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====Part 2 -- CONVENTIONS AND OTHER PTERRY SIGHTINGS
8) DWCON UPDATES
9) NADWCON UPDATES
10) WADFEST 2008
11) PTERRY AT THE SCREENWRITERS' FESTIVAL: A REPORT
12) INTERVIEW IN SFX MAGAZINE
8) DWCON: ONLY THREE-AND-A-BIT WEEKS TO GO!
Even for those of you unable to attend DWCon 2008, the nuts and
bolts of organising a convention are fascinating to watch in action.
So here are the latest updates, in the words of the organisers
It's taken a while but the Convention schedule of events is finally
in a fit state to be presented to the world. Now you can not only
see what great events we are putting on but *when*:
I don't know how we managed to fit it all in, even with all of the
Procrastinators running at top speed. And if you've been waiting for
this information before booking your meals, go do *that other thing*
You may think you have plenty of time but the History Monks have
been borrowing time from all over the place to help us with the
Schedule and you may find they nabbed some of yours.
* HARGA'S HOUSE OF RIBS
Are you planning on eating food sometime between the dates of 22nd-
25th August 2008, and are you planning on attending the Discworld
Convention? If so, read on because Harga's House of Ribs is now open
for business. Unlike previous years we've negotiated some top notch
food at reasonable prices, but in order for this to happen we need
people to book their meals in advance. It's a new way of working but
one we think will be successful; the flaw in the otherwise perfect
plan is getting people to book. We've tried asking people to book,
we've tried begging people to book, and now we're trying bribery!
First, the not-so-small print (THIS BIT IS VERY IMPORTANT): If you
want eat from the special Convention menu at the hotel you MUST pre
book your meals. You will not be charged for them until you settle
your hotel bill on departure. It is likely that other food outlets
may not be open at the NEC during the Convention weekend. What we're
trying to say is that if you don't book meals you'll have to forage
in the undergrowth for your dinner. Foraging tips may be available
Announcing the all new meal booking incentive. aka "FREE STUFF
HERE": If you or your loved ones book meals or let us know you will
not be eating at the hotel by the 22nd July you will be entered in
to the Super-Duper Shiny Prize Draw (all those who have previously
booked meals will also be entered). The top prize will be a full
refund of your convention membership as well as all of your booked
meals being free. Second and third prizes will be all of your booked
meals free. There will also be very silly prize draws at each meal.
You will get one entry per meal booked (or one entry for telling us
you will not be eating), so the more you eat the more you can win :)
http://www.dwcon.org/hotel/MealReservations.php has full details of
menus and how to book your meals. Meal bookings can be made by post,
email or via the web form.
This announcement with novelty links may be found here:
Karen and Mandy
The Hotel Team
Bringing you Truth, Justice, Freedom, Reasonably-Priced Love and a
Hard-Boiled Egg! (Only one of these will be available at the special
convention negotiated meal price and all are subject to
* GUILD ALLOCATIONS:
The Monks of Cool are pleased to announce that after a long period
of intense prayer, careful omen-watching, and rigorously applied
mathematics the Cosmic All has seen fit to reveal unto them the
exact Guild to which each attending member of the Discworld
Convention spiritually and corporally belongs. You can use the handy
on-line form below to quickly look up an individual member's guild.
The full list can be found at the Guilds at the Discworld Convention
Google group: http://tinyurl.com/6jn4mx
This Google group is also where the Guild Deputies, the Monks of
Cool, and your fellow Guild Members will be hanging out, ready to
answer your questions and to facilitate the planning of your
Those of you who have not been to a Discworld Convention before and
are perhaps not quite sure what being in a Guild actually means can
find a summary on the Group's Home Page and many more details in the
Finally, the Monks would like to address one issue that's sure to be
raised: the Cosmic All has not tried to place children in the same
guild as their parents, disabled members with their caregivers, etc.
There will be an opportunity to sort out such issues at the Guild
Fayre, on the first day of the Convention. Guild transfers are
always possible, although we really oughtn't be too quick to dismiss
the suggestions of the Cosmic All. That tends to be bad for one's
* BE A FLAMING BALL OF GAS:
Do you dream of fame, fortune, and a hard-boiled egg?
Have you always wanted to be on the stage?
Well, I'm making no promises, but this is your chance to be in the
Opening Ceremony for the 2008 Discworld Convention! That's right,
the official beginning of the Convention, watched by hundreds of
Convention attendees! As the one in charge of this convention's
opening ceremony, it is my job to make sure that our Guest of
Honour arrives on stage in a timely, yet mildly entertaining manner,
and for that I need your help. I'm looking for two (yes, two!) lucky
victims volunteers to play a short non-speaking role at the
beginning of the opening ceremony. A few notes on what I am looking
*It doesn't matter what you look like - you'll be mostly covered by
a costume (and don't worry, it's a simple, non-embarrassing
*Short/medium height would be preferred.
*You must be able to arrive at the hotel BEFORE about 3-4pm on the
Friday of the Convention. This could mean a bit of hanging around on
your part. Never mind.
*You must have filled in your meal booking form to be considered for
Obviously, you wouldn't be able to watch the start of the Opening
Ceremony (unless you have mastered the art of being in two places at
once), but a seat can be reserved for you near the front, so once
your bit's done, you can see the rest of it. The parts will go to
the first two suitable members who email me on
with the subject line "DWCon08 Opening Ceremony", and include the
following details in their email:
*Your membership number
*Your height (I?'d prefer it in feet and inches, but I am perfectly
capable of asking my dad to convert metric to imperial)
Thank you in advance, and the best of luck!
 OK, maybe that's just me.
 Note: This DOES NOT mean that you must have booked meals. You
can book "no meals" simply by submitting the form without ticking
any of the boxes.
 My dad's the best.
Productions Assistant for the 2008 Discworld Convention
9) NADWCON UPDATES
2009 North American Discworld Convention Updates
* Convention Promotions:
The summer convention season is in full swing. We did some promotion
at LepreCon 34 in Casa Grande, Arizona in mid-May and at Westercon
61 in Las Vegas over July 4th weekend. We've been continuing to send
out flyers to most SF/F convention in the US and Canada. If you can
help us make sure our flyers are placed prominently at upcoming
conventions, please let us know at: volunteers@...
* Upcoming conventions where we will have an official presence
San Diego ComicCon - July 24-27 in San Diego, CA. We'll be
promoting the convention at the Arizona SF Conventions booth in the
Mezzanine (MZ04). If you are attending and have some free time to
sit at the table, please let us know. Please see
http://www.comic-con.org for full details on the convention.
Denvention 3 (WorldCon) - August 6-10 in Denver, CO. We are
planning to host a Discworld convention party on Thursday night at
the Sheraton, room TBA. We will also be sharing a fan table with
WesterCon 62 in the fan table area. If you are attending Denvention
3 and can help out at the table or the party, please let us know at:
volunteers@.... Please see http://www.denvention3.org for
more details on the World Science Fiction Convention.
2008 Discworld Convention - August 22-25 - Birmingham, UK. Three of
the con committee (me, Anna and Emily) will be traveling to the UK
convention for a firsthand look at how it's done by the folks who
started all this wonderful madness. On Monday, we'll be taking part
in a panel called "News from Forn Parts". While we're there, we're
planning to chat with Terry and his assistant to firm up some of the
plans for the NADWCon. We'll also be talking with some of our other
attending guests (plus some potential guests), as well as some of
the fans who are planning to attend our convention next year. Please
see http://www.dwcon.org for more details on the convention.
* New Committee Members:
Recent additions to the committee include:
Rowan Wakefield - Volunteer Coordinator
Liz Mortenson - Dealers Room
Ed Green - Operations
Bios and information are posted on the Committee page already for
Rowan with the information forthcoming for Ed and Liz.
* Dealers Room:
As noted, we now have someone to coordinate the Dealers Room. Once
we get through the next couple of months of bi-weekly conventions,
we will firm up our Dealers Room information, start taking
applications, and follow up with those who have contacted us about
getting a table in the room.
* Art Show/Exhibit Room:
The nature of our art show and exhibit room is still under
discussion. We should have a better idea of what we plan to do with
it after we come back from the UK Convention.
* Special items and merchandise plans:
T-shirts - We are planning on a pre-convention t-shirt, which we may
have available in limited quantities at WorldCon and the UK
convention, as well as some special t-shirts to be sold only at the
Limited Edition Essay Collection - We are planning a special limited
edition book for the convention that will be a collection of essays
about Terry and the Discworld by various authors. We're still
working out details and specifics, but we have already talked with
several well-known authors who are very interested in contributing
Other things we are looking into include special jewelry, some
etched glassware and a limited-edition sculpture.
* Membership Reminder: Remember, your North American Discworld
Convention memberships are non-refundable but are transferable. This
is the policy for all Leprecon, Inc. events. We do have a section on
our website message board where you can post memberships for sale.
There are currently a couple of memberships being offered by someone
who has decided he will not be able to attend the convention.
* Additional Guests: We have been in contact with some additional
authors and other potential guests, some of whom we will see at the
UK convention and at WorldCon. Following those conventions, we're
hoping to have enough details settled to officially announce more
guests for the convention. Stay tuned!
* Surveys and giveaways: We're working on some surveys to get a
better idea of what our members (and potential members) would like
to see and do at the convention. We're looking into several online
survey options and hope to have the first one ready for you within
the next month. We really appreciate your feedback!
HarperCollins has also provided us with some great books (thanks,
Jennifer!) for promotion and giveaways, including advance copies of
Nation! We plan to give away some of the books at our WorldCon
party, but if you can't make it, don't despair -- we're also
offering our members a chance to win.
For your chance to win an advance reading copy of the US edition of
Terry Pratchett's Nation, send an email to:
One entry per person only. The contest will run until noon, August
3rd, at which point a random drawing will be held to determine the
2009 North American Discworld Convention Chair
10) NEXT MONTH IS WADFEST MONTH
Wadfest 2008, 'The only official unofficial Discworld Event', will
take place on the 29th - 31st August 2008 at Trentfield Farm, Church
Laneham, Retford, Nottinghamshire. Tickets cost fifteen quid (GBP
15) for adults. Children under 16 get in free when accompanied by a
Wadfest has raised almost £15,000 for Cancer Research UK in the
past five years, so it's definitely an official unofficial event
11) PTERRY AT THE SCREENWRITERS' FESTIVAL: A REPORT
SCREENWRITERS' FESTIVAL: DAY 3 - colour
By Phig Billy of D+C Film
"Next up, I was especially looking forward to hearing the brilliant
author and eternally behatted all-round genius Terry Pratchett. He
was joined on stage by Vadim Jean, who adapted and directed the two
recent adaptations of Pratchett's..."
Devon and Cornwall Film:
12) SFX INTERVIEWS PTERRY
A very good interview is featured in SFX Magazine:
"Terry Pratchett achieved the impossible. No, he didn't work out
what all that technobabble meant in the Doctor Who finale, but he
did beat JRR Tolkien who many assumed was a sure bet to be
named SFX readers' favourite SF/Fantasy author of all time.
"Terry's genuinely uncertain whether people will continue to read
his books in the decades ahead. The topical references, he thinks,
may count against them. On the other hand, nobody ever tried to put
Tom Sawyer on a skateboard, so who knows?"
End of Part 2 -- continued on Part 3 of 6.
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