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Discworld Monthly - Issue 272 - October 2019

Issue 272

1. Editorial

Welcome to issue 272 of Discworld Monthly - firstly an apology for the tardiness of this issue - we've been extremely busy at various Comic and anime conventions spreading the word about Discworld. It's always fun to hear the shout of "Oi, Rincewind" when you walk into a room. We've had lots of fun chatting with other Discworld fans that we wouldn't have otherwise met in person. - Oh, and we've also been playing on rollercoasters (again)

We are really looking forward to getting our copy of The Cosplay Journal at the end of October. Part of issue 4 will feature a photoshoot we were part of back on a glorious day in August. We've included a couple of shots later in this issue to give you an idea of how great they look.

We'll be heading down to Bristol on Sunday 20th October for the Bristol Comic Con and Gaming Festival ... if you see us, come over and have a chat.

See you next issue,

Jason

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Jason Rincewind Anthony-Rowlands (Editor and Wizzard)
Rachel Anthony-Rowlands (Queen of Clean)
Richard Massey (We still don't know what he does - but it doesn't seem to matter)

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1.1 Important Information

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And our website, discworldmonthly.co.uk which contains loads of information about the books, stage productions around the world, interesting articles, back issues and our merchandise shop.

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1.2 Submissions

Want to make your opinions about the Discworld known to the world?

Have you been to see a play or a Discworld related event and want to write a review about it?

Then get writing! We are always on the lookout for exclusive articles and reviews to share with our readers so don't hesitate, email us today with the subject Article/Review at

If you are putting on a stage production or know of a stage production near you, please email us and let us know about that too.

We happily advertise all stage productions for free and we can help in other ways too. Email with the Subject line "Stage Production".

The deadline for submissions to issue 273 of Discworld Monthly is Wednesday 23rd October 2019.

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1.3 Merchandise

Discworld Monthly has an amazing (if we say so ourselves) range of mugs , badges , fridge magnets , keyrings , mouse mats and window stickers for sale worldwide.

If you love the idea of The Watch series, we have our very own Vimes and Errol range available for your delight.

If you want something a bit more personal, you can always show your love for your favourite Discworld newsletter with a personalised Discworld Monthly mug.


2. News

2.1 The Watch News

The main cast for The Watch series was announced a couple of weeks ago.

Richard Dormer is Sam Vimes

Adam Hugill is Constable Carrot

Jo Eaton-Kent is Constable Cheery

Marama Corlette is Corporal Anguw

Lara Rossi is Lady Sybil

Sam Adewunmi is Carcer Dunn

Also joining the cast are Adam Hugill (1917) , (Don't Forget The Driver) , Marama Corlette (Blood Drive) and Lara Rossi (Crossing Lines) together with Sam Adewunmi (The Last Tree) .

Filming started in South Africa on 30th September.

The series will consist of 7A episodes of 45 minutes each and is produced by BBC Studios and Narrativia for BBC AMERICA.

It has been written by Simon Allen, and is executive produced by Hilary Salmon , Ben Donald for BBC Studios and Rob Wilkins for Narrativia. Richard Stokes also joins the team as executive producer.

The Watch is a uniquely anarchic, and thrillingly entertaining procedural police drama inspired by the legendary 'City Watch' subset of "Discworld" novels. This disruptive, character-driven thriller centres on Terry Pratchett's misfit cops as they fight to save a ramshackle city of normalized wrongness from both the past and future in a perilous quest.

Make of the above what you will. We will watch it when it comes out and hopefully it will draw people to the thing we love most, the books!

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2.1.1 The Watch Merchandise News

BBC Studios has announced that it will retain all licensing rights to The Watch. Representation of the series includes all licensing rights across merchandise, gaming, publishing, and live events.

Rikesh Desai, Licensing Director, Consumer Products, said: "The Watch is an exciting addition to our slate and one we're proud to be representing. We're looking forward to the series launching next year and to working with partners across the merchandise, gaming, publishing and live events industry."

Rob Wilkins, Executive Producer and Narrativia MD, said "By collaborating with BBC Studios' partners, we'll be able to offer fans and audiences new ways to engage with a world from Terry's imagination. The prospect of expanding the reach of The Watch in this way is a very exciting one, and I look forward to working with new partners that come on board. "

The Watch is currently in development and is due to launch in 2020.

Source : bbc.co.uk

Rachel says….

Of course the above means we'll be looking out for Tv tie-in books like "The Watch TV Companion", "A Guide to the Law and Ordinances of Ankh Morpork" and maybe a video game or a new board game based on the series. Maybe some The Watch cosplay pieces could be appearing in places such as Forbidden Planet/Merchoid or some keyrings/pens/stationery/mugs/water bottles etc. The Live Events section means we may get some more pop up events like the A.Z.Fell bookshop with its escape room.

We are speculating though as we know NOTHING! I know I hate admitting it, but we actually know nothing of what merchandise etc is planned to come out from The Watch. So we will be watching with great anticipation as to what appears.

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2.2 Troll Bridge - The Final Chapter

By Rachel Anthony-Rowlands

Troll Bridge's epic journey is almost at an end.

In just a couple of weeks, DVD's and Blu-Rays will head out to thousands of people who backed the film.

Discworld Monthly were one of the first to back the film, and we spread the word as best we could to as many fans as possible.

On Kickstarter, there was a pledge level known as The Jason Anthony Discworld Monthly Reward which, for the princely sum of 4USD gave you a button badge of either Cohen, Mica or the Horse.

Jason's logic which inspired this was that is everyone gave the price of a pint, Snowgum would get enough cash really quickly. 80 of you on Kickstarter decided that was a good idea with many more backing the film at the higher pledge levels.

We spread the word via our newsletter, we hugged Daniel when he showed up at conventions and we dealt with the questions from fans online. We even helped organise the European Premiere because we wanted to give Daniel, Christian, Anna, Don, Andrew and the UK fanbase an event to remember.

Snowgum Films did all the hard work though, seventeen years of starts and stops, reshoots, starting all over again, editing, editing again, more animation, learning stuff they didn't know they had to learn and finally they could actually give the world the film they had envisioned.

We've read so many reviews where people are just blown away by how epic the film is, many stating it is better than what Hollywood is producing. They couldn't scream louder in their praises for the film.

Most of the people who worked on it gave their time and expertise for free, hundreds of people from all over the world worked together to produce this wonderful piece of cinema.

Every single one deserves thanking, but this dear little newsletter of ours just doesn't have the room.

To Daniel, Christian, Ahern, Anna, Tim, Don, Troy, Lindy, Mickey, John, Tilly, Glenn, Jure, Andrew and everyone else involved in making this epic adventure, thank you from the very bottom of our hearts, you are always welcome at our humble abode. We are honoured to call you friends.

A very special thanks goes to Alena - behind every great man is a woman who is stronger, meaner and more supportive than is humanly possible, you did more than anyone could in keeping Daniel from running like Rincewind.

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2.2.1 Troll Bridge Screenings

Troll Bridge is in the final home run of the festival circuit. With just a couple of festivals left, we can sit here and say that the response has been amazing.

Troll Bridge won its first Award at GenCon - Best Fantasy Film.

Since then it's gone from strength to strength winning awards and being nominated for awards all over the place.

Here is the full list.

GenCon Film Festival - Best Fantasy Film - Winner

Something Wicked Film Festival - Best Fantasy Film - Winner

Something Wicked Film Festival - Bad Ass of the Year - Male Actor - Don Bridges -Winner

Woods Hole Film Festival - Jury Award Runner Up

Beijing Indie Short Film Festival - Semi Finalist

St Kilda Film Festival - Craft Award - Nominee

FilmQuest - Best Fantasy Film - Nominee

FilmQuest - Best Director (Daniel Knight) - Nominee

FilmQuest - Best Actor (Don Bridges) - Nominee

FilmQuest - Best Visual Effects - Nominee

CBFF - Best Short Film - Finalist

The most recent awards come from :

Canberra ShortFilm Festival - Best VFX - Winner

Canberra ShortFilm Festival - Best National Film - Winner

If you want to see Troll Bridge in all its finery on the Big Screen, here are where you can see it.

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English Riviera Film Festival

Date: 12th October

Time: 1.30pm -2.20pm

Location: South Devon College Hi Tech & Digital Centre, Long Road, Paignton, TQ4 7EJ

Tickets : 4GBP

Box Office : Eventbrite

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Deep Focus Film Festival

Date: 12th October - NEW YORK PREMIERE

Time: 5pm as part of Act III

Location: 790 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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London ArtHouse Film Festival

Date: 12th October

Time: 12 noon - 3.30pm

Location: RICHMIX 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA

Tickets : 15GBP plus booking (all Day ticket)

Box Office : Eventbrite

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Cardiff International Film Festival

Date: Sunday 27th October

Time : 12noon

Location: The University of South Wales (ATRiuM Building) 86-88 Adam Street, Cardiff CF24 2FN

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Bristol Exchange

Date: Tues 5th November

Time: 7pm

Location :

Tickets : Donation

Box Office : Eventbrite

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Discworld Day

Date: 9th November

Location: Gauteng, South Africa

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Now if you have no clue what I am talking about , where have you been?

Head over to trollbridge.film

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2.2.2 Troll Bridge - LAST CALL LAST CALL

Words from Snowgum Films

LAST CALL FOR TROLL BRIDGE DVD & BLU-RAY RUN

You have one week, I said ONE WEEK left to get your hands on official TROLL BRIDGE hard merch! There will not be another run on physical media - it's time to close the books!

Terry Pratchett's epic short story as a short film. A double disk set covering the epic - decades spanning - odyssey that became TROLL BRIDGE.

We couldn't fit it all on one disc – it just felt unnatural!

Disc I : The Moving Picture

Three Different Versions of the Film

* Festival Edition (~16min HD)

* Complete Edition (~25min HD)

* Bloody Stupid Johnson Edition (~45min HD)

(BSJ Edition to comprise of deleted sequences, animatics, and test footage to tell the extended story.)

Disc II : An Unexpectedly Lengthy Journey

Over four hours of behind the scenes material from Growing Brain Productions, covering the decades spanning project and analysing every facet of production.

SALE CLOSES TUESDAY OCTOBER 15.

THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO BECOME A BACKER:

ADDITIONAL COPIES ARE AVAILABLE TO CURRENT BACKERS

Additional disks are available (DVD 25USD / Blu-Ray 35USD) after first purchase for those who want doubles, etc, just DM SnowGum Films for an upgrade - we'll get to you eventually I promise.

troll-bridge.backerkit.com

[Note from Rachel - Friends of backers, act quickly.. Ask your friends (who already back the film) to help you get a copy - cheapest way to make sure you don't miss out!]

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2.3 The Cosplay Journal Discworld Feature

By Rachel Anthony-Rowlands

It seems like such a long time ago that we headed east with Rincewind's Robes tucked around Twoflower's iconograph alongside Magrat's broom and dress.

Jason and myself had been invited to a Discworld Cosplay shoot with The Cosplay Journal and had been asked to round up a few friends to come along and play.

Jason, myself, Kimberley Chandler, Jacqui Lawrence, Elaine Perkins, Tony Perkins, Katy Pi, Nick Acott, Jaz Morrisroe, Julie Morrisroe, Lee Morrisroe and Nicola Manners joined The Cosplay Journals own Holly Rose Swinyard, Megan Amis, Ian Sharman and Alyson Leeds in the sunshine for a day of people looking at us as if we were weird and eating Ice cream like it was going to disappear off the planet's face. Guest photographer was Nick Acott.

The feature will appear in Issue four of The Cosplay Journal which is due out on the 20th October at 11.99GBP

Here are a couple of shots from the day.

Citizens pose for the Ankh-Morpork Times
Rincewind and Twoflower Run!

And if you want to see the whole feature, you can pre-order yourself a copy from our affiliate links or ask nicely at your local bookshop.

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Waterstones UK

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2.4 Good Omens DVD/Blu Ray update

UK Release Date 28th October

US Release date 5th November

Australia Release Date 13th November

New Zealand Release Date 13th November

To pre-order yours

Amazon UK DVD

Amazon UK Blu-Ray

Amazon UK Blu-Ray SteelBook Limited Edition

Amazon US DVD

Amazon US Blu-Ray

Australia JB

New Zealand Mighty Ape DVD

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2.5 From Auditors to Zombies: Exploring Diversity and Inclusion in Sir Terry Pratchett's Discworld - Reminder

Date: Saturday 26 October: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Location: Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, CB1 1PT

From Fourex to Klatch and Llamedos to Genua there's a swilling miscellany of gender, race, culture, species, dead and undead. From Dwarfs and their 'Campaign for Equal Heights' to Reg Shoe's 'Fresh Start Club' for Zombies, the Discworld novels observe evolving notions of the acceptance (or not) of 'other'. Keenly unpicking the complexities of inclusion, the venerated Sir Terry Pratchett provides an implicit challenge to the ways in which we think about the delicate value of difference.

Join Dr Terri Simpkin for a Pratchett quote-packed discussion about diversity, inclusion and Discworld.

Tickets are free and bookings will open at 11am on Monday 23 September 2019

Cambridge Festival of Ideas

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2.6 Llamedos Holiday Camp News - Update

Llamedos Holiday Camp will be happening in Llanelli South Wales Fri 6th March until Sun 8th March (midnight) .

Day tickets are now available for Llamedos Holiday Camp and just a couple of weekend tickets are left.

To get yours head over to llamedosholidaycamp.com

Don't delay in getting your Pre-Event merchandise ordered, it's the only way to guarantee you get the size of T-shirt you want and the other items. Some will be available for sale at the Camp itself, but not many !

Traders wanted!

They have asked me to pass on some information to people interested in trading at the event.

You will need to check out llamedosholidaycamp.com and then email the team.

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2.7 International DW Convention News

International Discworld Convention: 7th -10th August 2020

In contrast, the International Discworld Convention has announced their date and location for their 2020 event which will be held at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole Hotel from the 7th - 10th August 2020.

People keep asking when memberships go on sale. Keep an eye on their social media feeds for more details, they will give plenty of warning before memberships go on sale.

If you haven't signed up to their newsletter for news on when tickets go on sale, we suggest you head over to 2020.dwcon.org and do so right away.

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2.8 Scheibenwelt Convention 2019

The Scheibenwelt Convention happened last weekend in Germany. Many regular faces were in attendance including Pat Harkin and Ben Aaronovitch. Stephen Briggs made an appearance via the medium of technology ! We heard on the grapevine that there were many highlights including a little Hog who kept gatecrashing the stage during the Costume Competition and piddling on the stage !

They made an announcement about when the next Scheibenwelt Convention will be.

The date of the 2021 event is the 6th - 9th May 2021 at Jugendburg Ludwigstein, 37214 Witzenhausen, Deutschland and the theme is Genua !

scheibenwelt-convention.de

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2.9 Larne Museum and Arts Centre Discworld Celebrations

Larne Museum and Arts Centre will be hosting Paul Kidby's Discworld and Beyond exhibition from the 6th Sept - 31st October, Mon-Sat, 10am-4.30pm

Location: Larne Museum and Arts Centre, 2 Victoria Road, BT40 1RN, Larne, Northern Ireland

Don't forget there is a reading of Wyrd Sisters the Play by Larne Drama Circle on Thursday 31st October at 7.30pm.

This is a free event, places are limited so booking in advance is a must.

Contact Larne Museum on 028 2826 2443 for tickets.


3. DiscTrivia

This month, we'll just let Jason loose on a copy of The Discworld Companion and see what he can come up with!

Q1.Who is 'Tonker' Jackson?
Q2.Who is the president of the Plumbers' guild?
Q3.What is the name of the grave models make from Djelibeybi who is twenty-six, acne'd and still lives with his mother because he cannot find a girl who shares his love of glue?
Q4.What is Diamanda's real name?
Q5.What country separates Klatch from Howondaland?

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


4. Troll Bridge - City of Small Gods

By Danny Sag

Troll Bridge, the short Discworld film by Snowgum Films, has been having great success screening at various film festivals around the world since its premiere in January 2019.

Saturday, 21st September, was yet another of these premiere screenings, but this time with a difference. The South Australian premiere of Troll Bridge wasn't at a film festival, but was instead hosted by our local fan club, the City of Small Gods. Held at the independent Mercury Cinema, the crowd of 160 fans was enthusiastic about the screening of not only Troll Bridge, but Run Rincewind Run!, another short fan film created by Snowgum Films for the first Australian Discworld Convention, Nullus Anxietas, in 2007.

We also managed to raise approximately 1600AUD from ticket sales which will be donated to the Women's and Children's Hospital Foundation. Thanks must go to the wonderful support from Adelaide's community, to Snowgum Films, and the Mercury Cinema.


5. Review: Hackathon

By Andrea Richardson

I took a flying visit to lovely Dublin, Ireland, one Saturday in September, to join the Terry Pratchett Hackathon at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) .

This was the first event of its kind and was hosted by The Pratchett Project, which is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Institute at TCD. This exciting project seeks to digitise Sir Terry Pratchett's novels and their translations. There are three major library catalogues of Pratchett works – TCD, Liverpool University and University of London. The aim is to bring all these libraries together, and will include every version of every Pratchett ever published in every language in one huge archive. This includes all the novels (hard and paperback) , multi-series, illustrated, audio books, and all the additional publications such as maps, short stories, contributions, video games, etc. Through this data researchers can identify how stories differ and study how the writing and translations vary across languages.

I jumped on a very early Ryanair flight from Luton to Dublin, arriving safely and on time to make my way to TDC. All I needed was my laptop, which certainly made getting through security very easy!

This quantitative research on the publication history of Terry's work around the world was an all day event. They had said you didn't need to be a Pratchett fan to come along, and invited anybody with an interest in digital humanities, data science or library studies.

On arrival we were given welcome drinks and the process was explained. We were given three Excel spreadsheets of the databases, then divided up into "teams" to work on one novel each. I was allocated Sourcery. We than had to combine the data from all three spreadsheets into one master document. The difficulty is that because the three institutions use different data methods of recording, you had to match them up very carefully. For example, one place might include the ISBN number, and another would not, which made identifying duplicates more difficult.

We were delighted to welcome Colin Smythe, Terry's former agent. Colin is a TCD alumni and a huge supporter of his former university. His website is an incredible resource of all Terry's works, so was the main area to cross check our data.

We took a break to have a Q&A with Colin, and he talked about his work with Terry and how meanings change when books are translated into other languages. Terry included a huge amount of "Britishness" in his humour, and that does not always come across when translated into another language. The talk was live streamed and was on Facebook, but sadly seems to have now been removed.

There was now a break for lunch, which was provided, and it gave us all a good chance to talk to other guests. One organiser said 70 people had signed up to attend, but sadly only 20 of us were present. I was definitely the guest with the most miles to travel! There was a good mix of people, with some who had never read a TP book being schooled by the fans. The big question was "Which book should I start with?" – guaranteed to start a debate in any group of TP fans. There were also some "techy" people, who were real data-crunching experts and made suggestions for how the database could be laid out.

We returned to the main room to continue data checking. We had barely scratched the surface of the information being compared, and everyone was really keen to finish what they had started. This is clearly a long process but one that is very special to the team.

We were due to have a Q&A with Rob Wilkins, Terry's assistant, but unfortunately he had had to pull out at the last minute. We ended the day looking at some of the translation of Terry's book covers, which was very interesting.

I departed from the beautiful college to head back to the airport, and arrived home nearly 24 hours after I had left. This was a really fun day and great to meet everyone involved.

The following week they had a further seminar called "Pratchett Translated", in which 4 of Terry's translators from Poland, Spain, Hungary and France discussed the challenges of translating Terry's words. This video is available on their Facebook page.

You can follow The Pratchett Project at facebook.com


6. Competition: Exclusive Llamedos Holiday Camp Mug Result

Last month we had an exclusive Llamedos Holiday Camp mug to give away. This is a very limited edition, and your chance to win one of only five mugs in existence. We don't even have a photo of it yet!

In order to have a chance of winning this prize we asked you to send us your answer to the following question.

Q1.Can you name any two items that will be included with a weekend ticket?

You could have chose from: meal tickets, activity book, gala ball ticket, llanyard, name badge or programme of events.

The randomly selected winner of the Llamedos Holiday Mug goes to Susan Offen-James (if that name seems familiar - see our readers letters' section in this issue) from Hampshire. We'll get in contact with Susan and either post it or take it with us to The Gathering of Loonies in Wincanton.


7. 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

Belated October Greeting to: Amy Marshall, Vincent Oberheim, Andrew Birtwhistle, Matt Lowe, Debra Cranfield, Nathalie Eeckhout and Faz Flintham.

Happy October Greetings to: some bloke called Jason Rincewind, Malcom Minchin, Jes Hynes, Completeli Batty, Pauline Pixie, Estelle Botham, Dan Young, Amy Atha-Nicholls, John Hicks, Revelle Gerson, Jack Anthony James, Barbara Felton, Pete Haddock (AMCW) , Len Brook, Douglas Carr, Libby Irvine, Lottie Holland, Nathalie De Schampheleer, Simon Rowlinson, Peter Morwood, Sara Long, Anne Birgitte Nielsen, Emma Willis, Justin Dorey, Pete Belson, Rob Lupine, Becky Ottery, David Moger (60 years young) , Helen Woodall.


8. 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 feeding them to an industrial robot connected to a Ouija board. 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: "Greg"

I've just read the latest version of DWM - brilliant as always!

One of my fellow Antipodeans, Glenn Garside, asked if there was any way to purchase the Good Omens DVD/Blu-ray/books etc. from anywhere other than Amazon UK or US, because of the prohibitive cost.

Amazon.co.uk will not sell into Australia because our "beloved" government - both parties - want them to charge and remit GST (our equivalent of VAT) , and buying things from Amazon via Amazon.au is prohibitively expensive with our current exchange rate.

Now that I've looked at Amazon.au (click here for a direct link) , I must say I agree. The cost is currently roughly 60 AUD (including P&P) , which is 40 USD or 33.50GBP. This is double the price on Amazon.co.uk. Alas, I could not compare against Amazon's US price; I clicked on the link you provided (i.e. Amazon US DVD) , but got nothing. Looks like Amazon have taken down their listing for the Good Omens DVD.

As a Fourecksian, I'm used to having to pay through the nose for anything that originates in the US/UK. I'm used to having to pay 20% or 30%, or even 50% more. But double the price? Shame on Amazon for ripping off their Antipodean cousins.

So, yes. Is there any alternative? If not, our only choice is to sit tight and wait until the DVD hits our stores, as usual.

I hasten to add that none of this diatribe is aimed at DWM. You folks always do a fantastic job. I simply wish that Amazon were as fabulous as all of you.

Now 'scuse me while I put on my armour and helmet, grab my axe, climb onto my armoured, emu-drawn chariot, and go racing 'round the outback to search for Mad ...

Cheers!

Greg G.

Melbourne, Australia

Jason replies: We've been given a couple of leads that we are investigating and will hopefully have something in place for next issue.

Rachel runs in and replies: See our piece about the Good Omens DVD and Blu Ray releases further up. News and links for ordering it in Australia and New Zealand are there. PS The Amazon US links do both take you to the DVD and Blu Ray pages. I don't know what happened when you tried it Greg but it still works for us.

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* From: "Eve Smith"

RE: Bri, Ripon Derbyshire's letter last issue.

I'm not sure about any direct references in PTerry's work to DWJ's work, but back in the early 1980s they were both connected to the science fiction club/group that met in the back room of the White Hart in Bristol, which my brother was also a part of. They knew each other and were friends.

Although PTerry has denied basing his characters on particular individuals, people who knew him at that time have identified traits in certain characters as belonging to people around him. My brother believes that DWJ inspired certain aspects of Nanny Ogg's character (he hasn't said which bits) . So while her work may not be there, I think there is probably a very strong presence of her personality in Discworld.

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* From: "Jasper Henderson"

On September 7th, I went to the Burbank International Film Festival in the Los Angeles area to watch two short films, Troll Bridge and The 9 Billion Names of God. Both movies based on short stories of my most treasured authors, Terry Pratchett and Arthur C. Clarke. Troll Bridge met all my expectations and got a great reception from the audience (though none came in costume) . Both movies were about as close to the original story as you could get (which I find is very rare) . It was great to finally see the films and look forward to the DVD when it is shipped out in November (I think) .

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* From: "Hasseena Asan Gany"

Back in February 2001, in issue 46 of the DWM, I posted a question to the letters section, wondering if there were any readers who were NOT students. I was then 33 and wondered if I was one of the few "adult" readers then. I received emails from a number of people from all around the world including my own country, Malaysia. But one person's reply from the UK struck a chord, it seemed we had so much in common, university town I'd studied in the UK and where he'd worked etc etc..He was 51 then and I was 33. We've become such good friends over the years, sharing through emails about our families and our daily lives.

Today, 18 years later I've turned 51, my kids have grown up and are in university and he has 2 grandchildren. In 2016, I travelled to London where we finally met each other and families. It's an amazing journey of a truly wonderful friendship, borne out of a simple posting here in the dwm, and I just wanted to give a shout out today and say a BIG THANK YOU to you and your team.

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* From: "Susan Offen-James"

I am hoping that you can put the link below in this month's magazine. I know it's probably a bit late but I'm "doing the deed" at Wincanton during the November Gathering of Loonies.

I am taking part in the Brave The Shave Challenge and I need your support. Check out my shave page.

bravetheshave.macmillan.org.uk

Jason replies: We'll be in Wincanton so we'll be there to see Susan take the challenge and shave her hair for such a good cause.


9. Book/DVD/CD/Vinyl Release News

9.1 English Language Book Releases

UK Book Releases

The Ankh-Morpork Archives Vol 1. Release date : 14th November 2019

The Ankh Morpork Archives got announced last month with a release date of 14th November 2019. R.R.P. is 25GBP and it will be published by Gollancz.

The publisher's blurb ..

"Think you know Ankh-Morpork? Think again.

In this top-secret guide, travellers will receive a first-hand experience of the real city. If you've ever wondered where Unseen University students wet their whistles (while managing to avoid their teachers doing the same) , or just what the Assassins' Guild constitutes a proper means of inhumation - there are standards to be upheld, after all - then this is the book for you.

That's right, have yourselves a peek into the inner workings of city's societies. Cut the chaff, glimpse behind the curtain, see how the sausage gets made . . . err, you get the idea.

Just don't let the Thieves' Guild catch you with this book. They won't appreciate their methods being flogged behind their back. Flogging's their job.

Completely revamped and redesigned, this full-colour book contains material from Discworld Diaries across the decades"

We know it has some additional bits written by Stephen Briggs and better quality images by Paul Kidby.

Pre-order yours from

Amazon UK

Waterstones

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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

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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

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9.2 DVD/Blu-Ray/SteelBook/CD/Vinyl Releases - Updated to include Australia and New Zealand

Good Omens DVD/Blu-Ray/Steelbook

Currently you can pre-order the DVD, the Blu-ray and the Steel-Book from our affiliate link.

It's also available to a pre-order for the same price in a couple of other places that we don't have affiliate links for, but I am sure you all know how to use Google to find them.

To pre-order yours

Amazon UK DVD

Amazon UK Blu-Ray

Amazon UK Blu-Ray SteelBook Limited Edition

Amazon US DVD

Amazon US Blu-Ray

Australia JB

New Zealand Mighty Ape DVD


10 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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10.1 Current and Upcoming Productions

For more details of these current and upcoming productions visit: Pratchett Stage Productions

  • Maskerade in Brisbane, Australia, Australia (Sunday 14th September - Sunday 12th October 2019. Performances on Thursday-Sundays only (no performances on the 15th, 19th, 22nd Sept, 6th Oct and 10th Oct) .)
  • Maskerade in Eltham, UK, UK (9th - 12th October 2019)
  • Going Postal in Emerald, Victoria, Australia, Australia (Friday 11th October 2019 - Sun 13th October, Friday 18th October - Sun 20th October, Friday 25th October - Sat 26th October 2019)
  • Witches Abroad in LISMORE, Australia, Australia (Fri 11th - Sun 13th Oct then Thurs 17th - Sun 20th Oct 2019)
  • Wyrd Sisters - A Reading in Larne, Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland (Thursday 31st October 2019)
  • Johnny and the Dead in Leeds, UK, UK (Wed 6th - Sat 9th Nov 2019)

10.2 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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[Updated: Australia] Gemco Players presents Going Postal as adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location:The Gem Community Arts Centre,19 Kilvington Drive, Emerald, VIC 3782 Australia
Dates:Friday 11th October 2019 - Sun 13th October, Friday 18th October - Sun 20th October, Friday 25th October - Sat 26th October 2019
Times:Curtain up at 8pm except Sunday - curtain up at 2pm
Tickets:22-25AUD
Box office:0411 723 530 / trybooking.com
Website:Gemco Players
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[New: Australia] Lismore Theatre Company presents Witches Abroad as adapted by Renoir

Location:Rochdale Theatre, 603 Ballina Road, Goonellabah, LISMORE, New South Wales 2480 Australia
Dates:Fri 11th - Sun 13th Oct then Thurs 17th - Sun 20th Oct 2019
Times:7.30pm Sundays are at 2pm
Tickets:Adult 23AUD, Concess 17AUD
Box office:trybooking.com
Website:Lismore Theatre Company

11. Discworld Conventions and other Events

11.1 Current and Upcoming Events

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

  • Discworld and Beyond - A Paul Kidby Retrospective in Larne, Ireland, Ireland (6th September 2019 - 31st October 2019)

12. 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.


13. Small Ads

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Jude Parsons writes: I have a pristine unsigned copy of Once More With Footnotes available. First edition, third printing. If you are interested in buying it, please contact me with sensible offers at:


14. The End

This month's issue is brought to you by a shot and drop, a stand up coaster and lots of caffeine.

The deadline for submissions to issue 273 of Discworld Monthly is Wednesday 23rd October 2019.

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14.6 Trivia Answers

Q1.Who is 'Tonker' Jackson?
A1.An old army pal of Sergeant Fred Colon (Men At Arms)
 
Q2.Who is the president of the Plumbers' guild?
A2.Sir Charles Lavatory (Soul Music)
 
Q3.What is the name of the grave models make from Djelibeybi who is twenty-six, acne'd and still lives with his mother because he cannot find a girl who shares his love of glue?
A3.Grinjer (Pyramids)
 
Q4.What is Diamanda's real name?
A4.Lucy Tockley (Lords and Ladies)
 
Q5.What country separates Klatch from Howondaland?
A5.Omnia (Small Gods)
 
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14.7 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 trademark of the Estate of Sir Terry Pratchett used under licence.

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14.8 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 :

14.9 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 The Watch News
2.1.1 The Watch Merchandise News
2.2 Troll Bridge - The Final Chapter
2.2.1 Troll Bridge Screenings
2.2.2 Troll Bridge - LAST CALL LAST CALL
2.3 The Cosplay Journal Discworld Feature
2.4 Good Omens DVD/Blu Ray update
2.5 From Auditors to Zombies: Exploring Diversity and Inclusion in Sir Terry Pratchett's Discworld - Reminder
2.6 Llamedos Holiday Camp News - Update
2.7 International DW Convention News
2.8 Scheibenwelt Convention 2019
2.9 Larne Museum and Arts Centre Discworld Celebrations
3. DiscTrivia
4. Troll Bridge - City of Small Gods
5. Review: Hackathon
6. Competition: Exclusive Llamedos Holiday Camp Mug Result
7. Birthdays
8. Readers' Letters
9. Book/DVD/CD/Vinyl Release News
9.1 English Language Book Releases
9.2 DVD/Blu-Ray/SteelBook/CD/Vinyl Releases - Updated to include Australia and New Zealand
10 Stage Productions
10.1 Current and Upcoming Productions
10.2 New and Updated Productions
11. Discworld Conventions and other Events
11.1 Current and Upcoming Events
12. Recurring Fan Meetings
13. Small Ads
14. The End
14.1 Supporting Discworld Monthly
14.2 eBook Editions
14.3 Contact Information
14.4 Latest Book Information
14.5 Subscription Information
14.6 Trivia Answers
14.7 Small Print
14.8 Thanks
14.9 The Final Word...
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