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Discworld Monthly Issue 260 January 2019

Issue 260

1. Editorial

Welcome to the first issue of 2019, the Discworld year of the incontrovertible skunk, a year that promises the release of Good Omens on television and finally, after many years, the release of Troll Bridge to all its backers. We hope that this year we will also hear more news about The Watch and other exciting cinematic / televisual delights.

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Early in the new year I heard the sad news that one of our Discworld Community, Mike Wines, had sadly passed as some point over the festive season. It was only when people noticed he hadn't posted on Facebook for a few days did the appropriate alarms get raised. Mike was a lovely man who along with his most wonderful wife Cathy produced the amazing Beathtieth in the early 2000s. Sadly Cathy succumbed to cancer a few years ago so Mike died alone.

We've also just heard about the passing of the lovely Sarah Hennigan. Sarah passed while in the company of her husband Bernard (whom she married a few days earlier) and their children. Our condolences go out to Sarah's and Mike's family and friends.

We live in an ageing community - I've been involved in Discworld fandom for over two decades (and I was late to the party) and last year we lost at least a couple more of our Discworld family. Gaz Hunter and Melville Hall are just two that I know of.

#GNU Mike

#GNU Sarah

#GNU Gaz

#GNU Melville

Please, If you haven't spoken to friends for a while - don't leave it or wait for the next event. Give them a call. You never know how much difference receiving a friendly call could make.

Jason

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Jason Rincewind Anthony-Rowlands (Editor and Wizzard)
Rachel Anthony-Rowlands (The Writer)
Richard Massey (Even Older Statesman)

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1.1 Important Information

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1.2 Submissions

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The deadline for submissions to issue 261 of Discworld Monthly is Wednesday 20th February 2019.

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2. News

2.1 GOOD OMENS is STILL coming !!!

By the ever hopeful Rachel

Ok, I'll be honest, I was holding off on producing a January issue because I wanted to be able to write here that it will premiere on Amazon Prime on XYZ date. Which in my head and using all my gut instincts should have been the 5th Feb. I have my reasons for saying that, Publication dates of TV tie in books etc a couple of months ago would have tied up with the release of the series. Some of those books now have a release date of the 5th April…. EDIT 18th April… go figure!

So here we all are sat around, waiting for an announcement that will come approximately two days after we publish just to prove that Crowley does indeed screw with us for giggles.

We do know that the first 3 episodes have been released to a selected few for audience reaction feedback. I know this because despite the fact they signed NDA's, some of those select few couldn't help bragging about it on Reddit.

We also know that Amazon Prime's marketing team are sending out Chocolate Bombs to Instagrammers and Crowley and Aziraphale Tea and Biscuits to Journalists to ramp up interest in the upcoming series. [Except we are not on their lists so we haven't had any. *sad face]

So what has changed since we last said anything about Good Omens?

We have had news about "The Definitive Good Omens" with illustrations by Paul Kidby (release date has changed since we shouted about it on Social Media. It is now the 18th April instead of the 4th) and really nothing much else.

So if you like your Good Omens in paper form, below is a list of all the varying new book editions that we could find plus the TV companion, the scriptbook, plus the re-issue of the Radio 4 Dramatisation.

Sods Law says we will press send on this newsletter and the release date of the series will magically appear.

To Pre-order any of these using our affiliate links (Currently Amazon.com does not have any of these available for Pre-order)

Good Omens [TV Tie-In] : Mass Market Paperback, Current Release date: 26th Feb 2019,

Amazon UK

Good Omens: Paperback: Large Print, Current Release date: 5th Mar 2019

Amazon UK

The Nice and Accurate Good Omens TV Companion, Current Release Date : 18th April 2019

Amazon UK

The Quite Nice and Fairly Accurate Good Omens Script Book : Hardcover : 18th Apr 2019

Amazon UK

The Definitive Good Omens (Illustrated) : Hardcover, Current Release Date: 18th Apr 2019

Amazon UK

The Definitive Good Omens (Illustrated) : Slipcased Hardback (ignore that it says Paperback) – Current Release Date : 18th Apr 2019

Amazon UK

Good Omens: The BBC Radio 4 dramatisation Audio CD – Reissue - Current Release Date - 18th Apr 2019

Amazon UK

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2.2 Troll Bridge World Premiere

Troll Bridge had its World Premiere on the 16th January at Flickerfest on Bondi Beach Sydney Australia. Flickerfest is an Academy Accredited and BAFTA-recognised festival and thus their awards are industry recognised. Troll Bridge did exceedingly well to get selected for Flickerfest. 2700 films applied to be included and only 200 got selected of which one was Troll Bridge. That alone is a huge achievement.

Whilst we would give Troll Bridge every award possible, we are slightly biased [read that as majorly biased] but unfortunately the judging panels didn't see what we see in the film.

Daniel Knight said to us (after he had watched the winning films) that the competition was amazing and he was very happy to lose to the shows they lost to.

Daniel did a Live Q&A session on Facebook and Youtube on Monday morning and he reiterated how important it is to allow the film to do the festival circuit. Currently it has only been selected for one festival and that was Flickerfest.

Daniel has been trying hard for the last six months to get Troll Bridge into the festival circuit and the issue may be that it is too long. The plan currently is to edit it down to a length that is pleasing to the festival circuit and that length is 10-14 minutes long. As it stands the current festival edit is 25 mins long with the full film being 33 mins long. That is a major barrier as a festival selection committees have to decide to have either 2 films in the time slot or Troll Bridge. Most will go for the 2 films so a second film festival edited version is needed to allow Troll Bridge to have the best chance to get selected,

Troll Bridge wouldn't lose the main story arc though, just a character arc would be dropped for the sake of the edit. On the DVD/Blu Ray there will still get the full film so backers need not worry about this affecting the film they will receive.

Which leads us on to a couple of the main questions:

- When are backers getting their rewards?

The answer is at the latest the 1st November 2019. This is to allow the film every chance possible on the festival circuit because once it has been released to the backers, film festivals will not be interested in Troll Bridge at all as it would have gone to distribution.

- I'm a Backer but I haven't heard anything from Snowgum Films in a long time?

The answer is - Check your Spam box. Snowgum Films are currently sending out a newsletter around once a month. If you haven't received anything after checking, send an email to them via their contact page and they will sort you out. - trollbridge.film

Troll Bridge's latest newsletter came out on the 20th Jan 2019, you can read it here.

Troll Bridge Newsletter

And just in case you are not a Backer and you want to be,

Troll Bridge's contract states that they can continue raising money while they are still in a position to spend money [on the film!] . Once the film has been completed and outstanding expenses covered, SnowGum Films may need to close off DVD availability.

So if you want it on DVD or Blu-ray, order it now as you may not be able to get it later!

To get yours:

BackerKit

Troll Bridge Website

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2.3 Book Release News

Other than the updated information up in the Good Omens is Still Coming section, news on the 2020 diary has shown up on our radar.

The 2020 Diary will be called Death and Friends, A Discworld Journal and is penned by the wonderful nutters at The Discworld Emporium . Current release date is the 8th August 2019 and it should be good from the burb.

"There's nothing like a journal to get you thinking about life, the universe, and a Disc suspended by four elephants standing atop a giant turtle. Who better to help you than Death, Sir Terry Pratchett's most enduring anthropomorphic personification? He's seen it all.

With space aplenty to plan your daily routines, express your wildest dreams, or write your life story, you'll be aided and abetted by Death's wit, wisdom and observations along the way. Fill the pages how you like, there's no wrong way to live a life. Or complete a journal.

So come along, brief mortal, and make the most of Death's OUTSIDE PERSPECTIVE."

To pre-order yours using our affiliate links, click below

Amazon UK

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2.4 Discworld and Beyond Exhibition Tour

You haven't got much longer to see the Discworld & Beyond touring exhibition in Hitchin as it closes on the 9th Feb.

Location: North Hertfordshire Museum, Via Town Hall, Brand Street, Hitchin, SG5 1JE

Dates : Saturday December 15th 2018 – Saturday 9th February 2019

Opening times : Tuesday – Saturday: 10:30 to 16:30

North Hertfordshire Museum


3. Review: Going Postal – East End Players

By Steve and Barbara Durbin

This is East End Player's third Discworld play and we attended the first night.

The stage was quite a small one, requiring an innovative set which the team certainly delivered; the post office represented by loads of boxes with letters at rear of stage with the curtain being used when other locations such as Vetinari's officer were needed. We were particularly impressed by the boxes being slid apart to reveal the Omniscope for the climactic scene – kudos to the set team. Music was also amusingly chosen, and used to cover the longish blackouts. As it was a first night, some things did go wrong, but that's theatre and the cast and crew worked hard to either cover up or make a joke of it.

The cast were well chosen and believable in their roles; a Lady Vetinari was a bit of a surprise but Margaret Butt played it well, looking slightly reminiscent of Theresa May but giving it the full Thatcher handbag when required. Stanley was, well, Stanley and came across wonderfully as the sort of obsessive who is always looking over your left ear…

Ian Gilbert as Moist had the difficult job of playing the very long role and having to improvise round some quite frequent lacunae in lines – including his own. One on-stage remark suggested that they had made last-minute cuts and explained some of the confusion, but almost all the cast had to be prompted at some time. Ian improvised madly and broke the fourth wall well to keep things moving, but it still was a bit uncomfortable. However, let him or her who has never blanked on stage throw the first stone…

Overall, a fun night and great to see so many non-Pratchett fans in the audience – more converts!


4. Review: Johnny and the Dead – Paulton Amateur Dramatic Society Youth Players

By Steve and Barbara Durbin

A football club on a match day was certainly an unusual venue for a Pratchett play, but a portable stage in a function room worked well for the production.

The set was great, with nice glow-in-the-dark headstones and moon, lots of ivy and a smoke machine for atmosphere; simple but effective.

It's a small company and because of that some difficult casting decisions had been made – kudos to the director, Gemma Turner, for picking people who whilst they didn't quite fit Terry's descriptions could carry off the roles well. For a youth cast we were also impressed by how smoothly the play went and how much effort they had all put in to make it work – Gemma told us that the cast had had a great time doing the play, which is also good to hear. A couple of older characters were also cast – Bernard Welch as Grandad particularly stood out with a lovely portrayal.

Tom Grey as Johnny was perfect – he conveyed the character so well, showing an understanding of what he was doing beyond his years. The Dead were also wonderfully done – we were particularly impressed by the characters with strong foreign accents (Jasmine Chivers as Antonio Vicenti, Harry Melling as Solomon Einstein) who carried them off flawlessly, a feat many adult actors can't manage. Gracie Niermond as the Alderman managed to portray the pomposity perfectly, and Libby James as William Stickers gave us a great wannabe-Marxist.

A lovely performance and one that more people should have seen; next time this company are doing a Pratchett we will be first in the queue at the newsagent's for tickets!


5. Review: Guards! Guards! By Luke Players, Birmingham

By Steve and Barbara Durbin

Founded in 1937, the Luke players are over 80 years old, one of the oldest companies we've seen doing Terry plays.

The venue was Birmingham Metropolitan Art Centre (the MAC) , a rather grand building but the stage was quite modest – small might be kinder!

We knew we were in for a fun experience when the first scene commenced with the Dig, Dig, Dig song of the Disney dwarfs – the humour in music selection was a lovely feature of this production, with several similarly witty choices.

The production was well put together and performed, with only a couple of slips on lines. The director had taken the decision to leave in the footnote character, which companies sometimes remove – Lucy Smart did a lovely bubbly job of delivering the footnotes (and prompting too) . It does help non-Pratchett fans to get some of the humour, but at the expense of slowing the action.

Carrot was played by Ellie McFall, who made a lovely job of playing the innocent abroad that makes the role so special; Paul Deane as the Librarian dressed in a very fetching dressing gown was convincing especially in his irritation at the lack of intelligence of the human cast, and managed to convey a wide range of emotions via "ook!".

Mark Earl as Vimes and Michelle Smart as Wonse played well together, with Mark doing Vimes's world-wearyness to Wonse's smarmy officiousness very convincingly.

Errol was a rather lovely glove puppet with superb eyes – nice work by the props crew, who otherwise were a bit limited by the size of the stage.

Overall, an enjoyable production, and we hope the Luke players will try another Pratchett soon.

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And an alternative review from David Northey :

Review of Guards! Guards! By Luke Players, MAC Birmingham 1 December 2018 – Last night

performance

Being a local performance of the 1st City Watch book (my introduction to the written Pratchett, after seeing Eric as an Am-Dram in York umpty-umph years ago) , I was looking forward to seeing how the Luke Players would bring the Ankh-Morpork City Watch to life, using Stephen Briggs amazing adaptation.

After meeting some fellow fans outside the main door – one couple even coming from Bradford, if my memory serves correctly, and even asked after our beloved editors Jason and Rachel – there seemed to be a good representation of ages, and knowledge of Sir Terry's work.

The theatre space was small, but well utilised throughout the play, making good use of the stairs at the right of the stage (as I looked at it) for various scenes in the roof tops of Ankh-Morpork.

There was minimal use of props during the play – a table and chair for Carrot's letter writing scenes, and for Vetinari's office, and an amazing Errol arm puppet.

The actors were great throughout – though during the first scene at the Secret Society doors, the 1st keeper of the door was hard to be heard, there was a missed line during the scene between Vimes and Wonse (Wonse asking whether Vimes had been drinking) , and DEATH came out without his mask on during the deaths of the Elucidated Brethren of the Ebon Night.

Mark Earey who played Vimes, Andrew Delahunty who played the Patrician, and Helen Smart who played Nobby were all fantastic in their parts – they were close to how I imagined them to be. Eliie McFall was great in her role as the Naive Carrot.

The only thing that seemed out of place was the use of Disney's "Heigh Ho" at the start of the play, though I can understand the reason behind it, as it is linked to the dwarves from Snow White

All in all, a great show, and would like to see them attempt another adaptation.


6. Report: Stephen Briggs at Beaconsfield Library – 10th October 2018

By Andrea Richardson

I must first apologise for the delay in writing this. Sometimes life gets in the way!

I was delighted to get a ticket to attend this talk with the illustrious Mr Briggs back in October. The event was arranged by the Beaconsfield Society during Libraries Week. The aim was to celebrate the life and works of our favourite author, who as we know was born and raised in Beaconsfield.

It was an interesting start as Stephen asked if all those attending knew about Discworld, and a couple of people were new to DW and to Terry, so Stephen first had to explain what Discworld and L-Space was. Let's hope there are some new converts to the great man! Stephen then talked about how we hooked up with Terry, doing a theatrical adaptation of Wyrd Sisters. He continued the friendship when adapting Mort.

Terry then asked him to collaborate on the Discworld Companion. However, it was decided a map of Ankh Morpork should be created first. The map was largely consistent with what was in Terry's head versus the books, though there are a few exceptions where some 'stretching' had to take place. The creation consisted largely of a lot of Tippex and blue tack, and also a lot of faxing back and forward (emails being non-existent back then) .

Terry apparently included some "easter eggs" for future stories, such as the River Gleam which appeared in The Truth several years later. The River Ankh was flipped 90 degrees to run top to bottom rather than across. During the final printing of the map, the printers made the final product smaller than the two men imagined, and it was Stephen who made them make it larger.

After some lovely stories, a Q&A session took place in the grand tradition of such events. Stephen touched on how Terry was funny, tough and not someone to suffer fools. He ended with saying how privileged he was to work with Terry.

It was an interesting and enjoyable evening, with thanks to Stephen, and to Beaconsfield Library for hosting.


7. Review: Hogfather at Unicorn Theatre

By Andrea Richardson

A few Discworld fans had an unexpected gathering on a Saturday afternoon in November when we travelled to Abingdon for this production of Hogfather by Studio Theatre Club.

The play opened with some Hogswatch carollers and I was very impressed with the vocals and harmonies of the choir. We had a Narrator to keep the story moving, performed nice and clearly by Michelle Chew. Sarah Wright was very well cast as Susan Sto Helit, having a consistently stern manner (and also a wonderful costume!) . Mr Teatime was suitably evil and did a very good job, though I had to question the choice on his shoes. His lovely smart costume was heavily marred by wearing very casual shoes with white soles, which to me was a glaring error.

The role of Death was operated by our own Stephen Briggs, and voiced by Mike MacDonald. They did an excellent job together and had clearly worked hard to synchronise the moves and voice. The rest of the cast all did brilliantly and there was not a weak cast member at all. There was one massive surprise at the end when they included an audio clip from the Hogfather movie, in which Death visits the Toymaker and Terry's voice is heard. That was definitely a tear-jerking moment.

Hogfather has several stories threading through it and switches scenes a lot. There was excellent use of a large screen displaying the location as we jumped from one to the next, and sometimes back again. This was well used in conjunction with lighting effects, and kept the set minimal with no requirements for getting huge backdrops on and off.

The play has adapted well from the book and keeps the main theme of belief very much at the front of the play, along with the Tooth Fairy story. Obviously some things have to change or be dropped given the restrictions of the stage, but the play does not suffer for that and Mr Briggs is to be congratulated for his skills.

I thoroughly enjoyed the play and look forward to seeing more from STC in the future.


8. DiscTrivia

Wow, Rachel's let me write the Trivia again. Good luck everyone.

Q1.What is Sumtin?
Q2.Who is Rinpo?
Q3.Who created the first Pizza on the Discworld?
Q4.Why was Bijabringabeeralong's regatta once cancelled?
Q5.Which guild has the motto: Non Ante Septem Dies Proxima, Sqviri?

The answers as usual can be found at the end of this issue.


9. Birthdays

Everyone has a birthday. If you know someone who would like a mention or if you would like your birthday included in the listings, send us an email the month before your birthday and we will add it to the list! Email Subject: Birthday

Happy January Greetings to Carolanne Ellis-Brewer, Chris Pendry, Bev Greenhalgh, Nicole Henderson, Hannah Wright, Polly Bartlett, Anita Carr, Steven Dean,Dawn Tazare, Gemma P, Stella Carter, Adam Barker, Heather Wallace, Andrew Nevill, Megan Lewis, Andrew Norman, John Quilty, Elaine Boot, Lucie Zeale, Margaret Butler, Emma Spruce-Smith, Bambanella Brunigioni, Mitch Benn, Tim Williams, Keith Stewart, Muriel Lavender Vicky SugarBean Lear, Wendy Green, Elizabeth Navi, Catherine Homer and a special shout out to Marti Sterin !

And Happy February Birthday Greetings to : Garry Oxley, Rob Liano, Jane Deal, Andrew Raby,Iain Campbell, Sara-Jane Ray, Christian Almgren, Charles Braham, Richie Watkins, Jen Austen, SteelJam, Astrid Stratton, Abbie Walton, Andrea Potts-Pointer, Naomi Webb, Nigel Uzzell, Jeff Rupp, Martin Glauner, Kimberley Chandler,Joe Pattison, Thomas Rowlands, Jerry Elsmore, Beth Murray, Helen Cordingley and Tom Foolery.


10. 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 by starpping them into a Rhino saddle and ringing the bell on the carousel. 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 "Jane Steinberg"

In last month's DiscTrivia you wrote that Black Roger was a Doc.

Correction. Black Roger was a Dog (weeeeelll if you want an amputation yes)

Jason replies: Typus typodia strikes again!

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* From: "R M (Steve) Stephens"

Dear Discworld,

It is ironic that you should regret the non-use of an apostrophe, - " Though I would have been more impressed if the font used included apostrophes... The Tooth Fairys Castle just irked me a little." - when you make the mistake of the apostrophe in - " They say to never judge a book by it's cover.."

Please review the rules, when you have time.

Jason replies: Once again you have me banged to rights!

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* From: "Kenneth McCamish"

I have to disagree with one reader's umbrage at Cheery's being described as nonbinary. Cheery is certainly NOT nonbinary as we know she identifies as female. However, she DOES have nonbinary-ness forced on her by Dwarf society and eventually breaks free of it. So I think it's a good way to describe her at the beginning so those who don't know the story can watch her break free from what's been forced on her all her life, just as nonbinary people have to do in a binary world. In that way, it certainly works as a way of planting the idea into the heads of newcomers to the stories.

And BTW, HURRY BBC! Love from Lancre

"The Only Gay in the Village"


11. Book Release News

11.1 English Language Releases

UK Book Releases - Updated

A TV-Tie in mass market paperback of Good Omens is going to be available as of the 26th Feb 2019.

Pre-order

Amazon UK

In the US Release date is 5th March.

Amazon US

[Tv-Tie In is the fancy wording for having a new cover that matches the branding of the Tv series, probably with Amazon prime written on it somewhere - Rachel]

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A new Large Print paperback of Good Omens has a current release date of the 5th Mar 2019

Pre-order

Amazon UK

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The Definitive Good Omens Illustrated by Paul Kidby currently has a release date of the 18th April. With 12 full colour illustrations plus numerous line drawings by the amazing Paul Kidby, this definitive version of the text has had all the typos and errors corrected by Neil Gaiman and the Pratchett Estate. Coming out in a standard and a slipcase edition it is due out on the 18th April 2019.

Pre-Order

The Definitive Good Omens (Illustrated) : Standard Hardcover

Amazon UK

The Definitive Good Omens (Illustrated) : Slipcased Hardback (ignore that it says Paperback)

Amazon UK

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The Radio 4 dramatisation on CD of Good Omens is getting reissued on the (you guessed it) 18th April 2019.

Pre-Order

Amazon UK

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THE QUITE NICE AND FAIRLY ACCURATE GOOD OMENS SCRIPT BOOK will be released on the 18th April 2019.

Written by Neil Gaiman The Quite Nice and Fairly Accurate Good Omens Script Book is a hardback book which contains 400 pages, many of which have scenes that didn't quite make it to the screen.

It will be published by Headline and will cost 20 GBP

Pre-order yours

Amazon UK

Also Available on Kindle at 13.99GBP

Amazon UK KINDLE

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THE NICE AND ACCURATE GOOD OMENS TV COMPANION will also be released on the 18th April 2019

The Nice and Accurate Good Omens TV Companion will be your ultimate guide to the upcoming apocalypse. It will feature incredible photographs, stunning location shots, costume boards, set designs and fascinating character profiles and in-depth interviews with the stars and crew.

It will cost 25GBP and is a huge 320 pages of Good Omens loveiness.

Pre-order now from

Amazon UK

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Dodger paperback with cover by Laura Ellen Anderson due for release on the 25th April 2019

Paperback: 416 pages

Age Range: 9 - 17 years

Publisher: Corgi Childrens (25 April 2019)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0552577200

ISBN-13: 978-0552577205

RRP 7.99

Amazon UK

Amazon Canada

Amazon Germany

Note: This is not currently on Amazon US but as soon as it becomes available we will put up the link

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Nation paperback with cover by Laura Ellen Anderson due for release on the 25th July 2019.

Paperback: 432 pages

Age Range: 9 - 16 years

Publisher: Corgi Childrens (25 July 2019)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0552577197

ISBN-13: 978-0552577199

RRP 7.99

Pre-order

Amazon UK

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Discworld Collector's Library Editions.

Snuff with cover by Joe McLaren due for release on the 14th Nov 2019 (Subject to change)

Hardcover

Publisher: Doubleday (14 Nov. 2019)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0857526499

ISBN-13: 978-0857526496

RRP 12.99

Pre-order

Amazon UK

Raising Steam with cover by Joe McLaren deu for release on the 14th Nov 2019 (Subject to change)

Hardcover

Publisher: Doubleday (14 Nov. 2019)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0857526502

ISBN-13: 978-0857526502

Pre-order

Amazon UK

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US/Canadian Releases

Terry Pratchett: The BBC Radio Drama Collection: Seven full-cast dramatisations

Collected together for the first time are seven full-cast BBC Radio dramatisations of Terry Pratchett's novels, with star-studded casts including Martin Jarvis, Sheila Hancock, Anton Lesser, Philip Jackson, Alex Jennings and Mark Heap.

Now being published for the very first time, the adaptations in this collection are:

Mort

Wyrd Sisters

Guards! Guards!

Eric

Small Gods

Night Watch

In addition to the Discworld radio Plays is the full-cast dramatisation of Only You Can Save Mankind.

Unfortunately Nation and Good Omens are not included in this collection.

Audio CD

Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; Unabridged edition edition

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1785298224

ISBN-13: 978-1785298226

To Preorder

Amazon USA due 27th Nov 2018

Amazon Canada due 27th Nov 2018

Available now at

Amazon UK

Amazon Germany

Audible UK Link


12. Stage Productions

Whilst we would love to get to every event and play to write reviews and articles about them, we just don't have enough time, petrol and a wide enough spread of friends to borrow the couch for the night. But you, our wonderful readers do have the time, petrol and often don't need the couches as the event or play is on your doorstep!

We don't have English degrees here and you don't need one either to write something for Discworld Monthly!

PS. If you know of a play or event that we don't know about (shock horror) , email us. We like the surprise!

All submissions should be emailed to or

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

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12.1 New and Updated Productions

These productions are new this month or have been updated. For our full list visit: Pratchett Stage Productions

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[New: UK] Ooook Productions presents Mort as adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location:Luce Theatre, Durham School, Quarryheads Ln, Durham DH1 4SZ, UK
Dates:Thursday 21st - Saturday 23rd February 2019
Times:Performances at 7.30pm
Tickets:6.50GBP DST, 7GBP Student, 8GBP Standard
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[New: UK] Showtimers presents Wyrd Sisters as adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location:Nutfield Village Hall, Mid Street, South Nutfield, RH1 4JJ UK
Dates:Thursday 21st - Sat 23rd February 2019
Times:Doors open at 7pm, Curtain up at 7.30pm, relaxed Matinee on the Sat, doors open at 2pm, Curtain up at 2.30pm
Tickets:10GBP, 7.50GBP under 12's
Box office:07954614009 / buytickets.at
Website:Showtimers
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[New: UK] Studio Theatre Club presents Witches Abroad as adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location:Unicorn Theatre, Medieval Abbey Buildings, Checker Walk, Abingdon, OXON, OX14 3JB UK
Dates:Thursday 27th November - Saturday 30th Novmeber 2019
Times:Performance starts at 7.30pm, additional matinee on the Saturday which starts at 2.30pm
Tickets:12GBP (Tickets NOT Available until the 24th August at 9am)
Box office:wegottickets.com
Website:Studio Theatre Club

13. Discworld Conventions and other Events

13.1 Current and Upcoming Events

For more details of these events visit: Conventions and Other Events

  • Discworld & Beyond Exhibition in North Hertfordshire Museum, UK (15th December 2018 – 9th February 2019)
  • Waterstones Leeds Sir Terry Pratchett Book Club in Leeds, UK (5th February 2019)

13.2 New and Updated Events

These events are new or have recently been updated. For our full list visit: Conventions and Other Events

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[Updated: UK] Discworld & Beyond Exhibition

Location:North Hertfordshire Museum, Via Town Hall, Brand Street, Hitchin, SG5 1JE
Dates:15th December 2018 – 9th February 2019
Website:northhertsmuseum.org

Paul Kidby's Discworld artwork goes on display in this wonderful touring exhibition. Amongst a myriad of Discworld art lies Paul's Charmed Realm series of images. Beautiful to look at, even more beautiful on your walls at home. Prints are available at the museum gift shop and on Paul's website.

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[New: UK] Waterstones Leeds Sir Terry Pratchett Book Club

Location:Waterstones Leeds, 93-97 Albion Street, LS15JS Leeds
Dates:5th February 2019
Website:Facebook Event Page

Join our great Sir Terry Pratchett Book Club - this month we're reading Soul Music, a Discworld novel about music and Death.


14. Recurring Fan Meetings

By their very nature the listing of recurring fan meeting remains static. So we've moved the full listings to our website at Recurring Fan Meetings

The newsletter will only include any listings that are new or have changed within the last 30 days.


15. Small Ads

If you want to try to sell your unwanted / duplicate Discworld items to other fans (and its legal for you to do so) email us at with the subject "Ads" and a short description of what you have and how fans can contact you. Discworld Monthly only lists the ads and is not responsible for the contents, validity or reliability of the ads or the buyers and sellers.

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Fancy a holiday to the land of the librarian and a universe full of wonders? Though it it would be too expensive?

Then look no further...join Andrea, a life long STP fan and conservation biologist, at her guest house in North Sumatra, Indonesia. Not only can you go jungle trekking to see if you can spot the librarian and his friends. the monkeys (well, not actually friends..more like acquaintances) . You can also go on village walks, do cooking class, go river swimming and so much more.

Have a look at her website and drop Andrea and email or whatsapp with any questions at all. There's a 5% discount if you start your email with your favourite discworld quote!

Green Hill Guest House

.....fyi...Andrea would like to bring your attention to this quote

"It was the special sort of beautiful area which is only beautiful if you can leave after briefly admiring its beauty and go somewhere else where there are hot tubs and cold drinks. Actually staying there for any length of time is a penance."


16. The End

This month's issue is brought to you by sore throats, insomnia and being inverted 5 times with friends.

The deadline for submissions to issue 261 of Discworld Monthly is Wednesday 20th February 2019.

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16.6 Trivia Answers

Q1.What is Sumtin?
A1.A philosophical system from Klatch. (Wyrd Sisters, Witches Abroad)
 
Q2.Who is Rinpo?
A2.A history monk, Chief acolyte to the Abbot at the Monastery of Oi Dong (Thief of Time)
 
Q3.Who created the first Pizza on the Discworld?
A3.Ronron 'Revelation Joe' Shuwadhi.
 
Q4.Why was Bijabringabeeralong's regatta once cancelled?
A4.The river filled up with water. (The Last Continent)
 
Q5.Which guild has the motto: Non Ante Septem Dies Proxima, Sqviri?
A5.The Plumbers' Guild. (Translates to: Not Before Next Week, Squire.)
 
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16.7 Small Print

We make every effort we can to ensure the information in this newsletter is accurate and legal. All trademarks are recognized as the property of their respective owners, whoever they may be. Discworld (R) is a registered trade mark of the Estate of Sir Terry Pratchett used under licence.

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16.8 Thanks

Thanks for reading this issue of 'Discworld Monthly'. We hope you enjoyed it. If you have any comments, complaints or suggestions for the future of this newsletter please email the editor :

16.9 The Final Word...

*Rachel here*

We may not be perfect designers, or award winning journalists but we do our best to keep you all entertained and informed about all things Terry. We do have some ethics though. We like our news to be current, up to date and factual with a solid source. We don't like posting rumours but occasionally the source it comes from is 98 percent solid so we will tell you it's a rumour and confirm it when we have a 100 percent confirmation. Our own articles are written by us for us only. You won't find articles from other publications here unless it's a formal press release about an adaptation, book release or event or something we actually wrote for someone else unless they begged us to publish it (OK not begged but some of our lovely friends do ask us occasionally to boost something) . [NB I say we are not award winning but Discworld Monthly did win Website of the Month for Issue 3 back in a different century. It would be nice to win something much more recent, or even just get acknowledged #justsaying]

Whilst you keep reading it, we'll keep on writing it because we love Terry's books just as much as you do.

GNU Terry Pratchett...


Table of Contents:

1. Editorial
1.1 Important Information
1.2 Submissions
1.3 Merchandise
2. News
2.1 GOOD OMENS is STILL coming !!!
2.2 Troll Bridge World Premiere
2.3 Book Release News
2.4 Discworld and Beyond Exhibition Tour
3. Review: Going Postal – East End Players
4. Review: Johnny and the Dead – Paulton Amateur Dramatic Society Youth Players
5. Review: Guards! Guards! By Luke Players, Birmingham
6. Report: Stephen Briggs at Beaconsfield Library – 10th October 2018
7. Review: Hogfather at Unicorn Theatre
8. DiscTrivia
9. Birthdays
10. Readers' Letters
11. Book Release News
11.1 English Language Releases
12. Stage Productions
12.1 New and Updated Productions
13. Discworld Conventions and other Events
13.1 Current and Upcoming Events
13.2 New and Updated Events
14. Recurring Fan Meetings
15. Small Ads
16. The End
16.1 Supporting Discworld Monthly
16.2 eBook Editions
16.3 Contact Information
16.4 Latest Book Information
16.5 Subscription Information
16.6 Trivia Answers
16.7 Small Print
16.8 Thanks
16.9 The Final Word...
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