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    WOSSNAME -- JULY 2009 -- PART 3 OF 5 (continued) ... oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ====Part 3 -- CONVENTION NEWS AND PLAYS NEWS 14)
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 27, 2009
      WOSSNAME -- JULY 2009 -- PART 3 OF 5 (continued)






      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.




      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
      following message:

      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[1] 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[2] in support of our
      efforts to restock the spider tank.

      [1] 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.

      [2] 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:


      Read all about it, fresh off the Twitter site:


      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.]


      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.


      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!

      -- Co-Chairs


      [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
      this Convention.

      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
      Dublin University.

      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


      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?]




      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
      Time: 7.30pm
      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
      and 5pm.


      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."



      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."


      End of Part 3 -- continued on Part 4 of 5.
      If you did not get all five parts, write: interact@...
      Copyright (c) 2009 by Klatchian Foreign Legion
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