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Discworld Monthly Issue 237 January 2017

Table of Contents:

1. Editorial
2. Upcoming Book Releases
3. January Events
4. Future Events
5. Recurring Monthly Fan Meetings
6. Readers' Letters
7. DiscTrivia
8. Discworld Emporium Luggage Competition Result
9. Competition
10. The End

1. Editorial

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:

2017 and beyond.

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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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2. Upcoming Book Releases

* UK Releases *

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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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.

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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.

3. January Events

[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:

4. Future Events

[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)

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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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[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!

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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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[UK] We Are Theatre present Wyrd Sisters adapted by Stephen Briggs.

Location: Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York

Dates: June 2017 (details to be confirmed)

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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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[Australia] Nullus Anxietas VI - The Australian Discworld Convention - THE DISCWORLD GRAND TOUR - 4th-6th August 2017 at Lakes Resort Hotel, West Lakes, South Australia

Grab your ticket at the early-bird price before February 4th, 2017.

"But it's just after Hogswatch, I can't afford that right now!" you may cry! Well, despair not! If you purchase a Supporting Membership prior to February 4th 2017, you can upgrade at a later date to the early-bird price!

No tourist is complete without a cheesy hat or t-shirt, and we've got plenty available! Check out our full range of souvenirs at

And of course, for all the information about the Discworld Grand Tour, including activities, venue, and more, visit our website at

Find us on Facebook at and on Twitter at

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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:

5. Recurring Monthly Fan Meetings

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

The January meeting will be a week later than usual as we doubt anyone would come on 2nd January. Instead, we will meet on Monday 9th January. Otherwise the first Monday schedule will continue as usual.

Unless otherwise stated (see above) the Drummers meet on the first Monday of each month.

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

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

facebook/ ... /55107511411/

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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: facebook/ ... /pratchettpartisans/

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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 Facebook/.../VictorianDiscworldKlatch/ 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 facebook/ ... /Perth.Drummers/

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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[NEW: Sydney, Australia] Western Drummers (western suburbs of Sydney NSW Australia) meet 6pm on the third Tuesday of the month at the Nepean Rowing Club for dinner chat and games.

facebook/ ... /100376433635355/

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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!

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

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[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.

Facebook: facebook/ ... /824987924250161/

Google Groups:!forum/drumknotts-irregulars

6. Readers' Letters

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

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* From: "Loretta Harris"

Two days ago Fox News was reporting about a little boy, I think they said he was 6. He was dying and his last wish was to see Santa. They brought Santa to him and he died in Santa's arms. They reported it all day.

I thought how terribly sad it was and wondered about them reporting it so much.

Yesterday, they reported all day about the little boy from England who was very sick (dying) with cancer. The Police Chief of Kansas City, Kansas, U.S.A. had been 'following him on Facebook'. Arranged for the child's father to bring the child to a hospital in K.C. that had agreed to treat him. He was met at the airport by an escort of 10 police cars to go to the hospital. It seemed so familiar but I couldn't figure out why.

I heard it several times before I suddenly thought-'How did Terry know?'

A child dying in Santa's arms? THAT IS NOT HOW IT SHOULD BE!

A 'Watch' escort to be saved? Oh, yes, that is how it should be!

I know it is not exact-but it is certainly close. And Terry always got people right.

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* From: "Anya Spackman"

I've just bought a lovely cross stitch kit of 'Death and kittens' from Lyndisfarne Cross Stitch Designs, lyndisfarneuk on eBay. They have a number of enticing designs; decent sizes, not the dreaded 'knock it out in an evening' jobs. I'm looking forward to starting it as soon as I've finished the piece I'm doing.

BTW cross stitch is easy - even a man can do it!

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* From: "Peter R"

Just been reading the latest Discworld Monthly. I was also there on the Thursday night, along with my sister and brother-in-law who are big Pratchett fans as well. We wondered who Rincewind was sitting in the front row and now we know the answer.

I have to agree with you about the quality of the performance. We all went to see Guards! Guards! many moons ago in Swansea which I recall was put on by a professional company, and the Newport Playgoers performance was easily the equal of that. I also was impressed by Magrat and the Fool but there were no weak characters.

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*From: "Ian Jopson"

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.

7. DiscTrivia

We're back with five challenging trivia questions for you - this month all the questions relate to Soul Music. Good luck, Jason.

Where can you find the Guild of Musicians?
What species do people often mistake Buddy for?
What is Ggroohauga?
How much does it cost to register at the Guild of Musicians?
How does Mr Clete laugh?

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

8. Discworld Emporium Luggage Competition Result

Last month the lovely folk over at the Discworld Emporium offered us one of their new Luggages as the prize for last month's competition. In order to be in with a chance to win this fabulous prize you needed to answer the follow question:

The Discworld Emporium just won the Discworld Emporium award for brilliant Discworld Emporiums, why do you think that is? *

* Somebody let Ian set the question - it's not our fault.

Rachel has now gone through all the entries and after wiping the coffee of her computer screen has chosen this entry from W from Liverpool as the winner.

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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!! 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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We'll pass on W's details to Ian at the Discworld Emporium and he can decide how he wants to deal with them. I mean Ian will send off W's prize as soon as possible (once the shop opens again in the New Year!)

For more information about The Discworld Emporium visit

9. Discworld.Com Memorial Book and Pin Badge Competition

This month have offered us one of their Black Memorial Books and a Terry memorial pin to give away. To be in with a chance of winning these fabulous prizes you needed to answer the following questions:

How much are Discworld. com selling the Terry Memorial badges for in GBP excluding postage?
Which Discworld character is named on Discworld. com's Humbugs?

Send your answers, along with your postal address to before January 23rd. 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.

For more information about the wonderful Discworld items available from visit

10. The End

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* DiscTrivia Results *

Where can you find the Guild of Musicians?
Tin Lid Alley
What species do people often mistake Buddy for?
Elves. They think he might be elvish. [Hey, I just got this! - WB]
What is Ggroohauga?
Music made from rocks
How much does it cost to register at the Guild of Musicians?
Twenty Five (25) dollars.
How does Mr Clete laugh?
Hat. Hat. Hat. It was a strange laugh, totally mirthless and vaguely birdlike.

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