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Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
February 2017 (Volume 20, Issue 2, 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) "TERRY PRATCHETT: BACK IN BLACK" NEWS AND REVIEWS
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

"You might quibble that showing him mostly in the context of his hardcore fans makes him look more like a cult hero and less what he truly was: a novelist for everyone, for all ages and for the ages."
– Frank Cottrell Boyce, reviewing Terry Pratchett: Back in Black

"On the first day of my journalistic career I saw my first corpse, some unfortunate chap fell down a hole in a farm and drowned in pig shit. All I can say is that, compared with his horrific demise, Alzheimer's is a walk in the park. Except with Alzheimer's my park keeps changing. The trees get up and walk over there, the benches go missing and the paths seem to be unwinding into particularly vindictive serpents."
– Sir Pterry on the disease that changed everything

"My heart was in my mouth when I realised Lyn had seen Paul dressed up as Terry before I'd had a chance to introduce them. I thought it might have upset her, but then I saw her having a chat with him and she was laughing. It was kind of wonderful, in an odd way."
– Rob Wilkins, on the filming of Terry Pratchett: Back in Black

"The only journalist who was interested in me was a snotty 24-year-old from an obscure sci-fi magazine."
– Kaye-as-Pratchett, on The Author's first meeting with Neil Gaiman

"It only took twenty years and three dozen novels before the critics finally caved in."
–ibid.

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02) LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR

Well now, Paul Kaye certainly got the voice right.

Kaye's performance as one TDJ Pratchett, storytelling revenant in Charlie Russell's new BBC documentary Terry Pratchett: Back in Black, was quite something. The look was close, yes, but the voice was downright eerie in its Pratchett-ness. For reviews and other news about the programme, go to items 4 and 8 (the latter being Around the Blogosphere, but that section starts with several blog reactions to watching TP: BiB). For viewers within the BBC catchment area, Terry Pratchett: Back in Black is still available on iPlayer, with 19 days left to watch (_http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08fjlvx/terry-pratchett-back-in-black_). For all other Pratchett fans around the rest of Roundworld, an a, parrot and Clacks connection will no doubt prove to be... erm... helpful.

There is some other exciting news, about an exhibition and a blue plaque, plus all the usual, so let's get to it. On with the show!

– Annie Mac, Editor

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03) ODDS AND SODS

3.1 NEW TERRY PRATCHETT EXHIBIT!

A four-month exhibition on the works and life of Sir Terry Pratchett opens at the Salisbury Museum this coming September:

"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/

Editor's note: Richard Henry, curator of the exhibition, told the Salisbury Journal, "The way we are designing it is allowing visitors to follow his journey into becoming one of the best-known authors... It is going to be accessible to all. The aim of the exhibition is to honour his legacy."

http://bit.ly/2l6XyqS


3.2 "...BORN HALFWAY UP A WALL..."

The Bucks Free Press, Sir Pterry's log-ago employers, have some exciting news:

"The life of much-loved fantasy author the late Sir Terry Pratchett will be honoured with a commemorative plaque at Beaconsfield Library next month. The plaque, will be unveiled at the library, in Reynolds Road, where Sir Terry was a Saturday boy and returned to give talks... Former librarian at Beaconsfield Library, and committee member of the Beaconsfield Society, Kari Dorme, welcomed the news, saying it would help make more people aware of the history and heritage of the town. She said: 'I think it is a super idea. He was particularly attached to Beaconsfield Library because he worked there.' Speaking about why she thinks this is good news for the town, she said: “I think it means that people can become aware of the literary heritage of the town, which I think is very important. It is quite exciting. It is good that the initiative has come from the town council. It is good that they recognise that history and heritage [are] important.'..."

The plaque will be formally unveiled at noon on Tuesday 7th March 7 2017. Rhianna Pratchett and Rob Wilkins will be there for the ceremony.

http://bit.ly/2kYmXlS


3.3 PTERRY AND ALZHEIMER'S NEWS

Hilary Evans, Alzheimer's Research UK's Chief Executive, has written a post titled "Sir Terry Pratchett: The Fantasy Author's Legacy To Dementia Research". Some extracts:

"In the interviews after the death of Sir Terry Pratchett, the most common question we were asked is 'what did he mean to Alzheimer's Research UK'? Terry was incredibly generous to us, he donated over $1 million to our research to help reveal the mysteries of his disease. He encouraged our scientists. He became our Patron. He was angry about his diagnosis, outraged that the condition was stealing his abilities and sense of self – he helped us campaign around the disparity in funding for dementia research. As a small organisation fighting a big enemy, he gave us the confidence to think bigger... what we kept coming back to in the days after his death were, fittingly, his words. How he talked about his disease, the language he employed – arresting and evocative – was a new type of conversation around dementia. He began to make it OK to discuss a diagnosis, in the same way that people are now rightly emancipated to talk about their cancer...

"It can be a convenient narrative to pin a turning point in an organisation's history to a single person, and the reality is that many tens of thousands of supporters, scientists and staff make this charity what it is today. But as we lay increasingly important paths towards breakthroughs in research, increased public understanding, greater political will and more funding for our scientists, there is no denying that a lot of those paths lead back to Terry Pratchett."

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/hilary-evans/terry-pratchett_b_14673554.html


3.4 OOK! THE LANGUAGE OF ORANGUTANS

From BBC News:

Scientists who spent years listening to the communication calls of one of our closest ape relatives say their eavesdropping has shed light on the origin of human language. Dr Adriano Reis e Lameira from Durham University recorded and analysed almost 5,000 orangutan 'kiss squeaks'. He found that the animals combined these purse-lipped, 'consonant-like' calls to convey different messages. This could be a glimpse of how our ancestors formed the earliest words. The findings are published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour. 'Human language is extraordinarily advanced and complex – we can pretty much transmit any information we want into sound,' said Dr Reis e Lameira. 'So we tend to think that maybe words evolved from some rudimentary precursor to transmit more complex messages. We were basically using the orangutan vocal behaviour as a time machine – back to a time when our ancestors were using what would become [those precursors] of consonants and vowels.'... There has been very little study of consonants in language research, but as Prof Serge Wich from Liverpool John Moores University, a lead author in the study, explained, they are crucial building blocks in the evolution of language. 'Most human languages have a lot more consonants than vowels,' said Prof Wich. 'And if we have more building blocks, we have more combinations.' The scientists recorded and analysed 4,486 kiss-squeaks collected from 48 animals in four wild populations. With thousands of hours of listening as the apes communicated, the researchers found that the animals embedded several different bits of information in their squeaks..."

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-38907681

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04) TERRY PRATCHETT: BACK IN BLACK, NEWS AND REVIEWS

4.1 THE EARS HAVE IT, BUT THE EYES GOT A PRETTY FAIR LOOK-IN: A REVIEW OF TERRY PRATCHETT: BACK IN BLACK

By Annie Mac


The first thing my husband and I said to each other as the end credits for the BBC's "Terry Pratchett: Back in Black" rolled was, "It should've been longer."

The second was, "Let's go back and listen all the way through instead of watching it" – and in my opinion, if you've not seen the programme yet it might actually be worth your while to listen *before* watching it, because it may well have you believing Sir Pterry *did* come back for the filming of it.

Be warned: opening moments are heartbreaking. We see Sir Terry himself, filmed as he tries to tell of his rapidly fading personal memories to his loyal personal assistant and best friend Rob Wilkins. Seeing him in the latter stages of his disease, shrunken and uncertain, little more than a shell of the vibrant, articulate public speaker we knew and loved feels almost almost too private. Too personal. And yet, as painful as this part was for me to watch, I think it is important for so many reasons. It shows the ravages of Alzheimer's. It shows how much of himself he gave, to his art and to all of us, in his battle to continue creating until the last possible moment. And all that follows – a combination of biography, re-enactment of his own words and remembrances, and tributes from famous faces and fans alike – underlines both the awfulness of his battle with the disease that ended him, and the wonderfulness of his life and work.

That "last possible moment" occurred in early December 2014, and is here described by Rob Wilkins in aching detail, right down to his admitting, "I think we probably left this six months too late" as this "man of words" struggles with simple phrases. But Team Pratchett and experienced Pratchett documentary maker Charlie Russell found a way – a highly unusual, yet effective and deeply affecting way, no less – to tell Terry Pratchett's final story. A few scenes from the "rock concert of memorials", held in London in 2016, soon give way to Paul Kaye's personification of Pratchett as he leads the viewer through a visual biography, interspersed with testimonials from his literary agent and longtime friend Colin Smythe, who published his early novels; his Good Omens co-writer Neil Gaiman; Discworld auxiliaries co-creator and Discworld playwright Stephen Briggs, who describes and displays the evolution of the Discworld Companion; daughter Rhianna, of course; Discworld artist Paul Kidby, who first met Pratchett when he attended a book signing with an armload of his illustrations; Bernard Pearson, the "cunning artificer" who also presides over the Ankh-Morpork consulate in its twin town of Wincanton; author Val McDermid, who thinks Pratchett could have been – and in fact was, through his creation Sam Vimes – a brilliant crime writer; and a number of fans and "superfans", some of whom I imagine are familiar faces to Discworld conventiongoers.

Much of the biographical material in the programme will be familiar to Pratchett fans (and Wossname readers!), but seeing it laid out visually by actor Paul Kaye in a world-class display of what is essentially Pratchett cosplay brings an immediacy – a resonance – to all those articles and interviews most of us have read, watched, or listened to. I'm not familiar with Mr Kaye's previous work, but I have to say he patently put his heart and soul into this performance, and the result is so uncannily accurate that there were times when I was unsure if we were listening to the "stunt Pratchett" or the real one... and, due to clever editing, moments when I wasn't one hundred per cent certain about which Pratchett was on the screen.

(The coffin. The typewriter. Broke my heart all over again.)

One thing I took away from Terry Pratchett: Back in Black was increased respect for both Wilkins and Gaiman. Not that the depth of their friendships with The Author were ever in any doubt, but their willingness to let their naked emotion be filmed and broadcast was a precious thing. Also, Rhianna Pratchett gets my Mary Beard "I'm too wrapped up in what I'm doing to bother brushing my hair" award (and that is DEFINITELY a plaudit, not a criticism – I'm a major fan of Professor Beard, both on camera and in text). So open, so heart-warmingly artless in her reminiscences of a childhood spent with private but deeply loving father, that it cannot fail to touch anyone who watches Terry Pratchett: Back in Black.

Props go to fellow Discworld "genrelist" Jason Anthony, who proudly displayed a card sent to him by our favourite author. Jason should take acting lessons, because if they ever make a (coughs) *proper* Discworld film, he would be the perfect Rincewind. After all, as Discworld conventiongoers know well, he already *does* a perfect Rincewind. (Are you listening, Narrativia?). Kudos, lots and lots thereof, go to producer/director/head of filming Charlie Russell, who served in the same capacities for the earlier documentaries in the "Pratchett trilogy", and to editor Gary Scott and director of photography Patrick Smith, plus a special honourable mention to Andrew Ryan who played the parts of Headmaster Tame, the Bucks Free Press editor who was young Terry's boss, and Death.

(Another word of warning: if you aren't already in floods of tears by the forty-fourth minute of the programme, Neil Gaiman's last reminiscence will almost certainly gut you.)

So yes, my final verdict on Terry Pratchett: Back in Black is identical to my feelings about the life of Terry Pratchett himself:

Superb, but should've been longer.


4.2 THE OTHER REVIEWS

By Frank Cottrell Boyce in The Guardian:

"One of the charms of this docudrama is that it largely eschews the usual talking heads in favour of Discworld fans. Even the famous faces that do appear – Neil Gaiman, Pratchett's consigliere Rob Wilkins, the illustrator Paul Kidby – first entered Pratchett's orbit as fans. Whether it was the life-changing offer he made to collaborate with the young Gaiman on Good Omens, or the blessing to Stephen Briggs's attempts to map Ankh-Morpork, or simply Tipp-Exing over an old dedication in a secondhand copy of one of his books so he could 'unsign' it for its new owner, Pratchett showered his fans with favours like a Highland clan chief. It's a clan with its own code of honour: to 'be a bit more Terry' is to be kinder, more tolerant. At first, it feels a little uncomfortable that instead of the man himself, we have the actor Paul Kaye dressed up as him. But then you notice that nearly everyone here is dressed up – as a witch, a member of the Nightwatch or some other character – and of course Pratchett himself was always dressed up as Terry Pratchett, with the iconic hat, big beard and black jackets... In a society that avoids discussing the subject, Pratchett made Death – with his horse Binky – his central creation, and his favourite. Seven of his books were written in the terrible interval between his being diagnosed with Alzheimer's and finally walking away with his most beloved character. In common with so many people now, I have someone with dementia in my family. Watching this, yes, is heartbreaking, but there's also something revelatory in this documentary..."

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/feb/11/terry-pratchett-docudrama-discworld-back-in-black-frank-cottrell-boyce

...and another Guardian piece on the programme, by Nadia Khomami:

"The programme includes footage of the frail-looking author shortly before his death, and features an appearance from Rob Wilkins, Pratchett's long-term assistant and collaborator on the autobiography... In the programme, Wilkins recalls the day in autumn 2007 when he and Pratchett realised something strange had happened. He says Pratchett came into his office saying: 'The "S" on my keyboard has gone … Come on, what have you done with it?' It was in late 2014 that Pratchett realised he was not the same writer he used to be. 'We had a good day working on the biography and he said to me: "Rob, Terry Pratchett is dead." Completely out of the blue. I said: "Terry look at the words you have written today. It is fantastic." And he said: "No, no. Terry Pratchett is dead."' Wilkins said that towards the end of his life Pratchett became increasingly angered by his disease. 'He could see how it was affecting him, how it was tripping him up and I knew we were up against it for time. We had to get the words down and with that white heat, with that white anger driving him to write seven whole novels through the haze of Alzheimer's.'..."

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/feb/03/terry-pratchett-docudrama-author-dead-alzheimers

By James Whitbrook on i09:

"Typically, these sorts of specials about dead celebrities include 'talking head' insight from fellow celebrities, but rarely cover the indelible mark left on seas of ordinary fans. Back in Black does, and it's what makes it stand out as a stunning farewell to Pratchett. There are three layers to Back In Black, starting with footage taken of Terry Pratchett in the final years of his life, attempting to recall his life story and his work for a planned—and ultimately unfinished—memoir before his mind deteriorated too far due to Alzheimer's. It's hard to watch, even if you're only a casual fan of Pratchett's work, as the writer—beloved for his imagination, his wit, his ability to craft beautiful, funny, heartbreaking sentences at the drop of his trademark hat — struggles to speak, to remember a story, or even just correct turn of phrase. It inspires a sort of fury behind the sadness you feel, as the documentary unfolds and the disease that would ultimately claim Pratchett's life gets worse and worse..."

http://bit.ly/2lENGYG

...and a combination review/Rob Wilkins interview in the Daily Mail. Say what you like about that paper's general scurrilousness, it's a fact that the Mail always showed deep love and admiration for our favourite author, and this piece by Jenny Johnston is superb:

"The original idea for the programme had been to use only the real footage of Terry, and Rob had compiled 26 hours of recordings. But the process proved difficult, due to the way the disease had taken hold. Terry's words, always so precise, were hit or miss. Starkly illustrative of what it means to be dying from Alzheimer's, perhaps, but also, says Rob, hard to watch. 'It started as a living will,' he explains. 'And there are some lovely, lovely bits. Heaven knows what we'll do with them, maybe it's one of those things the grandchildren will deal with. But using them as they were, I don't think it would have made a great film. I think it would have been far too upsetting for everybody concerned.' He talks rather movingly of how painful it was to record conversations that should have been so effortless. 'We do show a little of some of them to illustrate what it was like,' says Rob. 'But it was so hard. He'd go to tell an anecdote and he'd struggle with a word. There was one about looking in the mirror and seeing his father – and he couldn't find the word "mirror". Much as everyone would have wanted to watch Terry telling his own story, it wasn't possible. But having Paul involved gave us a solution, if you like. I'd say 90 per cent of the words Paul speaks are Terry's actual words. There's obviously a little bit of artistic licence there.'

"It's an unforgettable film, featuring incredibly moving recollections from family, friends and literary contemporaries such as fellow fantasy writer Neil Gaiman and crime author Val McDermid. The overall sense is an affectionate but at times fittingly surreal portrait of a man who had an imagination that seemed limitless. But it's the journey through Terry's final days that's the most poignant aspect of this programme..."

[Editor's note: if you've not seen Terry Pratchett: Back in Black yet, this piece will give you a fair idea of the emotional power of it. Be prepared to choke up. A lot.]

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4211136/Terry-Pratchett-s-final-fantasy.html


4.3 THE EXTRAS

* A "deleted scene":

"Back to school: Exclusive extra scene from Back in Black: Pratchett, played by actor Paul Kaye, confronts his old headmaster."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4QP5HrMfrryfX00qVj789Ds/

* A behind-the-scenes exclusive:

"We're delighted to release these exclusive photographs from the filming of the BBC documentary 'Terry Pratchett – Back in Black'. The BBC crew filmed in several locations across the country and we followed Rob Wilkins on set."

http://discworld.com/new-documentary-air/
www.pratchetthisworld.com
www.salisburymuseum.org.uk

* Neil Gaiman reading his complete foreword to A Slip of the Keyboard aloud at the Terry Pratchett Memorial in London last year, and receiving The Hat:

http://sciencefiction.com/2017/02/13/the-bbc-shares-neil-gaimans-tribute-to-terry-pratchett/

* The artwork of Discworld:

Presented by the BBC, a selection of Kirby and Kidby covers:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/2KxTw2gj0TR7PZ6lbKQvL4P/fantastic-pratchett-illustrating-discworld


4.4 PAUL KAYE ON BECOMING TERRY PRATCHETT

How actor Paul Kaye became Terry:

"When director Charlie Russell was asked by the BBC to make a film celebrating Sir Terry Pratchett's life, he knew that the standard talking heads documentary just wouldn't wash. How did he know this? Russell had already made three documentaries with Sir Terry himself: Living with Alzheimer's, Choosing to Die and Facing Extinction. 'I got to know him over a long period of time and we came to care for each other. As his illness progressed and it got harder for Terry to do certain things, we had built up a trust and I felt I had developed a real sense of who he was... I knew that he'd hate the idea of a conventional film full of people saying nice things about him. He would have wanted to do things differently, to come back and be in his own documentary and because we couldn't do that the next best thing was to get an actor to play him', Russell explained. With the blessing of Terry's family and close friends, Russell started the process of finding their Terry and although initially they were looking for a Pratchett fanatic in the end they chose a man who had never read a Pratchett book in his life..."

http://bbc.in/2kB2pQY


4.5 STEPHEN BRIGGS ON HIS FRIENDSHIP WITH TERRY PRATCHETT

"Terry was intelligent, irascible, witty and loyal, wryly observing the world around him, taking inspiration from everyone and everything he encountered and pouring wit and imagination into every word he wrote. He had a driven sense of fairness and justice, and was a staunch supporter of the conservation of orangutans, of the research into Alzheimer's Disease and of the right for people with a terminal illness to die with dignity. He loved the natural world, fought to preserve the nation's wildlife and raised goats, chickens, tortoises and carnivorous plants. He and his wife Lyn owned (if that is the right word) many cats. He was a keen amateur astronomer and built his own observatory in the garden of his home. Terry was also an inveterate collector of unconsidered trifles. He adored the strange and quirky things that happen in 'real life', and was fascinated by just about everything. He had what he called a 'pack rat' mind that enabled him to Hoover up snippets from conversations and transpose them into the worlds he created. Terry was an entertaining companion, a keen player of computer games and oh yes, he also wrote books... Speaking about his SF novel Strata in 1981, he said 'I am working on another Discworld theme, since I don't think I've exhausted all the possibilities in one book!' Quite an understatement...

"I met Terry through my interest in amateur theatre. I wrote to ask if I could stage his Wyrd Sisters, and much to my surprise he said yes, so my life was immediately catapulted down a different leg of the trousers of time. We worked together to map his world and Ankh-Morpork, its principle city. We also collaborated on a mini-raft of other publications. Terry was, as I've so often said, funny, loyal and supportive. He was also waspy – a man I could always rely on to say what he really thought about anything I did. Working with him was fast and fun – there were frequent phone calls (pre-internet), and a lot of laughs – we shared a common background in humour. At book signings we'd sometimes drift into Life of Brian... "Crucifixion? Good... line on the left, one cross each..." and then amble off into running entire scenes from memory, much to the confusion of the observing fans. It was masses of fun – and a real privilege to be a part of creating even a small element of his wonderful world..."

http://bbc.in/2kASGtU

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05) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS

5.1 PLAYS IN FEBRUARY AND MARCH

* TAMAHER IN CARDIFF (FEBRUARY)

Monstrous Productions' newest production is The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents, starting tonight:

"Rats! They disarm the traps, widdle in the flour and charge a very reasonable price to leave town. That isn't how it's supposed to go of course, but then these are no ordinary rats. They are the Changelings, a group of rats who became smart after eating off a magical rubbish heap. With the guidance of the streetwise alleycat Maurice, the Changelings now run a very profitable business posing as a fake plague in unsuspecting towns. All they needed was stupid-looking kid with a pipe who leads them all out of town, for a fee...

"That is; until one last job in Bad Blintz, a starving town with a serious rat problem. They soon realise that this town is not quite as it seems and something darker is hiding underneath. Remember, there are bad things in the Dark Wood... Monstrous Productions have been bringing Terry Pratchett to the stage in Cardiff since 2012. After donating over £20k to Alzheimer's Research UK, Maurice is a new project for them, with all proceeds being donated to the Forget-me-not choir, a local choir for people with dementia and their families. Join them for an evening of storytelling, puppetry and live music."

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://monstrousproductions.fikket.com/

http://monstrousptc.com/


* WYRD SISTERS IN LONDON (MARCH)

Ben Hayward of the Imperial College School of Medicine Drama Society writes to say that he will be directing their production of Wyrd Sisters at the start of next month:

"ICSM Drama presents to you its fabulous production of Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett! Running from the 1st to the 4th March, it's sure to be a night of fantasy, comedy, romance, witchcraft, insanity and just plain wyrdness! So mark it down in your calendars! Save the date in your phones!"

When: 1st-4th March 2017
Venue: Union Concert Hall, Beit Quadrangle, Prince Consort Road , London SW7 2BB
Time: doors open 7:00pm; curtain up 7:30pm
Tickets: £6/£8 for student/Non-Student tickets (apart from Friday the 3rd of March which will be a special performance accompanied with drinks and canapes at higher price of £8/£10 (for student/non-Student tickets). "Take a look at our Facebook event for more details (_https://www.facebook.com/events/376900926013238/_) and email eri.aung15@imperial.ac.uk to reserve your tickets now!"

Note: the poster for this event is excellent – go have a look at it on the Wossname blog at http://wossname.dreamwidth.org/46314.html


* CARPE JUGULUM IN NOTTINGHAM (MARCH)

The Lace Market Youth Theatre present Carpe Jugulum, "a pastiche of vampire literature playing with mythic archetypes and featuring a tongue in cheek reversal of 'vampyre' subculture with young vampires who wear bright clothes, drink wine and stay up till noon", in March.

When: 22nd–25th March 2017
Venue: The Lace Market Theatre, Halifax Place, Nottingham NG1 1QN
Time: 7.30pm all evening shows; 2.30pm Saturday 25th matinee
Tickets: £11 (£10 concessions), available online at http://bit.ly/2dIKhod or by phoning 0115 950 7201

https://lacemarkettheatre.co.uk/LaceMarketTheatre.dll/WhatsOn

* WYRD SISTERS IN BOLTON, LANCS (MARCH)

Bolton Little Theatre, "a vibrant amateur theatre company run by members" since 1931, will be staging their production of Wyrd Sisters in 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 https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/boltonlittletheatre or https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/EFILHL – 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/


5.2 PLAYS LATER IN 2017

* MASKERADE IN BERKSHIRE (MAY)

The Newbury Dramatic Society will stage their production of Maskerade, directed by John Hicks (possibly with the help of a skull ring?), in May: "In the Ankh Morpork Opera House, a strangely familiar evil mastermind in a mask and evening dress is lurking in the shadows. He lures innocent young sopranos to their destiny, commits occasional murder, and sends little notes full of maniacal laughter and exclamation marks. Opera can do that to a man. But Granny Weatherwax, the Discworld's most famous witch, is in the audience and she doesn't hold with that sort of thing... and the show must go on!"

When: 17th–20th May 2017
Venue: Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Newbury, Berkshire RG20 8AE
Time: 7.30pm Wednesday to Friday, 6.30pm Saturday
Tickets: £12.50 (£12 concessions), available online at https://www.watermill.org.uk/maskerade#dates-ttab or ring the Box Office on 01635 46044

https://www.watermill.org.uk/maskerade

* LORDS AND LADIES IN BRISBANE (SEPTEMBER–OCTOBER)

Brisbane Arts Theatre will be presenting their next Discworld play, Lords and Ladies – adapted by Irana brown – next 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://sa2.seatadvisor.com/sabo/servlets/TicketRequest?&presenter=AUBAT&event=LANDL

"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


5.3 REVIEWS

* MONSTROUS REGIMENT IN SOUTHAMPTON

The Southampton University Players' production of Monstrous Regiment, reviewed by Hilary Porter in the Daily Echo:

"Director Imogen Higgs has a lively cast and presents a reasonable night's entertainment that should satisfy Discworld fans. Polly Perks (Frankie Payne) binds herself in a male disguise in order to join the Borogravian army as, it transpires, many women have done. And so we meet various endearing characters, including Ellie Rose Fowler as Private Manicle, Gina Hodsman as the 'haunted and damaged' Wazzer Goom and, as the hunchbacked Private Igor, Bridget Wilkinson, heavily disguised but still a discernible character and personality. Stephen Fenerty makes a commanding and amusing Sergeant Jackrum, Christopher Gardener an endearing Lieutenant Blouse and Paul Cresser also scores as vampire recruit Private Maladict. The big Nuffield stage seems bare, two tables and back projections supplying settings and rather too many 'fade outs', but costumes and effects are fine."

http://bit.ly/2k2IoVB

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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"), still claims on their website to be meeting next on Monday 30th November 1999, but it's more more likely to be on Monday 6th March 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: "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." [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, craft, chain maille or costuming workshops or other fun social activities."

The next CoSG event will be the Monthly Dinner and Games at the Caledonian Hotel on 23rd February. For more info, go to www.cityofsmallgods.org.au

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The Broken Vectis Drummers meet next on Thursday 2nd March 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 3rd March 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 6th March 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 6th March 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

Longtime Pratchett blogger The Bookwitch's reactions to "Terry Pratchett: Back in Black":

"It was the Barbican memorial for Terry Pratchett all over again. In the BBC documentary Back in Black on Saturday we could see an almost Terry. It's enough to see someone wearing black, with a hat like his, and if there is a beard as well, then for a heartstopping moment it is Terry Pratchett. Here it was actor Paul Kaye doing what Terry didn't have enough time to do. He did as good a job as you could ask for, speaking in the style of Terry, while not quite being our much missed author who has gone to be with Death... Much of the rest of the programme was dedicated to alternately bless the world for having produced Terry, and crying because he's gone. I have never before witnessed the seemingly unflappable Neil Gaiman even close to tears. We heard part of their story, some of which was new to me, filmed in the actual (?) place where a very young Neil interviewed a not so well known Terry..."

https://bookwitch.wordpress.com/2017/02/13/terry-pratchett-back-in-black/

Blogger Anna's reaction was mixed, calling it "perfect" but then complaining:

"Everything about the show was perfect. All the names we know and love were there to talk about their memories of the great man from his daughter Rhianna to writer Neil Gaiman, assistant Rob to artist Paul Kidby. They all had wonderful tales to tell and fascinating facts to give. The mixture of Docudrama and Documentary didn't work for me and whilst I didn't mind Paul Kaye as Pratchett I'd rather we had been given a straight Documentary or a straight Docudrama. I think the BBC could make a really wonderful show about the life of Terry Pratchett and even bring to life some of his creations in a most wonderful way but it didn't really work, it made it disjointed and didn't add anything to the over all story. You felt like you wanted to hear more of what other people had to say rather then Paul Kaye wittering on, whilst no doubt the words he was wittering would be Terry's own words taken from the work Terry and Rob were doing for his autobiography before he died it just really didn't need to be there. I'd rather more time be given to fans and the people who knew him best. Paul Kaye ended up at best being a rather out of place narrator rather then bringing the great man back to life. That being said if down the line the BBC wanted to make something like Doctor Who's Adventure in Time and Space I wouldn't say no to Kaye returning to bring him to life... It was a lovely way to remember a man that brought happiness to a lot of people. It had the perfect tone to it too, it was upbeat and full of hope. It was sad, of course it was sad, thinking that we'd never read another story by the man and having to remember he was no longer with us, but at the same time it reminded me that we always have him here with us. He's left such a big body of work full of wonderful characters and a amazing world but most importantly that little bit of anger that he had inside himself at people who told him he'd never be anything and everything else that means he's still with us and will be with new fans in the future.

https://believeingeek.com/2017/02/12/terry-pratchett-back-in-black/

Blogger Chris Hoggins was very impressed by Terry Pratchett: Back in Black:

"What came across in the programme was that a lot of what propelled Terry to be such a prolific writer was a deep seated anger at the injustice of the world. Being written off from an early age, he was determined to prove a point and used all that fire inside to do it. Those who knew him well said that the character in his universe of characters most like himself was the formidable Granny Weatherwax, someone who would do the right thing rather than the nice thing or the kind thing as both the latter often turn out to be a cruelty in the long term. Perhaps the best known and most loved character in the Discworld is that of death itself, who is equally bemused and fascinated by the souls he meets. It is such a cruel irony that Terry met his end much sooner than was fair and in such appalling circumstances where the thing that powered that thriving world of characters disintegrated over the course of a few short years. That righteous fury pushed him to write a further seven books after his diagnosis, a testament to the power of anger used well. I feel a deep sadness that it will probably take another hundred years or so for the world to get the true significance of what Terry Pratchett achieved, a Dickens for our times really..."

http://bit.ly/2l3N2Bp

...and The Blogging Goth found the programme helped him to grieve:

"For me, the most painful moment was the interview with equally renowned author Neil Gaiman. Terry's collaborative partner on the darkly witty Good Omens – soon to receive a TV adaption – Neil has been closely involved with much of the remembrance and memorialisation. I had to leave the London Memorial early sadly, so I particularly appreciated seeing some of Neil's recitation to the audience. In a quiet little restaurant, Neil spoke personally about his grief surrounding the very early passing of his friend. It was very difficult for Neil. He cradled his face in his hands and mourned. He said very honestly, 'I miss him so much.' It was like a punch in the chest and a knife to the brain for me. I'm an Englishman, repressed emotionally, possessed of a stiff upper lip, and uncomfortable around death. To see another, even more archetypal Englishman, publicly display his grief was… liberating, as well as being deeply upsetting. With all the skill every writer longs to muster, Neil connected me to my own grief, helped me experience and evaluate my own sense of loss around a childhood hero, a venerated figure, an idol and example I've tried to follow..."

https://theblogginggoth.com/2017/02/14/the-death-of-discworld/

...while blogger My Library Books found resonance in his forthrightness about Alzheimer's:

"At the time I was finally reading his novels, Pratchett had already been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. I didn't appreciate just how devastating this was. Clearly, for a man who was so renowned for his beauty through words, this was the worst possible diagnosis. In 2014 I finally understood, when my Grandma got diagnosed... Grandma had always been a strong female character in my life. She didn't suffer fools lightly and she didn't take any shit from anyone. Her house was her pride and joy and was always spotless. She was passionate about her past, regaling me with stories of her extensive family history. I shared my love of great food with her. She was one of the finest bakers I've ever met (her and my mum). Alzheimer's destroyed all this. It took away her confidence, her speech, her passion. I hate it. I HATE it..."

https://mylibrarybooks.wordpress.com/2017/02/16/terry-pratchett-back-in-black/

Blogger April of collective Without a Map writes about the influence of Pratchett and his stealth philosophy:

"Most of us, readers especially, can point to a work in our lives that influenced the way we think. We'd prefer it be someone impressive, Nietzsche, Kant, Salinger, Steinem, or Malcolm X. Someone you can genuinely bring up with reverence in intelligent company. There's a range, somewhere from your teens to early twenties where works of literature, film, and philosophy have a greater impact than any other time in our lives. They're introductions to thoughts outside of what we grew up with. What our parents, teachers, and friends taught. What we discover through these works can shape our beliefs in enduring ways. I did not encounter someone pretentious at this age. Instead, I stumbled across Terry Pratchett. To this day, I'm glad I did... I couldn't put it into words then, but now I know that through his works, he made me a humanist...

"I think Pratchett is a great writer to be reading right now. I think, if he were alive, he would be calling bullshit on this current U.S. administration, but he would also remind us that turns out the other side is probably trying harder to be good than we think, and we're a lot less righteous than we think. He'd caution us to be aware that the other side might be right sometimes, and we might be wrong. Even if we come to the conclusion that this is not the case, it's good practice to remind ourselves. Pratchett's books make you glad to be a part of humanity, even when you're fully aware humanity is a bloody, vindictive, irrational mess, and that's a feeling I need to keep close right now. Thank gods I chose him instead of Rand."

https://without-a-map.com/2017/02/17/rereading-pratchett/

Blogger Lukre's longish post sums up much of what it means to be a Pratchett fan:

"I have just finished watching the BBC documentary 'Terry Pratchett Back in Black' and I was reminded of those first books, of hearing about his death and about all the hours of enjoyment I've had over the years reading his books. You might hear people say, well, he's just a fantasy writer, or that he is just a parody writer who who makes simple jokes. To both those types of people I have just one thing to say – you couldn't be more wrong. He is a life-writer. He talks about the greatest of topics and tries to deliver, if not a solution, than at least an option to facing the issue. He presents the good and the bad in people, in societies. He unmasks our prejudices and out[sic] discrimination through characters that are so far removed from us that our sensitive selves are not offended. He reveals the goodness in ordinary men and women. He respects the rule of law but also he shows us that laws are there for the benefit of the people and not the other way around. He show us our own beliefs and questions them. And he does all that with such a mastery of language and idiomatic expressions that is at times mind-boggling. His plays on words could be taught at school. And jokes crop up when you least expect them..."

https://anatomyofreading.wordpress.com/2017/02/12/587/

Blogger Joanne Clapa aka The Bookworm Bistro on Night Watch:

"Here's the thing about Pratchett novels: He has created such a large, expansive world, that it's pretty much impossible to start from the beginning. Terry Pratchett wrote over forty novels in the Discworld alone, not to mention countless other stories. Needless to say I was a little confused about a few things when I picked up my first Pratchett novel, Going Postal. So, going into Night Watch I wasn't too surprised when I didn't understand a few things. Okay, a lot of things. Night Watch is the 29th book in the Discworld, and the 6th book in the City Watch series. It follows the story of Sir Samuel Vimes, commander of the City Watch. Right from the beginning the story is thrilling... Vimes meets a few interesting character from his past…and present… it's honestly a little confusing, even if you've read previous Night Watch novels. Despite being thoroughly confused for about 90% of this novel, I really enjoyed it. The characters are unique, and hilarious. Pratchett's writing style is one that I've never seen duplicated. It's very clear that he invested his entire being into creating this vast world his characters live in... Believe it or not, I think this is a great story to start with if you're new to Discworld. Despite the fact that it's the sixth book in the series, it really gives you an interesting glimpse into the world..."

https://thebookwormbistro.wordpress.com/2017/02/11/night-watch-terry-pratchett/

...and blogger In Shifting Colour, a self-confessed "cat lady", tells of how reading – and listening! – to Pratchett books made her feel less isolated in her perceptions:

"I never believed in grieving for celebrities. How could you miss someone who'd never truly been present in your life? The belief was, as all beliefs are, inherently flawed. Presence is more than a physical proximity. It's more, even, than a direct and personal communication. Presence occurs when your life is influenced, for better or worse, by another being. But I never truly understood this until the passing of Sir Terry Pratchett.... I saw the world in weird and colourful ways; I had a habit of looking at situations sideways and that confused my peers. In social constructs where clinging to 'sameness' was the method of survival, this left me weak... I escaped to places where I could imagine myself as strong, capable, even heroic. There was a freedom I had between pages that I didn't have in my primary school life. Stories were a coping mechanism, a joy, a proof that maybe… just maybe there really was a cupboard out there that would turn my toys to life (The Indian in the Cupboard was another key favourite. Even as indoctrinated in the ordinary magic of books as I was, nothing quite prepared me for my first plunge into Terry Pratchett's Discworld series... Here was someone who had committed their weird view to paper, and who was not ashamed of it..."

http://bit.ly/2md7MGb

Quite a few people seem to discount Eric as a minor work, but blogger Alice Dillon aka Lanterns and Hardbacks gives it five stars:

"Eric is such a perfect specimen of that man's genius, full of witticisms, incisive analysis of our own world, clever parody (this whole thing is a parody of Faust) and moments that really make you think. I had one of the biggest existential crises I've ever had while reading the parts set at the beginning and the end of the universe, both brilliantly thought out. I'm one of those people who loves to hypothesise about such things and so it was a glorious, though obviously disconcerting, crisis. I don't have much more to say about this book, but it's a really quick read and full of everything that made me fall in love with Terry Pratchett's writing in the first place. Pratchett fans, make sure you read this book if you weren't sure..."

https://lanternsandhardbacks.wordpress.com/2017/02/08/eric-by-terry-pratchett-discworld-9/

...while blogger The Idle Woman represents the mainstream opinions:

"Pratchett could never actually be bad, but the simple fact of the matter is that, when compared to the mainstream Discworld books, Eric isn't very good. It's essentially one gag dragged out over 163 pages and it feels less like a story that needed to be told and more like one that was written on commission... Pratchett gamely wheels out the absurdities, but this is situation comedy rather than the character-based comedy in which he excels. Even in what I think of as the 'concept' novels – the books which focus on one theme, like rock music or the cinema or The Phantom of the Opera – he populates the story with engaging characters who have a certain depth to them. We don't really have enough time to get to know anyone here and Eric, although allegedly one of the protagonists, never develops beyond being a lustful, big-headed adolescent..."

https://theidlewoman.net/2017/01/29/eric-terry-pratchett/

Swedish blogger abookwithoutend on Good Omens:

"What if 'Welcome To Night Vale' met the bible? This is the result (For all of you who have no idea what Welcome To Night Vale is, it's a podcast about a town where all conspiracy theories, and more, are true). The plot was confusing in an amusing way, not annoying. You could never understand or expect where the authors would take you next. The writing was so creative, like giving really ridiculous info-dumps and at times taking perspective from the poor stand-bys who only want to go home, not having to deal with scolding aliens or demons that break the speed limit (I can understand that a lot of people are quite negative about multiple p.o.v. because of the confusion that often occurs, but trust me on this one). Anything could be possible. I can just picture in my head how much Gaiman and Pratchett must have been laughing when writing this story... overall, this book was great and I'd definitely recommend this to anyone..."

https://abookwithoutend.wordpress.com/2017/02/06/book-review-good-omens/

Blogger rayunder1996 is starting on "The Pratchett Path" with tCoM:

Here in the Pratchett Path I'm gonna take a look through the work of Terry Pratchett's Discworld series and give a few of my thoughts on them. These won't be full reviews as I'm sure many of you will be familiar Pratchett and his comedy works already, so you don't need me to prattle on about how you should read it. Our time would be much better spent talking about the lovable Luggage, dream powered dragons, and its wonderful way with magic. Luggage is one of the most emotive and iconic creations in the fantasy genre. I think that is something we all have to agree on. From his veracious[sic] appetite for all things...well all things to be honest to his odd adorableness he really does embody everything good about Discworld. Despite his absurdity in concept, within the confine of the world it has reasonably grounded explanation for its existence. That is a key part of its charm if you think about it, that even in a world where the insanity is commonplace there is an internal logic to the world..."

https://thefantasyfayre.wordpress.com/2017/02/06/the-pratchett-path-1/

Blogger pksupernovel found The Long Cosmos well worth reading:

"The Long Cosmos is easily the best book in the whole Long Earth saga. Speculative fiction that about travelling usually ends up presenting a series of increasingly cool and mind-blowing ideas. The one from The Long Cosmos that really stuck with me was the gigantic forest, with trees the size of skyscrapers supported by helium. Their reproduction strategy involves spreading seeds when they inevitably explode during bushfires. I also amazed by the sentient islands that sampled life while moving between worlds, and that ridiculously large computer. The Long Cosmos felt more coherent and less disjointed than the previous books in the series. I can't explain why I feel this way. Maybe it was because the plotlines felt more related, and came to a satisfactory conclusion... The Long Cosmos' genre means that it feels more like a Baxter book than a Pratchett one, although there is a fair bit of whimsy about. And I really don't think it would make much sense without reading the rest of the series..."

https://pksupernovel.wordpress.com/2017/02/05/the-long-cosmos-terry-pratchett-and-stephen-baxter/

Gareth Preston, director of Bolton Little Theatre's forthcoming production of Wyrd Sisters (see item 5.1), blogs his production diary:

"When I started off directing Wyrd Sisters I'd [hoped] to keep a production diary up on this blog. Predictably this ambition was quickly eaten up by the time and energy involved in actually realising the play. So you'll have to look forward to a retrospective article instead. However I can report that we are at an exciting phase where the books are down, the movements are being fine tuned and the set is almost in place bar the painting, thanks to the marvellous efforts of Jeff Lunt and his team. Not to mention a whole wardrobe of costumes which have largely been designed and made from scratch by Francis Clemmitt and her team. I've also been out banging the drum and trying to get people interested in coming. Marketing a play is a job in itself. We're having some publicity photos taken tomorrow which hopefully will excite the local media. I went on Bolton FM radio a couple of weeks ago and I'll be popping up again on their frequency on Monday during the drivetime show in the evening. I've also made a short video promo for promoting the show on social media..."

https://garethpreston.wordpress.com/2017/02/11/downtime-out-now-wyrd-sisters-soon/

Blogger Tea and Tales on Nation:

"There's a reason Pratchett writes 'Thinking. This book contains some. Whether you try it at home is up to you.' This book is so highly philosophical and painful, as two young people survive and are faced by tragedy. Mau has to bury everyone he knows, and lead the survivors in the rebuilding of Nation. But what is Nation? When everyone who lived the culture but one has died, can such a thing as 'Nation' still exist? Also, is there a God(s)? Yet even though the topics this book handles are very sophisticated and incredibly heavy, it does have typical Pratchett humour throughout. He makes fun of religion, the idea of Empire, the English, and succession. That said, he takes Mau, his musings and suffering, and his world very seriously... The writing is witty and poetic, like most Pratchett novels, but unlike most of his other work the tone of this one is heavily philosophical and serious. You feel for Mau, and as you enter his mind you are forced to face the same questions and issues. Can you believe in the Gods when they wiped out everything you knew and loved? Is it possible to rage against them if you do not believe? The chemistry between the characters is wonderful though, and it is not all misery and suffering..."

https://tea-and-tales.com/2017/02/03/nation-terry-pratchett/

Blogger Fiona on The Long Mars:

"Some readers have criticized this series as boring and without much action. It's true that not a lot happens in this book. It reminds me of early sci-fi novels, such as those by H.G. Wells. Instead of being action-packed with exciting events, this book is more of an exploration of ideas. The characters encounter all sorts of exotic environments and life forms in the exploration of the Long Earth and the Long Mars. Those chapters are a thought experiment in the types of life that might be possible. This book also explores what might happen if mankind continues to evolve. What will those people be like? How will the less-evolved people react to them? All in all, I enjoyed the book, though it is a bit of a slow-starter. But there is what seems to me a glaring oversight, and it really bugs me... What really bothered me was the treatment of the 'Next.' Everyone was arguing that they are a danger to humanity because of their high intellect. The danger isn't from their intellect. It's because they are psychopaths..."

https://selfeducatedconservative.wordpress.com/2017/02/02/the-long-mars-a-review/

Blogger katyboo1 aka Making Them Readers on Jingo:

"Jingo is the twenty first Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett that my son, Oscar and I have shared together... Oscar loved this because it is a book about the Watch. He brings to his reading, a wealth of knowledge amassed from the previous books and it suddenly makes him realise how valuable things like back stories are. He is beginning to predict how characters will behave in certain circumstances, and it gives him enormous joy when he is right... it seems to echo a lot of the political landscape in which we are forced to live at the moment, jingoism, xenophobia, racism and casual intolerance are all lampooned on Pratchett's sharpest pen and I was moved to laugh more than once by parallels with current events. Despite the fact that they aren't really funny. Current events that is..."

https://makingthemreaders.wordpress.com/2017/01/30/jingo-by-terry-pratchett-a-review/

Blogger Nordie on The Long Earth:

"This is a relatively slow book, where Lobsang, Sally and Joshua are generally left alone to do their own thing. Occasionally they get to investigate new creatures, some benign, some not, and this allows the authors to muse on what earth may have looked like had evolution taken a little detour from what happened on our version of earth... The focus on the Long Earth for the story made it a bit disconcerting when very late in the book they introduce the idea of the long Mars. Either I was not paying attention in the rest of the book...always a possibility...or this was a very late entry of the idea of alternate other worlds. The fact there is a whole novel dedicated to the long Mars makes me wonder… Whilst overall people like/love the book, there are a number of things said that I tend to agree with.."

https://nordie.wordpress.com/2017/01/27/book-review-the-long-earth-by-terry-pratchett-stephen-baxter/

Blogger Lucinda's tribute to Sir Pterry:

"I've loved Terry Pratchett ever since I was at university. My ex-boyfriend recommended him to me and bought me The Hogfather for Christmas (back when buying paperbacks was a thing). I immediately loved the inventiveness, the humour, the way that the story was a proper adventure. The expansiveness of the Discworld novels never fails to amaze me. At one point in the documentary, they show a map of Ankh Morpork and the level of detail is incredible. Terry literally imagined and remembered a whole world in his head. What a genius. I can't believe that someone with such an expansive mind was so reduced by dementia. From the documentary, I've learnt that there was a certain snobbishness about Terry's work from the professional book critics of the day (back when that was a real thing too). I've heard great stories about mums who would say to librarians 'he's never been interested in reading before he picked up a Discworld book. Now could you recommend some proper literature?' Apparently Terry was really angry about this and he loved to know that people had been put in their place (he referred to librarians as his dirndl army, which I just love)..."

https://lucindaisreading.wordpress.com/2017/02/15/a-tribute-to-terry-pratchett/

Blogger Phil Parker is a rare bird – namely, a Pratchett admirer who isn't a Pratchett reader:

"I've tried but failed to read Pratchett. I ought to love it but I can't find a way in. It doesn't matter, the documentary is brilliant, affecting and a superb celebration of the man. What struck me was that before he wrote, he read. Everything. Well, everything in his local library starting with fantasy and then history, 'Blokes in helmets bashing each other' as he described it. Reading planted all the seeds for the character in his stories... I've said before how my local library was essential for my development. I'm not going to compare myself with Pratchett but to lift a line from the documentary, I'm a human. He is a human. My poo stinks. His poo stinks. I loved my library. He loved his library. He is a writer. I want to be a writer..."

https://nolanparker.wordpress.com/2017/02/15/no-libraries-no-terry-pratchett/

Blogger The Past Due Book Review is back with musings on Sourcery:

"The prevailing theme in Sourcery is self identity; finding out who you are, not what other people tell you that you are or are not, is central to the development of the characters... Goofiness keeps the tone of the book light while dealing with the end of the world (just like in The Light Fantastic...I'm beginning to sense a pattern), and personal themes are more present, bringing the story to another level above general fantasy or simple parody. Sourcery is full of wordplay, satire, and such ridiculous fun that it is difficult to put down..."

https://thepastduebookreview.com/2017/02/15/sourcery-review/

...and blogger Nat Wassell's review this month is Going Postal:

"William de Worde runs a large free press, and here Moist joins their ranks as an equal opportunity employer, visionary thinker and actually quite nice guy, once you get to know him. It is a quartet of characters, along with Archchancellor Ridcully and at least some of the guild leaders who are starting to inspire this real progress. When the corrupt leaders of the clacks company are ousted at the end of the book, you get a real sense of moral outrage from most of the leaders mentioned here. Lord Vetinari may be the tyrant, a fact he still likes to remind people of, but he's also remarkably liberal in his thinking. This liberal approach to politics means that the issues of racism and stereotyping that were present in early novels has basically been eradicated in the city. Moist employs golems, the last race to be integrated into the fabric of the city, without a second thought, and really does want to know how to treat them correctly.

"Adora Belle Dearheart, the human face of the golem employment agency, says that Commander Vimes will employ anyone in the Watch and turn out a solid copper at the end of it. Lord Vetinari employs Mr Pump, another golem, as Moist's probation officer. It's a cynical approach, in many ways, but it also assumes that all races of creature have their own strengths that can be put to use, as long as they wish to work. I think it's an attitude that a lot of real life people could definitely consider adopting..."

https://culturedvultures.com/discworld-discussions-going-postal-2005/

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08) IMAGES OF THE MONTH

The *real* Terry Pratchett, as photographed in 2013 at Beaconsfield Library and pictured in a recent Get Bucks article:
http://bit.ly/2keP4Sa

...and in 1992, from the same article as above:
http://bit.ly/2lCxrIT

...and another, this one from the Bath Chronicle, where he used to work:
http://bit.ly/2kEe4kq

...and programme maker Charlie Russell with Paul Kaye as Pterry:
https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/976xn/p04sd9qm.jpg

...and your Editor's favourite Kaye-as-Pratchett photo:
https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/480xn/p04sd5rn.jpg

...and both real and faux Pratchetts, collaged:
https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/976xn/p04sdwv6.jpg

Rob Wilkins, Neil Gaiman and Marcus Gipps (from publisher Gollancz) working on the Good Omens telly script:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C44PA3mUYAANF66.jpg

The official Paul Kidby Pratchett bust waxes, now ready for bronze casting, as tweeted by Paul Kidby himself:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C48gRbdXUAArmLu.jpg

A photographic action replay – Fiona Fisher's marvellous Kirby-and-Kidby Discworld art staircase, this time tweeted by the official Kirby Art account:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C4uYpUyWAAEpmW5.jpg

...and a Paul Kidby replay – Discworld Gothic, which will be part of the Terry Pratchett: HisWorld exhibition (see item 3.1):
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C4i7M3KWcAIMfM9.jpg

...and on the subject of action replays, here's a digital cut-out-and-keep, as it were – the Pratchett coat of arms, featuring its ankh and morepork:
http://bit.ly/2kOJCRp

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09) CLOSE

For all you Pratchett fans out in the USA who might be hoping to attend NADWCON 2017, there's still one week left to order your tickets at a special discount price:

https://nadwcon2017.org/
https://nadwcon2017.org/signup/2017-adult-membership.html

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


– Annie Mac


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wossname: (Plays)
Ben Hayward of the Imperial College School of Medicine Drama Society writes to say that he will be directing their production of Wyrd Sisters at the start of next month:

"ICSM Drama presents to you its fabulous production of Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett! Running from the 1st to the 4th March, it's sure to be a night of fantasy, comedy, romance, witchcraft, insanity and just plain wyrdness! So mark it down in your calendars! Save the date in your phones!"

When: 1st-4th March 2017
Venue: Union Concert Hall, Beit Quadrangle, Prince Consort Road , London SW7 2BB
Time: doors open 7:00pm; curtain up 7:30pm
Tickets: £6/£8 for student/Non-Student tickets (apart from Friday the 3rd of March which will be a special performance accompanied with drinks and canapes at higher price of £8/£10 (for student/non-Student tickets). "Take a look at our Facebook event for more details (_https://www.facebook.com/events/376900926013238/_) and email eri.aung15@imperial.ac.uk to reserve your tickets now!"


wossname: cropped photo of Paul Kidby's stunning Pratchett sculpt (Kidby's Pterry bust)
A four-month exhibition on the works and life of Sir Terry Pratchett opens at the Salisbury Museum this coming September:




(as tweeted by the Discworld Emporium here)

Meanwhile, Terry Pratchett: Back in Black is currently airing on BBC2 and will be available via BBC iPlayer for a 'short while' afterwards. And for those of you who don't mind spoilage of a documentary (if such a thing can even be A Thing), here be a freshly posted review by Frank Cottrell Boyce in The Guardian:

   "One of the charms of this docudrama is that it largely eschews the usual talking heads in favour of Discworld fans. Even the famous faces that do appear – Neil Gaiman, Pratchett's consigliere Rob Wilkins, the illustrator Paul Kidby – first entered Pratchett's orbit as fans. Whether it was the life-changing offer he made to collaborate with the young Gaiman on Good Omens, or the blessing to Stephen Briggs's attempts to map Ankh-Morpork, or simply Tipp-Exing over an old dedication in a secondhand copy of one of his books so he could 'unsign' it for its new owner, Pratchett showered his fans with favours like a Highland clan chief. It's a clan with its own code of honour: to 'be a bit more Terry' is to be kinder, more tolerant.

   "At first, it feels a little uncomfortable that instead of the man himself, we have the actor Paul Kaye dressed up as him. But then you notice that nearly everyone here is dressed up – as a witch, a member of the Nightwatch or some other character – and of course Pratchett himself was always dressed up as Terry Pratchett, with the iconic hat, big beard and black jackets..."

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/feb/11/terry-pratchett-docudrama-discworld-back-in-black-frank-cottrell-boyce
wossname: cropped photo of Paul Kidby's stunning Pratchett sculpt (Kidby's Pterry bust)
Terry Pratchett: Back in Black will be broadcast on BBC2 in a week! And if you want to whet your appetite for this feast, CLICK HERE TO VIEW A VERY SHORT TEASER TRAILER!

And yes, it is uncanny how well actor Paul Kaye delivers Sir Pterry's speech patterns and vocal tone :-)
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Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
February 2016 (Volume 19, Issue 2, Post 1)

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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
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Emergency Staff: Steven D'Aprano, Jason Parlevliet
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INDEX:

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

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01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH

"He would have said something a bit sarcastic about it, and have been secretly very pleased. And then he would have discovered that you can hide something inside a statue, and confided in all his friends that in a few hundred years people would be in for a surprise."
– Neil Gaiman, commenting on the proposed Terry Pratchett statue

"Laughter can get through the keyhole while seriousness is still hammering on the door."
– Sir Terry Pratchett, in his Carnegie Medal acceptance speech for TAMAHER

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02) LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR

A very short issue this month – and that's even with the extra day. This is due more to a lack of time than a lack of news! Fear not, there will be a fuller issue next month.

Some of you may be aware of a formal memorial to Sir Pterry that will take place in London this April. Tickets can still be applied for up through the 14th of March via the Discworld.com page (_http://discworld.com/memorial/_): "You may request a single ticket or a pair. Tickets will be chosen at random and successful applicants will be contacted as soon as possible after the ballot closes. Please note; the memorial will not be broadcast or live streamed." At this time, it's worth remembering that Pratchett and Discworld fans in the millions live far beyond the catchment area for this event -- so why don't the rest of us who can't attend the London memorial think about holding our own memorial gatherings, eh? Over to you, AusDWcon gang and Seamstresses' Guild of North America and Cabbagecon and IDWcon and and and...

Action on the Discworld plays front abounds this month, with productions cropping up in such places as Finland, Switzerland and Germany as well as the more "usual" countries. See item 5, all fifteen parts of it...

And now, on with the show!

– Annie Mac, Editor

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03) THE PRATCHETT STATUE: UPDATES

First a blue plaque in his local library, now a bronze statue in Salisbury! Paul Kidby says:

"I am delighted that Salisbury City Council has given the thumbs up to the proposal of a bronze statue of Sir Terry Pratchett for the city. Designs and plans can now progress to the next stage. I am proud to be the chosen artist to create this piece and very much look forward to sculpting Terry. I hope the end result will be an unsentimental and a happy depiction of the author, which celebrates his achievements both literary and philanthropic and brings pride to the people of Salisbury. Thanks to Emily Brand for getting the campaign up and running and to all the 9000+ (and counting) people who signed the petition calling for the sculpture to be made. If you haven’t yet signed and would like to back the project here’s the link: http://chn.ge/1Jn8iVs "

http://www.paulkidby.com/salisbury-council-backs-sir-terry-pratchett-statue/

...and proposes:

“I propose a life-sized statue of Terry to be cast in bronze using the lost wax process at a UK foundry. The sculpt I would like to create would depict the author standing in a relaxed pose wearing his iconic hat and carrying a book under his arm, the cover of which features the Discworld turtle logo and no text, or alternatively the book cover could simply say ‘Discworld’. Terry would be wearing his leather jacket and open necked button up shirt, trousers and shoes. In the top pocket of his jacket are some pens.

"I imagine the figure standing on a flat base, also of bronze, which would be enscripted with his name and the dates of his life. The final text can be as requested by his family. The central part of this base would feature a simplified rendition of the turtle logo. I think a flat base would work better than a raised plinth because it gives the piece a contemporary feel and makes it more directly accessible to visitors. People would have easy access for photos thus enabling a sense of ownership to the fans who might visit.

"There is the possibility to add some Nac Mac Feegles (Scottish-style pixies from Pratchett’s writing) to the sculpture which would add an element of humour and surprise to the piece. I think these Feegles would be best placed behind Terry’s feet so they only visible when walking to the back of the sculpture. I think they should be doing something mischievous such as prising the letters off the base and carrying them off – or similar. These small characters would bring an aspect of his Discworld creation directly into the overall piece. All in all I would hope the sculpture would be unsentimental and a happy depiction of the author that celebrates his achievements and brings pride to the people of Salisbury."

From the BBC:

"Plans for a life-sized bronze statue of Sir Terry Pratchett for Salisbury have been backed by the city council. The statue would be designed by Paul Kidby who illustrated many of the book covers for the Discworld books of Sir Terry, who lived locally. Mr Kidby said: 'It would be beneficial for Salisbury to have a permanent sculpture of Terry because he had such a big influence on popular culture.' The hope is to install the statue in the marketplace or Elizabeth Gardens. Although Salisbury City Council's services committee has backed the plans, money still needs to be raised to build it and planning consent also needs to be obtained... The campaign to build the statue is being led by Mr Kidby with the support of Sir Terry's family. 'Terry was always like, "I don't want pigeons sitting on my head",' Mr Kidby continued. 'His take on it was always off on a tangent but we hope he will be pleased if it goes ahead.' The aim is to pay for the statue through crowd-funding and sponsorship from local companies..."

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-35523353

From Salisbury Council itself:

"While there are a variety of tributes to Sir Terry, ranging from the Baron Statue to pub signs, this would be the first permanent, public statue of the literary figure in the whole of the UK, and as such would become a significant cultural landmark.We started a petition roughly 3 months ago to gauge public interest in the project, and have so far received over 2,600 signatures from both the UK and across the world from places such as Russia and Norway. Many of these responses included messages of overwhelming support, a large number of which suggested that such a statue would positively influence their decisions to visit Salisbury above other locations in the UK... Salisbury already has a strong art and culture reputation: an example of this is the Salisbury Art Trail in October 2015, which involved around 60 venues and over 100 local artists. A statue of Sir Terry as a local author with international appeal can only add to this reputation and encourage even further participation. The statue could also make a significant landmark in the Salisbury Heritage Trail."

http://bit.ly/1VXODUh (Editor's note: this is a .pdf file)

From The Guardian:

"Campaigners will now work out how much the statue will cost, and will then either launch a crowdfunding campaign, or look for local sponsorship. 'Once we have an official final design and location … we will move forward,' [Ms Emily] Brand said. 'It's a long-term project, but the overwhelmingly positive messages we've received from around the world show how important recognising Sir Terry's work is to the fans that adored his work.'..."

http://bit.ly/1V0W3Gg

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04) ODDS AND SODS

4.1 THE SHEPHERD'S CROWN LONGLISTED FOR CARNEGIE MEDAL

From The Guardian:

"The CILIP Carnegie, which dates back to 1936 and has been won by names from Arthur Ransome to Noel Streatfeild, was Pratchett’s first major book prize when he won it in 2002. The author, who died last year after being diagnosed in 2007 with a rare form of Alzheimer’s, won the Carnegie in 2002 with his first novel for children, The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents... Winning the prize 14 years ago, Pratchett gave a barnstorming acceptance speech in which he laid out the difference in the way he was viewed as a writer in the US and in the UK. 'Over there, where I've only recently made much of an impression, the reviews tended to be quite serious and detailed, with – as Maurice himself would have put it, "long words, like corrugated iron". Over here, while being very nice, they tended towards the "another wacky, zany book by comic author Terry Pratchett". In fact, Maurice has no wack and very little zane. It's quite a serious book. Only the scenery is funny,' said Pratchett at the time... This year, The Shepherd's Crown, which continues the adventures of Pratchett's teenage witch Tiffany Aching, is up against a host of former winners... The medals are judged by panels of expert librarians..."

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/feb/16/terry-pratchetts-final-novel-longlist-carnegie-medal-the-shepherds-crown

Editor's note: there are 20 books longlisted. The shortlist will be announced on the 15th of March; the winners, on the 20th of June.

4.2 REVIEW: THE SHEPHERD'S CROWN

I may have missed this one last year. It's by Amanda Craig in The Guardian, August 2015:

"Pratchett, with his sardonic inventiveness, social satire, play on language, deep feeling for landscape and love of what is best in human nature, had less critical praise than he deserved. His heroes and heroines are not royalty in disguise, but thieves, con-men, shepherds, soldiers and midwives. In his championing of the ordinary, the sensible and the slightly silly he went against the grain – and never more so than in creating Tiffany Aching. Tiffany, like her author, is patronised for all kinds of absurd reasons. She is young, and the daughter of a working-class family who joke after a hard day’s work that they are “Aching all over”. Other witches believe she can’t be a witch because she comes from the wrong kind of land, the Chalk, supposedly too weak to be magical. She has a sense of humour so dry that it passes most other characters by. As a witch, she becomes a kind of health visitor on a broomstick, helping with births, deaths, arthritis and the cutting of old men’s toenails. Yet she has defended her land and its people from its greatest enemies, and the most terrifying witch in Discworld has chosen her for an heir...

"How can our heroine step into the shoes of Granny Weatherwax? Can she follow her own path as a witch, even if it means abjuring romantic happiness with her medical student boyfriend? Older witches, such as the nauseating Mrs Earwig, sneer at her inexperience. It’s when the Queen of the Elves, ousted from Fairyland in a political coup, turns up naked and close to death on Tiffany’s doorstep that the fun really begins. Of course it is riotously funny, with the gloriously irrepressible Nac Mac Feegles having the best jokes and fights; as bright blue warriors otherwise known as the Wee Free Men they are shrunken but fearsome Scottish Nationalists; the Elves and their quarrels may well recall other politicians south of the border. The real battle, however, is between selfishness and duty. Pratchett has rarely been so direct. It’s tempting to think that in this, his last book, he felt able to drop his customary teasing through footnotes and explain what empathy is... We are so used to the way George RR Martin or Joe Abercrombie or even Ursula le Guin show us fantasy worlds riven with cruelty, that perhaps the kindliness of Discworld is more subversive than it seems. It is, in essence, a humanist’s creation in which laughter, as Nabokov said, is the best pesticide, and humour as potent as swords..."

http://bit.ly/1hMrs1T

4.3 ORANGUTAN INTERACTIVE GAMES

No, we've not yet reached the point of being able to play Clacks against our orange-haired distant cousins, but this is a start...

"Orang-utans at Melbourne Zoo are taking part in a world-first research project aimed at giving the great apes greater choice and control over how and when they interact with visitors. The research project, conducted by the University of Melbourne in collaboration with Zoos Victoria and the Microsoft Research Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces, aims to better understand the ways orang-utans interact with technology and how they make choices through specially designed games. The games incorporate the Microsoft Xbox Kinect to project onto the floor of the orang-utans' exhibit and then operate as a touch-screen, using Kinect 3D technology to sense the animals' movements when they choose to interact with the projections. Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water, Lisa Neville and Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, Philip Dalidakis, visited Melbourne Zoo to test their nous against Malu, a 12-year old Sumatran Orang-utan, in a series of basic games specifically designed to encourage Malu's problem solving ability. In a unique feature of this research project, the choice was left completely up to Malu as to if, when, and how, he wanted to interact with the Ministers...".

The page includes a short (under three minutes) video in which Dr Sally Sherwin, Sarah Webber and Dr Marcus Carter explain the concept and its implementation, and the orangutans are shown interacting with the games!

http://www.zoo.org.au/news/world-first-study-gives-orang-utans-the-choice

4.4 A POSSIBLE COMMEMORATIVE SIGN IN WINCANTON

From the Western Gazette:

"Discworld Emporium owner Bernard Pearson revealed that he thought a memorial for his friend in the town would be good for Wincanton, following the news that Salisbury city council is supporting a project to create a life-sized bronze statue of the author there. Mr Pearson suggested the new statue in Salisbury and more Pratchett related attractions in Wincanton could form fitting spots on a tour remembering the prolific storyteller. He said: 'The Salisbury statue is a brilliant idea and there certainly should be something in Wincanton. We would like to make it so that Terry's fans visit the statue in Salisbury before coming here to the Emporium and to visit the pubs where he drank. We hope a new town sign is commissioned and gets the go ahead because people already come to the town to pose under the sign for pictures – it's a bit of a tourist attraction in itself – and some new artwork could make it even more of a draw.' Mr Pearson explained that tourists posed for photographs with the town's signs because they proudly display its twinned status with fictional settlement Ankh-Morpork, which has been in place since 2002. Town council clerk, Sam Atherton, confirmed discussions were underway. She said: "The council are in talks with Bernard to design new signage for the entrance to the town. This in memory of Terry.' ..."

http://bit.ly/1Lp90cP

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05) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS

5.0 REMINDER: THE SHAKESPEARE CODEX IS COMING!

The Studio Theatre Club, "the first, ever, anywhere in the world, to dramatise the works of Sir Terry Pratchett", will present the world premiere of The Shakespeare Codex by Stephen Briggs, the world's *premier* adapter of Discworld stories for the stage. If any of you haven't been following the pre-production announcements, The Shakespeare Codex is a mashup of The Science of Discworld II: the Globe, Lords & Ladies, and A Midsummer Night's Dream (the last one wasn't written by Terry Pratchett, of course), starring Ridcully, Rincewind, Granny Weatherwax, Angua, Vetinari, that Shakespeare feller, a noted 16th-century monarch – and noted Shakespeare impersonator, the Earl of Oxford.

When: 6th to 9th April 2016
Venue: Unicorn Theatre, Medieval Abbey Buildings, Checker Walk/Thames Street, Abingdon, OXON OX14 3HZ
Time: 7.30pm evening shows; Saturday matinee time not posted
Tickets: £10 (Wed./Thu.) and £11 (Friday and Saturday matinee). The Saturday evening show is already sold out. Tickets are sold via post, but phone and email requests can be made. For full information on ordering tickets, go to:
http://www.studiotheatreclub.com/ordering-tickets

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

5.1 NEW: MORT IN BRIGHTON: A SPECIAL PTERRY TRIBUTE READING (MARCH)

The New Venture Theatre will be presenting a special tribute "performed reading" of Mort – the Stephen Briggs adaptation, directed by Dan Walker – in March: "One year after his passing, this Performed Reading is a celebration of Terry Pratchett’s life and work, and features one of his most popular and humanitarian characters: Death Himself."

When: 11th and 12th March 2016
Venue: Theatre Upstairs, New Venture Theatre, Bedford Place, Brighton, BN1 2PT
Time: 7:45pm both shows
Tickets: £6.00, available from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/117203

"Please note that access to the Theatre Upstairs is only possible by 4 flights of stairs, and therefore may not be suitable for those with mobility difficulties."

http://www.newventure.org.uk/

5.2 NEW: MASKERADE IN SOUTHEND (MARCH)

Maskerade is coming to Southend in March! Director Mark Delf writes: "East Essex Players are once again climbing aboard the Great A'Tuin as they bring the late and great Terry Pratchett's tale of opera phantoms to Southend. The theatre company brought Wyrd Sisters to life in November 2014 to sold out audiences and are hoping to recreate its success again March this year. We had such a great time working on Wyrd Sisters and look forward to the same challenge with Maskerade" says East Essex Players chairman Hazel Latcham, "Due to its popularity we are even sticking in two extra performances due to how quickly it sold out!"

When: 15th - 19th March 2016
Venue: Dixon Studio, Palace Theatre, 430 London Road, Southend, Essex, SS0 9LA (phone 01702 351135)
Time: all evening shows 7.30pm. Matinees on Thursday 17th and Saturday 19th March 2.30pm
Tickets: £11.50 and £12.50. A £1.50 per ticket booking fee applies capped at six per order. To purchase online, go to http://bit.ly/1nxQ6p8 and click on the Buy button for your chosen date

http://www.eastessexplayers.co.uk/
http://www.sosac.co.uk/c/?776

5.3 REMINDER: WYRD SISTERS IN DEREHAM (MARCH)

The Dereham Theatre Company will present their performances of the Stephen Briggs adaptation of Wyrd Sisters in March!

When: 10th–12th March 2016
Venue: Dereham Memorial Hall, 62a Norwich Street, Dereham, Norfolk NR19 1AD
Time: 7.30pm all shows
Tickets: £10 (£9 concessions for those aged 18 and under or over 60). Available Tuesday through Friday 10am–4pm and Saturday 9am–3pm at The Little Gallery, 62 Norwich Street NR19 1AD; by phone 01362 690 969; and by post cheques (supported by a valid cheque card) should be made payable to "Dereham Theatre Company" and posted to the address above with a stamped self-addressed envelope if you would like the tickets sent to you. Tickets can also be booked online at http://derehamtheatre.co.uk/ "On-line booking and sales from The Little Gallery will be withdrawn on the day of each performance. On the day of a performance tickets for that performance can only be purchased from the Box Office at Dereham Memorial Hall no earlier than 30 minutes prior to the start of the performance."

For full booking details, go to http://dosoc.co.uk/bookingdetails.asp

http://dosoc.co.uk/production2.asp

5.4 NEW: MORT IN CHELMSFORD (MARCH)

After last year's triumph, Chelmsford Theatre Workshop are back with another Discworld production! Director Lynne Foster says, "I have loved to read Terry Pratchett since his first books were published – and over 20 years ago , Wyrd Sisters was one of the first plays I appeared in... After a break of a few years CTW once again put on a Terry Pratchett last year – a production of Wyrd Sisters – significantly just after Terry passed away. So – when I was thinking what to submit for 2015/6 season, I re-read Mort – and loved it – it has everything, magic, feisty young protagonists, and best of all – DEATH! I think Pratchett's plays are quite difficult to translate to the theatre, but in my opinion, Mort is the most successful. I spoke to the team who put on Wyrd Sisters who agreed to work with me on this – and the rest – as they say – is history. The whole team is looking forward to producing a fast paced, entertaining wonderful production in March."

When: 9th – 19th March 2016 (daily performances from Wednesdays to Saturdays)
Venue: The Old Court Theatre, 233 Springfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 (phone 01245 606505)
Email boxoffice@chelmsfordbc.gov.uk
Website www.ctw.org.uk
Time: 7.45pm all shows
Tickets: £10.00 (£9.00 for over-60s, Under-16s or Students). A £1.50 fee is applicable per transaction, except for cash and debit card payments made in person and by telephone (01245 606505). To purchase tickets online, go to http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?agency=CHEM&organ_val=26146&event_val=TWAI&schedule=list, then click the Buy Tickets button for your desired date.

http://www.chelmsford.gov.uk/mort

5.5 NEW: MASKERADE IN WITHAM, ESSEX (MARCH)

Witham Dramatic Club will be present their production of Maskerade next month.

When: Wed. 16th to Sat. 19th of March 2016
Venue: Witham Public Hall, Collingwood Road, Witham, Essex, CM8 2DY
Time: 7.45 pm all shows
Tickets: £10 advance, £12 on the door (for senior citizens and U16s, £8 in advance but £10 on the door; this discount is not available for the Friday and Saturday shows), available by phone (01621 892404), by emailing Contact@WithamDramatic.co.uk, or online at http://www.withamdramatic.co.uk/boxoffice.html

http://www.withamdramatic.co.uk/production.html#inprod

5.6 NEW: GUARDS! GUARDS! IN HELSINKI (MARCH)

Thespians Anonymous, an English-speaking amateur theatre group in Finland[1], are staging the Stephen Briggs adaptation of Guards! Guards! next month. "Join us in the deep dive into the world of fantasy and comedy. Dragons, magic, many laughs and a few drunks – all that and a little bit more awaits you at our shows in the end of March!"

When: 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 26th March 2016
Venue: Gloria, Kulttuuriareena, Pieni Roobertinkatu 12
Time: 19.00 all shows
Tickets: €13 (€11 concession), available onine at https://holvi.com/shop/thespiansanonymous/ or at the door (cash only) for €14 (€12 concession). Group discounts (€10 per ticket) are available for groups of 10 people or more. "Just add 10+ tickets to your basket on HOLVI and insert discount code GUARDSGROUP. You will get the discount automatically!"

http://blog.thespiansanonymous.org/

[1] Where I quite want to be, according to the song...

5.7 NEW: LORDS AND LADIES IN HAMPSHIRE (APRIL)

The Collingwood RSC Theatre Club – the RS stands for Random Salad in this case – have been presenting various Discworld plays for over 18 year now. Now, following on from Wyrd Sisters in 2011 and Witches Abroad in 2014, they are completing the original Witches trilogy with their first production of Lords and Ladies!

When: 20th – 23rd April 2016
Venue: Millennium Hall, HMS Collingwood, Newgate Lane, Fareham, Hants PO14 1AS
Time: 7.30pm all shows
Tickets: can be booked at the box office (phone 07502 037922) or by emailing collingwoodrsc@sky.com

5.8 REMINDER: THE WEE FREE MEN IN ADELAIDE, FOURECKS (APRIL)

The Unseen Theatre gang bring on a new era of Discworld adaptations with The Wee Free Men, adapted and directed by Pamela Munt!

"In the first of a series of Discworld novels for young adults, we meet the young witch-to-be Tiffany Aching – a girl who reads the dictionary for fun – because no-one ever told her not to. With a trusty frying pan as her weapon, her grandmother's magic book (well actually its called 'Diseases of the Sheep') and the Wee Free Men by her side, Tiffany ventures into the realm of faerie land to rescue her very sticky, and not particularly likeable, baby brother. But, of course, all is not what it seems..."

When: Wed. 15th April to Sat. 30th April 2016; a Sunday 17th April matinee is to be confirmed
Venue: Bakehouse Theatre, 255 Angas St. Adelaide
Time: 7.30pm all evening shows; 2pm matinee
Tickets: Adults $22; Concession $18; Children $18; Groups (6+) $16; TREv $16; Families (2 A & 2ch.) $60. Al tickets for the Preview night (15th April) are $15. To book online, go to www.bakehousetheatre.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the door on the night, subject to availability. Box office opens 7pm.

http://bakehousetheatre.com/shows/wee-free-men

5.9 NEW: WYRD SISTERS IN READING (MAY)

Caversham Park Theatre will present their production of Wyrd Sisters in April!

"If you have never experienced the late Sir Terry Pratchett's Discworld but wonder what you might have missed... Caversham Park Theatre is proud to stage Wyrd Sisters. We hope you will dip your toe into Sir Terry’s Discworld and discover a whole new universe of thoughtful comedy."

When: 12th, 13th and 14th May 2016
Venue: Milestone Centre, Northbrook Rd, Caversham, Reading, RG4 6PF
Time: 8pm for 12th and 13th April, 7pm for 14th April
Tickets: £7.00, available by phone (01189 481 377) or online at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/118288
Book online at: www.cavparktheatre.org.uk or phone 0118-948-1377

5.10 NEW: LORDS AND LADIES IN SWITZERLAND (APRIL/MAY)

The Gay Beggars theatre group of the University of Basel will present their production of Lords and Ladies, adapted by Irana Brown, in May!

When: 22nd, 23rd, 25th, 27th and 29th April; 1st, 3rd, 6th and 7th May 2016
Venue: Cellar Theatre of the English Seminar, University of Basel, Nadelberg 6
Time: 8pm all shows, except 1st May which starts at 5pm
Tickets: CHF25 (students, apprentices, AHV, IV CHF15). There is a group discount for school classes of CHF10 per student; contact reservations@gay beggars.ch for groups of 10 or more.

Tickets can be reserved by emailing reservations@gaybeggars.ch. "Reserved tickets must be picked up at the evening box office (opens one hour before the show).'

http://www.gaybeggars.ch/

5.11 NEW: WYRD SISTERS IN SOMERSET (MAY)

The Minehead Dramatic Society will stage their production of Wyrd Sisters in May.

When: 13, 14 and 15th May 2016
Venue: Regal Theatre, 10-16 The Avenue, Minehead, Somerset, TA24 5AY (phone 01643 706430)
Time: 7.30pm all shows
Tickets: Adults £8.00, Friends £7.50, ES40’s/Students £4.00. Online tickets can be purchased by logging in to http://intelligent-tickets.co.uk/index.php?th=mt&pg=selectevent&start=1&sel=11 and clicking on the date of your choice. "Please note that tickets cannot be purchased, on-line, on the same day as the performance. Please call into the box office or telephone 01643 706430 (Monday to Saturday 10.00am to 3.00pm)"

http://regaltheatre.co.uk/
http://regaltheatre.co.uk/whatson/?pno=2

5.12 NEW: MORT IN HESSE, GERMANY (MAY)

The Helden Theatre will be staging their production of Gevatter Tod (that's the Deutsche title of Mort) in May 2016!

When: Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May 2016
Venue: Theater Altes Hallenbad, Haagstrasse 29, 61169 Friedberg
Time: 7.30pm Saturday 21st, 3.30pm Sunday 22nd
Tickets: €10 concessions €8). To purchase online, go to http://bit.ly/1Rbt0MP and click on the Tickets button

http://heldentheater.de

5.13 REMINDER: MORT IN YORK (JULY)

We Are Theatre will be staging their production of Mort in July.

When: 21st and 22nd June 2016
Venue: Joseph Rowntree Theatre, Haxby Road, York YO31 8TA
Time: 7.30pm all shows
Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions), available from the York Theatre Royal box office (phone 01904 623568). For group bookings, contact wearetheatre@googlemail.com or ring 07521 364107

www.wearetheatre.co.uk

5.14 REMINDER: : LORDS AND LADIES IN NEWCASTLE (JULY)

The People's Theatre, "the premier amateur theatre company in the North of England", will stage their production of Lords and Ladies, adapted by Irana Brown, in July. "We're no strangers to Discworld and this funny and fast-moving adaptation of (the much-missed) Sir Terry's fourteenth novel sees the welcome return of Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg to our stage. It promises to be lots of fun, so book early to avoid disappointment!"

When: 12th to 16th July 2016
Venue: People's Theatre, Stephenson Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 5QF. Phone: (0191) 275 9875
Time: 7.30pm all shows
Tickets: £13.50 (£11 concessions). Box Office on 0191 265 5020 or email tickets.peoplestheatre@email.com. (Box Office is open weekdays 10.30am–1pm and Mon, Wed, Fri evenings 7.30–8.30pm). To book online, go to the inappropriately-named Intelligent Tickets, and be prepared to jump through a truly daft series of hoops:
http://www.intelligent-tickets.co.uk/index.php?th=pe

http://bit.ly/1lMl3Vj

5.15 REVIEW: SOUL MUSIC IN DURHAM

By James Gill, in the Durham University newspaper Palatinate:

"The night was made joyfully unique due to a few pleasurable directorial decisions from Mikey Bicaregui and Hamish Inglis, which included having Albert (Matthew Elliot-Ripley) appear on stage in character 20 minutes prior to the performance, which created a fun atmosphere as the audience trickled in. Additionally, having savvy businessman Dibbler (Fred Ridell) sell snacks during the intermission added a unique flair to the show. Laurence Stanley’s performance turned the often one-dimensional character of Death into a sombre but hilarious persona. He was a clear highlight in the play, and whether he was scaring us or moving us to laughter, there was never a dull moment. Wilf Wort was tremendously impressive as Glod, garnering consistent laughter from the audience as he illustrated his hilarious negotiation techniques, whilst also delivering his lines with a unique gusto. Adam Simpson was also remarkable in portraying Buddy’s transformation from a young outgoing lad to a reclusive rock and roll star. Elliot-Ripley was fabulous as Albert, a fitting narrator who helped to string together the loosely connected plotlines, and he was also excellent when mentoring Susan in fulfilling the duties of Death. In addition to these characters, it must be mentioned that Uday Duggal as The Dean—along with the members of the Legion—supplied great comedic support, and added immensely to the overall experience of the play... Although Soul Music was heavily hampered by Eddleston’s disconnected script, great performances from the majority of the cast and some tremendously comedic moments made this production truly enjoyable..."

http://www.palatinate.org.uk/soul-music-review-hilarious/

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06) DISCWORLD CONVENTION NEWS

CABBAGECON 4 NEWS

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

Advance tickets are available:

Weekend
€60,00
Language
English
Membership of Cabbagecon 4 for the whole weekend
Price: €60,00

Saturday
€35,00
Language
English
Membership for Cabbagecon 4 on Saturday
Price: €35,00

Sunday
€35,00
Language
English
Membership of Cabbagecon 4 for Sunday
Price: €35,00

http://www.dutchdwcon.nl/

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07) DISCWORLD MEETING GROUPS NEWS: UPDATES AND REMINDERS

The Broken Drummers, "London's Premier Unofficially Official Discworld Group" (motto "Nil percussio est"), meets next on 30th November 1999 (-5874 days to go), according to their website, or more probably on Monday 7th March 2016 at the Monkey Puzzle, 30 Southwick Street, London, W2 1JQ. For more information, go to http://brokendrummers.org/ or email BrokenDrummers@gmail.com or nicholls.helen@yahoo.co.uk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Broken Vectis Drummers meet next on Thursday 3rd March 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 4th March 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 7th March 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 7th March 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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08) IMAGES OF THE MONTH

Just the one this time, and fingers crossed for its eventual realisation in bronze. Paul Kidby's preliminary sketch for the proposed Pratchett statue:

http://www.paulkidby.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Sculpture-Proposal-webpic-432x733_c.jpg

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09) CLOSE

That petition to name one of the newly discovered elements "octarine" ultimately gathered 50,000 signatures, after which the signature-gathering was closed. Chances are far below the fabled one in a million that this naming will happen, but we can always hope. See you next month!

– Annie Mac

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

Copyright (c) 2016 by Klatchian Foreign Legion
wossname: (Plays)
Ooook! Productions tackle the Pratchettverse again with their unique production of Soul Music by Terry Pratchett, adapted by Imogen Eddleston!

"Come along to the world premier of Terry Pratchett's Soul Music, adapted by our very own Imogen Eddleston. It's sure to be a high energy evening of sex, drugs, and Music with Rocks in... Well, one out of three ain't bad. All proceeds raised will be split between Alzheimer's Research UK and Alzheimer's Society."

When: Thursday 18th Friday 19th and Saturday 20th February 2016
Venue: The Assembly Rooms Theatre, 40 North Bailey, DH1 3ET Durham, Durham
Time: 7.30pm all evening shows; Saturday matinee at 2.30pm
Tickets: £7.50 (£6.50 Concession, £6 DST). Group ticket deals are available, contact for more details.
Box office contact details: 07972550002 and n.s.orrell@durham.ac.uk
To book online, go to http://bit.ly/20B0Tvw

"Please be aware that any uncollected pre-booked tickets or reservations will be released if the purchaser has not collected them by the stated performance start time."
wossname: (GNU Terry Pratchett)
First a blue plaque in his local library, now a possible – probable?! – bronze statue in Salisbury!

"Although Salisbury City Council's services committee has backed the plans, money still needs to be raised to build it and planning consent also needs to be obtained... The campaign to build the statue is being led by Mr Kidby with the support of Sir Terry's family... The aim is to pay for the statue through crowd-funding and sponsorship from local companies. A[sic] initial sketch has been made by the artist, but it will take about six months to build the life-size sculpture. 'It would be Terry, life-sized standing on a granite base which will have a depiction of Discworld on it. People would hopefully be able to stand next to Terry and hopefully interact with it,' said Mr Kidby."

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-35523353

And here be a concept sketch from the hand of Mr Kidby himself:


wossname: (Plays)
Maskerade is coming to Southend in March!

Director Mark Delf writes:
East Essex Players are once again climbing aboard the Great A'Tuin as they bring the late and great Terry Pratchett's tale of opera phantoms to Southend. The theatre company brought Wyrd Sisters to life in November 2014 to sold out audiences and are hoping to recreate its success again March this year.

"We had such a great time working on Wyrd Sisters and look forward to the same challenge with Maskerade" says East Essex Players chairman Hazel Latcham, "Due to its popularity we are even sticking in two extra performances due to how quickly it sold out!"


When: 15th - 19th March 2016
Venue: Dixon Studio, Palace Theatre, 430 London Road, Southend, Essex, SS0 9LA (phone 01702 351135)
Time: all evening shows 7.30pm. Matinees on Thursday 17th and Saturday 19th March 2.30pm
Tickets: £11.50 and £12.50. A £1.50 per ticket booking fee applies capped at six per order. To purchase online, go to http://bit.ly/1nxQ6p8 and click on the Buy button for your chosen date

http://www.eastessexplayers.co.uk/
http://www.sosac.co.uk/c/?776
wossname: (Plays)
The Class 10 Players of Ringwood Waldorf School tell us that there will be a special school play this weekend. Yes, it's Wyrd Sisters time!

When: Friday 12th and Saturday 13th February 2016
Venue: Ringwood Waldorf School, Folly Farm Lane, Ashley, Hants BH24 2NN
Time: 7.30pm both shows
Tickets: FREE entry! But making a donation on the door is the decent thing :-)


wossname: Clacks rendering of SPEAK HIS NAME to keep Pratchett on the Overhead (Default)
Wossname
Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
February 2015 (Volume 18, Issue 2, Post 2)

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

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INDEX:

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

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01) MORE QUOTES OF THE MONTH

"To dad's fans – Cherish what he gave us, every book. They are marvellous gifts of laughter, wisdom and empathy. Through them he is immortal."

– Pratchett the Younger (on Twitter), who then went on to assure us that her father definitely ate'nt dead, 24th February 2015

"Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's wacky End-of-Days satire, tackles big, guilt-inducing issues — like religion and morality — with a fast-paced hilarity so undeniable, so straight-up campy, it'd make oddball Gorey proud."

– Caroline Goldstein on bustle.com, in an article celebrating what would have been Gorey's 90th birthday

"It wasn't really the fault of the doctors and the nurses. They healed his infection, they put food and drink beside him, almost all of them treated him with respect and genuine kindness. But they left him to himself and couldn't spend hours making sure he ate and drank. They couldn't brush his teeth and shave him and comb his hair and read poetry to him, do crosswords, play chess, talk to him, hold his hand, tell him he was safe, keep him anchored to the world he loved."

– Nicci Gerrard, Alzheimer's care activist, on the unnecessarily rapid decline of her dementia-afflicted father and the need for increased companionship and hands-on care for Alzheimer's sufferers

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02) LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR

Bring on the Tiffany Achings, Nac Mac Feegle, and any other Discworld characters you think would be fun for your children, young siblings, nieces, nephews, grandchildren or even young neighbours to dress up as for World Book Day! 2015's World Book Day – the twentieth anniversary of this celebration – is on 5th March. We've seen some great Discworld costumes in the past, so bring it on! For info about World Book day, go to http://worldbookday.com

In the Alzheimer's News section you will find some possibly infuriating news and some hope-giving news relating to both the present and the future. Do read Nicci Gerrard's original piece (the link is at the bottom of item 6.2). It's a heartbreaking story about how her father succumbed to the disease – "I sometimes thought of him as a great city whose lights were going out one by one, but slowly, so that you hardly noticed," Gerrard says – but her loss has led to something wonderful for dementia sufferers in many places.

And now, on with the show...

– Annie Mac, Editor

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03) ODDS AND SODS

3.1 DRAGONS AT CRUMBLING CASTLE GIVEAWAY

The website Popcorn Reads has an extensive rave review of DaCC, and is also offering a free hardcover copy of the book to "one lucky reader". Entries deadline is Saturday night, 14th of March 2015, and entrants must be at least 13 years old.

For full details of how to enter the raffle, go to http://bit.ly/1ACP5Q0 and scroll down to "Giveaway Rules".


3.2 STEELEYE SPAN 2015 TOUR UPDATES

Steeleye Span continue their triumphant tour including songs from their Wintersmith album. Some upcoming dates:

Sunday 8th March
Harlequin Theatre, Warwick Quadrant, Redhill, Surrey RH1 1NN 7.30pm (01737) 276500 Tickets £22.50
To buy online: http://bit.ly/1zn9SlJ

Tuesday 10th March
Wyvern Theatre, Theatre Square, Swindon, Wiltshire SN1 1QN (01793) 524 481 Tickets £22.50 (concessions £19.00), booking fee applies. Ticket Office: 01494 512 000
To buy online: https://swindontheatres.co.uk/Online/mapSelect.asp

Wednesday 11th March
Harlow Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Harlow, Essex CM20 1LS (01279) 431945 Tickets £23.50
To buy online: http://bit.ly/1E4Lkp6

Thursday 12th March
Pavilion Theatre, Worthing Pier, Worthing, Sussex BN11 3PX (01903) 206206 Tickets £21.50, (concessions £3 off)
To buy online: http://bit.ly/1vHECT3

Saturday 14th March
Gatehouse Theatre, Eastgate Street, Stafford, ST16 2LT (01785) 619080 Tickets £‬20.00
To buy online: http://bit.ly/1JX5qVT

Sunday 15th March
Nottingham Playhouse, Wellington Circus, Nottingham, NG1 5AF (0115)919419 Tickets £23
To buy online: http://bit.ly/1E4LpcB (click on Buy Tickets button)

Monday 16th March
Stratford Arts House, 14 Rother Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6LUS (01789) 207100 Tickets £21.50 (Concessions over sixty & under eighteen £19.50)
To buy online: http://bit.ly/1znhNPR

Friday 20th March
Pyramid & Parr Hall, Palmyra Square South, Warrington, Cheshire WA1 1BL (01925) 442345 Tickets £21.50
To buy online: http://bit.ly/1N0B8Aw

Saturday 21st March
HRH Prog 3 festival, Camp HRH, Pwllheli Wales (0207)097 8872 Tickets are for the entire festival and start at £490.00, which includes accommodation for two people in two bedrooms.
To buy online: https://www.hrhprog.com/tickets/

Steeleye Span will also be playing two UK festivals in May. On Friday 15th May they will headline the Shepley Spring Festival in Shepley, West Yorkshire, and on Monday 25th May they will play the Haverfordwest Folk Rock Festival.

Tickets for the Shepley festival cost £90 for the entire weekend (youth (16-17) £45, concession £80, accompanied children up under 16 free) without camping, and slightly more with camping. Entry to the showground itself is £5 to get into the showground and activities with events starting at 3pm on the 15th. For more information, and to purchase tickets, go to http://www.shepleyspringfestival.co.uk/

Tickets for the Haverfordwest festival are: 1 Day Adult Ticket (Ref: 1ADOD25) £30, 1 Day Student Ticket (Ref: 1STOD25) £25, 1 Day Child Ticket (Ref: 1CHEV25) £15. For more information, and to book, go to www.haverfordwestfolkrockfestival.co.uk/page_3221253.html


3.3 THE REAL PERDITA?

Anna-Maria Hefele is a polyphonic overtone singer. This is a kind of throat singing, but polyphonic overtone singing is as far away from the remarkable but frankly unlovely throat singing recently beloved by music industry hipsters as Agnes' vocalising was from, well, Christine's. Here be a video of Ms Hefele showing how to sing several notes at once *and* make it sound eerily beautiful:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vC9Qh709gas


3.4 REVIEW: SNUFF

By Mk on Popcorn Reads:

"On the surface of all of Terry Pratchett's novels is a lot of humor and then you start to peel the layers back to the heart, which always contains important issues. You have a choice, you can only look at the surface or you can peek underneath – how far underneath you look is up to you. It’s one of the things that makes his novels so brilliant, in the U.S. and the UK sense of the word. Most people begin reading them for one reason and then continue for another. For whatever reason you read Snuff, I guarantee it will only whet your appetite for more Discworld novels. You will love this series without a doubt, unless you're a total grump, in which case you're beyond hope anyway..."

http://bit.ly/1axGrbR

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04) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS

4.1 WYRD SISTERS IN TORONTO: BACK ON THE MENU!

You may remember that the Socratic Theatre Collective was forced to postpone the opening of their much anticipated production of Wyrd Sisters last October "due to a combination of several personal emergencies among the cast". Well, they survived the change of calendar and venue and are ready to rock!

"Terry Pratchett's Wyrd Sisters is the third Pratchett play to be produced by Socratic Theatre Collective; 2013's Terry Pratchett's Monstrous Regiment and 2012 Pratchett's Mort, both at the Toronto Fringe, were enthusiastically received by audiences, and sold out most of their runs... The production is directed by Socratic Theatre Artistic Director Liz Bragg, and features returning members from previous Socratic Theatre Discworld shows: Basel Daoud (Cmdr Vimes in Monstrous Regiment and Death in Mort) as Lady Felmet and others, S. R. Kriger (William de Worde in Monstrous Regiment and King Olerve in Mort) as Granny Weatherwax, and Amanda O'Halloran (Duchess of Sto Helit in Mort) as Nanny Ogg. Socratic Theatre also welcomes new cast member Daniel Cristofori (Alumni Theatre's Adrift) as Duke Felmet and others, Micha Lake (Collective Friction's Health Class), and Madryn McCabe (Two Chips The Copy). The production is stage managed by Jennifer Jakob (troll design and construction for Monstrous Regiment)... The 2014-2015 season is the fourth produced by the company."

When: 20th–29th March 2O15
Venue: Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen Street East, Toronto, Ontario
Time: evening shows all 8pm; Sunday matinees (22nd and 29th March) 2pm
Tickets: $20 general admission/$15 students and seniors. Box office: 416 845-9411
To purchase online, go to: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1260061

For more information, go to:

https://www.facebook.com/socratictheatre

http://www.socratictheatre.com/


4.2 REMINDER: SMALL GODS IN FOURECKS

For their next production, the wonderful and absolutely wiz(z)ardly Unseen Theatre of Adelaide will be tackling Small Gods.

* Performance Dates: May 15 to 30 (Wed. to Sat.) at 8pm
* All of the above held at: Bakehouse Theatre, 255 Angas Street, Adelaide."

For further information, email pamela@unseen.com.au or go to the website:

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


4.3 REMINDER: AUDITIONS FOR WYRD SISTERS IN UPPINGHAM, RUTLAND

The Uppingham Theatre Company Wyrd Sisters will present their production of Wyrd Sisters in October (25th to 31st). But first, it's audition time for Uppingham Theatre. Director Vikki Shelton will preside over auditions and read-throughs in May.

When: 4th, 6th, 11th and 13th May 2015
Venue: Don't Paddy's, Market Place, Uppingham (upstairs front room)
Time: 7:00pm on all days

Casting will be for Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, Magrat Garlick, Verence (late king of Lancre), Felmet, Lady Felmet, Vitoller, Mrs Vitoller, the Fool, Tomjon, Hwel, Sergeant, Demon, Robbers, Players, Guests, Guards, and Peasants.

Vikki writes: "If you would like to be considered but cannot make any of the above dates please e mail us, [at] info@uppinghamtheatrecompany.org.uk We also need people to help with front of house. Please remember that this is a public page if you wish to leave any contact details please do so via our email address."

Uppingham Theatre's Facebook page is now active:

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


4.4 REMINDER: WYRD SISTERS IN EYNSFORD, KENT

The Riverside Players will be staging their comedy-centric production of Wyrd Sisters in May 2015.

When: 8th, 9th, 15th & 16th May 2015
Venue: Eynsford Village Hall, High Street, Eynsford, Kent DA4 0AA
Time: Friday 8th & 15th – 7.45pm; Saturday 9th & 16th – 3.00pm & 7.45pm
Tickets: Adult £11, Concessions £9 (under 16s, over 60s and students with NUS card), Family £35 (2 adults and 2 concessions). There is a Discount Code for buying advance tickets: 'ESME15' until 23rd April 2015

www.riversideplayers.co.uk
email: enquiries@riversideplayers.co.uk
telephone 07704279948


4.5 REVIEW: MONSTROUS REGIMENT IN DURHAM

By Isabelle Culkin, in the independent student newspaper Palatinate:

"With a cast numbering at twenty one people, this production could easily have been very amateur. However, the ensemble cast were very talented, and supported each other excellently. The direction of Imogen and Eddleston and Matthew Elliot-Ripley was clear and coherent throughout and clearly framed some of the production's most impressive performances The impressive costume, makeup and set design supported this, and proved that there was nothing novice about this production. The technical side of the production was also particularly impressive and inventive, and aided the production most particularly through its slick transitions and well-chosen lighting and sound... Ooook! Productions always does well to create a familial feel to their productions, and the sheer scale of this production shows its success is a collaborative process. The synergy of the cast and crew fuelled this production with the kind of spirit a Pratchett production truly deserves..."

http://www.palatinate.org.uk/?p=55890

Also, here be a well worth reading pre-run interview by Amy Price with the cast and crew. The page also features an image of Ooook! Productions' rather lovely poster for the play:

"The most exciting things about staging Pratchett novels have to be in the level of creativity needed to put together a successful show. Pratchett regularly uses complex symbolism in his characters and settings, as well as fantastical elements such as magic and fantasy creatures, and all of these elements combine to make a technically challenging and incredibly satisfying show. Staging Pratchett novels is far from easy, but the hard work put in by technical and creative crew allow them to be unique experiences in student theatre... Casting the show was challenging, and we decided to take the theme of gender seriously by having gender-blind auditions, casting the best people for the roles regardless of how their gender aligns to their characters. As a result there will be men playing women, women playing men, and everything in between on the stage! This way the audience will be constantly guessing which characters are actually female, keeping the air of mystery surrounding the genders of the Regiment..."

http://www.palatinate.org.uk/?p=55441


4.6 REVIEW: JOHNNY AND THE DEAD IN WINCHESTER

By Flavia Bateson in the Winchester Daily Echo:

"The Chesil Theatre was aptly transformed for Chesil Youth Theatre's presentation of Johnny and the Dead, based on Terry Pratchett's children's novel. The action of the play takes place just before Halloween, so skeletons, skulls and spiders decorated the theatre – even the mobile phone announcement had an eerie, haunted ring to it. Will Cohen played the hero Johnny Maxwell with energy and sensitivity... There are many typical Pratchett comedy one-liners in this entertaining piece which has the underlying message of little people being able to make a difference. The 22 members of the Chesil Youth Theatre, aged between eight and 16, took on their roles with enthusiasm..."

http://bit.ly/1DX7Pwj

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05) DISCWORLD CONVENTION NEWS

AUSDWCON UPDATES

An exciting announcement from PJSM Prints!

"Strewth! We're coming to Fourecks! Calling all fans of the Last Continent! PJSM Prints are delighted to be attending 'Nullus Anxietas V' – The Australian Discworld Convention! Our team will be at the Novotel Parramatta, Parramatta, Sydney NSW from April 10 -12, 2015. So come on down to Holy Wood to meet up with other Discworld fans, chat to our esteemed guests and have a great time.

"We'll be bringing all manner of goodies

"At the show you'll be able to buy a fabulous selection of our latest Discworld merchandise with everything from highest quality greetings cards, keyrings, stickers and clothing, to all manner of badges, mounts and prints. And take it all home in a Discworld tote or canvas bag! Death, Nac Mac Feegles and Nanny Ogg! We'll bring all your favourites. We look forward to welcoming you!

"From canvases to coasters!

"We'll be packing as many exclusive goodies as we possibly can, including beautiful canvases to light up a room, coasters to add some personality to your desk and our range of gorgeous bookmarks!

"Collect the whole set – marvellous miniatures

"We have a fabulous selection of high quality miniatures of all your favourite Discworld characters available on our website. A real hobbyists dream, each one is perfect in every detail and comes unpainted ready for you to assemble and paint yourselves."

http://www.pjsmprints.com/miniatures/index.html

To view this announcement on the web, go to http://bit.ly/1DBvVdj

Remember to keep an eye on the Nullus Anxietas website for updates:

http://ausdwcon.org

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06) ALZHEIMER'S NEWS

6.1 TAKING ADVANTAGE OF PTERRY... OR NOT

A summing-up of the recent eBay kerfuffle, on Metro UK:

"[An] advert on eBay has caused something of a stir after the seller was accused of taking advantage of Terry Pratchett's Alzheimer's disease. User virtualparnassus suggested that once Pratchett stops writing and dies, the monetary value of the book will double. How sensitive. After several people approached him, including Pratchett’s daughter Rhiannon[sic], he ended the auction for the item. Before removing the item from sale he said: 'Fans and collectors know that Terry is tragically affected by PCA – a rare, early onset type of Alzheimer's. When he stops writing and ends his life this book will easily sell for twice what I am asking.' He went on to talk about other health problems the 66-year-old has been suffering from and warned the price of the book could be higher than the $1,250 (£813) he wanted. 'I do not plan to lower this price. Terry Pratchett, an author I love unreservedly, will end his life when his Alzheimer's reaches a pre-decided level,' he notes. 'I do not need to sell this and the other valuable, Pratchett books I am offering. Some of these books are duplicates I own. They will only appreciate in value.' Twitter users were not happy..."

In the end, the reactions of angry fans caused virtualparnassus to withdraw the listing, along with those of several other books.

http://bit.ly/1MMKJuQ


6.2 CARING ABOUT ALZHEIMER'S

In The Observer, a report by Yvonne Roberts on a growing carers movement that began with a newspaper column:

"Major triumphs often come from small and modest first steps and a cry from the heart. In November, barely eight weeks ago, Nicci Gerrard wrote about her father, a former GP and businessman, John Gerrard. He had suffered from dementia for several years since his mid-70s, before entering hospital in February 2014, aged 86, with leg ulcers. He was admitted, the author and journalist wrote, 'strong, mobile, healthy, continent, reasonably articulate and cheerful'. Five weeks later, after an outbreak of norovirus meant his family could see him only infrequently, he emerged 'skeletal, incontinent, immobile, incoherent, lost'... The article announced the launch of a drive to allow carers to remain with a loved one on wards outside of visiting hours. 'John's Campaign', as it is called, has the slogan 'Stay with Me'. Gerrard and her friend, Julia Jones, whose mother has Alzheimer's disease, wanted not just a carer's right to remain with a relative with dementia but also large posters on the door of every hospital ward, welcoming carers and their contribution... almost half of the people with dementia who go into hospital are less well when they leave than when they were admitted. Over a quarter of hospital beds in the UK are occupied by people with dementia... At Imperial College Healthcare NHS trust the culture is changing rapidly. Staff receive dementia training; tea parties for dementia patients and nursing staff are held in public places; a weekly carers’ clinic offers a drop-in session for relatives, friends and staff...

"At the civic level, Leeds was one of the first five cities to sign up to Cameron’s dementia challenge. Twenty per cent of the population there is over 65. Mick Ward, head of commissioning for adult social services, supported by Andrew Ogilvie, executive member for adult social care, has set up a Dementia Action Alliance, as have other towns and cities. It has gathered pace in the past 12 months. 'Living well with dementia means more than signs and stickers and a memory clinic,' Ward says. 'People ought to feel safe in their own communities and to be seen as having assets and interests, not just a diagnosis.'...

"The small, magical innovations are coming faster by the week. A car hire firm has two extra addresses for registered dementia sufferers, so if the destination is forgotten there is another place of safety. A hairdresser offers a spare chair and a cup of tea, so that having dementia and a hairdo becomes a normal part of everyday service..."

http://bit.ly/179XRcl

Related links:

http://www.johnscampaign.org.uk/howyoucanhelp.html

http://bit.ly/11OBUxf (Nicci Gerard's original piece)

http://bit.ly/1tfvbsS ("Dementia need not be a death sentence", Ms Gerard's follow-up article)

http://bit.ly/1LOBzL7 (Leeds Dementia Action Alliance)


6.3 MOLECULE THAT DELAYS ONSET OF ALZHEIMER'S FOUND

"The study in mice showed that the 'housekeeping' molecule put the brakes on a runaway process in the brain that leads to the most common form of dementia. The substance works by slowing the accumulation of sticky clumps of protein in the brain, which typically appear years before symptoms such as memory loss become apparent in patients. Although the molecule tested would be difficult to convert into a drug for use in humans, the scientists said, the findings prove that the cycle that leads to Alzheimer's devastating impact on memory and personality can be interrupted. Samuel Cohen, who led the study at the University of Cambridge, said:'The big advantage is that we haven't just come up with a drug and not really understood what it is doing. We've come up with a general strategy that could work.'

"The latest study, published on Monday in the journal Nature Structural & Molecular Biology, showed that a human molecule, called Brichos, sticks to the amyloid fibrils and, by coating their exterior, stops them from accelerating the formation of more clumps. 'It doesn't stop the initial formation, but it stops it becoming a chain reaction,' said Cohen... Brichos is unlikely to be suitable as a drug because it would be absorbed by the body before having the chance to work in the brain. 'A good tactic now is to search for other molecules that have this same highly targeted effect and to see if these can be used as the starting point for developing a future therapy,' said Cohen..."

http://bit.ly/17jtPD6

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07) DISCWORLD MEETING GROUPS NEWS

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

Next meeting: Monday 2nd March 2015

The Drummers' February meet report:

"It was a cold winter's night but around nine of us made it to the Monkey Puzzle nevertheless. I arrived to find that my husband had bought a patterned bobble hat with ear flaps and plaited cords. He insists that it is a good hat.
Eunice did her first quiz. It was on Discworld love interests. I won and was faced with the problem that the prize, an R2D2 Pez dispenser complete with sweets, already belonged to me and I did not want to take it home. Since Andrew was in second place I gave the prize to Sim as she seemed to want it very badly. She declared that she would take it to work and use it to dispense treats to people who have been good. We marvelled at her Pavlovian management skills. Eunice and Sim discussed a gig they had both been to. I only tuned into that conversation when I heard Sim say that she was, 'yelling obscenities in Australian!' She also said something about it being, 'piratey, punny fun.' Andrew wore his new hat back to the station. He insisted that a hat says a lot about a person's character. Eunice looked at him appraisingly and observed that this was certainly true."

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

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The Pratchett Partisans are a new fan group who meet monthly at either Brisbane or Indooroopilly to "eat, drink and chat about all things Pratchett". Forthcoming events include a discussion of "The Foode and Drinke of Discworld" on Saturday, 14th March at 2pm. For more info about their next meetup, go to www.meetup.com/Pratchett-Partisans/ or contact Ula directly at uwilmott@yahoo.com.au

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

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

Next meeting: Thursday 5th March 2015, probably, but do email to check.

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

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

Next meeting: Friday 6th March 2015 (probably).

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

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

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

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

Next meeting: Monday 2nd March 2015 at 6.30pm (probably). For more information, contact Sue (aka Granny Weatherwax): kenworthys@yahoo.co.uk

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The Treacle Mining Corporation, formerly known as Perth Drummers, meet on the first Monday of the month (subject to holidays) at the child-friendly Carpe Cafe, 526 Murray Street, Perth, Western Australia.

Next meeting: from 5.30pm on Monday 2nd March 2015 (probably).

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

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Western Drummers, also based in Sydney, meet at The Rowers, Nepean Rowing Club, Bruce Neal Drive, Penrith at 6.30-7.30pm for food, 7.30pm for games, quizzes and chat: "If you have never been, please come on down. You would be very welcome. We eat, have a drink, talk Discworld and play board games. Starts kind of 6 – 6.30ish and finishes kind of 9pm ish."

Next meeting: as there was a meeting on Tuesday, 17th February, the next will probably be in mid-March. For more information, contact Nanny Ogg – lewis_oz@bigpond.com – or visit their Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/westerndrummers

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08) IMAGES OF THE MONTH

How to illustrate a Discworld quote, by E Orange and Kim White:
http://bit.ly/1DuXoxa

Here be a photo of a "Cantiniere", taken by Roger Fenton in 1855. It puts me in mind of the sort of uniform Polly Perks might well approve of:
http://bit.ly/182sH7c

...and finally, a beautiful casual portrait photo of Sir Pterry, which accompanied the article about the eBay kerfuffle (item 6.1):
https://metrouk2.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/terry-pratchett.jpg

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09) CLOSE

And that's the lot for now. Wossname wishes all the relevant Roundworld "Agatean" cultures a very happy Year of the Goat (also known as Year of the Sheep, possibly more appropriate in a certain young witch's steading). We'll see you next 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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Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
February 2015 (Volume 18, Issue 2, Post 1)

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


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INDEX:

01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH
02) EDITOR'S LETTER
03) ODDS AND SODS
04) REVIEWS: DRAGONS AT CRUMBLING CASTLE
05) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
06) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS
07) CLOSE

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01) QUOTES OF THE MONTH

"Pratchett fans of America, you rock my (Disc)world: @terryandrob's DRAGONS AT CRUMBLING CASTLE is a New York Times Bestseller!"

– Super-editor and inadvertent Wossname reporter Anne Hoppe, on Twitter

"For decades, dementia in all its forms was the great unspoken. But thanks to people like author Terry Pratchett, who has been very open with his personal experiences of the condition, people are far more willing to talk openly about it."

– Dominique Kent of The Live-In Homecare Information Hub

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02) LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR

And here I thought I was getting some time off for the first half of this month! Oh well, some news – particularly about auditions for Unseen Theatre's newest Discworld production (item 5.1) – won't wait.

A few items to start...

This being St Valentine's week, Mrs Palm aka the Discworld Emporium is offering some very "reasonably priced" specials for one's loved one(s)! To see the offers and lovely illustrations, click on this link – http://bit.ly/1CjZcbJ – or proceed at the speed of love to item 6.

Last week National Libraries Day was celebrated across the UK. Ciara Eastell, head of libraries, culture and heritage for Devon county council and president of the Society of Chief Librarians, spills the beans – or perhaps, bananananas – on what it takes to become a Head Librarian. Oook!

http://bit.ly/1C9Ruks

A very important reminder: the Good Omens radio play has now been released on CD! The four-disc set includes the full six episodes as broadcast in December 2014, but with some extensions – shades of the Middle earth films! – and an additional 30 minutes of outtakes, i.e. an audio gag reel. The Good Omens CD set is available from the BBC Shop, many good booksellers, and that enormous evil internet commerce site that your Editor refuses to endorse...

...and finally, here's a photograph of London at night, taken by astronaut Sam Cristoforetti on the International Space Station. It clearly shows that Crowley *did* cause that sigil of evil to be created! Muhahahaha...

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B9EcZJiCQAIERiG.jpg:large

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

– Annie Mac, Editor

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03) ODDS AND SODS

3.1 AN AWARD FOR NEIL GAIMAN

Neil Gaiman has received an Outstanding Contribution Award at this year's BBC Audio Drama Awards, for his work on the radio adaptations of Neverwhere and Good Omens. Accepting his award from presenter Lenny Henry, Gaiman said:

"I'm absolutely honoured, overwhelmed, thrilled by the award, it's a wonderful, wonderful thing. I've loved radio since I was a small child. You can do amazing things inside someone's head with radio and radio drama. Geniuses like Douglas Adams have paved the way before us. I'm thrilled I get to turn some of my stories into radio dramas. I don't remember a time that I didn't care about radio drama. From Under Milk Wood to Unman Wittering and Zigo, from the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to Hancock's Half Hour, radio drama can become part of the fabric of one's life, exercising the imagination, making the listener into a collaborator with the actors and the writer and the director. It's faster and more fun and cheaper to make than a feature film, and sometimes a hundred times more effective..."

http://bit.ly/1FEFNmP


3.2 A LETTER TO CHERISH

UK fantasy author David Stone aka David Grimstone tells of the brief but life-changing reply he received after writing a letter to *The* Author over twenty years ago:

"It was 1993, I was fifteen years old and I’d been submitting around two hundred different manuscripts of varying length to publishers since first beginning to create stories after my twelfth birthday. After standard rejections, complicated rejections, rejections suggesting I change narratives and start on different sorts of fiction, polite suggestions that I choose to do something different with my life and even one or two strong hints that I should never have picked up a pen in the first place, I decided to write to my literary hero and tell him that I was giving up on my novel because – as I said – there was ‘no market for comic fantasy’... it could be argued [Pratchett's reply] forged an entire career for me. I haven’t been out of work since I signed that first deal in 2002, and I’ve written more than twenty-five books for children, teenagers and adults. Some of them have done quite well..."

Stone has framed the reply. To read see it, and read his whole post, go to

https://blokecalleddave.wordpress.com/2015/02/10/terrypratchett/


3.3 STEELEYE SPAN TOUR UPDATES

Steeleye Span continue their tour. This weekend they will be playing at in Barrow-in-Furness.

When: Sunday 15th February 15
Venue: The Forum, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria
Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: £19.50 (concessions £17.50)

http://www.theforumbarrow.co.uk/

Another performance takes place in Harlow, Essex, next month.

When: Wednesday, 11th March
Venue: Harlow Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Harlow, Essex CM20 1LS
Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: £23.50. To book, call the box office on (01279) 431945 or visit www.playhouseharlow.com

For more information, news and tour info, go to:

www.steeleyespan.org.uk

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04) REVIEWS: DRAGONS AT CRUMBLING CASTLE

By Tasha Robinson for NPR:

"They're airy, energetic and goofy, starting with the title story, which has King Arthur getting the news of the day from a series of town criers who collectively serve as a newspaper, right down to a sports-page crier, a pompous editorial crier, and a comics-page crier who draws pictures and travels with a jester. When the news crier informs Arthur about dragons invading a local castle, he sends the only available knight, a small boy who accumulates a group of similar misfits on his travels, then learns dragons aren't so bad. These kinds of wandering, unpredictable journeys that end in amiable places are common in Crumbling Castle, whether it's the infinitesimal dueling rulers on a well-populated Horton Hears a Who-style dust speck exploring a neighbor speck, or a pet tortoise taking a slow stroll out of his comfortable garden and down to the local pond.

"Dragons at Crumbling Castle includes pictures drawn in the style of celebrated children's book artist Quentin Blake, and evoking Blake's many illustrations for another celebrated British author: Roald Dahl. There's a suggestion here that publisher Clarion Books is trying to associate Crumbling Castle with Dahl books like Matilda and The Witches. Pratchett's early stories lack Dahl's gleeful sense of the macabre, but the comparison otherwise isn't far off. Both authors are fantasists with a wry British sense of humor and a talent for taking stories in unexpected directions. Both are humanists, with a dim eye toward people's most selfish and self-gratifying natures but confidence in the power of good will and determination. And both approach young readers without sentiment or condescension..."

http://n.pr/1Fuqtt4

Kirkus Reviews:

"The author admits to some minor editorial massaging, but these and all the rest feature characters heroic or hiss-worthy, pranks and battles aplenty, sly twists on familiar tropes and his trademark mix of silly humor and acute moral commentary. In the title tale, a lad makes peace between a town and a family of displaced dragons, and in another, rival rulers even smaller than Carpet People squabble over a newly discovered dust speck... All the stories come with sheaves of new illustrations depicting wide-eyed caricatures in comically stagey poses, drawn Quentin Blake-style in quick, sketchy pen strokes against swabs of monochrome wash. Juvenilia from a genius..."

www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/terry-pratchett/dragons-at-crumbling-castle/

School Library Journal:

"The oddness of the stories makes them funny and unique. Many feature British terminology, which might confuse younger readers but adds to the flavor of the book. General themes include good overcoming evil, cheaters never prospering, and courage defeating danger... Middle grade readers who enjoy Pratchett's other works or Dahl's tales are bound to enjoy this one."

The Booklist:

"It's a pleasure to read Pratchett's reflections in his introduction and to see his signature warmth, wit, and intelligence light up these simple stories. Appearing throughout the book, Beech's amusing ink-and-wash drawings perfectly capture the magic of the tales reminiscent of Quentin Blake's illustrations."

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05) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS

5.1 SMALL GODS IN FOURECKS: AUDITION TIME!

For their next production, the wonderful and absolutely wiz(z)ardly Unseen Theatre of Adelaide will be tackling Small Gods. Director Pamela Munt says:

"Pratchett's usual gently hilarious mirror-imaging of our world concentrates on quite a specific subject this time. The main target of his perceptive, satirical wit in Small Gods is religion and intolerance. Nevertheless it is still epic storytelling (with one foot of silliness stuck in the door), a comedic character piece, an awfully big adventure, and as always, it examines the never ending conflict between good and evil.

"* Information Night (this is when you can find out all about us and the play without having to put yourself in the spotlight) – Sunday 14th Feb at 2pm.
* Auditions: Sunday 22nd Feb at 4pm.
* Rehearsals: Start on Sun. 15th March and run on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings each week for 10 weeks.
* Performance Dates: May 15 to 30 (Wed. to Sat.) at 8pm
* All of the above held at: Bakehouse Theatre, 255 Angas Street, Adelaide."

To subscribe to the Small Gods audition list, go to http://bit.ly/19dfBW2

To subscribe to the Unseen Theatre mailing list, go to http://bit.ly/17pgOsB

For further information, email pamela@unseen.com.au or go to the website:

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


5.2 WYRD SISTERS IN UPPINGHAM, RUTLAND

The Uppingham Theatre Company Wyrd Sisters will present their production of Wyrd Sisters in October (25th to 31st). But first, it's audition time for Uppingham Theatre. Director Vikki Shelton will preside over auditions and read-throughs in May.

When: 4th, 6th, 11th and 13th May 2015
Venue: Don't Paddy's, Market Place, Uppingham (upstairs front room)
Time: 7:00pm on all days

Casting will be for Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, Magrat Garlick, Verence (late king of Lancre), Felmet, Lady Felmet, Vitoller, Mrs Vitoller, the Fool, Tomjon, Hwel, Sergeant, Demon, Robbers, Players, Guests, Guards, and Peasants.

Vikki writes:

"If you would like to be considered but cannot make any of the above dates please e mail us, [at] info@uppinghamtheatrecompany.org.uk

"We also need people to help with front of house. Please remember that this is a public page if you wish to leave any contact details please do so via our email address."

Uppingham Theatre's Facebook page is now active:

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


5.3 WYRD SISTERS IN EYNSFORD, KENT

The Riverside Players will be staging their comedy-centric production of Wyrd Sisters in May 2015.

When: 8th, 9th, 15th & 16th May 2015
Venue: Eynsford Village Hall, High Street, Eynsford, Kent DA4 0AA
Time: Friday 8th & 15th – 7.45pm; Saturday 9th & 16th – 3.00pm & 7.45pm
Tickets: Adult £11, Concessions £9 (under 16s, over 60s and students with NUS card), Family £35 (2 adults and 2 concessions). There is a Discount Code for buying advance tickets: 'ESME15' until 23rd April 2015

www.riversideplayers.co.uk
email: enquiries@riversideplayers.co.uk
telephone 07704279948

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06) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS

It's the Discworld Emporium versus Valentine's Day, and everyone wins!

"We love our dear customers, so for one weekend only as a Valentines gift from us, we're giving you 10% off specially selected items from our range. Simply enter the code ROSIE at checkout to apply the discount - offer begins midnight on Friday 13th and ends midnight Sunday 15th February. VIEW THE COLLECTION!"

www.discworldemporium.com/ValentineGifts

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

The Compleat Ankh-Morpork 1,000 piece jigsaw is priced at £17.50. For more info, and to order:

www.discworldemporium.com/Ankh-Morpork%20Jigsaw%20Puzzle

"Introducing the Definitive Discworld Stamps for the Year of the Spinning Mouse – six iconic issues from the Ankh-Morpork Post Office as designed by Moist Von Lipwig himself. These splendid stamps make their debut in the first Little Brown Envelope of 2015, and in an exclusive souvenir Stamp Set from the Ankh-Morpork Post Office. Our Definitive Stamp Set from the Ankh-Morpork Post Office is the ideal souvenir for any Going Postal fan! Contains all six new Definitive designs, printed by Teemer and Spools in Ankh-Morpork. The Definitive LBE contains at least three new stamps, along with an assortment of current Discworld Stamps, and a generous scattering of rarities – including the coveted $5 River Gate Blue Triangle and Dead letter labels."

The 2015 LBE is priced at £5.00. For more info, and to order:

http://bit.ly/1Ciskxs

The AMPO Definitives Souvenir Stamp Set is priced at £4.00. For more info, and to order:

http://bit.ly/1vldBPW

"WATCH THIS SPACE! SINGLE STAMPS AND WHOLE SHEETS COMING VERY SOON!"

And the return of a favourite:

"Death's Cloak Pin, as also worn by Susan and Mort of course, is back! For cosplay or general wear, our ever-popular Infinite Omega accessory is a faithful replica in antiqued pewter."

The Death's Cloak Pin is priced at £10.00. For more info, and to order:

http://bit.ly/1vleZlt

To write to the Discworld Emporium by land mail:

Discworld Emporium
The Discworld Emporium
41 High Street
Wincanton, Somerset BA9 9JU
United Kingdom

http://bit.ly/1DVFByu

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07) CLOSE

And that's the lot for the moment. I hope all the various apes of Roundworld had an excellently evolved Darwin Day. 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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NOT SO EARLY EDITION
February 2014 (Volume 17, Issue 2, post 2)
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INDEX:

01) EDITOR'S LETTER
02) ODDS AND SODS
03) RAISING STEAM REVIEWS
04) PTERRY AND ALZHEIMER'S NEWS
05) ROUNDWORLD TALES: TREACLE MINING
06) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS
07) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
08) DISCWORLD MEETING GROUPS NEWS
09) MORE IMAGES OF THE MONTH
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01) LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR

So here we are, several weeks later, and I have to report that my health issues are still impacting on my ability to do my best on WOSSNAME work (or anything else, for that matter). I can tell you this: if anyone ever offers you a free sample of a charming dysfunction called Type 2 Trigeminal Neuralgia, just say no. Very loudly. Trust me on this. Persistent, brain-eating facial pain does what it says on the tin, namely eats one's mental processing and concentration abilities, and among other things causes one to not be able to write coherent reviews, and to move the town of Accrington from Lancashire to Cheshire, as I did in the previous issue (and I have less excuse than many, being well familiar with said town; many thanks to WOSSNAME's Director of Trains, Brian Dominic, for quietly pointing that out to me). However, today has been the first comparatively world-of-pain-free day I've had in weeks, so hopefully there are no similarly egregious mistakes below...

Now then. First off, some title news: the third book in The Long Earth series will be called The Long Mars! Release date will be 19th June 2014. To pre-order from Amazon: http://amzn.to/1jxuSkt

Remember, Sir Pterry will be the special guest at Eastercon 65 from 18th – 21st April 2014 at the Crown Plaza Hotel, Glasgow: http://satellite4.org.uk/

By the way, that turtle-shaped roundabout praised by Pterry and featured in the first issue this month is in Bundaberg, Queensland, Fourecks: http://tinyurl.com/mr3w6b7

– Annie Mac, Editor

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02) ODDS AND SODS

...and some of these are very odd indeed...

2.1 ANOTHER MOIST VON LIPWIG – CLOSER TO HOME

Fund manager Benjamin Wilson has now been jailed for seven years. His crime? He "used author Terry Pratchett's signature to dupe friends and colleagues out of £22million and spent it on lavish life of racehorses, sports cars and Vegas gambling trips". No, really:

"Benjamin Wilson, 35, used the money of 'several hundred' investors - including close friends and colleagues - to fund his 'lavish lifestyle', Southwark Crown Court heard. Wilson, who was today jailed for seven years, used the cash to pay for a multimillion-pound home as well as buying racehorses, a luxury sports car and gambling in Las Vegas.
He doctored business statements to hide his fraudulent activity, using Google Images to copy the signature of author Terry Pratchett to sign off audit reports, the court heard. He pleaded guilty in December 2013 to two counts of forgery and one of fraud, having previously admitted a charge of operating a collective investment scheme without authorisation. Sentencing Wilson to seven years, Judge Michael Grieve said Wilson had carried out an 'utterly shameless confidence fraud' targeting victims who invested money 'they could ill afford to lose'. He had used the cash to fund a lifestyle of 'untold lavishness and luxury', the judge said. 'You were the sole architect of the fraud from start to finish,' he said. 'There may well be some element of living in a world of make believe. At the same time it was a cruel and very sophisticated fraud with only one beneficiary - that was yourself.'..."

http://tinyurl.com/mphg2wq

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2.2 AND ANOTHER PRATCHETT OF INTEREST...?

In the Toronto Star, news of a new fantasy author by the name of Pratchett:

"It may be fortunate that Vincent Pratchett knows his way around a fire hose. His career as an author is liable to get red hot in 2014. A veteran of 23 years with Toronto Fire Services, Pratchett's first novel, The Raven's Warrior, was selected as one of the works to be given out on World Book Night in April... Already a winner of the 2013 USA Best Book Award for visionary fiction — handed out by USA Book News — the novel is set in 10th-century China. Its protagonist, a Celtic warrior, is taken in battle by Vikings and dragged and sold across Europe and Asia until he ends up a slave to a Taoist priest and his daughter in the Middle Kingdom. Under his masters' Eastern tutelage, the Celtic slave becomes a king in a story Pratchett describes as a kind of Arthurian legend... Pratchett — who works out of Station 135 in Forest Hill — is as surprised as anyone at his book's award recognition. Indeed, he's still shocked that he's a professional author at all..."

http://tinyurl.com/jw2yx6o

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2.3 ERIC AS INSPIRATION

A good many people consider Eric to be the lest of all Discworld works, but for fantasy author David L. Stone aka David Grimstone, reading Eric was a literal (and literary) life-changer – and only because he was a pound short for the book he had intended to buy!

"I'd almost given up completely when I found Eric. The book, showing a wizard shooting through the air with a boy dragging on the flying chest beneath him, was tiny….and I mean tiny. It was also £2.99. I resigned myself to buying an actual book, took it home and – rather miserably – started reading it just after lunch. By dinnertime that day I was absolutely in love with Terry Pratchett. He spoke so directly to my imagination that it genuinely seemed like he had tailored the book entirely for me. In the weeks that followed, I bought and read every Discworld novel from the back catalogue, and devoured them all at the weekends. This reached fever pitch when I actually started faking illness so that I could stay off school and read them...."

This blog essay is well worth a read. And I shall have to go back to our copy of Knights of Madness and see if Mr Grimstone is worth reading, too, since it contains one of his stories...

http://blokecalleddave.co.uk/?p=538

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2.4 APPEAL FOR A THOUSANDE ELEPHANTS!!!!

From Maggie Wilde, on behalf of the 2014 Wincanton Spring Fling:

"COME ON FOLKS, ANYONE COMING TO SPRING FLING AT WINCANTON 3RD/4TH MAY THE THEME IS "MOVING PICTURES" SO WE NEED 1000 ELEPHANTS!! PLEASE BRING AS MANY AS YOU CAN. They can be sketches, stuffed toys, knitted or sewn, old toys from charity shops, figurines, cakes, biscuits, chocolate, soap. In fact I'll give a prize to the 'most unusual form of elephant' and to the person who brings the most elephants. They can be loaned for the count up then retrieved or left to be sold on the 'Fifth Elephant stall', proceeds to the charity. Anyone who can't come but wishes to contribute please send your elephants to the Discworld Emporium, 41 The High Street Wincanton Somerset BA9 9JU with a covering letter. thank you. We can't send any back but they will be included on the stall. Any leftovers will go to local charity shops. PS nothing alive or dead or life size, thanks!"

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03) REVIEWS: RAISING STEAM

By Mark Vaughan-Jackson, in Canadian newspaper The Telegram:

"When he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's a few years ago (2007, to be exact), I had a moment of mourning and feared that was it, that I'd never have a new Discworld tale — or at least only a few more. Since then, he's proved me and the rest of the world wrong. In fact, from our end as readers eagerly anticipating the next book, it seems the only change is Pratchett now uses voice technology instead of a keyboard... Either way, I for one am delighted that Sir Terry continues to put out new works — Discworld or otherwise... Lipwig has become Pratchett's latest in a long line of central characters who, for a book or two, become the focus before the author shifts back to a different part of the Discworld and a different protagonist. This has been part of Pratchett's secret of longevity. I've said it before: most big sci-fi or fantasy series choke on their own success after five or 10 books. Discworld hasn't — not after five, not after 10 or 20 or 30 or even now after 40. Just when you wonder whether yet another storyline featuring Granny Weatherwax will work, he changes tack and hits you with a Commander Vimes story, or a tale from one of the other countries clinging to the surface of the Disc, on top of the four elephants atop the Great A'Tuin, the giant pace turtle. These changeups keep things fresh, allowing Pratchett to keep on revisiting the creative well that he found way back in Book 1... As ever, Pratchett throws in a couple of curveball sub-plots, too. This time it's the continued inner unrest in the Dwarven realm, as Low King Rhys Rhyson struggles to maintain the new peace with Trolls and Humans while dealing with the unrest of the dwarvish religious fundamentalist, the Grags. Again, as ever, Pratchett has a deft hand as he casts a gently satirical eye over everything from dwarven gender discrimination to goblin emancipation. All in all, classic Pratchett that was great fun to read..."

http://tinyurl.com/nevzcrf

By Elli Christie, Books Editor, in Exepose, the University of Exeter's student newspaper:

"Despite, understandably, reducing his public appearances since being diagnosed with Alzheimer's, Pratchett still publishes a book a year and the Discworld remains as dynamic and refreshing in Raising Steam as it was when The Colour of Magic was published in 1983. Following on from the events in Snuff which saw goblins acknowledged as part of society and previous beliefs challenged, Raising Steam explores what the further implications of this emancipation are on Ankh-Morpork and the Discworld... Whilst this all sounds fantastical, Raising Steam constantly remains surprisingly relevant to not only our world but current day events. There is a thoughtful and subtle exploration of what might cause terrorism and how it can quickly engulf a community through fear and ignorance when certain dwarfs are able to destroy train stations and kill despite being a minority. Moist von Lipwig is also aware that positive media representation is essential for the railway that is so dependent on the goodwill of its customers and Pratchett demonstrates this with an insight into the commercial thinking that is behind his zany schemes..."

http://tinyurl.com/lcdaxb9

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04) PTERRY AND ALZHEIMER'S NEWS

SIR PTERRY RECOMMENDS: A BOOK ON ASSISTED DYING

"Sir Terry Pratchett provides foreword to locally-written book on dying with dignity... Lesley Close, of Stanley Hill, Amersham, had to make the decision. She chose to accompany her brother to an appointment with Dignitas, the Swiss organisation which offers to help people commit suicide. Her book, Assisted Dying – Who Makes the Final Decision? came out on Wednesday last week, and includes a case study of her experience... It is co-edited by Jo Cartwright, campaigns and press manager for Dignity in Dying... The book focuses on case studies of families who support assisted dying for different reasons, and hopes to raise awareness of the issue. Ms Close's brother, John Close, was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2001, and in 2003 he made the decision to go to Zurich to end his own life with Dignitas..."

Here is the foreword to the book, as reprinted in Get Bucks:

"I don't fear death, but, like many other people, I do fear dying badly. This book explores assisted dying by looking boldly at the historical, medical, legal, philosophical and ethical aspects at the heart of the matter. It punctuates these with the stories of real people's deaths, of real suffering and the ght[sic] that has been inspired in the people living with memories of those deaths. Some of the people in this book, much like Peter Smedley who invited me to witness his assisted death at Dignitas, died too soon to ensure that they could die well. In years to come people will look back, aghast, at a time – this time – when people were forced to choose between living on and dying well. This book will undoubtedly move the debate forward and help us get to the stage when the choice to die as we wish is one that we can make at home, surrounded by the things and people that have made our lives what they are. That's a time to look forward to, when the fear of dying badly will have been consigned to history books.

Sir Terry Pratchett, October 2013"

http://tinyurl.com/mxzhmys

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05) ROUNDWORLD TALES: TREACLE MINING

From Wikipedia:

"The topic has been a joke in British humour since the mid 19th century. One possible origin of the joke is from 1853 when 8,000 British Army soldiers were camped on Chobham Common. The camp included storehouses containing barrels. When the soldiers left for the Crimean War and the site was dismantled, they buried barrels to avoid having to remove them. Some of the barrels contained treacle and Cobham villagers who discovered and removed them were called "treacle miners" as a joke. Local folklore about treacle mining was extended back into history back to Roman Britain. Another explanation is that 'treacle' meant 'a medicine', derived from the appearance of the Greek derivative 'theriacal' meaning medicinal (Gk theriake = a curative or antidote), so the various healing wells around Britain were called 'treacle wells'. Treacle later came to mean a sticky syrup after the popularity of a honey-based drug called "Venice treacle", and the continued use of the old form in the treacle wells led to the joke...

"The village of Sabden in Lancashire cultivated a considerable body of folklore about local treacle mining in the 1930s. The local newspaper helped foster the myth, publishing numerous stories about the fictional mines.
The paper mills around Maidstone in Kent were known as 'The Tovil Treacle Mines' by locals, after the area where one of the mills owned by Albert E. Reed was situated. The company helped the myth with a float in Maidstone carnival with a 'treacle mine' theme... Tudeley and Frittenden in Kent are also said to have had treacle mines. A tank wagon on the Kent and East Sussex Railway was painted in fictional 'Frittenden Treacle Mines' livery in 2009... Treacle mines have also been claimed in Wem (Shropshire), Talskiddy, Bisham, Nuneaton, Chobham, Tongham, Tadley, Skidby, Ditchford, Crick. Dunchideock and many other locations across Somerset and Devon..."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treacle_mining


And a more "myffic" tale from treacleminer.com, which also features quotes from Discworld books and from Discworld (and Roundworld!) folklorist Jacqueline Simpson:

"Many claim to know that there were Treacle Mines in Buxted, but few know the full story. They will tell you that the treacle mines of Buxted were sited next to the lighthouse near the harbour. They will not tell you that, in the 17th century, barges came up he river Uck and berthed on the quay-side, where treacle rock was loaded and transported to the coast; where it was taken by oxen driven wagons to larger towns, where the treacle was used to make treacle floss, treacle tarts, treacle toffee and surprisingly limpet mines... The lighthouse was a focal point of the old village of Bukktsted. The treacle miners operating in the area used the lighthouse as a lookout-post (camera obscura); as a bank for treacle nuggets; the storage for the miners' candles and products produced and as a meeting point for the village Morris Men... The treacle seams followed the ley lines stretching from old Buxted through Etchingwood beyond the Spotted Cow Ale House, along the Hadlow Down ridge and beyond to Hadlow Down, Jarvis Brook, Steel Cross and the Boar's Head..."

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06) DISCWORLD ARTS AND CRAFTS NEWS

6.1 A MESSAGE FROM THE CUNNING ARTIFICER

"Dear Emporium Followers,

"The ants are on strike, the FTB (Fluffy Teddy Bear) is missing and the mouse it without its cheddar. We therefore regrettably announce that our website is currently off-line and 'normal' service has been somewhat disrupted.

"We are working hard to to fix the problem, but until the site is back up and running we will not be able to send or receive emails via our usual business email address: reb@discworldemporium.com. We are very very sorry, from the bottom of our little hearts for any inconvenience and concern this may cause. Please rest assured that our 'real' shop hasn't vanished, so if you have any worries about your current/pending orders you are welcome to phone us on 01963824686, or use our temporary email discworldemporium@gmail.com

"Hopefully we won't have to resort to pulling the Big Red Lever just yet!
Thank you for your patience and support"

6.2 LEGO DISCWORLD CREATIONS

For all you Lego enthusiasts, here be a Flickr image set of the Potent Voyager, as described in The Last Hero graphic novel:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/l-space/12570487295/in/set-72157641076233184/

Also, a very impressive Sator Square in Lego:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/38463026@N04/sets/72157641076999114/

6.3 DISCWORLD STAMPS

A new announcement from those Cunning Artificers:

"They've arrived! The new set of official Definitive stamp issues from the Ankh-Morpork Post Office have been delivered by our own Mr Spools, and we've been busy perforating and tearing hundreds of sheets and thousands of stamps in preparation for their launch. This perennial range of Discworld Stamps began life in 2004 inside Hardback editions of Going Postal, and has undergone an annual design overhaul ever since. As an official Roundworld branch of the A-M.P.O we are proud to reveal our new designs for the iconic Half Penny Post Office, Penny Patrician, 2p Coat of Arms, 5p and 10p Morporkias and famous $1 Tower of Art. Each issue will be available in sheets and singles from Monday 3rd February, and are available to preview now in the New Stamps section of our site –

http://tinyurl.com/m6wnxfa

"But why wait?! Keen collectors and aspiring Stanley Howlers can be the first to own these new issues with our first Little Brown Envelope issue of the year, the 'Usual Suspects' LBE – available now! The LBE is our version of the 'tenpenny lucky dip bag' featured in Going Postal, and this current edition includes an average of three new Definitive issues in every envelope along with an assortment of current Discworld stamps, and the chance to obtain their respective rare 'sport' variants – follow the link to view:

http://tinyurl.com/mgpeyzc

"ASK US ABOUT STAMPS! – find out how it all began by perusing our friendly Beginners Guide to the wonderful world of Discworld Stamps – http://tinyurl.com/m8bq3as – or start your collection with a Going Postal Starter Pack – follow the link to view – http://tinyurl.com/kjn2a9p ..."

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07) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS

7.1 MAKING MONEY IN SALISBURY: FINAL PERFORMANCES THIS WEEK!

When: remaining dates are 27th February-1st March 2014
Venue: Studio Theatre, Ashley Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP2 7TN
Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: from Salisbury Information Centre, phone 01722 342860

http://www.studiotheatre.org.uk/

7.2 REVIEW: MAKING MONEY IN SALISBURY

By Hannah White, in the Salisbury Journal:

"The plot is everything you would expect from Sir Terry – an extraordinary storyline with plenty of humour. There were outstanding performances, especially from Stew Taylor as the lead role, Moist von Lipwig. Phil Taylor, as golum[sic] Gladys, was responsible for many of the laugh out loud moments, and Alistair Faulkner was fantastic as Mr Bent. Special mention must also go to Teddy Woolgrove, socially awkward Hubert, and George Goulding as Igor and Mr Slant as well as Theo Ross, Mrs Lavish. Anthony von Roretz put in a convincing performance as tyrant Lord Vetinari, despite stumbling over a couple of lines in the first half. James Bradwell proved he could pull off villainous Cosmo Lavish just as brilliantly as his hilarious performance as Manuel in Studio's recent Fawlty Towers production. All of the actors gave it their all and it was clear they were thoroughly enjoying themselves..."

http://tinyurl.com/k9flxcv

7.3 REMINDER: GOING POSTAL IN BASILDON

The Thalian Theatre Company,whose vast array of previous Pratchett productions includes Wyrd Sisters, Men at Arms, Maskerade, Mort, Guards! Guards! and Carpe Jugulum, are adding a new play to the list when they present Going Postal in March.

When: 27th to 29th March 2014
Venue: Mirren Studio, Towngate Theatre, St. Martin's Square, Basildon, Essex SS14 1DL
Time: 8pm
Tickets: £10 adult, £8.50 concessions, available from the theatre box office on 01268 465465, or you can book tickets online by going to http://tinyurl.com/kfubr4y

http://www.towngatetheatre.co.uk/index.aspx?articleid=4771

7.4 REMINDER: WITCHES ABROAD IN PORTSMOUTH

Collingwood RSC Theatre Group, already veteran Pratchett play presenters, will offer their production – a world premiere, no less – of Witches Abroad in March.

When: Wednesday 26th through Saturday 29th March 2014
Venue: HMS Collingwood, Newgate Lane, Fareham, Portsmouth, PO14 1AS
Tickets: £6, available via the box office (07502 037922)

To see their whimsical Kidby-pastiche poster, go to http://tinyurl.com/l9hlaka

https://www.facebook.com/hmscollingwoodrsc

7.5 REMINDER: WYRD SISTERS IN NEWPORT, ESSEX

The Newport Free Grammar School, a fine old institution whose former pupils include the fine actor James Frain and a rather well-known cook fellow called Jamie Oliver, will be presenting their production of Wyrd Sisters in March.

When: Thursday 13th to Saturday 15th March 2014
Venue: Newport Free Grammar School, Nedwport, Essex CB11 3TR
Time: 7:30pm
Tickets: £8, concessions £6
Booking is through the Finance office on 01799540237

For more information, and a good-looking poster (reproduced with permission, no less), go to:

http://tinyurl.com/nela4oc

7.6 REMINDER: MEN AT ARMS IN KEW

The Q2 Players, "Kew's Leading Amateur Theatre Group", will present their production of Men at Arms in April.

When: Thursday 3rd – Saturday 5th April 2014
Venue: Kew Community Centre, St. Luke's in The Avenue, Richmond, Surrey TW9 2AL
Time: Thurs-Sat shows at 8pm; Sat Matinee 2.30pm
Tickets: £8 (concessions £6) Box office TBA; email q2players@gmail.com

http://www.q2players.org.uk/Q2_Players/Upcoming_Show.html

7.7 REMINDER: NATION IN TEMPE, ARIZONA

The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts will present a production of Mark Ravenhill's NT stage adaptation of Nation in April, directed by Megan Weaver.

When: 4th–13th April 2014
Venue: Galvin Playhouse, 51 E. 10th St, Tempe, AZ 85287 (at Mill Avenue & 10th Street, University of Arizona Tempe campus)
Time: 4th, 5th, 10th and 12th at 7.30pm; 6th and 13th at 2pm
Tickets: $8-$16; to buy online, go to http://tinyurl.com/lhb2oyw
Herberger Institute students are offered free admission on tickets reserved in advance.

7.8 REMINDER: WYRD SISTERS IN ACCRINGTON, LANCASHIRE (note Jograffy correction!)

Oswaldtwistle Players will present their production of Wyrd Sisters, adapted by Stephen Briggs and directed by Martina Burns, in late April and early May.

When: 30th April - 3rd May 2014
Venue: Oswaldtwistle Civic Theatre, 157 Union Road, Oswaldtwistle, Accrington BB5 3HZ
Time: 19:30
Tickets: £8.50 (concessions £7.50); all tickets £7 on 30th April

http://i72139.wix.com/oswaldtwistleplayers

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08) DISCWORLD MEETING GROUPS NEWS

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

Next meeting: Monday 3rd March 2014, from 7pm onwards.

The Broken Drummers February 2014 meet report:

"We arrived on Monday night in a state of shock due to problems with our landlord and letting agent. Thank you to everyone for your support, stories of your own problems with unscrupulous landlords. Thank you to Sim especially for the offer of going to shout at them in her most Australian way, which is apparently very disturbing to British sensibilities. It was great to see such a large crowd this month. I'm afraid I have little to report this time as we were feeling pretty drained and left early. Jax was just beginning her quiz as we left so I don't know the result.
Addendum: I'm told that Tim E. was the winner."

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

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

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

http://cityofsmallgods.org.au

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

Next meeting: Thursday 6th March 2014, probably, but do email to check.

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

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

Next meeting: Friday 7th March 2014 (probably).

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

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

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

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

Next meeting: Monday 3rd March 2014 at 6.30pm (probably). For more information, contact Sue (aka Granny Weatherwax): kenworthys@yahoo.co.uk

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

Next meeting: Monday 3rd March 2014 (probably).

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

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

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Western Drummers (that's two groups for the Sydney Pratchett fans now) intend to meet on the third Monday of every month at The Rowers, Bruce Neal Drive, Penrith at 6.30-7.30pm for food, 7.30pm for games, quizzes and chat. For more information, contact Nanny Ogg – lewis_oz@bigpond.com – or visit their Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/westerndrummers

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09) MORE IMAGES OF THE MONTH

Here we have Sir Pterry and Mister Fusspot just before the opening night of Salisbury Studio Theatre's production of Making Money. Remember, it runs through the 1st of March!

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bg766GVIgAAtvbV.jpg

And here he is with the less quadrupedal members of the cast: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bg76GUNIIAA-CbL.jpg

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10) CLOSE

And that's it for February, as far as I know. Remember, next Tuesday is Pancake Day! I for one am hoping to be able to eat one. There's only so much liquid breakfast and broccoli smoothies a body can stand...

– Annie Mac

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Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
SPECIAL EARLY EDITION: PLAYS AND THINGS
February 2014 (Volume 17, Issue 2, post 1)
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INDEX:

01) QUOTE OF THE MONTH
02) EDITOR'S LETTER
03) RAISING STEAM: USA RELEASE AT LAST!
04) EARLY DISCWORLD NOVELS HARDCOVER RELEASES CONTINUE
05) THE FUN OF THE (BOOK) FAIR...
06) ...AND PLAYING DRESS-UPS FOR THE STORYTELLING MUSEUM
07) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
08) NEW INTERVIEW IN LOCUS MAGAZINE
09) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
10) CLOSE

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01) QUOTE OF THE MONTH

"When I was in my late teens, my mate Dave put on Steeleye Span at 11. It was ringing in my ears and that was it – I went to see them whenever I could. Just hearing them has helped me."

– folk-rock fan TDJ Pratchett

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02) LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR

So here we are in February, nearly half-way through, and I have to report with some embarrassment and frustration that my health issues continue to slow my WOSSNAME projects to snail's pace. Sorry about that... but there is some news and quite a number of stage productions to tell you about, so this will be the first of two posts for this month.

Prog Rock Magazine have made a short documentary about the making of Steeleye Span's Wintersmith album, featuring Sir Pterry, Maddy Prior and other members of the band. The video is the second feature window, barely a third of the way down the page: http://tinyurl.com/lts84ms

There is also a 14-minute YouTube promo for the album, featuring clips from the songs and well worth listening to!

http://tinyurl.com/m8b7lx7

Also of interest: on the French science fiction site "L'etrange Librarium", an interview with musician-turned-translator Patrick Couton who has been translating the Discworld series since 1993. Those of you wishing to practice your "langue de Quirm" might enjoy having a go; the rest of you can head to the translation engine of your choice. My own Quirmish being a bit rusty but serviceable, I can tell you that this interview tempts me to get hold of some of M Couton's Discworld translations; he says the rendering of the text is left up to him – and as a onetime English-to-French lyrics translator, your Eidtor appreciates what a fine and taxing art that is – and besides, "Monde merveilleux du caca" is an even better title than "The World of Poo", n'est-ce pas?

http://tinyurl.com/kwheejo

And now, it's on we go!

– Annie Mac, Editor

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03) RAISING STEAM IN THE USA

At last, the wait is over! And the cover's not bad either. Raising Steam will be released across the water on the 18th of March. For all you faithful Pratchett readers who had to wait, trust me, the wait was worth it...

To pre-order your copy via links from USA publishers Doubleday:

http://smarturl.it/RaisingSteamFB

For the record, on Amazon the pre-order prices are $17.04 for the hardcover edition, $15.31 for the Kindle edition, and $23.63 for the Audiobook CD; as usual, Amazon guarantees that if a lower price becomes available by the shipping date, pre-orders will be accordingly reduced in charge.

The Amazon page:

http://tinyurl.com/phq65ja

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04) REMINDER: EARLY DISCWORLD NOVELS HARDCOVER RELEASES CONTINUE!

As you'll recall from our featured item in last October's main issue, "The Discworld Collector's Library" is being released in "thematic" sets, with hard covers illustrated by Joe McLaren, at a very reasonable price of £9.99 each. The Death Collection, consisting of Reaper Man, Mort, Hogfather and Soul Music, have already been released, as has the Cultures of Discworld Collection (Small Gods and Pyramids). This month of February sees the release of two titles from the Unseen University Collection, Eric and Sourcery, while March is scheduled for the release of the first titles in the City Watch Collection, Guards! Guards! and Men at Arms. Unfortunately, as publishers Gollancz have pointed out, they only own the release rights to these lovely books in the UK and Commonwealth countries with the exception of Canada, so North American readers wishing to purchase any of the collections will have to do so via UK or non-Canadian Commonwealth booksellers.

And here's a great place to buy them – the Discworld Emporium, on the Street of Cunning Artificer (note lack of plural):

"Developed by Gollancz in consultation with Sir Terry Pratchett, the Discworld Collector's Library is an affordable new set of hardback editions of Discworld novels, from The Colour of Magic to Jingo. These books look stunning on the bookshelf, with gorgeous artwork and a fine print quality that make these books a collection to treasure. The Books will be published in a series of themed sets beginning with the 'Death' collection, and will be added to our site as and when they become available."

http://www.discworldemporium.com/books/Discworld%20Collector%27s%20Library

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05) AUTHOR OF THE DAY IS...

Sir Terry Pratchett, of course! This particular day being 8th April 2014, the opening day of the 2014 London Book Fair:

"The author's work will be the focus on a programme of events on Tuesday 8th April to celebrate 'the writer's place at the heart of the international publishing industry'... LBF director Jacks Thomas said: 'Terry's presence at The London Book Fair 2014 is a complete treat; a national icon and international inspiration, Terry has created a literary fan base of millions around the world; his contribution to the book industry is tremendous and his influence continues to stimulate new generations of readers in numerous markets and languages. We are looking forward very much to welcoming him to Earls Court in April.' Larry Finlay, m.d. of Transworld, said: 'All of us at Transworld and Random House Children's Publishers are so proud to publish Sir Terry Pratchett. I cannot think of another writer who has done more to entertain and inspire readers across the last three decades.'..."

www.thebookseller.com/news/pratchett-be-lbf-author-day.html

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06) DRESS-UPS FOR STORY TIME!

In which Sir Pterry becomes Just William, for a wee while:

"Oxford's Story Museum will open this spring with a photographic exhibition featuring famous authors dressed as the characters they loved most as children. The 26 Characters exhibition will feature children's laureate Malorie Blackman as the Wicked Witch of the West in Frank L Baum's The Wizard of Oz, Terry Jones as the comic strip character Rupert Bear, Terry Pratchett as Just William from the Richmal Crompton series, and Neil Gaiman as Badger from Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows, in a series of photographs taken by Cambridge Jones... The museum is planning a full programme of events and activities, with a talking throne and a dressing-up area. The exhibition is supported by the Arts Council and will run from April to November..."

http://www.thebookseller.com/news/authors-dress-story-museum.html

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07) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS

7.1 GOING POSTAL IN GEORGETOWN, ONTARIO

Georgetown Little Theatre are currently presenting their production of Going Postal, with four shows remaining.

When: 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th February 2014
Venue: John Elliott Theatre, 9 Church St., Georgetown, Ontario (right beside the Library)
Time: 8pm all shows
Tickets: price is not displayed anywhere unless one ent4rs the credit card gate; for info and price(s), ring box office 905-877-3700 (Tuesday through Thursday from 2pm to 6pm, Friday and Saturday from 1pm to 5pm, with extended hours on show nights) or purchase online at https://secure1.tixhub.com/haltonhills/procurement/

www.haltonhills.ca/theatre

7.2 ...AND IN BASILDON

The Thalian Theatre Company,whose vast array of previous Pratchett productions includes Wyrd Sisters, Men at Arms, Maskerade, Mort, Guards! Guards! and Carpe Jugulum, are adding a new play to the list when they present Going Postal in March.

When: 27th to 29th March 2014
Venue: Mirren Studio, Towngate Theatre, St. Martin's Square, Basildon, Essex SS14 1DL
Time: 8pm
Tickets: £10 adult, £8.50 concessions, available from the theatre box office on 01268 465465, or you can book tickets online by going to http://tinyurl.com/kfubr4y

http://www.towngatetheatre.co.uk/index.aspx?articleid=4771

7.3 MAKING MONEY IN SALISBURY

Studio Theatre of Salisbury, whose production of Going Postal last year was greatly enjoyed and praised by Sir Pterry himself, will present another Discworld spectacular – Making Money, this time – in March. Chris Hawley of the theatre group says, "Like last time, we expect this show to sell out so to avoid disappointment best to book early.This is what Sir Terry said about Going Postal ...' This was so well done that I wish I had written a better book! I loved the voices, because it has to be about the voices. It was done so people could see it and have a lot of fun. If they (Studio Theatre) wanted to do some more Discworld, I would be here in the front row.'"

When: 20th February-1st March 2014 (no performances on Sunday 23rd or Monday 24th)
Venue: Studio Theatre, Ashley Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP2 7TN
Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: from Salisbury Information Centre, phone 01722 342860

http://www.studiotheatre.org.uk/

7.4 REMINDER: WITCHES ABROAD IN PORTSMOUTH

Collingwood RSC Theatre Group, already veteran Pratchett play presenters, will offer their production – a world premiere, no less – of Witches Abroad in March.

When: Wednesday 26th through Saturday 29th March 2014
Venue: HMS Collingwood, Newgate Lane, Fareham, Portsmouth, PO14 1AS
Tickets: £6, available via the box office (07502 037922)

To see their whimsical Kidby-pastiche poster, go to http://tinyurl.com/l9hlaka

https://www.facebook.com/hmscollingwoodrsc

7.5 WYRD SISTERS IN ACCRINGTON, CHESHIRE

Oswaldtwistle Players will present their production of Wyrd Sisters, adapted by Stephen Briggs and directed by Martina Burns, in late April and early May.

When: 30th April - 3rd May 2014
Venue: Oswaldtwistle Civic Theatre, 157 Union Road, Oswaldtwistle, Accrington BB5 3HZ
Time: 19:30
Tickets: £8.50 (concessions £7.50); all tickets £7 on 30th April

http://i72139.wix.com/oswaldtwistleplayers

7.6 WYRD SISTERS IN NEWPORT, ESSEX

The Newport Free Grammar School, a fine old institution whose former pupils include the fine actor James Frain and a rather well-known cook fellow called Jamie Oliver, will be presenting their production of Wyrd Sisters in March.

When: Thursday 13th to Saturday 15th March 2014
Venue: Newport Free Grammar School, Nedwport, Essex CB11 3TR
Time: 7:30pm
Tickets: £8, concessions £6
Booking is through the Finance office on 01799540237

For more information, and a good-looking poster (reproduced with permission, no less), go to:

http://tinyurl.com/nela4oc

7.7 MEN AT ARMS IN KEW

The Q2 Players, "Kew's Leading Amateur Theatre Group", will present their production of Men at Arms in April.

When: Thursday 3rd – Saturday 5th April 2014
Venue: Kew Community Centre, St. Luke's in The Avenue, Richmond, Surrey TW9 2AL
Time: Thurs-Sat shows at 8pm; Sat Matinee 2.30pm
Tickets: £8 (concessions £6) Box office TBA; email q2players@gmail.com

http://www.q2players.org.uk/Q2_Players/Upcoming_Show.html

7.8 NATION IN TEMPE, ARIZONA

The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts will present a production of Mark Ravenhill's NT stage adaptation of Nation in April, directed by Megan Weaver.

When: 4th–13th April 2014
Venue: Galvin Playhouse, 51 E. 10th St, Tempe, AZ 85287 (at Mill Avenue & 10th Street, University of Arizona Tempe campus)
Time: 4th, 5th, 10th and 12th at 7.30pm; 6th and 13th at 2pm
Tickets: $8-$16; to buy online, go to http://tinyurl.com/lhb2oyw
Herberger Institute students are offered free admission on tickets reserved in advance.

7.9 MONSTROUS REGIMENT IN CHICAGO

Chicago has already experienced Discworld on stage a few months ago, and now the Windy (and currently bloody freezing) City gets another taste: Lifeline Theatre will present their production of Monstrous Regiment, as adapted by Chris Hainsworth and directed by Kevin Theis, on various dates in May, June and July, a veritable season!

When: 30th May – 20th July 2014
Venue: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N Glenwood Ave, Chicago, IL, 60626
Time: evenings at 7.30pm on Thursdays and Fridays and at 8pm on Saturdays; matinees at 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays
Tickets: $20 for previews (30th May-8th June), $40 for Regular Run: June 12-July 20 (Thu & Fri at 7:30pm, Sat at 4pm & 8pm, Sun at 4pm). To book online in advance, go to http://tinyurl.com/kzehtaw and click on the desired dates at the bottom of the page (or scroll through from there to the June or July calendars for tickets on those dates)

http://www.lifelinetheatre.com/performances/13-14/mr/index.shtml

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08) NEW INTERVIEW IN LOCUS MAGAZINE

Here be a few quotes from the Pratchett interview in this month's Locus Magazine:

"I just love steam engines. Even here in Britain, if a steam train goes through the countryside, it never spoils the countryside! Oh, there's all the stuff it's chuffing out, but we nod that off. The old fashioned railways, the steam engines, they lived and they breathed...

"I want to live in a world where I go into the office and I say, 'Put up the piece I was doing yesterday and get me Dave on the phone.' And the computer would say, 'Yes, Terry, I'm giving you the last thing you wrote yesterday and I believe you mean Dave Busby because he's the Dave you most often speak to.' Regrettably the technology hasn't got me there yet, but at least when I walk through the office door the computer starts up and Word is already there on the screen, waiting for me to start talking. It's not difficult to do. We are monkeys, so talking to other monkeys comes naturally. Some people say there's no charm in dictation. To hell with that, it's down there on the page...

"I want to do another Tiffany Aching novel, too. Have you heard of Steeleye Span? They're an English folk group, and they're putting quite a lot of Tiffany Aching in an album inspired by Wintersmith. When you see her again she'll be a bit older than she was in the last novel, of course, because I can do that sort of thing, but I think she's going to have different problems from now on. I write these days in what I call 'carpet squares.' I do a bit, noodle around, see what it looks like. I've got carpet squares all over the place! I know there's a story in there somewhere. I've got most of it in my head, but I don't know what the ending is, although I think she's going to tell me what it is when I'm good and ready...

"We haven't talked about my Alzheimer's. It doesn't bother me at all. I mean, I have it. But a lot of better writers than me, born around the time I was born, are now lost..."

To read more extracts, go to http://tinyurl.com/ocdh55w

The full interview is available in the February 2014 issue of Locus.

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09) IMAGES OF THE MONTH

The USA cover of Raising Steam:

http://tinyurl.com/mtn2jgt


Somewhere in deepest Queensland, Australia, there's a civic planner who loves Discworld:

http://tinyurl.com/mr3w6b7


A very nice group of people playing a round of Treefrog's "The Witches" Discworld board game and loving it. There may just be a WOSSNAME Newshound in there:

http://tinyurl.com/n4zyffw

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10) CLOSE

And that's it for the moment. But we'll be back before the end of the month with more news, reviews, reports and whatnot. Enjoy your Valentines and don't forget to cook those pancakes!

– Annie Mac

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