WOSSNAME -- JULY 2009 -- PART 3 OF 5 (continued)
====Part 3 -- CONVENTION NEWS AND PLAYS NEWS
14) CONVENTION NEWS AND UPDATES
15) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
14) CONVENTION NEWS
14.1 IT'S (ALMOST) WADFEST TIME!
Don't forget -- Wadfest 2009, all-rocking With Rocks In, takes place
next month. As featured in last month's issue -- but here are the
basic details again:
21st 22nd 23rd August 2009
Trentfield Farm, Church Laneham, Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22 0NJ
£20.00 per Adult for the Weekend inc Events.
14.2 NADWCON UPDATES: IT'S GETTING CLOSER
Roll up, roll up! The final run-up to NADWcon, the first-ever
official American Discworld Convention, is underway. Membership
sales have been so successful that there are now fewer than 200
places left for the convention, which happens on 4th-7th September
2009 in Tempe, Arizona. With more events and more guests confirmed
all the time, this is going to be a BIG event. Guests include some
feller called Terry Pratchett (well duh), Diane Duane and Peter
Morwood, Bernard (the Cunning Artificer) and Isobel Pearson, Esther
(can you say "Chicks in Chainmail"?) Friesner, and the worlds-famed
eighth-level mage Colin the Wise aka Colin Smythe. HarperCollins
will be represented by the rather awesome Jennifer Brehl [And I'm
not just saying that because she's nice to me! This woman has
awesome Mighty Morphin Editor Powers, and not just for Pratchett
books -- Ed.] and the very talented Anne Hoppe, who's worked on
Pterry's YA novels for most of the past decade. With panels, a
Maskerade, a Banquet, a Marketplace and various other Events,
NADWcon is shaping up to rock the very halls of Cori Celesti
Also, the official Pratchett books site now features NADWcon on its
Some items of note include:
Creosote's Poetry Contest Rules
Eligibility: The Banquet Poetry Contest is open to all Discworld
fans, whether attending the NADWCon banquet or not. Entrants may
submit as many original poems (i.e., poems of which they are the
author) as they like.
Contest dates: The deadline for submissions is Friday, August 14,
2009 (three weeks before the convention).
Selection: Poems will be judged based on creativity, artistic
quality, and the likelihood of pleasing His Klatchian Majesty
Creosote, the Seriph of Al Khali. Click here for a description of
Creosote's taste in poetry.
Prizes: Winners (i.e., authors of poems selected to be read at the
banquet) may receive -- in addition to the envy and admiration of
their peers -- prizes so unusual and remarkable they cannot be
listed here (in other words, we haven't yet picked up any
unconsidered trifles to fob off on you. But the envy and admiration
of your peers is absolutely guaranteed).
Decisions: The panel of judges consists of some Discworld fans who
have read lots of poems. All decisions made by the judges are final.
Copyright: Authors retain copyright to their poems, but by
submitting them agree to let the North American Discworld Convention
use them as they see fit (i.e., they may be read aloud and/or
printed for convention purposes).
Notification: Winners will be notified via email by Friday, August
28, 2009 (one week before the convention).
Legalities: No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. May
contain wahoonie root.
Submissions: Poems will be accepted via email only. You may submit
as many original poems as you like to:
poetry @ nadwcon.org.
Note: for some inspirational samples, go to:
"A Night at the Rhoxie", a Gala Banquet Buffet
To be held on Sunday the 6th of September 2009
7:00 p.m. in the Palm Ballroom of the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel
Cost: US $70.00 per person
(Note: Cutoff date for ticket purchases is August 23)
This banquet is being arranged by Creosote, Seriph of Al Khali, and
will be presided over by his Grand Vizier, who recently sent us the
In honor of the first North American Discworld Convention, His
Klatchian Majesty Creosote, Seriph of Al Khali, Emperor of the Great
Nef, Sultan of Hersheba, commands me bid you to a great feast,
promising that the festivities and pageantry arranged for this
celebration will surpass in joyousness and exceed in beauty the most
brilliant attainments of the glorious past.
His Klatchian Majesty Creosote, Seriph of Al Khali, Emperor of the
Great Nef, Sultan of Hersheba has graciously signified his intention
of being present. In addition, invitations have been accepted by Sir
Terry Pratchett and many other honored guests, including
representatives of Wizardry's most prestigious universities.
That your nostrils be full of small cerulean thrushes signifying
joy until we meet in His Klatchian Majesty's Wilderness is the
fervent wish of one who is unable to adequately express his feelings
in signing himself
Your most devoted, humble servant,
Grand Vizier to the Seriph of Al Khali
P.S. While His most munificent Majesty has decreed that all who wish
to attend this banquet are welcome, we are informed there is,
regrettably, a limited number of places available. Therefore, while
reservations will be made for persons of all ranks based solely on
the whim of the gods, Offler will no doubt look most favorably upon
those who choose to make a small donation in support of our
efforts to restock the spider tank.
 Our Klatchian translator says this refers to "the bluebird of
happiness" and is a well-meant effort to use a colloquial Morporkian
expression of goodwill.
 Our Klatchian translator assures us this means there is not the
remotest chance of anyone getting into the banquet without making a
sufficient donation. After much discussion with staff at the
Klatchian embassy, the minimum donation has been determined to be
US$70 per person, as noted above. Click here:
to make your donation (i.e., purchase tickets). Note that the cutoff
date for ticket purchases is August 23, 2009. You must purchase your
ticket by that date in order to attend the banquet.
Note: for the Gala Banquet FAQ, which covers strange dining
requirements, seating arrangements and other Items of Interest
(including a possible reference to, say, a performance by Beti the
Exotic Dancer), go to:
We have worked with Barrie Wakeford of The Crystal Connection, maker
of Discworld jewelry, including Tiffany's White Horse necklace, to
bring our convention symbol to life as a limited edition sterling
silver pin (or badge, for UK folks) and necklace pendant! This
stunning piece will make a great addition to any Discworld fan's
collection and wardrobe.
The pin and pendant are now available for purchase on Barrie
Wakeford's website. These items will be made to order and will only
be available for purchase until the conclusion of the convention on
September 7, 2009! Each pin or pendant will be numbered and include
a small certificate. Also, with every purchase, a voucher code for
10% off of your next purchase from The Crystal Connection will be
included. At least 50% of the profits from each and every one will
be donated to the convention charities. (Min. $5.00)
Go to http://tinyurl.com/lnpuob
to purchase a convention turtle pin
or pendant from The Crystal Connection!
To view iconographs of this lovely pin, go to:
NADWCON: NOW TWEETING
Read all about it, fresh off the Twitter site:
OTHER STUFF OF NOTE
A map where attendees can fill out where they are from:
A selection of tours available through Detours of Arizona for those
who might want to see more of AZ before or after the convention
(info on our travel page and also here):
[various bits of text above reproduced by permission from the
NADWcon site -- Ed.]
14.3 IDWCON UPDATES
From the IDWCon site:
On the 1st of August, membership prices for the first Irish
Discworld Convention, to be held at the Falls Hotel, Ennistymon,
Co.Clare from the 6th to 9th of November 2009, go up.
Current Price Price from 1st Aug
Adults 35.00 EUR 40.00 EUR
Students/Under-18s 28.00 EUR 32.00 EUR
Junior (7-12) 15.00 EUR 15.00 EUR
Child (6 or under) Free Free
Supporting 15.00 EUR 15.00 EUR
Teddy Bear 5.00 EUR 5.00 EUR
Family memberships (for 2 adults and 2 juniors) will remain at 85.00
EUR for the weekend, with additional juniors being 10.00 EUR each.
OTHER IDWCON NEWS
Membership Applications -- an apology
Apologies to all who have been attempting to buy memberships these
past few weeks. Paypal is being difficult at the moment. We're
temporarily redirecting funds to an alternate account. But fear not,
it will all come out right in the end! Thank you for your patience!
[Editor's note: We all know who these people are, but I'm reprinting
the IDWcon descriptions because they're quite charming...]
Terry Pratchett (Confirmed - health permitting). Writer of the
spectacularly successful Discworld series, as well as maybe a dozen
other books. His works have been turned, variously, into plays,
animated TV series, live action TV series, and films. The winner of
far fewer literary awards than he deserves, he is the Reason for
Stephen Briggs (Internet Guest). Co-creator of the Discworld
companions, the maps of Ankh-Morpork and the Discworld, the diaries,
adaptor of the books for the stage, and the voice of many of the
audio books, as well as hawker of Discworld merchandise. For some
reason, women tend to swoon as he passes.
Diane Duane & Peter Morwood (Confirmed). An ex-AFPer and an ex-civil
servant, both fantasy/science-fiction writers, and both living in
Ireland. They didn't make it to the 2008 Convention in Birmingham,
so perhaps this one will be easier for them to get to. They're
probably best known for, respectively, the Young Wizards series, and
the Horse Lords series.
Colin Smythe (Confirmed). PTerry's first publisher, then his agent.
Despite his business being located in Buckinghamshire, he publishes
quite a lot of Irish literature, and holds an honorary doctorate at
Bernard Pearson (Confirmed). The Cunning Artificer, the man behind
the Discworld figurines and models, stamps, and numerous interesting
and curious stories about almost anything.
Jack Cohen (Confirmed). Not only an actual genuine bona-fide
scientific researcher at the University of Warwick, Jack is one half
of the scientific brains behind the Science of Discworld books --
Ian Stewart being the other half. They also have their own projects
on the go, are quite capable of writing fiction as well as real
For more information, go to www.idwcon.org
14.4 GERMAN DISCWORLD CONVENTION
This one seems to have kept a low profile, but apparently the 2009
convention takes place next month (14th-16th August) and claims to
have an "extensive programme" featuring Pterry himself, Stephen
Briggs, and a championship Thud team:
[Editor's note: Does anyone know if this is going ahead?]
15) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
15.1 LORDS AND LADIES IN FOURECKS: A FAMILY AFFAIR
A family of three -- mother, son and daughter -- are among the cast
performing Irana Brown's adaptation of Lords and Ladies for the
Holroyd Musical and Dramatic Society. The play is currently running
in Blacktown, a suburb of Sydney on the continent of Fourecks
(otherwise known in Roundworld as Australia). Carol Lutz is an elf,
her 14-year-old son Matthew is Casanunda, and her seven-year-old
daughter Joanna is playing Pewsey Ogg.
Directed by Tony Morris, the production finishes on the first of
When: 31st July 31 and 1st August (remaining dates)
Venue: Merrylands Uniting Church Hall at Memorial Avenue
Tickets: $15 per person with children under three years free "if
they can sit on their guardian's lap". Tickets can be purchased at
the door or by phoning Michael on 9632 4011 on weekdays between 9am
15.2 LORDS AND LADIES IN SURREY
Theatre Workshop Coulsdon presents an adaptation of Lords and
Ladies, "under the sun and the stars" in Woodmansterne, Surrey.
Venue: the gardens of The Woodman Public House, Woodmansterne
When: Wednesday 29th July until Saturday 1st August
Time: 8.00 pm
Box Office: 07709 266728
Tickets: Adults £8, Concessions £5
"Audience seating is on grass. For comfort, playgoers are advised to
bring a rug, cushion, or garden chair. Do please also bring warm
clothing for later in the evening. To check on whether it is
advisable to bring shower-proof clothing, you can check the local
forecast for the Banstead area (approximately 1 mile from
Woodmansterne) through the Weather Channel web site."
15.3 WYRD SISTERS IN CHESHAM
The Chesham Bois Catholic Players (reg charity 287109) will present
Stephen Briggs' adaptation of Wyrd Sisters in October. A percentage
of profits will be donated to Workaid.
Venue: Little Theatre by the Park, Church Street, Chesham, Bucks HP5
When: Saturday 10th, Friday 16th and Saturday 17th October 2009
Time: 8pm (doors open at 7.30pm)
Tickets: £12 and £10 (under 16 and over 60s)
Please email cbcp.wsboxoffice@...
Cheques (made payable to CBCP) should be sent with SAE to CBCP Box
Office, 35 Chessmount Rise, Chesham HP5 1RB
Enquiries to producer: 01494 580327.
"Table seating - bring your own drinks, glasses and picnic if you
like! Free coffee and cakes will be served at the interval."
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