Discworld Monthly Issue 218 August 2015 (second edition)
Table of Contents:
4. Readers' Letters
6. Review: Shaking Hands With Death
7. Competition: The Shepherd's Crown
8. Announcement: Wadfest Cocktail Party
9. The End
Welcome to issue 218 and the second edition of August. I've been making some fairly sweeping changes to the Discworld Monthly website over the last few weeks. In the process I have removed the RSS news feed as I don't believe it was being used by many people, and replaced it by embedding the Discworld Monthly Facebook page status updates into the site. We have been using the Facebook page quite extensively to push out news that wouldn't wait until the next issue. Please take a look at the site and let me know of any glaring problems that I might have introduced in my effort to get things done.
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- Jason Anthony (Editor)
- William Barnett (Deputy Editor / Proofreader)
- Richard Massey (Game Designer)
- Rachel Rowlands (Trivia Writer / News Hound)
Paul Kidby's 'Discworld & Beyond' exhibition opened on Saturday 25th July 2015 at Wardown Park Museum, Luton, LU2 7HA. It features Paul's original painting of 'Check Mort' which was used as Terry's funeral card.
Paul was interviewed by BBC 3 Counties Radio on Thursday 30th July talking about his Discworld and Beyond exhibition and also about Sir Terry Pratchett. If you missed it, for the moment at least, it is available on BBC iPlayer Radio. Paul's interview starts 2 hours and 15 mins into the programme.
Random House Books Australia have created an Introduction to The Long Earth page on their website.
"Unique is a word easily applied to Terry Pratchett, and it's absolutely true - his imagination, his voice and his complex sense of humour stand apart not just in the world of literature, but in all popular culture. The singularity of his talent did not confine him to solo projects, though - Pratchett was open to collaboration, most notably with fellow authors Neil Gaiman (twice), and with Stephen Baxter on The Long Earth series."
Random House Books Australia are also producing a tribute video for Terry Pratchett. The site says: "Around the world, fans of Terry Pratchett are coming together to take part in a video tribute dedicated to the legendary Discworld series. In photographing themselves with their most treasured quote from Discworld, people are capturing the delight, humour and fantastic adventure of these beloved books. These photographs will be woven together into a tribute video, to be released on YouTube later this year.
27 August 2015 will mark the end of an era as the final book in the Discworld series, THE SHEPHERD'S CROWN, is published. It is also the final day you can submit your photos for inclusion in the tribute video, organised by Penguin Random House Australia."
BBC Radio 4 Xtra has Eric as its latest offering. Starting with Episode 1 on the 10th August 2015 at 18.15 (BST) (episode 2 will be broadcast on the 11th August 18.15 BST). Each episode will be available shortly afterwards on BBC iPlayer.
Last month we mentioned that Jacqueline Simpson's article about Terry would appear in the June edition of Folklore. This information was incorrect and the article will now appear in the August edition.
More details at: discworldmonthly.co.uk/uid-640
The update to the TerryPratchett.co.uk website last month caused the message boards to be relocated to a new location. If you are still struggling to find the message boards you can visit them by following the "community" button at www.terrypratchett.co.uk or by going direct to www.terrypratchettbooks.com/community
Issue 264 of SFX (the British Science Fiction magazine) which was released on Wednesday 22nd July included a free "Terry Pratchett mini mag". The mini mag celebrates Terry's life and also includes some pictures from The Compleat Discworld Atlas which is due to be released in October 2015.
I have created a small photo album of the SFX cover and of the mini mag at:
More information about SFX at: www.sfx.co.uk
To pre-order a copy of The Compleat Discworld Atlas visit:
Amazon UK - discworldmonthly.co.uk/ISBN/0857521306
Amazon US - discworldmonthly.co.uk/USISBN/0857521306
or alternatively visit The Discworld Emporium at www.discworldemporium.com
The Turtle Moves: Remembering Terry Pratchett is a new Kick Starter campaign to raise funds to produce a "Love Letter" to Terry Pratchett. The documentary will be filmed at the Sasquan event in August and will feature interviews with fans about how Terry affected their lives.
With graduation under way, The University of Bristol take a look back at some of the world-famous people who have been awarded honorary degrees. Among them are great political leaders, eminent scientists, renowned actors, literary greats, broadcasting legends and cherished chefs.
Of particular interest to us is Sir Terry Pratchett who was awarded his honorary degree in 2004.
Stephen Baxter was interviewed by The Guardian newspaper in an interview entitled: Why Science Fiction is Like Therapy, in which he speaks about The Long Earth series and how he and Terry had planned for a huge cosmic climax in book 5 - to be published at some point in the future.
The Discworld Collectors Guild Archive managed to get an exclusive look at the full set of stickers and labels that the Discworld Emporium's elves have recently started placing on parcels! These stickers and labels are only going to be stuck on parcels and are currently not available to purchase.
Stephen Briggs' next Discworld show at the Unicorn Theatre, Abingdon will be 'TERRY PRATCHETT: the Shakespeare Codex'.
Discworld's 'stars' have to stop the elves taking over our world, make Shakespeare write 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' ... and ensure the potato is discovered!
Featuring Ridcully, Rincewind, Granny Weatherwax, Angua, Vetinari, Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth I & the Earl of Oxford.
Based loosely on 'The Science of Discworld II: the Globe', 'Lords & Ladies', and 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. Staged in April 2016 (both Terry's and Shakespeare's birth month).
Tickets are **not yet on sale**, but we will post a link here as soon as they are.
Celsius 2015, a Spanish Convention which took place this week held a Discworld Cosplay gathering in homage to Terry Pratchett. They achieved the Largest Gathering of Discworld Cosplayers in Spain!
Summer of Penguin have set up a page that includes "deleted scenes" from The Shepherd's Crown, Terry's final Discworld novel due out at the end of August.
The Shepherd's Crown will be released as a Deluxe Collector's Edition on the 5th November 2015.
This luxury gold edition is packaged in a foiled 'honeycomb' slipcase, with each copy numbered and stamped by Rob Wilkins, Terry's close friend, using the 'Order of the Honeybee' insignia.
This limited edition release of only 500 copies sold out within the two hours it took between the news breaking and me writing this piece. Looks like you and me will all be watching eBay for a while.
This section will contain events that you need to keep in your diary. Entries will remain until they go out of date. New entries will include the word [New] next to them. If this section gets too large we will start pruning entries.
From issue 190 onwards recurring monthly meetings have been moved to their own area at the bottom of the dates section.
[UK, New] Eric will be performed by Duck in a Hat in Edinburgh from the 8th - 15th August 2015. Performances start at 19:15 (1hour 20minutes) and tickets cost 9GBP (7GBP concessions).
The venue is Paradise in Augustines (Venue 152)
41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EL
Box office: 0131 510 0022
[UK] Wyrd Sisters will be performed by the Broadclyst Theatre Group at Victory Hall, Broadclyst, Exeter EX5 3DX from 13th-15th August 2015 at 7.30pm.
Tickets cost: 9 GBP / 6.50 GBP concession and are available from
[US, Updated] Discworld Themed Programming at Sasquan / Worldcon 2015 - Spokane, WA, August 19 - 23rd, 2015
* The new CLACKS game from BackSpindle Games will be demonstrated in the game room and available for play.
* THE WITCHES game will be on exhibit.
* Discworld Pub Quiz
* Discworld Rendezvous
* Nanny Ogg Knees Up - Spirited Country Dancing sans Hedgehogs
* Public Reading of "Where's My Cow?" Wherein We Make All the Noises
An introduction to the Discworld novels for the uninitiated, with extra special fun planned for the fans.
The exhibit will include docent tours by Discworld characters and the chance to take your photo with some very special items.
Discworld Themed Panels: (These include but are not limited to)
* Discworld Past, Present & Future - A Q&A with Anne Hoppe (Terry's American YA Editor since 2001) and others.
* Headology & Boffo: Craft and Cunning on the Discworld
* A Night in Ankh-Morpork
* Terry Pratchett's Books for Young People
* Terry Pratchett Memorial Panel
* Women of Discworld
Seamstress Guild Party - TBA:
Discworld Fan Volunteers Welcome! We need your help to make this the best event for Discworld fans that we can. Email us at and let us know you'd like to help with Discworld at Sasquan!
All this and much more! Worldcons are a splendid playground for Discworld fans:
Meet fellow Discworld and science fiction/fantasy fans from all over the globe, attend program sessions and workshops with authors, see the Hugo Awards ceremony, participate in the Masquerade, and more, all in the setting of the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
More info can be found at:
Sasquan website: www.sasquan.org
NADWCon Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/NADWCon
NADWCon on Twitter: @nadwcon
ItBodes Blog: it-bodes.blogspot.com/
[UK] Wadfest 2015 - The Library. Wadfest 2015 takes place over the weekend of 21st - 24th August 2015.
Once again Wadfest will be at Wood Green, The Animal Shelter, King's Bush Farm, London Road, Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire, PE29 2NH
Wadfest is a science fiction / fantasy weekend that features Zombie Nerf games, charity auctions and other family friendly activities.
[AU, New] Mort - Death on Stage - 22 August to 3 October 2015
Brisbane Arts Theatre has been staging the Discworld plays since 1998 and now in 2015 we present our 1001st production - Sir Terry Pratchett's Mort, adapted by Stephen Briggs.
Get ready to scumble.
[UK, New] Waterstones in Leeds are celebrating the launch of The Shepherd's Crown with a Pratchett celebration evening on the 27th August at 7pm.
Their website states: Join us for an evening celebrating one of the great fantasy writers ever to have lived, Terry Pratchett, on the release day of his final Discworld novel, The Shepherd's Crown.
There'll be a quiz full of random Discworld and Pratchett tidbits, a competition to find the best Discworld-inspired outfit (shotgun the luggage...) and more prizes that you can shake a giant turtle at (though four elephants makes all the difference).
We'll also have Pratchett-inspired boardgames, special offers exclusive to the evening, plenty of food and drink and a few more surprises...
Best of all... it's completely free! Simply call 0113-244-4588 to reserve a space.
[UK, New] Monstrous Productions presents Night Watch at the Gate Arts Centre, Keppoch St, Cardiff from September 9th to 12th.
Following their sold out performances of Witches Abroad in April, Monstrous
Productions are finally attempting a Vimes one! With over 12,000GBP already
donated to Alzheimer's Research come along to support a great cause and
see a great show in one! Tickets 8GBP or 6GBP concessions, available
Find them on Facebook or email
[Rachel and I will be going to the Thursday production of Night Watch - Ed]
[DE] With a 1000 camels the German Discworld Convention moves to the mysterious continent of Klatch! Make room in your schedule from September 10th to 13th in 2015 for the fourth German Discworld Convention at Castle Ludwigstein. Be there when it's getting hot!
Registration has started on our homepage.
Join the Facebook page to receive further updates:
[IRL] The Irish Discworld Convention 2015 will take place in Cork, Ireland at the Cork International Hotel from the 2nd to the 5th of October 2015. Join us as a Special Constable for the Watch Open Weekend.
Visit www.idwcon.org or see the Facebook group at: www.facebook.com/groups/idwcon/
[UK, New] For all the Farscape / Vintage Sci-Fi fans out there, Starbase 24 are presenting The Ninth Banquet in Peterborough on October 23rd and 24th. The Friday features vintage sci-fi, hot buffet, quiz and disco and the Saturday features a Farscape-themed 3 course meal, entertainment, auction, raffle and disco with special guest: Virginia Hey.
The 75GBP weekend ticket or 57GBP (Saturday only) ticket includes a formal photo with Virginia Hey with profits going to Macmillan Cancer Support.
[UK] Wyrd Sisters is being performed by Uppingham Theatre Company from Thursday 29th - Saturday 31st October 2015. Tickets cost 10 GBP including 2 GBP charity donation to Rutland Reminders. Tickets are available in person only from Uppingham Sports and Books, 9 High Street East, Uppingham and online at wegottickets.co.uk
[UK] Sadly there will be no Discworld Emporium-run Hogswatch event this year, but there will be a fan-run much more low key "Gathering of Loonies - Winter Event" on the same days, November 27th - 29th in Wincanton. More news will be provided as we are given it. The fans organising the event have set up a facebook group at: www.facebook.com/groups/373578522834654/
Recurring monthly meetings:
[UK] The Broken Drummers meet at The Monkey Puzzle, Paddington, London, W2 1JQ, England at 7pm. For more information contact Helen Nicholls on
Unless otherwise stated the Drummers meet on the first Monday of each month.
The Drummers are always happy to welcome new visitors. You can find out more about the Drummers at www.brokendrummers.org/
[Perth, AU] The Perth Drummers have changed their name. They are now known as the Treacle Mining Corporation in honour of their beloved state. They still meet up to celebrate the works of author Sir Terry Pratchett, and welcome any fans of science fiction and fantasy.
Join them for their monthly discussion of Discworld, Terry Pratchett and all things sci-fi and fantasy. They meet the first Monday of each month, subject to holidays, and all are welcome.
The group meets up at Carpe Cafe, 526 Murray Street, Perth, WA. Meeting at a cafe means they are under-18 friendly!
For details follow them on Twitter @Perth_Drummers, Instagram perth_drummers, and facebook www.facebook.com/groups/Perth.Drummers/
Otherwise message Alexandra Ware directly at
Unless otherwise stated the group meets up on the first Monday of each month.
[AU] Sydney Drummers normally meet on the first Monday of every month.
We meet at the NEW venue, 3 Wise Monkeys, 555 George Street, Sydney, 2000 from 6:30pm
For more information contact Sue (AKA Granny Weatherwax) on
[UK] On the first Friday of every month there will be a meeting of WOTS - Omnian Temperance Society - Wincanton branch - to be held at The Bear Inn from 7pm. New members or visitors from other places always welcome.
[Adelaide, AU] 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: cityofsmallgods.org.au
[Brisbane, AU, Updated] The Pratchett Partisans meet monthly at either Brisbane or Indooroopilly to eat, drink and chat about all things Pratchett. For more info about their next meetup, check out: www.facebook.com/groups/pratchettpartisans/
4. Readers' Letters
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* From: "Frederic Toutain"
I don't know if it happened before, but a French MP quoted Sir Terry Pratchett during a debate about asylum rights in France.
The official text is here: www.nosdeputes.fr/14/seance/5394#table_11157
(and the tweet: twitter.com/TeamIsaAttard/status/621360270770892800)
The French part goes like this:
Mes chers collegues, pour rappel, 1 850 personnes sont mortes en mer Mediterranee en tentant d'atteindre l'Europe depuis le debut de l'annee. Malgre ce drame que vivent les refugies, d'aucuns ont pourtant prefere comparer l'arrivee des migrants a une " canalisation percee " ou encore a une " grosse fuite d'eau ", avec la volonte d'alimenter amalgames et stigmatisations au mepris du respect de la dignite humaine.
Face a ce que certains voient comme une simple plaisanterie, je citerai l'auteur anglais Terry Pratchett: " Le mal commence lorsque l'on traite les gens comme des choses. "
Which translates to:
My dear colleagues, as a reminder, 1 850 people died in the Mediterranean Sea trying to reach Europe since the beginning of the year. Despite the drama that theses refugees are living, some preferred to compare the migrants arrival to "a pierced pipe" and to a "big water leak", with the will to create amalgams and stigmata in defiance of the basic respect for human dignity.
Faced with what some see as a joke, I will quote the English author Terry Pratchett, "Evil begins when you begin to treat people as things."
* From: "John
I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you for keeping the newsletter going at least for now. I am not really involved in any events, and never had the pleasure of meeting Sir Terry. Just a fan. I have a feeling the Discworld community will be keeping the torch lit for a very long time to come.
DWM replies: For the time being, as long as there is information to disseminate, we will continue.
* From: "Tom Brosz"
With regards to the US covers not being as nice as the UK ones.
For quite a few years this Californian has been ordering all my Pratchett books from Amazon UK precisely so I could get the "good" covers!
This month we are back with five challenging trivia questions for you... What year were these books first published?
The (hopefully correct) answers can be found at the end of this issue.
6. Review: Shaking Hands With Death
Reviewed by Jason Anthony
Shaking hands with Death is basically the transcript of the speech that Terry wrote, and Tony Robinson read, in his Dimbleby Lecture in 2010. The book is a very slim volume of only 60 pages. The transcript was previously published in A Slip Of The Keyboard.
Even though I was at the live recording of the lecture, the book makes the contents of the speech much more personal. I am in awe of Terry's amazing ability to funnel his anger into such a wonderfully written document.
The only new content in this book is the beautiful, funny and poignant introduction by Rob Wilkins which provides insight into the process of writing the speech and setting up and recording the lecture, including the choice of 'stunt Terry'. The final paragraph of the introduction features Rob's words about Terry's final moments. It really made me stop in my tracks and think. I don't mind saying that it brought a tear to my eye.
I still find it wrong to read the official information about Terry which reads: Terry Pratchett was the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series... Surely he still is and always will be the acclaimed creator. His death does not take that away.
7. Competition: The Shepherd's Crown
This month to coincide with the re-branding / relaunching of PJSM Prints as Discworld.com, Sandra Kidby has offered us a Hardback copy of The Shepherd's Crown, a honeybee bookmark and button badge plus one of the US samplers of The Shepherd's Crown as a prize.
In order to win this fabulous prize you need to answer the two following questions:
Send your answers to the two questions, along with your postal address, to before 21st August 2015. Your address will only be used if you are the winner and only for sending out your prize. Once prizes are sent out all address details will be destroyed. Entries received after the closing date or sent to any other address will be ignored. No more than one entry per person will be accepted. Failure to answer the questions or provide your postal address will prevent you from being entered into the competition. Multiple entries will be banned. Answers to the questions must not be posted to any websites before the competition ends. The judges' decision is final.
We would like to thank Discworld.com for their continued support of Discworld Monthly and for providing this month's prize. For more information about Discworld.com's extensive range of products visit: www.discworld.com/
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8. Announcement: Wadfest Cocktail Party
Britney Weatherwax writes:
WADFEST UNOFFICIAL BRING A BOTTLE COCKTAIL PARTY THEME ANNOUNCEMENT
Having been kicked out of the Library for raucous behaviour, The Guild Of Drag Artistes and Gender Impersonators hold their annual unofficial Welcome To Wadfest celebration on Friday 21st August at the Guild's mobile marquee headquarters, in the corner of the events field - just look for the very large sign saying Cocktail Party!
As is traditional, Guild Hostess Britney Weatherwax will be hostessing and also as per tradition probably putting her foot in It.
This year our theme stolen from the Library's biography section is "PUTTING ON THE RITZ", a celebration of film stars and starlets, music gods and goddesses and all the usual "Z" list celebrities type.
In our usual topsy-turvy way, it is encouraged that the gents dress as ladies, ladies as gents, and librarians as humans, although this way of approaching it is recommended but not essential. For those who come without a frock or tie, there are normally a few to borrow on the night.
As usual we will be holding the Ms Wadfest competition for the guys and The Prince Wadfest for the girls. This is definitely not a beauty competition, see previous winners for firm evidence of this. The rules for these are made up as the night goes along; in previous years it's not the best costume or the prettiest that necessarily wins, in the true spirit of Wadfest, it's the taking part that counts.
The start time will be 8.30pm approximately, though as in previous years if you want to come earlier, then do.
This will be a lot of fun and a great way for newcomers to Wadfest to get to know others in attendance. And for veterans to have a place to make their excuses for their antics at the last party. Bring your own drinks, a sense of humour and dance the night away!
Wadfest tickets which include 4 days camping and all activities are priced 35 GBP for adults and 1p for children and are available from: www.wadfest.co.uk/
9. The End
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