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Discworld Monthly Extra - The Shepherd's Crown Launch Event Summary

Table of Contents:

1. Editorial
2. Events taking place on Wednesday 26th August
3. Events taking place on Thursday 27th August
4. Events taking place after Thursday 27th August
5. Other News
6. The End

1. Editorial

Next week The Shepherd's Crown will be released in the UK. This "extra" issue of Discworld Monthly is a round-up of Waterstones events that we know of. Other book stores are available and may be holding events but they haven't contacted us so we don't know about them. Sorry!

The official launch date is midnight on the Thursday 27th August 2015.

You can watch the promotional video at: discworldmonthly.co.uk/uid/653

We have been in contact with a number of Waterstones stores. The following three stores have suggested that they will be celebrating the new novel but haven't yet confirmed details to us. NEWBURY, TAUNTON and WORTHING. Visit the head office site at www.waterstones.com to get contact details for these stores.

2. Events taking place on Wednesday 26th August

Waterstones Piccadilly (London) - THE SHEPHERD'S CROWN OFFICIAL MIDNIGHT EVENT. Tickets for the event sold out (within 12 minutes) but you are welcome to come along and queue from 11:30pm to sample the Discworld experience and to purchase a copy of The Shepherd's Crown when it goes on sale to the general public at the stroke of midnight.

If you were able to purchase one of the 200 tickets you will get information about what time to arrive at Waterstones Piccadilly with your ticket.


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Waterstones OXFORD are celebrating the launch of The Shepherd's Crown from 11:30pm on Wednesday 26th August 2015. Join them for a quiz and a midnight launch.


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Waterstones NEWCASTLE will open at 10pm with the book being sold from 12.01am. They will have a Nac Mac Feegle hunt, unseen university challenge and a very special menu in their Ankh cafe.


3. Events taking place on Thursday 27th August

Waterstones SWANSEA in conjunction with Discworld Monthly are holding a launch event for The Shepherd's Crown on Thursday the 27th August from 7pm - 9pm.

It's a FREE Event with a Quiz, Readings and a prize for Best Costume! Jason Anthony and Rachel Rowlands from Discworld Monthly will be in attendance.


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Waterstones in NOTTINGHAM will be Celebrating the life and works of Sir Terry Pratchett from 6.30pm. There will be a Discworld quiz, costume competition, sausage-inna-bun and other tasty delights and dramatic readings.

Ask in store for details. Anyone that wants to pop along can request a ticket by ringing 0115 9470069. Tickets are free!


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Waterstones HARROGATE is celebrating the release of The Shepherd's Crown with a "Terry Pratchett Night" Starts at 5.00pm.

Come along to discuss the wonderful books that Sir Terry wrote and join in this special event.

As well as discussion there will be a quiz and other fun activities.

Fancy dress is always welcome.

This event will be suitable for all ages. More info on the event page.


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Waterstones LEEDS are celebrating the launch of The Shepherd's Crown with a Pratchett celebration evening at 7pm.

Join them for an evening celebrating one of the great fantasy writers ever to have lived, Terry Pratchett, on the release day of his final Discworld novel, The Shepherd's Crown.

There'll be a quiz full of random Discworld and Pratchett tidbits, a competition to find the best Discworld-inspired outfit (shotgun the luggage...) and more prizes that you can shake a giant turtle at (though four elephants makes all the difference).

We'll also have Pratchett-inspired boardgames, special offers exclusive to the evening, plenty of food and drink and a few more surprises...

Best of all... it's completely free! Simply call 0113-244-4588 to reserve a space.


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Waterstones DERBY are holding a Terry Pratchett / Discworld themed evening from 5:30pm to 7:00pm with a Quiz, drinks, nibbles and a prize for the best costume! No tickets required.


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Waterstones BIRKENHEAD will be having a Terry Pratchett Evening with Interactive Presentation from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Tickets cost 1GBP and are available in store. Just ask staff for details.


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Waterstones YORK are having a Pratchett Extravaganza all day event. If you want to go to the evening event you need to reserve a spot at the evening party by calling them on 01904 620784, tweeting them @WaterstonesYork, or emailing york@waterstones.com.

Gillian is running the evening event. TICKETS ARE FREE!

Daytime events include: Witch Hat Workshop, Facepainting, Treasure Hunt, Quiz and a treat for anyone in costumer.

Evening: Join the store in The Mended Drum (aka the cafe) for food and drink (it's mostly apples, honest (TM)), Judge Pepe's Fashion Show, Unseen University Challange, Games, Competitions, Spot prizes and a thousand elephants. [The elephant thing might not be true - Ed]


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Waterstones DUNDEE will be having an all day event on the 27th August.

Activities include:

- Drawing Competition - Draw your favourite Discworld Character (open to all ages!)

- Discworld Treasure hunt - There will be six characters from the Disc hiding around the store, find their names and claim a reward.

- Giant Collage - An 8 foot long Discworld themed colouring in sheet.

- Fancy Dress - Come in Dressed as your favourite character and claim a reward (we are going to be offering a prize for the best dressed!)

- Discworld Quiz - answer a host of fiendishly difficult questions to test your knowledge of Discworld Lore (there is going to be a prize in it for one lucky customer!)

Events are running all day so feel free to nip in at any time to enter the competitions, browse the store and grab a coffee.


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


10GBP (including a copy of The Shepherd's Crown, at our special event price and a goody bag)

35GBP (including a copy of The Shepherd's Crown - Exclusive Slipcase Edition and a goody bag)

Please note that booking fees will apply.

A maximum of 4 tickets is permitted per person.

Ticket holders will receive their book and goody bag at the event.


4. Events taking place after Thursday 27th August

Waterstones ABERDEEN will be having a Discworld Quiz to celebrate the launch of The Shepherd's Crown on Friday 28th August at 7pm. Tickets cost 5 GBP. Just give them a ring (01224 592 440) after 9am & ask for Chuck, or email aberdeen@waterstones.com any time.


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Waterstones DONCASTER will be providing demonstrations of the board game Terry Pratchett - The Witches on Saturday 29th August 2015. Esdevium Games will be in store to demonstrate the game from noon until 4pm!


5. Other News

Wadfest 2015 takes place this week. The event kicks off on Friday and runs through until Monday.

It is now too late to purchase tickets on-line but you can turn up on Friday and purchase tickets at the gate. See www.wadfest.co.uk for details.

Remember to bring your NERF guns for Zombie Attack and plenty of cash to spend at the amazing charity auction - see www.facebook.com/WadfestAuction2015

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20 years ago on the 12th August 1995 the first ever Discworld Event took place in Woolpit, Suffolk, England.

Bernard and Isobel Pearson were in the midst of it and want to share their memories with fans old and new.

They now have a blog that can be found at: www.thecunningartificer.com which marks the day and their times with their good friend Terry Pratchett and all things Discworld.

It's mostly harmless but may contain nuts.

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Continuing its coverage of Terry Pratchett the new issue of SFX magazine - Issue 265 (with Doctor Who - Peter Capaldi on the Cover) features "Talkin Pterry" an article where other authors talk about their favourite Terry Pratchett novel.

On sale Wednesday 19th August 2015


6. The End

* Thanks *

Thanks for reading this extra issue of 'Discworld Monthly'. If you have any comments or suggestions for the future of this newsletter please email: oook@discworldmonthly.co.uk

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