00. A limited number of tickets are available online http://qkt.io/DiscworldDay2017 or at the gate at a price of R80.00. Under-12s are free

https://www.facebook.com/events/320926284986740/

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05) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS

5.0 AUDITIONS

* MASKERADE IN READING

The Progress Theatre will be auditioning for the cast of their forthcoming January 2018 production of Maskerade (see item 5.3 below). The auditions will be held on Sunday 17th September at 2pm or Wednesday 20th September at 7.30pm at Progress Theatre, The Mount, Reading RG1 5HL. "Auditions are open to all,but if cast you will need to join Progress Theatre.

"If you have any questions or would like to be considered but can't make the audition dates please contact director Chris Moran on 07729 501350 or at chris.moran@me.com or assistant director Jordan Emmett on 07932 976693 or at jdemmett27@hotmail.co.uk prior to the auditions."

http://progresstheatre.co.uk/auditions-maskerade

* MASKERADE IN YORK

We Are Theatre's next Discworld production will be Maskerade, in February 2018 – but the word about auditions for the production has spread all over Roundworld, it seems. Open auditions will be held on Sunday 10th September. To book an audition, and for more information, email wearetheatre@googlemail.com

"We are holding open auditions for actors for the comedy play 'Maskerade' based on the Terry Pratchett Discworld Novel and adapted by Stephen Briggs. This comedy is a spoof on Phantom of the Opera and has lots of great character parts. Open auditions on 10th September and rehearsals on Sundays 3pm-5pm in York, though not every week. Performances in York at the end of February."

https://www.gumtree.com/p/artists-theatres/auditions-for-terry-pratchett-s-play-maskerade-/1260143792
http://www.wearetheatre.co.uk/

5.1 PLAYS IN AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER

* WYRD SISTERS IN THE LAND OF FEEGLES (AUGUST/SEPTEMBER)

Monifieth Amateur Dramatics (MAD) will be staging their production of Wyrd Sisters, directed by Steven Armstrong, in August: "Stephen Briggs has been involved in amateur dramatics for over 25 years and he assures us that the play can be staged without needing the budget of Industrial Light and Magic. Not only that, but the cast should still be able to be in the pub by 10 o'clock!"

When: 31st August-2nd September 2017
Venue: Monifieth Theatre, 72 High Street, Monifieth, Angus DD5 2AE
Time: 7.30pm all shows
Tickets: £9 (£6 concessions), available from Troups Pharmacy, Monifieth; Yorkshire Building Society, Broughty Ferry; and The Bay Diner/Grill, Monifieth. Ring 01382 480043 for details. Tickets are also available online at http://www.monifieththeatre.co.uk/tickets and at https://www.tickettailor.com/all-tickets/13094/1940/

http://www.monifieththeatre.co.uk/whatson

* WYRD SISTERS IN WEST YORKSHIRE (SEPTEMBER)

The Todmorden Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (T.A.O.D.S.) will be presenting an unusual Discworld experience – Vince Foxall's BBC radio play of Wyrd Sisters, performed live – at the end of September. "As with previous productions, this Hippodrome Foyer Play is based on an original radio script dramatized by Vince Foxall for BBC Radio 4 and will be performed script-in-hand with live sound effects and a large cast of players old and new. Featuring strolling minstrels, fools, ghosts, murderers and diverse alarums!"

When: 29th and 30th September 2017
Venue: Hippodrome Theatre, 83 Halifax Road, Todmorden OL14 5BB
Time: 7.30pm all shows
Tickets: £6, available online from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/todhip

http://www.todhip.org/wyrd-sisters

* LORDS AND LADIES IN BRISBANE (SEPTEMBER–OCTOBER)

Brisbane Arts Theatre will be presenting their next Discworld play, Lords and Ladies – adapted by Irana brown – in September: "Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg – the witches of Lancre – are the Discworld's only hope of rescue when elves threaten to take control with their hypnotic 'glamour'. Standing stones, wizards, Morris men, rude mechanicals, country lore and ancient magic all combine in this adaptation of one of Sir Terry's finest. With a full supporting cast of dwarves, wizards, trolls and one orangutan, the hilarious Lords and Ladies delivers an abundance of hey-nonny-nonny and blood all over the place."

When: 16th September – 21st October 2017
Venue: Brisbane Arts Theatre, 210 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane, QLD 4000
Time: 7.30pm Thursdays, 8.00pm Fridays & Saturdays, 6.30pm Sundays
Tickets: Adults $34, Concession $28, Group 10+ $27, Student Rush $15 (10 mins before curtain), available online at http://bit.ly/2tjucfQ "Subscribers can redeem season tickets for this show. There are no refunds or exchanges once tickets have been purchased."

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

5.2 PLAYS LATER IN 2017

* MORT IN READING (OCTOBER)

Twyford and Ruscombe Theatre Group will present their production of Mort, "an off beat tale of bacon, eggs and destiny", in October.

"Terry Pratchett's Discworld will once more be gracing the stage at Loddon Hall. We are putting on a production of Mort, which will involve a large cast, plenty of dramatic moments and a lot of laughs."

When: 5th–7th October 2017
Venue: Loddon Hall, Loddon Hall Road, Twyford, Reading, Berkshire, RG10 9JA
Time: 8pm all shows
Tickets: £7, £8, £9 and £10, available online at http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/171598

http://www.twyrusdrama.org.uk

* MORT IN KENT (OCTOBER)

The Erith Playhouse are staging their production of Mort in October.

When: 9th–14th October 2017
Venue: Erith Playhouse, 38–40 High Street, Erith, Kent DA8 1QY
Time: 8pm all shows
Tickets: £10, available from the Box Office on 01322 350345 or by filling out the form on the webpage (_http://www.playhouse.org.uk/show/mort/_). "Tickets can be posted to you or held at the Box Office for collection prior to the performance."

http://www.playhouse.org.uk/next-seasons-shows/

* WYRD SISTERS IN RHYL, LLAMEDOS (OCTOBER)

Rhyl Liberty Players will be staging their production of Wyrd Sisters in October: "RLP is an award-winning Amateur Dramatics Society based in Rhyl, North Wales. The society has existed for over 70 years and is still going strong today. We have members of all ages who usually put on two fantastic productions a year. We also take part in drama festivals and community events."

When: 25th–28th October 2017
Venue: The Little Theatre, 2 Vale Rd, Rhyl LL18 1AA
Time: 7.30pm all shows
Tickets: £9.00 + booking fee of 7.5% (concessions £8.50 + booking fee). To purchase, go to https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/venue/FEMDJL and click on your desired date.

http://www.libertyplayers.co.uk/Wyrd_Sisters.htm
http://rhyllittletheatre.co.uk/whats-on/whats-coming-soon/

* THE TRUTH IN ADELAIDE, FOURECKS (OCTOBER/NOVEMBER)

Unseen Theatre's next production will be a revisiting of The Truth – updated for the Age of Fake News, we hope!

When: 27th and 28th October, 1st–4th and 8th–11th November 2017
Venue: Bakehouse Theatre, 255 Angas St. Adelaide, South Australia
Time: 7.30pm all shows
Tickets: $22 ($18 concessions/Fringe members/groups of 6+); previews $15, available via http://bakehousetheatre.com or at the door on performance nights

http://unseen.com.au/news/auditions-for-unseen-academicals/

* WYRD SISTERS IN HERTFORDSHIRE (NOVEMBER)

The Water Lane Theatre Company, a "local amateur dramatics company from Bishop's Stortford in Hertfordshire, performing a range of dramatic theatre, from Shakespeare to children's plays – and everything in between!", will be staging their production of Wyrd Sisters in November.

When: 9th–11th November 2017
Venue: the Charis Centre, Water Lane, Bishop's Stortford CM23 2JZ
Time: 7.30pm all shows
Tickets: TBA; when available, go to https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/waterlane and click on your desired date.

http://waterlanetheatrecompany.co.uk/
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4VkXEkjg5dOTFZTRDRybW9LdHc/view

* MORT IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA (NOVEMBER/DECEMBER)

Roleystone Theatre, "a non-for-profit community group managed entirely by volunteers", will stage their production of Mort in November and December.

When: 24th, 25th and 29th November and 1st and 2nd December 2017
Venue: Roleystone Theatre, 587 Brookton Hwy, Roleystone, Western Australia
Time: 8pm all shows
Tickets: $20 ($15 u-18's/Pensioners; 10 tickets bought receives an 11th free), which will be available for purchase via https://www.roleystonetheatre.com.au/web/Coming%20Attractions

https://www.roleystonetheatre.com.au/

* LORDS AND LADIES IN NORWICH (DECEMBER)

The Youth Theatre Company will present their production of the Irana Brown adaptation of Lords and Ladies in December.

When: Thursday 14th – Saturday 16th December 2017
Venue: Theatre Royal, Theatre Street, Norwich NR2 1RL
Time: 7.30pm all shows (includes audio described performance on the 16th)
Tickets: £10 (jobseeker/over 60 £8.50) plus £1.20 per order for Postage and Packaging. To purchase tickets, go to http://bit.ly/2gemJKI and select your desired date.

https://secure.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk/Online/

* RAISING STEAM IN ABINGDON: A POSTPONEMENT

The Studio Theatre Club have slightly updated their announcement: "Don't tell anyone yet (this is just between you and us), it's still a long way off (2018!), we've only just had the formal permission for a new play and Stephen's still writing it, but he thinks it's about time he tackled another of the novels, and the third in the Moist von Lipwig Trilogy might just be the right one. It's been on his to-do list for a while...he thinks he owes it to Terry... Tickets are not yet on sale. News here when they are!"

http://www.studiotheatreclub.com/discworld

5.3 PLAYS IN 2018

* MASKERADE IN READING (JANUARY 2018)

The Progress Theatre will be staging their production of Maskerade in January next year. But first, don't forget to check the auditions page, above...

When: 18th–27th January 2018
Venue: Progress Theatre, The Mount, Reading RG1 5HL
Time: 7.45pm all evening shows, 2.30pm matinees on 20th and 27th January
Tickets: TBA

http://progresstheatre.co.uk/maskerade

* MONSTROUS REGIMENT IN GEORGIA USA (FEBRUARY 2018)

Gainesville Theatre Alliance's 2017-2018 season will feature their production of Monstrous Regiment in a "February Festival of Theatre". "GTA is a nationally acclaimed collaboration of the University of North Georgia, Brenau University, theatre professionals and the northeast Georgia community that has yielded state and national awards."

When: 16th–24th February 2018
Venue: UNG-Gainesville's Ed Cabell Theatre, 3820 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood, GA
Time: 7:30pm evening shows on the 16th, 18th, 20th-24th, and 2:30pm matinees on the 17th & 24th
Tickets: $18-20 for adults, $16-18 for seniors and $12-14 for students, depending on seat location, available from www.gainesvilleTHEATREalliance.org or by phoning the Box Office at 678 717 3624. NOTE: by early August, 97 percent of the GTA performances were sold out. "Theater-goers may purchase tickets to one show or all five. They also may build their own custom ticket package, earning discounts for two shows or more."

http://blog.ung.edu/gta/performances/index/
http://blog.ung.edu/gta/performances/tickets/

5.4 REVIEWS

* GUARDS! GUARDS! IN CARDIFF

By twin bloggers CL Raven:

"Sadly, this was to be Monstrous Productions' final Pratchett adaptation. We've loved every play we've seen and we're gutted it's all over. This was a fantastic play for them to go out on. We've not read the book but will definitely be buying it now. This was another play to feature Sam Vimes and fitting for their final act. Jes Hynes fantastically reprised his role of Vimes from Nightswatch[sic]... This was the first play that featured the Librarian – a wizard who was accidentally turned into an Orangutan and refuses to be changed back. We love the Librarian in the books so were thrilled he was in this. Lowri Belson was superb as the book-loving ape. She injected so much character and personality into a role where communication was done solely through facial expressions and 'ook!' And the occasional 'eek!' The show was hilarious, with added things like Death playing with a fidget spinner, Brother Watchtower replacing his mask with a cat one and Errol flying across the stage on a wire to fight the dragon. What we love about Monstrous Productions plays is the cast always look like they're thoroughly enjoying themselves. Sets and props used are always minimal and work so well. Everyone was superb in their roles and made this a fantastic play to end on..."

https://clraven.wordpress.com/2017/08/21/guards-guards/

* WYRD SISTERS AT THE EDINBURGH FRINGE

By James Hanton in Edinburgh's The Student newspaper (which by the way is the UK's oldest student newspaper, ans which moreover was founded in 1887 by Robert Louis Stevenson, another of the world's greatest storytellers):

"Duck in a Hat Theatre's adaption of Terry Pratchett's Wyrd Sisters sees the cast clearly have a ball immersing themselves in the universe born from the incredible imagination of one man. While Pratchett's Discworld is a complex creation which spans many different stories and characters, Duck in a Hat keep it relatively straightforward. End-on staging, a couple of flats for set, medieval costume and not much more. It can be viewed as a bit basic; the show could have benefited from more music to help make the settings and scenes distinct from each other. The same set for the throne room is also the theatre, the dungeon and the street. Small changes would help to avoid confusion as to what is happening where. But basic does not mean completely ineffective. The play is easy enough to follow, and even finds some time to poke a (broom)stick at the idea of 'post-truth' that is of such great relevance today. It is a very easy tale to enjoy, so in some ways there is no need to complicate anything. In keeping it simple and down-to-earth, littered with moments of comedy that guarantee a smile, a very engaging show is produced... it is very difficult to leave the show without feeling entertained. Writer Stephen Briggs has delivered a wonderful adaption of the original story, one that is grasped with both hands by the cast who firmly make this play their own..."
http://www.studentnewspaper.org/terry-pratchetts-wyrd-sisters/

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06) DISCWORLD MEETING GROUPS NEWS: UPDATES AND REMINDERS

The Broken Drummers, "London's Premier Unofficially Official Discworld Group" (motto "Nil percussio est"), will be meeting next on Monday 4th September 2017 at the Monkey Puzzle, 30 Southwick Street, London, W2 1JQ. "We welcome anyone and everyone who enjoys Sir Terry's works, or quite likes them or wants to find out more. We have had many visitors from overseas who have enjoyed themselves and made new friends. The discussions do not only concern the works of Sir Terry Pratchett but wander and meander through other genres and authors and also leaping to TV and Film production. We also find time for a quiz."

The Drummers have also taken up doing the odd afternoon meetup. 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: "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 from all fandoms (and none) and we would love to see you at one of our events, even if you're just passing through. Please contact us via Facebook (_https://www.facebook.com/groups/824987924250161/_) or Google Groups (_https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/drumknotts-irregulars_) or join us at our next event."

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

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

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"The Gathering of the Loonies (Wincanton chapter)" is a public Facebook meeting group: "This group, by request of Jo in Bear will continue to be used for future unofficial (not run by the Emporium) fan Gatherings in Wincanton. Look here for information." Future events will include the Hogswatch Express meet (24th-26th November 2017) and the Did You Bring a Beer Along meeting (celebrating 20 years of The Last Continent) in April 2018.

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

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

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

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

The next CoSG event will be the Monthly Social Meet at the Caledonian Hotel on 31st August. Next after that: Pirate Bowling at the Cross Road Bowl, 23rd September.

The CoSG also have another identity. Here's the skinny:

Round World Events SA Inc is a not-for-profit incorporated association whose aim is to run fun social Pratchett-themed events for people in South Australia. Our first major event was the Unseen University Convivium held in July 2012. We have also run three successful and booked out Science Fiction and Fantasy themed quiz nights named Quiz Long And Prosper, in 2013, 2014 and 2015! We are also running the next Australian Discworld Convention, Nullus Anxietas VI – The Discworld Grand Tour – taking place in August 2017. You can find more out about it on this very website (_http://ausdwcon.org/_)! The association will run some events under the City of Small Gods banner, but you do not have to be a Round World Events SA member to be part of City of Small Gods. However, we are always on the look out for new members for Round World Events SA to help us organise future events! Membership is $20 a year (for Adelaide locals) or $5 a year (for those not quite so close) and has the following benefits:

A shiny membership certificate all of your very own
Discounted entry price to some of the events we run
A warm, fuzzy feeling deep down in your chest (no, not quite that deep)
For more information, or to join as a member, please email RoundWorldEventsSA@gmail.com

www.cityofsmallgods.org.au

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The Broken Vectis Drummers meet next on Thursday 7th September 2017 (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 September 2017 (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. 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 September 2017 at 6.30pm 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 September 2017 (probably) from 5.30pm at Carpe Cafe, 526 Murray Street, Perth, Western Australia. For details follow Perth Drummers on Twitter @Perth_Drummers or join their Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Perth.Drummers/ – or message Alexandra Ware directly at <alexandra.ware@gmail.com>

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07) AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE

Blogger thetroublewithtriffids reflects on the beauty and sadness of The Shepherd's Crown:

"Though I loved this novel, because it was brilliant, but as I was reading it something about the prose style felt a little off to me. And it wasn't until the afterword written by Rob Wilkins that I realised what was off: 'Once it was shaped, he would keep writing it too, adding to it, fixing bits, constantly polishing and adding linking sequences, tossing in just one more footnote or event. His publishers often had to prise the manuscript away from him, as there was always more he felt he could do […] The Shepherd's Crown has a beginning, a middle and an end, and all the bits in between. Terry wrote all of those. But even so, it was, still, not quite as finished as he would have liked when he died.' I couldn't have asked for a more perfect explanation. The book was perfect, but somewhat lacking in Pratchett's usual witticisms and personal style. If anything though this made the whole book so much sadder for me. Just the idea that Pratchett didn't get the chance to brush up this story (even though it was still amazing) to the excellent standards he worked so hard for his whole life..."

http://bit.ly/2wPbpe2

Blogger The Past Due Book Review is back with thoughts on Equal Rites:

"Pratchett hadn't quite hit his stride yet (which is understandable because it is only the third book his massive series), so some of his trademark charm and snark is missing. There are some jokes about witches; one standout is about a witch that has warts and no teeth, thereby gaining her credibility as a witch; Granny Weatherwax, on the other hand, has nice teeth and clear skin. Other than this subversion of the benefits of clear skin and a few other jokes thrown in, Equal Rites is not as campy and joke-heavy as other books, though that isn't necessarily a bad thing... there is some social commentary about both genders thinking women have a specific station because that's the way things have always been. This isn't used in any other vein than for driving the plot along and exposing Pratchett's views on the subject. There isn't a torrent of heavy handed calls for women to become wizards and the few that pop up are from Esk herself; Granny has to be convinced that it is worth the trouble for women to want to become wizards. This book also shares some plot elements with a later book, Sourcery, which has a young wizard in possession of a magical staff and he is the eighth son of an eighth son, though that qualifies him as much more than a simple wizard in the later book. Equal Rites isn't Pratchett's best work despite being a fun read; again, I want to reiterate that this is another early book in the series, so there isn't much here to elevate it above the other fantasy novels out there. The characters are entertaining and the ending is clever, but without much of the wit and cheekiness that makes his writing standout, Equal Rites remains a solid piece of fantasy fiction..."

https://thepastduebookreview.com/2017/08/16/equal-rites-review/

Blogger Aditi Mukund Prabhudesai aka Sunflower's cluey take on Maskerade:

"Straight off the bat, Terry Pratchett doffs his black fedora to the weird world of opera with the above dedication. Opera is an artistic medium comprehensible to few. It is instructive that at different stages in the book, both the protagonist and the antagonist launch into similar tirades about the absurdness of opera ('The plots don't make sense…There should be a sign on the door saying "Leave your common sense here"!'). Even the book cover illustrated by the great artist Josh Kirby is an extension of this belief. The leading characters are depicted at a bizarre angle which disorients the reader. Josh infuses them with such raw, unbridled energy that one feels they could leap out of the cover any second... The theme of masks runs deep throughout the novel. Almost every leading character appears to be operating behind one... Pratchett shows his realist leanings by drawing up a sympathetic portrayal of Agnes, but avoiding giving her a fairytale ending; even the Ghost of the Opera would rather train the less talented Christine than Agnes since Christine has star quality (I was reminded of the 'X-Factor' spiel of Indian Idol). This is a sobering moment, shaking your faith in the Ghost, and made all the more powerful when you consider that Walter himself was the object of ridicule due to his ungainly physicality and would have understood Agnes the most. It underscores the notion that Walter becomes an entirely different personality as the Ghost. Agnes's arc ends with her shedding Perdita and coming to terms with herself. This is in stark contrast to Walter's. Agnes discards her mask to become her true self; Walter sticks to his Ghost alter ego stunning everyone by his transformation..."

https://neitherlessnormore.wordpress.com/2017/08/16/first-blog-post/

Blogger Muse With Me returns with a review of Pyramids:

"There are only a few books in this massive series that are actually standalone tales, involving characters who will not, as far as I know, be appearing in any meaningful way again. Regardless of this, I was pleasantly surprised with this novel. I've said it before, and I'll no doubt say it again, there are elements in Pratchett's Discworld novels that do become a tad repetitive, and this book doesn't quite escape that. In this case our protagonist Teppic is to blame, our assassin turned Pharaoh, who feels a lot like a Pratchett-styled stock main character. Though he's more skilled than some previous leading men, he's still awkward and insecure in ways that feel a little too familiar. I did, however, like his status of stranger in a familiar land. A lot of his formative years were spent in Ankh-Morpork, getting a rather detailed education from the Assassins' Guild, so his return home from a more open and ever-changing society is jarring to say the least... The supporting cast was particularly interesting in this book, focusing on a number of parties that don't interact with one another that much, but all have importance. There are the pyramid builders Ptaclusp and his two sons, Ptaclusp IIa and Ptaclusp IIb, as well as the master embalmer, Dil, and his apprentice, Gern. Each party adds some extra comic relief as they frantically try to deal with the demands from on high, but each are also tied to the physical embodiments of the kingdom's grip on the past. While others demonstrate a figurative anchor to the old ways, the pyramids (and the mummies they're built for) contribute to the literal one... All in all, Pyramids was a fine entry in to the Discworld. From appearances, much of the series has its legs thanks to the numerous sub-series within, but it's nice to see that a standalone novel can be as strong as this. It's also worth noting that while I'm reading the whole series in order, by no means are they written in a way that you'd have to. This could be your first, or even only Discworld novel, and I don't think that you'd be lost..."

https://musewithmeblog.wordpress.com/2017/08/15/book-review-pyramids-by-terry-pratchett/

Texan blogger Dial H for Houston's thoughts on Raising Steam:

"The fun thing about Discworld is that, while it started as a general pastiche of fantasy tropes, Pratchett soon veered off and started doing his own thing, introducing modern(ish) technology like movies, the printing press, telegraphs (well, Semaphores, but still), and even Rock & Roll. And so, Ankh-Morpork, the central city of the setting, began to evolve into a kooky mirror of London, or any other major world city. In Raising Steam, Pratchett brings trains to Discworld. A brilliant young inventor figures out how to harness the power of steam, and then it falls on Moist von Lipwig, a fast-talking con man who's employed by the city (again, go read Going Postal) to organize it and shape the railway into something productive. It helps that Moist is my favorite Discworld character, so I was predisposed to like Raising Steam from the start... Raising Steam revolves around steam power, but it's not at all steampunk. There are no gears on top hats or nods to an idealized British empire, even if a few characters probably wear goggles at some point (for entirely practical reasons). Instead, Raising Steam is more interested in the magic of actual technology– which is to say, trains. The steam locomotive had a huge impact on the course of history, and Pratchett leans full into that, covering everything from commuter suburbs to changes in the price of fish to the rise of trainspotting culture. It's not just about trains, either. Pratchett emphasizes the 'melting pot' nature of Ankh-Morpork at every turn..."

http://bit.ly/2iA9814

Blogger Filip Magnus on A Slip of the Keyboard:

"The book itself is a collection of Terry Pratchett's non-fiction writing,which covers a variety of topics important to the man during his life — both personal and private ones, ranging from musings on his career as a journalist, PR and an author, to his passionate work to protect orangutans from extinction, to a deep-rooted appreciation for libraries and librarians (akin to Neil Gaiman), and wrapping up with his battles against Alzheimer's and for the legalization and broader acceptance of a sick person's right to die... His non-fiction captures the weirdness and the ridiculousness, and sometimes the cruelty of the world we all inhabit, of this wonderful, sometime twisted reality we all share. He fought injustice; in his writing, and outside it. He enjoyed life, and books, and I often think of how much the world could use him now."

http://bit.ly/2vfdrof

Blogger Katyboo1, mother of novice reader Oscar, returns with a love letter to Thief of Time:

"I was so looking forward to sharing this with Oscar, and the experience did not disappoint. This is one of the series that really has stood the test of both time and quality for me... full of jokes and wisdom and humanity, it's hard to see how Pratchett pieces all this together to create a unified narrative, but he does, and it is glorious..."

http://bit.ly/2vfbXKy

...and a fond remembrance of The Fifth Elephant:

"This is the twenty fourth book in the Discworld series, and one which I had very little recollection of when Oscar started reading it to me. As he read on, snippets came back to me, and I wondered why I had so comprehensively forgotten it, as I enjoyed it very much indeed the second time around... Oscar loved it because the Watch stories are his favourite, particularly any scenes that involve Nobby Nobs, and I loved it because it really hammers home the point that by this time, Pratchett had gone way beyond the traditional limits of fantasy and is writing in a much more philosophical vein about all the foibles of being human. This is particularly underscored in his handling of the Uberwald class system, and the things about the dwarves that Vimes discovers. It foreshadows his material about goblins in the very last books he wrote. There are the usual comic touches, but The Fifth Elephant is so much darker than the early works and, to my mind more multi faceted, showing the different layers of understanding and discovery that Pratchett was exploring. Whether a child reader will pick this up or not is largely irrelevant as the stories bear reading over and over again..."

http://bit.ly/2xlfFQk

...and on the subject of TFE, blogger Jamesbee agrees:

"It's always interesting to see a character taken out of their depth and put into an unfamiliar and unfriendly environment. That Vimes has to travel to a place that is as alien as the moon to him only makes things more interesting... The plot is intricate and engaging, with a number of clues and mysteries to solve. All the characters you would hope show up show up and grow and evolve. The novel hums along nicely with each chapter pushing the towards to the conclusion. Overall the Fifth Elephant had all of the elements that lend the Discworld novels its charms without having some of the pitfalls that sometimes show up. The novel was well plotted, charming, and in many parts, hilarious..."

https://jamesreads.blog/2017/07/17/the-fifth-elephant-no-spoilers/

Blogger Middle Brow gives top marks to Going Postal:

"Every time I find something new to laugh at, and that speaks to both the comic density of Pratchett's work and its effectiveness. For people who have always felt daunted by the idea of Pratchett's Discworld, I'd suggest this is an ideal second outing. I think most readers should start with one of the Rincewind novels; I started with Interesting Times, but you can always go back and start with The Colour of Magic to really get a taste for its roots. However, if this is your first Discworld entry, I don't think you miss much – Pratchett doesn't waste time trying to relay the entire back stories of characters from other Discworld books who pass in and out of the narrative of Going Postal. And what a narrative it is. It's a story that would be at home in any more mundane fantasy work – a criminal is given the choice of death or public service, chooses to live, and eventually begins to find themselves in their work in a way they never had in their criminal career. It's not an innovative story on the face of it, but the way that Pratchett works those well-worn tropes is where the magic happens...

"One of the things I love about Discworld is that it's ever-changing. Most fantasy worlds are stagnant from a technological point of view – magic has either replaced most mundane tasks or remains completely inaccessible. Peasants are still farming in fields for thousands of years. News travels by horse and cart. Not so, in Discworld. Not only is this a boring trope, it's unrealistic – people don't rest content at their current level of technology. People strive to make their everyday life easier. Half the fun of Going Postal is watching how Pratchett brings new 'inventions' to life in a fantasy context. Going Postal features the creation of the stamp, for example, inspired by Von Lipwig's previous life as a forger... Going Postal doesn't innovate in the plot department. Von Lipwig consistently outsmarts his opposition – but that's what we expect from stories about intelligent people surrounded by incompetence. He's the Sherlock of the Disc. He's genre-savvy – if not breaking the fourth wall, then certainly winking at it. But Pratchett's prose and his subversion and uptake of popular fantasy tropes make this a book I'll always revisit. .."

https://middle-brow.com/2017/07/26/review-going-postal/

Blogger Schlock Value was astonished by Strata:

"Terry Pratchett is among the greatest authors whom I've ever read. I could ― and have ― read each and every Discworld novel multiple times and will probably read them again. His passing in 2015 has left a hole in my life that will never be filled. But despite all this, my reading of his work outside of the Discworld is sorely lacking. Of course I love Good Omens, and I liked Nation and the first Long Earth novel (haven't gotten around to the rest yet), but those were all written after he'd started writing about the Disc. Strata stands out because a) it predates the Discworld novels, and b) it's purely science fiction... I probably don't have to say this, but of course this book was *phenomenal*. I mean, you could probably argue that by Pratchett standards the book was pretty meh. It certainly wasn't Night Watch or Small Gods, but c'mon. That's hardly a fair comparison. Another interesting thing about this book is that it was, in many ways, a sort of test run for Discworld concepts. Folks familiar with the the Disc―and if you aren't, drop this review right now and head to your nearest local book store or public library―will recognize a few familiar concepts, a couple of clever lines, and even a character... this book was great and grand, and moreover was an exercise in seeing the early work of one of my favorite authors. As great as the book was, it lacked some of the best aspects of his later works. There wasn't much 'stealth philosophy' as it were, although there's one bit that I really enjoyed that would fit that. The characters were fine, but they didn't have quite the depth that Sam Vimes or Granny Weatherwax do. Of course, he had a great many books to develop those characters, so that's no real surprise..."

https://schlock-value.com/2017/07/23/strata/

Blogger The Book Babblette had mixed – mostly positive – feelings about Small Gods:

"Almost certainly, the book's ultimate goal was to show the folly of religion. Pratchett's plot, style, characters, and setting were all used to further that goal. Within the book, Pratchett created a fictional, long-established religion: The Church of the Great God Om. The country of Omnia was ruled by the Church and the Church dictated the laws of all Omnians. Pratchett introduced us to Brutha, a slow-witted and good-hearted Omnian monk who accidentally stumbled upon a quest on behalf of the Great God Om. Pratchett also presented Vorbis, a leader in the Church and an all-around bad guy. Finally, Pratchett introduced Om, the once-great god who remembered the days when he was powerful enough to smite enemies and sacrifice believers but who now, because of a decrease of faith in Omnia, is only a one-eyed tortoise who reluctantly relies on Brutha's help. Pratchett didn't always take his plot too seriously. His writing style was satirical and clever. The pages were covered in jokes; some of which worked and some of which didn't. Many of the jokes were at the expense of religion or the idea that human knowledge and certainty is anything less than ridiculous... Although Pratchett used his plot as a tool to convey his message and showcase his cleverness, he did give the story a beginning, middle, and end, and I was usually invested in what was happening with Brutha, Vorbis, and Om. The story was too long, however, and became repetitive and dull. Also, Pratchett would sometimes write with such heavy irony or such deliberate passivity that the action was confusing and the story was unclear..."

https://thebookbabble.com/2017/08/23/small-gods/

Blogger neslibrarynews (no, really) was blown away by Nation... eventually:

"In his first non-Discworld novel in a decade, Terry Pratchett doesn't disappoint. I have to admit, it actually took me a few goes to get into Nation – it was only the Reading Ahead Challenge that got me to try it again, but I'm so glad I did! Nation starts off slowly, building the world first and foremost, but that's necessary to show how painful Mau's grief is when he loses his whole nation. Not only does he lose those he loves and his society, but he also loses his sense of identity. However, losing his identity and becoming isolated leads Mau to question the world-view he has been taught and take responsibility for leading his nation into a new world... Nation is also an anti-colonial story in many ways. The islanders are very aware of how the British sailors come to their islands and 'civilise' them at best, destroy and enslave them at worst. It is only through the friendship that Mau and Daphne have built up, and the nation they have formed together, that the island is able to keep its own identity in the face of a rapidly-changing world where people stake out claims to parts of the map. I love Pratchett's glimpse into the future of a nation where a meeting of cultures rather than a conquest has led to immense scientific discoveries..."

https://ccnlibraryblog.wordpress.com/2017/08/22/book-review-nation/

...and finally, two years into Nat Wassell's re-read of all of Discworld for the Cultured Vultures blog, we come to the final review – The Shepherd's Crown:

"I've talked a lot before on Granny and the impact she has as a character, and that is apparent even here when she is not present for most of the novel; my favourite moment is when the shockwave of her death resonates throughout the Disc and we see many other characters feeling that wave and just knowing that it must be because of her. The barriers of the world that she has held for so long, against the forces of darkness that would threaten the Disc, become more open after her death and it is up to Tiffany, Granny's chosen successor to co-ordinate the other witches and fight back against the elves who we saw banished way back in the series.

"Granny's death is the first we see of a main character in any of the books, and I am glad that it is given the time that it deserves. With everyone from Archchancellor Ridcully to Lord Vetinari watching and waiting to see what the witches will do, there can be no doubt of Granny's importance and the respect that she commanded. On a more personal note, Pratchett dedicates the book to her – 'For Esmerelda Weatherwax – mind how you go', and the bitter sweetness of that dedication, knowing now that he did not live to see the publication, plays very strongly on your mind as you read the novel. I try not to be too sentimental in these articles (probably not always winning at that) but I am glad that Sir Terry had Granny Weatherwax at his side in the end. She is, undoubtedly, a good friend to have there. There's a lot more that I could say about this book, and most of it would be rambling because it holds such a special place in my heart, but I won't do that. I will mention though, two lessons that are prevalent in this book and which, I think, sum up Discworld and Sir Terry's message, should anyone ever ask you what they might be. The first lesson is about giving people a chance... The second lesson is about what you take and what you leave behind... I believe that this is Sir Terry's message, above any other; the power to make the world a better place exists in everyone, no matter how small you might be, and no matter how much you might believe that you can't. You need to only look for it, and there it will be. It is a lesson that I think he would have been happy for any reader to take away and treasure. It is surely his greatest legacy..."

https://culturedvultures.com/the-shepherds-crown-2015-discworld/

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08) IMAGES OF THE MONTH

Some fantabulous iconographs from Monstrous Productions' grand finale (Guards!Guards!):
Vimes with fully loaded Errol: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DHsZiTKW0AAIuh0.jpg
Carrot, the Librarian, and that wall in the Shades: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DHsZiTLXgAEq_P9.jpg
Sybil and her lads: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DHsZiTJXkAIgCim.jpg
The Brethren, in that "did any of them get out?" moment: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DHsZiTPWsAAMhZB.jpg

...and a gorgeous one of members of The Clan reading Mr Bunnsy Has an Adventure, from Monstrous' staging of TAMAHER:
https://earlysince92.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/img_0368.jpg

Two great photos from the Salisbury Museum's Terry Pratchett: HisWorld exhibit, posted on Twitter by Richard Henry:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DH6Vo4aXoAAdfp1.jpg
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DH6VnqGXoAAzRjx.jpg

The thespians of Unseen Theatre at AusDWcon 2017, photo by Danny Sag: http://bit.ly/2xlqZMu
Granny always understood this one...
https://cemeteryclub.files.wordpress.com/2017/06/bees-at-a-funeral-kalgorie-miner-27-oct-1930.jpg

More Feegle-sculpting from Paul Kidby:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DFz0TUhW0AANq19.jpg

A brace of Moists, from the latest Australian Discworld Convention:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DGbOAlSUQAEYAiD.jpg

A beautiful photo of one of the Melbourne Zoo orangutans, from the Zoo's Twitter account:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DGgk6yPXoAA-TX3.jpg:large

The newest Discworld ale, L-Space Voyager, features a wonderful image of the Librarian on his Last Hero voyage:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DGzD7cJXUAIVGgM.jpg (for more info on the contents of the can, see item 3.6 – Ed.)

A fine bit of Lancre – the cast of the Marlowe Players' production of Wyrd Sisters last month:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DFVU17JXUAA0z2O.jpg

An action replay – the PTERRYDIS! (As reposted on Twitter by the Josh Kirby estate):
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DHC1ofOXsAAXDQp.jpg

...and another – an extensive gallery of images from Midhurst Players' production of Wyrd Sisters late last year:
http://www.midhurstplayers.co.uk/productions/wyrd-sisters/

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09) CLOSE

Did you hear about the orphaned Russian hedgehogs who were adopted by a cat? "Muska the cat adopted the spiky brood after their mother died in a lawn-mowing accident. The tiny hoglets, as they are known, had refused milk from a syringe, a bottle, and a saucer for two days, according to Sadgorod Zoo. At night, the babies had a heating pad to stimulate their digestion. Still, nothing helped. As Muska had recently raised a litter of foster kittens, she had milk to offer -- so the zoo decided to try the unusual pairing. The hungry orphans reacted to her bodily warmth and the smell of milk, and soon began to nurse. The good-natured cat proceeded to feed the hedgehogs for more than a week and comfort them at night, Russia's Vesti reports..."

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40720327

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

– Annie Mac


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Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
August 2016 (Volume 19, Issue 8, Post 1)


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WOSSNAME is a free publication offering news, reviews, and all the other stuff-that-fits pertaining to the works of Sir Terry Pratchett. Originally founded by the late, great Joe Schaumburger for members of the worldwide Klatchian Foreign Legion and its affiliates, including the North American Discworld Society and other continental groups, Wossname is now for Discworld and Pratchett fans everywhere in Roundworld.
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Editor in Chief: Annie Mac
News Editor: Vera P
Newshounds: Mogg, Sir J of Croydon Below, the Shadow, Mss C, Alison not Aliss
Staff Writers: Asti, Pitt the Elder, Evil Steven Dread, Mrs Wynn-Jones
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Book Reviews: Annie Mac, Drusilla D'Afanguin, Your Name Here
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INDEX:

01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH
02) EDITOR'S LETTER
03) ODDS AND SODS
04) DISCWORLD CONVENTION NEWS
05) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
06) DISCWORLD MEETING GROUPS NEWS
07) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS
08) AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE
09) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
10) CLOSE

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01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH

"Rob [Wilkins] ... created the first version of this site in the 1990s, writing all the code and designing it from scratch. Where would I have been without his remarkable (but little-known) computing and programing genius?"
Colin Smythe, on his new Colin Smythe Ltd publishing website

"Often adolescent in humour, yes, and not exactly Joycean in style, Pratchett's work fizzes with originality and razor sharp allegory, taking aim at the ludicrous hypocrisies and conventions that we all somehow contrive to take seriously."
Michael Honig, in Publishers Weekly

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02) LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR

Yes, the August issue was held back until September, but there waas a good reason – see section 4.1 below for an exclusive report on Discworld Convention 2016!

Now that Paul Kidby's amazing Discworld Colouring Book has been published – at least in some parts of Roundworld – publishers Gollancz are running a special contest for Discworld fans in the UK and Ireland (see item 3.1 below). For the rest of us outside that catchment area, here's a photo of Mr Kidby's progress in colouring in the prize:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CqsYxKxW8AAhlzq.jpg

Gollancz has also just published The Last Hero as an ebook, if that sort of thing takes your fancy. I have to admit that while the story of TLH stands on its own merits, it seems a shame to separate it from Paul Kidby's exquisite ilustrations, but there you go...

Right, on with the show!

– Annie Mac, Editor

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03) ODDS AND SODS

3.0 NEW COLIN SMYTHE WEBSITE!

All Discworld conventiongoers, and a vast number of other Discworld fans, know well the name of Colin Smythe, "the man who discovered Terry Pratchett", who published his early novels, and who then served as his literary agent for the rest of The Author's days. But not everyone may realise that Colin Smythe is a world-respected publisher of fifty years' standing who, through the company Colin Smythe Ltd, offers some of the best and rarest of Irish literature, a fascinating selection of literary criticism, theatre history, biographies, and yes, even science fiction and fantasy works *not* by Terry Pratchett! And now the Colin Smythe Ltd internet presence is beautifully catalogued and up-to-date, all shiny and in good working order.

For the Pratchett-and-Discworld fan, there's a comprehensive set of infopages covering the entire oeuvre of Terry Pratchett – hundreds of individual pages, painstakingly compiled, and including all the Discworld novels in all their forms (books, audiobooks, graphic novels, films, radio and stage plays, etc.) and Discworld auxiliaries, both by Sir Terry himself (Where's My Cow?, The World of Poo, Mrs Bradshaw's Handbook) and collaborative works such as Good Omens, The Unadulterated Cat, the Long Earth series, the Discworld Companions, Folklore of Discworld, Mapps, Almanaks, Diaries, Calendars, Nanny Ogg's Cookbook and so on... the non-Discworld novels, short story collections and nonfiction collections... a compendium of works *about* the works of Terry Pratchett (articles, interviews, analyses – 45 years' worth so far!) and assorted articles and other contributions *by* him... the chronology and extensive biographical information for the life and times of Terence David John Pratchett, from earliest days to a collection of farewells and memorials, and so much more – including international fan convention literature (with links!). Even Wossname gets a mention!

A few of the many fascinating Pratchett-y things you'll learn by wandering around the site:

* Josh Kirby's secret name

* The true story of that German soup advert

* The lowdown on of sex and death (all right, sex of Death)

* Young Terry Pratchett's definition of autocracy

* What Discworld publication was a nonfiction bestseller

* What Discworld novel was originally titled Interesting Times

Furthermore, any fans of *other* great writers such as Yeats, Joyce, Shaw, Synge and Wilde will find invaluable resources in Colin Smythe Ltd's catalogue.

A wonderful, useful website. Do have a look!

http://colinsmythe.co.uk/


3.1 THE DISCWORLD COLOURING BOOK COLOURING-IN CONTEST!

For UK and Ireland Discworld fans: how are you at colouring inside the lines? Gollancz, publishers of the gorgeous new Discworld Colouring Book, offer you a challenge:

"Terry Pratchett's Discworld Colouring Book Competition!

"To celebrate publication, we're offering one lucky reader the chance to win a page from the book, hand-coloured by Paul Kidby himself! We've made a page available on the Gollancz website as a PDF, so no purchase is necessary. Just download the page and colour it in, then post a photo of your coloured page to social media, tagging @Gollancz on Twitter or Instagram, or GollanczPublishing on Facebook, with the hashtag #Octarine, and Paul Kidby will choose his favourite piece. The winner will receive the competition page, hand-coloured by Paul Kidby, as well as a signed copy of Terry Pratchett's Discworld Colouring Book. Five runners-up will each receive a copy of Terry Pratchett's Discworld Colouring Book.

"The closing date is midnight on 12th September 2016, and the winner will be announced during Gollanczfest (_http://www.gollanczfest.com/_) on Twitter (_https://twitter.com/gollancz_), Instagram (_https://www.instagram.com/gollancz/_), Facebook (_https://www.facebook.com/gollanczpublishing_) and the Gollancz blog (_http://www.gollancz.co.uk/_). The competition is open to residents of the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Please see http://www.orionbooks.co.uk/Information/Terms%20and%20Conditions.page for Terms and Conditions."

Click here to download the PDF: http://www.gollancz.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Discworld-Colouring-Page-2.pdf

http://www.gollancz.co.uk/2016/08/terry-pratchetts-discworld-colouring-book-competition/

http://www.paulkidby.com/


...and here be an early review of the Discworld Colouring Book, on The Bookbag:

"In Terry Pratchett's Discworld Colouring Book Kidby has produced a selection of some of his favourite characters all redrafted as line art. I liked this approach: there's nothing worse than trying to reproduce an original picture which you love – and failing. Here you get original pictures to complete, including many of your favourite characters: Granny Weatherwax, Sam Vimes, Archchancellor Ridcully, Rincewind, Tiffany Aching and Death. There are some colour prints at the end of the book, which I wasn't expecting. Fortunately I didn't spot them until I'd had a go, so I wasn't discouraged. You get some great quotes too... As well as the full-page and double-page spreads there are smaller projects: I idly coloured in a banana whilst listening to a disembodied voice tell me that my phone call was important to them. The paper is of better quality than I suspected at first glance – a black felt-tip pen didn't show through on the reverse no matter how hard I tried. I preferred the effect of using crayons – the result was more subtle, but give your creativity free rein and see what happens. I've got just the one quibble about the book and that rests with the double-page spreads where the picture is trapped in the spine of the book and it's impossible to colour proficiently without taking the book to pieces. It was fun trying though..."

http://bit.ly/2chxhCp


3.2 THE ARTIST KNOWN AS KIDBY!

In The Guardian, an interview/article by Alison Flood about Paul Kidby:

"Kidby first discovered Discworld in 1993, when he was given a copy of The Colour of Magic for his 29th birthday, and was immediately taken with Pratchett's writing. After drawing a range of Pratchett's characters for fun, he took a bundle of them along to a book signing in a WH Smith's in Bath, and handed them over to Pratchett. 'I queued for three hours – he was so popular and I'd had no idea about it,' says Kidby. 'When I got to Terry, I gave him some photocopies of the drawings I'd done in an envelope, and thought "that's it". He didn't need another illustrator; he had Josh Kirby, and he'd made it, he was successful. So I resigned myself to the fact that he wouldn't get in touch.' But a few weeks later, Pratchett rang him. 'He phoned up and said "this is the closest anyone's got to how I see the characters". And that was it – the beginning. It's a fantastic endorsement when an author says that ... For me, creatively, to do my interpretation of a writer's character was pretty much top of the tree.'... Kidby was a freelance illustrator, painting popular video game characters like Sonic the Hedgehog for magazine covers. He'd always known he wanted to be an artist – as a teenager, he applied to art colleges and was offered a place in Hounslow, but ended up declining it as it was too far from where he lived. But his parents were friends with a retired art teacher and “I knocked on her door with my drawings and she very kindly looked through what I'd done, and took me under her wing”. On the side, Kidby started making false teeth during the day to bring in some money. 'At the time it was the most creative job I could get, as I was still working with my hands. I was 17,' he says. 'Looking back over my career path, I was always trying to do something more creative. False teeth were the beginning.'..."

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/aug/18/terry-pratchett-artist-illustrating-discworld-colouring-book


3.3 NEW STEPHEN BRIGGS WEBSITE!

Well, page-onna-website. Another new shiny thing in the world of published Pratchettry:

"As all children know, the way you get into a fantasy world is by accident... You go into the wardrobe, looking for somewhere to hide and – bingo. And that's how Stephen Briggs found Discworld. In 1990, he wrote to ask Terry if he could stage Wyrd Sisters. That was the first time anyone, anywhere in the world, had dramatised Terry's work. He had no idea it would go any further than one play (possibly two). But it did. So far, he has now adapted, staged and published twenty-two plays. He and Terry also worked together to produce the original Discworld Maps and Diaries, Nanny Ogg's Cookbook, The Discworld Companion (now called Turtle Recall) and The Wit & Wisdom of Discworld."

https://www.oberonbooks.com/stephen-briggs.html


3.4 LONG COSMOS REVIEW!

by Glen Seeber on News OK:

"In the five books, Pratchett and Baxter explored the ramifications from all sorts of angles, touching on governmental control versus individual freedom, strife between those who can step and those who are unable to do so, development of children whose mental capacity far outshines that of normal humanity, and treatment of beings common to the parallel worlds who did not develop on the home planet. In 'The Long Cosmos,' inhabitants of all of the worlds, including apelike creatures called trolls, living islands known as Traversers and, of course, humans, get a message from space saying, essentially, 'Join us.' The narrative jumps from one character to another, carrying the reader slowly toward a climax when most of the characters come together at last and find out just what is meant by the message... While 'The Long Cosmos' is an entertaining and satisfying conclusion to the five-novel series, first-time readers would be well advised to start with the first book, 'The Long Earth,' and follow the story in order of publication. Things will make more sense..."

http://newsok.com/article/5511712


3.5 THE WITCH'S VACUUM CLEANER REVIEW!

By Juliette Harrisson on Den of Geek:

"The stories were edited and prepared by Pratchett shortly before his death, and the book includes an introduction from him that must be one of the last things he wrote. Like the first volume, this book is illustrated throughout by Mark Beech, whose style is clearly influenced by Quentin Blake's work, especially his work on Roald Dahl's books – it work very well here, immediately signalling the tone and style of the stories to the reader. His portrait of a waving Pratchett for the Introduction is particularly nice, and his interpretation of a small man in a big black hat is also, touchingly, distinctly Terry-like... Juvenilia by famous authors can vary a bit in quality, but one of the nice things about these stories is that they were written by a young man, for even younger people (and edited by the older Sir Terry as well). Most of the stories are relatively timeless or are clearly set in the past, so young readers will be able to enjoy them easily – one story, for example, makes a brief reference to this being 'the twenty-first century', despite the distinct absence of mobile phones or laptops... Regardless of the age of the author or intended audience, these stories are as funny, magical and whimsical as any of Pratchett's work. There are a few stories set in the mysterious town of Blackbury, and several in the Wild Welsh town of Llandanffwnfafegettupagogo, home of the fastest truncheon in the West and a delightful addition to the little-known 'amusing takes on Wales' subgenre (also including the works of Jasper Fforde and Malcolm Pryce). There are truly enchanting tales of dancing statues and visits to magical places in another realm of existence and several delicate touches of romance, not enough to put off young readers but enough to warm the hearts of older ones..."

http://bit.ly/2bS944Q


3.6 WHAT'S IN A NAME, ER, WORD...

From the BBC's news site:

"'Moist' is the early front-runner in a search to find the most-hated word in the English language. The distasteful adjective – a favourite of Great British Bake Off presenting duo Mel and Sue – has topped polls in the UK, US and Canada, according to those behind the global survey. 'Moist' – dubbed by comedian Miranda Hart the 'queen of all words' – also leads the way in the US, Canada and Australia, also coming second in the poll of Dutch opinion... Dan Braddock, from Oxford University Press, said this was the first time Oxford Dictionaries – which focuses on current English usage – had tried such an experiment and 'we're not entirely sure what to expect yet... We thought for a long time about the question to open with, but we decided to go down the negative route,' he said..."

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-37183043


3.7 WHY FILMING THE WEE FREE MEN IS A GOOD CHOICE

Some good musings on the forthcoming film of The Wee Free Men, by Tom Bacon on Moviepilot::

"The Jim Henson Company – most famous for Farscape, Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal – is bringing one Discworld novel, Wee Free Men, to the big screen. Rhianna Pratchett, an award-winning scriptwriter in her own right, is adapting the novel for the feature film. But why have the team chosen Wee Free Men? 1. A 'Young Adult' Vibe with a Tremendous Star... The star of Wee Free Men is the brilliant character of Tiffany Aching, a 9-year-old girl who is drawn into a fantasy realm of danger. Brought up as a shepherd in the hills of a region known as the Chalk, Tiffany Aching is the unwitting inheritor of her grandmother's witchcraft. She soon winds up forced to take a stand, becoming a trainee witch and battling against the elves of Fairyland! Tiffany is a formidable character, much-loved and with tremendous depth... 2. A Perfect Introduction to Discworld... 3. A Creative Fantasy Story...

"Wee Free Men has all the staples of fairytale mythology – from witchcraft to elves – but all are subverted, in that classic Pratchett style. Tiffany winds up on an epic quest into Fairyland, but Pratchett's Fairyland is a barren and dangerous place, one that would translate easily into a haunting location on the big screen. It's the beginning of a classic Hero's Journey, one that was only truly completed in The Shepherd's Crown, and it has all the mythic quality you'd expect of a classic..."

http://moviepilot.com/posts/4068544


3.8 THE LUGGAGE, ROUNDWORLD STYLE!

On M2, Isaac Taylor tells us of a digital-era travel accessory with some familiar characteristics:

"Ever since we read Terry Pratchett for the first time we dreamed of a suitcase that could follow us everywhere. While planet earth may not have any sapient pearwood to build magical chests out of, we do have a butt ton of robotics that can help make our dreams come true. Enter the Cowarobot R1, a travel companion that follows you on your journey. It can intelligently avoid obstacles and always dutifully keep up with it's human. This means your hands are free to deal with other things like passports, wallets, coffee, or whatever you normally use your hands for. At full charge it can go for 20km, and if it falls behind you, it quickly catches up with a max speed of 7.2km/h. It's fixed with a depth sensor as well as sonar technology to get around. An R1 bracelet on your wrist is what it uses to track you. And If you've left it somewhere you can double tap the screen and it quickly finds a path and navigates to wherever you are..."

http://www.m2now.co.nz/1-robotic-suitcase-follows-everywhere-go/

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04) DISCWORLD CONVENTION NEWS

DWCON 2016 NEWS

4.1 AN EXCLUSIVE WOSSNAME REPORT

From Brian Dominic, Wossname's man on the scene, who writes:

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RIGHT – let's go!

What follows is a very personal account of what was a fabulous weekend.................

THURSDAY (helping day)

I'd arrived at the Ramada hotel (the overflow hotel just down the road from the Grange) reasonably early in the morning, and having been able to check in before The Allotted Time I was able to go up to the Grange, find Ops and ask if there was anything that needed doing. Eyes lit up. I was duly handed a thick wad of posters and some Blu-tac, and sent forth to decorate the hotel. The walls of the hotel were dotted with fake adverts for things a Morporkian might want to buy – all tastefully produced and in various sizes. I caught up with (and lent a hand to) the Official Renaming Detail, who were erecting the large signs that said "UPPER BROADWAY" "LOWER BROADWAY" "CAVERN CLUB" "STO LAT", "L SPACE (1 & 2)" (when joined together they were an l-shaped place) so that people would know where they were.

After this, is was Goodie Bag Stuffing Time! Picture the scene: a long line of tables, stacked with Goodies – a "Mystery Envelope" packed with totally unknown goodies, the Posh Programme (which normally gets looked at by me after the event), the Read Me, which is a smaller and more convenient version of the Convention Programme – as suggested, this is the one you can use your highlighter and marker pen on to mark up those unmissable events you just HAVE to go to, plus a colouring sheet, a set of small coloured pencils to use on it, a commemorative medal and the all-important lanyard, pen and badge holder. One walked steadily down one side of the table, adding each article as one passed it, then left the full bags at the other end, picked up an empty bag and worked your way down the other side of the table, which had exactly the same things on it in the same order!

After dinner, the evening was taken up with The Incredibly Hard Pub Quiz (well, she DOES have two years to put it together) with an incredibly picky Judge of What Is Right (the only village in the UK with an exclamation mark in it's name is Westward Ho!, but miss the exclamation mark off and you get nil points).

That was about it for Thursday.................

FRIDAY (Registration Day)

This was the day I now normally give to the Convention: I was on duty just after 0900 in Registration, to unite Convention goers with their badge and goodie bag. Old hands knew what to do, but newcomers had to be told what to do with their badge (no sniggers at the back, there!) and to put their hotel key cards there as well, to save them getting deprogrammed by their mobile phone. It was also our job to suggest that Newbies went to Der Troll's Guide For Der Confused – a briefing intended for new visitors. We also had to tactfully enquire if there were any issues which would require the addition of a blue spot to a badge which gave priority in queues and lifts. As the registrations progressed, we found our selves with less and less boxes to look through as more and more people arrived and the contents of the boxes (one envelope for each attendee) disappeared. When we got to two boxes, we moved the Registration table across Upper Broadway to a more shady spot, as we had been under the Greenhouse Roof on the outer side and were starting to gently bake. I'd been off site for some reason and arrived back as Bernard Pearson was about to read "Where's My Cow" – an experience I would have liked to share in, but people were crammed into the space provided and there was no way I could get any way near.

I missed the Opening Ceremony, which actually finished before the scheduled time – something of a "first" – but got in for Terry Pratchett – a Memorial which were the highlights of the Memorial held earlier this year. I don't know how much of this may have leaked around to Oz, but I suspect it might get there sooner or later so I won't say to much about it. The only thing I WILL share is that the final item was "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life". I sat, I sang, I wept uncontrollably (and I wasn't the only one)...................

Next up was Bedtime Stories, for which I didn't follow the pyjamas dress code! There was some interesting material, including the outline of a section of a book that will never be published (and which was shredded in stage after it had been read). Finally, I went to the Karaoke Session, which was rubbishy in that it didn't contain any of the ninety-odd songs I sing.

SATURDAY (Costume Day)

This was the day I intended to wear my Auditor's costume all day and appear in the Masquerade. The first thing to do was to attend the Masquerade Rehearsal, to work out what things needed to happen in my piece, and get Pat Harkin to co-operate with what I wanted to do. After that, I costumed up and went a-wandering. I managed to drop in on a session or two – nobody stopped me.................... For lunch and dinner I dropped out of character – when I took off the mesh mask that effectively stopped people from seeing me I was quite surprised at how cool it was! It was very difficult to stay in character – stopping oneself from using "I" is very, very difficult! I dropped into the Stephen Briggs / Rob Watkins conversation but chickened out of How to fit a Corset and Sewing Cheats! After dinner, it was time to report backstage for the Masquerade. At least we could see each act as it went on but we couldn't unfortunately hear them, as we'd only got a monitor off the video system which was projecting images onto a large screen alongside the stage. Whilst the judges were deliberating, we all went for a photo shoot, then went back in to hear the results. After that, it was off to the late night Hedgehog Party, where everybody can bring food from their part of the country / world...............

SUNDAY (Lazy Day)

I started off late on Sunday – my first event was at 1100 and was entitled "Liner notes – Annotating the Discworld" which gave an interesting insight into the adding of footnotes and the building up to a punch line. I went to Juke Box Jury, where the idea was to sing one tune to the words of another. In the course of this workshop, we came across a previously unknown version of The Dwarf Song, sung to the tune of "Let it Go" from Frozen......... later, I took in the children's Masquerade, seeing as how I hadn't seen the adult one. As I wasn't attending the Gala Dinner, I took myself into Leamington Spa to meet up with a group of similarly-minded attendees. I went back to the Con in time for Toast & Jam, where anybody can get up to sing anything (more or less) but this was disturbed by some Gawd-awful rattling on the ceiling (which was in fact the floor under the stage in the main Con performing space). I went up to investigate and found a 4 piece rock band setting up to perform............ which they did for around 90 minutes, following which I headed off.

MONDAY (Wind Down Day)

I didn't do an awful lot today: I went to the feedback session which is always interesting, followed by The Day's Big Event "Witches Abroad – The Musical" which was excellent, given that there's very little time to rehearse. It inevitably over-ran so we all got booted out of the hall and got told to come back 30 minutes later than scheduled for the Closing Ceremony. The band I had supported was ushered into an area at the front, as we'd won the Battle of the Bands, one of the things which had run throughout the Convention but totally passed me by. Once all the rewards and presentations were completed, we went off to the Dead Monkey Party, which is a gentle winding-down party with loadsa food. I ended up playing my second game of Cards Against Humanity and actually won my first black card! (Authors' note: see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cards_Against_Humanity if you have no idea what this is all about....)

Annnnnnnnnnnd – that was that!

I drove back into The Real World(TM) the next morning – the temporary traffic lights near the hotel which slowed everybody up, roadworks on a critical junction which caused even more chaos but at least after that, traffic was flowing...................

EDITOR'S NOTE: to view Brian's superb Auditor costume, go to https://wossname.dreamwidth.org/file/27132.jpg


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Here be a call to arms, or to greasepaint and props, from another Brian, the Brian known as Sabremeister:

"April 2018 would have seen Sir Terry Pratchett's 70th birthday. He had a well-known connection with the theatre, and so to celebrate, why not put on a play? Local theatre companies around the world can use this month to stage any Discworld play, in a great big celebration and commemoration of Sir Terry's life and work. I discussed the idea with Colin Smythe at the DW Convention 2016, and he said it was a good one, go for it. So here we are, going for it. Let everybody know, and book the performance slot at the next planning meeting at your local theatre group!"

There's a Facebook event page for this, which can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/580653112059960/

To view the original announcement, go to http://discworld.livejournal.com/1107951.html


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...and here be a fascinating pub quiz from the just-finished Convention, as reprinted on the interwebs:

"You weren't there and are curious what you missed? You were there but hit the bar afterwards and can't remember half of them? Or you're just looking for inspiration for devious questions to ask your friends? We have the questions and answers of the Thursday evening pub quiz for you, courtesy of Low King of the Dwarves Jennifer Delaney."

Questions are about Roundworld but sharing subject matter with various Discworld novels. Some samples:

What Belgian beer's name means "Sudden Death"?
In the works of HP Lovecraft, what university is located in the town of Arkham?
Where would you find the Pyramid of Cestius?
Three films tie on most Academy Awards won. Two tie for most nominations. But which film is in both categories?
Which religion has eight million gods and 80,000 shrines?
What is the oldest regiment in the British Army?
What was the first dukedom created in England, currently held by a member of the British royal family?
In Greek mythology, what was the first thing to exist?
What colour are post boxes on the island of Guernsey?

The answers are provided by clicking on the Answer button for each question. To view and take the full quiz, go to:

https://2016.dwcon.org/news/2016/08/26/pub-quiz-questions

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05) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS

5.0 NEW: TAMAHER IN CARDIFF (FEBRUARY 2017)

Monstrous Productions carry on from strength to strength! (see the review of their latest production below, item 5.7)

When: 22nd–25th February 2017
Venue: The Gate Theatre, Keppoch Street, Roath, Cardiff CF24 3JW
Time: 7.30pm (2.30pm matinee on the 25th)
Tickets: £7 (£5 concession), available from http://monstrousptc.com/

5.1 REMINDER: WYRD SISTERS IN LANCRE, ERM, LANCASHIRE! (SEPTEMBER)

The Greenbrook Methodist Church Theatre Group still have one more performance of their production of Wyrd Sisters to go!

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

http://www.burnleymethodists.org.uk/greenbrook.htm

5.2 NEW: FEET OF CLAY IN ADELAIDE, FOURECKS (OCTOBER/NOVEMBER)

Adelaide's famous Unseen Theatre will be staging Feet of Clay as their next Pratchett production!

"It's Murder in Discworld!—which ordinarily is no big deal. But what bothers Commander Samuel Vimes, Head of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch, is that the unusual deaths of three harmless old men do not bear the clean, efficient marks of the Assassins' Guild. But that's only the start... someone is slowly poisoning the Patrician. No one knows who, no one knows why and, worst of all no one knows how – he just gets weaker and weaker. Added to that, the City Watch has got problems of its own. There's a werewolf suffering from Pre-Lunar Tension, Corporal Nobbs is hobnobbing with the nobs, and there's something really strange about the new dwarf recruit – especially his earrings and eyeshadow. Who can you trust when there are mobs on the streets, plotters in the dark and all the clues point the wrong way? Nevertheless, Sam Vimes has got to find out not only whodunit, but howdunit too. He's not even sure what they dun. But soon as he knows what the questions are, he's going to want some answers. We don't want to give anything away, but Vimes may find that the truth is not out there at all. In fact, it may be inside – but inside what? or should we say whom?"

When: 21st October–5th November 2016 (preview Friday 21st October; opening night 22nd October 22; then season continues Wed.–Sat. to 5th November)
Venue: Bakehouse Theatre, 255 AngasStreet, Adelaide
Time: TBA
Tickets: Adults $22; Concession $18; Groups (6+) $16; TRev $16; Preview $15

http://unseen.com.au/

5.3 REMINDER: WYRD SISTERS IN EAST GRINSTEAD (OCTOBER)

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

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

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

5.4 REMINDER: GUARDS! GUARDS! IN BRISBANE (OCTOBER/NOVEMBER)

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

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

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

5.5 MORT IN THE LAND OF FOG (NOVEMBER)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5.7 REVIEWS: GOING POSTAL IN CARDIFF

by: togiraikonoka on The Sprout:

"I had previously seen Nightwatch and loved it, it was an amazing rendition of the book. Just like that show, with Going Postal, you have to rely on your own imagination as there are minimal props used and you are kept intrigued while the cast are switching around sets (which is perfect for this type of show, in my opinion). I thought it was brilliant when Mr Pump 'found' the postmaster's hat instead of Mr Groat like in the film, also I found it emotionally powering when Mr Lipwig put on the hat and could 'hear' the letters calling out to him and even made me tear up when he knew the post office was burning because he could hear the cries of the burning letters even without the hat on... The humor between Moist Von Lipwig and other characters was great fun, like when he stopped Stanley from going on a stamp speech as he was so excited to go from his collection of pins to stamps. I also enjoyed it especially when Mrs Maccalariat came in and mentions how worried she was about the golem who was cleaning the female bathroom... All in all, they managed to pull of a pretty great show and yet another fun filled rendition of the book..."

http://thesprout.co.uk/blog/2016/08/22/review-going-postal-the-gate-arts-centre/

By the twin bloggers known as CL Raven:

"We never miss a play and each time it gets bigger and better and we wonder how the hell they'll pull the next one off, as they get more ambitious every time. But they always do, with a brilliant cast and crew and a minimal set that really works. The Gate arts centre is the perfect venue for it. Directed by Amy Davies and Edward Thomas, Going Postal tells the story of Moist Von Lipwig... Asher Townsend, who plays Moist, was fantastic. He captured his cheeky character perfectly, even down to his smile, which often made the audience laugh. And his gold suit stole the show. The golems were a particular favourite of ours and their costumes were amazing. It's not easy to bring a thousands' year old pottery creature to life! Moist's scenes with Adora Bell Dearheart were always entertaining. Ellen Warren, who played Miss Dearheart was perfect for the role. She was exactly how Miss Dearheart should be. Josh Flynn, who played pin-obsessive Stanley and Neil Chappell who played Reacher Gilt's assistant Igor, got the most laughs. Josh's hyperactive portrayal of Stanley was hilarious. Pete Belsen did a great job as Junior Postmaster Groat... Michael's deadpan performance of Vetinari was spot-on. He had the dry sense of humour down perfectly. We're always astounded by the quality of acting in these productions, as well as the costumes and set props. It's clear how much fun everyone has doing this.."

https://clraven.wordpress.com/2016/08/24/going-postal/

5.8 REVIEWS: MORT AT THE EDINBURGH FRINGE

By Dominic Corr on TV Bomb:

A master in absurdity, Terry Pratchett used and abused the written word in his creation of the Discworld. Those unfamiliar with his works can still enjoy Mort for its story, characters and comedy, though fans of the original Discworld series will notice narrative gaps in the transition to the theatre. It happens, and really it's remarkable how much Duck in a Hat Theatre fit into an hour and twenty minutes. Personified Death is perhaps Pratchett's masterpiece: droll, witty and at times genuinely intimidating. Duck in a Hat's interpretation of the character is precise, humorous where it needs to be and fearfully commanding when called for... Whilst some cast members edge on the trims of mediocrity, the character of Mort is carried out well. A subtle mixture of charm and pathos draw the audience into the story effectively..."

http://www.tvbomb.co.uk/review/terry-pratchetts-mort/

By Caroline Cawley on Edinburgh Fringe Guru:

"The cast is comprised of eight members, many of them playing multiple roles. The standout performance is from Naoise Murphy as a rather nasal recruiter who's trying to help Death find a job. She also plays a waitress at a party who reacts violently to a goblet appearing on her tray seemingly out of nowhere, and a cursing robber whose prey escapes her by walking through a wall. In this adaptation, the voice of the actor playing Death has been electronically altered and, combined with his piercing eyes (provided by blue LEDs), he cuts an imposing cloaked figure as he stalks the stage. In general, however, the costumes are hit and miss... The audience appeared to enjoy the adaptation, but I believe this is only because of a decent script. The play benefits from Pratchett's popularity – there were clearly a large number of fans in the audience – while Duck in a Hat contribute only sporadically decent performances and generally poor production values..."

http://edinburgh.fringeguru.com/reviews/edinburgh-2016/terry-pratchetts-mort

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06) DISCWORLD MEETING GROUPS NEWS: UPDATES AND REMINDERS

The Broken Drummers, "London's Premier Unofficially Official Discworld Group" (motto "Nil percussio est"), meets next on Monday 5th September 2016 at the Monkey Puzzle, 30 Southwick Street, London, W2 1JQ. For more information, go to http://brokendrummers.org/ or email BrokenDrummers@gmail.com or nicholls.helen@yahoo.co.uk

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

The next Monthly Dinner and Games at the Caledonian Hotel will be held on 29th September 2016, and there will be a Pirate Costume Bowling at Cross Road Bowl on 1st October. For more info, go to www.cityofsmallgods.org.au

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The Broken Vectis Drummers meet next on Friday 7th October 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 2nd September 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 5th September 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 5th September 2016 (probably) from 5.30pm at Carpe Cafe, 526 Murray Street, Perth, Western Australia. For details follow Perth Drummers on Twitter @Perth_Drummers or join their Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Perth.Drummers/ – or message Alexandra Ware directly at <alexandra.ware@gmail.com>

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07) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS

7.1 FROM THE DISCWORLD EMPORIUM

* The 2017 Discworld calendar!

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

Each Calendar is priced at £14.99. For more information, ad to order, go to:

http://www.discworldemporium.com/terry-pratchett-discworld-calendar-2017

* An even more special Discworld Colouring Book!

"ARTIST'S EDITION! Paul has hand-picked a selection of his favourite colouring book illustrations including witches, dragons & feegles for this special edition, which features 40 pages of artist's quality display board and special binding for you to tear out and frame your finished masterpieces! Paul Kidby has designed the covers for the Discworld novels since 2002, and is the author and artist of the The Art Of Discworld. If Terry Pratchett's pen gave his characters life, Paul Kidby's brush allowed them to live it. Containing black-and-white line drawings based on Sir Terry Pratchett's Best Loved characters, his hugely popular artwork as well as original pieces produced exclusively for this book - featuring such iconic Discworld personalities as Granny Weatherwax, Sam Vimes, Archchancellor Ridcully, Rincewind, Tiffany Aching and, of course, DEATH – Terry Pratchett's Discworld Colouring Book is required ...reading? ...for all Discworld fans."

Each Artist's Edition Discworld Colouring Book is priced at £14.99 plus shipping (UK £3.50, Europe £7, Rest of World £10) and is now available for pre-order (publication date will be 3rd November 2016). For more information, and to pre-order, go to http://bit.ly/2bHipNW

* The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner in two editions!

"An illustrated collection of short stories by master storyteller Sir Terry Pratchett, featuring food fights, pirates, wizards and crooks!

"Poor Mr Swimble is having a bad day. Rabbits are bouncing out of his hat, pigeons are flying out of his jacket and every time he points his finger, something magically appears – cheese sandwiches, socks . . . even a small yellow elephant on wheels! It's becoming a real nuisance – and he's allergic to rabbits. His friends at the Magic Rectangle can't help, but the mysterious vacuum cleaner he saw that morning may have something to do with it . . . Fourteen fantastically funny stories from master storyteller Sir Terry Pratchett, full of food fights, pirates, wizards and crooks!"

The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner is priced at £12.99 plus shipping (UK £3.50, Europe £7, Rest of World £10). For more information, and to order, go to http://bit.ly/2bPII3p

Also available: " A special collector's edition of collected short stories by master storyteller Sir Terry Pratchett, complete with slipcase, critical commentary, two bonus stories a beautiful limited-edition print illustrated by Mark Beech, plus foreword penned by Rob Wilkins!"

The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner Deluxe Slipcase Edition is priced at £25 plus shipping (UK £3.50, Europe £7, Rest of World £10). For more information, and to order, go to
http://bit.ly/2bAsEok

* HOT ITEM: the Musicians' Guild LBE!

"Produced to coincide with the 2016 Discworld Convention in Warwick, this special edition LBE issue is a celebration of Ankh-Morpork's illustrious Musicians' Guild! Along with an assortment of current Discworld stamps, each LBE contains two new guild issues – the Musicians' Guild One Penny, and a rootin' tootin' limited edition 3p – exclusive to this LBE and the Musician's Guild First Day Cover. A generous amount of sports and rarities prizes have been sprinkled throughout the edition including dead letter labels and clacks-o-grams!

"With the triangle being our favourite musical instrument, what better time to introduce a new design of the most sought-after stamp of them all! Only 10 sports will ever be released of this illustrious issue, and TWO are waiting to be found in this LBE edition!

"Lucky collectors will find prize tickets entitling them to one of 25 'sport' first day covers featuring rare sport musicians' Guild issues, or one of 25 large format sheets of limited edition 3p stamps compete with TWO whole rows of sport variant issues!!

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

Each Musicians' Guild Little Brown Envelope (LBE) is priced at £5.00. For more information, and to order, go to
http://www.discworldemporium.com/discworld-stamps/new%20stamps/musicians-guild-lbe

The Steam to Summer First Day Cover: "A charming piece of postal ephemera celebrating a summer of holidays and Discworld tourism thanks to the Ankh-Morpork & Sto Plains Hygienic Railway! Every First Day Cover features a full 'train set' of Ankh-Morpork Railway Farthing stamps, comprising seven different designs from Engine No.1 Iron Girder to a variety of cars and carriages of the A-M&SHR. Otherwise only available as a beautiful whole sheet. Inside each envelope you'll find a beautiful glossy advertising postcard promoting holidays on the rails, with a charming illustration of the seaside town of Quiremouth! Limited edition of 200 envelopes - available while stocks last."

Each Steam to Summer First Day Cover is priced at £10. For more information, and to order, go to

http://www.discworldemporium.com/discworld-stamps/new%20stamps/steam-to-summer-fdc

7.2 FROM DISCWORLD.COM

* The Perennial. Pratchett Diary!

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

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

* The Dark Side of the Turtle coaster!

"To celebrate the theme of this year's DWCON - A Discworld twist on a Roundworld classic."

Each Dark Side of the Turtle Coaster is priced at £2.50. For more information, and to order, go to
http://discworld.com/products/convention-launches/dark-side-turtle-coaster/

* The Greebowie Coaster!

"To celebrate the theme of this year's DWCON – Greebo with a Bowie-esque twist!"

Each Greebo as Bowie Coaster is priced at £2.50. For more information, and to order, go to
http://discworld.com/products/convention-launches/greebo-bowie-coaster/

* "Josh Kirby lives!"

Discworld.com has announced the formation of a partnership with the estate of the late Josh Kirby:

"The collaboration will give these unique and treasured works of art a new lease of life through a range of exclusive, high quality products. The move is the brainchild of Discworld.com's founder and owner Sandra Kidby, Kirby's niece and Estate Director Amy Anderson and Marketing Director Rob Liano. Kirby was renowned as one of the earliest Discworld cover artists and was also a highly regarded science fiction and fantasy painter in his own right, with many of his creations adorning the literary works of such greats as Ian Fleming, Isaac Asimov, Alfred Hitchcock, Richard Matheson, Jack Kerouac, Jules Verne and Edgar Rice Burroughs. He wasn't just a cover artist, he applied his talents to iconic film posters ranging from motion picture phenomenon Star Wars as well as Beastmaster, Krull and the unforgettable Monty Python's Life of Brian. His heroes and heroines were archetypal fantasy figures; his scenes infused with ribald humour and his works meticulously hand-painted."

To read the full announcement, go to http://discworld.com/discworld-com-joins-forces-estate-josh-kirby/


7.3 FROM THE PAUL KIDBY SHOP

The Discworld Colouring Book is here! And Paul Kidby's shop is offering an exclusive signed ‘Pencil Eater' bookplate with each copy.

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

http://bit.ly/2alSV63

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08) AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE: THIEF OF TIME

From Anne at Hubward Ho, analysing Myria Lejean:

"I love Lady LeJean and her development, her struggle to cope with a physicality that has been thrust upon her. The Auditors are, essentially, a consciousness, a mind, without physical form, a body. Without physical form, the Auditors are undifferentiated—there is no individual identity or personality, and if one begins to develop, it is quickly destroyed. In Thief of Time, the Auditors realize that while they can easily manipulate the elements of the universe to create a perfect replica of a human body, it just lays there until the Auditors power it with their own consciousness. However, once that consciousness is separated from the rest by inhabiting a physical form, an individual develops. Once Lady LeJean gains her own consciousness, she finds herself thinking and acting more and more in human ways. The drive of hunger, the enjoyment of art, the appreciation of a cat's companionship—they are all the result of a physical form. It turns out that consciousness is like water: it takes the shape of its container... One of the main themes, and one of my favorite themes, in Thief of Time is that our physicality, our separation from other minds, our stupid, stupid bodies make us human. We exist within our limited perception of time and space, and that perception shapes how we think of ourselves and our universe. We need our skin in order to feel, and we need our brains in order to think, and we need our lungs and vocal cords and mouths and tongues and teeth in order to speak to each other, to share in the experience of being human and alive and in a body, to shorten the gap between my mind and yours..."

https://hubwardho.com/2016/08/16/she-is-an-immaterial-girl-living-in-a-material-world/

...and from Ryan at Hubward Ho, on (eventually) the same book:

"The story of Discworld writ large is all about the clash of known with unknown, civilized with uncivilized (that is, from the point of view of the 'civilized'). It's about the tension between reconciling with, and resisting, change and assimilation. How do you reconcile magic with the clacks? How much resilience to change do you need to show if you're a dwarf in the big city, far from home and tradition? In another writer's hands, this could seem uncomfortably like colonization, and at times it sort of does. But it's clear that Pratchett is well aware of this, as these tensions become the morally ambiguous backbone of stories like The Fifth Elephant, Thud!, Snuff, and Raising Steam.

"In its own way, Thief of Time is rife with the tension between reconciliation and resistance. All kinds of things cross over the edge from the wild and supernatural into the tame and ordinary. Pratchett observes that Chaos is 'Kaos with his hair combed and a tie on,' which in turn becomes Ronnie Soak, milk man. Godlike anthropomorphic personifications like War now have families. The child of Time is either a thief or a clock-maker. The heir to the House of Death is a schoolteacher. A cosmic being falls in love with chocolate. And in the wider context these characters subsist in a world in which magic-slinging, throat-cutting wizards would now rather stay at home, thank you, while clacks send messages flickering across the lands. This should be disappointing. Do we really want to find that the fantastic has become ordinary? Do we really want the whole world to be mapped? But in Pratchett's hands, it doesn't feel disappointing..."

https://hubwardho.com/2016/08/13/the-taming-of-the-world-a-report-from-the-edges/

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09) IMAGES OF THE MONTH

Pterry at Dillons bookshop in Derby, 1996. The chain closed three years later:
http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/images/localworld/ugc-images/276250/binaries/Dillons.jpg

"Nae king! Nae quin! Nae laird!" The Nac Mac Feegle present swords in Tiffany's kitchen, during the recent Unseen Theatre production of The Wee Free Men:
http://unseen.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/wfm-swords-tiff-kitchen800.jpg

The Cunning Artificer and a certain bibliophilic friend:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CqPCFMXWIAA-Q_g.jpg

A very pleased-looking Paul Kidby preparing signed copies of the Discworld Colouring Book:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cp57XgiWYAAcLb-.jpg

...and Lord Vetinari's Roundworld stunt double, Stephen Briggs, signing his co-authored works at this month's UK Discworld Convention:
https://twitter.com/StephenPBriggs/status/769880791094587392

Also from the latest DWCon, a very well-coiffed Lady Sybil, accompanied by a well-known anthropomorphic personification:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cq3F3K-WIAAiJ7U.jpg

...and a helpful Igorina, from same:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CqyX-NzXEAEl9yX.jpg

An adorable Discworld recommendations 'toon by Tumblr user goddamnshinyrock, as linked by Discworld Ales:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CrAif9QWcAEd9Q6.jpg

...and finally, the "Light Rider", the 3D-printed motorbike "inspired by a skeleton". Hands up, anyone who thinks there just might be a Discworld fan among the design team:
http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/wwfeatures/wm/live/624_351/images/live/p0/43/cr/p043crxx.jpg

[If you want to know more about this motorcycle, go to http://www.bbc.com/autos/story/20160802-the-motorbike-inspired-by-a-skeleton – Ed.]

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10) CLOSE

That quote up at the start of this issue comes from a piece on Publishers Weekly, "10 Best Satires", in which "Anything by Terry Pratchett" (yes, Mr Honig really does mean anything) rubs shoulders with such deathless works as Don Quixote, Catch-22 and Animal Farm. To read the whole piece, go to http://bit.ly/2bYUyNy

And that's the lot for August. Take care, and we'll see you at the end of this month!

– Annie Mac


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Copyright (c) 2016 by Klatchian Foreign Legion
wossname: (GNU Terry Pratchett)
From Brian Dominic, Wossname's fan man on the scene, who writes:

(Starts computer)

(Straps into saddle)

(Starts pedalling)

RIGHT – let's go!

    What follows is a very personal account of what was a fabulous weekend.................

THURSDAY (helping day)

    I'd arrived at the Ramada hotel (the overflow hotel just down the road from the Grange) reasonably early in the morning, and having been able to check in before The Allotted Time I was able to go up to the Grange, find Ops and ask if there was anything that needed doing. Eyes lit up. I was duly handed a thick wad of posters and some Blu-tac, and sent forth to decorate the hotel. The walls of the hotel were dotted with fake adverts for things a Morporkian might want to buy – all tastefully produced and in various sizes. I caught up with (and lent a hand to) the Official Renaming Detail, who were erecting the large signs that said "UPPER BROADWAY" "LOWER BROADWAY" "CAVERN CLUB" "STO LAT", "L SPACE (1 & 2)" (when joined together they were an l-shaped place) so that people would know where they were.

    After this, is was Goodie Bag Stuffing Time! Picture the scene: a long line of tables, stacked with Goodies – a "Mystery Envelope" packed with totally unknown goodies, the Posh Programme (which normally gets looked at by me after the event), the Read Me, which is a smaller and more convenient version of the Convention Programme – as suggested, this is the one you can use your highlighter and marker pen on to mark up those unmissable events you just HAVE to go to, plus a colouring sheet, a set of small coloured pencils to use on it, a commemorative medal and the all-important lanyard, pen and badge holder. One walked steadily down one side of the table, adding each article as one passed it, then left the full bags at the other end, picked up an empty bag and worked your way down the other side of the table, which had exactly the same things on it in the same order!

    After dinner, the evening was taken up with The Incredibly Hard Pub Quiz (well, she DOES have two years to put it together) with an incredibly picky Judge of What Is Right (the only village in the UK with an exclamation mark in it's name is Westward Ho!, but miss the exclamation mark off and you get nil points).

    That was about it for Thursday.................

FRIDAY (Registration Day)

    This was the day I now normally give to the Convention: I was on duty just after 0900 in Registration, to unite Convention goers with their badge and goodie bag. Old hands knew what to do, but newcomers had to be told what to do with their badge (no sniggers at the back, there!) and to put their hotel key cards there as well, to save them getting deprogrammed by their mobile phone. It was also our job to suggest that Newbies went to Der Troll's Guide For Der Confused – a briefing intended for new visitors. We also had to tactfully enquire if there were any issues which would require the addition of a blue spot to a badge which gave priority in queues and lifts. As the registrations progressed, we found our selves with less and less boxes to look through as more and more people arrived and the contents of the boxes (one envelope for each attendee) disappeared. When we got to two boxes, we moved the Registration table across Upper Broadway to a more shady spot, as we had been under the Greenhouse Roof on the outer side and were starting to gently bake. I'd been off site for some reason and arrived back as Bernard Pearson was about to read "Where's My Cow" - an experience I would have liked to share in, but people were crammed into the space provided and there was no way I could get any way near.

    I missed the Opening Ceremony, which actually finished before the scheduled time – something of a "first" – but got in for Terry Pratchett – a Memorial which were the highlights of the Memorial held earlier this year. I don't know how much of this may have leaked around to Oz, but I suspect it might get there sooner or later so I won't say to much about it. The only thing I WILL share is that the final item was "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life". I sat, I sang, I wept uncontrollably (and I wasn't the only one)...................

    Next up was Bedtime Stories, for which I didn't follow the pyjamas dress code! There was some interesting material, including the outline of a section of a book that will never be published (and which was shredded in stage after it had been read). Finally, I went to the Karaoke Session, which was rubbishy in that it didn't contain any of the ninety-odd songs I sing.

SATURDAY (Costume Day)

    This was the day I intended to wear my Auditor's costume all day and appear in the Masquerade. The first thing to do was to attend the Masquerade Rehearsal, to work out what things needed to happen in my piece, and get Pat Harkin to co-operate with what I wanted to do. After that, I costumed up and went a-wandering. I managed to drop in on a session or two – nobody stopped me.................... For lunch and dinner I dropped out of character – when I took off the mesh mask that effectively stopped people from seeing me I was quite surprised at how cool it was! It was very difficult to stay in character – stopping oneself from using "I" is very, very difficult! I dropped into the Stephen Briggs / Rob Watkins conversation but chickened out of How to fit a Corset and Sewing Cheats! After dinner, it was time to report backstage for the Masquerade. At least we could see each act as it went on but we couldn't unfortunately hear them, as we'd only got a monitor off the video system which was projecting images onto a large screen alongside the stage. Whilst the judges were deliberating, we all went for a photo shoot, then went back in to hear the results. After that, it was off to the late night Hedgehog Party, where everybody can bring food from their part of the country / world...............

SUNDAY (Lazy Day)

    I started off late on Sunday – my first event was at 1100 and was entitled "Liner notes – Annotating the Discworld" which gave an interesting insight into the adding of footnotes and the building up to a punch line. I went to Juke Box Jury, where the idea was to sing one tune to the words of another. In the course of this workshop, we came across a previously unknown version of The Dwarf Song, sung to the tune of "Let it Go" from Frozen......... later, I took in the children's Masquerade, seeing as how I hadn't seen the adult one. As I wasn't attending the Gala Dinner, I took myself into Leamington Spa to meet up with a group of similarly-minded attendees. I went back to the Con in time for Toast & Jam, where anybody can get up to sing anything (more or less) but this was disturbed by some Gawd-awful rattling on the ceiling (which was in fact the floor under the stage in the main Con performing space). I went up to investigate and found a 4 piece rock band setting up to perform............ which they did for around 90 minutes, following which I headed off.

MONDAY (Wind Down Day)

    I didn't do an awful lot today: I went to the feedback session which is always interesting, followed by The Day's Big Event "Witches Abroad – The Musical" which was excellent, given that there's very little time to rehearse. It inevitably over-ran so we all got booted out of the hall and got told to come back 30 minutes later than scheduled for the Closing Ceremony. The band I had supported was ushered into an area at the front, as we'd won the Battle of the Bands, one of the things which had run throughout the Convention but totally passed me by. Once all the rewards and presentations were completed, we went off to the Dead Monkey Party, which is a gentle winding-down party with loadsa food. I ended up playing my second game of Cards Against Humanity and actually won my first black card! (Authors' note: see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cards_Against_Humanity if you have no idea what this is all about....)

    Annnnnnnnnnnd – that was that!

    I drove back into The Real WorldTM the next morning – the temporary traffic lights near the hotel which slowed everybody up, roadworks on a critical junction which caused even more chaos but at least after that, traffic was flowing...................

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And here, in all its sentient-life-hating-Auditor glory, is Brian's excellent costume:





Editor's note: We've been holding the August issue for this report. The full issue, email version, will go out in a few hours' time...
wossname: (GNU Terry Pratchett)
On the USA's National Public Radio site, an extract from The Shepherd's Crown! Published with permission! Hurrah!

Under the cut is a small extract from the extract.. For those of you who wish to avoid spoilage, don't click on it :-)

For those of you who with to read the entire extract as republished, go to http://n.pr/1hH1CMw

NPR says:

The young witch Tiffany Aching returns in Pratchett's last Discworld novel, The Shepherd's Crown. Readers first met Tiffany in 2003's The Wee Free Men, when she faced down the wicked Queen of the Elves to rescue her baby brother. Now, the Queen (she's really not very nice at all) is back — dealing with a rebellion among oppressed goblins — great change is coming to the Disc, and it may fall to Tiffany to restore the balance.

In this scene, the Queen begins to realize that her power is fading. The Shepherd's Crown will be published on Sept. 1.



In your Editor's opinion, Sir Pterry's writing has lost none of its magic. This extract proves it.


AN EXTRACT FROM 'THE SHEPHERD'S CROWN' )


Also, for those of you who will have read The Shepherd's Crown by the time you see this, here be a first review, in The Guardian, by literary giant and longtime Pratchett fan AS Byatt. WARNING: IF YOU HAVE NOT YET READ THE SHEPHERD'S CROWN AND WANT TO AVOID SERIOUSLY MAJOR SPOILAGE, DO NOT CLICK THE LINK BELOW!!!.

Really. Seriously. But I felt it was important to post it here for people who have read the book...

Here is The Guardian review.


— Annie Mac, Editor
wossname: Clacks rendering of SPEAK HIS NAME to keep Pratchett on the Overhead (Default)
Oops...

In the main August 2015 issue posted out yesterday, item 4.3 should have read

THE MAKING OF NANNY OGG'S COOKBOOK FRENCH COVER ART!

Here be a series of screencaps of illustrator Marc Simonetti's process:

http://www.itsartmag.com/features/making-of-nanny-oggs-cookbook/

instead of

THE MAKING OF NANNY OGG'S FRENCH COVER ART!

The Making of Nanny Ogg's Cookbook cover art by Marc Simonetti

series of screencaps [investigate and write more]

http://www.itsartmag.com/features/making-of-nanny-oggs-cookbook/



Somehow in the finishing-off dash, this one escaped my proofreading imp. While the online version has been corrected, there's nothing I can do about the one already in your inboxes. Many apologies!

– your red-faced Editor
wossname: (GNU Terry Pratchett)
Wossname
Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
August 2015 (Volume 18, Issue 8, 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: THIS IS NOT THE END
03) THE SHEPHERD'S CROWN NEWS
04) ODDS AND SODS
05) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS
06) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
07) DISCWORLD CONVENTION NEWS
08) DISCWORLD MEETING GROUPS NEWS
09) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
10) CLOSE

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01) MORE QUOTES OF THE MONTH

"Being aware we’d no longer have the pleasure of being surprised by the wit and perception of a new Terry Pratchett I think yes, it did...we were all touched, much more than we imagined we would be."

– Sir Tony "Baldrick" Robinson on recording the audiobook of The Shepherd's Crown

"It's my biggest regret with the podcast that I wasn't able to interview Sir Terry Pratchett. He's probably the comic writer who made the most difference to my life and how I see the world, and I owe him so much."

– influential actor-comedian Matt Lucas

"It was very inspirational reading [Pratchett's] books growing up. They present a pretty anarchic world. It's all pretty fantastic – it takes things from our world and twists it into something quite incredible. It's really important to commemorate people's lives, especially somebody who brought so much to UK literature. We didn't do it expecting it to be shared. We're doing it for personal reasons – but it's fantastic when people appreciate what you do."

– street artist Jim Vision, co-creator of the now world-famous Pratchett tribute mural in East London

"It's a fairly safe bet that without the Discworld series Harry Potter's broomstick might never have left the ground, the Hunger Games would never have been fought, Skullduggery Pleasant wouldn't have cast a spell and Artemis Fowl's criminal schemes would never have got off the drawing-board."

– Irish journalist Edward O'Hare

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02) LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR

A few days from now, copies of The Shepherd's Crown will be flying off the shelves of Roundworld booksellers as the wildly anticipated release of the final Discworld novel finally arrives. As I mentioned in the Close of the main June issue of Wossname, much is being made of that phrase, "final Discworld novel", in personal and media communications; the internet is more rife than ever with text-based breast-beating and the tearing of virtual hair, and while I don't doubt the sincerity of the beaters and tearers, it does frustrate me that I've seen so few people giving thanks... thanks that Sir Pterry managed to give us anything at all in his final days, and thanks that he chose to give us one more episode in the amazing life story of one of his finest-drawn and most beloved characters – and that's in addition to the other four Discworld novels – and Dodger – and all the various collections and collaborations (including the fourth Science of Discworld and the Long Earth series) that he gave to the world despite the Embuggerance that was stealing his mind and life even as he raced against time to write them.

The release of The Shepherd's Crown brings a particular kind of bittersweet emotion for me as Editor of Wossname: after years of receiving advance review copies and waging the war of "exploration of themes" versus "do not under any circumstances include spoilers" when reviewing, any posthumous Pratchett publications will reach me at the same time as they do the rest of the world. I will be glad to be free of the DO NOT SPOILER responsibility, but sad to know that, for example, my Wossname review of the forthcoming Discworld Atlas won't happen until I've brought my shop-bought copy of it home...

It's right to mourn, but while we will all mourn, please do join me in taking equal time to celebrate, 'k?

Last month one of my closest friends, also a passionate longtime Pratchett fan, brought a new life into the world, her first and possibly only child. I think she's daft to have done this in such uncertain – and interesting! – times, but knowing both parents, one thing I can be certain of is that this child will grow up hearing, and then reading, the works of Terry Pratchett. So no, this is not the end. An author is not dead while his name is spoken. All together now:

This is not the end.

– Annie Mac, Editor

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03) THE SHEPHERD'S CROWN NEWS

Dear Readers, let those of us fortunate enough to live in places where the release date of The Shepherd's Crown occurs in just a few days not be too quick to flood the Clacks with reviews and spoilage! The USA release date is 1st September, but – for example – South Africa won't get it officially until 10th October...

3.1 OFFICIAL SPOILERS

From the official Pratchett feed:

Five things you need to know about The Shepherd's Crown

1. It introduces a brand new character – young Geoffrey Swivel.

2. There is a devilish smart goat named Mephistopheles, who can count to twenty and use the privy.

3. Granny, Nanny, Magrat, Agnes, Petulia, Mrs Earwig, Long Tall Short Fat Sally and Miss Tick are all there. Along with a whole host of other much-loved characters.

4. It will make you see the humble Garden Shed in a whole new light.

5. An elderly gentleman's toenails can be used as a powerful Feegle weapon.


3.2 RELEASE EVENTS

Bookseller giant Waterstones is backing The Shepherd's Crown with a number of celebratory release events around the UK. Some Waterstones outlets are getting the jump on other shops by holding their event a calendar day earlier, but most events will take place on Thursday 27 August. First among equal branches is Waterstones' flagship London store in Piccadilly, who are holding the vaunted Official Event on Wednesday night (26th); the 200-ticket midnight launch event has long since sold out, of course, but according to their website non-ticket-holders can still rock up to the shop late that night to join in some of the fun... and buy a copy of The Shepherd's Crown:

"If you weren't able to purchase a ticket you are still welcome to come along and queue from 11.30pm to sample the Discworld experience and to purchase a copy of The Shepherd’s Crown when it goes on sale to the general public at the stroke of midnight. Copies of The Shepherds Crown purchased with tickets or on the night will be exclusively stamped to mark this special occasion."

http://bit.ly/1TlBsjc

And a look at the rest, around the UK (and in at least one case, Fourecks)...

Waterstones Oxford will host a quiz on their midnight Shepherd's Crown launch.

When: Wednesday 26th August 2015
Venue: Waterstones, William Baker House, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3AF
Time: 11:30pm
Tickets: free. Ring 01865 790212 for more details.

www.waterstones.com/bookshops/oxford

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Waterstones Newcastle:

"Join us to celebrate the publication of the final Discworld novel, The Shepherd's Crown at a special midnight opening at Waterstones Newcastle Emerson Chambers. As well as a NacMacFeegle Hunt and the Unseen University Challenge, there will be lots of fun activities for you to join in! Don't miss your chance to be one of the first to read this phenomenonal[sic] book!"

When: Wednesday 26th August 2015
Venue: Waterstones, Emerson Chambers, Blackett Street, Newcastle, NE1 7JF
Time: 10pm
Tickets: free. For more information, contact the shop on 0191 261 7757.

Their lovely hand-chalked sign:
http://bit.ly/1J9HUD

https://www.waterstones.com/events/midnight-opening-for-the-shepherd-s-crown/Newcastle

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Waterstones Swansea will present a quiz, readings and a prize for best costume during their Shepherd's Crown event.

When: Thursday 27th August 2015
Venue: Waterstones, The Old Carlton Cinema, 17 Oxford Street, Swansea, SA1 3AG
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Tickets: free.

www.waterstones.com/bookshops/Swansea

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Waterstones Nottingham:

"Have you guys got your tickets for our Pratchett evening? IT'S FREE. IT'LL BE FUN. Test your knowledge with the quiz!"

"The Sillitoe Room at Waterstones will host the events to celebrate the life and works of Sir Terry, creator of the madcap, maniacal Discworld series, who died in March following a struggle with Alzheimer's Disease. It coincides with the release of Sir Terry's last novel, The Shepherd's Crown. The night will also feature Waterstones staff giving readings of their favourite sections from his novels. There will be prizes for the best Discworld-themed costume, quizzes and refreshments. The event is free but those interested in attending must pre-register at the shop."

When: Thursday 27th August 2015
Venue: Waterstones, 1/5 Bridle smith Gate, Nottingham, NAG1 2GR
Time: 6.30pm
Tickets: free. To reserve a ticket, ring 0115 9470069.

The tickets look like this. A wonderful effort! http://bit.ly/1Mt15uk

www.waterstones.com/bookshops/Nottingham-bridles mi
https://twitter.com/Waterstones/status/633923788187566080
www.nottinghampost.com/Pratchett-honoured-launch-book/story-27624512-detail/story.html

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Waterstones Harrogate:

"To commemorate Sir Terry Pratchett's last Discworld novel 'The Shepherd's Crown' we are having a celebratory evening. Come along to discuss the wonderful books that Sir Terry wrote and join in this special event. As well as discussion there will be a quiz and other fun activities. Fancy dress is always welcome. This event will be suitable for all ages."

When: Thursday 27th August 2015
Venue: Waterstones, 15 James Street, Harrogate, HG1 1QS
Time: 5pm
Tickets: free. For more information, ring 01423 531953

www.waterstones.com/events/terry-pratchett-night/harrogate

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Waterstones Leeds:

"Join us for an evening celebrating one of the great fantasy writers ever to have lived, Terry Pratchett, on the release day of his final Discworld novel, The Shepherd's Crown. There'll be a quiz full of random Discworld and Pratchett tidbits, a competition to find the best Discworld-inspired outfit (shotgun the luggage...) and more prizes that you can shake a giant turtle at (though four elephants makes all the difference). We'll also have Pratchett-inspired boardgames, special offers exclusive to the evening, plenty of food and drink and a few more surprises... Best of all... it's completely free!"

When: Thursday 27th August 2015
Venue: Waterstones, 93-97 Albion Street, Leeds, LS1 5JS
Time: 7pm
Tickets: free, but ring 01132444588 to reserve a space

https://www.waterstones.com/events/pratchett-celebration-evening/leeds

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Waterstones Derby will host a Discworld-themed evening featuring a quiz, some food and drink, and a prize for the best costume.

When: Thursday 27th August 2015
Venue: Waterstones, 78-80 St Peter's Street, Derby, DE1 1SR
Time: 5.30pm-7pm
Tickets: free

www.waterstones.com/bookshops/derby-st-peters

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Waterstones York will be hosting "The Day of Pratchett". Sounds like a mini-festival:

Daytime Events:
Witch Hat Workshop – make your own pointy hat
Facepainting – Be a Wee Free Man or choose your own design
Treasure Hunt – help Tiffany find her lost sheep
Quiz – find the answers, win a prize
Plus a treat for anyone in costume!

Evening Events:
From 6pm join us in The Mended Drum (aka the cafe) for food and drink (it's mostly apples, we swear)
Judge Pepe's Fashion Show – fabulous prizes for the best costumes!
Find a team and take on the Unseen University Challenge – even more fabulous prizes for the winners of our quiz
Plus games, competitions, spot prizes

"Please reserve a place for the evening events, to allow us to provide enough food!"

When: Thursday 27th August 2015
Venue: Waterstones, 15 Coney Street, York, YO1 9QL
Time: 9am – 8.30pm
Tickets: free. To reserve an evening spot, ring 01904 620784, tweet to them @WaterstonesYork, or email york@waterstones.com.

https://www.waterstones.com/events/the-day-of-pratchett/york

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Waterstones Dundee will host an all-day Shepherd's Crown event, including a Discworld character drawing competition open to all ages, a Discworld treasure hunt, a 7+1-foot Discworld colouring collage, a prize for best costume and a quiz. Coffee is available!

When: Thursday 27th August 2015
Venue: Waterstones, 35 Commercial Street, Dundee, DD1 3DG
Time: 9am – 6pm
Tickets: free

www.waterstones.com/bookshops/dundee

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Waterstones Manchester:

"Join us for a special lunchtime event to celebrate the release of the final Discworld Novel, The Shepherd's Crown on publication day. We will be hosting Discworld games and running a fiendish Terry Pratchett quiz before Terry's close friend Rob Wilkins reads from The Shepherd's Crown and stamps each book with an exclusive stamp to mark this special occasion. Each ticket will include a copy of The Shepherd's Crown and a goody bag."

When: Thursday 27th August 2015
Venue: Waterstones, 91 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2BW
Time: 12.30pm
Tickets: £10 (including a copy of The Shepherd's Crown, at our special event price and a goody bag) or £35 (including a copy of The Shepherd's Crown – Exclusive Slipcase Edition and a goody bag). To purchase tickets, go to http://bit.ly/1hKq6Eo

"Please note that booking fees will apply. A maximum of 4 tickets is permitted per person. Ticket holders will receive their book and goody bag at the event."

http://bit.ly/1hKq6Eo

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Waterstones Huddersfield:

"Join us to celebrate the launch of Sir Terry Pratchett's final Discworld novel The Shepherd's crown. We'll have a travelling chest with our old much loved Discworld/pratchett novels, so bring yours and swap for something you haven't read yet! We're opening at 8:00 AM and will be serving refreshments in the morning. Best Fancy dress of the day will win a prize. We'll have Colouring sheets, bookmarks to give away, a treasure hunt with rewards, and other bits and bats. We'll see you there!"

When: Thursday 27th August 2015
Venue: Waterstones, 12/13 Kingsgate Centre, King Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2QB
Time: 8am – 5.30pm
Tickets: free

https://www.waterstones.com/events/the-shepherd-s-crown/huddersfield

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Waterstones Boston will host "A Celebration of Terry Pratchett":

"Join us for an evening of Wine and nibbles as we celebrate the life and work of the late great Terry Pratchett."

When: Thursday 27th August 2015
Venue: Waterstones, 18 Pescod Square, Boston, PE21 6QX
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Tickets: free

https://www.waterstones.com/events/a-celebration-of-terry-pratchett/boston

[Editor's note: that's Boston in Lincolnshire, aka the original Boston, in case you wondered]

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Waterstones Wakefield:

"Join us to celebrate the fantastic Discworld novels on the day the final book in the series, 'The Shepherd's Crown', is released. There will be a quiz, games, authentic Discworld food and prizes for the best costumes. Everyone welcome. Contact the store for further information on 01924 363535."

When: Thursday 27th August 2015
Venue: Waterstones, 2 Kirkgate, Wakefield, WF1 1SP
Time: 5pm – 7pm
Tickets: free

https://www.waterstones.com/events/discworld-celebration-evening/wakefield

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Waterstones Birkenhead:

"Due to the popularity of our Harper Lee evening Waterstones Birkenhead would like to invite you to join us in celebrating the latest Pratchett Discworld novel: The Shepherd's Crown. With an interactive presentation by the marvellous Mary Clinton, trivia quiz, snacks, prizes and more. A fun filled evening for any Pratchett fan."

When: Thursday 27th August 2015
Venue: Waterstones, 188-192 Grange Road, Birkenhead, CH41 6EA
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Tickets: £1. "Available from a Bookseller. Terms and conditions apply. Please ask in store for details."

For more information, ring 0151 650 2400

https://www.waterstones.com/events/terry-pratchett-s-discworld-evening-with-mary-clinton/birkenhead

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For Fourecksians in or near Melbourne city centre at four o'clock in the morning on 27th August, there's a Shepherd's Crown event at Dymocks in Collins Street. Yes, four o'clock in the morning:

"A night of revelry to celebrate the arrival of the next... and last... Discworld novel, the Shepherd's Crown. Come dressed suitably attired to share in the spirit of the Discworld – with a prize for the best Discworld character! Write your farewell, your tribute, your love letter to the great creator and add to the giant Discworld mural. Engage in games of skill, chance and dexterity against other Discworldians, and stay to enjoy readings and tributes. Save the date, and make sure you're there!"

When: Thursday 27th August 2015
Venue: Dymocks, 234 Collins Street, Melbourne 3000
Time: 4am!
Tickets: free

http://allevents.in/melbourne/shepherds-crown-release-celebration/445821345604654

[Editor's note: I can tell you, as a transportee to XXXX, that various branches of Dymocks were supporters of the works of Terry Pratchett since long before the rest of the world joined in...]

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Waterstones Aberdeen will host a Discworld Quiz, "An evening of Discworld fun with great prizes up for grabs!", at the (temporary) Mended Drum on Friday 28th August in honour of The Shepherd's Crown.

When: Friday 28th August 2015
Venue: Waterstones, 3-7 Union Bridge, Aberdeen, AB11 6BG
Time: 7pm
Tickets: £5.00

For further information ring 01224 592440 during business hours or email aberdeen@waterstones.com

Here be the poster for the event:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CMyRHaVWUAAjTkg.jpg

www.waterstones.com/bookshops/aberdeen
https://twitter.com/WaterstonesABDN

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Waterstones Doncaster will host a demonstration of Treefrog Games' "The Witches" board game.

When: Saturday 29th August 2015
Venue: Waterstones, 27 Frenchgate Centre, Doncaster, DN1 1LJ
Time: noon – 4pm
Tickets: free

www.waterstones.com/bookshops/doncaster


3.3 VIDEO TRIBUTE REMINDER

A reminder for Pratchett fans in XXXX and elsewhere:

"Anyone, anywhere can take part. Simply take a photo of yourself and your favourite quote from Discworld or Terry Pratchett – costumes, friends and pets optional – and email us it to us at theshepherdscrown@penguinrandomhouse.com.au

"With the final Discworld book almost upon us, a video tribute seems a fitting way to channel our appreciation for Terry Pratchett's words. Send us your contribution before 27 August 2015, the day THE SHEPHERD'S CROWN is released, and we'll take it from there – so you can get on with reading."

http://bit.ly/1IHQ1SV

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04) ODDS AND SODS

In no particular order...

4.1 RANDOM HOUSE AUSTRALIA LONG EARTH INTRODUCTION!

"Unique is a word easily applied to Terry Pratchett, and it's absolutely true – his imagination, his voice and his complex sense of humour stand apart not just in the world of literature, but in all popular culture. The singularity of his talent did not confine him to solo projects, though – Pratchett was open to collaboration, most notably with fellow authors Neil Gaiman (twice), and with Stephen Baxter on The Long Earth series.

"THE LONG UTOPIA is the fourth book in The Long Earth series, which ingeniously combines two seemingly opposed mindsets. Pratchett is of course best known for his fantasy series of Discworld novels, which are filled with outrageous wit, outlandish characters and a good dose of magic. Baxter, in contrast, grounds his books more in fact or 'hard science' – particularly evolutionary theory and speculation.

"Many fans of Pratchett and Baxter encountered the other author for the first time with these books – and for any reader who's curious about taking their first step into the immense catalogue of Pratchett, The Long Earth series is a recommended option.

"What is 'the long Earth?' It's not one planet, but a series of parallel worlds. All of them are similar to the Earth that we know and love and live on – but as you go further along and farther away, world by world, the differences become greater and greater. We readers tour the Long Earth through the eyes of inter-world travellers Joshua and Lobsang.

"Pratchett and Baxter use this set-up to explore ideas about how global evolution might have turned out differently, under different conditions. There's only one thing that all the parallel worlds have in common: none of them have ever been inhabited by humanity."

http://bit.ly/1h2RHzU


4.2 THE STORY OF RINCEWIND!

...the sculpted character, that is. Here be a wonderful blogpost by the Cunning Artificer himself, Bernard Pearson, from the new and equally wonderful Cunning Artificer blog:

"So, if you're sitting comfortably then Uncle Bernard will begin. 'Here' was Covent Garden, 'when' was June 1990. An article had appeared in the Sunday Telegraph colour supplement which previewed Terry's latest book: Guard! Guards! This had excited the interest of a 'man in a suit business consultant' who was working with us at the time. Isobel had heard a reading of 'The Colour of Magic' on Radio 4 in 1985 and as a result bought and read all the available Discworld books. Then I read and also enjoyed them hugely. It took an outsider to join the dots and recognise a commercial synergy between the sort of things we were making (humorous fantasy figurines), and what Terry was creating in his books.

"A dialogue opened up with Terry's agent Colin Smythe and we met up with him in London. Once the principles had been established it was down to meeting Terry himself. At that time there were no 'real' Discworld characterisations other than those produced as book covers by Josh Kirby. Great art, fun covers but not exactly helpful. We were advised to steer clear of those and Terry; no mean artist himself, faxed us drawings to give us some idea of what was in his mind. Over the years this process became so slick he only had to say what character he had seen on film or TV and we were on to it, but that's a whole other story. So with a very concise sketch and a few years of experience in making any number of wizards from Gandalf onwards I started modelling Rincewind..."

The page includes some images (also wonderful) – and best of all, a reproduction of the original fax from The Author himself, showing his rough sketches of Rincewind and Granny Weatherwax. Even if you haven't time to read the whole post right now, you should click on this direct link to that image, to delight in how perfectly these characters were described in a few drawn lines by their creator:

http://bit.ly/1I1ycgY

To read the whole piece, go to:

http://thecunningartificer.com/portfolio/how-it-all-began/

The blog's homepage:

http://thecunningartificer.com/


4.3 THE MAKING OF NANNY OGG'S COOKBOOK FRENCH COVER ART!

Here be a series of screencaps of illustrator Marc Simonetti's process:

http://www.itsartmag.com/features/making-of-nanny-oggs-cookbook/


4.4 STUNNING PAUL KIDBY ART!

"Fans of illustration and fantasy drawing get a treat in the summer issue of Drawing, which features an interview with the British artist Paul Kidby. Kidby has spent some 20 years illustrating for the late Terry Pratchett, author of the sprawling, best-selling Discworld series of satirical fantasy novels. Kidby's work on Discworld has ranged from book covers to illustrated-novels to limited-edition prints to illustrations for sundry related publications and products. In the article, written by Ken Gofton, Kidby relates how he managed to get the Discworld gig, which changed the direction of his career, and he explains the several stages of his process for working with authors and publishers.

"Here, we're happy to present a few extra fantasy drawings by Kidby that we couldn't fit into the magazine. We hope you enjoy his often eccentric creations. To see more, visit the artist's website (_http://www.paulkidby.net/_), and be sure to read the full story in the summer 2015 issue of Drawing. You can purchase a copy here (_http://bit.ly/1I3Mn5a_, buy a digital copy (_http://bit.ly/1ML4q89_), or subscribe to Drawing magazine (_http://bit.ly/1U0cIgF_)."

Illustrations reproduced on this page include Mort (the breathtaking 2011 pencil study of Sir Pterry playing chess with the Death of Discworld); Death With Bees (2010); Leonard of Quirm (1999); and the original pencil sketch for the cover of The Wee Free Men (2002)

http://bit.ly/1fENHFa


4.5 PRINT YOUR OWN 3-D DISCWORLD!

"Inspired by Sir Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels, this is a 3d printable model of the discworld travelling through space and time upon four elephants riding on the back of a giant turtle. It is mashup of several bits from different places. The turtle came from another thingiverse model of a garden turtle by Pmowes – http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:421809

"I scaled it and flattened the top to stand the elephants on. The four elephants came from a thingiverse model by ringmaster of a parade elephant. http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:38573

"I scaled the elephants and fused four together to fit on top of the Turtle. I also flattened the tops of the elephants to give a better base for glueing on the disc.

"The disc world itself I made in two parts. The rimfall I designed from scratch using Cheetah 3d – I am something of a n00b in Cheetah 3d, but the finished article is close to the effect I was seeking. The disc I modified from the other disc world model on thingiverse by aesedepece. I wanted something with more height and definition. This is his original model: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:28509

"All the parts have been through NetFabb so they should work on most printers."

To read online, and to see the amazing iconographs of the 3-D Discworld, go to:

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:662018


4.6 WATERSTONES BLOG: LOOKING BACK ON THE DISCWORLD SERIES

"With Terry Pratchett's final Discworld book due to be published August 27th, we're looking back on the entire series. Here's part one, books 1-10. It's fairly safe to say that our booksellers were, and still are, huge fans of Terry Pratchett. A few years ago we revisited each and every one of his Discworld books and with the release of the final Discworld novel, The Shepherd's Crown, a little over a week away we thought it only made sense to run the series again. A huge thanks to the booksellers across the country who contributed and, of course, to Terry Pratchett himself...

"The Colour of Magic is also more reliant on its fantasy forebears than later novels, playing the fantasy-parody card more often and more obviously than later books which tend to address issues largely beyond the genre (the postal system, Hollywood, Shakespeare – for example), these parodic elements are most obviously present in the Conan-esque Hrun the Barbarian and the Lovecraftian Bel-Shamharoth, yet for every borderline cliché you have the kind of wonderful innovations Pratchett is loved for: a cowardly wizard who only knows one spell, and of course The Luggage. Even the structure of the book is a little odd compared to later fare, but there is no denying that all the pieces are in place here and a world set in motion..." – Glyn Morgan, Waterstones Liverpool One

"Packed with Pratchett's signature satire, The Light Fantastic cements Rincewind as one of my favourite Discworld characters and Terry Pratchett as one my favourite authors. I started reading the books as a teenager - I loved them then, and I still love them now - whether it's the new titles or rereading the old ones..." – Sarah Hiorns, Waterstones Ipswich

"Wizards, and the world, being what they are, Esk doesn't have an easy time proving that she is just as worthy and talented as her male counterparts. It also contains a brilliant description of the best way to achieve the impossible.
This is the third Discworld novel and some people might advise you to skip it and start with one of the later ones. They'd be wrong..." – Lisa Hunt, Waterstones Hemel Hempstead

"As brilliant as Mort's story is though, Death and his household are the real stars of the show. In the sea of iconic characters and brilliantly imagined mythologies that make up the Discworld novels, they have to be among the most iconic of all. His timeless kingdom and its workings are genuinely wondrous, eerie creations and I dare anyone to find another writer who can inject the skeletal, anthropomorphic personification of death with quite as much haunting pathos as Mr. Pratchett..." – Dan Coombes, Waterstones Oxford Street West

"The first thing that I loved about [Sourcery] was how much was similar to Fantasy books I'd read before. Pratchett is not afraid to make jabs at the genre, with a light hearted wit that shows a lot of love for the source material. The fantastic distractions through Terry's famous footnotes add an extra level of comic intricacy that is phenomenal, & his use of descriptive metaphors is unique, quirky & tickles the brain in a very particular way..." – Darran Stobart, Waterstones Northallerton

"If you have never read a Discworld novel [Wyrd Sisters] is the perfect introduction, wickedly funny, sometimes outrageous, always bonkers, Pratchett has a wonderful ability to hold a mirror up to society, so you will recognise yourself in the characters, and also your friends and neighbours..." – Sara Thompson, Waterstones Trowbridge

"Pyramids is a book that begins at the end, and ends at the beginning. It could be considered the quintessential Discworld book: modern notions challenging old ways, the clashing of cultures, hilarious one-liners, running gags, a race through the streets of Ankh-Morpork and, of course, the ubiquitous Death scenes. It also has assassins, smugglers, gods, hand-maidens, priests, mummies and a sphinx, all topped with lashings of Pratchett's observational humour..." – John Uphill, Waterstones Norwich

"All of these key Pratchett conventions are present in Guards! Guards!. From page one it's side-splittingly funny, turning the fantasy genre on its head in that way only Pratchett can... Once the would-be king slays the dragon he will be crowned and they can rule the city vicariously through him. Only four men stand in their way, the brave men of The Watch, and they'll bring down this nefarious plot just as soon as they stop running and hiding and sober up..." – Matt Wilson, Waterstones Tenterden

"If you've never delved into Discworld before and you don't fancy starting at the beginning then Eric is the perfect novel to start with... Eric is one of Pratchett's shortest novels and takes the reader to Aztec-type lands, a Trojan war and the circles of hell but doesn't lose Pratchett's usual charm and humour..." – Sasha James, Waterstones Greenwich

"[Moving Pictures] is the most insane, gloriously funny satirical romp through the movie industry. Something nasty has awakened in the hills of Holy Wood, something that latches onto the Alchemists discovery of the art of moving pictures - and now everyone wants to be in "The Clicks"... One of the funniest books I have ever read, Moving Pictures doesn't miss a beat, or a pun..." – Michelle Jones, Waterstones Petersfield

https://www.waterstones.com/blog/discworld-reviewed-part-one


4.7 ERIC ON THE WIRELESS: A REMINDER!

Having listened last night to the four-part BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Eric, I can tell you that is is very good. All episodes are still available for worldwide listening, so get on it:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01r0zb9


4.8 TIFFANY ACHING "DELETED SCENES": A REMINDER

From the "private musings of Tiffany Aching", courtesy of Penguin Books:

http://summerofpenguin.com/2015-08-03/terry-pratchetts-discworld


4.9 THE STICK AND FOOT-THE-BALL DANCE!

Yes, this is a satire. But then again, so are Discworld novels – and both are in the same spirit of fun:

"Police were called after a mass brawl broke out in a pub car park between a group of morris dancers and a blind football team. The footballers were enjoying a match on the village green at Rattlesden, near Stowmarket, using a ball with a bell in it so they could keep up with play. But all hell broke out when the morris dancers began performing at a nearby pub. A player kicked the ball off the pitch towards the Brewers Arms, and then mistook the morris dancers' uniform bells for the one in the ball. He promptly kicked one of the dancers in the shin, sending him flying over a table and crashing into a flower pot. A hanging basket then fell on his head. More blind footballers then joined the melee, kicking out at the bells and then being surprised when they were punched by furious morris men. The brawl was only stopped when the referee caught up and blew his whistle loudly..."

http://www.suffolkgazette.com/news/morris-dancers-blind-footballers-brawl/

[And for once, we can definitely urge you to read the comments! – Ed.]


4.10 BRING AN ORANGUTAN HOME!

The Bring an Orangutan Home Project has run since November 2012 and will continue until December 2016:

"Hundreds of rescued orphan orangutans are ready to go home to the forest, where they belong. Having undergone years of nurturing rehabilitation under the watchful eyes of the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, these graduates need your help to get them home. Over the past 2 decades, hundreds of orphaned and displaced orangutans have been rescued and cared for in sanctuaries such as those operated by Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation in Indonesia. These sanctuaries are now crowded and many of the orangutans are ready for release back to the forest. Finding safe forests for them has been a challenge, but it has been found. Now the only thing preventing them from going home is lack of funding... An integrated team of experts manages the release operation, from selection of candidates and their preparation through to post-release monitoring. Success will be demonstrated by the documented release of 100 orangutans complete with at least one year of post-release monitoring... Orangutan Land Trust will help support the release of these orangutans by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation operating in Indonesia. By releasing orangutans, we can free up space in the rescue centres so they can take in more victims. Additionally, the released orangutans will collectively form a new, viable population in safe areas of forest, ensuring their long-term survival as a species in the wild..."

Read more about the Charity running this project:
http://www.thebiggive.org.uk/charity.php?charity_id=6597

https://secure.thebiggive.org.uk/projects/view/18744


4.11 SASQUAN FAN FILM UPDATE!

The Kickstarter goal of $6,000 was surpassed by an additional four figures. The excess will now go into a "stretch budget":

"Our biggest challenge will be in narrowing down the final footage, gathering music, and finishing the film and DVDs by November. But, we believe this is a realistic goal. If anything happens to alter that timeline, we will do everything to keep our backers in the loop! We are firm believers in transparency and frank, open communication..."

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

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05) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS

5.1 PJSM PRINTS – NOW DISCWORLD.COM

"Crivens! After more than twenty years our name is changing and we're delighted to write and tell you about it! As a previous customer of PJSM Prints you will know that we've been supplying official Discworld artwork and merchandise since 1995, but we've grown, our range of products has expanded and we want to provide a better service to Terry's friends and fans. So we're excited to announce that we are now becoming Discworld.com!

"And we have a new website! We've launched our all-new discworld.com [http://discworld.com/] site to make your browsing experience better and to introduce our social media platforms for more fun, interaction with us and gossip! We will still provide all the same high quality products but you can now shop faster, join our social community and keep up with all the latest Discworld news. Check out our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Flickr for starters!"

https://twitter.com/Discworld_com
https://www.facebook.com/discworldofficial
https://instagram.com/discworld.com_official/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/132892573@N05/

"The launch of the new website sees the reintroduction of two of our most popular limited run, signed colour prints – Great A'Tuin and Under an Eldritch Sky, and our NEW, exclusive Terry t-shirt. Not only this but we have fabulous additions to the range coming soon, irresistible new collectables and the first of many exciting competitions."

http://discworld.com/products/artwork/great-atuin/
http://discworld.com/products/bags-clothing/terry-t-shirt/
http://discworld.com/products/artwork/colour-print-eldritch-sky/

"The range of Discworld products you know and love is available to buy here right now, and we will soon launch a new improved Roundworld section! We fully understand that the browsing experience will be different for those of you who know our time-honoured site well, so we will run PJSM Prints (_http://pjsmprints.com_) concurrently until midnight on Sunday 23rd August to allow you to use either if you're in a hurry, and to enable you to continue ordering all your favourite Roundworld products. Please do take a look at our new site, we'd love to hear your feedback and have provided two dedicated email addresses for you to get in touch; feedback@discworld.com and web@discworld.com.

"We're proud of our quality products and are delighted to offer you an improved way of shopping for them. We've organised our new site into quick reference categories, grouped fellow subjects together, introduced a handy subject search facility and offered a whole new lightbox system for viewing every last detail. Please come and have a look around!"

http://discworld.com

[Do have a shufti at the site – it's lovely! And do scroll to the bottom of each page, where you will find different messages "typed" on a semi-automated Hex keyboard – Ed.]


5.2 DISCWORLD EMPORIUM UPDATES

"Greetings Discworld fans! We are full of excitement, having taken delivery of the Discworld Calendar 2016, and what a thing of beauty it is... We've been dribbling over the delicious artwork of Joe McLaren, cover artist for the Discworld Collector's Library, who has come up trumps with twelve stunning illustrations that capture the heart and soul of Discworld, from Dibbler to Granny, from Great A'tuin to the Canting Crew. Long-time Discworld fan Joe has previously worked with us on exclusive Hogswatch cards, Discworld Stamps and 'The Turtle Moves' T-Shirt, and we're chuffed that he has such a wonderful vessel for his artwork in this fantastic calendar... the 2016 calendar features twelve pieces of original artwork, along with all those important Discworld and roundworld dates that you'll still forget about despite them hanging on your wall in such a decorative fashion. Each calendar includes a full page of colourful artwork for each month along with plenty of space for your notes, reminders and appointments. Includes all major realtime calendrical data for Great Britain, Eire, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA, as well as notable Discworld dates."

The Discworld Collector's Edition Calendar is priced at £14.99. For more information, and to order, go to:

http://www.discworldemporium.com/DiscworldCalendar2016

"Also available for pre-order, the Witches Diary 2016, This 'Practical Manual for the Modern Witch' contains a cornucopia of Discworld trivia and all things witch. More than just a diary, this Practical Manual for the Modern Witch gives a long-awaited insight into the wit and wisdom of some of Terry Pratchett's best-loved Discworld characters, the Witches! Featuring sage advice and guidance from the likes of Nanny Ogg, Granny Weatherwax and Tiffany Aching,The Discworld Diary 2016 teems with a glorious mix of cultural ephemera, illustration, and hilarious one-liners along with important Discworld and Roundworld dates to help you be as sharp as Miss Tick!

"We're very proud to have aided and abetted Sir Terry in the creation of this book, and as a celebration of our collaboration every copy bought from us includes an exclusive A5 art print for your own witch's cottage with blessings from the hags of Discworld!"

The 2016 Discworld Diary is priced at £16.99. For more information, and to order, go to:

http://www.discworldemporium.com/DiscworldDiary2016


The Turtle Moves Tee

Official Discworld T-Shirt featuring the sublime artwork of Joe McLaren, cover artist for the Discworld Collector's Library Hardback editions from Gollancz. 100% supersoft ringspun cotton tee in midnight navy, slim & tailored style for a flattering fit.

The Turtle Moves t-shirt is priced £15.00 and available in "Classic" or "Ladies" fit in sizes S to XXL. For more information, and to order, go to:

http://www.discworldemporium.com/GreatATuinTee
http://www.discworldemporium.com/GreatAtuinTshirtLadies

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06) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS

6.1 SOUL MUSIC IN WELLINGTON, UK (SEPTEMBER)

Wellington Theatre Company presents SOUL MUSIC by Terry Pratchett adapted by Rebecca Beard and Mike Leach:

"This play, based on the novel of the same name, is primarily about the arrival of Rock Music to the Disc. Because of the nature of the Disc, it arrives magically, and departs within a few weeks, encompassing 50 years of Earth Rock History from Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Elvis, The Beatles, Jimmy Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, 80's Hair Metal and Stadium Rock to the present day. It's mad, it's crazy, it's hilarious and it's not to be missed."

When: Wednesday 2nd – Saturday 5th September 2015
Venue: Wellington Arts Centre, Eight Acre Lane, Wellington, Somerset TA21 8PS
Time: 7:30 pm evenings; Saturday matinee at 3pm
Tickets: £8. Ring the Box Office on 0844 997 9000, or to purchase online, go to:
http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/wellingtonartscentre

https://www.facebook.com/events/728506640588582/

6.2 REMINDER: MORT IN BRISBANE (AUGUST–OCTOBER)

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

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

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

6.3 REMINDER: NIGHT WATCH IN CARDIFF (SEPTEMBER)

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

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

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

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

6.4 REMINDER: MASKERADE IN GLASGOW (SEPTEMBER)

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

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

http://www.forttheatre.org/

6.5 UPDATES: WYRD SISTERS IN UPPINGHAM (OCTOBER)

Tickets are now available for the Uppingham Theatre Company's forthcoming production of Wyrd Sisters!

"Why not visit Lancre this Halloween, it has everything, witches, evil Dukes and Duchesses, strolling players, ghosts, you name it, its got it, and for only £10, yes £10 folks(£2 going to charity with each ticket old) you could be transported to the mythical kingdom of Lancre!"

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 or http://www.uppingham.co.uk/School-Shop

Uppingham Theatre Company will be holding a cake stall in Uppingham Market Place on the morning of Saturday the 29th August, to promote Wyrd Sisters and help with some funding towards rehearsal costs.

http://www.rutlandreminders.org.uk/
http://www.uppinghamtheatrecompany.org.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Uppingham-Theatre-Company/215743641793859

6.6 REMINDER: UNSEEN ACADEMICALS IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE (NOVEMBER)

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

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

http://bit.ly/1HRjEnr

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

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

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07) DISCWORLD CONVENTION NEWS

7.1 SCHEIBENWELT NEWS

The fourth German Discworld convention – Scheibenwelt being the word for Discworld, of course – takes place next month (10th – 13th September 2015) at the 600-year-old Castle Ludwigstein in Hesse.

"During this period we offer our more than 200 guests workshops, talks, games, guests of honour and Discworld merchandising normally not available in Germany. You can visit us for a day or stay at the castle or a hotel nearby... At the moment there are only 9 free beds at the castle. If you wish to order more than that you will be put on our waiting list and might get tickets if orders are cancelled or not payed. We advice you to buy hotel tickets instead... The castle is a youth hostel and offers bed linen for 5,50 Euro. You can bring your own for free. You will also need to bring along washing utensils like soap and towels." There will be a free shuttle service to the castle from the train station.

This year's convention is Klatch-themed, and looks like it's going to be a lively one, featuring – among many other activities – a preview screening of the legendary Troll Bridge film in its current state of progress; live Discworld games including Who Wants to Be a Discworld Millionaire? ("prove your knowledge of Klatch, the Discworld and its creator in this unique show"); storytelling workshops and, yes, klatches including "1001 Klatchian Nights"; patrols by the Ankh-Morpork City Watch; "How do you create your own fantasy world?" (with guest author Cornelia Franke); a belly dancing workshop; improvisational "What would Rincewind do?" theatre ("Rincewind in Klatch? In two lessons you will learn how to see and react to situations."); Unveiled Camouflage (Make-up) with Eva ("Who does not want to move inconspicuously through Klatch? You do not want to attract attention as a foreigner? Whether young or old, here you get paint! Absolutely colourful! Small wonder come true immediately, greater ones take longer. Special requests are welcome. Talk to me!"); various stalls including Discworld miniatures masters Micro Arts Studio and Ankh-Morpork e.V. ("Again we will help you sell your old Discworld and fantasy novels at our stall. Just bring them along and write your name and a price with a pencil in the book and collect money for every sold book at the end of the convention."); and the usual costume contest, gaming room, and charity raffle.

This one sounds particularly interesting:

Rum-Tasting: "Had too much Klatchian Coffee? Dibbler's Homeopathic Sipping Whiskey just doesn't do it? Scumble is too common, Orakh too dangerous and cabbage schnapps too – well, you know, too much cabbage? Can't afford Bentinck's Very Old Peculiar Brandy but want something aged for more than 8 minutes (preferably not cabbage-based)? Join us on a journey to the Disc of sugar (cane) based drinks. You're not only going to learn about origins, production and aging process, you will also be able to sample some rather nice products. You will definitely not leave this workshop knurd")

Tickets for Thursday through Sunday are €149 (discount price for Visitors aged less than 12 years or members of the Ankh-Morpork e.V. €139), and for Friday through Sunday, €110 (discount price €105). Day tickets are also available: Friday or Saturday €20 (€18 discount Visitors aged less than 12 years or members of the Ankh-Morpork e.V.),
Sunday €35 (€30 discount). To purchase tickets, either for attendees staying at Castle Ludwigstein or non-resident day attendees, go to:

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

For more info:
http://www.scheibenwelt-convention.de/viewpage.php?page_id=37&
http://www.scheibenwelt-convention.de/
http://www.burgludwigstein.de/


7.2 SASQUAN/WORLDCON REPORTS

World SF Convention Report: Terry Pratchett Remembered

A report from Krypton Radio:

"This afternoon at a panel, there was a remembrance of Sir Terry, sometimes funny, sometimes bittersweet. The four panelists were Denise Connell, Anne Hoppe, Tom Whitmore, and Deb Geisler. Each related stories about Sir Terry, giving the attendees a chance to remember him and what he was like to be around. There were many such stories to be shared, some by the panelists, some by the attendees themselves, but these two by Anne Hoppe, who worked with Sir Terry as his editor for several years, are worth retelling: 'Last spring my sister and I were visiting in England, and we were fortunate enough to be there for the Spring Fling Event in Wincanton, which is the town in England which is the twin to Ankh-Morpork, and Terry was fabulous, his health was relatively frail by then, but he was there. And he was interacting with the fans, and having a fabulous time with them. When he was ready to leave and we were going back he said "I feel filled with helium." He was so lit up by talking to the fans, by spending time with the fans, the fans – he had a great love of writing, but he had such love of the fans too, such appreciation for the people who read his books and wanted to come up and talk to him about the books. And for all that he represents in this room in terms of the smart, funny people who love stories who love books and to give that back to him as he gave it to us...'"

The page also features video footage of a wandering Luggage and Twoflower:

http://bit.ly/1V1yduy

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08) DISCWORLD MEETING GROUPS: UPDATES AND REMINDERS

The Broken Drummers, "London's Premier Unofficially Official Discworld Group" (motto "Nil percussio est"), meets next on Monday 7th September 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."

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. 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

Also, City of Small Gods will be holding a special quiz night in October: "Test your knowledge on all things Science Fiction and Fantasy – books, movies, TV, comics, games and more! A dragon's hoard of prizes including best costume!"

When: 17th October 2015
Venue: Clarence Gardens Bowling Club, Winona Ave, Clarence Gardens
Time: 7pm for 7.30pm start
Tickets: $15 per person or $112 for a table of 8 "Bookings essential. Bring your own nibbles, purchase drinks at the bar (cash only)"

For more info, and to purchase tickets, go to:

http://ausdwcon.org/fan-clubs/adelaide/quiz/

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The Broken Vectis Drummers meet next on Thursday 3rd September 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 4th September 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 7th September 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 7th September 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) IMAGES OF THE MONTH

Discworld cakes just keep getting better: http://bit.ly/1U69Klr and http://bit.ly/1UZu5LB

Stephen Briggs is definitely the master of the Vetinari eyebrow!
http://bit.ly/1KGObp7

Josh Kirby's original cover art from the German edition of Good Omens:
http://bit.ly/1hed9SY

Discworld cosplay...

A believable Rincewind: http://bit.ly/1gCPID3
An impressive Hogfather: http://bit.ly/1LZuUAX
...and a stunning – and very populous – live Discworld Massif of sorts, by Spanish fans:
http://bit.ly/1N37WaN

...and more of the former, all from Cosplay Mundodisco at the Spanish fan convention Celsius 2015 in Aviles:
http://on.fb.me/1Iz114X

...and from Sasquan, a spot-on Angua and Cheery, by NADWCon's Head Seamstress Denise Connell:
http://bit.ly/1HZdi1V and http://bit.ly/1gZRYUs

"It's what a pit pony *be*..." – photo gallery of a vast, eye-popping 200-metre earth sculpture, "Sultan the Pit Pony", by Welsh artist Mick Petts at Parc Penalta in Caerphilly. Shades of The Chalk:
http://bit.ly/1I51PBk

A lovely Tenniel-meets-Shepard-esque illustration of Tiffany versus Jenny Greenteeth, by Sia-chan:
http://bit.ly/1E9qBlN

The German cover for The Shepherd's Crown:
http://bit.ly/1NtsDQh

A fantastic set of cosplay iconographs imagining of the young Gytha Ogg. Some might consider these unsafe for work, but this is because of the Oggish attitude in them rather than any matter of exposed Gytha-ness:
http://bit.ly/1Jof7Xe

The "UU panel" at Sasquan: http://bit.ly/1V1mDj4

Excellent edible Luggage, posted by Clair Jackson: http://bit.ly/1V1mADU

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10) CLOSE

Remember the item about the upcoming opening of ScotRail's Borders Railway line (item 4.9 in the main July 2015 issue)? Well, it turns out that the Queen (of England, not the Quin of Fairyland!) will be officially opening the steam line:

"She will carry out the ceremony on 9 September where she will be joined by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on a steam journey along the route. The first passenger services are due to run along the line a few days earlier. Infrastructure Secretary Keith Brown said it was a "great honour" that the Queen would lead the opening celebrations. The event coincides with the day that Her Majesty will become Britain's longest-serving monarch. On 9 September, she will pass the figure reached by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria... Mr Brown said: 'The people of the Borders and Midlothian have waited almost half a century to see the return of their railway and it is fitting that these two such historic events coincide. This will be a double celebration and we are also ensuring that the people who have campaigned, worked hard and shown such patience throughout this process are able to play a full part in the celebrations, with a separate day dedicated just to them." The Queen and Prince Philip will arrive at Waverley Station in Edinburgh to board the train drawn by the steam locomotive Union of South Africa on the morning of 9 September. They will travel the route, stopping off at Newtongrange in Midlothian before carrying on to the final stop on the new railway at the Borders town of Tweedbank..."

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-33761625


For those of you living in hedgehog country, here be an informative article on how to coexist with and care for hedgehogs:

"Why don't we see as many hedgehogs as we used to? Many people may not have even noticed their absence due to hedgehogs' nocturnal habits but for conservationists it's a very important question. The simple answer is that they are in drastic decline right across the country, in both urban and rural habitats... According to Fay Vass, chief executive for the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS), there were thought to be around 30 million hedgehogs in the UK in the 1950s, that number is now thought to be less than one million... For one of our most-loved animals, which constantly tops the charts in polls of our favourite wildlife, to have vanished in such large numbers is deeply worrying... Seeing hedgehogs in your garden is now a rare occurrence but there are things you can do to help reverse this trend and help them out in the process. If you are lucky enough to see any, you can take part in Hedgehog Street (_http://www.hedgehogstreet.org/_), where you can report sightings and help monitor this crucial species. Taking a few simple steps to make our gardens more hedgehog-friendly is another way to help... making a garden hedgehog-friendly is very easy and cheap, and doesn't have to look like a wilderness, or a big mess. Follow the simple advice on Hedgehog Street..."

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150818-living-with-hedgehogs


Remember, the Discworld & Beyond exhibition of Paul Kidby's art continues until 1st November at Wardown Park Museum, Wardown Park, Old Bedford Road, Luton, LU2 7HA. Entry is free! The museum is closed on Mondays, open 10am–5pm Tuesdays through Saturday, and open 1pm–5pm on Sundays. For more information ring 01582 546722.

By the way, the Tony Robinson quote at the start of this issue comes from a piece in the Radio Times. To read the whole article, go to http://bit.ly/1JK895e

And that, O Readers, is all for August. Coming soon: the Wossname review of The Shepherd's Crown, the continuation of the Without Whom series, and much more. Take care, and happy reading to you all!

– 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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Copyright (c) 2015 by Klatchian Foreign Legion
wossname: (Anthill inside)
The production doesn't open until October, but the Uppingham Theatre Company's rehearsals are going well and they are definitely getting into the spirit of Discworld...




Granny can't be having with this...




...but Nanny always sees the fun side:




"It's not proper meddling!"


wossname: (GNU Terry Pratchett)
The Brisbane Arts Theatre's production of Mort starts in less than a fortnight!




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

http://artstheatre.com.au/show/mort
wossname: (GNU Terry Pratchett)
If you're going to be in or near London on the 26th, do your best to grab a ticket at noon on this coming Monday...




  "Join us to celebrate the publication of the final Discworld novel at THE SHEPHERD’S CROWN OFFICIAL MIDNIGHT EVENT at Waterstones Piccadilly, London on 26th August.

  "200 fans will experience the look and feel of Discworld recreated in store and treated to a first UK reading from the final Discworld novel.

  "Tickets and more information will be available on the Waterstones website at 12 noon, Monday 10th August. All books on the night will be exclusively stamped to mark this important occasion.

  "If you weren't able to purchase a ticket you are still welcome to come along and queue from 11:30pm to sample the Discworld experience and to purchase a copy of The Shepherd’s Crown when it goes on sale to the general public at the stroke of midnight."

To view on the web (page includes a promotional video and can be accessed by non-Facebook users, which as it happens is slightly over fifty per cent of the world's internet users), go to:

http://on.fb.me/1MRQBo2
wossname: (GNU Terry Pratchett)
Wossname EARLY SPECIAL EDITION
Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
August 2015 (Volume 18, Issue 8, Post 1)

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WOSSNAME is a free publication offering news, reviews, and all the other stuff-that-fits pertaining to the works and activities of Sir Terry Pratchett. Originally founded by the late, great Joe Schaumburger for members of the worldwide Klatchian Foreign Legion and its affiliates, including the North American Discworld Society and other continental groups, Wossname is now for Discworld and Pratchett fans everywhere in Roundworld.
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Editor in Chief: Annie Mac
News Editor: Vera P
Newshounds: Mogg, Sir J of Croydon Below, the Shadow, Wolfiekins
Staff Writers: Asti, Pitt the Elder, Evil Steven Dread, Mrs Wynn-Jones
Staff Technomancers: Jason Parlevliet, Archchancellor Neil, DJ Helpful
Book Reviews: Annie Mac, Drusilla D'Afanguin, Your Name Here
Puzzle Editor: Tiff (still out there somewhere)
Bard in Residence: Weird Alice Lancrevic
Emergency Staff: Steven D'Aprano, Jason Parlevliet
World Membership Director: Steven D'Aprano (in his copious spare time)

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INDEX:

01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH
02) EDITOR'S LETTER
03) TRIBUTE VIDEO! SHARE YOUR FAVOURITE PRATCHETT QUOTES
04) COLLECTOR'S SPECIAL EDITION HARDBACK OF THE SHEPHERD'S CROWN
05) ERIC ON THE WIRELESS
06) TIFFANY ACHING: DELETED SCENES
07) ANOTHER RADIO TREAT
08) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
09) CLOSE

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01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH

"My father's own death was more protracted. He had a year's warning. It was pancreatic cancer. Technology kept him alive, at home and in a state of reasonable comfort and cheerfulness, for that year, during which we had those conversations that you have with a dying parent. Perhaps it is when you truly get to know them, when you ­realise that it is now you marching ­towards the sound of the guns and you are ready to listen to the advice and reminiscences that life was too crowded for up to that point. He ­unloaded all the anecdotes that I had heard before, about his time in India during the war, and came up with a few more that I had never heard. Then, at one point, he suddenly looked up and said, 'I can feel the sun of India on my face', and his face did light up rather magically, brighter and happier than I had seen it at any time in the previous year, and if there had been any justice or even narrative sensibility in the ­universe, he would have died there and then, shading his eyes from the sun of Karachi. He did not."

– from Shaking Hands with Death, the 2010 Richard Dimbleby lecture. And of course The Author then turned that beautiful but ultimately heartbreaking "sun of India" scene into a far happier ending for the Baron of the Chalk in I Shall Wear Midnight

"No one remembers the singer. The song remains."

– from The Last Hero. But in the case of Sir Terry Pratchett, both will be remembered

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02) LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR

EDITOR'S NOTE: MOST OF THE CONTENT IN THIS EARLY EDITION HAS ALREADY BEEN POSTED HERE, BUT IT MAKES GOOD READING IN ITS EZINE FORM SO I AM LEAVING THE ISSUE INTACT.

Rushing out an early edition for some exciting (and for some of it, time-dependent) news – especially item 3, about the Random House tribute video, and item 5 – Eric on the wireless. And speaking of tributes, there's still almost a week to go to reach that Kickstarter goal for making a tribute film at Sasquan this month:

"Terry Pratchett was a beloved figure at Worldcons for over 30 years. In this, the year of his passing, we're filming a love letter to Terry in the form of a fan-made documentary (this documentary has not been officially approved by Terry Pratchett's estate) at Sasquan / Worldcon 2015, which is being held August 19-23 in Spokane, Washington. Our film will be based on interviews with attending fans who are willing to share their memories of Terry and tell stories about the way the Discworld books have changed their lives.This is an excellent time to make our film as The Great Discworld Fan Gathering is set to take place at Sasquan; a first for any Worldcon.

"There have always been Discworld fans at Worldcons but this will be the first time we've asked them to come out in force, and proudly state The Turtle Moves. Sasquan, in their turn, has welcomed Discworld fans with open arms and is offering programing, events, exhibits and meets in Terry's honor. We have the con's permission to make this film, and we'll be there throughout the convention asking fans of the books – as well as people who knew and worked with Sir Terry - what they would like the world to remember about this funny, and very special man.

"We'll film the Discworld exhibit and take note of Discworld art at the convention, as well. We'll record Discworld cosplayers and gamers as they travel the convention. We'll record the best parts of panels, including the Terry Pratchett memorial panel, the Science and Technology of Discworld panels, and the Women of Discworld panel. You'll hear and see the great stories that result. Best of all, we'll interview the fans; people from all over the world who love the books, and who partied, chatted and laughed with Terry over the years.

"This film is being made by fans for fans, and is a non-profit effort. We'll post the budget and all expenses online so you can see where your money goes. Any funds left over from the making of this film will go to Terry's approved charities, which include Alzheimer's Research and the Orangutan Foundation.

"Please help us capture some wonderful memories of a man we all admire. Thank you, and Ook!"

To contribute, and to see further details about how the money will be spent, go to:

http://kck.st/1E9hdJl

On with the show – even if it's a short one!

– Annie Mac, Editor

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03) TRIBUTE VIDEO: SHARE YOUR FAVOURITE PRATCHETT QUOTES

From Random House Australia, calling out across the Roundworld:

"Around the world, fans of Terry Pratchett are coming together to take part in a video tribute dedicated to the legendary Discworld series. In photographing themselves with their most treasured quote from Discworld, people are capturing the delight, humour and fantastic adventure of these beloved books. These photographs will be woven together into a tribute video, to be released on YouTube later this year.

"27 August 2015 will mark the end of an era as the final book in the Discworld series, THE SHEPHERD'S CROWN, is published. It is also the final day you can submit your photos for inclusion in the tribute video, organised by Penguin Random House Australia.

"Anyone, anywhere can take part. Simply take a photo of yourself and your favourite quote from Discworld or Terry Pratchett – costumes, friends and pets optional – and email us it to us at theshepherdscrown@penguinrandomhouse.com.au

"With the final Discworld book almost upon us, a video tribute seems a fitting way to channel our appreciation for Terry Pratchett's words. Send us your contribution before 27 August 2015, the day THE SHEPHERD'S CROWN is released, and we'll take it from there – so you can get on with reading."

For more information, and to see some samples of Discworld fans and their tribute quotes, go to:

http://bit.ly/1IHQ1SV

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04) COLLECTOR'S SPECIAL EDITION HARDBACK OF THE SHEPHERD'S CROWN

Editor's note: unsurprisingly, the limited edition sold out in a matter of minutes – 120 of them, in fact. But I am reprinting this anyway, so we can all sigh for what we missed!

From Laura at terrypratchettbooks.com:

"Penguin Random House UK Children's are honoured to announce a very special collector's edition hardback of The Shepherd's Crown by Sir Terry Pratchett, with an exclusive art print from the illustrator of the Discworld novels, Paul Kidby. The edition will be published on 5th November.

"The luxury gold edition, packaged in a foiled 'honeycomb' slipcase, will be limited to just 500 copies. Each copy will be numbered and stamped by Rob Wilkins, Terry's close friend, using the 'Order of the Honeybee' insignia which is reserved for the special correspondence of Terry's office. With a beautiful debossed bee image on the front and back and bespoke bee ribbon bookmark, this special hardback contains special full-colour endpaper images from Discworld illustrator Paul Kidby, and a limited-edition colour print, signed and numbered by Kidby to match each book.

"The endpapers feature two never-before-seen colour illustrations: the landscape of Granny Weatherwax's home in Lancre, and Tiffany Aching's beloved Chalk. The exclusive signed and numbered print will feature an image of Tiffany standing on the Chalk, accompanied by the Wee Free Men. This is the image that Paul Kidby says he wanted to draw to honour Terry.

"In addition there are four commentaries on the folklore of the book from Jacqueline Simpson, co-author of The Folklore of Discworld, which include insights into shepherds' crowns and bees – which are a central motif of this final novel.

"Kidby says: 'When I read the first Tiffany Aching book I felt an immediate affinity for the Chalk as described by Terry, having lived on the Wiltshire downlands myself. Capturing aspects of this special landscape with pencil and paint was therefore a profoundly personal experience; illustrating the final Discworld novel written by Terry even more so. As I drew I remembered snippets of our conversations about folklore, gardening and recipes for nettle soup. We shared a love for the Chalk that seemed to exert a creative energy for us both. Our time is short, we must make the most of it and take care of the natural world around us which generates so much inspiration. Terry's writing helps to remind us of this, which is just one of the reasons I will always be grateful to him.'

"Rob Wilkins adds: 'The publication of The Shepherd's Crown is a momentous occasion and I am delighted that fans are to be offered an exclusive art print from Paul Kidby, a phenomenal talent who truly captures Discworld as Terry saw it. The combination of the limited edition print and the specially commissioned endpaper artwork makes for a very special and beautiful collector's edition of The Shepherd's Crown.'"

To view the original announcement, go to http://bit.ly/1MICqRg

The Waterstones price is listed at £100.00:

http://bit.ly/1T4Qh43

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05) ERIC ON THE WIRELESS

A BBC radio play in four parts, adapted by Robin Brooks and starring Mark Heap and Will Howard, starting next Monday (10th August) on BBC Radio 4 at 6.15pm:

1/ 4 (13 minutes): When precocious young Eric Thursley summons a demon from the loathsome pit to fulfil his every wish, he certainly gets what he asked for. Just... not exactly what he asked for. That's the problem with wishes.

Rincewind ..... Mark Heap
Eric ..... Will Howard
Death ..... Geoffrey Whitehead
Archchancellor ..... Robert Blythe
Parrot ..... Ben Crowe
Demon King Astfgl ..... Nicholas Murchie
Screwpate ..... Michael Shelford
Mother ..... Christine Absalom
Narrator ..... Rick Warden

Director ..... Jonquil Panting.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01r0zb9

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06) TIFFANY ACHING: DELETED SCENES

From the "private musings of Tiffany Aching", courtesy of Penguin Books:

On becoming:

"Tiffany didn't often have nightmares, but sometimes, when she couldn't sleep, she found herself worrying about who she was and why she was and where she was and how she had got there. The tinkling and occasional twang answered the last question, and all the others amounted to whom would you have been by now if you hadn't been who you are?

"Supposing on that spring day young Tiffany Aching hadn't gone down to the stream with a frying pan because a monster had scared her brother. They could have gone for a walk in an entirely different direction! Would the Tiffany who didn't take her brother down to the stream on that day have ended up as a witch? What would she be doing now? Would she have become a witch anyway, bouncing through life until she landed in the slot marked witch? Supposing one of the other girls had gone down to the river that day? Would she be the witch today, watching Tiffany Aching being prodded by that stupid old woman with the stick, and dreaming and hoping that she would meet a village boy who would make a decent enough husband with enough manners to get out of the tin tub when he wanted a wee.

"It was a suddenly intriguing question because one answer meant that you could never change anybody, and that was horrible."

On witches:

"Somehow everybody knew that witches were bad and witches were trouble and witches were a problem.

"Everybody knows, everybody knows, who knows what everybody knows? What is something that everybody knows? Is it something you've heard more than once? Who has made up all the things that everybody knows? Where did they come from, all these things that everybody knows? Who has been hanged for what everybody knows? Who has thrown stones for what everybody knows? And where does it all break down, when all everybody knows is what everybody says?"

On naming a baby Tiffany:

"There were the days when a potion really worked, or because of you a man could use his hand again, or a woman could walk again. Sometimes, when she had delivered a baby the delighted mother would ask her, if the baby was a girl, whether she could be named after Tiffany. She always said yes, but when the time came, it never happened. The child got a different name, one that ran in the family, perhaps, or one the mother really liked. Or maybe someone had wondered whether it was a good thing to name a baby after a witch. You didn't mind, or at least you didn't mind where anyone could see."

On Granny Weatherwax:

"She wondered if Granny Weatherwax ever truly slept. She knew that the old woman lay down on a bed quite often, with a square of cardboard affixed to a string around her neck, and it read 'I Ate'nt Dead'. In fact it meant that granny was letting her mind ride unnoticed in the mind of a bird or of an animal, to keep an eye on what was happening in the world, and on the other hand perhaps it was there to reassure her if she woke up."

http://summerofpenguin.com/2015-08-03/terry-pratchetts-discworld

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07) ANOTHER RADIO TREAT

One from the vaults: a 15-minute reading from Good Omens, by Jon Strickland at the 2012 Cheltenham Literary Festival.

It's the wonderful scene (pages 74-79 in the Gollancz hardcover) in which Carmine 'Red' Zuigiber, aka War, gets her special delivery that signals the Apocalypse is nigh.

Auntie Beeb says: 'The towering double act's funny yet sinister sci-fi story.'

This programme will be available to listeners all over the world for the next 28 days. It really is quite good! To listen, go to:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01n7jpv

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08) DISCWORLD PLAYS UPDATES

8.1 REMINDER: ERIC AT THE EDINBURGH FRINGE (AUGUST)

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

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

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

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

8.2 REMINDER: WYRD SISTERS IN EXETER (AUGUST)

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

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

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09) CLOSE

And that's the lot for the moment. See you later this month!

– 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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Copyright (c) 2015 by Klatchian Foreign Legion
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From the 'private musings of Tiffany Aching':

On becoming

  Tiffany didn't often have nightmares, but sometimes, when she couldn't sleep, she found herself worrying about who she was and why she was and where she was and how she had got there. The tinkling and occasional twang answered the last question, and all the others amounted to whom would you have been by now if you hadn't been who you are?

  Supposing on that spring day young Tiffany Aching hadn't gone down to the stream with a frying pan because a monster had scared her brother. They could have gone for a walk in an entirely different direction! Would the Tiffany who didn't take her brother down to the stream on that day have ended up as a witch? What would she be doing now? Would she have become a witch anyway, bouncing through life until she landed in the slot marked witch? Supposing one of the other girls had gone down to the river that day? Would she be the witch today, watching Tiffany Aching being prodded by that stupid old woman with the stick, and dreaming and hoping that she would meet a village boy who would make a decent enough husband with enough manners to get out of the tin tub when he wanted a wee.

  It was a suddenly intriguing question because one answer meant that you could never change anybody, and that was horrible.


On witches

  Somehow everybody knew that witches were bad and witches were trouble and witches were a problem.

  Everybody knows, everybody knows, who knows what everybody knows? What is something that everybody knows? Is it something you've heard more than once? Who has made up all the things that everybody knows? Where did they come from, all these things that everybody knows? Who has been hanged for what everybody knows? Who has thrown stones for what everybody knows? And where does it all break down, when all everybody knows is what everybody says?


On naming a baby Tiffany

  There were the days when a potion really worked, or because of you a man could use his hand again, or a woman could walk again. Sometimes, when she had delivered a baby the delighted mother would ask her, if the baby was a girl, whether she could be named after Tiffany. She always said yes, but when the time came, it never happened. The child got a different name, one that ran in the family, perhaps, or one the mother really liked. Or maybe someone had wondered whether it was a good thing to name a baby after a witch. You didn't mind, or at least you didn't mind where anyone could see.


On Granny Weatherwax

  She wondered if Granny Weatherwax ever truly slept. She knew that the old woman lay down on a bed quite often, with a square of cardboard affixed to a string around her neck, and it read 'I Ate'nt Dead'. In fact it meant that granny was letting her mind ride unnoticed in the mind of a bird or of an animal, to keep an eye on what was happening in the world, and on the other hand perhaps it was there to reassure her if she woke up.

http://summerofpenguin.com/2015-08-03/terry-pratchetts-discworld
wossname: (GNU Terry Pratchett)



From Laura at terrypratchettbooks.com:

  Penguin Random House UK Children's are honoured to announce a very special collector's edition hardback of The Shepherd's Crown by Sir Terry Pratchett, with an exclusive art print from the illustrator of the Discworld novels, Paul Kidby. The edition will be published on 5th November.

  The luxury gold edition, packaged in a foiled 'honeycomb' slipcase, will be limited to just 500 copies. Each copy will be numbered and stamped by Rob Wilkins, Terry's close friend, using the 'Order of the Honeybee' insignia which is reserved for the special correspondence of Terry's office. With a beautiful debossed bee image on the front and back and bespoke bee ribbon bookmark, this special hardback contains special full-colour endpaper images from Discworld illustrator Paul Kidby, and a limited-edition colour print, signed and numbered by Kidby to match each book.

  The endpapers feature two never-before-seen colour illustrations: the landscape of Granny Weatherwax's home in Lancre, and Tiffany Aching's beloved Chalk. The exclusive signed and numbered print will feature an image of Tiffany standing on the Chalk, accompanied by the Wee Free Men. This is the image that Paul Kidby says he wanted to draw to honour Terry.

  In addition there are four commentaries on the folklore of the book from Jacqueline Simpson, co-author of The Folklore of Discworld, which include insights into shepherds' crowns and bees – which are a central motif of this final novel.

  Kidby says: 'When I read the first Tiffany Aching book I felt an immediate affinity for the Chalk as described by Terry, having lived on the Wiltshire downlands myself. Capturing aspects of this special landscape with pencil and paint was therefore a profoundly personal experience; illustrating the final Discworld novel written by Terry even more so. As I drew I remembered snippets of our conversations about folklore, gardening and recipes for nettle soup. We shared a love for the Chalk that seemed to exert a creative energy for us both. Our time is short, we must make the most of it and take care of the natural world around us which generates so much inspiration. Terry's writing helps to remind us of this, which is just one of the reasons I will always be grateful to him.'

  Rob Wilkins adds: 'The publication of The Shepherd's Crown is a momentous occasion and I am delighted that fans are to be offered an exclusive art print from Paul Kidby, a phenomenal talent who truly captures Discworld as Terry saw it. The combination of the limited edition print and the specially commissioned endpaper artwork makes for a very special and beautiful collector's edition of The Shepherd's Crown.''

To view the original announcement, go to http://bit.ly/1MICqRg
wossname: (Anthill inside)
One from the vaults: a 15-minute reading from Good Omens, by Jon Strickland at the 2012 Cheltenham Literary Festival.

It's the wonderful scene (pages 74-79 in the Gollancz hardcover) in which Carmine 'Red' Zuigiber, aka War, gets her special delivery that signals the Apocalypse is nigh.

Auntie Beeb says: 'The towering double act's funny yet sinister sci-fi story.'

This programme will be available to listeners all over the world for the next 28 days. It really is quite good! To listen, go to:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01n7jpv
wossname: (GNU Terry Pratchett)
Studio Theatre, home of all those Stephen Briggs Discworld adaptation world premieres, will be doing a Dickensian musical titled Humbug! later this year – but then...



"...our next show will be a Discworld play, timed for Terry's and Shakespeare's birth months – TERRY PRATCHETT: the Shakespeare Codex, which we'll be staging on 6 to 9 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 in April 2016 (both Terry's and Shakespeare's birth month)."

http://www.studiotheatreclub.com/whats-next

Wossname will post details of times and tickets when it's closer to the date, but it's a great thing to look forward to!
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WOSSNAME
Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
August 2014 (Volume 17, Issue 8, post 1)
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INDEX:

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

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01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH

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

– Rob Wilkins at the 2014 UK Discworld Convention

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

– Chris McCrudden

"Time and again I come back to the library as where I got my real education, and The Way of Terry Pratchett is this: you go through the very, very top of a very big library and you read every last book, which effectively is what quite a lot of my adolescence was made of."

– the Master himself

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02) LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR

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

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

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

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

– Annie Mac, Editor

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03) TERRY PRATCHETT PRESENTS...

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

The blurb:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

...and the cover looks like this.

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

The blurb:

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

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

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04) "DRAGONS AT CRUMBLING CASTLE" NEWS

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

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

4.1 A TEASER IN E-BOOK FORM!

Random House Children's Publishers have published an e-short, "The Abominable Snowman", from Terry Pratchett's forthcoming short story collection Dragons at Crumbling Castle. The story is priced at £1.49.

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

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

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

4.2 TEASER IMAGES!

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

http://tinyurl.com/o8ht85f

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

http://tinyurl.com/noftygu

4.3 A WOSSNAME EXCLUSIVE REVIEW!

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

by Annie Mac

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'What sort of deeds?' asked Ralph interestedly.

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

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

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


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

[2] but not taken down and used against him

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


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05) ODDS AND SODS

5.1 WANT THE OOKBENCH? GET BIDDING!

From Books About Town, who commissioned the London bookbenches:

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

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

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

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

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

http://tinyurl.com/kry9278

5.2 PTERRY Q&A IN THE NEW YORK TIMES

In the Sunday Book Review:

"Sell us on your favorite overlooked or underappreciated writer.

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

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

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

http://tinyurl.com/nuzjs6e

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

http://tinyurl.com/p9jubwc

5.3 THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING FEEGLE

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

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

http://tinyurl.com/mc476g7

5.4 ANYONE FOR SCUMBLE?

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

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

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

5.5 A LONG EARTH ROLE PLAYING GAME

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

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

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

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

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

http://tinyurl.com/mwf6drn

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

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

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

http://tinyurl.com/n68berh

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06) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS

6.1 REMINDER: SOUL MUSIC IN KINGSTON, FINAL NIGHT

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

Venue: Rose Theatre, 24-26 High Street, Kingston, London, KT1 1HL
Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: £6–£26 including £1 booking fee per ticket. Plus £1.60 transaction fee per booking.

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

6.2 THE LAST CONTINENT IN ADELAIDE

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

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

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

6.3 WYRD SISTERS AT SOUTHEND

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

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

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

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07) DISCWORLD CONVENTION NEWS

DWCON 2014: THE AFTERMATH

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

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

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

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

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

And here are the Backspindle lads' DWcon 2014 photos:

http://tinyurl.com/or8hzpj

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

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

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

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08) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

http://tinyurl.com/nq3mlrg

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

http://tinyurl.com/lwfulyz

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

http://tinyurl.com/nwsyw2k

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

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

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

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

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

To read this full letter online, go to:

http://tinyurl.com/oqymj2c

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

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09) DISCWORLD MEETING GROUPS NEWS

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

Next meeting: 1st September 2014, from 7pm onwards.

The Drummers' most recent meet report:

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

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

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

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

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

Next meeting: Thursday 4th September 2014, probably, but do email to check.

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

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

Next meeting: Friday 5th September 2014 (probably).

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

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

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

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

Next meeting: Monday 1st September 2014 at 6.30pm (probably). For more information, contact Sue (aka Granny Weatherwax): kenworthys@yahoo.co.uk

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

Next meeting: Monday 1st September 2014 (probably).

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

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

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

Next meeting: TBA

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

https://www.facebook.com/westerndrummers

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10) AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE

10.1 LONG EARTH/WAR/MARS REVIEWS

Blogger travelswithadiplomat reviews the three Long Earth novels.

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

http://tinyurl.com/n8o3862

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

http://tinyurl.com/o7abxly

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

http://tinyurl.com/nlgkv2p

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

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

http://tinyurl.com/nwt64nl

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

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

http://tinyurl.com/mcfzfxo

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

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

http://tinyurl.com/qem7kop

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

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

http://tinyurl.com/k4hhl3o

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

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

http://tinyurl.com/nt7wo8f

10.2 AND THE REST

Blogger Danielle Tamara Fabella was very impressed with Eric:

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

http://tinyurl.com/pxq4bgo

Scott Holstad was blown away by Small Gods:

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

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

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

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

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

Blogger aliceisonline gives Equal Rites 4 of 5 stars:

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

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

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

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

http://tinyurl.com/kgybnle

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

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

http://tinyurl.com/l5xs3xh

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

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

http://tinyurl.com/nlmbf68

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

http://tinyurl.com/ksktagf

Bilingual German blogger Nadine was gripped by Carpe Jugulum:

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

http://tinyurl.com/qepfa97

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

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

http://tinyurl.com/kweb3h9

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

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

http://tinyurl.com/n454tgp

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

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

http://tinyurl.com/nzwec25

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

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

Each Reason is explored at greater length in the blogpost:

http://tinyurl.com/lovlfxq

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

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

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

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

Sources include:

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

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12) IMAGES OF THE MONTH

Paul Kidby, sitting on his Ookbench!

http://tinyurl.com/q64gg6w

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

http://tinyurl.com/nko2ppj

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

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

The Cunning Artificer's handsome kiosk at DWcon 2014:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BuhcnxOIEAAr46x.jpg:large

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

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

Kaye Elling, a most excellent Dwarf:

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

...and with dwarf bread:

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

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

http://tinyurl.com/pkyf77v

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

http://tinyurl.com/lop2v2y

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13) CLOSE

So...

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

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

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

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

http://tinyurl.com/pzamsx3

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

http://tinyurl.com/ojutjf4

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

http://tinyurl.com/lc2udcz

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

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

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

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

– Annie Mac

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WOSSNAME

Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion


August 2013 (Volume 16, Issue 8, Post 1)

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

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


Copyright 2013 by Klatchian Foreign Legion

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INDEX:

01) QUOTE OF THE MONTH
02) LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
03) FESTIVALS NEWS
04) ODDS AND SODS DEPARTMENT
05) NEW PTERRY AND STEPHEN BAXTER INTERVIEW
06) PTERRY AND ALZHEIMER'S NEWS
07) DISCWORLD CONVENTION NEWS
08) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
09) ROUNDWORLD TALES: THE REAL BRINDISI
10) DISCWORLD GROUPS MEETING NEWS
11) THE DISCWORLD RALLY THAT ISN'T...?!
12) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
13) AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE
14) CLOSE


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01) QUOTE OF THE MONTH

"Ask yourself how often rockets were going to the Moon in science fiction way before we ever did in reality."

– Pterry, interviewed at the Long War launch

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02) A LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR

This is a good month for festivals – and Sir Pterry and his works are enlivening some of the best! From an hour of free-form conversation with iconic programme creator John Lloyd at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, to an evening on stage at the Brighton Reads Festival, to a performance of Steeleye Span's new Wintersmith songs at Hever Castle, there is plenty of not-to-be-missed Pratchett action for those of you who are in the appropriate "jograffy". See item 3 below for details.

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From the Official Voice of Pterrydom, a Raising Steam announcement:

"** SERVICE UPDATE **

"We regret to announce a delay in the expected arrival of the new service from Discworld. Fuel is being loaded, knobs are being polished and engines stoked.

"RAISING STEAM will arrive into the Roundworld on the new date 7th November 2013. We apologise for any delays this may cause to your Discworld journey."

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Exciting news for the Pratchett family! This item in from Rhianna's Twitter page:

"This happened to me last night as I sat in my local cinema with Louis, his family & 50 strangers. P.S. I said yes!"

http://youtu.be/iA8XgI81ElI

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Now read on for plays (including an exclusive presentation of Soul Music this week!) and meet-up information, interviews, news, odds and ends and all the rest...

– Annie Mac, Editor

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