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Discworld Monthly Issue 258 - November 2018

Issue 258

1. Editorial

We should, hopefully, be past the technical hitches and Discworld Monthly should have fully moved over to our new super-duper server. In the process we have upgraded to using a SSL certificate which means communications between you and our server is more secure.

We've also worked on the various background technologies (with strange acronyms) which should mean our newsletter is less likely to upset your spam filters (no promises but we've done what we can) .

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While this is definitely the way forward it does mean we need to push our merchandise a little because our server costs (excluding domain names) have risen from 6GBP a month to 24GBP a month.

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After what seems like decades (but probably isn't) in production hell I am so excited about the recent press release about The Watch TV series which has been greenlit by BBC America (see section 2 of this issue) . We know it's still early days but we are so pleased that its moved forward enough for an official press release to be announced. I remember Terry talking about this back at the 2012 Convention (or possibly even earlier) . With Good Omens coming next year and The Watch some time in the future it appears that Terry still has a few surprises waiting for us. I just really wish that Terry could have been here to watch them with us.

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A few weeks back when we ran the charity auction at the Terry Pratchett Celebration evening in Beaconsfield we sold a then pre-release copy of the new hardback of the Illustrated Truckers with illustrations by Mark Beech.

On the day of release we attempted to support our local bookshop by purchasing a copy for us to keep and review for the newsletter. We went to Waterstones and WHSmiths in Cardiff (yep, capital city stores) only to find that a) they didn't have any and b) they didn't have any plans to stock it. We've since also tried Swansea's WHSmiths and Waterstones (again, city store) and neither knew about the book or had ever had any copies.

Is it too late for the high street bookstore. Have the on-line alternatives killed them off and they just don't know it yet? It's a sad day when a new Terry Pratchett book is released and the biggest bookstore chain in the country don't bother to order any copies for the shelves.

[UPDATE] A week later we were able to get a copy in Reading Waterstones ... but we still are unable to find the new Joe McLaren covers of Unseen Academicals and Making Money. So we'll be spending our money at the Discworld Emporium at the end of the month instead.

[Review of The Illustrated Truckers coming next month - Rachel]

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Back in August we visited Peculiar Productions' production of The Truth, which we really enjoyed. They recently wrote back to tell us that the production raised an amazing 5,000 GBP which they donated to Mind Cardiff.

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Jason Rincewind Anthony-Rowlands (Editor and Wizzard)
Rachel Anthony-Rowlands (News Hound / Terrier)
Richard Massey (Even Older Statesman)

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1.1 Important Information

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1.2 Submissions

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The deadline for submissions to issue 259 of Discworld Monthly is Tuesday 20th November 2018.

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2. News

2.1 The Watch TV Series News

BBC AMERICA GREENLIGHTS ORIGINAL SCRIPTED SERIES THE WATCH

New Punk Rock Thriller is Based on Sir Terry Pratchett's "Discworld" Novels

New York – October 30, 2018 – On the heels of hit series Killing Eve and the introduction of the first female Doctor on Doctor Who, BBC AMERICA announced today the greenlight of the new original scripted series, The Watch, based on Sir Terry Pratchett's wildly popular "Discworld" novels, which have sold more than 90 million books worldwide. The (8 x 60) series is produced by BBC Studios for BBC AMERICA. The Watch is distributed by BBC Studios.

The Watch is a punk rock thriller inspired by the legendary 'City Watch' subset of "Discworld" novels. This disruptive, character-driven thriller centers on Terry Pratchett's misfit cops as they fight to save a ramshackle city of normalized wrongness, from both the past and future in a perilous quest. Modern and inclusive, The Watch features many famous "Discworld" creations including City Watch Captain Sam Vimes, the last scion of nobility Lady Sybil Ramkin, the naive but heroic Carrot, the mysterious Angua and the ingenious non-binary forensics expert Cheery together with Terry Pratchett's iconic characterization of Death.

The Watch was commissioned for BBC AMERICA by President and GM Sarah Barnett, and Nena Rodrigue, EVP of Original Programming, Acquisitions and Production. Co-produced with Narrativia and written by Simon Allen (The Musketeers, Das Boot and New Tricks) , The Watch is executive produced by Hilary Salmon (Luther, Silent Witness and Three Girls) , Ben Donald for BBC Studios and Rob Wilkins for Narrativia. Phil Collinson (Doctor Who) also joins the team as executive producer.

"The Watch has been startlingly reimagined for television by writer Simon Allen, while still cleaving to the humor, heart and ingenuity of Terry Pratchett's incomparably original work," commented BBC AMERICA President, Sarah Barnett. "BBC AMERICA embraces what's fresh and exhilarating in TV; we believe The Watch will astonish audiences."

Writer Simon Allen said: "With events in our own world making the insanity of 'Discworld' seem outrageously familiar, there couldn't be a better time to bring Terry's fun, fire and fury back to the small screen or a better place than BBC AMERICA. I'm grateful to them, BBC Studios and especially Rob Wilkins at Narrativia who has been a constant source of inspiration on this epic and emotional journey."

Hilary Salmon, Executive Producer and Head of BBC Studios Drama Production London, said: "The Watch is a distinctly British but defiantly global exhilarating, thriller that is disruptive in its approach to the fantasy genre and also big on the themes of mortality, inclusion, alternative facts and justice. It's a dizzying riot of hope, joy, suspense and audaciously dark humor. We can't wait to work with BBC AMERICA to bring it all to life for existing fans and brand new audiences."

Rob Wilkins, Executive Producer and Managing Director of Narrativia, said: "Many years ago Terry made the brave decision to allow brand new Watch stories to be told with his existing characters. It's taken a long time for anything to happen because we guard these characters with our very lives! So many of Terry's biggest ideas seem more vital and urgent now than ever before and I am thrilled to be working with Simon and such a talented team, who understand the unique genius of their creator. They have really keyed into the subversive qualities of Terry's voice and they clearly adore 'Discworld' as much as I and millions of fans around the world do."

The new series joins an outstanding offering of original scripted programming at BBC AMERICA including the Emmy-nominated Killing Eve starring Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer, the iconic series Doctor Who starring Jodie Whittaker, and the Golden Globe-winning Luther starring Idris Elba.

BBC Studios produces multi-award-winning dramas loved by audiences around the world, including Doctor Who, Luther and War and Peace. It works with the best established and new drama talent, from writers and directors to on-screen talent, to create original, bold and ambitious British drama. BBC Studios is also making Good Omens, based on the Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman novel, co-produced with Narrativia, The Blank Corporation and Amazon.

Narrativia Press Release

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2.2 Book Rumour News

You all know I love a good book release rumour. Well this month I have a confirmation of one rumour and rumblings of three more on the horizon.

A while back I seeded the idea that Laura Ellen Anderson would be doing more of Terry's book covers for the younger generation.

The one book in particular I was looking at was Dodger and earlier this month, this popped up onto various online stores.

Dodger Cover

And the UK pre-order link is already live with a release date of 25th April 2019.

Amazon UK

Amazon Canada

Amazon Germany

Amazon US (Currently Pre-order is not live)

Not so much of a rumour but still not confirmed until we see the cover, Laura has also been named as the cover artist of Nation which will be due out in July 2019.

Pre-order link is live.

Amazon UK

Now let's talk about the big elephant in the room. The Discworld Collector's Library Editions.

This month saw the release of Thud!, Making Money and Unseen Academicals which means they have skipped a few in the Discworld Series of books. Namely The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky and Wintersmith. Those in the know will appreciate that those titles are not published by the same publisher as the rest of the second half of the series, but are in fact published by Doubleday (an imprint of Random House Children) instead of Doubleday (an Imprint of Transworld) . It's a small internal matter as they all come from under the same parent company. Does the release of the Gift Editions of the Tiffany series and the Laura Ellen Anderson covers of TAMAHER and the Tiffany series does that mean we won't get Joe McLaren hardbacks like the rest of the series?

I already have details for the next two Discworld Collector's Library editions and they are Snuff and Raising Steam. (see Pre-order links below)

So far we have received no confirmation by anyone that we will indeed get TAMAHER and the Tiffany books, so have lots of us spent out hundreds of pounds on an incomplete set? It would be a real shame not to get a complete and final set.

Only time will tell and as it stands that means waiting until 2020 to find out..

Snuff - Current release date 14th November 2019 - Subject to change

Amazon UK

Raising Steam - Current Release date 14th November 2019 - Subject to Change

Amazon UK

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2.3 Paul Kidby Signing at Fordingbridge Library

Paul will be signing at Fordingbridge Library on the evening of the town's annual Christmas Lights Switch On. Copies of the new publication Terry Pratchett HisWorld, the Complete Exhibition Companion will be available, along with other publications and a selection of Discworld & Charmed Realm prints and cards.

Books will be available to buy, or you can bring your own pre-purchased copies.

Free event, all welcome.

Date: Friday 30th November 2019

Time: 6-8pm

Location: Fordingbridge Library, 2 Roundhill, Fordingbridge, SP6 1AQ

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2.4 Discworld and Beyond Exhibition Tour

The Discworld & Beyond touring exhibition will be at

Location: The Chapel Gallery, St Helen's Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L39 4QR

Dates: 29th September – 1st December 2018

Chapel Gallery

And then it comes back south to Hertfordshire

The Discworld & Beyond touring exhibition will be at

Location: North Hertfordshire Museum, Via Town Hall, Brand Street, Hitchin, SG5 1JE

Dates : December 15th 2018 – February 2019 (Exact close date TBC)

North Hertfordshire Museum

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2.5 Troll Bridge - IT'S STILL FINISHED !!!

This will stay here as a reminder to all [But mainly us - Rachel] that it will be hitting the festival circuit soon.

For more info: visit Troll Bridge's latest newsletter

Troll Bridge Newsletter

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. Review: Terry Pratchett: His World Official Exhibition Companion

By Sally Chinery

This is 225 pages of awesome fabulousness! Containing the wonderful illustrations of Discworld by Paul Kidby plus many other photos and illustrations it is 11 chapters written in conjunction with 11 people who knew or worked with Terry. These people include Colin Smith, Bernard Pearson, Rob Wilkins and Stephen Briggs. The introduction is written by Richard Henry who is the person who came up with the idea of the His World at Salisbury Museum. The first Chapter mostly uses Terry's words and the Book ends with a Chapter on Legacy which begins with a piece by Rhianna Pratchett.

Nearly each page has an illustration or photograph relating to Terry or Discworld. There is a chapter based round Josh Kirby's artwork for the book covers. There are pictures of Terry, the exhibits from the His World exhibition and a fold out page. This has a copy of the Discworld Massif and with it a key to the characters in it including a seperate key for the Nac Mac Feegles - quite handy if, like me you have a print of the Massif - mine hangs above my bed and occasionally I forget who is who!

At the beginning of the book there are three double pages setting out a timeline of Terry's 'Notable Life and Career Events beginning in 1948 and ending in 2015. At the end of the book there is a Legacy Timeline from 2015 to date with the last entry on it stating 'the future is an open book……'. Terry's legacy is here to stay and will carry one.

This is the sort of book you can dip into randomly, I just love opening it when I have five minutes spare and looking at all the illustrations. It's also quite good for inspiration for costumes for Conventions and such like. It is a great accompaniment to the His World Exhibition but you don't have to have gone to the Exhibition to own/read this book - it is a book that every Discworld fan needs to have in their collection. Full of beautiful pictures and illustrations. It is a book that brings us fully up today with pictures of the Shed of Doom at Chalke Valley History Festival earlier this year and in the Legacy Chapter there is a short piece written by Simon Allen, who if you read the release from Narrativia at the end of October is the person is involved with writing the scripts for the new Watch Series.

So, if you've not already got this book - why not?!? Go visit the Discworld Emporium Site or Discworld.com where Uncle Bernard or Mr Kidby will be happy to relieve you of your hard earned pennies in return for this 225 pages of awesomeness. GO ON! Get one today. You really do need a copy! I'm sure that elsewhere in this edition of Discworld Monthly our wonderful editors will have put the links for you to follow to get to the right place to purchase.

I'll end this review as the Book ends with this quote from The Shepherd's Crown (its OK there's no 'spoilers' in the quote!)

FOR I CAN SEE THE BALANCE, AND YOU HAVE LEFT THE WORLD MUCH BETTER THAN YOU FOUND IT, AND IF YOU ASK ME,' said Death,'NOBODY COULD DO ANY BETTER THAN THAT'

Which in my mind describes Sir Terry Pratchett spot on, for me as least the discovery of Discworld has made the Round World a far better place than before that discovery.

The book costs 30GBP for the Standard edition (Plus P&P) and 75GBP for the Slipcase Edition (plus P&P) .

Standard Edition from Discworld.com

Slipcase Edition from Discworld.com

Standard Edition from Paul Kidby

Slipcase Edition from Paul Kidby

We'll include our own review and comparison of the two versions next month.


4. Review: Men At Arms

By Stewart Brown

The Brisbane Art Theatre, Queensland Australia.

The Arts theatre puts on a yearly production of a STP novel each year and this year it was Men at Arms. It is a small theatre and does not have lavish sets or costumes but it is a talented crew with a passion to bring laughs and endear many theatre goers. The set was backed with a great display of guild chimneys which are great details for lovers of the Discworld. There are several regular players and two of my favourite are Vetinari and Nobby Nobbs. The theatrical skills of these two actors are great and your eyes are drawn to them and their wonderful portrayal of their characters. It is a great delight to watch Nobby embellish himself on a room and forever playing around with his endless dog-end.

The movement of the story is well handled with the storyline created and the actors clearly enjoy the story and their representation of their characters. With clever lighting the transition between characters and plot lines is handled well and cut down on characters exiting and entering the stage but rather remaining on stage unlit. A lot of the actors actually look like pretty good representations of characters imagined. The humor, which is a big part of STP's writing, is well handled in the production and the laughs come thick and fast throughout the performance. The theatre has for twenty years put on a STP discworld production and this is was my fifth year and I have grown to love the intimacy of the theatre, the professionalism of the cast and the joy of seeing the Discworld on stage.


5. Review: Terry Pratchett celebration Beaconsfield

By Jason Anthony

On Saturday 13th October we visited The National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield for an evening of celebrating Terry Pratchett. This was the conclusion of three events that week that included a talk by Stephen Briggs at the Beaconsfield library and a Quiz night on the previous Saturday.

The event started with a free drink in the foyer before we were lead into the very nice auditorium. We were treated to video messages from Rob Wilkins and Neil Gaiman who were in LA (working on Good Omens) and a second message also from Rob talking about Terry's love of Beaconsfield (where he grew up and would often claim got his education from the library) .

We were then shown the first half of the documentary Terry Pratchett: Living with Alzheimer's. It's been a few years since I'd seen the documentary and it was very hard to watch. The juxtaposition of the optimism shown by Terry and those around him with the knowledge of hindsight made it a particularly hard program to watch.

At the intermission we were provided with a very delightful buffet while we discussed what the documentary meant to us.

After a short break we were invited to return to the auditorium where Benard Pearson (of the Cunning Artificer fame) gave a talk about his relationship with Terry - Bernard roped Pat Harkin into the conversation to talk about what a privilege it was to have Terry phone up and ask technical questions that would somehow later make it into the next book.

After the very entertaining talk, the evening concluded with a charity auction. The lovely people at the Pratchett estate had donated a number of special items and we were very happy to raise with the support of the audience, just over 1,200 GBP for Alzheimer's' Research.

We had a really fun evening and would happily do it again.

A huge thank you to Liz Stevens who organised the event.


6. Review: Terry Pratchett at the Unseen University at Trinity College

By Bernadette Kearns

This year Dublin's Culture Night and World Alzheimer Day came together on 21 September 2018. A coincidence? Perhaps. But an opportunity too good to miss and Trinity College Dublin stepped up to the mark with an event celebrating the university's connection with Sir Terry Pratchett, entitled, funnily enough, 'Terry Pratchett at the Unseen University.'

If you went along to the evening hoping for scholarly or expert discussion on Sir Terry's works, you'd probably be disappointed. This event was an eclectic, and, to be honest, at times, baffling, mix of sessions by different university departments focusing on Sir Terry himself, but, more particularly on the research possibilities opened up by the recent cataloguing of the unique collection of his works held by TCD in the Long Room – apparently one of Sir Terry's favourite places when he was an adjunct Professor of English at TCD back in 2010.

As one of the five UK legal deposit libraries, Trinity College Dublin is entitled to receive a copy of every book published in the UK. Also, in 2009, the university's collection of Sir Terry's works was augmented when Colin Smythe, his literary agent and an alumnus of TCD, donated a complete back-catalogue of translated publications to the college – a donation which continues to this day. It has taken years to catalogue the collection, but the work is now up-to-date, and the university is celebrating.

The evening kicked off with the Digital Humanities department who did their thing by stuffing the entire English-language catalogue into a computer, jiggling it all about and asking the computer to spew forth in a burst of word clouds. Which it did. Now, as someone who viewed critical analysis in the same vein as vivisection when I was at university, this digitised version – even if word clouds are pretty – was still anathema to me and deep inside I could feel the build-up of a dark word cloud of my own – 'But why??' Yes, I know it's all in the name of research and linguistic analysis, but my question still remains. Because I like the words just fine in the proper order Sir Terry gave them. That said, you couldn't fault the department's enthusiasm and passion for their work. As well as word clouds of words which were unique to each book and word clouds of words which are common to all books, they had also taught the computer to understand the text rather than just recognise it so that it could throw up more meaningful data. If you think that's easy, try explaining to a computer how to deal with a cat named You for a start! That I liked. But the really cool results – evidenced by the oohs and aahs from the assembled onlookers – were the interactive maps and graphs which can be created for research purposes. These included such goodies as graphs showing the correlation between characters in one book or the relationships between all the characters in all the books or map graphs plotting the Wyrd Sisters' journey from Lancre to Genua in Witches Abroad. In the end, even I was grudgingly prepared to acknowledge that computer stuffing might actually be worthwhile.

Next up was Jane Suzanne Carrol of Trinity's School of English (Children's Literature) who talked about Sir Terry's books for children. So are boys sticky nosefuls of bogeys and girls great big feisty bottomless ears? Well, they don't come much feistier than Tiffany Aching – who was, in Sir Terry's own words, 'very close to my heart'. Tiffany was the focus of the big question of the session: what is the difference between the children's books and the other Discworld books? Is it the more realistic child-centred landscape which bears a resemblance to the landscape in Sir Terry's own childhood? Or the questioning about 'who is me' that doesn't feature as much in the more grown-up novels? I'm not sure a consensus was reached, but it was an interesting journey nonetheless.

Librarian John McManus headed up his section 'Wrestling with the Orangutan' as he explained how he went about cataloguing over 2,000+ items in the TCD collection, including books, games, videos and audio cassettes. The Colin Smythe donation of translated texts proved challenging, with a lot of effort going into tracking down editors, translators and illustrators in over 35 languages – more than originally anticipated. There are editions in Moldovian, Georgian, Ukranian, Polish, Japanese, and Welsh and the language with the most published editions other than English is German. Unfortunately, given the location, there was one glaring omission in the translation list – Irish! So, if anyone fancies a go at translating as Gaeilge, there's a gap in the market.

Exploring the translated collection further, James Hadley of the Trinity Centre for Literary and Cultural Translation talked about his initial research carried out on a small, random selection of languages for this event. Serious questions were asked. Such as how you translate the Britishness of the novels? Or the puns and jokes? And the results were surprising. It's not unusual for literary translations to veer away from word-for-word translation – to capture the spirit rather than the letter of the original. But in the samples examined, it was clear that most of the Discworld translations stuck pretty close to the original – they didn't shy away or alter that Britishness and the humour carried over into translation, even if all the puns didn't quite make it. There was a particularly fascinating discussion about Death – the character (who is clearly male) and the word (which is not always male – think 'la mort' in French) . So what does a translator do about Death when 'death' is female? There wasn't a clear answer to this question – not enough data to work from at this point in time – although from some of the comments from audience members who had read Sir Terry in translation, it seems the juxtaposition between the gendered word and the character only adds to the overall humour. And it all proved that the collection is ripe for further research into the full body of translated texts. A dream job for an Unseen Academical with a penchant for literary translation, perhaps?

As part of this eclectic celebration of Sir Terry's work, amongst all the academic shenanigans, it was more than fitting on World Alzheimer's Day to also mark his contribution to the fight against the 'embuggerance'. And some of the most moving words of the evening came from Sir Terry himself - Sabina Brennan of the Institute of Neuroscience (Brain Health) read out the entire text of his account of his disease first published by the Alzheimer's Society in 2008. Ten years on, it is still a powerful testament and manifesto against a nasty, ugly disease which robbed a brilliant man – and continues to rob so many others - of so much. But Sir Terry's crusade was not in vain. As Helen Rochford Brennan, a fellow Alzheimer's sufferer – or as Sir Terry put it: '… a person who is thoroughly annoyed with the fact they have dementia' – testified. It was moving to hear Helen recall how in 2012, she watched an interview with Sir Terry on Irish television's major chat show, The Late Late Show, when she herself was in the throes of dealing with an early onset Alzheimer's diagnosis and how that interview inspired her to reclaim her life after diagnosis. Helen is now the Chair of the European Working Group of People with Dementia and Board member to Alzheimer Europe. She is living proof that it is possible to live well with dementia and a fitting tribute to Sir Terry who did so much to prove that having Alzheimer's does not mean you have to become your own disease.


7. DiscTrivia

This month Rachel let me set the DiscTrivia questions... So good luck!

Q1.UNDEAD, YES - UNPERSON, NO is the motto of which group?
Q2.What musical instrument does Sally von Humpeding play?
Q3.What does Big Dave from the Pin Exchange have tattooed on his bicep?
Q4.Who is the leader of the Dog Guild?
Q5.What is the name of Lancre's Royal Beekeeper?

8. Competition: HisWorld - Official Exhibition Companion

This month the lovely team at Discworld.com have given us a standard edition of Terry Pratchett: HisWorld - Official Exhibition Companion and a couple of sheets of Hogswatch wrapping paper to give away.

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

Q1.The slipcase edition of HisWord - Official Exhibition Companion is a limited to how many copies?

Send you answer along with your postal address to by Tuesday 20th November.

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.

Visit Discworld.com for more information about their amazing Discworld products.


9. 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

Happy November Birthday greetings to: Lizzie Glaiser, Michaela Lilla Bos, Sarah Spall, Pete Smith, Steve Durbin, Danielle Clarke, Karen Carr, John Hird, Ruechenda Herd, Charlie Mitchell, Tim Van Holder, Annette Kupke, Martin Macey, Graham Stribley, Rob West, Joe Angel, Barbara Durbin, Nicola Atkin.


10. 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 while desperately looking for new Terry Pratchett books in bookstores.

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: "Nehama Ross"

I'm so excited at the prospect of watching the Watch!

I'd love to see Andy Hamilton play Nobby Nobbs (listen to him play Sergeant McGurk in the BBC radio comedy Revolting People - McGurk and Nobby must be cousins, though of course there'd be no way to confirm that lineage) .

Who do we have to petition to get this casting? Anyone have Vetinari's c-mail address?

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* From: "Daniel Knight"

In response to Noel Wray's email in issue #257, regarding the Troll Bridge project being too little, too late, for too much.

"Dear Noel,

I would wholehearted like to agree with you. As the director of Troll Bridge I am disappointed and disheartened by our own price point, and the only justification I can vaguely mumble is that when we commenced this journey… the world was in a very different shape. Physical media was king, duplication costs were high, and crowdfunded films were expected to mark up their costs in the absence of a distributor to look after them. Fifteen years on and we now have sites and automation allowing the crowdfunding community to spend more time creating instead of looking after pledge delivery. This puts us in a precarious situation, as we can't lower our prices now without also refunding the difference for fifteen years' worth of backer build up. It wouldn't be right for our elder supporters, for whom the film truly is late – we need to look after these backers first and foremost.

Less in our favour, there also wasn't an easy way of working out shipping costs back in 2003, so everything was priced at a point that included delivery and we would wear whatever that outcome eventuated into. We are still honouring this – there are no additional shipping costs, the final price is just that; final. Prices are in US dollars, as the closest thing we have to a universal currency.

If you want my opinion (and I reluctantly give this given our outstanding debt) , but you should hold onto your cash and instead see the film at your local film festival. This way you can pay a fraction of the cost on a ticket, support your local art community, and see the film as we intended it: on the big screen with an impressive sound system.

It's what we designed it for. "

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* From: "Andrew Parker"

In the October 2018 issue, reader Noel Wray voiced his concerns over the price of the Troll Bridge DVD, 50 USD from the official website, closing with "Too Little! Too Late! For Too Much!!!"

Unfortunately, Noel seems to have misunderstood what that 50 USD was for. It was not a simple price to purchase the DVD (it is not on sale, not even pre-order yet) , but that in supporting the project by giving the team a pledge of 50 USD the supporter will receive a "free" copy of the DVD on release. Different pledge amounts offer different Troll Bridge pledge materials.

In my case; no way would I pay 85 USD for the film on Blu-ray! But I was willing to (and did) pledge that 85 USD dollars to help support the creation of the film, and receive the Blu-Ray as a "thank you". As is not just buying a copy of the film, but doing my part to see it even being made!

I have no idea what the film will cost on standard release. The Snowgun Films team probably aren't sure of that yet.

Jason replies: The film will never get a "standard" release as such. As I understand it you will either be able to watch it on disc because you backed the project or hopefully at a local film festival (or possibly at future Discworld Conventions) .

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* From: "Bri Derbyshire"

In reply to Joseph Cole's letter to Terry last issue:

"Dear Mr. Cole,

I hope you won't mind me responding to your "Letter to Terry" (in DWM) in public.

First - you may indeed be dyslexic, but you hide it well. I had no problems following your prose. In fact the odd glitch and missing word merely reminded me of the good old Manchester Guardian of about 1957, in its heyday as the Gruniad.

Second - I hope it goes viral, or similar, among youngsters who have trouble reading or writing. Your story could well be an example and inspiration to them. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Best regards,"

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* From: "Toby"

Hi - reading Joe's letter to Terry, I purposefully haven't read I Shall Wear Midnight yet either - I wonder is this common?

Jason replies: I assume you mean The Shepherd's Crown. In which case it really isn't that unusual at all. I know many fans that feel that reading The Shepherd's will mean things have come to an end and would rather they didn't. It really is a shame not to read it though, Terry wanted people to read his work and would be disappointed if his final work became a museum piece rather than one last chance to cherish his words. As someone that has read it (more than once) I have to say it is a hugely emotional and deeply personal book and while maybe not as polished as it might have been still a worthy read.

PS. If you genuinely mean "I Shall Wear Midnight" then yes I suspect that it rather uncommon.


11. Book Release News

11.1 English Language Releases

UK Book Releases

A TV-Tie in version of the actual book Good Omens is also going to be available as of the 5th Feb 2019.

Wording on various stores have it down as a paperback with the description saying its a "Keepsake Hardback edition". Your guess is as good as mine as to which it is.

Pre-order

Amazon UK

Amazon US

[Tv-Tie In is the fancy wording for having a new cover that matches the branding of the Tv series, probably with Amazon prime written on it somewhere - Rachel]

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THE QUITE NICE AND FAIRLY ACCURATE GOOD OMENS SCRIPT BOOK will be released on the 4th April 2019.

Written by Neil Gaiman The Quite Nice and Fairly Accurate Good Omens Script Book is a hardback book which contains 400 pages, many of which have scenes that didn't quite make it to the screen.

It will be published by Headline and will cost 20 GBP

Pre-order yours

Amazon UK

Also Available on Kindle at 13.99GBP

Amazon UK KINDLE

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THE NICE AND ACCURATE GOOD OMENS TV COMPANION will also be released on the 4th April 2019

The Nice and Accurate Good Omens TV Companion will be your ultimate guide to the upcoming apocalypse. It will feature incredible photographs, stunning location shots, costume boards, set designs and fascinating character profiles and in-depth interviews with the stars and crew.

It will cost 25GBP and is a huge 320 pages of Good Omens loveiness.

Pre-order now from

Amazon UK

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Dodger paperback with cover by Laura Ellen Anderson due for release on the 25th April 2019

Paperback: 416 pages

Age Range: 9 - 17 years

Publisher: Corgi Childrens (25 April 2019)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0552577200

ISBN-13: 978-0552577205

RRP 7.99

Amazon UK

Amazon Canada

Amazon Germany

Note: This is not currently on Amazon US but as soon as it becomes available we will put up the link

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Nation paperback with cover by Laura Ellen Anderson due for release on the 25th July 2019.

Paperback: 432 pages

Age Range: 9 - 16 years

Publisher: Corgi Childrens (25 July 2019)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0552577197

ISBN-13: 978-0552577199

RRP 7.99

Pre-order

Amazon UK

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Discworld Collector's Library Editions.

Snuff with cover by Joe McLaren due for release on the 14th Nov 2019 (Subject to change)

Hardcover

Publisher: Doubleday (14 Nov. 2019)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0857526499

ISBN-13: 978-0857526496

RRP 12.99

Pre-order

Amazon UK

Raising Steam with cover by Joe McLaren deu for release on the 14th Nov 2019 (Subject to change)

Hardcover

Publisher: Doubleday (14 Nov. 2019)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0857526502

ISBN-13: 978-0857526502

Pre-order

Amazon UK

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US/Canadian Releases

Terry Pratchett: The BBC Radio Drama Collection: Seven full-cast dramatisations

Collected together for the first time are seven full-cast BBC Radio dramatisations of Terry Pratchett's novels, with star-studded casts including Martin Jarvis, Sheila Hancock, Anton Lesser, Philip Jackson, Alex Jennings and Mark Heap.

Now being published for the very first time, the adaptations in this collection are:

Mort

Wyrd Sisters

Guards! Guards!

Eric

Small Gods

Night Watch

In addition to the Discworld radio Plays is the full-cast dramatisation of Only You Can Save Mankind.

Unfortunately Nation and Good Omens are not included in this collection.

Audio CD

Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; Unabridged edition edition

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1785298224

ISBN-13: 978-1785298226

To Preorder

Amazon USA due 27th Nov 2018

Amazon Canada due 27th Nov 2018

Available now at

Amazon UK

Amazon Germany

Audible UK Link

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Discworld Collector's Library edition

THUD!

Hardcover: 416 pages

ISBN-10: 0857525913

ISBN-13: 978-0857525918

Pre-order:

Amazon Canada release date - 25th December 2018

Amazon Canada

Available now at

Amazon UK

Amazon US

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Discworld Collector's Library edition

MAKING MONEY

Hardcover: 480 pages

ISBN-10: 0857525921

ISBN-13: 978-0857525925

Pre-order

Amazon Canada release date - 25th December 2018

Amazon Canada

Available now at

Amazon UK

Amazon US

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Discworld Collector's Library edition

UNSEEN ACADEMICALS

Hardcover: 544 pages

ISBN-10: 085752593X

ISBN-13: 978-0857525932

Pre-order

Amazon Canada release date - 25th December 2018

Amazon Canada

Available now at

Amazon UK

Amazon US


12. 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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12.1 Current and Upcoming Productions

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

  • Hogfather in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK (14-17 November 2018)
  • Going Postal in Essex, UK, UK (Wed 14th - Sat 17th November 2018)
  • Johnny and the Dead in Bristol, UK, UK (Fri 16th November - Sat 17th November 2018)
  • Guards! Guards! in Birmingham, UK, UK (Thurs 29th November - Sat 1st December 2018)
  • Going Postal in Bishopston, Bristol, UK (Wed 5th December - Sat 8th December and Wed 12th - Sat 15th December 2018)

12.2 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] PADS Youth presents Johnny and the Dead as adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location:Paulton Rovers, Bristol, BS39 7RF UK
Dates:Fri 16th November - Sat 17th November 2018
Times:Performances at 7.30pm, additional matinee on Sat at 2pm
Tickets:6GBP Adult, 4GBP Children, available from Paulton Newsagents
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[New: UK] Luke Players presents Guards! Guards! as adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location:Midland Arts Centre (MAC), Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH UK
Dates:Thurs 29th November - Sat 1st December 2018
Times:Performance at 7.30pm, additional matinee on Sat at 2.30pm
Tickets:9GBP Conc 7GBP
Box office:0121 446 3232
Website:Luke Players
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[New: UK] We Are Theatre presents Carpe Jugulum as adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location:The Tap Room, York Brewery, 12 Toft Green, York, YO16JT UK
Dates:Tues 5th March - Wed 6th March 2019
Times:Performance at 7pm
Tickets:12GBP
Box office:07521 364107

13. Discworld Conventions and other Events

13.1 Current and Upcoming Events

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

  • Discworld & Beyond Exhibition in The Chapel Gallery, UK (29th September - 1st December 2018)
  • Paul Kidby Book Signing at Fordingbridge Library in Fordingbridge, UK, UK (Friday 30th November 2018)

13.2 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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[New: UK] Paul Kidby Book Signing at Fordingbridge Library

Location:Fordingbridge Library, 2 Round Hill, Fordingbridge SP6 1AQ
Dates:Friday 30th November 2018
Website:paulkidby.com

Paul will be signing at Fordingbridge Library on the evening of the town annual Christmas Lights Switch On. Copies of the new publication Terry Pratchett HisWorld, the Complete Exhibition Companion will be available, along with other publications and a selection of Discworld & Charmed Realm prints and cards. Books will be available to buy, or you can bring your own pre-purchased copies.


14. 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.


15. Small Ads

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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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?

Jason writes: Spenser is now selling his collection over at the Discworld Collector's Guild group on Facebook.


16. The End

This month's issue is brought to you by the nut cruncher, the pastinator and a cup of coffee.

The deadline for submissions to issue 259 of Discworld Monthly is Tuesday 20th November 2018.

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16.6 Trivia Answers

Q1.UNDEAD, YES - UNPERSON, NO is the motto of which group?
A1.The Fresh Start Club (Reaper Man)
 
Q2.What musical instrument does Sally von Humpeding play?
A2.Cello (The Truth)
 
Q3.What does Big Dave from the Pin Exchange have tattooed on his bicep?
A3.Death or Pins! (Going Postal)
 
Q4.Who is the leader of the Dog Guild?
A4.The Chief Barker (Men At Arms)
 
Q5.What is the name of Lancre's Royal Beekeeper?
A5.Mr Brooks. (Lords and Ladies)
 
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16.7 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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16.8 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 :

16.9 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
1.3 Merchandise
2. News
2.1 The Watch TV Series News
2.2 Book Rumour News
2.3 Paul Kidby Signing at Fordingbridge Library
2.4 Discworld and Beyond Exhibition Tour
2.5 Troll Bridge - IT'S STILL FINISHED !!!
3. Review: Terry Pratchett: His World Official Exhibition Companion
4. Review: Men At Arms
5. Review: Terry Pratchett celebration Beaconsfield
6. Review: Terry Pratchett at the Unseen University at Trinity College
7. DiscTrivia
8. Competition: HisWorld - Official Exhibition Companion
9. Birthdays
10. Readers' Letters
11. Book Release News
11.1 English Language Releases
12. Stage Productions
12.1 Current and Upcoming Productions
12.2 New and Updated Productions
13. Discworld Conventions and other Events
13.1 Current and Upcoming Events
13.2 New and Updated Events
14. Recurring Fan Meetings
15. Small Ads
16. The End
16.1 Supporting Discworld Monthly
16.2 eBook Editions
16.3 Contact Information
16.4 Latest Book Information
16.5 Subscription Information
16.6 Trivia Answers
16.7 Small Print
16.8 Thanks
16.9 The Final Word...
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