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Discworld Monthly Issue 246 October 2017

Table of Contents:

1. Editorial
2. News
    2.1 Discworld Monthly Merchandise
    2.2 Good Omens TV Series
    2.3 Convention News
    2.4 Exhibition News
    2.5 Other News
3. Book Release News
    3.1 English Releases
    3.2 Other language releases
4. September / October Events
5. Future Events
    5.1 November 2017
    5.2 December 2017
    5.3 January 2018
    5.4 February 2018
    5.5 Timey Wimey Events
6. Recurring Monthly Fan Meetings
7. Readers' Letters
8. Disc Trivia
9. My Life with The Broken Drummers
10. Review: Capture the Castle Exhibition
11. Review: Terry Pratchett: HisWorld Exhibition
12. Review: The Little Blue Book
13. Review: The Librarian from The Discworld Emporium
14. Review: Nadwcon 2017 - Witches Brew and a Convention Too
15. Discworld Ale Prize Draw - Don't Forget to Enter!
16. Micro Art Studio Competition Result
17. Terry Pratchett: HisWorld Competition
18. The End


1. Editorial

It's been a busy month for everyone. The North American Discworld convention happened, The Terry Pratchett: HisWorld exhibition was finally opened to the public, Good Omens is currently being filmed and there has been a wealth of new items for us to review.

In the upcoming days the Irish Discworld Convention will start, we won't be there unfortunately as we will be celebrating our Editor's birthday that weekend by feeding some capybaras and going to see Mort in Twyford. We hope everyone in Ireland raises a glass of Guinness and sings Happy Birthday to Jason in our absence.

A light at the end of the tunnel seems to be very much on the horizon for our friends who are working on a certain "Epic", but we will have more on that in our next issue (fingers, toes, legs, arms and eyes crossed it all goes to plan)

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Discworld Monthly is a fan-run volunteer organisation that is partially funded by online sales of our fully licensed and authorised products. Please take a look at our range of pin badges, keyrings, fridge magnets, car "cling" stickers, mugs and mouse mats at: Discworld Monthly Shop

All profits are used to pay for prizes, postage, travel expenses, web site fees, domain renewals and various sundry costs that we have to cover to keep everything going. Without your ongoing support and sales of Discworld Monthly items we would not be able to continue to produce the newsletter.

You can also if you so wish donate directly to the Discworld Monthly paypal account

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We include all our back issues on our website at discworldmonthly.co.uk where you can also find Terry Pratchett quotes, a full bibliography and links to articles we have written over the years.

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If you visit a play or a talk and would like to let the world know about it, please feel free to email your review to and we will consider it for publication.

Also if you have written an article that you think we might want to include in the newsletter please feel free to email us at the address below. We will of course give credit for anything we use.

Please let us have any submissions for issue 247 of Discworld Monthly BEFORE 22nd October 2017

Jason Rincewind Anthony-Rowlands (Editor and Wizzard)
Rachel Anthony-Rowlands (Writer, Sub Editor and wench)
William Barnett (Annoyed at the lack of stuff to proof do reading)
Richard Massey (Lego Figure of a Hippie)


2. News

2.1 Discworld Monthly Merchandise

Hogswatch is coming, the goose is getting fat, please put a penny in Discworld Monthly's hat, if you haven't got a penny, then a few quid will do, if you send us enough money then it's a Hogfather mug for you!

Don't forget we also have a wide range of differing mugs and all our mugs still come with free a tea, coffee or hot chocolate sachet.

So check out the shop at Discworld Monthly Shop

Please note: Dishwashers and our mugs are not friends and therefore it's not a good idea to force that issue, you may end with an unhappy mug. You will also have a very unhappy mug if you try to wash it in the tumble drier which is what I originally typed here. On another note, our badges, keyrings and fridge magnets are not friends with the washing machine either, I guess you can work out why [this is from bitter experience - Ed]

2.2 Good Omens TV Series

Eek ! Eek ! Eek! The end of the world is nigh!! Well, it's about 17 months away according to Neil Gaiman (which is Feb 2019 by our calculations!)

Good Omens has started filming!!!!!!

Earlier this month it was revealed that David Tennant and Michael Sheen are playing the demon Crowley and the angel Aziraphale.

Neil Gaiman has been spoiling everyone with a ream of images from the sets on his Twitter and Instagram accounts: (@neilhimself?lang=en-gb and instagram.com)

The Cast (known so far):

Michael Sheen - Aziraphale

David Tennant - Crowley

Miranda Richardson - Madame Tracy

Michael McKean - Shadwell

Jack Whitehall - Newton Pulsifer

Adria Arjona - Anathema

Sam Taylor Buck - Adam Young

Amma Ris as Pepper, Ilan Galkoff as Brian

Alfie Taylor as Wensleydale

Daniel Mays - Arthur Young

Sian Brooke - Deidre Young

Nina Sosanya - Sister Mary Loquacious

Jasmine Hyde - Sister Grace

Jill Winternitz - Harriet Dowling

Ariyon Bakare - Duke of Hell Ligur

Ned Dennehy - Duke of Hell Hastur

Brice Bexter - Secret Service Agent

Sophie Juge - French Agent

Georg Nikoloff - Russian Agent

2.3 Convention News

We don't like promoting ourselves too much but we were overly honoured to be asked to contribute to the North American Discworld Convention souvenir programme. Jason and myself wrote individual articles which we hope weren't too rambling!!!!! We'll include our articles in a future issue for your enjoyment / delectation / annoyance (delete as appropriate)

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It has been revealed that the next NADWCON will happen in 2019 chaired by the lovely Amy Atha-Nicolls. Hurrah!

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Nullus Anxietas VII, the Australian Discworld Convention will be held in Melbourne from 12th to 14th April 2019.

Authorised by Ankh Morpork Post Office.

Currently you can guarantee your place by purchasing a supporting membership now at 40AUD from:

Australian Convention 2019 Booking

What? You haven't done so yet? Get on with it !!!!!

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The UK DWCon committee have been hard at work sorting all the room allocations for attendees. As I type this they had sent out another batch of room offers, with several more batches to go. Please appreciate that it's a huge undertaking and relies heavily on attendees responding to their offers rapidly and responsibly.

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2.4 Exhibition News

The Terry Pratchett: HisWorld Exhibition opened to the public on Sat 16th Sept. It was a beautiful day weatherwise and was well attended by an eclectic cohort of fans.

Both Paul Kidby and Rob Wilkins were in attendance and the wonderful pairing of Rob Liano and Amy Anderson from the Josh Kirby estate were also glimpsed at the exhibition.

Many fans travelled from all over our roundworld for the opening such as our friend Martin Glauner from Germany and Australian fan Shannan Rodda from Melbourne. It made our trip from South Wales seem a short one (still 4 hours drive though!)

Just a week later Stephen Briggs was there to give an exclusive talk for those lucky enough to get a ticket. We have a full review of the opening day later in this issue.

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2.5 Other News

Discworld App News

The Discworld App on Apple devices has ceased working on devices that upgrade to iOS 11. It is also no longer available to buy (it ceased to be available on the 12th September) .

The app team have issued the following statement:

"We recently found out that Apple are withdrawing support for 32-bit apps in their newest operating system, iOS 11 - this means that all 32-bit apps will stop working on devices that upgrade to iOS 11. As it was developed several years ago, the Discworld App is a 32 bit app and falls into that category. We have looked into updating the app in line with Apple's new OS, but the original developers of the app are no longer in business and without them we unfortunately don't have access to the complete assets needed for this kind of update. So we're sad to say that the Discworld App will no longer be available to buy after Apple updates to iOS 11, and will no longer work on devices that update to iOS 11. We apologise to any Discworld fans who will be disappointed by this.

We would like to thank the fans that have downloaded the app for their feedback and hope that you enjoyed the experience."

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[NEW: Re-release of BBC Radio Plays] Guards! Guards!

BBC Radio 4 Extra have continued their programme of re-broadcasting previously recorded Pratchett radio plays.

Last week saw Guards! Guards! released again for your listening pleasure. It is six episodes in length and is available on BBC Radio iPlayer.

The start date was the 18th September at 6pm BST and it will be available for until the 18th October on iPlayer.

BBC Radio iPlayer is available to listen to worldwide so that means fans all over the world have the opportunity to hear this wonderful radio play.

bbc.co.uk


3. Book Release News

3.1 English Releases

A Little Blue Book has appeared as a result of the Terry Pratchett: HisWorld exhibition. It was released on the opening day of the exhibition (Saturday 16th September).

The book costs 20GBP and is only available at Salisbury Museum and at Discworld.com.

It has been compiled by Stephen Briggs and has Artwork by Paul Kidby.

See our review of this new folio later in this issue.

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Here's the reminders about what else is due out shortly.

The ongoing saga of the new Paperbacks with introductions by various authors continues.

We first reported that these were coming out back in April 2016, then the release date got pushed back to April 2017.

Now we are sat at another set of dates, so run with us on this and pray to the god of publishing that they actually come out this time.

Wyrd Sisters with an introduction by Joanne Harris - Paperback 368 pages, ISBN-10: 0552173304, ISBN-13: 9780552173308,

Publication date: 30th Sep 2017(Corgi) RRP 7.99GBP

To pre-order through our Book Depository affiliate link, (On the 24/08/17 it is available at 7.15GBP including worldwide shipping)

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Guards! Guards! with an introduction by Ben Aaronovitch - Paperback with 432 pages, ISBN-10: 0552173037, ISBN-13: 9780552173032,

Publication date 31st Oct 2017(Corgi) RRP 7.99GBP

To pre-order through our Book Depository affiliate link, (On the 24/08/17 it is available at 7.15GBP including worldwide shipping)

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Mort with an introduction by Neil Gaiman - Paperback with 320 pages, ISBN-10: 0552173045, ISBN-13: 9780552173049,

Publication date 31st Oct 2017(Corgi) RRP 7.99GBP

To pre-order through our Book Depository affiliate link, (On the 24/08/17 it is available at 7.15GBP including worldwide shipping)

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Father Christmas's Fake Beard will be coming out on the 5th October with the Slipcase edition coming out on the 4th November 2017. Both are published by Doubleday Childrens.

The Audiobook on CD and the Kindle editions will also be available from the 5th October.

The Paperback edition currently has the 13th July 2018 pencilled next to it but that may well change.

Standard Hardcover Edition will have ten early short stories. R.R.P.12.99GBP

ISBN-10: 0857535501

ISBN-13: 9780857535504

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ISBN: 0857535501

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The unabridged Audiobook read by Julian Rhind-Tutt- R.R.P. 10.99GBP

ISBN-10: 1846577721

ISBN-13: 9781846577727

To pre-order through our Amazon Affiliate link

ISBN: 1846577721

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Kindle Version of the standard edition. (pre-order priceon is 8.99GBP instead of 12.99GBP)

ISBN: B073VNY9YP

Slipcased collector's edition features fourteen festive short stories with energetic and humorous full colour illustrations by Mark Beech.- R.R.P. 25GBP

ISBN-10: 085753551X

ISBN-13: 9780857535511

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ISBN: 085753551X

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The Illustrated Eric is due out in a new paperback format on the 12th October 2017 with its luscious illustrations by Josh Kirby. [What makes this different from previous releases nobody knows.- - Rachel]

R.R.P. 8.99GBP

ISBN-10: 147322327X

ISBN-13: 9781473223271

It's available to preorder on Amazon through our affiliate link www.discworldmonthly.co.uk/isbn/147322327X

and on our Book depository link here (On the 24/08/17 it is available at 8.04GBP including worldwide shipping)

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The Discworld Collector's Library is being continued much to the relief of bookcases all over the world.

These are the new editions of the very much loved books by Terry Pratchett with the beautiful artwork by Joe Mclaren on the covers.

The next four are Thief of Time, Night Watch, Monstrous Regiment and Going Postal.

They will be available from the 19th October 2017

Thief of Time - RRP 12.99GBP

ISBN-10: 0857525034

ISBN-13: 9780857525031

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UK ISBN: 0857525034

US ISBN: 0857525034

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Night Watch - RRP 12.99GBP

ISBN-10: 0857525042

ISBN-13: 9780857525048

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UK ISBN: 0857525042

US ISBN: 0857525042

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Monstrous Regiment - RRP 12.99GBP

ISBN-10: 0857525050

ISBN-13: 9780857525055

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UK ISBN: 0857525050

US ISBN: 0857525050

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Going Postal - RRP 12.99GBP

ISBN-10: 0857525085

ISBN-13: 9780857525086

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UK ISBN: 0857525085

US ISBN: 0857525085

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Terry Pratchetts Discworld Imaginarium by Paul Kidby has formally been announced.

There will be three versions of this book: a Standard hardback, a Special edition and a Deluxe Special limited edition.

It's being published by Gollancz/Orion.

The release date for the Standard and Special editions is the 23rd November 2017.

There is no official release date for the Deluxe Special lImited edition as yet.

Paul Kidby has collected the very best of his Discworld illustrations in this definitive volume, including 40 pieces never before seen, 30 pieces that have only appeared in foreign editions, limited editions and BCA editions, and 17 book cover illustrations since 2004 that have never been seen without cover text. If Terry Pratchett's pen gave his characters' life, Paul Kidby's brush allowed them to live it.

The standard edition will be a Hardcover book with 272 pages with a RRP of 35.00GBP

ISBN-10: 1473223377

ISBN-13: 978-1473223370

To pre-order from our affiliate link at the Book Depository (On the 24/08/17 it was only 31.32GBP including worldwide shipping)

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ISBN: 1473223377

The Special edition will also be a hardcover book with 272 pages and a R.R.P. of 75GBP

This Special Edition features an alternative cover design which is a coloured version of the standard edition cover. It has a specially designed slipcase, metallic page edgings and marker ribbon and every copy will be signed by Paul Kidby.

ISBN-10: 1473223490

ISBN-13: 9781473223493

To pre-order from our affiliate link at the Book Depository (On the 24/08.17 it was only 67.12GBP including worldwide shipping)

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ISBN: 1473223490

The Deluxe Special limited edition will only be available from discworld.com and paulkidby.com and will be limited to 1,250 copies with a R.R.P. of 100GBP

It features an alternative cover, box design and has a signature page with a new piece of artwork exclusively produced for this version. The cover features a drawing of a Bee on a dark blue background.

Every copy will be signed and numbered by Paul Kidby

To pre-order yours head to either:

shop.paulkidby.com

or

discworld.com

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Occasionally we find out about a literary book about Terry. Not written by Terry, they are usually somebody trying to put on everyone their opinion of why Terry wrote the way he did, or it's someone trying to work out what Terry was trying to tell us through his writing. We have nothing against them, but they really are an educational look at Terry's works.

Terry Pratchett's Narrative Worlds : From Giant Turtles to Small Gods - Critical approaches to Children's Literature Edited by Marion Rana is due out on the 27th Jan 2018 at a R.R.P. 66.99GBP in Hardback

"This book highlights the multi-dimensionality of the work of British fantasy writer and Discworld creator Terry Pratchett. Taking into account content, political commentary, and literary technique, it explores the impact of Pratchett's work on fantasy writing and genre conventions.

With chapters on gender, multiculturalism, secularism, education, and relativism, Section One focuses on different characters' situatedness within Pratchett's novels and what this may tell us about the direction of his social, religious and political criticism.

Section Two discusses the aesthetic form that this criticism takes, and analyses the post- and meta-modern aspects of Pratchett's writing, his use of humour, and genre adaptations and deconstructions.

This is the ideal collection for any literary and cultural studies scholar, researcher or student interested in fantasy and popular culture in general, and in Terry Pratchett in particular."

ISBN-10: 3319672975

ISBN-13: 9783319672977

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ISBN: 3319672975

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3.2 Other language releases

Vollsthandiger und unentbehrlicher Atlas der Scheibenwelt is due out on the 13th Nov 2017 at a R.R.P 22.99GBP (German translation of Discworld atlas)

ISBN-10: 3442314771

ISBN-13: 9783442314775

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Der Lange Kosmos : Lange Erde 5 - Roman- Paperback is due out on the 13th November 2017 at a R.R.P. 16.54GBP (German Translation of The Long Cosmos)

ISBN-10: 3442205379

ISBN-13: 9783442205370

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Ernsthaft lustig : Die besten Terry-Pratchett-Zitate der Welt - Hardback is due out on the 1st December 2017 at a R.R.P. 7.36GBP ( German translation of Seriously Funny: the endlessly quotable Terry Pratchett)

ISBN-10: 3492704514

ISBN-13: 9783492704519

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Die Farben der Magie . Eric : Zwei Romane in einem Band - Paperback is due out on the 12th Jan 2018 R.R.P. 11.04GBP (German Omnibus of The Colour of Magic and Eric)

ISBN-10: 3492280269

ISBN-13: 9783492280266

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De herderskroon: De allerlaatste Schijfwereld-roman - Paperback is due out on the 15th Jan 2018 at a R.R.P. of 18.56GBP ( Dutch/Flemish translation of

ISBN-10: 9022579972

ISBN-13: 9789022579978

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Helle Barden : Ein Scheibenwelt-Roman - Paperback is due out on the 19th Feb 2018 at a R.R.P. 9.20GBP (German translation of Men At Arms)

ISBN10 3442486874

ISBN13 9783442486878

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4. September / October Events

Whilst we would love to get to every event and play to write reviews and articles about them, we just don't have enough time, petrol and a wide enough spread of friends to borrow the couch for the night. But you, our wonderful readers do have the time, petrol and often don't need the couches as the event or play is on your doorstep!

We don't have English degrees here and you don't need one either to write something for Discworld Monthly! So get typing and every submission that we use will get a I heart Discworld Monthly window sticker.

Ps. If you know of a play or event that we don't know about (shock horror), email us. We like the surprise!

All submissions should be emailed to

Don't forget to visit Pratchett Stage Productions for our most up-to-date list of stage productions.

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[Australia] Brisbane Arts Theatre present Lords and Ladies as adapted by Irana Brown

Location: 210 Petrie Terrace, PETRIE TERRACE QLD 4000

Dates: 16 September - 21 October 2017 (7.30pm Thursdays, 8.00pm Fridays and Saturdays, 6.30pm Sundays)

Tickets: Adults 34AUD, Concession 28AUD, Group 10+ 27AUD, Student Rush 15AUD (10 mins before curtain)

Website: artstheatre.com.au

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[NEW: UK] Dodger, Birmingham UK

Hall Green Little Theatre presents Dodger as adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location: Hall Green Little Theatre Studio, Pemberley Road, Acocks Green, Birmingham, B27 7RY

Dates: Fri 29th - Sat 30th September, Mon 2nd October - Sat 7th October

Times: 7.30pm

Tickets: 8GBP - 2.50GBP transaction fee applies

Website: birmingham-box.co.uk

Box Office: 0121 245 4455

Facebook Event Page : facebook.com

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[UK] T.A.O.D.S present a performance of BBC4's radio play of Wyrd Sisters as adapted by Vince Foxall

Location:The Todmorden Hippodrome Theatre, Halifax Rd, Tormorden, West Yorkshire OL14 5BB UK

Dates: Fri 29th - Sat 30th September 2017

Times: Doors open at 7pm, Show starts at 7.30pm

Tickets: 6GBP

Website: todhip.org

Box Office: 0333 666 3366

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[NEW: Leeds UK] Waterstones Book Club

Location: Waterstones, 93-97 Albion Street, LS15JS Leeds

Date: 3rd October 2017

Time: 18:00-18:45

Tickets: This is a free event

This month it's all about the book Wyrd Sisters

For more information contact Waterstones Leeds by phone 0113 2444 588 or email or speak to Keiran in store.

Facebook event page: facebook.com

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[UK] Terry Pratchett: HisWorld - a new major Terry Pratchett Exhibition will take place at The Salisbury Museum from 16th Sept 2017 to 13 Jan 2018.

Pictures of various items that will be on display at the exhibition have been appearing on Salisbury Museum's social media feeds. Some items have been made especially for the exhibition. The pratchetthisworld.com website is now full of information and images for your perusal.

The Josh Kirby estate recently announced that the original artwork for Reaper Man will also be on view at the exhibition. It is a rare opportunity to see a Josh Kirby original in the UK as the last time was back in 2007.

Day Ticket Prices are as follows -

Standard day ticket - Adult 7.50GBP Child 3.60GBP Family (2 adults +up to 4 children) 18.50GBP Under 5's Free

It is strongly advised that you buy your tickets in advance from the ticket website.

salisbury.merlintickets.co.uk

pratchetthisworld.com

Salisbury Museum Website - Pratchett: HisWorld

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[NEW: UK] Winslow Players presents Wyrd Sisters as adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location: Winslow Public Hall, Elmfields Gate, Winslow, MK18 3JG

Dates: Thursday 5th October - Sat 7th October

Times: 7.30pm

Tickets: 6GBP Thursday - 8GBP Friday and Saturday

Website: winslowplayers.co.uk

Box Office:01296 712728

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[UK] Twyford and Ruscombe Theatre Group present Mort as adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location: Loddon Hall, Loddon Hall Road, Twyford, Reading, Berkshire, RG10 9JA

Dates: Thursday 5th October - Sat 7th October 2017

Times: 8pm

Tickets: 7-10GBP (concessions available if ordered in advance)

Website: twyrusdrama.org.uk

Box Office: 0118 328 2825

To buy tickets online: Terry Pratchett's MORT Tickets

Discworld Monthly are planning to visit this production on Saturday 7th October [Ed's birthday - RRAR]

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[Ireland] The 2017 Irish Discworld Convention will take place from 6-9th October 2017 [the weekend of my 46th Birthday, hint, hint - Ed] at the Cork International Hotel.

It has SOLD OUT of tickets but if you wish to get on the waiting list do so here:

Irish Discworld Convention Waiting List

To keep up with all the news that is happening visit their website here:

2017.idwcon.org

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[UK] Erith Playhouse presents Mort as adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location: Erith Playhouse, 38-40 High Street, Erith, Kent, DA8 1QY

Dates: Mon 9th Oct 2017 - Sat 14th Oct 2017

Times: 8pm

Tickets: 10GBP

Website: playhouse.org.uk

Box Office: 01322 350345

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[South Africa] Screening of The Colour of Magic at The Moors Castle

Feegles, Wizzards, Guild Members dunnkin divers and Ankh-Morporkians!

If you aten't dead, The Moors Castle is the place to be on Saturday 14th October in The Year of the Backwards-Facing Artichoke.

Join us at The Moors Castle for a screening of Terry Pratchett's 'The Colour of Magic'!

R50.00 per person will see that you are kept a space in the Great Hall for the moving pictures and a bag of banged grains to keep you snacking!

Cash (or card) bar plus snacks and sweets on sale, as well as sausage inna bun (with named meat)

** REGRET NO OUTSIDE FOOD/DRINK PERMITTED **

Part 1: The Colour of Magic (90 mins)

INTERVAL

Part 2: The Light Fantastic (90 mins)

Bring a duvet and cushions, blankets and/or a sleeping bag - you will find your spot in the Great Hall. Bring a group or make friends with your neighbours and enjoy the evening with the ladies D & M.

** REGRET NO CHAIRS, FLOOR SPACE ONLY **

To book your space, please email Pop and your cell number to

** LIMITED PLACES - STRICTLY FIRST COME FIRST SERVED **

COST: R50.00 per person of any age

BANK DETAILS:

Bank: Nedbank

Branch Code: 132805

Account No: 1010719874

Reference:DWMovie + your name

Location : The Moors Castle, 638 Larsens Road, 1739 Muldersdrift, Gauteng, South Africa

Date : Sat 14th October 2017

Time 19:00-22:30 UTC+02

Facebook Event Page : facebook.com

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[UK] Rhyl Liberty Players presents Wyrd Sisters as adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location: The Rhyl Little Theatre Vale Road Rhyl LL18 2BS

Dates: Tuesday 25th to Friday 28th October.

Website: libertyplayers.co.uk

Box Office: 01745 342229

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[NEW: UK] CADS presents Men At Arms as adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location: St Peter's Church Hall, Hatchett Lane, Cranbourne SL4 2EG

Dates: Thursday 26th October - Sat 28th October

Times: 7.45pm, Sat Matinee 2.30m

Tickets: 9GBP

Website: cadsact.org.uk

Box Office: 01344 886456

Discworld Monthly plan to visit this production on Friday 27th October.


5. Future Events

5.1 November 2017

[SOUTH AFRICA] DISCWORLD DAY at The Moors Castle, Gauteng, South Africa

Location: The Moors Castle, 638 Larsens Road, 1739 Muldersdrift, Gauteng, South Africa

Date: 4th November 2017

LIMITED NO OF TICKETS available from Quicket - Discworld Day - South Africa

Tickets: Online - R60.00 At the Gate - R80.00 Kids under 12 FREE

Dogs and unruly luggages to be kept on leashes at all times.

To find out more visit their Facebook Event page

facebook.com

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[NEW: USA, ILLINOIS] The Outer Edge Book Discussion

In November they will discussing Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett

Location: The Outer Edge, Chatham Area Public Library, Chatham, Illinois 62629

Date: 20th November 2017

Time: 18:00-19:30 CST

facebook.com

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[UK] Studio Theatre Club present Raising Steam as adapted by Stephen Briggs. This has been postponed until 2018/19

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[UK] Thalian Theatre Group presents The Truth as Adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location: Mirren Studio, The Townsgate Theatre, St Martin's Square, Basildon, Essex, SS14 1DL

Dates : 9th - 11th November 2017

Time : starts at 8pm

Tickets 11GBP Adult, 9 GBP Concessions

Box Office : 01268 465 465

Website : towngatetheatre.co.uk

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[NEW: AUSTRALIA] Good Omens the Musical - a readthrough of the script and songs.

Squabbalogic Presents a Development Reading of An Apocalyptically Atypical New Musical

Based on the Novel by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

Good Omens The Musical has been in development for some time. Before they head into the rehearsal room, they are presenting this unique opportunity for an audience to participate in an often-mysterious process by performing a reading of the current draft of the script and songs for this exciting new piece.

Warning: this performance contains haze and adult themes. Recommended for ages 15+

Location: York Theatre, Seymour Centre, Cnr Cleveland Street and City Road, Chippendale, Sydney, NSW Australia.

Date: Mon 13th November 2017

Time: 6:30pm

Duration: 120 mins (including interval)

Tickets: 38AUD

Transaction fees apply: By phone 6AUD Online 4.50AUD

Box Office: 02 9351 7940

Online Booking: boxoffice.seymourcentre.com

Website: seymourcentre.com

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[AUSTRALIA] Roleystone theatre presents Mort as adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location: Roleystone Theatre, 587 Brookton Hwy, Roleystone, Western Australia, Australia 6111

Dates: 24th, 25th and 29th Nov then 1st and 2nd Dec 2017

Tickets: 20AUD Adults, 15AUD Under 18's and Pensioners.

Facebook: facebook.com

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5.2 December 2017

[UK] Youth Theatre Company presents Lords and Ladies as adapted by Irana Brown

Location:Theatre Royal, Theatre Street, Norwich NR2 1RL

Dates: Thurs 14th Dec - Sat 16th Dec (Audio Described performance on the Sat)

Times: Performance starts at 7:30pm

Tickets: 8.50GBP-10GBP

Website: secure.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

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5.3 January 2018

[UK] Progress Theatre presents Maskerade as adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location: Progress Theatre, The Mount, Reading RG1 5HL

Dates: Thurs 18th Jan 2018 - Sat 27th Jan 2018 (Saturday Matinees included)

Website: progresstheatre.co.uk

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5.4 February 2018

[USA] Gainesville Theatre Alliance presents Monstrous Regiment as adapted by Stephen Briggs.

Location: UNG-Gainesville's Ed Cabell Theatre, 3820 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood, GA 30566

Dates: Fri 16th Feb - Sat 24th Feb 2018

Time: 7:30pm on the 16th, 18th and 20th - 24th, with matinees at 2:30pm on Sat 17th and Sat 24th

Tickets: 18-20 USD Adults, 16-18USD Seniors and 12-14USD Students

Website: blog.ung.edu

Box Office: 678 717 3624.

Special Events at this production

FREE Stage Tour (a peek behind the scenes!)

1st Feb 2018 at 6:00pm

Preview Performance: Ticket is 10USD (Preview tickets go on sale 29th Jan 2018)

Thursday 15th Feb 2018 at 7:30pm

FREE Opening Night Reception: In the lobby following the performance with the cast and crew, catered by ACE Catering

Friday 16th Feb 2018

Talk Back with Cast & Crew: a lively (and free) Q&A session following the performance on Tuesday 20th Feb 2018

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[UK] We are Theatre presents Maskerade as adapted by Stephen Briggs.

Location: The Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PR

Dates: Mon 26th Feb - Wed 28th Feb 2018

Times: 7:30pm

Tickets: 10GBP

Website: wearetheatre.co.uk

Box Office: 07521364107

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5.5 Timey Wimey Events

These Events are at least six months away on the calendar, but if you have a Rufus or a doorway to L-space you may be able to dive into the future and bring back a review for us now! If you don't have access to either then you should be able to purchase tickets and travel forward in time the old fashioned way - one day at a time.

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[NEW: UK] The Carlton Players presents Mort as adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location : The Little Theatre, Grange Rd West, Birkenhead, United Kingdom, CH41 4BY

Dates: 24 April 2018 - 28 April 2018

Time: Doors Open at 7pm. Show Starts at 7.30pm

Tickets: 8GBP Adults, U16's/Students 6GBP

Website: carltonlittletheatre.co.uk

Box Office: 0151 647 6593

Box Office Website: ticketsource.co.uk

Facebook Event: facebook.com

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[Dutch Discworld Convention]

CabbageCon 5 will be happening in 2018!

Register on their website now to be one of the first to know all about Cabbagecon 5 in 2018

dutchdwcon.nl

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[UK Discworld Convention]

The location and date of 2018 Discworld Convention in the UK has been announced.

It will be at the Chesford Grange Hotel on the weekend of 3rd - 6th August 2018.

Memberships have been released and have SOLD OUT.

Don't fret though, ConCom are now operating a waiting list for those who wish to have a chance of attending.

To find out more visit 2018.dwcon.org

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[Australian Convention] Nullus Anxietas VII in Melbourne 2019

It will be held from the 12th to 14th April 2019 and is authorised by Ankh Morpork Post Office.

Currently you can guarantee your place by purchasing a supporting membership now at 40AUD from

Australian Convention 2019 Booking

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[Scheibenwelt Convention]

Scheibenwelt Convention have announced that the next German Discworld Convention will take place from the 3rd to the 6th of October 2019 at Castle Ludwigstein.

The theme will be Hogswatch.

Tickets are not on sale as yet but do visit their website to find out more information .

scheibenwelt-convention.de

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[NEW: NADWCON]

It's happening in 2019. That's all we know. We'll update this when we get more news.


6. Recurring Monthly Fan 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 now holding irregular weekend meet-ups in addition to their regular Mondays. Dates are posted on their Facebook page and sent out via their mailing list.

The Drummers are always happy to welcome new visitors. You can find out more at: brokendrummers.org or Broken Dummers Facebook Page

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[Adelaide, Australia] The City of Small Gods is a group for fans in Adelaide and South Australia. They 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 their mailing list, visit: cityofsmallgods.org.au

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[Brisbane, Australia] 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: The Pratchett Partisans Facebook Group

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[Melbourne, Australia] The Victorian Discworld Klatch is a social group for fans of Discworld and Terry Pratchett. We meet monthly for fun activities and to talk all things Pratchetty. Information on our current event can be found on Victorian Discworld Klatch Facebook Group or email

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[Perth, Australia] The Treacle Mining Corporation meetup to celebrate the works of 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 @TreacleMiningCo, Instagram treacle_mining_corporation, and Facebook Treacle Mining Corporation Facebook Group

Otherwise message Alexandra Ware directly at

Unless otherwise stated the group meets up on the first Monday of each month.

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[Sydney, Australia] Sydney Drummers normally meet on the first Monday of every month.

Meeting location: 3 Wise Monkeys, 555 George Street, Sydney, 2000 from 6:30pm

For more information contact Sue (AKA Granny Weatherwax) on

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[Sydney, Australia] Western Drummers (western suburbs of Sydney NSW Australia) meet 6pm on the third Tuesday of the month at the Nepean Rowing Club for dinner chat and games.

Western Drummers Facebook Group

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* Calling USA / Canadian Fans *

Appreciate Discworld and Sir Terry Pratchett? Want to chat and gather with other Discworld fans in the US and Canada? Regional Discworld fan Facebook groups are linked below!

Holy Wood Dreams (covers WA, OR, CA, NV, AZ, NM, and HI):

Holy Wood Dreams Facebook Page

Central US Discworld Fans (covers ID, MT, WY, ND, SD, NE, UT, CO, KS, OK, and TX):

Central US Discworld Fans Facebook Group

Midwest Discworld Fans (covers IL, IN, WI, MI, KY, MN, IA, and MO):

Midwest Discworld Fans Facebook Group

Southeast US Pratchett Fans (covers AR, LA, TN, MS, AL, GA, NC, SC, and FL):

Southeast US Pratchett Fans Facebook Group

Mid-Atlantic Discworld Fans (covers PA, OH, WV, VA, Washington DC, and MD):

Mid-Atlantic Discworld Fans Facebook Group

New England Discworld Fans (covers DE, NJ, NY, CT, RI, MA, VT, NH, and ME):

New England Discworld Fans Facebook Group

Canadian Discworld Fans (covers Canada and Alaska):

Canadian Discworld Fans Facebook Group

If you are in a border state or a province between two groups, feel free to join both groups.

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[Australia] Drumknott's Irregulars is a newly established Terry Pratchett social group based in Canberra. The group is open to anyone and their events are not heavily themed.

Facebook: Drumknott's Irregulars Facebook Group

Google Groups: Drumknott's Irregulars Google Group


7. Readers' Letters

If you have any letters or comments, please email them to

We assume any correspondence is eligible for use in the newsletter unless otherwise stated, including the sender's email address. We may edit your letters by wrapping them in fish and feeding them to the seals at the Weymouth Sea Life Centre during an Ironman event.

It is vitally important that you don't pass off other people's work as your own. If you use information from other resources please let us know so we can give proper credit.

The best letter each month will get a I "Heart" Discworld Monthly Car sticker so get emailing!

The best letter will get chosen by a member of the team who is not living in Swansea after publication. [Richard Massey might actually get to do the job he offered to do 20 years ago]

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From: "Jordan Graves"

Missus Rachel,

Your footnotes on the L-space Voyager review were brilliant. The one about your coffee made me laugh out loud.

That is all.

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From: "Bill Moore"

Just a quick note of thanks for DWM, and all your efforts.

I'm not as active in the Discworld, er, world as I was in the past. But I'm always glad to get the DWM and to see what's up elsewhere.

"Good Omens" is on my radar. I sure hope it's good. (And not an unwatchable train-wreck like the recent "Dirk Gently" adaptation. Though, apparently some people liked it, so my apologies if you are a fan... :) )

Thanks much!

Bill Moore

Ashland, OH, USA

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From: "Colm-Rose Kearns-Fortune"

Dear Jason, Rachel, William and Richard,

I recently signed up to your newsletter and have been wowed by the depth of information it contains and the richness of the Discworld fandom. I hope to make some meager contribution to that fandom with my podcast, Radio Morpork, in which me and my co-host Steve (both longtime Discworld fans) work through the series book-by-book in chronological order. We analyse them, getting deep into the weeds of some pseudo-intellectual mental gymnastics and occasionally retreating to safer territory to just joke and gush about what we love about the books, before closing each episode by ranking each book in an ongoing attempt to build a thoroughly-detailed, passionately-argued but ultimately unabashedly subjective Discworld book pantheon.

I was wondering if you would be so obliging as to feature a mention of our podcast in your next newsletter. Podcasts have enlivened the discussion in other speculative fiction fandom communities (A Song of Ice and Fire, Harry Potter, etc.) but as far as I know, we're the only ongoing Discworld re-read podcast, so I think your readers would be very interested to hear about us. We're available on iTunes, Soundcloud, Podcast Addict and a whole host of other streaming services. Our next episode (on Men at Arms) is out tomorrow and thereafter, it's episodes every other Wednesday. Our website can be found at radiomorpork.wordpress.com and if you have any other questions, I'd be happy to answer them. Thanks for reading! Fabricati diem pvnc!

radiomorpork.wordpress.com


8. Disc Trivia

We're back with five challenging trivia questions for you - this month the questions were set whilst we were panicking trying to get this newsletter out after some vodka and cokes were consumed at an ancients birthday party! As a result we raided the Discworld Almanak for some random trivia to quiz you with.

Q1. What was Mrs Cirrus quoted as saying abou the Almanak?

Q2. On what street can Ebenezer Clump and Son be found in the Sto-Plains?

Q3. The Omnians claimed that when Bishop Horn was fasting in the desert, a chariot appeared in the sky . What was drawing the chariot?

Q4. The Duck of the Iron book which will rise up at the end of the world will utter what?

Q5.The Hobb of the Furrows was actually sold by Clarecraft. How much did it cost according to the advert within the Almanak?

The answers can be found at the end of this issue.


9. My Life with The Broken Drummers

by Helen Nicholls

In March 2005, I walked into a pub just off Edgware Road in London looking for a Discworld Meetup group. I spotted a plushy orangutan on one of the tables and headed towards it. I didn't know it then but my life was about to change forever.

I was 21 years old and nervous. I had grown up with dire warnings of the dangers of meeting people online. Also, I had tried a couple of these meets before and the last had one ended with me escorting a drunken American woman to the wrong side of London in a black cab because the driver would not take her alone. Since then I had continued to get updates from Meetup and knew that a regular group was now up and running. I decided to give it another go.

In July 2004, Jack Hanley had also had another bad Meetup experience. He went along to a meet and found that the only other person present was a journalist writing an article on the kind of people that go to Meetups. He decided that someone needed to take control and that person would be him. By the time I started going, the group had been meeting for months. Eventually, Meetup started asking for fees so we decided to dispense with their services. That meant that we needed a name. We settled for The Broken Drummers.

I took over running The Broken Drummers in mid-2006, when Jack stopped coming regularly. By that time its membership had grown substantially due its members "Terryvangelising". We recruited a lot of people we met at events and I increased membership by placing regular adverts in Discworld Monthly. Today Facebook is our biggest source of recruitment.

So, what do we do at Drummers meetings? Mostly, we just chat. Our conversations can be very deep, very silly or both. We have been known to sing Monty Python songs on occasion. Usually, there is a quiz and it is generally on Discworld unless the quizmaster decides otherwise but that is our only bit of official business. What makes Drummers work is that its members share the Pratchett sense of humour and decency.*

I met my husband at The Broken Drummers and have made many good friends over the years. Members vary in age from 20s to people so old they won't say how old they are. There are those who come regularly, others who just come occasionally and tourists who make a one-off visit (although one of these keeps back despite the fact she lives in the USA). Our revered founder Jack still makes the odd appearance and reminds us all that old people today are a disgrace.

The Broken Drummers meets on the first Monday of every month from about 7pm. We meet in the Monkey Puzzle, a traditional pub with a traditional Irish landlord in Sussex Gardens, which is off Edgware Road. Look out for the Monkey Puzzle trees in the beer garden. We sit at the back of the pub (if you consider the beer garden entrance to be the front).

We sometimes hold extra meetings. This year we've had a couple of weekend summer drinks sessions at the Puzzle during the afternoon. This has given people who can't do Monday nights a chance to come along. We also did a Locked in a Room escape game earlier this year. Sadly, my team got killed. I'm always keen to hear suggestions for special meets.

The Broken Drummers is always looking for new blood. Anyone wanting updates can send me their email address and be added to the mailing list or join our Facebook group. My email address is I can't promise that everyone will find a husband but you will have a bloody good laugh with a group of Pratchett fans, what could be better?**

*This is not necessarily the same as traditional definitions of decency, as anyone who reads our meeting reports will know. Nanny Ogg would approve.

** OK, lots of things but we can't offer you everything you've ever wanted in life. Groups that do that should be avoided like the plague.


10. Review: Capture the Castle Exhibition

By Steve & Barbara DurbinB

Southampton City Art Gallery, to 2nd Sept.

So, what does an art exhibition apparently named after a Dodi Smith book has to do with Discworld? Simply, it has Paul Kidby Discworld artworks in it.

Castles, for anyone living in Wales, are a bit of challenge; we've got lots of them and they bring in a lot of tourism, but they were mostly built to suppress Welsh rebellion in the time of Edward I - the "Ring of Iron". Having Prince Charles crowned as Prince of Wales in one of these, in a made-up ceremony certainly didn't help, and having an English firm recently propose a huge artwork at Flint Castle in the form of a "Ring of Steel" certainly picked that scab recently...but I digress.

The exhibition has a wide range of images, but all are pictorial art; no 3d images or video. Some famous artists are in the mix - JMW Turner being the main one most people have heard of. There are some striking techniques on show - Alan Rankle's two large scale images are particularly fascinating with colours that almost glow - a mix of oils and pigmented inkjet on canvas - reminding me of Terry's description of The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke by Richard Dadd.

A number of the images were made for advertising purposes, particularly rail and road travel in the 1930s.

Another standout for us was Sebastian Pether's Moonlight Scene, Southampton. Aside from the local interest, it's a very strong night time image with very well painted light including a more realistic than most moon reflection, the local castle dominating the left of the frame. Some locals were debating its realism, as they shared the view that the central keep would not have been there by the time the painter came to see it.

Images of interest to fantasy fans have their own section, include Brokedown Palace by Alan Lee, done for a Steven Brust cover, and Helms Deep by Alan Lee, which was an illustration for the centenary edition of Lord of the Rings and used by Peter Jackson as a start point for the design and art direction of the 2002 film (yes, I know it's not a castle - I didn't curate this okay!).

So, what of Paul's images? There are two, both pencil illustrations.

The first is The Tower of Art, for which Paul notes inspiration from one of the Bruegel images, but he's given it a distinctly Discworld organic spin, with the tower spiralling upwards crookedly and not narrowing as much as it should for simple physics; but I'm sure the UU doesn't need that sort of science stuff. The arches and doorways leaning at odd angles gives it an even stronger organic feel.

The second is Lancre Castle. The castle sits as described in the books with a cliff on one side, and a variety of architectural styles showing it's evolved over centuries. The progress of the cliff is also noted - one part fallen away, another looking like only someone with a penchant for emergency parachute drops testing Leonard of Quirm's devices would like to stay there.

Overall, an interesting exhibition if you like visual arts. The gallery has free entry and there is much more to see including some interesting surrealist works alongside more conventional art.


11. Review: Terry Pratchett: HisWorld Exhibition

Review by Jason Anthony-Rowlands

Discworld Monthly visited the Terry Pratchett: HisWorld Exhibition on its opening day (Saturday 16th September) we arrived at 9:30 ready for the 10am opening. Rob Wilkins - head of all things Pratchett - said a very few words and cut open the ribbon with a rather small pair of scissors. He apparently wanted to use Terry's sword but that was locked away behind glass in the exhibition.

After navigating our way through the entrance hall we came to the start of the exhibition and a very welcoming painting of Terry created by Paul Kidby. The exhibition is the biggest show that the museum have ever hosted and it is spread across several rooms on two floors. Inside you will find such artifacts as the aforementioned sword and one of Terry's early portable word processors. You will also find many pieces of art by Paul Kidby and even a couple of pieces by the wonderful Josh Kirby.

Spaced around the rooms are quotes from Terry - but not the usual ones you often see quoted. I found the one where he talks frankly about having two diseases PCA and the knowledge of having PCA quite emotional.

One of the highlights is the recreation of Terry's office. It's actually an amalgamation of items from his office and its anti-chamber but it gives a wonderful insight into what was the creative centre for so much of Terry's works. I loved the fact that Terry had a cat flap installed into his desk. As if proof was needed that Terry was a cat lover.

There are lots of amazing artifacts spread around the rooms - including some items that Terry was nevel alive to see. There is a script for the Good Omens TV series (behind glass) and his crushed hard drive. There is also the bronzed bust that Paul Kidby created of Terry as well as the clay master that the cast was taken from.

In one of the rooms on the second floor is a writing desk and pens and paper where you can write your memories of Terry. When we got there several notable Discworld "celebrities" had already posted in their messages. We added our own to the growing collection.. You never know - they may one day find themselves printed in a slim tome.

Which reminds me - for those that went to the 2014 Convention and got one of the Green Folios and one of the Black Folios at Terry's memorial you can now add the blue folio to your collection. We review our copy later in this issue and will be giving you the opportunity to win your own in this month's competition.

Back to the exhibition - give yourself two to three hours to really go round and look at everything and then go round again - we assure you there will be things you missed the first time. Don't forget to take some tissues as there seems to be an abundance of the Onion fairy in the building.

It this a full and comprehensive exhibition of Terry's stuff? No not really there is a lot of stuff that didn't make it here - but and this is important - you get a really good feel of what Terry liked to surround himself with. More stuff would start to overwhelm the venue. It's a nice comfortable tribute to a great author and wonderful human being and I loved it.

Terry Pratchett: HisWorld runs until 13th January 2018 at the Salisbury museum, just across the road from Salisbury cathedral and a stone's throw away from the square where Terry's Knight was located before it came back to Terry's home. By the way the Knight is currently located in the recreation of Terry's office.

While visiting don't forget to look around at the other parts of the museum. You may find some Wee Free Men lurking in the other display cabinets!

Ticket for the event are priced as follows: Standard day ticket - Adult 7.50GBP Child 3.60GBP Family (2 adults +up to 4 children) 18.50GBP Under 5's Free

It is strongly advised that you buy your tickets in advance from the ticket website.

salisbury.merlintickets.co.uk

pratchetthisworld.com

Salisbury Museum Website - Pratchett: HisWorld


12. Review: The Little Blue Book

By Rachel Anthony-Rowlands

The Little Blue Book otherwise known as "Terry Pratchett: HisWorld, A Brief Guide to Discworld" can be bought either at the Salisbury Museum or embossed from the lovely people over at Discworld.com at the sum of 20 GBP.

The book is identical in size and feel to the previous two little books - The MMXIV Green Folio and The Little Black Book (Memorial Folio). It also has the silhouette of Terry on the front, this time in gold. Like those before it, it is a limited edition.

What can I tell you about it? Well it is the first time we've seen the words "(c) Dunmanifestin Ltd 2017" in a Discworld publication instead of "(c)Terry and Lyn Pratchett." which made me a bit sad.

It was a reminder of the fact he is gone and that this book was something not written by him.

It was, in fact, written by Stephen Briggs and has illustrations by Paul Kidby.

It contains an introduction by the curator Richard Henry about how the exhibition came about followed by a small bit about Terry, but the main bulk of the book contains synopses of some of the main characters that we find on the Disc, and a small amount about the Disc itself. Each of these are accompanied by a glorious pencil drawing by Paul. The synopses provide a small insight into each character, which most seasoned readers may already know about.

It is a book for the completist, the collector who has to (to coin a phrase) "Have them all!"

At 20 GBP it's not a cheap book by any means but alongside its brothers, it sits well on the shelf.

I got mine signed on the opening day of the exhibition by both Rob Wilkins and Paul Kidby.

I loved what Rob wrote in mine "P.S. Discworld Monthly is the best! But may contain Nuts!" [He knows us so well - Ed]

If you want a signed copy along with a pin badge from the exhibition enter this month's competition.


13. Review: The Librarian from The Discworld Emporium

By Rachel Anthony-Rowlands

Sometimes we get sent stuff in the post for review purposes. This month an awesome parcel addressed to the "Daft Sods" arrived here from the Discworld Emporium and what a parcel it is.

It contained the latest of their sculptures, the Librarian. It is a piece that we had seen developed from a 3d render right up to prototype and now finally, the finished article.

What can I say about this beautiful bit of art by the wonderfully talented Rich Kingston?

I really don't know where to start. [Insert a time scale of two days to get going on this article again, most of it spent staring at the Librarian]

When you open the box , what you find inside is a surprising heavy for it's size Librarian in the sitting position reading a book using a banana skin as a bookmark.

The colouration of this piece is a copper colour with the green aging effect on the cover on the book. He is palm sized , which to everyone else means he sits nicely in the palm of my girlie(ish for an orc) hand. And I just want to smooth him.

The detailing in this palm sized piece of perfection is mind blowing. You can see every line around the eyes of the Librarian's face, so much so that you can almost see what he is thinking. The banana he holds in his foot is as exquisite as the toes that hold it. The fur looks like it should be furry yet is cold and hard to the touch. The book is something I want to read, buy it's language is one this pigeon french speaker cannot decypher. I bet it says something like "Ian likes mince pies" or "Reb is the 9th wonder of the world"

What Rich and the daft sods at the Emporium have done with this is jaw dropping, it really is. I thought I loved the Great A'tuin they did last year but no where near as much as I have fallen in love with this little guy.

Every home should have one guarding their books. Period. Full Stop.

Why are you still reading this? Go and buy one now. Or nag your Nan to get you one for Hogswatch, or or or plead with your significant otter for one and promise to do the washing up for the next year.

Get your "I can't live without one" Librarian for 45GBP (plus postage) at discworldemporium.com

And tell them we sent you .....


14. Review: Nadwcon 2017 - Witches Brew and a Convention Too

It's official. Discworld fans are wonderful no matter where in the world you find them. I've been to my first ever North American Discworld Convention.

They held it in New Orleans and the theme was all about Genua, Witches and Fat Lunchtime (Discworld Mardi Gras).

I've had the pleasure of attending quite a few cons in the UK and Ireland but never further afield. From the first moment I felt welcomed and at home with committee, Gophers and fellow attendees all enthusiastic and friendly.

The programme was packed full of interesting items, the decorations and room theming were great. Personal highlights were the Lodge meeting (a secret society, you'll have to go to IDWCon or DWCon to find out more), the Night Watch training session and the Witch Trials. They had their own Con Cocktail which was green and sweet and lovely (Witches Brew).

News that has stuck with me from the Con (though there may be more I'm forgetting) - the Josh Kirby estate sent original of 'Reaper Man' to join the Paul Kidby artwork at the Terry Pratchett: HisWorld exhibition of Terry's life (Salisbury Museum). Rob let us know Good Omens filming would start imminently and it since has. And there will be another NADWCon in 2019, chaired by Amy (aka The Incredible Amy) who some of you may remember from previous DW and IDW Cons and Hogswatches past.

With IDWCon only around the corner, I'm looking forward to seeing a lot of my Discworld family again much sooner than normal.

Love,

Shivers


15. Discworld Ale Prize Draw - Don't Forget to Enter!

There is just a couple of days left on this competition!!

We've teamed up with the wonderful peeps over at discworldbeers.co.uk for this wonderful prize draw.

You will need to visit discworldbeers.co.uk and register for the discworld beers newsletter to be entered into the prize draw.

It really is that simple!

Winner gets a free 6 pack of L-Space Voyager, exclusive access to details of the next Discworld Beer and a freebie 6 pack of that when it's available too!!

Entries will close on the 30th September 2017 and will be drawn by the amazing brewing wizzards over at discworldbeers.co.uk

Of course we will let you know in issue 247 who won that awesome prize package.

This competition is being run by discworldbeers.co.uk and thus their terms and conditions apply. Do not send entries for this competition to Discworld Monthly as you will not be entered into the draw and may have raspberries blown at you for not reading this properly.


16. Micro Art Studio Competition Result

Micro Art Studio are brilliant at producing some amazing Discworld Figures. Last month we gave you have a chance to win a bust of your choice from their range of Discworld Busts on their website

The Winner is Marc Hurley from Chingford. We'll be in contact shortly about your choice of prize.

We'd like to apologise to those that struggled to enter this month. Due to unforeseen circumstances the metallized busts disappeared from the Micro Arts Studio website for a while.

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17. Terry Pratchett: HisWorld Competition

This month's competition gives you the chance to win HisWorld pin badge and a copy of The Little Blue Book signed by both Rob Wilkins and Paul Kidby at the opening day of the Terry Pratchett: HisWorld exhibition at Salisbury Museum

To win you just need to answer the question below:

Who was the first person to give a ticketed talk about Terry Pratchett at the Terry Pratchett:HisWorld exhibition in Salisbury Museum?

Send your answer and full postal address to by Fri 22nd October 2017.

Your address will only be used for sending out your prize should you be the lucky winner. 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 - multiple entries will result in a ban from the competition. Failure to answer the questions or provide your postal address will prevent you from being entered into the competition. Answers to the questions must not be posted to any websites before the competition ends. The judges' decision is final. The competition is open to all readers.


18. The End

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* Disc Trivia Results *

Q1.
What was Mrs Cirrus quoted as saying abou the Almanak?
A1.
"It lasted all year round"
Q2.
On what street can Ebenezer Clump and Son be found in the Sto-Plains?
A2.
Sprout Street
Q3.
The Omnians claimed that when Bishop Horn was fasting in the desert, a chariot appeared in the sky . What was drawing the chariot?
A3.
Seven times seven white duck.
Q4.
The Duck of the Iron book which will rise up at the end of the world will utter what ?
A4.
The Quack of Doom
Q5.
The Hobb of the Furrows was actually sold by Clarecraft. How much did it cost according to the advert within the Almanak?
A5.
3.50GBP plus postage.

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