Better Than

Discworld Monthly Issue 243 July 2017

Table of Contents:

1. Editorial
2. News
3. Book Release News
4. July Events
5. Future Events
6. Recurring Monthly Fan Meetings
7. Readers' Letters
8. DiscTrivia
9. Nice and Accurate Account of the Events
10. Review: Maskerade, Clarbeston, Haverfordwest
11. Wedding Competition
12. Ankh Morpork Times Competition result
13. The End

1. Editorial

Welcome to issue 243. Once again we are running slightly late but this time I feel we have a pretty good excuse.

On Monday 19th June Rachel and I got married at Caerphilly Castle at our own Discworld Wedding.

I dressed as Rincewind and Rachel was Nightshade, the Queen of the Elves. It was a magical day at a fantastic venue. We even managed to get Bill and Richard to come to the castle.

We've put some of our photos up at:

Jason and Rachel's Wedding Album

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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 244 of Discworld Monthly BEFORE Thursday 27th July 2017.

Jason Rincewind Anthony-Rowlands (Editor and Wizzard)
Rachel Anthony-Rowlands (Sub Editor and workaholic)
William Barnett (Not Proofreader this month because we are wild and reckless)
Richard Massey (Came home to Wales, wore a Dragon head)

2. News

[UK Discworld Convention News]

The location and date of 2018 Discworld Convention in the UK has been announced.

It will be at the Chesford Grange Hotel on the weekend of 3rd - 6th August 2018.

Tickets will be released on Mon 10th July at 1900.

Make sure you have already signed up to the website at

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[HisWorld News]

The Josh Kirby Estate are loaning the original painting of Reaper Man to be displayed at the Terry Pratchett: His World exhibition at the Salisbury Museum in Wiltshire.

Dates: Saturday 16th September 2017 to Saturday 13th January 2018.

It hasn't been seen in the UK (to our knowledge) since the exhibition in 2007 at the Walker Art gallery in Liverpool.

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[Audition News]

Would you like to be in Maskerade? Do you live in or near Reading (UK)?

Then you have a chance of getting a part in the Progress Theatre's production of Maskerade..

Auditions will be held on Sun 17 September at 2pm or Weds 20 September at 7.30pm at Progress Theatre.

The production itself will be happening from the 18th to the 27th January 2018 including Saturday matinees.

Auditions are open to all,but if cast you will need to join Progress Theatre (cost is 45GBP)

For more information visit : Maskerade Auditions

If you have any questions or would like to be considered but can't make the audition dates please contact director Chris Moran on 07729 501350 or at or assistant director Jordan Emmett on 07932 976693 or at prior to the auditions.

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[Event News]

DISCWORLD DAY at The Moors Castle, Gauteng, South Africa. - 4th November 2017

"Ankh-Morpork! Pearl of cities! This is not a completely accurate description, of course - it was not round and shiny - but even its worst enemies would agree that if you had to liken Ankh-Morpork to anything, then it might as well be a piece of rubbish covered with the diseased secretions of a dying mollusc."


We invite you to discover the streets of Ankh-Morpork, the greatest city of the Discworld. A folklorique network of old lanes, squares and alleys for your walking pleasure. Where excitement and trolls lurke arounde everry corner and much may be heard the traditional street cries of old time also the laughing visages of the denuizens as they goe about their business private.

All guilds are welcome, so if you fancy yourself as an artificer, a seamstress, an assassin or a clown, you'll be sure to be in good company along The Street of Cunning Artificers.

LIMITED NO OF TICKETS available from Quicket - Discworld Day - South Africa

Online - R60.00

At the Gate on the day - R80.00

Kids under 12 FREE

Dogs and unruly luggages to be kept on leashes at all times.

Map to Venue: Discworld Day - Map

PLEASE BE AWARE: There is a 2km dirt road to our venue. It is suitable for most normal cars but not for vehicles with very low suspension as there are speed bumps on it.


- An Ankh Morpork Adventure: Seek! Hustle! Build! Conjur! Enter as a single person or with a team of wizzards, complete the tasks as laid out for you by the Patrician.

- Fabricati diem, pvnc: test your mettale and train with the City Watch, they are recruiting!

- The presence of beer always greases the rungs of the evolutionary ladder so make sure your Inn-sewer-ants-polly-seas are up to date and join us in The Mended Drum.

Expect a test of wits, much revelry and many barbarians.

- The Discworld Dress Up will happen in Pseudopolis Yard. Embody your favourite character and be victorious. Win Thynngs.

- The great Wizards of the Unseen University invite you to engage in battles of Cripple Mr Onion, Thud! and the likes. Can you beat the brightest of the Discworld?

- Burnt crunchy bits, dwarf bread, rat onna stick and other local delicacies can be found between Harga's House of Ribs and the Curry Gardens, so weary travellers and brave explorers will not have holes in their tummies. Keep an eye out for Cut-me-own-Throat Dibbler.

- The Muntab Moving Pictures House invites those of a sloth-ier disposition to rest their weary rears upstairs in the Patrician's Castle, munch on banged grains and be enveloped in the screenings of Sir Terry Pratchett's visual fantastical-ness.

- Garstairs Stables offers the usual range of equestrian services to the sons and daughters of gentlefolk.

To find out more visit their Facebook Event page

3. Book Release News

Terry Pratchett's Discworld Collectors' Edition Calendar 2018 will be released on the 17th August 2017. It will contain illustrations by Paul Kidby and it available to preorder on Amazon through our affiliate link

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The Illustrated Eric is due out in paperback on the 12th October 2017 with its luscious illustrations by Josh Kirby. [What makes this different from previous releases nobody knows.- ED RAR]

It's available to preorder on Amazon through our affiliate link ISBN:147322327X

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We have a sniff of news regarding the hardbacks with the Joe Mclaren covers.

It appears that Thief of Time will be released on the 19th October this year according to our sources.

If it follows previous releases of this collection of hardbacks by Doubleday, we may get Thief of Time and three more titles before Christmas to add to our shelves.

We dearly hope this is the case.

As to which three titles is dependant on Doubleday as the series goes Thief of Time, The Last Hero, The Amazing Maurice And His Educated Rodents and then Night Watch.

Doubleday have gone on record in the past to say they will be doing the adult discworld novels in this collection, "By popular demand, this collection of beautiful but affordable hardback editions, currently available up to Jingo, will now expand to include all the adult Discworld novels. " -

(Collector's Library 2/6/2016)

so does that exclude The Amazing Maurice?

Only time will tell as to which we will get. As TLH rights are owned by Gollancz and TAMAHER has been considered to not be an adult book, then the next three books are The Wee Free Men, followed by Monstrous Regiment and A Hat Full of Sky.

Again, two of those were considered children's books and were published by Random House Childrens Books so they don't fit with what has previously been said by the publishers.

Also the Tiffany series came out in hardback gift editions and new paperbacks earlier this year so it seems unlikely (but not impossible) that we would get them in a third format within the space of a year.

So, (bear with me) if we take all that into consideration, we may get Thief of Time, Night Watch, Monstrous Regiment and Going Postal as the next four in the collection.

Who's going to bet that is exactly what we get?

We'll let you know what they will be as soon as we know.

Of course we would love to hear your views on this, so send us an email about it with the subject line "Readers Letters JM hardbacks" to

4. July 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.

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[UK] Capture the Castle Exhibition

Paul Kidby's Tower of Art and his Lancre Castle artwork are currently on display at Southampton City Art Gallery as part of the Capture the Castle exhibition.

Location: Southampton City Art Gallery, Commercial Road, Southampton SO14 7LP

Dates: 26th May 2017 until the 2nd September 2017

Opening Times: Mon to Fri: 10am-3pm, Sat: 10am - 5pm, Sun: Closed, Bank Holiday Mon: 10am-3pm

Tickets: Free Admission

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[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 70 euros per person for the whole weekend or 35 euros for a day ticket.

So go to today and sign 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 Book Club

Locations: Waterstones, 93-97 Albion Street, LS15JS Leeds

Date: 4th July 2017

Time: 18:00-18:45

This is a free event but as places are limited please contact Waterstones Leeds on 01132444588 to reserve your place in advance.

At this is meeting they will be reading a Discworld novel: Mort. In which the spectre of Death takes a human apprentice. This is a great book and an ideal place for new readers to discover the books of Sir Terry Pratchett.

Facebook event :

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[NEW, UK] Maldon Drama Group presents Wyrd Sisters as adapted by Stephen Briggs.

Location: Maldon Town Hall, 1 Market Hill, Maldon, CM9 4PZ

Dates: Thurs 6th July 2017 - Sat 8th July 2017

Times: Doors open at 7pm

Tickets: 10GBP (Balcony) 9GBP (Stalls)


Box Office: 01621 856503

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[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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[NEW USA] Lifeline Theatre in Chicago concert reading of the play Monstrous Regiment

Location : Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N Glenwood Ave, Chicago, IL, 60626

Date: Wed 19th July 2017

Time: 6pm

Tickets : 75USD for the general public and 50USD for Lifeline Theatre subscribers.

Box Office : 773-761-4477

The event starts at 6 pm with hors d'oevres, a light supper, and wine, followed by the performance at 7 pm,with coffee and dessert after the performance.

Only 108 Tickets will be sold.

5. Future Events

[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

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

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[NEW, Leeds UK] Waterstones Book Club

Locations : Waterstones, 93-97 Albion Street, LS15JS Leeds

Date : 1st August 2017

Time : 18:00-18:45

This is a free event but as places are limited please contact Waterstones Leeds on 01132444588 to reserve your place in advance.

As this is meeting we will be reading Nation, a novel set in an alternative history our world.

"I believe that Nation is the best book I have ever written, or will write." - Sir Terry Pratchett

For more information contact us by phone 0113 2444 588 or email

Facebook event page : Sir Terry Pratchett Book Club

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[UPDATED, 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: Doors open at 7pm, Sat Matinee at 2.30pm

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

Box Office Website :

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[UK] Duck in a Hat theatre company presents Wyrd Sisters as adapted by Stephen Briggs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Location: Paradise in Augustines, (Venue 152) 41 George IV Bridge, EH1 1EL

Dates : 14th - 19th August and 21st - 27th August

Time : 16.25

Tickets: Adult, 9.50GBP Concession 8.50GBP

Box Office Website:

Box Office : 0131 510 0022

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[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!

Get your tickets here: Purchase NADWCON Tickets

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"

The Josh Kirby estate recently announced that the original artwork for Reaper Man will also be on view at the exhibition. It is a rare opportunity to see a Josh Kirby original in the UK as the last time was back in 2007.

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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[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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[NEW, UK] Erith Playhouse presents Mort as adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location: Erith Playhouse, 38-40 High Street, Erith, Kent, DA8 1QY

Dates: Mon 9th Oct 2017 - Sat 14th Oct 2017

Times: 8pm

Tickets: 10GBP


Box Office: 01322 350345

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[NEW, SOUTH AFRICA] DISCWORLD DAY at The Moors Castle, Gauteng, South Africa

Location : The Moors Castle, 638 Larsens Road, 1739 Muldersdrift, Gauteng, South Africa

Date: 4th November 2017

LIMITED NO OF TICKETS available from Quicket - Discworld Day - South Africa

Tickets : Online - R60.00 At the Gate - R80.00 Kids under 12 FREE

Dogs and unruly luggages to be kept on leashes at all times.

To find out more visit their Facebook Event page

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

It has been postponed until 2018/19

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[NEW, UK] Progress Theatre presents Maskerade as adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location: Progress Theatre, The Mount, Reading RG1 5HL

Dates: Thurs 18th Jan 2018 - Sat 27th Jan 2018 (Saturday Matinees included)


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[NEW, USA] Gainesville Theatre Alliance presents Monstrous Regiment as adapted by Stephen Briggs.

Location: UNG-Gainesville's Ed Cabell Theatre, 3820 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood, GA 30566

Dates: Fri 16th Feb - Sat 24th Feb 2018

Time: 7:30pm on the 16th, 18th and 20th - 24th, with matinees at 2:30pm on Sat 17th and Sat 24th

Tickets: 18-20 USD Adults, 16-18USD Seniors and 12-14USD Students

Website :

Box Office: 678 717 3624.

Special Events at this production

FREE Stage Tour (a peek behind the scenes!)

1st Feb 2018 at 6:00pm

Preview Performance: Ticket is 10USD (Preview tickets go on sale 29th Jan 2018)

Thursday 15th Feb 2018 at 7:30pm

FREE Opening Night Reception: In the lobby following the performance with the cast and crew, catered by ACE Catering

Friday 16th Feb 2018

Talk Back with Cast & Crew: a lively (and free) Q&A session following the performance on Tuesday 20th Feb 2018

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

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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[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 meetup 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

We assume any correspondence is eligible for use in the newsletter unless otherwise stated, including the sender's email address. We may edit your letters using a chimpanzee sat at a typewriter, because we could..

It is vitally important that you don't pass off other people's work as your own. If you use information from other resources please let us know so we can give proper credit.

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* From "Carolanne Ellis Brewer"

Dear Discworld Monthly

Having seen a couple of theatre productions of the Discworld now, I'm amazed at enthusiasm of those that are putting up the performances! I loved Mort in Chelmsford last year and Wyrd Sisters this year, can't wait to see the next one to take place near me.

In the meantime, I've decided to buy all the available plays - is there a list of the books that have been turned into plays??


Carolanne Ellis-Brewer

Hi Carolanne - there is a list of all the plays on our website in the bibliography section. .

I hope that helps you hunt them all down! - Rachel

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* From: "David Northey"

On June 19th, I attended the wedding of Jason and Rachel, surrounded by friends new and old. The bride and groom looked amazing, as did the guests who turned out in their Ankh Morpork finery! There was a lot of love towards the newly married couple, a lot of laughs, and a whole lot of fun! Sir Terry was toasted during the speeches, and the first dance was such great fun.

Congratulations to Jason and Rachel! Here is to one, two, many, lots of anniversaries!

Who knows when the next Discworld wedding will occur!

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* From: "Dennis Pelton"

A bit of commentary:

Before he really hit his stride as a writer, Sir Terry's novels were a bit short. Since The Light Fantastic is really a continuation of The Colour of Magic, the two books are often combined in one volume.

The ones I know about are:

Rincewind the Wizzard (US SFBC) which also contains Sourcery and Eric

The First Discworld Novels (ISBN: 0861404211) Dust Cover by Josh Kirby, hardcover

Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition (ISBN: 0575085096) illustrations by Stephen Player, hardcover

The Discworld Graphic Novels (ISBN: 0385614276 and ISBN: 0061685968) also available in paperback

The Rince Cycle (ISBN: 1783191961) dramatised--mostly The Light Fantastic, with bits of

The Colour of Magic and Sourcery added, paperback

The Colour of Magic (ISBN: 0575080450) The Illustrated Screenplay, dramatised, abridged, hardcover

The Colour Of Magic (ISBN: 0552157279) Film Tie-In Omnibus, paperback

And, of course, the movie includes parts of both novels, DVD

If anyone has additions to this list, please contact me! I try to keep up.

8. DiscTrivia

We're back with five challenging trivia questions for you - this month the questions all from The Fifth Elephant. Good luck, Jason

What is the name of the dark clerk sent with Sam Vimes to Uberwald?
When was the Diet of Bugs?
What does is the meaning of "Schmaltzberg Region"?
What is Angua's mother called?
Whose trousers did Vimes borrow?

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

9. Nice and Accurate Account of the Events

by Nathalie Eeckhout

Hereafter follows a Nice and Accurate Account of the Events that took place on Monday 19th of June 2017 at Caerphilly Castle, Wales, Being the Magnificent Marriage Rites of one Rachel Rowlands and one Jason Anthony of the Discworld Monthly.

On the 19th of June - one of the hottest days in the history of the United Kingdom, it would seem (1) - I set off to join a large group of friends for the joyous occasion of the wedding of the delectable Rachel Rowlands and her wonderful husband-to-be Jason Anthony (also known as 'Lucky Bugger').

The setting was truly magnificent. If you have never been to Caerphilly Castle, I highly recommend a visit. It is a stone behemoth, the largest castle in Britain after Windsor - think a slumbering giant awaiting a call to arms - and provided the perfect background to celebrate the love of two amazing people, who I count myself lucky to call my friends.

A myriad of guests were displaying a range of attire from around the Disc and confusing the regular visitors somewhat (as the castle was still open to the public at the time of the ceremony). Whilst making my way around the castle towards the entrance, I was asked several times what festival we were celebrating.

And now for the important bit... The wedding itself. This took place in the main hall, constructed out of large grey stones, with the bride and groom saying their vows in front of the large, open fireplace (2), in front of their friends and family.

Rachel and Jason had even made sure Terry was there in spirit, by thoughtfully placing one of his hats and a glass of brandy in one of the bay windows. The feelings of love, joy and happiness that could be felt filling that room were overwhelming.

Then followed the evening celebrations. The bride had made the most astonishing Discworld-themed centrepieces for the tables. There was a somewhat mischievous poem from one of the guests, followed by speeches that came straight from the heart. It was claimed this had something to do with running out of time to prepare them as they had too many other things to do, but I personally don't think anything prepared or planned could have surpassed them.

There is perhaps only one thing that stands out more, and that would have to be the opening dance. In keeping with their non-conventional side, Rachel and Jason opened to evening with a fairly standard romantic song, only for it to warp into 'The Timewarp' halfway through, at which points friends and family were invited to join in and sing and dance along with them.

It was a fantastic day, a magnificent evening and sublime a wedding that I will never forget - nor do I expect to see anything like it in the near future.

So, ladies and gentlemen, if you are still with me, please raise a glass to Mrs Rachel Anthony-Rowlands and Mr Jason Rincewind Anthony-Rowlands!

"Against one perfect moment, the centuries beat in vain." (3)

(1) I am more aware than most that I am still sporting a rather fetching 'seatbelt tan' on account of driving a convertible and deciding to have it open on that day, the weather being so glorious and all....

(2) It couldn't have looked more like the universal idea of what a castle hall looks like if it had tried.

(3) Quote by Terry Pratchett from Thief of Time [Ed - RAR here, coincidentally couldn't be more appropriate a quote, There are three school boys mentioned in Thief of Time, Jason, Ricardo and Billy. Strangely those names match Jason, Richard and Bill, the original trio that wrote Discworld Monthly]

10. Review: Maskerade, Clarbeston, Haverfordwest

Review by Jason Anthony

After having seen a rather lavish production of Maskerade in Newbury a couple of weeks before I had no idea how Clarbeston Road Players, a relatively local (within 50 miles) theatre company would interpret the same script.

It always amazes me how two theatre companies interpretation of the script can vary so much. Clarbeston's production was a lot of fun, while it might not have been as polished as the Watermill's production it was hugely entertaining. I think a lot of that comes down to the choice of the three main leads. Granny was expertly played by Kate Ashley - she did Granny's no nonsense so well. I think that being slightly more experience in life, Kate had a gravitas which I've often found wanting in younger actresses that have taken on Granny. This grounding of the character made it all the more believable and enjoyable. Valmai Morgan was also superb as Nanny with just about the right amount of naughtiness and Cheryl Sharpe was a very solid Agnes Nitt. I have to say that Adam Edgerley was excellent as Walter Plinge, again a role that is sometimes hard to get right. [Ed- RAR- Adam nailed the Frank Spencer impersonation] The rest of the cast were all very good.

There was, considering it was the final night, still the need for quite a bit of prompting but speaking to the cast after the show it was obvious that there was just so much prose in the story that it was difficult to cram it all in (an observation that the John Hicks - the director of the Watermill's production also agreed with).

There was a raffle during the intermission and Rachel and I were proud to have won a nice box of chocolates which we ate during the second half. Luckily for us, unlike Nanny's Snacks we didn't need to take our boot to them to soften them up!

I don't know if it was having recently already seen the play or Clarbeston's delivery but I found the play a lot easier to follow this time. I'm really pleased we got to see Maskerade again. And should the Clarbeston Players decide to stage another Pratchett production I'd be more than happy to head west once again.

[Ed-RAR - Director Sarah was very nervous about how well the whole play came across. She need not have worried though. Even my 13 yr old son totally got the story and thought it was really funny... and he's never read a Pratchett book]

11. Wedding Competition

This month we have something quite personal to give away as a prize. We made a Commemorative Wedding mug for our wedding as a gift to give some of those who helped the day run smoothly.

We have one of these mugs up for grabs along with one of the wedding favours (which is a handmade dragon candle).

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

"What is the name of the dragon at Caerphilly Castle, AND what does his name mean in English?"

Send your answer *and* your full postal address to before Thursday 27th July 2017. [My birthday btw..hint hint ED RAR]

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.

12. Ankh Morpork Times Competition result

Last month we offered one of the A3 prints of The Ankh-Morpork Times from the Oxford Story Museum Discworld Day.

After tracking down the question that was stolen by unlicensed thieves and posting it to the website we decided to let anyone that emailed us into the competition.

The actual question was What is the name of The Ankh Morpork Times' iconographer?

Then answer we were looking for was Otto Chriek but as mentioned before we accepted blank answers, the number 42 came up a few times as well... So if you emailed us you were entered into the competition.

The randomly selected winner is: Rachel Porrelli from Edinburgh who, for the record, actually had the correct answer.

We just need to procure a postal tube and we'll get the prize off to you as soon as possible.

13. The End

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