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Discworld Monthly Issue 235 November 2016

Table of Contents:

1. Editorial
2. News
3. Upcoming Book Releases
4. November Events
5. Future Events
6. Recurring Monthly Fan Meetings
7. Readers' Letters
8. DiscTrivia
9. Rincewind in XXXX: A postscript
10. The Art of Discworld Competition Result
11. Discworld(R) Intellectual Property Guidelines for Fans
12. Review: The Terry Pratchett Diary
13. New Transworld Discworld Collectors Editions
14. Discworld Diary Competition
15. Discworld Colouring Book Artist's Edition
16. The End

1. Editorial

Welcome to issue 235. This month we have been busy working on the Discworld Monthly Hushed Hogfather 2016 event. Entry to the event is now closed and all participants have been informed they have been accepted. We are happy to announce that over 160 people have registered. We look forward to seeing all the wonderful gift ideas that get sent between fans.

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Things seem to have gone a little bit quiet recently with regards to Terry Pratchett news. We will of course continue to seek out what we can and continue to report it here. If you find something that we may have missed please do let us know!

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Discworld Monthly will be visiting the Dolman Theatre, Newport, South Wales in the middle of November to see the Newport Players' production of Wyrd Sisters as adapted by Stephen Briggs. We hope to bring you a review of the play next issue.

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Tickets are now on sale for Wadfest 2017. Wadfest is a "convention" in a field and features a talent show, cocktail parties, zombie games, charity auctions, klatches, axe throwing etc. Adult ticket prices include free camping for the weekend.

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We include all our back issues on our website at where you can also find Terry Pratchett quotes, a full bibliography and links to articles we have written over the years.

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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.

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Please let us have any submissions for issue 236 of Discworld Monthly BEFORE Tuesday 22nd November 2016.

2. News

On Friday November 4th there will be a Black Hat Evening in Hungary in tribute to Terry Pratchett. The free to enter event run by librarian Laszlone Bauer Nora takes place at 17:00 in Pecs/Hungary, (dr.Veress E. Street 6.)

Laszlone says: "A writer lives so long as his books are read! We will read some details from his works, play some of the Discworld boardgames, and - I hope it will succeed - dance a kind of Black Morris, and speak about him..

All fans are invited - the entrance is free! (Please bring round the favourite book, quotation or any memory.)"


Tel: +36-30-300-5025

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BBC4 will be broadcasting: Sleuths, Spies & Sorcerers: Andrew Marr's Paperback Heroes on Monday 24th October at 21:00.

"Andrew Marr deconstructs detective fiction, fantasy epics and spy novels - the books we really read. He unpicks their conventions to show how these books keep us turning the page."

Terry's Discworld will get a mention as will Neil Gaiman reading from American Gods

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Daniel Knight and Ahern Morris (of Snowgum Films - makers of the Troll Bridge film) held a live question and answer session on Facebook on Friday 21st October 2016 at 9am (UK time). The pair demonstrated some of the software they use to co-ordinate their worldwide team that are working on the film.

You can watch the hour-long production via their the link below but the important key piece of information we got from the video was:

Subject to being accepted by the Berlin film festival Troll Bridge will get a February 2017 premiere with DVD and Blu-Ray releases coming soon after.

As one of the original backers of the film I report that with some sense of relief.

3. Upcoming Book Releases

* UK Releases *

The Terry Pratchett's Discworld Colouring Book Artist's Edition is due out on 3rd November 2016.

It will feature 20 single-sided illustrations of the best pieces of Paul Kidby's linework (as selected by the artist) on special high-quality paper-stock that can be easily pulled out and framed.


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[UPDATE] The Carpet People (with Mark Beech cover) is due for release in paperback on 5th Jan 2017.

ISBN-10: 0552573361

ISBN-13: 9780552573368

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The US edition of Terry Pratchett's Discworld Colouring Book will be released on 25th April 2017.

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Author Joanne Harris (via Twitter) has confirmed she has written a new introduction for Wyrd Sisters. We don't have a release date for this yet but we suspect it will be sometime in 2017.

The new paperback editions of Mort and Guards! Guards! with introductions by Neil Gaiman and Ben Aaronovitch will also be released in 2017.

4. November Events

[USA] 'Cosmic Comedy: The Social Satire of Sir Terry Pratchett' will run from Sept. 12 through Dec. 7 in the Bookers' display area in Mantor Library, 116 South St, Farmington, University of Maine.

The event is made possible by The Shiretown Bookers (The Community Friends of Mantor Library) in affiliation with the University of Maine at Farmington.

The Shiretown Bookers are a group of book lovers and collectors who support the university library by fostering its relationship with the community. The group provides exhibitions and lectures on literary subjects throughout the year. All exhibitions and lectures are free.

For more information, email or call 609-306-1002.

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[Australia] Brisbane Art Theatre present Guards! Guards!

Location: 210 Petrie Terrace, Petrie Terrace, Queensland 4000, Brisbane

Dates: 8th October - 12 November 2016

Tickets: 31 AUD Adults, 25 AUD Concessions. Group rate 10+ 25 AUD each, 75+ 20AUD each. Student rush 10 AUD (10 minutes before curtain up). Subscribers can redeem tickets for the show.

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[NEW: Australia] Unseen Theatre Company presents Feet of Clay as adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location: Bakehouse Theatre, 255 Angas Street, Adelaide

Dates: Oct 26 to Nov 5 (Wednesday to Saturday) at 7.30pm

Tickets: Adults 22AUD, Concession 18AUD, TRev 16AUD, Groups (6+) 16AUD

Bookings: or at the door on the night (subject to availability)

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[Australia] ARENAarts presents GUARDS! GUARDS! as adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location: LC Theatre, 60 Cleaver Tce, Belmont, Western Australia

Dates: October 28, 29 at 8pm, October 23, 30 at 2pm, November 3, 4, 5 at 8pm, November 6 at 2pm



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[New Zealand] Paeroa Little Theatre presents Mort as adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location: Paeroa Little Theatre, 1 Francis Street, Paeroa, New Zealand

Dates: November 9th to 18th 2016.


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[UK] The Quaysiders present Carpe Jugulum as adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location: Seagull Theatre, Morton Road, Pakefield, NR33 OGH

Dates: 10th-12th November 2016 at 7:30pm

Tickets: 9GBP (8GBP Concessions) - 01502 589726



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[NEW: UK] We are Theatre in York are holding open auditions for their upcoming production of Wyrd Sisters. The production itself will happen in June 2017 at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre.

Auditions will be held on the 13th, 20th and 27th November in York.

All rehearsals will take place on Sundays.

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[NEW: USA] Open auditions for Mort as adapted by Stephen Briggs will take place at the Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd Street, Corvallis, OR 97333, USA.

Dates: November 14, 15, 16 (callbacks) at 7:30 PM

Performances: February 10, 11, 12(m), 16, 17, 18, 19(m)

Important Dates:

November 21 (first cast meeting)

January 29 (load-in)

February 15 ("brainback" line-through)

February 20 (set strike)

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[UK] Newport Players present Wyrd Sisters as adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location: Dolman Theatre, Kingsway, Newport, NP20 1HY

Dates: 15th-18th November at 7.15pm and 19th November at 2.30pm


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[UK] Leeds Children's Theatre presents The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents as adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location: Carriageworks Theatre, The Electric Press, 3 Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD

Dates: Weds 16th - Sat 19th Nov 2016

Times: 7pm 16th-18th, 12 noon & 5pm on Sat 19th

Tickets: 12GBP/10GBP concessions Family (2+2) 40GBP (Early bird 1GBP reduction if booked before 23 October 2016). Phone (0113) 376 0318 or visit:

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[New: UK] Westoning Players present Going Postal as adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location: Westoning Village Hall, 34 Church Road, Westoning, Bedfordshire MK45 5JL

Dates: Thursday November 24th - Saturday November 26th at 7:30pm

Tickets: 9 GBP (no concessions)




5. Future Events

[UK] Woodlands Drama Group presents Mort as adapted by Stephen Briggs.

Location: Harrogate Studio Theatre, 6 Oxford Street, Harrogate, HG1 1QF

Dates: 1st - 3rd December 2016 at 7:45pm (extra matinee on Saturday 2:30pm)

Tickets: 10GBP on 01423 502116

Box Office:

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[USA] The Side Quest are having a Hogfather Book Club evening.

Location: The Side Quest Bar, 17900 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio, 44107

Date: Tuesday 6th December at 20:00


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[UK] Monstrous Productions present The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents as adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location: The Gate Arts & Community Centre, Keppoch Street, Roath, Cardiff CF24 3JW

Dates: Wed 22nd - Sat 25th February 2017

Times: Doors open at 7pm, Matinee (on the 25th) at 2.30pm

Tickets: 7 GBP (5 GBP concessions) from 029 204 833 44


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[UK] Bolton Little Theatre present Wyrd Sisters adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location: Bolton Little Theatre, Hanover Street, Bolton BL1 4TG

Dates: 6th - 11th March 2017 at 7:30om

Tickets: 10GBP from 01204 524469


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[UK] The Lace Market Youth Theatre present Carpe Jugulum

Location: Halifax Place, Nottingham, NG1 1QN

Dates: 22nd - 25th March 2017 at 7:30pm (and 2:30pm on Saturday).

Tickets: 11GBP (10GBP Concessions) from 0115 950 7201


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[Germany] All the Witches and denizens of the Chalk are invited to the 5th German Discworld Convention which will take place at Castle Ludwigstein from May 18th to 21st in 2017.

Tickets are available now:

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[Netherlands] Cabbagecon 4 - July 2017

The Cabbagecon team is proud to announce a new edition of the one and only Dutch Discworld convention.

After visiting the Ankh-Morpork Assassins' Guild in 2015, we will team up with the Guild of Merchants to explore the great city of Ankh-Morpork some more in 2017.

Come and see the sights, meet the colourful city-dwellers, try the local food and, in general, experience the unique atmosphere of the Disc's most famous city. The Ankh-Morpork Guild of Merchants has gracefully agreed to provide a balanced and representative programme of activities to keep all visitors entertained.

Cabbagecon 4 will be held at the Hotel Carlton President in Utrecht on 1-2 July 2017.

Check out our new website at

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[Update: Australia] Australian Discworld Convention - October 2016

We have loads to talk about this month so come and read all about it at:

Nullus Anxietas VI - The Discworld Grand Tour - The Australian Discworld Convention ( is getting closer and closer every day! On August 4-6, 2017, we'll have a weekend packed full of lovely Discworld and Pratchett related activities for you to enjoy!

Don't forget that you can buy your tickets for the Discworld Grand Tour in our shop right now:

And read here for information about all membership types:

You can find out about Nullus Anxietas VI - The Discworld Grand Tour - The Australian Discworld Convention on this website, and chat with other potential tourists at:

* Website:

* Facebook page:

* Facebook group:

* Twitter:

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[USA] The Fourth North American Discworld Convention will take place from September 1st - 4th 2017 in New Orleans, LA.

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[Australia] Brisbane Arts Theatre present Lords and Ladies adapted by Irana Brown

Location: 210 Petrie Terrace, PETRIE TERRACE QLD 4000

Dates: 16 September - 21 October 2017 (7.30pm Thursdays, 8.00pm Fridays and Saturdays, 6.30pm Sundays)

Tickets: Adults 34AUD, Concession 28AUD, Group 10+ 27AUD, Student Rush 15AUD (10 mins before curtain)

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[Ireland] The 2017 Irish Discworld Convention will take place from 6-9th October 2017 [the weekend of my 46th Birthday - Ed] at the Cork International Hotel.

Sign up now for entry to all events except the gala dinner (tickets available separately) at:

6. Recurring Monthly Fan Meetings

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

We are now holding irregular weekend meet-ups in addition to our regular Mondays. Dates are posted on our Facebook page and sent out via the mailing list.

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 or

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[Adelaide, Australia] The City of Small Gods is a group for fans in Adelaide and South Australia. They 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 their mailing list, visit:

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[Brisbane, Australia] 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:

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[Melbourne, Australia] The Victorian Discworld Klatch is a social group for fans of Discworld and Terry Pratchett. We meet monthly for fun activities and to talk all things Pratchetty. Information on our current event can be found on or email

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[Perth, Australia] The Treacle Mining Corporation meet up to celebrate the works of 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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[Sydney, Australia] Sydney Drummers normally meet on the first Monday of every month.

They meet at: 3 Wise Monkeys, 555 George Street, Sydney, 2000 from 6:30pm

For more information contact Sue (AKA Granny Weatherwax) on

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* Calling USA / Canadian Fans *

Appreciate Discworld and Sir Terry Pratchett? Want to chat and gather with other Discworld fans in the US and Canada? Regional Discworld fan Facebook groups are linked below!

Holy Wood Dreams (covers WA, OR, CA, NV, AZ, NM, and HI):

Central US Discworld Fans (covers ID, MT, WY, ND, SD, NE, UT, CO, KS, OK, and TX):

Midwest Discworld Fans (covers IL, IN, WI, MI, KY, MN, IA, and MO):

Southeast US Pratchett Fans (covers AR, LA, TN, MS, AL, GA, NC, SC, and FL):

Mid-Atlantic Discworld Fans (covers PA, OH, WV, VA, Washington DC, and MD):

New England Discworld Fans (covers DE, NJ, NY, Ct, RI, MA, VT, NH, and ME):

Canadian Discworld Fans (covers Canada and Alaska):

If you are in a border state or a province between two groups, feel free to join both groups.

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[NEW: Australia] Drumknott's Irregulars is a newly established Terry Pratchett social group based in Canberra. The group is open to anyone and their events are not heavily themed.


Google Groups:!forum/drumknotts-irregulars

7. 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 walking them several kilometres and back again for no apparent gain...

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: "Anita Procter"

Re-reading Carpe Jugulum, I am struck (once again) by Pratchett's gift for writing female characters. In the fantasy genre, we are constantly presented with female characters who are there merely to be rescued or to produce an heir for main male characters. Or who are described merely by their attributes. It is also refreshing to have heroes who are not in the first flush of youth, but still interesting - it gives me hope for my dotage!

It would be interesting to see how these characters would be presented on screen...

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* From: "Nick Caulfield"

While I must confess that I haven't listened to Stephen's or Tony's adaptations to see how they deal with this, I have spent quite a long time in (probably) 10 or 15 minute intervals reading Terry's books out loud to my kids at bedtime. There's an awful lot of places where part of the humour revolves around words which are spelled in a way which looks right in context but are pronounced to sound like a familiar word. For example Djelibeybi and Ptraci in Pyramids or the D'regs and Al Khali in Jingo, not to mention Dontgonearthe Castle. In addition to this there are times when the script is changed to indicate that someone is speaking differently such as when the Klatchian speaks to Colon in his own language, or when golems write on their chalk boards. I could go on...

I find, when I am reading, and get to places like that that it's often worth interrupting the flow of the story to try to share the little gem in question with the offspring who is made to look as well as listening to that part.

I was just wondering if there were many other DWM readers out there who had read extensively out loud and found the same thing (and who also found themselves saying "... And there's a footnote..."). I believe that part of the reason for the scarcity of screen adaptations is also down to this (if not unique then at least rare) relationship between the reader and the words as presented on the pages.

WB says: hey, I just got 'Al Khali'!

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* From: "Stephanie West"

Well, another of Terry Pratchett's writings strikes home in Roundworld again! Just the other day I was discussing a friend's impending house move - she is heading north in a few weeks thanks to a really exciting opportunity - but for once she was scared about it rather than excited. The problem? Well turns out it was a rather nasty case of Dodgers crab bucket. On hearing what her friends had been saying, purportedly out of care, they had made her question leaving at all. It really made me think about the language that people use to each other that Terry was so good at casting into sharp focus. Words like 'aren't you worried that....' 'but you have everything here...' 'you're so brave, I'd be scared that....' are all just crab bucket. An insidious, all pervading statement of 'be one of us, stay here, be limited, do not aspire'. Effectively, 'we will pull you down with us rather than support you to be more'; the crabs in the bucket pulling the crab that has almost made it to the top & freedom back down into the bucket. One of the many things I love about all of Terry's writings is how it makes people who read it really think about language, and the effects of the language they and others are using. Wrapped up in this fantastic fiction are so many clever commentaries on people and their interactions, the nuances and subtleties of everyday communication.

Please be more like Terry; think about what your words & actions are really saying, and support your friends to be the very best they can be and have the very best of adventures.

8. DiscTrivia

We're back with five challenging trivia questions for you. Good luck, Jason.

Which guild is Mr Clete the secretary of?
What are Ankhstones?
What was Belafon flying when Rincewind and Twoflower met him?
What is the Dis-Organiser Mark V also known as?
What is a Klatchian Hots?

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

9. Rincewind in XXXX: A postscript

Article by Dr. Rod Pitcher, PhD. (

In this article I discuss some of the implications and thoughts that follow from the articles previously published in the series.

The Last Continent "is not a book about Australia. No, it's about somewhere entirely different which just happens to be, here and there, a bit . . . australian." So says Sir Terry Pratchett in the opening page of his book about XXXX.

Here I shall discuss some of the implications of that statement and think about some of the questions that have lodged in my mind while writing my series of articles about Rincewind and XXXX published in Discworld Monthly over the last few months.

In my series of articles about Rincewind in XXXX I have discussed the parallels between Rincewind's escapades in XXXX and various sources on Roundworld. It appears obvious to me that the events in XXXX on Discworld have a definite relationship with events in Australia on Roundworld.

This relationship between Discworld and Roundworld informs much of the discussion in The Science of Discworld series. There it is suggested that Discworld and Roundworld have a resonance which means that they influence each other and that ideas and concepts cross backward and forwards between them. As you will have seen in the articles, much that has happened to Rincewind has parallels on Roundworld.

Which world started the ideas and which borrowed them is an interesting question.

Let's examine that question and see where it leads us.

Discworld influences Roundworld. Sir Terry's books are read by millions of people, including those who influence matters on Roundworld, such as thinkers in universities and people active in all branches of human society. They read the Discworld books and in doing so their thoughts and actions are influenced, changed.

Take for instance The Orangutan Foundation of which Sir Terry was a Trustee. His association with the Foundation was undoubtedly influenced by the existence of the Librarian at Unseen University. Sir Terry may never have become a Trustee if the Librarian didn't exist.

Thus, events on Discworld lead to events on Roundworld. The influence flows from Discworld to Roundworld.

The wizards at Unseen University on Discworld know that they created Roundworld. They have it on a shelf in Rincewind's office to prove it.

Roundworld influences Discworld. The events, the reading, the thoughts and experiences in Sir Terry's life, processed by his mind and imagination, must surely have affected events on Discworld.

Take for instance the Roundworld industrial revolution, in particular the invention of the steam railway engine. The influence of this event reached the Discworld at the time of Raising Steam when Dick Simnel, with his sliding rule, built Iron Girder and a steam railway all the way from Ankh-Morpork to Uberwald.

Thus, events on Roundworld lead to events on Discworld. The influence flows from Roundworld to Discworld.

We on Roundworld know that an Englishman named Terry Pratchett created Discworld. We have more than 40 books about it with his name on them to prove it.

Which is true?

Perhaps both are true. Perhaps it isn't a one-way influence.

I have to disagree with Sir Terry's statement quoted at the beginning of this article. I think that XXXX, Discworld, is much more than just "a bit . . . australian". It is a twin to Australia, Roundworld, that has evolved elsewhere in a multiverse in which both the real and the imaginary are able to co-exist. Through that existence they continue to influence each other, thanks to the genius of Sir Terry Pratchett.

But which is the reality and which the fiction?

The multiverse is a big place. It has plenty of room for many worlds to exist. It is surely true that both the Discworld and Roundworld will continue to exist somewhere in the multiverse, no matter whether either is fiction or fact.

Perhaps both are fiction.

We might just be characters in a book written by some fantasy author, living on a world we know nothing about, who has had one of his characters write books about a Discworld on the back of a space turtle for his own literary purposes.

Perhaps. Who knows?

Still, as Ecksians and Australians say, "No worries, eh?!"

10. The Art of Discworld Competition Result

Last month we had a US edition of The Art of Discworld signed by Paul Kidby to give away. To win this wonderful book we asked you to answer to the following question:

Who features on the cover of The Art of Discworld?

The answer we were looking for was the Mona Ogg. We received many correct answers and only a handful of incorrect ones!

The randomly selected winner is Mr Andrew Rodwell of London, England. We'll wrap up your prize and get it into the post to you as soon as we can.

11. Discworld(R) Intellectual Property Guidelines for Fans

This note has been prepared by Narrativia and Sir Terry Pratchett's Estate, to address some of the most commonly raised questions about rights in Sir Terry's Discworld properties.

The rights relating to the Discworld universe are owned and administered by Sir Terry's Estate. Narrativia Limited has certain exclusive licences under such rights. All requests to use Discworld and other Terry Pratchett intellectual property should be addressed in the first instance to Narrativia. The Estate owns a number of registrations of trade marks such as "DISCWORLD", "TERRY PRATCHETT", "UNSEEN UNIVERSITY" and others. Many names of characters, places, events (etc.) from Sir Terry's works, which have featured in official licensed merchandise, will also be protected as unregistered trade marks under the laws of passing-off or unfair competition.

All of the above are referred to below as "trade marks".

The text of Sir Terry's books is protected by copyright, which is also owned by the Estate. Associated artwork is also protected by copyright, which is normally owned by the artist who created it (for instance, Paul Kidby or the Estate of Josh Kirby). Although it is not possible to provide an exhaustive list of all non-permitted uses, the Estate and Narrativia will normally object to (among other things) the following, except where produced by official licensees:

- Use of trade marks or copyright material on products or their packaging (e.g. t-shirts, greeting cards, jewellery, etc.).

- Any sale of toys or figurines of characters from Sir Terry's books.

- Use of trade marks in the name or title of a product (as well as expressions such as "Inspired by" or "Tribute to" in conjunction with a trade mark).

- Use of trade marks as search tags on a website.

- Use of trade marks as part of a domain name or trading name.

- Other use of trade marks, copyright works or other material suggesting that a product is in any way official, authorised, licensed or somehow connected with the Estate or its official licensees (a disclaimer saying that the product is not official will not, by itself, be enough to cure this).

On the other hand, the Estate and Narrativia will in some cases (and at their discretion) not object to the production in small quantities of genuine, fan-made craft items which faithfully evoke characters or places in Sir Terry's books, provided they do not infringe any copyright or misuse trade marks as indicated above and this is not done in the course of commercial business.

The resale of genuine Terry Pratchett books, which are unaltered from their original form and in their original bindings, is also permitted.

The Estate is supportive of organisations and gatherings which are genuinely "by fans, for fans", provided they are not presented in a way which suggests that they are official, licensed or endorsed by Sir Terry, the Estate or Narrativia, and they are not run as a commercial business (i.e. there is no entrance fee and no unlicensed merchandise at such events).

If you are still unsure about whether your use of intellectual property rights is permitted, you can get in touch at

We will do our best to respond to fan enquiries, but we do receive large volumes of them, so please bear with us if we do not respond. Please note that we will not be able to provide you with legal advice and we may not be able to go into the specifics of your particular enquiry. For that, we would recommend that you speak to your own legal adviser.

The Estate of Sir Terry Pratchett

Narrativia Limited

[We have also made this information available on our web site at - Ed]

12. Review: The Terry Pratchett Diary

Review by Jason Anthony

The Terry Pratchett Diary is the new diary for 2017... In fact its a diary for any year because it's a perennial diary. For those that don't know it simply means that the dates in the diary are not tied to days - therefore you can use the diary for any year.

I checked and the diary allows for leap years by including a February 29 entry and a helpful note to delete as appropriate, leap year only.

The hardback diary features a picture of one of Terry's famous hats on the cover and a very tasteful series of book designs that fade into the background. Understated yet beautiful comes to mind. If you've had the pleasure of owning any of the Discworld Emporium diaries or other books you will know exactly what to expect.

What makes the diary special though is the anecdotes spread throughout the diary from various friends of Terry. From the moving introduction by Terry's daughter Rhianna Pratchett to a very fitting final word by Rob Wilkins. The diary is full of wonderful memories from the likes of Neil Gaiman, Bernard Pearson, Colin Smythe etc. In all there are seventeen remembrances.

Each page of the diary includes a short quote from Terry's books with wherever possible a note where the quote came from. Most pages also feature a small illustration by the very talented Peter Dennis who has been working with The Discworld Emporium for some time.

Be sure to take a look at the inside back pages. Needless to say it left me feeling introspective - so have a clean hanky near to hand.

My only concern with the new diary is who would actually use it. I don't thing I could actually force myself to write in it. It really is a thing of beauty. Does it mean I need to purchase a second copy just so I can keep one pristine? Maybe.

It's a beautiful book and a fitting tribute to a wonderful writer. You really do need a copy of this in your collection.

We purchased our copy from the Discworld Emporium which exclusively featured a beautiful print of Sir Terry Pratchett's coat of arms that we have now framed and hanging proudly on our staircase.


13. New Transworld Discworld Collectors Editions

Review by Jason Anthony.

At the beginning of October Transworld kindly sent us the first four books in their continuation of Gollancz's Discworld Collectors Library. If you remember your Discworld history Terry changed publishers from Gollancz to Transworld after the publication of Jingo. A few years ago Gollancz re-released all of their Terry Pratchett hardback editions with a consistent new cover design. Transworld have released four of their earliest titles to continue the series. Hopefully by the time they finish we as collectors will have a complete and consistent set of covers for the first time ever.

When we first heard about the new covers we were sceptical that the two companies would work together and thought that the new designs would somehow be wrong. I am glad to say that Transworld have used the same design company and cover illustrator that Gollancz used and the new books fit in well with the previous titles. The most obvious difference at first glance is the Doubleday logo replacing the VG of Victor Gollancz, otherwise the spines look exactly the same.

The next obvious difference and a slight disappointment is the new books no longer include the attached material bookmarks of the Gollancz editions. This might not seem such a big deal but it was a really nice and useful feature.

The new books have the same slightly rough feel to the covers which we really like and the Joe McLaren covers are as striking as the earlier books. Fans appear to be quite divided by the "woodcut" style that Joe has employed in the covers but we have found that they have grown on us over the last few years.

Upon opening the books we find that the page headers now use a serif font (the Gollancz titles used a san-serif font in bold).

We feel that the new books really fit in well with the predecessors and can't wait to collect them all.

The initial release books are:

The Last Continent

Carpe Jugulum

The Fifth Elephant

The Truth

You can see an album of the new covers at:

14. Discworld Diary Competition

This month we have a copy of the new Terry Pratchett Diary to give away. See our review earlier in this issue. To be in with a chance of winning this copy you need to answer to the following two questions:

Who wrote the introduction to the new diary?
Who "aided and abetted" the new diary?

Send your answers, along with your postal address to before November 22nd. 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.

15. Discworld Colouring Book Artist's Edition

Reviewed by Jason Anthony.

Adult colouring books are a big thing right now. You can't help notice the myriad white books with gold lettering and black and white line drawings adorning the covers filling the shelves of your favourite book stores.

The Terry Pratchett's Discworld Colouring Book was released back in August and featured many of Paul Kidby's wonderful illustrations, reduced by Paul Kidby himself into their most basic form ready for fans to show off their colouring-in skills. We, like many fans, purchased two copies of the book - one to colour in (Rachel has coloured a couple of pages - I've not even picked up a colouring pencil!) and one to keep pristine.

Shortly before it came out we found out about an alternative version called Terry Pratchett's Discworld Colouring Book Artist's Edition. Details were sketchy at the time but now we are proud to be able to fill in the blanks. Our review copy arrived in the middle of October.

The Artist's edition is large. Much bigger than the standard book. It is 13inches tall by 10inches wide and features 20 of the best of Paul Kidby's lineworks. Each of the 20 single-sided illustrations is presented on high-quality paper designed for detaching and framing.

We can confirm that it is very easy to remove pages from the book and have to say the paperstock is a massive improvement over the paper in the normal colouring book. This is the book you need if you want to colour it in and frame it. You can use the normal colouring book as practice to get your colours right before attacking the larger ones in the artist's edition.

If you are a fan of colouring-in then I would suggest you get both the standard and the artist's editions of the book. You get more illustrations in the standard colouring book but the much bigger and better quality versions in the artist's edition. We liked the fact that some of the over busy backgrounds in the standard edition have been removed in the artist's edition - making the actual illustration "pop" more.

Even if you decide not to colour in the pages you can just have the book as a coffee table book (thought I would suggest gluing the pages in) as Paul's artwork is simply adorable even in its raw linework form.

Terry Pratchett's Discworld Colouring Book Artist's Edition has a RRP of 14.99GBP and will be released 3rd November 2016.


16. The End

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