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====Part 2 - MORE NEWS AND THE SUCH
6) DWCON NEWS
7) ACTION REPLAY: PTERRY GOES TO WASHINGTON
8) INSIDE PTERRY: HARPER COLLINS INTERVIEW
9) UNSEEN THEATRE AUDITIONS
10) WAITER, THERE'S A FRY IN MY SOUP!
11) THE GOOD WEBBE GUIDE
12) THE UNOFFICIAL PTERRY COMPANION: REVIEW
6) DWCON 2008: ROOM AT THE INN
Exciting -- and thrifty -- news for DWCon '08 conventiongoers, from
the DWCon Hotel Team:
Would you like to make your stay at the Convention that little bit
extra special? Are you celebrating a special event or anniversary
or honeymoon at the Convention or would you like more space for your
costume collection? Perhaps buy yourself an early Hogswatch present?
Well you are in luck, we are pleased to announce an excellent deal
on room upgrades at the Hilton Metropole Birmingham. Our tireless
Hotel Team have successfully negotiated significant discounts for
upgrades on their premium rooms and suites, on top of the already
discounted Convention room rate.
Upgrade prices are in addition to the normal Convention room rates
and are payable *per room, per night* - not per person.
Rates are as follows:
- Executive rooms for an extra £30 per night (normally £60)
- Junior Suite more your style? An extra £80 per night per room
instead of the usual £150
- Really want to splash out? How about an Executive Suite? Usually
priced at £250 extra per room per night, Discworld conventioneers
pay less than half this at an extra £120 per room per night.
Numbers are very limited, so if you want to take advantage of this
offer, please email hotel@... or contact us as soon as
possible with your membership number, details of the room(s) you
have booked and the upgrade you would like. Please note that you
must have already booked your standard rate hotel accommodation
prior to requesting an upgrade.
If the upgrade is a surprise for your companion(s) please mention
this in your mail or letter - our Hotel Team will be the souls of
Rumour has it that the hotel management were last seen cutting their
own throats and crying on one Mr Dibbler's shoulder and turning
their prayer wheels as their price structure took a trip into times
past. Poor lambs, the the Hotel Team haven't finished with them
yet...watch this space.
For more info and news about the Convention itself:
7) ACTION REPLAY: PTERRY'S TURN AT THE NATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL
A webcast of Pterry's talk at the recent National Book Festival in
(Note: this talk is different from the podcast one.)
Emily Whitten, vice-chair and webmaster of the NADWCon, has blogged
about Pterry at the National Book Festival. Lots of iconographs! And
also, now we know what at least one Colour of Magic film extra looks
The Library of Congress Gazette features a lovely photo of Pterry at
the National Book Festival on the front page of its late October
8) GETTING INSIDE PTERRY'S HEAD
No, it's not an image of his brain scan (as referred to in the Daily
Mail article). But it is an interesting interview in text form, as
given on HarperCollins:
9) UNSEEN THEATRE AUDITIONS COMING UP!
News from the famous Fourecksian theatre company:
WHAT: PRATCHETT PIECES 2 - THE LIVE RADIO PLAY
WHO: Presented by Unseen Theatre Company in association with
DIRECTOR: Rod Lewis
WHEN: Sunday December 2nd at 2pm
WHERE: Bakehouse Theatre 255 Angas St. Adelaide
PERSONNEL REQUIRED: Male and female roles all ages (some doubling
roles), musicians, tech crew, backstage crew, FOH crew
PERFORMANCES: Adelaide Fringe 2008. March 5, 6,7,8,12,13,14,15 at
5.30pm (actors and tech required from 4.30pm)
Rod Lewis 0402027891 or rod@...
ABOUT THE SHOW:-
The Discworld is on the air with an outrageous collection of short
stories by Terry Pratchett, performed in the crazy style of an old
time radio show. THRILL to the action! LAUGH at sound effects
created live on stage! SWOON over the real looks of those handsome
heroes, leading ladies and worn out warriors who will stop at
nothing to prove that they still have it! Anything is possible in
the outrageous world of aural illusion!
Unseen Theatre Company is South Australia's only company dedicated
to presenting the comical works of best selling British author Terry
Pratchett, while "Insight Presents" is this State's only live radio
Together, these two specialists will take you out of this world and
send you out of your mind with a unique bite of futuristic history.
10) WAITER, THERE'S A FRY IN MY SOUP
Stephen Fry, noted master actor and himself no mean humorist,
recently gave accidental offence to the Discworld fan community by
means of a throwaway remark relating to Pratchett readers and soup-
eating, in his blog:
As a longtime admirer of Mr Fry's work, I do hope he gets the time
to read some Discworld books -- and that he's by now learnt that the
name Vimes doesn't begin with an N!
11) THE GOOD WEBBE GUIDE
A new, official site dedicated to the art of Josh Kirby:
The site is still under construction, but is already lovely to look
at and contains a number of complete pages under various headings
(biography, artworks, etc.). Be sure to drop back now and then to
check for updates!
A survey for a good cause:
Eve Smith, a graduate student at Liverpool John Moores University,
is working toward her doctorate on Discworld, and has compiled an
extensive dedicated Discworld reader survey. "Rather than a
straightforward literary analysis of Discworld my PhD falls within
the discipline of cultural studies and is looking specifically at
how comedy interacts with society. As part of this I am very
interested in finding out about Discworld fans."
Sadly, the university ethics committee prohibits anyone under the
age of 16 to take part in the survey.
A new place for cunning merchandise:
Bernard Pearson, the Artificer himself, leads a team of other
cunning thing-makers offering curious facts and fascinating
artefacts for sale on this beautifully presented site.
12) A NOT VERY SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING PTERRY:
The Unofficial Companion to the Novels of Terry Pratchett
Reviewed by Annie Mac
"Ohh noes! It's another Pratchett compendium! And I bet they forgot
to mention *this* and they didn't give enough credit to *that* and
what do we need another book for when we already have the Discworld
Companion and the Annotated Pratchett File and and and..."
Yes, it's another Pratchett compendium. But it certainly deserves
to exist. And I like it.
It's a labour of love -- lot of labour, and a whole lotta love.
Compiler/editor Andrew Butler, who also co-edited Terry Pratchett:
Guilty of Literature, has obviously devoted a Librarian-worthy
(oook!) amount of time and care to creating this ambitious reference
work, and a team of eleven writers, academicians and general Pterry-
nuts have also contributed greatly to the content.
There are plenty of Discworld and general Pratchett fans who can
confidently -- and correctly -- answer, at parties, every question
every compiler of a Wyrdest Link-type trivia game could possibly
come up with, but Andrew Butler and his co-researchers have
*actually taken the time to write things down*. A myriad of things.
Useful things, interesting things, thought-provoking things, not-a
-lot-of- people-know-that things, and all of it covering or relevant
to Terry Pratchett's entire oeuvre. All the novels are here, not
only Discworld ones but also the Bromeliad series, the Johnny
Maxwell Series, Good Omens, the Unadulterated Cat, etc.; all the
well-known and lesser-known short stories, from The Sea and Little
Fishes to Hollywood Chickens to Turntables of the Night, plus the
collected odds and sods of Pterry's other work such as magazine
pieces; not to mention the Science of Discworld novels, the Mapp
books, the artwork collections, the audio versions, the animated
versions, the stage versions, the screen versions...it's an
impressive collection, and it has a good heart. What's not to like?
While the Discworld Companion (and its updated edition) might offer
a greater number of entries about various characters, places,
philosophies and whatnot, these only cover the Discworld novels.
While the online Annotated Pratchett File might offer masses of
fine-ground explanations for every little detail of so many of the
novels, you can't hold it in your hands and turn the pages at will.
The Unofficial Companion, in my opinion, goes a long way toward
filling that gap. In its pages you'll find biographies of vital
members of Team Pterry (e.g. Stewart and Cohen, Kirby and Kidby,
Stephen Briggs, Colin Smythe et al), essays on important themes,
history, sociology and the like in Pratchett's work (e.g. religion,
feminism, politics), and entries on other relevant or influential
works of popular culture such as the Carry On farces, Hollywood
comedies, and the novels of Neil Gaiman, Fritz Leiber, Robert
Sheckley and Douglas Adams, to name but a few. There are also a fair
number of illustrations and even photographs of Discworld fans at
play -- the one of the self-titled Silver Horde is remarkably, um,
authentic -- and there's a selected bibliography.
However, any home-grown reference work -- where "home-grown" means
"lacking the vast fact-checking infrastructure of, say, the
Encyclopaedia Britannica" -- will have its flaws, and the Unofficial
Companion is no exception. Just to give an example: the entry on
Susan Sto Helit describes her as having a white streak in her hair
(and references Elsa Lanchester's Bride of Frankenstein film
character), and also claims, "In theory she is now the Duchess of
Sto Helit, but this has not been mentioned." Um, that would be a no.
Susan -- as we all know -- has a *black* streak in her otherwise
white hair (the Bride in reverse, as it were), and has indeed been
identified as hereditary nobility, e.g. on page 9 of the Gollancz
hardcover of Hogfather:"The only tricky bit had been when her
employer found out that she was a duchess, because...the upper crust
wasn't supposed to work." My relentless proofreader's eye unearthed
other banjaxes, but Susan is a major character in the Discworld
series and thus deserves the highest standard of information-
checking. It's to be hoped that glitches such as these will have
been caught and corrected by the time the Unofficial Companion goes
My only other nit-pick is that, as with the Discworld Companion, the
Unofficial Companion lacks an index of entries. Note to the
Assembled Pterry Reference Works Brigade: some of us would like to
be able to check in the back to see if there's an entry for, say,
commemorative Quirm cabbage stamps before launching into a search
through every letter that might have something relating to such an
Large (over 450 pages), sweeping in scope (Lu-Tze would be proud)
and reasonably priced (trust me on this), An Unofficial Companion to
the Novels of Terry Pratchett belongs on the bookshelf of any true
Pratchett aficionado, and will be available for purchase early in
the new year.
The Unofficial Companion to the Novels of Terry Pratchett
Compiled and edited by Andrew M. Butler
Greenwood World Publishing, 2008
Available for pre-order on Amazon
Also, an interview with tUCttNoTP contributor Stacie Hanes can be
Ms Hanes, although neither apelike nor orange, is a contributor to
the Great Discworld Library -- aka http://lspace.org -- and a noted
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