Discworld Monthly Issue 237 January 2017
Table of Contents:
2. Upcoming Book Releases
3. January Events
4. Future Events
5. Recurring Monthly Fan Meetings
6. Readers' Letters
8. Discworld Emporium Luggage Competition Result
9. Discworld.com Competition
10. The End
Welcome to issue 237. So this is the end of 2016 and with 2017 just around the corner it is both time to reflect and a time to look forward.
2016 In Summary:
- Clacks: The Discworld Board Game was released.
- We had the wonderful and moving Terry Pratchett: A Memorial in the Barbican Theatre in London.
- Discworld Monthly got to see live productions of: Wyrd Sisters, Eric, Mort, The Shakespeare Codex, Going Postal, Witches Abroad (the musical) and Wyrd Sisters (again). We also included reviews of many other productions thanks to the generosity of our subscribers.
- Discworld Monthly met Ray Friesen at the launch of the Small Gods graphic novel.
- We had the amazing 2016 Discworld Convention in August.
- We saw the release of two versions of the Discworld Colouring Book.
- We also saw the first of the new Discworld Collectors Library hardbacks released by Transworld.
- The Terry Pratchett Diary was released by The Discworld Emporium and friends and we also got a new Discworld Calendar.
- The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner was released.
- Stephen Baxter completed The Long Earth series with The Long Utopia.
- Seriously Funny - The Endlessly Quotable Terry Pratchett was released.
- The Folio Society released Mort and Small Gods lushly illustrated by Omar Rayyan.
- The Discworld Auction team managed to raise over 14,000 GBP for various charities at the UK Convention and other events.
2017 and beyond.
- We should hopefully finally see the release of Troll Bridge.
- The fourth Terry Pratchett documentary directed by Charlie Russell should get televised.
- We should see some more of the Discworld Collectors Library.
- There will be Discworld Conventions in the USA, Germany, Ireland, Holland and Australia.
- The fan event The Gathering of Loonies will take place at the end of April and will coincide with what would have been Terry's 69th birthday.
- We should see the release of some new Corgi paperbacks with introductions by Neil Gaiman, Ben Aaronovitch and others.
- We should get a new paperback release of The Carpet People.
- Raising Steam as adapted by Stephen Briggs will be premiered in November in Abingdon.
- We may even get updates from Narrativia with regards to: The Watch, Mort, Good Omens and The Wee Free Men as well as something that Rob Wilkins teased people with at the Convention in 2016.
- Discworld Monthly is planning to see productions of: The Amazing Maurice, Wyrd Sisters, Carpe Jugulum, Raising Steam and Maskerade.
- Discworld Monthly will celebrate its 20th birthday in May!
It should be noted that 2017 will officially be known as "The Year Of The Backwards Facing Artichoke". It appears that before he left us Terry came up with a list of year names. Rob the guardian of the list is not letting us know far into the future Terry planned.
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* UK Releases *
The Carpet People (with Mark Beech cover) is due for release in paperback on 5th Jan 2017.
An abridged audio CD of The Carpet People read by Tony Robinson (and also featuring the Mark Beech cover) will be released on 12th January 2017.
The US edition of Terry Pratchett's Discworld Colouring Book will be released on 25th April 2017.
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.
[UK] Southampton University Players presents Monstrous Regiment as adapted by Stephen Briggs.
Location: Nuffield Southampton Theatres, University Road, Southampton SO17 1TR
Dates: Tues 31st Jan 2017 - Sat 4th Feb 2017 at 7.30pm
Tickets: 13.00GBP, 10.00GBP concessions, 8.00GBP children (up to age 16), Wednesday only: 2FOR1 offer for students.
Box Office: 023 8067 1771
To book online: www.nuffieldtheatre.co.uk/whats-on/monstrous-regiment
[USA] Majestic Theatre present Mort as adapted by Stephen Briggs
Location: Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd Street, Corvallis, OR 97333, USA.
Performances: February 10, 11, 12(m), 16, 17, 18, 19(m)
[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
[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
[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
[Poland] April Rally for fans of Terry Pratchett.
Location: Winding mountain, near Krakow
Dates: 31st March 2017 - 2nd April 2017
Program: Paint your face and prepare for the unexpected. Who knows what you might find! Here live dragons!
[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: www.Discworld-Convention.de
[UK] We Are Theatre present Wyrd Sisters adapted by Stephen Briggs.
Location: Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York
Dates: June 2017 (details to be confirmed)
[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 www.dutchdwcon.nl
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[USA] The Fourth North American Discworld Convention will take place from September 1st - 4th 2017 in New Orleans, LA.
[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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If it helps Noel Wray, who is disappointed with his Folio limited edition of Mort, I have looked on the Folio Society website and the book is currently priced at 34.95GBP, which works out at R615.86 according to my converter. Perhaps the balance was made up of postage and packing to SA?
The book is to the usual standards of the Folio Society, and priced similar to their other titles, though all you're really paying for is a posh binding and a few pictures. I haven't dealt with them for some years now, but in the pre-internet days you had to sign up for a minimum of four books a year and couldn't buy them singly. So if they've changed this it's all to the good.
I hope Noel comes to enjoy his book eventually.
We're back with five challenging trivia questions for you - this month all the questions relate to Soul Music. Good luck, Jason.
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W's winning entry was: To Rachel (don't read if your name is Ian),
I've just heard about the Discworld Emporium award and I'm absolutely shocked!!....I was pretty sure 'The Danish Girl' or 'Bridge of Spies' were going to take it this year.
Something smells real fishy, I don't like to say it but I'm thinking maybe a bribe was involved (of the 5GBP in the back pocket kind).
I also have this niggly feeling that Ian knows much more that he's letting on - be careful with that one, I'm not saying that he's in on it - but he probably is.
So your discretion please!!...play it cool for now and don't mention it to him, instead watch him like a hawk with both your eyes and wait for the mask to slip (of his possibly corrupt face).
Burn after reading
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