Discworld Monthly Issue 238 February 2017
Table of Contents:
3. Upcoming Book Releases
4. January and February Events
5. Future Events
6. Recurring Monthly Fan Meetings
7. Readers' Letters
9. Good Omens Television Adaptation
10. Discworld.com Competition Result
11. Discworld Monthly Competition
12. The End
Welcome to issue 238. Discworld news is like waiting for buses, nothing for months then two great pieces of news in a couple of weeks.
First we've got the fourth Charlie Russell Terry Pratchett documentary to look forward to in early 2017, starring Paul Kaye as Terry, and secondly the news that the Good Omens TV adaptation will be going ahead to be shown in 2018. It appears that all the work that has been going on behind the scenes at Narrativia is beginning to pay off. It amazes me just how long these thing take. The initial meeting about the Good Omens adaptation took place way back in 2011. Personally I can't wait to see the first pictures from the set or the first bit of casting news etc. We will, of course, keep you up to date with any / all news that we can find out.
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The fourth Charlie Russell documentary about Terry, called Terry Pratchett: Back in Black, will be broadcast on BBC2 later this year. The documentary will feature Paul Kaye as Terry and will include contributions from authors Neil Gaiman and Val McDermid, and Terry's business manager and all round nice guy Rob Wilkins.
Paul Kaye met with Terry's wife Lyn when he was filming in Terry's office and Lyn, Rhianna and Rob are extremely happy with the way the documentary has turned out. They have said that Paul was a delight to work with, was incredibly respectful of Terry and they were thoroughly impressed at his commitment to get it right.
The BBC stated: "The documentary film is, by turns, surreal, witty and unexpectedly poignant."
We at Discworld Monthly have been very impressed with the first three documentaries that were at times very hard to watch but also fulfilling, entertaining and educational (hence the awards that they won). We hope the fourth one will be more of the same.
On Tuesday 10th January Neil Gaiman tweeted "I'm writing my bit for a press release on GOOD OMENS, and realising, with a cold awe, that I wrote the first 5000 words of it 30 years ago."
Back in July last year Neil was interviewed by Digital Spy and hinted that Good Omens would consist of six one-hour episodes and would be made by the BBC. He also said that filming would start very early in 2017.
The official press release was subsequently issued and you can read more about the adaptation later in this issue.
Penguin Random House will release the international edition (Australia, New Zealand and South Africa) of The Long Cosmos in paperback on Thursday 26th January.
UK readers will have to wait until Thursday 18th May.
HarperCollins will release the US paperback on Tuesday 31st January.
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. [March 2017 is the best date I have found for it so far - To Be Confirmed - RR]
The new paperback editions of Mort and Guards! Guards! with introductions by Neil Gaiman and Ben Aaronovitch will also be released in 2017.
The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner will get released in paperback format on 15 June 2017.
Paperback: 336 pages
Age Range: 7 - 9 years
Publisher: Corgi Childrens
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[New: UK] Abergavenny Theatre Group presents Feet of Clay as adapted by Stephen Briggs.
Location: Borough Theatre, Cross Street, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, NP7 5HD
Dates: Thursday 6th January 2017 - Saturday 27th January 2017 at 7:30pm.
Tickets: 8.50 GBP / 7.50 GBP concessions.
Box Office: 01783 850805
Discworld Monthly will be at the opening night - so do come over and say Hi to the team.
[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
[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
[New: UK] ICSM Drama presents Wyrd Sisters as adapted by Stephen Briggs
Location: Imperial College Union Concert Hall, Beit Quadrangle, Prince Consort Road, Kensington, London, SW7 2BB
Dates: 1st - 4th March 2017 at 7pm
Tickets: 8 GBP, 6 GBP students
To book email: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line
Wyrd Sisters Tickets
[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 7:30pm
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!
[New: UK] Newbury Dramatic Society present Maskerade as adapted by Stephen Briggs
Location: The Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, near Newbury, Berkshire
Dates: 17th-20th May 2017.
Times: Wednesday - Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 6:30pm.
Tickets: 12.50 GBP (12.00 GBP concessions).
Box Office: 01635 46044
[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: Tues 20th June - Wednesday 21st June 2017
Time: 7.30 pm
Tickets: 12GBP 10 GBP - Groups of 10+ 8GBP
Box Office: 01904 50 1935
[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
[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. Shop: Tickets
"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! Shop: Membership
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 Souvenirs
And of course, for all the information about the Discworld Grand Tour, including activities, venue, and more, visit our website at ausdwcon.org
[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)
[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.
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April 2018 would have seen Sir Terry Pratchett's 70th birthday. He had a well-known connection with the theatre, and so to celebrate, why not put on a play? Local theatre companies around the world can use this month to stage any Discworld play, in a great big celebration and commemoration of Sir Terry's life and work.
I discussed the idea with Colin Smythe (Terry's agent) at the Discworld Convention 2016, and he said it was a good one, go for it. So here we are, going for it. Let everybody know, and book the performance slot at the next planning meeting at your local theatre group (which is usually a year in advance of the performance slot, hence the press release now).
Terry's birthday was on the 28th of April, but this event is planned to run for the whole month, because a) theatres have different regular performance slots, and b) if everywhere did a Discworld play all at the same time, people would need a teleporter and a time machine to see more than one.
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I am very disappointed in The Colour Of Magic on TV: wrong to cast David Jason as Rincewind, too much of Trymon, bits taken from other books, what happened to Hrun / Weasel and others? Actor playing Twoflower too westernised, surely, as coming from the Counterweight Continent he should be more Asian. C.G.I. very good and mostly good, still disappointed though.
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Having loved Terry Pratchett's books since I first read "Wyrd Sisters" I can't help but feeling that his legacy is being over-commercialised. I wonder whether this is really something that he would have wished, assuming that there is enough money in the kitty to support the family and others.
I am reminded now of Elvis Presley, who ended up as a huge commercial enterprise after his death by being exploited mercilessly, his quality as a singer forgotten.
I would have wished a more dignified memorial to Terry Pratchett such as support for the research into Alzheimers, a subject he himself so ardently pursued. There are thousands of other sufferers in this world.
There are obviously still people who are just discovering the world of TP, and I am glad for them, but please do not attempt to copy him. He is irreplaceable.
We're back with five challenging trivia questions for you - this month all the questions relate to The Carpet People. Good luck, Jason.
- What was the collective name of the carpet people?
- What is Snibril's "horse" called?
- What is Pismire's role?
- What material are Tarnerii made of?
- What creature turns the people to stone?
The (hopefully correct) answers can be found at the end of this issue.
On January 19th Amazon Studios and BBC Television announced that they have green-lit a six-part adaptation of Good Omens to premiere on Amazon Prime Video in 2018 and later on the BBC in the UK.
The adaptation was written entirely by Neil Gaiman (who co-wrote the original novel with Terry). Neil will also serve as Showrunner. Executive Producers of the series are: Neil Gaiman, Caroline Skinner (Doctor Who) and Chris Sussman (Fleabag) for BBC Studios and Rob Wilkins (Choosing to Die) and Rod Brown (Going Postal) for Narrativia.
The adaptation will be co-produced by Amazon Prime Video, BBC World Wide, Narrativia and The Blank Corporation.
Good Omens takes place in 2018 when the Apocalypse is near and Final Judgment is set to descend upon humanity. According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.
Neil Gaiman, writer, said: "Almost thirty years ago, Terry Pratchett and I wrote the funniest novel we could about the end of the world, populated with angels and demons, not to mention an eleven-year-old Antichrist, witchfinders and the four horsepeople of the Apocalypse. It became many people's favourite book. Three decades later, it's going to make it to the screen. I can't think of anyone we'd rather make it with than BBC Studios, and I just wish Sir Terry were alive to see it."
The full text of the press release is available at: phx.corporate-ir.net
Narrativia are delighted to announce their first major television Co-Production with BBC Studios and Neil Gaiman's Blank Corporation.
Rob Wilkins said, 'Development began back in 2011 when Terry was still very much part of the process and we are thoroughly delighted that Neil has written six absolutely brilliant episodes that bring their novel to life. Terry would be thrilled.'
Rod Brown added 'Narrativia was founded in 2012 by Sir Terry himself, with a mission statement to seek out co-production partners and broadcasters who not only had the vision to 'get' Terry's (and in this case Neil's) tone of writing and storytelling, but also to have the financial ability to present his work with no compromise of scale or talent and at the highest possible quality, whatever medium we were working in. This TV production announcement, especially as it is one of a number of exciting projects we have in the pipeline, delivers on Terry's vision, as did our other recent announcement of our partnership with The Jim Henson Company on the Wee Free Men film project to be written by multi award-winning Rhianna Pratchett'. We know that Good Omens, with its wonderful script written by the legendary Neil Gaiman, and the talent we are working with at Amazon and the BBC will be one the must-see shows of 2018!
The full text is available at: narrativia.com
Last month Discworld.com offered us one of their very special Black Memorial Books and a Terry memorial pin to give away. We asked you to to answer the following two 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?
The answers we were looking for were 8GBP and Lord Downey. We had 77 correct entries and nine entries that were either wrong, didn't answer both questions or didn't follow the entry instructions.
The randomly selected winner of the Memorial Book and Pin Badge is Robert McKenzie of Kettering, Northants.
We'll pass on your details to Discworld.com who will get your prize into the post as soon as they can.
For more information about the wonderful Discworld items available from Discworld.com visit discworld.com
This month we've purchased a set of Mark Beech covered paperbacks of The Carpet People, Truckers, Diggers and Wings to give away. In order to win this wonderful set of novels you need to answer the following question:
- What was the first Pratchett book that Mark Beech illustrated the cover of?
Send your answers, along with your postal address, to firstname.lastname@example.org before Tuesday February 21st. 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.
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* DiscTrivia Results *
- What was the collective name of the carpet people?
- The people call themselves the Munrungs.
- What is Snibril's "horse" called?
- What is Pismire's role?
- Pismire is the shaman or odd-job priest.
- What material are Tarnerii made of?
- The red wood of the Chairleg mines.
- What creature turns the people to stone?
- Termagants turn the people to stone.
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