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Discworld Monthly Issue 253 - April 2018

Issue 253

1. Editorial

There are three notable anniversaries this month.

April 14th was the 2nd anniversary of Terry's memorial where several hundred lucky fans were in attendance at the Barbican in London.

April 28th would have been Terry's 70th Birthday and we'll be celebrating the date in Wincanton with an assorted bunch of loonies.

April 30th will be Discworld Monthly's 21st Birthday and again we'll be celebrating this milestone in Wincanton.

Before our next issue another important anniversary. On 1st May it will be twenty years since The Last Continent was first published!

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Today (26th April 2018) The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents get a new amazing cover by Laura Ellen Anderson. We love Laura's cover and hope that they inspire a whole new generation of young readers to pick up Terry's books.

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We've been busy beavering away on our website this month and now have new pages for Regular Fan Meetings and Discworld Events. The website will show the latest information we have and the newsletter will now just show a summary of what's coming soon and any new or modified information.

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Last month we finally got around to releasing our new Soul Music mug design. Featuring Imp, Glod and Cliff mid concert.

Take a look a this and our other Discworld Monthly products at: Discworld Monthly Shop

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Jason Rincewind Anthony-Rowlands (Editor and Wizzard)
Rachel Anthony-Rowlands (The Purple People Eater)
William Barnett (Rage against the machine)
Richard Massey (What machine? And how do I turn it on?)

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1.1 Important Information

We have several places where you can get up to the minute news and information about all things Discworld from Discworld Monthly.

Facebook: Discworld Monthly Facebook Page

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Instagram: Discworld Monthly on Instagram

And our website, discworldmonthly.co.uk which contains loads of information about the books, stage productions around the world, interesting articles, back issues and our merchandise shop.

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1.2 Submissions

Want to make your opinions about the Discworld known to the world?

Have you been to see a play or a Discworld related event and want to write a review about it?

Then get writing! We are always on the lookout for exclusive articles and reviews to share with our readers so don't hesitate, email us today with the subject Article/Review at

If you are putting on a stage production or know of a stage production near you, please email us and let us know about that too.

We happily advertise all stage productions for free and we can help in other ways too. Email with the Subject line "Stage Production".

The deadline for submissions to issue 254 of Discworld Monthly is Wednesday 23rd May 2018.


2. News

2.1 A Conversation with Daniel Knight

We took advantage of technology this week and dialled up Daniel Knight of Snowgum Films to see what was happening with the Epic Film that is Troll Bridge.

He reassured us that they are working on the trailer and that we would be hearing from them very soon. Daniel is a friend of ours and thus the conversation was very much a two way look at how much working within the Discworld affects us all.

If you are interested in watching "A Conversation with …. Daniel Knight" then head over to our YouTube channel.

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2.2 Birdworld Discworld Day

Birdworld are celebrating the anniversary of the Terry Pratchett Owl Parliament with Discworld Day on Sat 26th May.

To celebrate the day, visitors will be invited to join in with plenty of Discworld fun and games throughout the day including, a themed quiz trail, costume prizes for both adults and children, a charity raffle packed full of prizes, educational talks including an owl-themed flying display and even a special Q&A session for fans with Rob Wilkins and Stephen Briggs.

For more information visit birdworld.co.uk

To book tickets online in advance to save 10%, visit their tickets page birdworld.co.uk or arrive in Discworld-themed costume on the day to receive a discounted entry rate of 25% per person. A special prize will be awarded on the day to the best dressed adult and child visitors.

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2.3 Chalke Valley History Festival Update

Tickets are now available to the Chalke Valley History Festival.

As we mentioned in previous issues , The Shed of Doom will be a huge draw for Discworld fans as it will be an 18ft tall replica of Harry Dread's Shed. For those of you who missed the HisWorld exhibition there will also be a chance to see a replica of Terry's office and an exhibition of Paul Kidby's artwork

Other things of interest to Discworld fans at the CVHF:

On Saturday 30th June, 10am - 11am: A special talk by Rob Wilkins entitled "The Write Fantastic: Terry Pratchett" . Where Rob talks about Terry's life, work, inspiration and Terry's profound love of the Chalke Valley. (NB This is a ticketed event. Tickets cost 14.50GBP which includes Saturday entry to the Festival and must be bought in advance on the website)

On Sunday 1st July, 10am - 11am - The Ankh-Morpork Guild Of Conjurors Presents Morgan & West Time-travelling Magicians (NB This is also a ticketed event. Tickets cost 15GBP per person which includes Sunday entry to the festival and must be bought in advance on the website)

If you buy tickets to either of the above events, it also gives you entry to the whole festival for that day.

If you don't want to attend either talk, tickets prices for entrance to the festival only are as follows:

Daily Ticket Prices (Saturday and Sunday only)

Family Ticket (2 adults plus 3 children) - 35.00GBP

Adult - 12.50GBP

Child (under 5's free) - 6GBP

To buy tickets head over to CVHF Programme

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2.4 Good Omens TV Series Update

Neil Gaiman has recently tweeted that they are filming pick-ups for the series. Pick-ups allow the editing team to capture angles missed or to re-record dialog or extra bits that help tell the story better.

From a fans perspective this is great news as it means things are progressing well.

Some of you got in touch with your thoughts about Good Omens.

Steve Parkin wrote "Wot no Bikers! probably couldn't find the budget for the fish! Seriously looking forward to it."

Nathalie Eeckhout wrote "Ginger? Crowley is not Ginger !!!!!"

We would love to hear from you about what your expectations are of the series. (email Subject Good Omens)

To trawl the images that Neil Gaiman has been posting from the sets head over to Neil's Twitter and Instagram accounts: (@neilhimself and Neil Gaiman on Instagram )

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2.5 European Literary Fair 2018 in the Philippines

Recently the European Literary Fair 2018 was held in the Philippines. It celebrated the richness and diversity of European writing covering genres from all the corners of Europe.

The Fair started on the 3rd April and lasted for 3 weeks. Terry Pratchett's Discworld series was showcased alongside J.K Rowling's Harry potter series in the speculative fiction section as well as the Witcher compilation by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski.

The project is part of the active efforts of the European Embassies and cultural institutes in Manila. It aims to showcase European diversity and at the same time promote transnational circulation of literature.

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2.6 Discworld Ales By Mail Charity Run

Paul Kruzycki of Discworld Ales is circumnavigating the Isle of Wight, on foot, in one go in May. He is doing two and a half marathons (That is 65 miles!) over the course of around 30 hours.

He is doing the run to raise funds for one of Terry's favourite charities, the Alzheimer's Society.

If you fancy supporting his endeavours then here is his Just Giving link

justgiving.com

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2.7 Other News

Micro Arts Studio will have a very special release on Terry's 70th Birthday.

Limited edition metallized miniatures of Rincewind, Luggage and Twoflower will be available on Sunday April 28th FOR ONE DAY ONLY!

What's more, a new bust will show up in the near future. Which character will it be?

Keep an eye on their website at Micro Arts Studio

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Brewed at Boathouse Brewing, just outside of Unseen University in the Discworld.com region, Discworld Ales L Space Voyager is a German style Hefeweizen with banana and peanut notes; it's soft and extremely drinkable, and is perfect for any Discworld fan.

They've currently got some great deals on cases, and you can grab an even better deal with 10% off all orders over £40 when you use the code MOREBEER

Ales By Mail

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SFX is celebrating its 300th issue with an amazing article entitled "300 Reasons Sci-Fi conquered the world!"

Reason 132 is Terry Pratchett! A short interview accompanies the entry into the 300 reasons with Rob WIlkins explaining how and why Terry would examine things like the creation of the railways and especially why Terry explored football when he knew nothing about it.

Issue 300 is currently available in all good newsagents and bookstores and is also available to buy direct from the publishers at:

Back Order SFX 300

SFX Magazine

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2.8 Irish Convention News From ConCom Chair Shivers

The Irish Discworld Convention (IDWCon) will return to the Cork International Hotel for our sixth convention. The Cork International Hotel has hosted us at the 2017 and 2015 events and their amazing staff, quirky decor and cosy atmosphere have been a big hit with fans. We are holding it from the 29th of March to the 1st of April 2019 (much earlier in the year than previous conventions) . Our membership sales launched on the 19th of April 2018. The website has been completely revamped, please do pop along for a browse and see how many of the special features you can see: Irish Discworld Convention Website

We have an About the Convention section which should answer most of your questions, especially if you're new to the idea of Discworld Conventions, or the Irish convention itself. We're a bit different from other fan events such as a ComicCon – Discworld conventions don't focus on the commercial aspects of fandom, but rather on the joy of spending time together as fans. We like to create a friendly and welcoming atmosphere where people who share the same sense of humour can relax and let their hair down. I would encourage anyone who has thought about attending a fan event and worried about not being 'nerdy' enough or fitting in to cast those doubts aside. Even people who've not read a Discworld book at all came come along to fan gatherings of all shapes and sizes, from Washington to Wincanton to Woolloomooloo, and have an amazing time.

I attended my first Discworld Convention in 2006 - little did I know that I'd end up running one a few short years later. Discworld cons are a great please to meet friends you didn't know you had. I'm forever grateful to the three Mad Irish Girls who thought that Ireland's ceol, craic agus caint (music, fun and chat) was the perfect pairing with Discworld fans energy and enthusiasm.

This IDWCon we'll be visiting the Discworld region of Überwald, focusing on the delightful village of Schnapp, whose inhabitants are keen to tempt tourists to their Sektoberfest. Schnapp's tourist board will be sending out promotional material and further information as we near the convention, so make sure you sign up to our newsletters to keep up to date.

If you'd like to become more involved prior to the convention, or you have a question that isn't answered on our website, please feel free to email (or contact us through our Facebook Page or our Twitter) and our team will get back to you. We hope to welcome you to IDWCon, a Convention you can really get your teeth into.

[NB - Unlike the UK Convention the Irish convention only has 300 spaces. At the time of publishing this newsletter, they were already up to membership number 238 - Rachel]

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2.9 Troll Bridge News - There's still time get your order in for now!

[I'm going to keep this here until Daniel Knight tells me otherwise. - Rachel]

We have seen this film go from strength to strength and develop so much over the years.

We know the team at Snowgum films can see the finishing line and we really don't want anyone to miss out on the opportunity to own a copy of this most Epic of Epics. After all the only way you will get to see this in your living room is by putting your order in asap.

Troll bridge's contract states that they can continue raising money while they are still in a position to spend money. Once the film has been completed and outstanding expenses covered, SnowGum Films may need to close off DVD availability.

So if you want it on DVD or Blu-ray, order it now as you may not be able to get it later!

To get yours -

Order Trollbrige from Backerkit

Troll Bridge: The Movie


3. DiscTrivia

This month we put a call out to some of our friends and they came back with some rather varied Trivia questions. We've not really validated the answers (we trust our friends) .

Q1.What are the Nadgers?
Q2.Where did Sgt Colon send his wife on holiday?
Q3.Lord Downey burned a book owned by Havelock. What kind of book was it?
Q4.On whose behalf does Foul Ole Ron warn Vimes?

And finally a joke question.

Q5.Why should captain carrot like Iron Maiden?

The answers as always can be found at the end of this issue!


4. Review of Maskerade

By Simon Joseph

The Maskers Masterpiece

The Berry Theatre in Hedge End hosted the Stephen Briggs adaptation of Wyrd Sisters in April. The Maskers lived up to their motto "The amateur theatre company with professional standards". The 18 strong cast were all experienced and highly skilled. The timing was spot on with the full house raising the roof.

Spoiler alert, for those unfamiliar with the play, Wyrd Sisters is Pratchett's masterful adaptation of Macbeth, replete with ghosts, revenge, a play within a play, political intrigue - although no mention of Brexit, betrayal, love, destiny, a crown, magic, broomsticks and a kiss that lasts 15 years - but no meddling!

The hilarity started whilst we were all taking out seats with the puppet Greebo widdling on stage.

Ian Wilson's Fool can caper with the best of them. Marry Nuncle! The three witches - Marie McDade's Granny Weatherax, SJ Wareham's Magrat Garlick and Ros Liddiard's Nanny Ogg were a perfect match for Paul Kidby's illustration, particularly with the green lighting.

During the play within a play the witches and the ghost heckled from the audience, brilliant! The set was simple but amazingly effective. The full house all had a great evening and we left the theatre to be greeted by a terrific and appropriate thunderstorm.


5. Birthdays

Everyone has a birthday. If you know someone who would like a mention or if you would like your birthday included in the listings, send us an email the month before your birthday and we will add it to the list! Email Subject: Birthday

We would like to wish a very Happy Birthday to everyone who has a birthday this month but special Discworld Monthly birthday wishes go to: Ann Mackensie, Reb Voyce, Andrew Molloy, Kathryn Jones, Su Eriksson, Elizabeth Lamming, Jennifer Smith, Mark Bickell, Shaun Rippon, Kim Cooper, Gavind Arnold, Robert Flach, Farren Flintham, Becky Hird, Mike Wines, Jamie Dempster, Flo Chapman, Michael Boyton, Andy Baker, Kate Gowers, Matthew Binding, David Northey, Lee Potts-Pointer, Keir Brown, Steven Copland, Bonnie Johnson, Claire Selby, Liesel Jungreithmayr, Sven Harvey, Brendan Bolger, Richard Degg, Elizabeth Alway and my niece Georgie Alexander - Ed [Happy 18th Georgie -Rachel]


6. The Amazing Maurice Competition

This month we have a copy of The Amazing Maurice And His Educated Rodents featuring the new cover art by Laura Ellen Anderson.

In order to win this wonderful prize you need answer the following question:

Q1.When Militia say "Of course, it would be more ... satisfying if we were four children and a dog" to whom was she referring?

Send your answers along with your postal address to: by Wednesday 23rd May 2018.

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.


7. Soul Music Mug and Waterstones Librarian Gift Card Competition Result

Last month we had one of our brand new Soul Music mugs AND a 5GBP Waterstones gift card up for grabs.

The gift card features an image of the Librarian and we asked you to name the artist. The answer we were expecting was: Joe McLaren

I'm happy to say that nearly all the entrants recognised Joe as the artist!

The randomly selected winner was: Andrew Gibson of Perth in Scotland. We'll get your prize in the post as soon as possible.


8. 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 around the nine pin and hurling bowling balls at them.

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.

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* From: "Chris M"

Thanks mightily for the 'View in your browser' link. Perfect solution!

What's odd about Amazon Prime's US stream of Colour of Magic (aside from the traditional "to 'u' or not to 'u' issue) is that the first episode just stops at one hour; the second hour just starts and 30 minutes in end credits roll followed by the (UK/Sky) pt. 2 intro, and at 60 minutes it... stops. The third hour starts and plays out to the end credits.

I've seek the Sky version so I know it's 2 x 90 minutes, and can't imagine why Amazon did it this way. When "Hogfather" was broadcast here in the US in 2007 (on the ION network) it aired as it had in the UK, albeit with additional scenes (again, I've seen both) ; the DVD released here at the same time was as broadcast.

Weird is all. Just.. weird.

Anyhow, more than you probably wanted to know, but I did want to answer your question.

OOOK to you and Rachel for all you do!

P.S. Amazon Prime in the US has also now added Hogfather, again in 3 episodes with the broadcast break midway through the 2nd "episode" (despite its original US broadcast on ION TV in 2 episodes) . It is the US edit, tho. It includes for example Banjo's "What I don't understand is how long has this place had waiters?".

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* From: "Phil Chadiwck"

This will be my tenth Manchester 10k. This year I am once again going to raise money for Alzheimer's Research.

justgiving.com

Be more Terry

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* From: "Jim Armour"

Just a quick comment to those using iOS8, if they upgrade to iOS10, I think that is the latest, then all the links apart from jump to index work in the emails. Or at least they do on my iPhone X!

Love the Greene sculpture! Keep up the work honouring TERRY!


9. Book Release News

9.1 English Language Releases

The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents - New Cover

The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents will be re-released on the 26th April 2018 by Corgi in the UK.

Pre-Order from:

Amazon UK: ISBN:0552576808

Book Depository: ISBN:9780552576802

In the USA and Canada it will be available from the 25th September 2018

Amazon Canada: ISBN:0552576808

Amazon USA: ISBN:0552576808

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Johnny and the Dead - Mark Beech Cover - Paperback

Johnny and the Dead will be published on the 28th June 2018 by Corgi in the UK

Pre-Order from:

Amazon UK: ISBN:0552576778

Book Depository: ISBN:9780552576772

In the USA and Canada it will be available from the 24th July 2018

Amazon Canada: ISBN:0552576778

Amazon USA: ISBN:0552576778

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[UPDATED] Terry Pratchett's Discworld Diary 2019

It's been announced that the 2019 Diary will be called the Discworld Quiz Diary. Full of trivia that you thought you knew, it is guaranteed to put a puzzled look on even the hardened fan's face

ISBN-10: 1473223105

ISBN-13: 978-1473223103

Publisher: Orion/Gollancz

RRP 16.99 GBP

Pre-order from:

Amazon UK: ISBN:1473223105

Book Depository: ISBN:9781473223103

Amazon Canada: ISBN:1473223105

Amazon USA: ISBN:1473223105

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Johnny and The Bomb - Mark Beech Cover - Paperback

Currently it looks like Johnny and the Bomb will be published on the 23rd August 2018 by Corgi in the UK

Pre-order from:

Amazon UK: ISBN:0552576786

Book Depository: ISBN:9780552576789

In the USA and Canada it will be available from the 25th September 2018

Amazon Canada: ISBN:0552576786

Amazon USA: ISBN:0552576786

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Father Christmases Fake Beard Slipcase Edition - USA and Canada

The Slipcased deluxe version of Father Christmases Fake Beard and other stories will be available in the USA and Canada from the 25th September 2018.

Pre-Order from:

Amazon Canada: ISBN:085753551X

Amazon USA: ISBN:085753551X

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Only You can save Mankind - Mark Beech Cover/Paperback

Only You Can Save Mankind was published on the 22nd February 2018 by Corgi in the UK and will be published in the USA and Canada on the 25th September.

Order from:

Amazon UK: ISBN:0552576794

Book Depository: ISBN:9780552576796

Amazon Canada: ISBN:0552576794

Amazon USA: ISBN:0552576794

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Father Christmases Fake Beard - UK Paperback

The paperback version of Father Christmases Fake beard is scheduled for release on the 4th October 2018 by Corgi in the UK

R.R.P. 6.99GBP

Publisher : Corgi

ISBN-10: 0552576662

ISBN-13: 978-0552576666

Pre-order from:

Amazon UK: ISBN:0552576662

Book Depository: ISBN:9780552576666

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9.2 Translated releases

9.2.1 French Translations

Chapeau de Ciel - Hat Full of Sky

Chapeau de Ciel is due out on the 21st June 2018, published by l'Atalante.

ISBN-10: 2841728676

ISBN-13: 978-2841728671

[Literal Translation of Chapeau de Ciel is Hat of Heaven -RAR]

Pre-order from:

Amazon France: ISBN:2841728676

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Regiment Monstrueux - Monstrous Regiment

Regiment Monstrueux is due out on the 21st June 2018 Published by L'Atalante.

ISBN-10: 2841728668

ISBN-13: 978-2841728664

Pre-order from:

Amazon France: ISBN:2841728668

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Ronde de Nuit - Night Watch

Ronde de Nuit is another one due out on the 21st June 2018 published by l'Atalante.

ISBN-10: 2841728641

ISBN-13: 978-2841728640

Pre-order from:

Amazon France: ISBN:2841728641

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L'Aspirateur de la Sorcière - The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner

L'Aspirateur de la Sorcière is also due out on the 21st June 2018 published by L'Atalante

ISBN-10: 2841728633

ISBN-13: 978-2841728633

Pre-order from:

Amazon France: ISBN:2841728633

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Ch'Tits Hommes Libres - The Wee Free Men

Ch'Tits Hommes Libres is the last one to be published on the 21st June 2018 by L'Atalante

ISBN-10: 2841727718

ISBN-13: 978-2841727711

Pre-order from:

Amazon France: ISBN:2841727718

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9.2.2 German Translations

Ein gutes Omen - Good Omens

Ein gutes Omen in paperback will be published on the 2nd May 2018 by Piper with the glorious Josh Kirby artwork on the cover.

ISBN-10: 3492281664

ISBN-13: 978-3492281669

Pre-order from:

Amazon Germany: ISBN:3492281664

Book Depository: ISBN:9783492281669

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Die staubsaugende Schreckschraube: und andere Storys vom Schopfer der Scheibenwelt - The Witches Vacuum Cleaner and other stories

Die staubsaugende Schreckschraube: und andere Storys vom Schopfer der Scheibenwelt will be published on the 3rd July 2018 in paperback by Piper

ISBN-10: 3492281575

ISBN-13: 978-3492281577

Pre-order from:

Amazon Germany: ISBN:3492281575

Book Depository: ISBN:9783492281577

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Hohle Kopfe - Feet of Clay

Hohle Kopfe will be available in paperback on the 16th July 2018 by Goldmann Verleg

ISBN-10: 3442487412

ISBN-13: 978-3442487417

[Literal Translation of Hohle Kopfe is Hollow Heads - RAR]

Pre-order from:

Amazon Germany: ISBN:3442487412

Book Depository: ISBN:9783442487417

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Aus der Tastatur gefallen: Gedanken uber das Leben, den Tod und schwarze Hute - A Slip of the Keyboard

Aus der Tastatur gefallen: Gedanken uber das Leben, den Tod und schwarze Hute will be published on the 17th September 2018 by Goldmann Verleg in Germany

ISBN-10: 3442487293

ISBN-13: 978-3442487295

Pre-order from:

Amazon Germany: ISBN:3442487293

Book Depository: ISBN:9783442487295


10. Stage Productions

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!

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 or

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

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10.1 Current and Upcoming Productions

For more details of these current and upcoming productions visit: Pratchett Stage Productions

  • Monstrous Regiment in Elmhurst, Illinois, USA (Fri 13th April - Sun 29th April 2018 (Fri, Sat and Sundays only))
  • Trois soeurcieres (Wyrd Sisters) in Fribourg, La Sarine, SWITZERLAND (Thu 19th April - Sat 12th May 2018)
  • Guards! Guards! in Chorley, Lancashire, UK (Monday 23rd April - Saturday 28th April)
  • Mort in Birkenhead, Merseyside, UK (Tues 24th April 2018 - Sat 28th April 2018)
  • Fifth Elephant in Chelmsford, Essex, UK (Wed 25th April - Sat 28th April 2018, Wed 2nd May - Sat 5th May 2018)
  • Jingo in Poole, Dorset, UK (Thursday 26th April - Sat 28th April 2018)
  • Wyrd Sisters Play Reading in The Hague, Netherlands, Netherlands (Wed 9th May 2018)
  • Guards! Guards! in Plymouth, Devon, UK (Wed 16th May - Thurs 17th May 2018)
  • Mort in Reading, Berkshire, UK (Thurs 17th May - Sat 19th May 2018)

10.2 New and Updated Productions

These productions are new this month or have been updated. For our full list visit: Pratchett Stage Productions

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[Updated: USA] GreenMan Theatre Troupe presents Monstrous Regiment as adapted by Chris Hainsworth

Location:First United Methodist Church, 232 S.York Street, Elmhurst, IL, USA
Dates:Fri 13th April - Sun 29th April 2018 (Fri, Sat and Sundays only)
Times:Fri and Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 2pm
Tickets:Adults 17USD, Students/Seniors 15 USD
Box office:630-464-2646
Website:GreenMan Theatre Troupe
Facebook:Monstrous Regiment
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[New: Netherlands] AATG presents Wyrd Sisters Play Reading as adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location:ABC Treehut, Lange Poten 23, 2511 CM Den Haag, Netherlands
Dates:Wed 9th May 2018
Times:20.00-22.00
Website:AATG
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[New: UK] Woodlands Drama Group presents Wyrd Sisters as adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location:Studio Theatre, 6 Oxford Street, Harrogate, HG1 1QF UK
Dates:Wed 6th June - Sat 9th June 2018
Times:7.45pm - Matinee on Sat 9th at 2.30pm
Tickets:10GBP
Website:Woodlands Drama Group
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[New: UK] TYT Events (a collaboration between Beaconsfield Theatre Group and The Young Theatre) presents Lords and Ladies as adapted by Irana Brown

Location:Open Air Performance at Davenies School, Station Road, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire,HP9 1AA
Dates:Thu 26th July - Sun 29th July 2018
Times:Performances at 7.30pm on Thu 26th + Fri 27th, 12.00 and 4.00pm on Sat 28th and 2.00pm on Sun 29th
Tickets:TBA
Box office:07572 657535
Website:TYT Events (a collaboration between Beaconsfield Theatre Group and The Young Theatre)

11. Discworld Conventions and other Events

11.1 Current and Upcoming Events

For more details of these events visit: Conventions and Other Events

  • Turistas del Mundodisco in Santiago, Chile (28th April 2018)
  • Peculiar Productions Launch Event in Cardiff, UK (28th April 2018)
  • THE SECOND ANNUAL DISCWORLD DAY: 2018 - INTERESTING TIMES IN ANKH-MORPORK in Muldersdrift, South Africa (28th April 2018)
  • Waterstones Leeds Sir Terry Pratchett Book Club in Leeds, UK (1st May 2018)

11.2 New and Updated Events

These events are new or have recently been updated. For our full list visit: Conventions and Other Events

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[Updated: UK] Waterstones Leeds Sir Terry Pratchett Book Club

Location:Waterstones Leeds, 93-97 Albion Street, LS15JS Leeds
Dates:1st May 2018
Website:Facebook Event Page

Book Club that discusses Terry Pratchett's books. Everyone Welcome.

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[Updated: UK] Birdworld Discworld Day

Location:Birdworld Holt Pound, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 4LD, UK
Dates:26th May 2018
Tickets:Adult 15.95 GBP, Child (3-6yrs old) 12.95GBP, Child (7-15yrs Old) 13.95GBP (for other prices see website)
25% discount for those who arrive in costume.
Website:birdworld.co.uk

Join Birdworld on the 26th May for Discworld Day at the Terry Pratchett Owl Parliament! See special guests from the Discworld Family, celebrate the "Glorious 25th of May" in honour of Sir Terry Pratchett and take part in fundraising for the Birdworld Conservation Fund.

Fantastic costumes encouraged and prizes to be awarded to both best dressed adult and child!

To celebrate the day, visitors will be invited to join in with plenty of Discworld fun and games throughout the day including, a themed quiz trail, costume prizes for both adults and children, a charity raffle packed full of prizes, educational talks including an owl-themed flying display and even a special Q&A session for fans with Rob Wilkins and Stephen Briggs.

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[Updated: UK] Chalke Valley History Festival

Location:Broadchalke, Nr Salisbury Wilts UK
Dates:Monday 25th June - Sunday 1st July 2018
Tickets:Day entry only - Adult 15.50GBP, Child 7.50GBP, Family (2adults plus 3 children) 42GBP
Website:cvhf.org.uk

The UK's largest History Festival which will include talks and events about Terry Pratchett and The Shed of Doom among Living history exhibits and events.

A recreation of Terry's study where he wrote his best-selling books, complete with desk,computer, screens and many of the weird and wonderful objects he had around him when he wrote. This will be on show all week. Also specially built for the Festival is The Shed of Doom, a fittingly fantastical tower to welcome you to this very special exhibition.

There will also be two special Discworld ticketed events. Saturday's ticketed event is a talk with Rob Wilkins entitled The Write Fantastic - Terry Pratchett, a talk all about Terry's life, his work and his passion for the Chalke. Sunday's ticketed event is a magical show from the Ankh-Morpork Guild of Conjurors - Morgan & West Time Travelling Magicians.

Both events require separate tickets, but the good news is that they include entry to the Festival as well.

Rob's talk is priced at 14.50GBP per person and The Conjurors event is priced at 15GBP per person.

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[Updated: Ireland] Irish Discworld Convention - IDWCon - Welcome to Überwald

Location:Cork International Hotel, Cork, Ireland
Dates:29th March - 1st April 2019
Tickets:Full - 55 Euros, Concessionary - 45 Euros, Child (12 and under) 1 Euro
Website:idwcon.org

This IDWCon we'll be visiting the Discworld region of Überwald, focusing on the delightful village of Schnapp, whose inhabitants are keen to tempt tourists to their Sektoberfest. Schnapp's tourist board will be sending out promotional material and further information as we near the convention, so make sure you sign up to their newsletters to keep up to date.


12. Recurring Fan Meetings

By their very natures the listing of recurring fan meeting remains static. So we've moved the full listings to our website at Recurring Fan Meetings

The newsletter will only include any listings that are new or have changed within the last 30 days.

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[Updated: UK] The Broken Drummers

Location:The Monkey Puzzle, Paddington, London, W2 1JQ, England
When:Unless otherwise stated, first Monday of each month at 7pm
Facebook:The Broken Drummers
Email:Helen Nicholls at

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.

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[Updated: Australia] The City of Small Gods

Location:Adelaide, Australia
Website:cityofsmallgods.org.au
Facebook:The City of Small Gods
Twitter:@CityOfSmallGods
Google:The City of Small Gods

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.


13. Small Ads

This is something we've not included in the newsletter for a while. If you want to try to sell your unwanted / duplicate Discworld items to other fans (and its legal for you to do so) email us at with the subject "Ads" and a short description of what you have and how fans can contact you. Discworld Monthly only lists the ads and is not responsible for the contents, validity or reliability of the ads or the buyers and sellers.

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Jesse Wiebe writes: I'm doing a major purge of my bookshelf, and am looking to sell some of my Pratchett collection. I have a few signed, some first editions. Most are in like-new condition. I was going to list them on Amazon but thought I'd give Discworld Monthly readers first dibs. If anyone's interested, please email me at for a list. Thanks! (ships from Canada)

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Steven Dean writes: I have been a book dealer at every UK DWCon since 1998 but have decided not to attend any future ones. To that end I have some signed books for sale. Prices start at 25GBP plus postage. If anyone would like a list of what's available please drop me a message.


14. The End

This month's issue is brought to you by the the robots of Westworld, the spaceship Rocinante and Rick Grimes (not to be confused with Sam Vimes) . Please let us have any submissions for issue 254 of Discworld Monthly by Wednesday 23rd May 2018.

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14.7 Trivia Answers

Q1.What are the Nadgers?
A1.Small range of mountains near the Hub
 
Q2.Where did Sgt Colon send his wife on holiday?
A2.Quirm to see her Aunt!
 
Q3.Lord Downey burned a book owned by Havelock. What kind of book was it?
A3.A picture book about hiding in plain sight.
 
Q4.On whose behalf does Foul Ole Ron warn Vimes?
A4.Queen molly
 
Q5.Why should captain carrot like Iron Maiden?
A5.He's known as headbanger to the Dwarfs.
 
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14.8 Small Print

We make every effort we can to ensure the information in this newsletter is accurate and legal. All trademarks are recognized as the property of their respective owners, whoever they may be. Discworld (R) is a registered trade mark of the Estate of Sir Terry Pratchett used under licence.

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14.9 Thanks

Thanks for reading this issue of 'Discworld Monthly'. We hope you enjoyed it. If you have any comments, complaints or suggestions for the future of this newsletter please email the editor :

14.10 The Final Word...

*Rachel here*

We may not be perfect designers, or award winning journalists but we do our best to keep you all entertained and informed about all things Terry. We do have some ethics though. We like our news to be current, up to date and factual with a solid source. We don't like posting rumours but occasionally the source it comes from is 98 percent solid so we will tell you it's a rumour and confirm it when we have a 100 percent confirmation. Our own articles are written by us for us only. You won't find articles from other publications here unless it's a formal press release about an adaptation, book release or event or something we actually wrote for someone else unless they begged us to publish it (OK not begged but some of our lovely friends do ask us occasionally to boost something)

Whilst you keep reading it, we'll keep on writing it because we love Terry's books just as much as you do.

GNU Terry Pratchett...


Table of Contents:

1. Editorial
1.1 Important Information
1.2 Submissions
2. News
2.1 A Conversation with Daniel Knight
2.2 Birdworld Discworld Day
2.3 Chalke Valley History Festival Update
2.4 Good Omens TV Series Update
2.5 European Literary Fair 2018 in the Philippines
2.6 Discworld Ales By Mail Charity Run
2.7 Other News
2.8 Irish Convention News From ConCom Chair Shivers
2.9 Troll Bridge News - There's still time get your order in for now!
3. DiscTrivia
4. Review of Maskerade
5. Birthdays
6. The Amazing Maurice Competition
7. Soul Music Mug and Waterstones Librarian Gift Card Competition Result
8. Readers' Letters
9. Book Release News
9.1 English Language Releases
9.2 Translated releases
9.2.1 French Translations
9.2.2 German Translations
10. Stage Productions
10.1 Current and Upcoming Productions
10.2 New and Updated Productions
11. Discworld Conventions and other Events
11.1 Current and Upcoming Events
11.2 New and Updated Events
12. Recurring Fan Meetings
13. Small Ads
14. The End
14.1 Supporting Discworld Monthly
14.2 Mailing List Hosting
14.3 eBook Editions
14.4 Contact Information
14.5 Latest Book Information
14.6 Subscription Information
14.7 Trivia Answers
14.8 Small Print
14.9 Thanks
14.10 The Final Word...
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