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Discworld Monthly Issue 241 May 2017

Table of Contents:

1. Editorial
2. News
3. Upcoming Book Releases
4. April and May Events
5. Future Events
6. Recurring Monthly Fan Meetings
7. Readers' Letters
8. DiscTrivia
9. Review: Wyrd Sisters by UWTSD in Lampeter
10. Review: MORT by ROSTRA at Bangor University
11. Review: Carpe Jugulum in Nottingham
12. Dodger Live - 1st April 2017
13. Discworld Monthly 20 Years Competition Result
14. Review Paul Kidby's Terry Pratchett Bust
15. Terry's Birthday Competition
16. The End

1. Editorial

Welcome to issue 241. Discworld Monthly is 20 years old! Happy Birthday to us!

It's all change here at Discworld Monthly with job roles shifting about due to work commitments.

We now have a couple of roving reporters who have taken on reviewing plays near to them for us. (We can call them our reporters especially as one of them has reviewed more than one play! - RR)

It would have been Terry's 69th birthday on 28th April and there's lots of events going on around it to celebrate our favourite author. See the News section for more details on those.

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Don't forget if you want to purchase our time limited 20 Years of Discworld Monthly products you only have until the end of June to place your orders. After that they will no longer be available to purchase. Don't miss out on your chance to obtain these exclusive items and help show your support of your favourite 20-Year-Old Discworld newsletter! Discworld Monthly Shop

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You can also if you so wish donate directly to the Discworld Monthly paypal account

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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 us at the address below. We will of course give credit for anything we use.

Please let us have any submissions for issue 242 of Discworld Monthly BEFORE Monday 22nd May 2017.

Jason Anthony (Editor and Wizzard)
Rachel Rowlands (Sub Editor and workaholic)
William Barnett (Proofreader)
Richard Massey (It's even smaller on my phone!)

2. News

A few events will be happening around Terry's 69th birthday including a HUGE event at Birdworld in Surrey (details below)

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There will be a special webcast by the Puffin Virtually Live team celebrating Terry Pratchett Day on Friday 28th April at 2pm - 2.30pm

Puffin Virtually Live webcasts give children all over the UK the opportunity to question authors about their books. This is what Puffin had to say about the webcast.

"Celebrate Terry Pratchett Day at your school with a show all about The Wee Free Men! Hosted by CBBC's Ed Petrie, your class will learn all about Terry's remarkable imagination and writing process, plus find out top tips for creating their own magical worlds".

Show highlights you can look forward to:

Terry Pratchett's best friend and right-hand man Rob Wilkins answering your questions

A draw-along with illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson

Writing tips from authors Dave Rudden (Irish Children's Book of the Year Knights of the Borrowed Dark), Robin Stevens (Murder Most Unladylike) and Jennifer Bell (The Uncommoners)

A crash course in speaking like a Wee Free Man - get ready to do your best Scottish accent!

You can sign up to watch the webcast at : Puffin Virtually Live - Terry Pratchett Day 2017

Hopefully like all their other webcasts it will get uploaded to their YouTube channel shortly afterwards.

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Birdworld in Farnham, Surrey will be holding a Discworld Day on Friday the 28th April 2017.

Birdworld is officially celebrating the opening of the Terry Pratchett Owl Parliament with the assistance of Discworld dignitaries, Rob Wilkins and Stephen Briggs.

"The beautifully crafted exhibit has been created in collaboration with the World Owl Trust and has been named in honour of the award-winning author, Sir Terry Pratchett due to his well-known love of wildlife and in particular, all species of owl.

As well as showcasing a wonderment and diversity of owls, the Terry Pratchett Owl Parliament will aim to educate and raise awareness of these amazing birds in an interactive space for visitors to learn fascinating facts.

Visitors familiar with the popular Discworld novels will be able to easily recognise a number of the references but with the unique styling of these aviaries, everyone exploring the exhibit will be drawn into the mythical and wonderful world of Sir Terry Pratchett.

To celebrate the day, which would have been Sir Terry's 69th Birthday, visitors are invited to attend the official opening ceremony. Explore the unique aviaries before joining in with plenty of Discworld fun and games throughout the day including, a themed quiz trail, face painting, a charity raffle and auction packed full of prizes, educational talks and even a special Q&A session with Rob Wilkins and Stephen Briggs"

The programme of events for the day is as follows.

10.00am - Park opens.

Use this time to take part in The Discworld Trail around the park to win prizes. Use the map to explore the park and answer the questions to solve the anagram. Hand your answer into the information desk before you leave to be entered into the prize draw.

12.00pm - Official opening ceremony at the Terry Pratchett Owl Parliament with Rob Wilkins and Stephen Briggs.

Which is immediately followed by:

The Discworld Day Auction - Enjoy the Discworld Auction with special auctioneer, Pat Harkin. Have your lot sheet at the ready to bid for some star prizes! All money raised from today's auction goes directly to the Birdworld conservation fund.

12:45pm - Break.

1.30pm - A Q&A with Rob Wilkins and Stephen Briggs in the Discovery Theatre followed by book signing.

2.30pm - Outdoor flying display at the outdoor arena.

3.00pm - Draw of the raffle and awarding of the best Discworld costume prize at the outdoor arena. Purchase your Discworld raffle tickets around the park today to win some great prizes! Tickets are 1 GBP each and all money raised goes directly to the Birdworld conservation fund.

3.30pm - Penguin feeding with Rob Wilkins at Penguin Beach.

4.00pm - Owl Prowl at the Terry Pratchett Owl Parliament.

6.00pm - Park Closes.

The World Owl Trust works on owl conservation on a national and international scale. Their conservation programmes protect populations of endangered owls until their habitat has been restored. This has already been achieved for the European Eagle Owl and British Barn Owl.

The World Owl Trust president, Tony Warburton, will also be joining us at today's celebrations.

For more information about The World Owl Trust visit: The World Owl Trust

The Terry Pratchett Owl Parliament houses nine different species of Owl. These are Barn Owl, Brown Wood Owl, Burrowing Owl, Boobok Owl, Spectacled Owls, Long Eared Owl, White Faced Owl, Great Horned Owl and Snowy Owl. The exhibit is also decorated with many Discworld references.

Terry always loved seeing his fans dressed as his characters and Birdworld are hoping that many of his fans will come along in costume. To encourage as many as possible to dress up, Birdworld are offering a special rate of just 10 GBP to anyone who arrives in costume.

Tickets: Adult: 15.95GBP Child 3-6: 12.95GBP Child 7-15: 13.95GBP Under 3:Free Family: 49.95GBP Concession: 13.95GBP Adult in Discworld Costume: 10GBP

Facebook Event page : Birdworld Discworld Day

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In Hamburg, the Mathilde Bar Ottensen is holding a "Terry Pratchett- Eine Hommage" evening. Come along and join authors Adelheid Kaessens, Jan Turner, Alexander Josefowicz and Helene Bockhorst as they pay tribute to Terry on his 69th Birthday.

The venue is the Mathilde Bar Ottensen, Kleine Rainstrabe 11, 22765 Hamburg, Germany

Date : Friday 28th April at 20:15

Ticket price is 7.00 EUR plus 0.50 cent advance booking fee

To purchase tickets : Terry Pratchett Talk

Facebook event : Terry Pratchett Talk - Facebook Event

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The Mayor of Beaconsfield will be holding a Charity Appeal on Friday 12th May 2017 at 6:30pm at the Bekonscot Model Village. It will be an evening of exploring creative imaginary worlds and there will be a talk by local author Jacqui Hogan, Deputy Town Mayor, entitled Adventures in Terry Pratchett's Discworld.

Other activities include: a private viewing of the model village, a vignette by The Young Theatre, a buffet and drinks, a sweepstake quiz and a bar.

Tickets cost 15GBP each and are available from or via 07972 452434

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The Story Museum in Oxford is holding its third Discworld Day on Saturday the 27th May. This year's theme is The Truth and you can take part in all sorts of activities such as taking part in printing workshops, learning how newspapers were before the digital age, create your own newspaper comic, meet Otto Shriek Discworld's only Vampire photographer and pick up your copy of the Ankh Morpork Times to catch up with the latest news.

Normal admission fee applies. The Discworld Day will take place from 10am until 5pm

More info at : Story Museum Discworld Day 2017

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The International Discworld Convention 2018 has now got a website and a Facebook group Discworld Convention 2018

As more information becomes available, we will update the newsletter.

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Psst .. Wanna be in a play ?? T.A.O.D.S. are looking for cast members to be in their live radio play of Wyrd Sisters. Auditions will be in June.

To register your interest go to :

3. Upcoming Book Releases

The US edition of Terry Pratchett's Discworld Coloring Book will be released on 25th April 2017. ISBN: 1481498460

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Hardback Gift Editions

We now know what "Gift Edition" means.

Benjamin Hughes, Deputy Art Director at Penguin Random House publishing, revealed on Twitter: "Each gift ed. also has a new Feegle illustration and surprise under each jacket. Oh and an incredible map inside"

Since then Benjamin was wonderful enough to give us a sneak peek of what the "surprise under each jacket" was on our Twitter feed. Check out the images on our website version of the newsletter or on our Twitter feed.

To see the covers, head over to our Facebook page Gift Edition Hardbacks

The Wee Free Men (Discworld Novel 30) Hardback - 27 Apr 2017

(with a beautiful golden bee on the cover)

R.R.P: 12.99 GBP

ISBN: 0857535455

A Hat Full of Sky (Discworld Novel 32) Hardback - 25 May 2017 (tbc)

R.R.P: 12.99 GBP

ISBN: 0857535463

Wintersmith (Discworld Novel 35) Hardback - 25 May 2017 (tbc)

R.R.P: 12.99 GBP

ISBN: 0857535471

I Shall Wear Midnight (Discworld Novel 38) Hardback - 25 May 2017 (tbc)

R.R.P: 12.99 GBP

ISBN: 085753548X

The Shepherd's Crown (Discworld Novel 41) Hardback - 25 May 2017 (tbc)

R.R.P. : 12.99 GBP

ISBN: 0857535498

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Paperback Editions

All five covers have now been revealed over on our Facebook page. Laura Anderson Paperbacks

Laura confirmed that all five will have spot illustrations on various pages within the books.

The Wee Free Men (Discworld Novel 30) Paperback - 27 Apr 2017

Cover by Laura Ellen Anderson

R.R.P: 7.99 GBP

ISBN: 0552576301

A Hat Full of Sky (Discworld Novel 32) Paperback - 25 May 2017 (tbc)

R.R.P: 7.00 GBP

ISBN: 055257631X

Wintersmith (Discworld Novel 35) Paperback - 25 May 2017 (tbc)

R.R.P: 7.99 GBP

ISBN: 0552576328

I Shall Wear Midnight (Discworld Novel 38) Paperback - 25 May 2017 (tbc)

R.R.P: 7.99 GBP

ISBN: 0552576336

The Shepherd's Crown (Discworld Novel 41) Paperback - 25 May 2017

R.R.P: 7.99 GBP

ISBN: 0552576344

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The Long Cosmos will be released in paperback in the UK on Thursday 18th May ISBN: 0552169374

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Raising Steam Paperback - 18th May 2017

(continuation of the Corgi black covers)

ISBN: 0552173614

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The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner will be released in paperback format on 15 June 2017 ISBN: 055257449X

4. April and May Events

While we would love to attend each and every Pratchett production it simply isn't possible so if you manage to get to one, please consider writing us a review. It doesn't matter if you've never written a review before. Just see if you can write 200-500 words about your experience. All submissions should be emailed to

Don't forget to visit Pratchett Stage Productions for our most up-to-date list of stage productions.

[Updated: UK] Birdworld Discworld Day celebrations

Location: Birdworld Holt Pound, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 4LD, UK

Date: Friday 28th April 2017

Tickets: Adult: 15.95GBP Child 3-6: 12.95GBP Child 7-15: 13.95GBP Under 3:Free Family: 49.95GBP Concession: 13.95GBP Adult in Discworld Costume : 10GBP


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[NEW: UK] Carlton Theatre Group present Wyrd Sisters as adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location: New Wimbledon Studio Theatre, 93 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London SW19 1QG

Dates: Tues 9th - Sat 13th May 2017

Times: Curtain up at 7.45 pm additional Sat matinee at 3.00pm

Tickets: Full 14GBP and Concessions 13.20GBP (Booking fee 1.40GBP and 1.20GBP respectively)


Box Office:

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[UPDATED: UK] Bekonscot Model Village Charity Appeal

Location: Bekonscot Model Village, Beaconsfield

Dates: Friday 12th May 2017

Time: 6:30pm

Tickets: 15GBP from or via 07972 452434

An evening of exploring creative imaginary worlds and there will be a talk by local author Jacqui Hogan DTM entitled Adventures in Terry Pratchett's Discworld.

Also there will be a special unveiling of a well known and loved author who will be a resident in the model village. Make sure you are there to see him and maybe some of his characters.

Other activities include: a private viewing of the model village, a vignette by The Young Theatre, a buffet and drinks, a sweepstake quiz and a bar.

Tickets are 15GBP each

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[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


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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 still available from:

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[NEW: The Story Museum] Discworld Day: The Truth

Location : The Story Museum, Rochester House, 42 Pembroke Street, Oxford OX1 1BP

Date: Saturday 27th May 2017

Time: 10am - 5pm

Ticket Price: Normal admission fee applies

This year's Discworld Day at The Story Museum is based on Terry Pratchett's best-selling novel The Truth.

Take part in printing workshops learning how newspapers were before the digital age, create your own newspaper comic, meet Otto Shriek Discworld's only Vampire photographer and pick up your copy of the Ankh Morpork Times to catch up with the latest news.

More info at : Story Museum Discworld Day 2017

5. Future Events

[NEW: UK] Clarbeston Road Players present Maskerade as adapted by Stephen Briggs.

Location: Memorial Hall, Clarbeston Road, Clarbeston, Haverfordwest, Wales SA63 4AA

Dates: Wednesday 7th, Friday 9th and Saturday 10th June 2017 (No performance on Thursday due to General Election).

Tickets: 7 GBP

Facebook Page: Clarbeston Road Players Facebook Page

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[Australia, NSW] Milton Follies present Wyrd Sisters as adapted by Stephen Briggs.

Location: Milton Theatre, 69 Princes Highway, Milton, NSW 2538

Dates: Friday 9th - Sunday 11th June and Friday 16th - Sunday 18th June 2017

Times: Fridays 8pm, Saturdays 4pm, Sundays 2pm

Tickets: 25AUD Adult, 20 AUD Child / Concessions / Group


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[UK] We Are Theatre present Wyrd Sisters as 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


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[Updated: Netherlands] Cabbagecon 4 (July 2017)

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

Some things are unstoppable. Time keeps ticking, spring is upon us and Cabbagecon 4 is approaching ever faster. Our friends at the Ankh-Morpork Tourist Office have assembled a beautifully varied programme that will help us experience a range of aspects of their wondrous city. From the inhabitants and their habits to the culinary treats and the typical city fauna - it

will all have a place in this exploration of the city. Not registered yet? Do so today and join us on 1 and 2 July. You will be surprised at everything the greatest city on the Disc has to offer.


The programme is starting to fill up nicely. Here's a selection of what you may expect:

- An introduction to the Ankh-Morpork city ecology

- Integration exam (how well do you know the city?)

- An introduction to the city's sociological structure

- Be creative: forge your own stamp

- Crash course: how to survive an authentic Ankh-Morpork bar brawl

- And of course a special treat for the Saturday night

In between activities there will be plenty of time to play (Discworld themed) games, browse around the Wandering Shop and of course chat with other con members.


Membership will cost 60 euros per person for the whole weekend or 35 euros for a day ticket.

Please note: membership fees will go up on 1 May 2017. From this date a weekend ticket will cost 70 euros and a day ticket will cost 35 euros. So go to today and sign up before the rates go up!


The convention will be held at Hotel Carlton President in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Especially for Cabbagecon they offer a reduced room rate for our members. The rate for a single room is 80 euros per night. For a double room it's 95 euros per room per night. Breakfast is included in these rates, but tourist taxes are not.

You can book your room by sending an e-mail directly to the hotel at Make sure you mention Cabbagecon 4 and Dutchdwcon in your correspondence with the hotel. The reduced rates are also valid for the nights before and after the convention, so you can stay and enjoy the local hospitality for a few days longer if you like.

For those who prefer not to stay at the convention hotel, there are plenty of (cheaper) alternatives in and around Utrecht. The convention hotel is easily reached by public transport from Utrecht city centre. For a list of hostels in Utrecht, check out the list on the convention website.

Check out our new website at:

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[NEW: Leeds UK] Waterstones Leeds are holding a Discworld Quiz evening in the style of a pub quiz with questions and picture rounds.

Location: Waterstones Leeds, 93-97 Albion Street, Leeds, LS1 5JS

Date: Sat 8th July 2017

Time: starts at 6pm

Entry is by pre-booked ticket only. Teams must contain 1 to 4 members only.

To book tickets call into the store or phone 01132 444588

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

Tickets for The Discworld Grand Tour in August are now SOLD OUT! Eeek!

If you're still wanting to attend this fabulous convention then we suggest you do three things.

1. Get on the waiting list right now! Don't wait even a second here's the link Australian Discworld Convention Waiting List

2. Follow Dymocks Adelaide, We've heard they have some tickets

3. Pray to all the Gods

The Special Guests have also just been announced. They are: Stephen Briggs, Daniel Knight, Professor David Lloyd and Martin Pearson. Appearing virtually will be: Professor Ian Stewart, Ray Friesen and The Discworld Emporium.

If you purchased a Supporting Membership prior to February 4th 2017, you can upgrade at a later date to the early-bird price: Membership Shop

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 Souvenir Shop

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

The Australian Discworld Convention and the City of Small Gods Terry Pratchett Fan Club will be at OzComicCon Adelaide on April 1st and 2nd. You can find them in Fan Club Central at stand C1! Go along and grab a postcard, and have a chat with them. They can even play a game of Thud or Clacks if there's time.

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[UK] Monstrous Productions presents Guards! Guards! as adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location: The Gate Arts Theatre, Keppoch St, Cardiff CF24 3JW

Dates: Wed 16th - Sat 19th August 2017

Times: TBC

Tickets: 8GBP full price, or 6GBP for concessions

More information coming soon.

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[NEW: UK] Monifieth Amateur Dramatics presents Wyrd Sisters as adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location: Monifieth Theatre, 72 High Street, Monifieth, Angus, Scotland, DD5 4AG

Dates: Thurs 24th August - Sat 26th August, Thurs 31st August - Sat 2nd September 2017

Time: Performance starts at 7.30pm

Tickets: Full 9 GBP, Concessions 7GBP


Box Office: 01382 480043

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[USA] The Fourth North American Discworld Convention - THE GENUAN ™ EXPERIENCE - 1st-4th September 2017 at The Sheraton New Orleans.

Join us in Genua for a banananana dacquiri* because our theme is all about the witches of Discworld and the many things they've encountered on their travels. You can now purchase your membership and book your hotel room!

Early-bird pricing available until February 28th, 2017. Get your tickets here: Purchase NADWCON Tickets

Want to reserve your ticket but can't quite afford it until after the early-bird rate date? We also offer the Supporting Membership which if purchased before the cut-off date, will allow you to upgrade at a later date to the early-bird price!

Pre-con tee-shirts also available, in a selection of 3 colors - Purple, Green and Glod - the 3 colors of Octarine!! NADWCON Merchandise

For all other information, please visit the website or follow one of our social media outlets Facebook (NADWConvention), Twitter (@nadwcon), Pinterest (nadwcon), Tumblr (, Instagram (nadwcon) and many more....

*Ogg approved.

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[Updated: UK] Terry Pratchett: HisWorld - a new major Terry Pratchett Exhibition will take place at The Salisbury Museum from 16th Sept 2017 to 13 Jan 2018.

"This is an exclusive major exhibition based on the extraordinary life of Sir Terry Pratchett ... This unique exhibition will include artwork by Terry and treasured items owned by Terry which have never previously been on public display. It will also feature over forty original illustrations by Paul Kidby"

Tickets: Salisbury Museum have changed their entrance fees. No longer can you buy an annual ticket at 8GBP. It's gone over to the format of annual membership and day tickets.

Day Ticket Prices are as follows -

Standard day ticket - Adult 7.50GBP Child 3.60GBP Family (2 adults +up to 4 children) 18.50GBP Under 5's Free

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[Australia] Brisbane Arts Theatre present Lords and Ladies as 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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[NEW: UK] T.A.O.D.S present a performance of BBC4's radio play of Wyrd Sisters as adapted by Vince Foxall

Location:The Todmorden Hippodrome Theatre, Halifax Rd, Tormorden, West Yorkshire OL14 5BB UK

Dates: Fri 29th - Sat 30th September 2017

Times: Doors open at 7pm, Show starts at 7.30pm

Tickets: 6GBP


Box Office: 0333 666 3366

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[UK] Twyford and Ruscombe Theatre Group present Mort as adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location: Loddon Hall, Loddon Hall Road, Twyford, Reading, Berkshire, RG10 9JA

Dates: Thursday 5th October - Sat 7th October 2017

Times: 8pm

Tickets: 7-10GBP (concessions available if ordered in advance)


Box Office: 0118 328 2825

To buy tickets online: Terry Pratchett's MORT Tickets

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

It has SOLD OUT of tickets but if you wish to get on the waiting list do so here:

Irish Discworld Convention Waiting List

To keep up with all the news that is happening visit their website here:

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[UK] Studio Theatre Club present Raising Steam as adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location: Unicorn Theatre, 18 Thames St, Abingdon OX14 3HZ

Dates: Wed 22nd - Sat 25th November 2017

Times: Wed-Sat 7:30pm, Sat 2:30pm

Tickets: 10GBP - Wed+Thurs, 11GBP Fri+Sat (NOT YET AVAILABLE)


6. 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

May's meetup will take place on Monday 8th May to avoid clashing with The Gathering of Loonies event in Wincanton.

Unless otherwise stated 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 at: or Broken Dummers Facebook Page

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The Northern Institute of Ankh-Morpork and District Society of Flatalists were planning a re-birth of the group with a meeting at The Narrow Boat Pub in Skipton, North Yorkshire on Sunday 19th March. (We currently don't know when the next one will be, hoping to get an update soon - RR) New members will be made welcome.

For more information see the Discworld Emporium Forums at: Forum Topic: Meet Up

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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: The Pratchett Partisans Facebook Group

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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 Victorian Discworld Klatch Facebook Group 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 @TreacleMiningCo, Instagram treacle_mining_corporation, and Facebook Treacle Mining Corporation Facebook Group

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.

Meeting location: 3 Wise Monkeys, 555 George Street, Sydney, 2000 from 6:30pm

For more information contact Sue (AKA Granny Weatherwax) on

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[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.

Western Drummers Facebook Group

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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):

Holy Wood Dreams Facebook Page

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

Central US Discworld Fans Facebook Group

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

Midwest Discworld Fans Facebook Group

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

Southeast US Pratchett Fans Facebook Group

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

Mid-Atlantic Discworld Fans Facebook Group

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

New England Discworld Fans Facebook Group

Canadian Discworld Fans (covers Canada and Alaska):

Canadian Discworld Fans Facebook Group

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: Drumknott's Irregulars Facebook Group

Google Groups: Drumknott's Irregulars Google Group

7. Readers' Letters

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

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* From: "Phil Chadwick"

I'm running The Great Manchester Run on the 28th May 2017 as the Ultimate Warrior.

It's for the Alzheimer's Society and it will be my 9th Manchester 10k run for them.

Not going for a good time this year, just wanna make it through!

Please give generously to

I would love to smash my 500 GBP target.



DWM writes: We know Phil has had a hard year health-wise after ripping a muscle in his chest. He is known to a lot of Discworld fans as Capt Carrot of the Watch. Let's help him smash his target. If we all gave 1 GBP he'd smash it easily #BeMoreTerry

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* From: "Gail Parsons"

In my town of Weston-super-Mare we have an annual sand sculpture festival with a different theme each year.

This year the theme is Topsy Turvy. I visited this evening and discovered the artist has created a wonderful sculpture, best described as topsy turvy A-Tuin.

Apart from being as pleased as punch to see this, I just want to share it far and wide.

Image: Topsy A'Tuin Photo

8. DiscTrivia

We're back with five challenging trivia questions for you - this month all the questions relate to The Truth. [See I did get to write something this month - Ed] Good luck, Jason

What does Goodmountain translate to?
So what about Boddony?
Why were there no flies on C.M.O.T. Dibbler?
What was nearly the name of the Ankh-Morpork Times?
What did Mr Pin consider to be his only vice?

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

9. Review: Wyrd Sisters by UWTSD in Lampeter

Review by Rachel Rowlands

On a very warm Saturday evening, Jason, Angelina Olding and myself headed up the winding roads to Lampeter to see UWTSD Performing Arts Society's production of Wyrd Sisters.

Wyrd Sisters is the most popular of all of Terry's plays. This year alone we know of 10 different productions of Wyrd Sisters happening across the world so it was wonderful to discover one that was happening so close to home.

UWTSD's campus theatre is a medium sized multi-use hall with a decent light rig and a fair-sized stage which was draped in black curtains. I got the impression we were in for a stripped back version of Wyrd Sisters.

In the opening scene, we got to meet the three witches. Magrat (Katherine Cornelius-Frend) couldn't have been more perfectly cast with her long blonde hair. Her opening screech was spot on. Her costume looked like she had magically taken it off the front cover of the play text (image by Stephen Player). I knew instantly we were in for a treat with this production. Granny (Ruth Birtwistle) and Nanny (played by the wonderfully fun male cast member EJ Taylor) whilst being young, embodied their personas well. EJ had worked hard to get a Somerset accent for Nanny as he's a northern lad and admitted to us afterwards that he found it really difficult to do, but it paid off so well making Nanny sound perfect.

The Fool (Will Russell) made us all feel so sad for him when Magrat stormed off after his return from Ankh Morpork, the first time I have ever seen a whole audience react to this moment so vocally. His portrayal of the fool was one of the best. He truly made the audience believe he was Verence the Fool and made them feel for his plight.

(I really wanted to teach him how to juggle!!! The Dummies Guide to Juggling had me in fits of laughter).

James Perks got the whole demented Duke Felmet across perfectly although there were moments where he was a little domineering over the Duchess (who we all know, was the one who wore the trousers in that relationship!) but that may have been due to the portrayal of the madness rather than it being intentional. His hand rubbing technique was very well done, even the knitting needle came out to play (rare to see a performance with it!).

Finley-Marie Holding nailed that evil snide look that the Duchess uses so often. Even the inflections in her voice were exactly what I hear in my head when reading the book. She obviously had read Wyrd Sisters several times to get that right.

Tomjom and Hwyl were unusually played by female cast members, in this production it was Naomi Pink and Rebecca Evans taking on the duo. They both played their characters enthusiastically and if I had to criticise them in any way, I would say "Don't look at the critics in the audience when performing, we are not the whole audience!"

It was wonderful to see Death make an appearance. He is often cut from Wyrd Sisters so it was a treat to see Ed Lyne bring him to life here. Ed also played Olwyn Vitoller in the production and brought a huge amount of charisma to the stage. He made me smile every time he spoke as his personality shone through his performance.

The cast here was very small for this production. All the minor characters were played by the same six members of cast. Their enthusiasm added so much more to the production than Terry could have ever imagined and it really made it worth the trip to see it.

This company also had next to no budget yet brought Ankh Morpork and Lancre to the stage with not much more than some cardboard, some tin foil, a chair and a clothes airer. Proof that a good performance doesn't need anything more than some actors and some sackcloth and plenty of heart.

I really hope they do more Discworld plays as it was such a joy to see a company bring the fun back to a Pratchett production.

A little note. A big round of applause to the back stage and lighting/sound crew. No-one ever thanks them but Megan Mullins (director) Lauren and Kieran (and any other crew) did a fab job for no pay and even less thanks. We appreciate all the hard work that goes into these productions. We will bring a cake next time for the interval!

10. Review: MORT by ROSTRA at Bangor University

Review by Sally Chinery

When DWM told me that there was an actual Discworld play happening near to me there was no way I was not going! Even a back to back 6 & 8 hour shift on the night/day the clocks went forward wasn't going to stop me. So on Sunday night, slightly deficient in the sleep department, Mike and I headed off for Bangor University to see ROSTRA's Production of Mort as adapted by Stephen Briggs.

We picked up a snack from a local store that was in keeping with seeing a Discworld production - chicken on a stick though slightly superior to anything offered by CMOT Dibbler!

The cast were also the box office staff so we were greeted by Death and Albert. The start of the play was slightly delayed as the owners of the hall had taken down one of the curtains over the side windows and the theatre could not be made dark enough until the sun set over the Menai Straits. However Death and Albert sat and talked with us as did the director and a pleasant half hour was spent discussing how we had heard about the performance and our favourite Discworld novels.

The cast and crew did a great job and used stage lighting to great effect. For the scenes where Death and Mort used the scythe a cold blue light was shone. In the scenes at Death's House the lighting was kept dim to denote the general blackness of Death's country. They did not go for fancy scene changes but used a simple black backdrop and used various props to show different places such as a study desk for Death's Study and simple stage flats for doors. The door for Cutwell's house was done very well with a small window in it for the actor playing the doorknocker to stick his head through and was made more effective by keeping that part of the set in the shadows.

The main characters of Mort (Julia Hall) and Death (James Abison) were excellently portrayed. Death had just the right sort of deep tone to his voice and Mort came over very well as the lanky awkward lad that nobody wanted to hire at the hiring fair. There was also Albert (Darren Roberts) who did a good job of being the cantankerous, short-tempered wizard turned Death's manservant. They were ably supported by Ysabelle (Natasha Blackmore) who gave the role just the right touch of romanticism, hankering after all the love stories in the library, Princess Keli (Hannah Williams), played with great royal snobbishness and Igneous Cutwell (Toby Leverett), a slightly smooth ingratiating wizard who has been appointed Royal Recogniser. All of the main cast members took on the role of narrator at various points where the play needed to be explained/moved on. One cameo role which I loved was of Rincewind in the scenes when Albert returned to UU in an attempt to summon Death in the Rite of AshkEnte. Dressed in shabby robe and even shabbier wizzard's hat he gave a wonderful impression of a cowardly wizzard about to make a run for it!

I thoroughly enjoyed the performance and feel sorry that there were only a handful of people in the audience. I hope that this is just because we went on the Sunday night and that the Friday and Saturday night were better attended as the cast deserved much better than an audience of less than 10 people. I shall certainly keep my eye out for further Discworld productions by this company.

Right, if you would excuse me must be off - I don't know about you but I could murder a curry!

11. Review: Carpe Jugulum in Nottingham

Review by Elaine Boot

I went to see Carpe Jugulum performed by LMT Youth Theatre at The Lace Market Theatre, Nottingham on Saturday 25th March 2017.

The theatre staff were very welcoming and they sell alcohol, so I ordered myself a cider and kept a lookout for fellow fans that know me. I was wearing my jester hat so fellow fans could recognise me. I was soon joined by two very familiar faces, Allan and Joycee and they joined me for drink.

If you wished to you could pre-order your interval drinks. Some of the cast were selling programs, so we all bought one. We also got given an Omnian leaflet.

It was soon time to take our seats and we had to transfer our drinks into plastic glasses before going into the auditorium. A member of staff approached me and offered to put my rucksack into a cupboard so it would be out of the way.

The curtains were open on stage so you could see the scenery of a castle and the stage floor was painted green and had trees in each corner.

The actors entered the stage not just from the wings but also from auditorium entrance and below the stage.

The play was very well acted and we were very impressed with Adelaide who played Granny Weatherwax.

If you have not seen a Discworld play I encourage you all to go and see one.

I had a fantastic time and it really made my evening meet up with Allan and Joycee.

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And here's another review of it by Jilllian Opitz

Review of Carpe Jugulum Discworld play, performed at the Lace Market Theatre, Nottingham 25th March

I have been a huge Discworld fan ever since childhood, however I had not had the pleasure of seeing a Discworld play as they had all been too far from home to visit. Therefore, I was thrilled to find that the Lace Market Theatre in Nottingham was putting on Carpe Jugulum. Not only was it close enough to travel to but was also one of my most favourite books and being performed on my birthday. It being a birthday present was a good enough reason to convince my family to go see the play with me, as they are not Discworld fans. My partner knew of the Discworld as he had played the video games years ago and my mum had seen the Sky dramatizations. However, my 12-year-old daughter had absolutely no prior knowledge of the world and so I have included their perspectives in this review.

Unfortunately we managed to miss the first couple of minutes of the play because of parking issues (a note to anyone travelling to the Lace Market Theatre with a transit van, it will not fit in the multi-storey car park, there is more parking further away down the hill). We did, however, manage to catch most of the introduction, which was very cleverly done. As the narrators introduced the characters, the rest of the cast froze on the spot - this was a very good effect as it gave the audience a chance to get to know who everyone was before the action started. This was very useful for my daughter, who is autistic and often struggles with identifying characters or following a lot of dialogue when she doesn't know the background to it.

Perhaps the most surprising first impression was that the actors were all quite young, teens to early 20's. Because I hadn't actually realized that it was a youth theatre group but this did not detract from the story at all. In fact it was lovely to see the Discworld being enjoyed by a younger generation. The acting was great, with only a very few moments of nerves showing.

The costumes were very nicely suited to the characters. I really enjoyed the hodgepodge armour of Shaun Ogg as the castle guard. The well worn, hardworking black of the witches was in stark contrast to the vampires, who were cool, sexy and refined with an arrogant air of sophistication, outshining the rest of the cast, as to be expected.

Everyone performed their roles beautifully and the twists and turns of the story were as captivating as on the written page. However, there were a couple of stand-out performances in a cast of very talented up and coming actors. One was the Count de Magpyr, who was splendidly played by a very talented actress in a silk top hat and round hippy glasses. She delivered a powerful performance with a polished, arrogant upper-class accent which was slowly changed into a broad rural drawl as Granny Weatherwax took control of him. The witches were all excellent: Granny Weatherwax was a tower of strength, Nanny Ogg was bawdy and Magrat was the engrossed new mother. But it was Agnes who was most fascinating because while she was played as a worried young witch, the confident and slightly cruel Perdita was actually played by another actress who wasn't supposed to be seen by the rest of cast. I thought that this was an excellent way of portraying the character.

Our favourite though had to be the right Honourable Reverend Mightily Oats. He practically leapt off the page, with all the religious belief, self doubt, courage, nervousness, determination and more that he was written with. In fact the performance was so enthralling that it was difficult to spot that it was actually an actress playing the troubled priest.

Perhaps the only character that was a little difficult for my family to understand was Igor, mostly because of the lisp and it does help to have a bit of background knowledge about the Igors to get all the jokes, but Scraps was a firm favourite.

On the whole it was a very enjoyable experience for all of us, my family were introduced to the wonderful world of the Witches of Lancre and I got a brilliant birthday treat.

12. Dodger Live - 1st April 2017

Review by Steph West

After a minor incident involving inadvertently trying to go in through the wrong gate of a large military establishment, the long-suffering husband and I found ourselves in a large, purpose-built theatre in the middle of a naval training base in Fareham. By the time we had our seats, the cast were setting up mock fights in front of the stage to entertain the audience before the performance.

Dodger is, I have to admit, my favourite of Sir Terry's non-Discworld books. I know many people are huge fans of some of his other literature, but something about this one always resonates with me and I find the humour in it fantastic.

However, it's the first time I'd seen the adaptation and as with a film version of your favourite book, I always find myself approaching them with trepidation. But it was entirely unfounded. OK, I missed Solomon's dog Onan, but I guess it's not always easy to have an appropriately pungent hound on stage! As for the remaining characters, Mrs Quickly was disgracefully fabulous, Dodger was the wide boy he should be and as for Solomon, I don't think I've seen such a good bit of casting in a while.

One lovely thing was that during the interval, and before the performance, many of the cast were out & about with the audience, to the point where Mr Dickens, at the end of the interval sitting with members of the audience was heard to exclaim 'Oh wait, I'm not supposed to be watching, I'm supposed to be on the stage!'. Mind you, one poor audience member got a sound ear bashing from Mrs Sharples mid-interval too.

Overall, Dodger is another great stage adaptation by Stephen Briggs, but in this instance executed excellently by a clearly accomplished cast who really care about what they are doing and the audience experience. There is not one element I would criticise, I even found it hard to find anything wrong with the fight scenes, which for me is unusual - perhaps it's all the military training coming in handy! Oh, and I think that Dickens chap might go far with those snappy book titles.

13. Discworld Monthly 20 Years Competition Result

Last month to celebrate our 20th anniversary we decided to give away a set of our new 20 Years of Discworld Monthly products. The prize haul is a mug, a fridge magnet, a keyring and a pin badge and also a facsimile of the very first issue of Discworld Monthly that was signed by both Terry Pratchett and Stephen Briggs.

We asked you to tell us when, according to our website, was issue 1 of Discworld Monthly published?

The answer we were looking for was either 30th April 1997 (see the bottom of Discworld Monthly - Issue 1) or just May 1997.

Of the 79 correct entries we randomly chose Dave Jones of Coventry as the winner. We'll get your prize off to you as soon as possible, Dave.

Thank you for all the kind words and messages in the competition entry emails. I enjoyed reading them all - Ed.

14. Review Paul Kidby's Terry Pratchett Bust

Review by Vicky Lear

This morning we set out for the N.E.C. Birmingham to see the bust of Sir Terry that was on display at the Art of Imagination stall. We got there quite early and found the stand easily. They had set the statue in a small alcove next to their main stand with a piece of Paul Kidby's artwork for the Johnny and the Bomb series above it.

It was beautiful and extremely detailed and a good likeness. It has obviously been produced with a lot of love and care. After having a lovely conversation with the stallholder he showed us how the hat is separate from the statue. This has been partly done because the local people of Salisbury know Terry as a kind and generous man but not so much as our black-hatted author. This made sense to me as at most conventions Terry always had 2 badges. One for when he was "Terry the Author" and one for when he was just a convention guest and wanted a bit of privacy.

It was obvious talking to the stall holder that Terry was loved locally just as much as we all love him, which also was a nice thing to hear. The bronze was wonderful and a very personal tribute to a wonderful man and author. I can see lots of people thinking how nice it would be to own one but these bronzes are meant as a memorial to the great man and only a few are being made for those very close to him. I can understand that too, to keep it special and meaningful it has to stay a small run.

It was quite moving to stand in front of it and wonder what Terry would have thought. The more I stood and looked the more I understood why it has to stay personal to his family and close friends. We will all have the big statue to look at and visit and maybe in the future a commercial bust of Terry may be made available for sale, but this one is meant as a dedication to Terry's memory for those that miss him the most.

Paul Kidby should be commended for his attention to detail and the wonderful expression he has managed to capture - just a hint of amusement, the only thing that is missing is the glint in his eyes - but this isn't Terry, it is just a beautiful bust of him which does both Sir Terry Pratchett and Paul Kidby proud.

15. Terry's Birthday Competition

This month we've gone through our prize box and decided that we would celebrate what should have been Terry's 69th birthday by giving away two hardback books that contain many of his early works - Dragons at Crumbling Castle and The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner.

In order to win this prize you need to answer the following question:

What pseudonym did Terry write his children's stories under for the Bucks Free Press?

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What does Goodmountain translate to?
Goodmountain in German is Gutenberg. The Roundworld inventor of moving type.
So what about Boddony?
Boddoni is a famous 18th century font. Terry liked to play with names like this!
Why were there no flies on C.M.O.T. Dibbler?
He would have charged them rent.
What was nearly the name of the Ankh-Morpork Times?
Ankh-Morpork Items.
What did Mr Pin consider to be his only vice?
Smoking. All the others were just job skills.

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