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Discworld Monthly Issue 217 August 2015

Table of Contents:

1. Editorial
2. News
3. Events
4. Readers' Letters
5. DiscTrivia
6. Review: The Long Utopia - The Long Earth Book
7. Competition Result: Win Discworld Beer
8. Protecting and Preserving Sir Terry Pratchett's Intellectual Property
9. The End

1. Editorial

Welcome to issue 217. We are now well into the middle of July and the weather in the UK is improving. We did hope to get this month's issue out at the beginning of July but we have been awaiting some additional legal information from Narrativia's lawyers. Today I made the decision not to wait any longer - the statement from them with regards to TreeFrog Games will now hopefully appear in issue 218.

This month things have settled down Discworld-wise for us at Discworld Monthly, though we have seen the release of The Long Utopia, book four of the The Long Earth series. Apparently Terry's involvement in book five has already been written - so expect that at some point in the future.

More excitingly we have seen the blurb for The Shepherd's Crown... The final Discworld novel. We'll include details in the News section...

We have received official word from Terry's lawyers about preserving Terry's Intellectual Property - it really is essential reading for those considering making Discworld / Terry Pratchett related items.

Finally on our way back from Bournemouth at the beginning of the month we stopped in Salisbury to visit the Discworld Knight - Paul Kidby's amazing painted baron on the Barons' Charter Trail. We liked the Discworld Knight so much we purchased one of Paul's Discworld Massif posters from his site

My photos of some of the barons can be found at and more information about the Baron's Charter is available at

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Minutes before I sent this month's issue off to the proof readers we learned that has been redirected to a new server and been adorned with a new look.

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

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

Jason Anthony (Editor)
William Barnett (Deputy Editor / Proofreader)
Richard Massey (Discoverer of Egress)

2. News

FURTHER TO LAST MONTH'S NEWS: The release date for The Shepherd's Crown - the last ever Discworld novel - has officially been bought forward to the 27th August. Waterstones are also producing a slipcase edition to be released on the same day.

UK cover art:

Fans in the US will have to wait an extra few days as it will not get released until 1st September there. We have to say with a rather horrible looking cover compared to the lushly illustrated Paul Kidby one we get in the UK!

US cover art:

The cover information now reads:



Deep in the Chalk, something is stirring. The owls and the foxes can sense it, and Tiffany Aching feels it in her boots. An old enemy is gathering strength.

This is a time of endings and beginnings, old friends and new, a blurring of edges and a shifting of power. Now Tiffany stands between the light and the dark, the good and the bad.

As the fairy horde prepares for invasion, Tiffany must summon all the witches to stand with her. To protect the land. Her land.

There will be a reckoning ...


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'Shaking Hands With Death - Why we all deserve a life worth living and a death worth dying for' is a new publication due out on the 30th July.

'Most men don't fear death. They fear those things - the knife, the shipwreck, the illness, the bomb - which precede, by microseconds if you're lucky, and many years if you're not, the moment of death.'

In this essay, broadcast to millions as the BBC Richard Dimbleby Lecture 2010 and previously only available as part of A Slip of the Keyboard, he [Sir Terry] argues for our right to choose - our right to a good life, and a good death too.

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Terry Pratchett's Discworld series is definitely over as daughter Rhianna rules out future books. The article in The Independent reads: " of his fantasy series speculated that his daughter Rhianna, a video game writer, may take up the baton and pen some herself.

But earlier this month, Rhianna said that she will not be writing any Discworld books or giving "anyone else permission to do so"".

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The Telegraph recently featured an article about Janet Campbell-Dick the teacher that inspired Terry to write. Janet "May" Campbell-Dick died in 1985 just two years after The Colour of Magic was published, so never realised how successful Terry would become. The heart-warming article features a few snippets about Terry's school time that I didn't know about.

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Martin Wallace who produced Discworld: Ankh-Morpork and The Witches games and was in the process of developing a third Discworld game has announced on his Treefrog facebook page that his licence has not been renewed and he will no longer be able to produce copies of the existing games, and the third game will never be produced.

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It appears that 2015 will be the last year Backspindle Games will be able to publish their first Discworld game Guards! Guards! The good news is that their new game Clacks is currently available on pre-order and will be published in October.

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Terry is mentioned in "What fiction has to say about the libraries of the future" an article on The headline reads: Terry Pratchett and Jorge Luis Borges may have been the prophets of the future library.

Read more at:

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The Gender Forum has a special Terry Pratchett Issue which talks about stories and the nature of stories and uses Witches Abroad as the basis of the article. In the same issue it also talks about feminism in Monstrous Regiment.

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In SFX 263 (with The Men from UNCLE on the cover) they have to pick just one book by Terry for their Top 20 books in no special order - and they chose Night Watch! On page 76.

It's a cross-subgenre selection, from SF, fantasy and horror.

Then on page 109 is a review of Long Utopia.

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The Spanish section of The Wall Street Journal International features an article on Terry Pratchett entitled El Esopo del Siglo XX (The 20th Century Aesop)... Not being a Spanish speaker I can't tell you what it is about. I did try Google Translate but it wasn't easy to read in translated English so I gave up.

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Issue 120 of Foundation - The International Review of Science Fiction features Terry on its front cover. Inside it features tributes from Stephen Baxter, Stephen Briggs, Andrew M. Butler, Neil Gaiman, Edward James, Paul Kidby, Farah Mendlesohn and Ian Stewart.

Foundation is a subscription only magazine published three times a year and is at

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Some news from Lady Sybil:

News from the Bookseller. On 19th June the children's preview for September featured The Shepherd's Crown: "This one obviously has crossover appeal to a huge audience across readers of both YA and adult titles."

While the fiction preview for October on 3rd July mentions that the Discworld Atlas is bound to be a top seller (though priced at 25GBP).

Terry's books have been featuring in the Bookseller charts this June. A Slip of the Keyboard got into the Top 20 non-fiction paperbacks. Pratchett and Baxter's The Long Utopia shot straight up to no. 2 in the Top 20 original fiction, also at no. 30 in the top 50 books of all categories, in The Bookseller of 26th June.

If you happen to subscribe to the Sunday Times Culture or the Guardian Saturday Review you'll find Terry's books featuring in their charts as well.

Lady Sybil

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The June issue of Folklore will carry an obituary of Terry by Jacqueline Simpson. The journal is published by Taylor & Francis. It's not a full-scale obituary, I concentrated on the folkloric and personal angles.

[The best link I've managed to find is but it doesn't appear to be up to date with the June edition yet - Ed]

You can also listen to an old but interesting conversation between Jacqueline and Terry at

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Pratchett fans visiting the San Diego Comic Con as well as getting to see trailers for all the amazing looking superhero movies coming our way in 2016, could have picked up a sampler for The Shepherd's Crown from the HarperCollins booth #1029.

We hope to get hold of one soon and will try to tell you all about it next month.

An image of the sampler can be found at:

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The Turtle Moves: A documentary made by the friends and fans of Sir Terry, remembering how his words and the Disc impacted their lives.

A man is not dead while his name is still spoken - Terry Pratchett, Going Postal

Terry Pratchett was a beloved figure at Worldcons for over 30 years. In this, the year of his passing, we're filming a love letter to Terry in the form of a fan-made documentary at Sasquan / Worldcon 2015. Our film will be based on interviews with attending fans who are willing to share their memories of Terry and tell stories about the way the Discworld books have changed their lives.

This is an excellent time to make our film as The Great Discworld Fan Gathering is set to take place at Sasquan; a first for any Worldcon. There have always been Discworld fans at Worldcons but this will be the first time we've asked them to come out in force, and proudly state that The Turtle Moves.

Sasquan, in their turn, has welcomed Discworld fans with open arms and is offering programing, events, exhibits and meets in Terry's honor.

We have the con's permission to make this film, and we'll be there throughout the convention asking fans of the books - as well as people who knew and worked with Sir Terry - what they would like the world to remember about this brilliant, funny, and very special man.

We'll film the Discworld exhibit and take note of Discworld art at the convention, as well. We'll record Discworld cosplayers and gamers as they travel the convention. We'll record the best parts of panels, including the Terry Pratchett memorial panel, the Science and Technology of Discworld panels, and the Women of Discworld panel. You'll hear and see all the great stories that result.

Best of all, we'll interview the fans; people from all over the world who love the books, and who partied, chatted and laughed with Terry over the years.

Those who contribute to the making of this film will receive a DVD of this documentary. See notes below.

This film is being made by fans for fans, and is a non-profit effort. We'll post the budget and all expenses online so you can see where your money goes. Any funds left over from the making of this film will go to Terry's approved charities, which include Alzheimer's Research and the Orangutang Foundation.

Please help us capture some wonderful memories of a man we all admire. More info can be found at beginning on Monday, July 20th

The Kickstarter campaign to fund this documentary will begin on Monday, July 20th, 2015 - Here is what you will receive for your donation.

25 USD donation - You will receive a DVD copy of the film, and we'll list your name on the website, and you can download the film, as well, when it is ready.

20 USD donation - You will receive a wrist band that says, The Turtle Moves, we'll list your name on the website, and you can download the film when it is ready.

15 USD - You can download the film when it is complete, and we'll list your name on the website.

10 USD - We'll list your name on the website with our thanks.

5 USD - We'll send you a specially made, Discworld themed postcard greeting from Sasquan.

1 USD - You'll receive our sincere thanks in the form of Ook!


We'll have a variety of perks, everything from meeting the film makers to getting your name in the film credits. More info at the Kickstarter site.

Thank you for helping us make this film in honor of Terry.

Denise Connell

Chair, North American Discworld Connection

Discworld Area Head, Sasquan / Worldcon 2015

Founder: Discworld Seamstress Guild of North America

John Kentner,


Board Member, North American Discworld Connection

3. Events

This section will contain events that you need to keep in your diary. Entries will remain until they go out of date. New entries will include the word [New] next to them. If this section gets too large we will start pruning entries.

From issue 190 onwards recurring monthly meetings have been moved to their own area at the bottom of the dates section.

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[AU, New] ARENAarts is paying tribute to the late Terry Pratchett by staging an adaptation of Maskerade at 8pm on July 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18 with 2pm matinees July 5 and 12. Tickets are 20 AUD, 16 AUD concession (15 AUD per person for bookings of 10+) - book on 9399 9947, or at

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[AU, New] Hogswatch in July - 25th July 2015

A down-under Discworld festival, hosted by Brisbane Arts Theatre.

Come along and join the fun, meet fellow fans. A celebration of all things Discworld, from the rugged mountains of Lancre to the plains of Sto Lat and the all-consuming whiff of Ankh-Morpork. The culture of Discworld's inhabitants is varied and sometimes very odd, but it all makes sense to them (and some of us too)!

Meet the Hogfather, have your picture taken with Death. Or the other way around, if you prefer.

Costume competition - which resident of the Disc are you? Take the Dibbler sausageinnabun challenge. Morris Dancing. Also, Maurice dancing.

Market Stalls, activities, games, competitions, dramatic presentations, very family friendly.

Saturday 25th July from 10am - Hardgrave Park on Petrie Terrace.

Admission is free -

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[UK, New] Wyrd Sisters will be performed by the Broadclyst Theatre Group at Victory Hall, Broadclyst, Exeter EX5 3DX from 13th-15th August 2015 at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost 9 GBP / 6.50 GBP concession and are available from

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[US, Updated] Discworld Themed Programming at Sasquan / Worldcon 2015 - Spokane, WA, August 19 - 23rd, 2015

Discworld Games:

* The new CLACKS game from BackSpindle Games will be demonstrated in the game room and available for play.

* THE WITCHES game will be on exhibit.

Discworld Events:

* Discworld Pub Quiz

* Discworld Rendezvous

* Nanny Ogg Knees Up - Spirited Country Dancing sans Hedgehogs

* Public Reading of "Where's My Cow?" Wherein We Make All the Noises

Discworld Exhibit:

An introduction to the Discworld novels for the uninitiated, with extra special fun planned for the fans.

The exhibit will include docent tours by Discworld characters and the chance to take your photo with some very special items.

Discworld Themed Panels: (These include but are not limited to)

* Discworld Past, Present & Future - A Q&A with Anne Hoppe (Terry's American YA Editor since 2001) and others.

* Headology & Boffo: Craft and Cunning on the Discworld

* A Night in Ankh-Morpork

* Terry Pratchett's Books for Young People

* Terry Pratchett Memorial Panel

* Women of Discworld

Seamstress Guild Party - TBA:

Discworld Fan Volunteers Welcome! We need your help to make this the best event for Discworld fans that we can. Email us at and let us know you'd like to help with Discworld at Sasquan!

All this and much more! Worldcons are a splendid playground for Discworld fans:

Meet fellow Discworld and science fiction/fantasy fans from all over the globe, attend program sessions and workshops with authors, see the Hugo Awards ceremony, participate in the Masquerade, and more, all in the setting of the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

More info can be found at:

Sasquan website:

NADWCon website:

NADWCon Facebook Page:

NADWCon on Twitter: @nadwcon

ItBodes Blog:

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[UK] Wadfest 2015 - The Library. Wadfest 2015 takes place over the weekend of 21st - 24th August 2015.

Once again Wadfest will be at Wood Green, The Animal Shelter, King's Bush Farm, London Road, Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire, PE29 2NH

Wadfest is a science fiction / fantasy weekend that features Zombie Nerf games, charity auctions and other family friendly activities.

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[AU, New] Mort - Death on Stage - 22 August to 3 October 2015

Brisbane Arts Theatre has been staging the Discworld plays since 1998 and now in 2015 we present our 1001st production - Sir Terry Pratchett's Mort, adapted by Stephen Briggs.

Get ready to scumble.

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[UK, New] Monstrous Productions presents Night Watch at the Gate Arts Centre, Keppoch St, Cardiff from September 9th to 12th.

Following their sold out performances of Witches Abroad in April, Monstrous Productions are finally attempting a Vimes one! With over 12,000GBP already donated to Alzheimer's Research come along to support a great cause and see a great show in one! Tickets 8GBP or 6GBP concessions, available from

Find us on facebook or email us at

[Rachel and I will be going to the Thursday production of Night Watch - Ed]

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[DE] With a 1000 camels the German Discworld Convention moves to the mysterious continent of Klatch! Make room in your schedule from September 10th to 13th in 2015 for the fourth German Discworld Convention at Castle Ludwigstein. Be there when it's getting hot!

Registration has started on our homepage.

Join the Facebook page to receive further updates:

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[IRL] The Irish Discworld Convention 2015 will take place in Cork, Ireland at the Cork International Hotel from the 2nd to the 5th of October 2015. Join us as a Special Constable for the Watch Open Weekend.

Visit or see the Facebook group at:

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[UK] Wyrd Sisters is being performed by Uppingham Theatre Company from Thursday 29th - Saturday 31st October 2015. Tickets cost 10 GBP including 2 GBP charity donation to Rutland Reminders. Tickets are available in person only from Uppingham Sports and Books, 9 High Street East, Uppingham and online at

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[UK] Sadly there will be no Discworld Emporium-run Hogswatch event this year, but there will be a fan-run much more low key "Gathering of Loonies - Winter Event" on the same days, November 27th - 29th in Wincanton. More news will be provided as we are given it. The fans organising the event have set up a facebook group at:

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Recurring monthly meetings:

[UK] The Broken Drummers meet at The Monkey Puzzle, Paddington, London, W2 1JQ, England at 7pm. For more information contact Helen Nicholls on

Unless otherwise stated the Drummers meet on the first Monday of each month.

The Drummers are always happy to welcome new visitors. You can find out more about the Drummers at

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[Perth, AU] The Perth Drummers have changed their name. They are now known as the Treacle Mining Corporation in honour of their beloved state. They still meet up to celebrate the works of author Sir Terry Pratchett, and welcome any fans of science fiction and fantasy.

Join them for their monthly discussion of Discworld, Terry Pratchett and all things sci-fi and fantasy. They meet the first Monday of each month, subject to holidays, and all are welcome.

The group meets up at Carpe Cafe, 526 Murray Street, Perth, WA. Meeting at a cafe means they are under-18 friendly!

For details follow them on Twitter @Perth_Drummers, Instagram perth_drummers, and facebook

Otherwise message Alexandra Ware directly at

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

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

We meet at the NEW venue, 3 Wise Monkeys, 555 George Street, Sydney, 2000 from 6:30pm

For more information contact Sue (AKA Granny Weatherwax) on

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[UK] On the first Friday of every month there will be a meeting of WOTS - Omnian Temperance Society - Wincanton branch - to be held at The Bear Inn from 7pm. New members or visitors from other places always welcome.

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[Adelaide, AU] The City of Small Gods is a group for fans in Adelaide and South Australia. We have regular monthly dinner and games nights, longer games days, plus play outings, craft-y workshops, and fun social activities throughout the year. For more info and to join our mailing list, visit:

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[Brisbane, AU] The Pratchett Partisans meet monthly at either Brisbane or Indooroopilly to eat, drink and chat about all things Pratchett. For more info about their next meetup, check out: or

4. Readers' Letters

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

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

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* From: "Chris Drew"

The 'We Like Them Short' story competition in memory of Sir Terry Pratchett to raise funds for Alzheimers Research UK is now in full swing. The organisers Sorin Suciu and Laura Skillen have whittled down the hundreds of entries to just 19 (of which I am one!) and the pressure is now on to complete the final draft texts by 30 June.

The reason for this e-mail is to ask for your support in allowing monthly updates in your newsletter regarding this initiative with the aim of trying to raise awareness amongst fans.

A blog has been set up where interested parties can follow regular updates from both the co-ordinators and authors involved in the project.

Of course the overall aim is to create a tribute to the great man from fans across Roundworld, with contributions from established prolific novelists to unpublished enthusiasts like myself.

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* From: "Rick Trivett" (

Hi, I released my first novel as an ebook last year, it is now available as a paperback from Amazon. It is a humorous fantasy, greatly influenced by Sir Terry and the cover blurb reads: "The land of Lyonnesse has been concealed from our eyes since ancient times in a bubble of time. Life is simpler. Problems of ethnicity, race, religion, greed and politics have all but been eliminated. But their near utopic existence is shattered when a murder is committed. So when a stranger stumbles accidentally into Lyonnesse, he is the ideal candidate to investigate with complete impartiality. But (there is always a but), unfettered by our preconceptions, Lyonnesse is a place where magic and time travel are a part of everyday life. Difficult enough concepts to grasp at the best of times, but even more so when our young hero has a murder to investigate. Oh, and is desperate to get back home by teatime a week ago to take his girlfriend out for a meal."

[I've not yet read the book but I've added to my wish list. It has currently got a 4.4 rating out of 5 on Amazon. - Ed]

[OK, but not to be confused with Jack Vance's seminal Lyonesse trilogy, one of the defining works of fantasy fiction - with only one 'n' so you can tell them apart - WB]

5. DiscTrivia

This month Rachel Rowlands is back with five challenging trivia questions for you... When were these books first published?

Rincewind The Wizzard
Innovation's The Colour of Magic - Volume 1
Terry Pratchett's Men at Arms - The Play
The Arts of Falconrie and Hawking - a - beginners guide
The Unseen University Challenge - Discworld Quiz book

The (hopefully correct) answers can be found at the end of this issue.

6. Review: The Long Utopia - The Long Earth Book 4

Reviewed by Jason Anthony.

The Long Utopia is the fourth book in The Long Earth series. It takes place over several time zones but is mainly set some three decades after the first Long Earth book. The book features series regulars Lobsang, Joshua, Agnes and Sally and starts with Joshua's journey back to Datum Earth on his 50th Birthday.

The Long Earth books are an interesting prospect. They are not exactly the most exciting books I have ever read. They seem to include a whole lot of detail while lacking any real sense of pace or urgency. I tend to love the overall book but find it hard going while reading it - if that makes any sense at all. Though, strangely, I always finish the books wanting more.

For me personally the Long Mars (book 3) was a more enjoyable novel but I still prefer The Long Utopia over The Long War. I've enjoyed finding our more about the new creatures introduced in this novel and I am also enjoying the development of The Next.

The Long Earth books divide opinion. If you enjoyed the other books in the series then The Long Utopia is very much more of the same. If, however, you didn't enjoy The Long Earth then this one probably won't change your mind.

It should be noted that Stephen Baxter's publicist has recently announced that Terry completed his involvement in book five last year and that Stephen Baxter, after his current commitments, will complete book five as some point in the future. So we can definitely expect at least one more journey through the Long Earth.

You can purchase The Long Utopia from:

UK Hardback:

US Hardback:

Other reviews of The Long Utopia include:

Flickering Myth -

The Independent -

Locus Online -

7. Competition Result: Discworld Beer

Last month the lovely people at Ales By Mail had a full selection of Discworld Ales to give away to one of our lucky subscribers. We asked you to answer two questions, live in the UK and be 18 years or older.

The questions and accepted answers were:

According to the Ales By Mail website how strong is the Taking the Dark Black IPA?
10% or Strength 6
What is the special price in GBP of Discworld Ales: 12 Bottle Mixed Case?
30 GBP.

We had 121 correct entries, after we removed all the entries that were ineligible because, for example, they lived outside the UK! The randomly selected winner is: David Reeves of Warminster in Wilshire. Your details have been sent so hopefully your beer should arrive soon.

Discworld Monthly would like to thank Ales By Mail for providing the prize.

For more information about Ales By Mail visit

8. Protecting and Preserving Sir Terry Pratchett's Intellectual Property

From Harbottle & Lewis, lawyers representing the estate of Sir Terry Pratchett

22 June 2015

Fans may like to know about how we protect the intellectual property in the late Sir Terry Pratchett's name and work. These efforts have been ongoing for some time. Sir Terry's family, the executors of his estate, and his manager Rob Wilkins, have asked us to provide some information about this. They have been touched by the dedication and creativity shown by fans of Sir Terry's work, and there has never been any desire to interfere with non-commercial fan activities.

Commercial activities (for example, but not limited to, t-shirts or similar) do require, and always have required, permission. The same applies to adaptations of Sir Terry's books.

Sir Terry's books are of course protected by copyright. Depending on the circumstances, this can be infringed by using even quite brief quotations without permission. Artwork created by official illustrators, such as Paul Kidby, is similarly protected.

The Terry Pratchett name, as well as the name "Discworld", and the other distinctive names and titles associated with Sir Terry's work, are also protected by trade mark laws around the world. This extends to the use of protected trade marks in relation to merchandise.

Where unauthorised infringing material is identified, we are often able to have it removed via established website takedown procedures. In many cases we also communicate directly with those responsible, and ask for appropriate written assurances.

Commercial rights in Sir Terry's work, outside of publishing rights, have been granted to Narrativia Limited. These have been officially licensed to a number of approved licensees in order to maintain appropriate focus and quality. Requests for permission are considered on a case by case basis but will often have to be declined.

If readers are in doubt as to whether they can offer particular items for sale, or undertake any other activities, they should contact

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Innovation's The Colour of Magic - Volume 1
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The Arts of Falconrie and Hawking - a - beginners guide
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