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Discworld Monthly Issue 255 - June 2018

Issue 255

1. Editorial

Short issue this month. Too many places to be, too little to write about. Hopefully we'll see some of you wonderful readers at the Chalke Valley History Festival this weekend. For those who can't make it, we will have pictures online somewhere and a report next month. Don't forget that the brand new audio drama of Unseen Academicals comes out on Monday 2nd July, more details later in this issue.

Hopefully we will have a competition prize for you next month and if you are really lucky some Disctrivia written by us for a change!

Rachel

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Jason Rincewind Anthony-Rowlands (Editor and Wizzard)
Rachel Anthony-Rowlands (Blonde is the new Black)
Richard Massey (Kickstarter King)

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1.1 Important Information

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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 256 of Discworld Monthly is Tuesday 24th July 2018.


2. News

2.1 Chalke Valley Festival is Here! Beware The Shed of Doom!

Sat 30th June - Sun 1st July

I know we are squeezing it time wise, but this weekend is THE weekend to be in Broad Chalke at the Chalke Valley History Festival.

A talk by Rob Wilkins about Terry, a magical time travelling show by Ankh-Morpork's own Guild of Conjurors, Discworld Monthly's own Collection of Loonies and a conversation with Paul Kidby and Rob Wilkins are just some of the Discworld highlights that will be happening this weekend.

The Shed of Doom takes centre stage (Discworld wise) with its amazing recreation of the Evil Harry Dread's shed which takes you through to an exhibition of artwork and artefacts which belonged to Terry and the wider universe of The Disc. Many objects will have never been seen before, and the recreation of Terry's office will also be in attendance for those who didn't see it at Salisbury.

Programme of Discworld only Events

SATURDAY

10:00 - 11:00: Rob Wilkins Talk - The Write Fantastic: Terry Pratchett. In the Hiscox Tent (Ticket price online 14.50 GBP)

15:00: Paul Kidby in conversation with Rob Wilkins at The Shed of Doom

SUNDAY

10:00 - 11:00: The Ankh-Morpork Guild of Conjurors present Morgan & West. In the Hiscox Tent (Ticket price online 15 GBP)

11:30: Paul Kidby in conversation with Rob Wilkins at The Shed of Doom

UNOFFICIAL EVENT - BOTH DAYS

11:30 (ish) and 17:00 (ish)

Discworld Monthly's Collection of Loonies at The Shed of Doom

We want you to join us for an amazing photograph of fans.

We love costumes so come along as your favourite character or where you favourite Discworld T-shirt!

Tickets for general entry cost Tickets:Day entry only - Adult 15.50GBP, Child 7.50GBP, Family (2 adults plus 3 children) 42 GBP

Website: CVHF

Be there or be a .. Oh just don't miss out !!

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2.2 Discworld & Beyond Tour 2018 - Paul Kidby Artwork

We told you about this in last month's issue. If you miss the Chalke Valley History Festival then don't miss this!

Location: Maidstone Museums, St. Faith's Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1LH

Dates : Sat 7th July to Sun 2nd Sept

Ticket: Adult 4GBP, Child 2GBP, Family 10GBP

Maidstone Museum

As soon as we know where else it is headed next, we will shout loud and proud !

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2.3 Book Rumour Confirmations

Last month we told you that the next three in the DIscworld Collector's Library editions would possibly be Thud!, Making Money and Unseen Academicals.

Cover images for both Thud! and Unseen Academicals have surfaced along with some pre-order links.

All three are due for release on the 1st November 2018

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Thud Cover

THUD!

Hardcover: 416 pages

ISBN-10: 0857525913

ISBN-13: 978-0857525918

R.R.P. 12.99 GBP

Pre-order:

ISBN:0857525913

ISBN:0857525913

Amazon Canada release date - 25th December 2018

ISBN:0857525913

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MAKING MONEY

Hardcover: 480 pages

ISBN-10: 0857525921

ISBN-13: 978-0857525925

R.R.P. 12.99 GBP

Pre-order

ISBN:0857525921

ISBN:0857525921

Amazon Canada release date - 25th December 2018

ISBN:0857525921

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Unsee Academicals Cover

UNSEEN ACADEMICALS

Hardcover: 544 pages

ISBN-10: 085752593X

ISBN-13: 978-0857525932

R.R.P. 12.99 GBP

Pre-order

ISBN:085752593X

ISBN:085752593X

Amazon Canada release date - 25th December 2018

ISBN:085752593X

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We also told you about an Illustrated edition of Truckers.

Illustrated Truckers Cover

We now have a cover image and full release details for you. It will be released on the 18th Oct 2018 with full page colour illustrations by Mark Beech, published by Corgi Childrens.

Hardcover: 336 pages

ISBN-10: 0552576816

ISBN-13: 978-0552576819

RRP 12.99 GBP

Amazon UK

Pre-order

ISBN:0552576816

Amazon US and Canada release date - 23rd October 2018

ISBN:0552576816

ISBN:0552576816

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Good Omens Paperback re-release paperback - Possible TV tie in.

Details of a Paperback reprint by William Morrow & Company have popped up.

Release date of 5th Feb 2019 is possibly coincide with the Amazon Prime release of the much anticipated TV series. Currently we have no cover image but as soon as we do, we'll let you know via our social media output.

Paperback: 400 pages

ISBN-10: 0062697250

ISBN-13: 978-0062697257

Price TBC

Pre-order

ISBN:0062697250

ISBN:0062697250

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2.4 More Book Rumours

Some detective work has possibly revealed that Laura Ellen Anderson may well be doing a brand new cover for Dodger. This would make logical sense as Dodger could be read by those in the younger age bracket and to brand it with the Young Reader fonts and styling would bring in new readers to one our favourite non-Discworld books. More info will come as we find it.

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Also,The Colour of Magic turns 35 years old this November, an anniversary edition keeps dipping in and out of my sources circles. I wonder if we will get a beautiful anniversary edition like the 25th anniversary one?

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2.5 Audible Original Drama Unseen Academicals

Don't forget this gets released on Monday 2nd July.

It's not an audiobook, but an audio play. Think Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy style or the wonderful Good Omens that the BBC brought to us a while back.

The full cast list has now been revealed with Dirk Maggs directing.

Cast

Tom Alexander, Samantha Béart, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Mark Benton, Stephen Briggs, Stephen Critchlow, Jon Culshaw, Phil Davis, Ray Fearon, Tony Gardner, Edward Harrison, David Holt, Mathew Horne, David Jason, Josie Lawrence, Toby Longworth, Harry Myers, Maggie Service, Andrew Spooner, Steven Webb, Keith Wickham and Jaime Winstone.

Order yours through our affiliate links

To Pre-Order through our affiliate link:

ISBN:B07D5GJVFW

ISBN:B07D5G6J64

You can also try Audible free for 30 days at:

Audible Free Trial

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2.6 Troll Bridge - Reminder

They are waiting to see if they have been accepted into some film festivals. As soon as they are I am sure we will get informed as to where and when.

And just as a reminder,

Troll bridge's contract states that they can continue raising money while they are still in a position to spend money [on the film!] . 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;

BackerKit

Troll Bridge Website


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 - although looking at the Readers' letters this month - maybe we shouldn't!) .

Q1.What's the name of Twoflower's dragon?
Q2.Who said, ' I SAID, I've come to sell my lovely apples, Don't you listen?
Q3.When researching for Carpe Jugulum in 1997, what was the one question STP asked every person at his book signing?
Q4.Which Morporkian died in a cave in Holywood.
Q5.Who taught Vimes everything he knew.

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


4. Review of Dovetail by Bernard Pearson

By Helen Nicolls

It's 5th November and a man has just set fire to a Somerset mansion. We learn that he doused everything "including the bodies" in petrol and set off Calor gas cylinders before doing so. When he stops to throw up, the revolver in his pocket bashes against the side of his van.

Thus begins Dovetail, a novel by Bernard Pearson of the Discworld Emporium. After the dramatic prologue, chapter one is titled "three months earlier". We are introduced to Bill Sawyer, a Somerset furniture restorer and lovable granddad. In chapter 2, titled "Tuesday 14th August", Sawyer is visited by Darren Skates, a notorious villain, and his psychopathic henchman. Skates wants a set of famous Elizabethan chairs restored. The tricky part is that he only has three chairs but wants the restoration to result in a set of four chairs that an expert would declare authentic.

Bill is caught between a rock and a hard place. He wants to refuse the job but Skates will not take no for an answer and he's a dangerous man to cross. On the other hand, Bill knows that once Skates has what he wants, he is unlikely to let Bill live in peace. Bill has to use his wits to protect himself and his family. While investigating Skates' past, he meets Lucy, Skates' traumatised ex-wife. The two join forces and, along with Bill's best friend, Sid, and formidable elderly neighbour, Miss Templeton, they plot to beat Skates and Warren at their own game.

Bernard Pearson is a bit like a rude Father Christmas. He's a big jolly man with a beard who makes wonderful things and swears like a trooper. He's full of colourful tales, many too disreputable to repeat in print and is often called "Uncle Bernard" because he is the living embodiment of avuncularity. So far, his written output has been companion volumes to the Discworld novels, such as The Discworld Almanak and The World of Poo. He is well known at Discworld events, which often end with him giving the fraternal farewell ("Piss off!") .

My husband and I have a word, "bernardage", which broadly means the kind of thing Bernard Pearson would say. We once even invented a history for the word with citations from eighteenth century plays. Think robust, ribald and humorous. While Dovetail has the occasional Pratchettian touch (a drink made of "mainly apples" features prominently) , it is pure bernardage. At its heart it is a celebration of craftsmanship and friendship, appropriate for a craftsman who has brought so many friends together through the Discworld events he ran in Wincanton for many years.

The story continues with the dates heading the chapters, leading up to November 5th, the day of the fire. The reader already knows what will happen on that day. The interesting part is learning how the characters get there and what happens after. Appropriately, it is the relationships between the characters that form the bulk of the story. While there is a lot of Bernard Pearson in Bill Sawyer, he differs from his creator in that he is a solitary creature who lives on a remote farmhouse with his dog. In order to defeat Skates, he must forge a strong alliance that will hold together like the eponymous dovetail joint.

The story is compelling and rich in detail. The reader is drawn into the murkier side of the antiques trade, which is truly an education. It also poses a dark question to the reader: what would you be prepared to do when your family is threatened by dangerous criminals and you know that the police will be of little use?

Dovetail is Bernard Pearson's first novel but, hopefully not his last. Now that he has turned his hand to fiction, he has approach the task as a true craftsman, taking pride in his work and filling it with loving detail. In the blurb, he credits Terry Pratchett with inspiring him to take up writing and this book is a worthy tribute to Terry's memory. I would recommend this book both to Discworld fans and to readers who would never touch a fantasy novel but love a good old-fashioned Roundworld murder.

To buy a copy head over to Purchase Dovetail


5. Review: Mort in Reading

Review by Jason Anthony-Rowlands.

A small group of us went to the final night's performance of Mort at the Caversham Park Theatre (19th May 2018) on a rather warm and beautiful Saturday night (I'd previously seen Maskerade here many years previous) . We were greeted by friendly staff and purchased drinks (and some lovely locally produced fudge) while waiting for the performance to start. Scattered around the lounge were photos of the rehearsals and from a cursory glance the characters seemed to look as we might expect them.

We've seen several groups perform Mort over the years and based on our most recently experience were somewhat concerned how the Caversham Park players would approach the play. Thankfully, they decided to stick closely to the script keeping the staging simple and allowing for quick scene changes.

The performances throughout then ensemble were solid. There was a good range of ages in the cast and while no one actor stood out from the rest there were no dud performances and very few promptings. Eddie Docherty and Gabby Bianco made a good partnership of Mort and Ysabell and Dan Bretherton made a solid Albert.

For me the performance was solid, everything was just so and there we very few surprises and nothing stood out as outstanding. The rest of the audience appeared to enjoy themselves and there were a few laugh out loud moments. I get the impression that most of the audience didn't really know Terry's works so were probably somewhat baffled about what was going on.

Overall we enjoyed the show, much more than the previous one we went to where Death's domain was full of 60s disco colours. For a solid, down the line, production the Caversham Players can't be faulted.

If the Caversham players decide to do more Pratchett productions in the future I'd be happy to go again.

Caversham Park Theatre


6. Review: Wyrd Sisters in Sheffield.

Review by Jason Holdcroft

On 13-16 June at the Drama Studio in Sheffield, the Stephen Briggs adaptation of Wyrd Sisters was the summer production for Sheffield players The Company. For those who missed it (stop reading now!) there is an open air performance at Dore Village Green on July 11th.

The Drama Studio is a proper theatre and the stage setup with multiple levels from front to rear allowed for action to take place in the foreground and further back, with dialogue switching between the different parts of the scene. This was aided by lighting changes to shift the focus. Alongside the well chosen and sparingly deployed music, all of this demonstrated a slick and professional production.

About 90 folk turned up for the final indoor performance and were treated to a well polished show which took a lighthearted approach without any cringeworthy melodrama. Emma Portus was, as my friend commented, a little young to play Granny Weatherwax, but otherwise looked the part in her plain, smart outfit and with a wonderful range of facial expressions from confident authority to total bewilderment. She was ably accompanied by a wonderful Ken Rowe as Nanny, playing her with bawdy mischief. Jamie Morgan gave off boundless nervous energy as a naive but determined Magrat Garlick.

John Ansari was a disarmingly good Duke, confident and commanding one minute and utterly anguished the next. Alongside him, Mandy Sims was a terrifying Duchess, if perhaps a little too serious in a play which otherwise had a light touch.

The rest of the cast carried their parts admirably and garnered many laughs with their playfulness and slapstick, especially the Players. A special mention should also go to Pip Mason as the Fool, who delivered intelligence and nuance and really developed a bond with the audience, who rooted for him throughout.

All in all this was a funny, skilful and accomplished performance of Wyrd Sisters, and I hope The Company will take on other Discworld adaptations in the future.


7. 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: Phil Newson, Sara Blinks, Jennifer Brehl, Sharon McGuinness *wiggles Moustache, Mark Ayling, Dave Sherman, Milly and Morgan Cranfield (Happy 18th !!) , Adele Andersen, Rob Prosser, Sue Crooks, Kirstine Heald, Jean Guittet, Jax Lawrence, Simon Musson, Sally Baker, Sam Richardson, Martin Wallace, Our own Pixel Fairy Marie, Isabel Dodds, Jonathan David Bond, Pete Charles, Fenja Hill, Jelmer Graafstra, Eric Paakkunainen, Tracey Degg, Kieron Alice Ward, Shivers, Zoe Conlon, Nensie, Patty Panek, Kerry-Ann Adamson, Sarah Sheriff, Pete Cate, Cat Lamin, Donna Barr, Shannon Denny (Wow only 21!) , Rachel Scanlon, Dwm's Rachel (40th) , Cheryl Smith, Harmony Maverick, Alan Keatinge, Carolyn Mellor, Butcher, Squiz France and Julie Speedie


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 throwing them down a zip line and crashing them in to a cargo net!

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: "Frank V. DeVoy"

This may likely be old news for many, but I've only just tripped over it. No, no, I'm fine … don't get up.

In the British mystery series, Endeavour, in the Series 3 episode, "Coda", I caught a quick reference to TP's Discworld.

Main character DI Thursday has just given a cigarette to a young female constable to help calm her nerves after she's witnessed a fellow constable get shot in cold blood. He tells her to keep the pack and gives her a bit of advice on how to secrete it on her person while in uniform. He says, "It's a little trick I learned from my old boss, Sergeant Vimes of Cable Street."

Just thought I'd share.

DWM replies: I think I vaguely remember this being mentioned in the past. It's not a series that I am au fait with as I don't watch much television.

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* From: "Helen Nicholls"

Dear Sir and Madam,

I am compelled by a general sense of pedantry to point out an error in the Discworld Monthly quiz. The question was "Who is Tomjon's real father?" The answer given was "King Verence I". However, according to Nanny Ogg, who delivered Tomjon, his mother, the Queen of Lancre, confessed that his father was the notorious ladies' man who was also father to Verence II. The witches told the people that Tomjon and Verence were brothers and allowed them to believe that they were therefore the sons of Verence I. As Granny put it, they were bound to be truthful but there was no need to be honest.

Pedantry aside, the word "real" raises an interesting point. One might argue that Tomjon's real father was Olwyn Vitoller, the man who raised him as his son. Granny's gift to Tomjon was that he would know who he was and in the end he knew himself to be an actor. As Hwel notes near the end, Tomjon is very much his father's son.

It is great to see so many contributions in the latest DWM.

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* From: "Chris Boote"

Trivia Answers

Who is Tomjon's real father?

Verence 1st (killed on page 8 of Wyrd Sisters)

Ummm - absolutely not. It was the visiting Fool who seduced the Queen, not Verence I. Nanny Ogg delivered the baby and the Queen told her his parentage

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* From: "Louise Shanahan"

I thought Tomjon father was the court jester as nanny ogg attended the queen who was never good at counting or was very close to the court jester.

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* From: "Anya"

In Pratchett's short story #IFDEFDEBUG + 'WORLD/ENOUGH' + 'TIME', please can someone enlighten me as to what 'afer' means? Although it's used a number of times I can't work it out from the context, and the interweb, surprisingly, is no help at all. The nearest to anything that

makes sense is 'wind that blows from the south-west' or 'African'.


9. Book Release News

9.1 English Language Releases

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

Due to be released on the 9th August 2018

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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Terry Pratchett's Discworld Imaginarium Calendar 2019 will be released on the 23rd August 2018 worldwide.

R.R.P. is 14.99 GBP

To Preorder yours

ISBN:1473218128

ISBN:1473218128

ISBN:1473218128

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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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The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents - New Cover

The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents was re-released on the 26th April 2018 by Corgi in the UK with a new cover by Laura Ellen Anderson

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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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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Terry Pratchett HisWorld – Official Exhibition Companion

The award winning HisWorld exhibition at Salisbury Museum amazed attendees who were, for the first time, given unparalleled access to the author's inner sanctum and writing room 'The Chapel' and the plethora of interesting artefacts that surrounded him.

The book will be a collection of images from the exhibition with detailed descriptions.

It will remind those who were there of how sumptuous the displays were and for those who weren't able to attend, a true glimpse of the magnificence of the exhibit.

Available in a hardback edition and a collector's, slipcased limited edition.

Published by Dunmanifestin on 1st October 2018

Prices TBC

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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 German Translations

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

  • Mort in Exeter, UK, UK (Tues 26th June, Wed 27th June and Fri 29th June 2018)
  • Guards!Guards! in Riverside Arts Centre, Sunbury, UK (Thu 28th June - Sat 30th June 2018)
  • Wyrd Sisters in Pontlliw, Swansea, UK (Thurs 26th July 2018 - Sat 28th July 2018)
  • Lords and Ladies in Davenies School, Beaconsfield, UK (Thu 26th July - Sun 29th July 2018)
  • The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents in Riverwalk Theatre, Michigan, USA (26th July 2018- 29th July 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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[New: UK] Barnfield Theatre Group presents Mort as adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location:Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1SN, UK
Dates:Tues 26th June, Wed 27th June and Fri 29th June 2018
Times:Doors open at 7pm
Tickets:13GBP Adult, 9GBP Conces
Box office:01392 271808 / barnfieldtheatre.ticketsolve.com
Website:Barnfield Theatre Group
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[New: UK] Swansea Little Theatre presents The Rince Cycle as adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location:Dylan Thomas Theatre, Gloucester Place, Swansea SA1 1TY UK
Dates:Wed 15th - Sat 18th August 2018
Times:Doors open at 7pm
Tickets:12GBP Adult, 10GBP Conces
Box office:01792 473238
Website:Swansea Little Theatre
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[New: Australia] Unseen Theatre Company presents Eric as adapted by Pamela Munt

Location:Bakehouse Theatre, 255 Angas Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia
Dates:5th (preview) , 6th, 10th-13th, 17th-20th October 2018
Times:Performance starts at 7.30pm
Tickets:TBA
Website:Unseen Theatre Company

11. Discworld Conventions and other Events

Don't forget the early bird prices for the Australian Discworld Convention will end on the 12th August and the price will then go UP!

So get yours today at AusCon Website

11.1 Current and Upcoming Events

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

  • Discworld & Beyond Exhibition in Bucks County Museum, UK (Sat 5th May 2018 - Sat 30th June 2018)
  • Chalke Valley History Festival in Broadchalke, Wilts, UK (Monday 25th June - Sunday 1st July 2018)
  • Discworld & Beyond Exhibition in Maidstone Museum, UK (Sat 7th July 2018 - Sun 2nd Sept 2018)

12. Recurring Fan Meetings

By their very nature 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: Australia] The Treacle Mining Corporation

Location:Old Shanghai, 123 James Street, Northbridge, Perth 6003
When:First Monday of each month, subject to holidays
Facebook:The Treacle Mining Corporation
Twitter:@TreacleMiningCo
Instagram:The Treacle Mining Corporation
Email:Alexandra Ware at

The Treacle Mining Corporation meetup to celebrate the works of Sir Terry Pratchett, and welcome any fans of science fiction and fantasy.

Join us for our monthly discussion of Discworld, Terry Pratchett and all things sci-fi and fantasy.

And all are welcome. Meeting at a cafe means we are under-18 friendly!


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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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.

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Fancy a holiday to the land of the librarian and a universe full of wonders? Though it it would be too expensive?

Then look no further...join Andrea, a life long STP fan and conservation biologist, at her guest house in North Sumatra, Indonesia. Not only can you go jungle trekking to see if you can spot the librarian and his friends. the monkeys (well, not actually friends..more like acquaintances) . You can also go on village walks, do cooking class, go river swimming and so much more.

Have a look at her website and drop Andrea and email or whatsapp with any questions at all. There's a 5% discount if you start your email with your favourite discworld quote!

Green Hill Guest House

.....fyi...Andrea would like to bring your attention to this quote

"It was the special sort of beautiful area which is only beautiful if you can leave after briefly admiring its beauty and go somewhere else where there are hot tubs and cold drinks. Actually staying there for any length of time is a penance."

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Spenser Personal writes: I am an avid fan of Discworld and have over the last 30 years I have collected clarecraft figures and have the complete set (including rare pro types) .

Sadly we need to consider downsizing the collection and will begin to sell them on auction sites.

However, before I do, I wondered if you know of any fans that might be interested in buying parts of the collection through your newsletter?

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Margaret Matthews writes: Some years ago I bought my husband a Death of Rats pin. He wore a tie to work, usually a loud one with an unusual pin. It was his favourite and drew quite a lot of comments and began several interesting conversations.

Alas he lost the pin and we have never been able to find another. It is not helped by me being unable to recall where I bought it from. We are both retired now but I would love to be able to get him another one. Has anyone got one for sale?


14. The End

This month's issue is brought to you by the adventures in of Nat and Rach in a field getting lost and balancing on a log 15ft in the air whilst Rachel was standing on her head.. Please let us have any submissions for issue 256 of Discworld Monthly by Tuesday 24th July 2018.

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14.7 Trivia Answers

Q1.What's the name of Twoflower's dragon?
A1.Ninereeds (The Colour of Magic / The Light Fantastic)
 
Q2.Who said, ' I SAID, I've come to sell my lovely apples, Don't you listen?
A2.Magrat (Wyrd Sisters)
 
Q3.When researching for Carpe Jugulum in 1997, what was the one question STP asked every person at his book signing?
A3.Tell me everything you know about Magpies!
 
Q4.Which Morporkian died in a cave in Holywood.
A4.Gaspode
 
Q5.Who taught Vimes everything he knew.
A5.John Keele (or Vimes himself when he went back in time!) Nightwatch
 
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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

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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 Chalke Valley Festival is Here! Beware The Shed of Doom!
2.2 Discworld & Beyond Tour 2018 - Paul Kidby Artwork
2.3 Book Rumour Confirmations
2.4 More Book Rumours
2.5 Audible Original Drama Unseen Academicals
2.6 Troll Bridge - Reminder
3. DiscTrivia
4. Review of Dovetail by Bernard Pearson
5. Review: Mort in Reading
6. Review: Wyrd Sisters in Sheffield.
7. Birthdays
8. Readers' Letters
9. Book Release News
9.1 English Language Releases
9.2 Translated releases
9.2.1 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
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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