WOSSNAME -- May 2010 -- Part 2 of 5
- WOSSNAME --MAY 2010 -- PART 2 OF 5 (continued)
====Part 2 -- MORE NEWS AND SUCH
06) PTERRY ON DOCTOR WHO (CONTINUED)...
07) ...AND REVEALS THE SECRETS OF HIS SUCCESS
08) OUR FAVOURITE AUTHOR LENDS A HAND
09) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
10) SIR PTERRY AT WINCHESTER WRITERS' CONFERENCE
11) CONVENTION NEWS
06) PTERRY ON DOCTOR WHO (CONTINUED)
On io9, Charlie Jane Anders says, "though his criticisms are a wee
bit broad-brush, there's certainly at least a grain of truth to some
of them. (I've never quite heard the argument that the all-knowing,
ridiculously overwhelming Doctor himself is, in fact, a deus ex
machina.) Plus you have to love someone who stands up for the much-
overlooked and frequently amazing Star Cops."
Again, comments at the bottom of the page:
On media blogsite Unreality Shout, Gerard McGarry says, "But he does
continue to take the series to task for being labelled science
fiction. I'm not sure that's a label the series gave itself, but I
agree with the premise. Sometimes we do expect too much from Doctor
Who. And maybe it is better to leave your brain on a hook by the
door as he suggests than to try and think too deeply about it..."
The Guardian weighs in with a piece by Alison Flood, who says, "His
own creation of Discworld comprises a flat world balanced on the
back of four elephants, perched on the back of the giant turtle
Great A'Tuin, but despite his own inventiveness, Terry Pratchett has
accused Doctor Who of having 'ludicrous' storylines..." Mind you,
Flood doesn't appear to disagree, despite the provocative headline.
...and here's Stephen Adams, in The Telegraph: "Pratchett, whose
make-believe Discworld is perched rather implausibly on the backs of
four elephants, said he wished Doctor Who was not classed as science
fiction... He also found amusement in the way the Doctor had taken
on a saintly glow since his television resurrection. .."
In The Independent, Thomas Sutcliffe lauds Pterry's willingness to
critique and criticise: "But any serious fan should welcome
Pratchett's courage in having a crack at the BBC's most indulged
sacred cow. It's not that you have to agree with him that the
plotting is silly or the characterisation of the Doctor quasi-
religious in its devotion. It's just that it isn't good for any
long-running series to get nothing but praise. That's how they get
sloppy and complacent. The headlines that greeted Pratchett's fairly
innocuous remarks are a sign that criticism of it has almost become
a taboo. And I bet the next few scripts that get written are better
because he dared to break it..."
Catriona Wightman on Digital Spy presents extracts from the
On First Post, Rachel Helyer Donaldson appears to miss the point,
saying, "In a case of one national treasure attacking another,
Pratchett has used his guest editing spot on this month's science
fiction magazine SFX to lambast Doctor Who for breaking 'most of the
laws of narrative'. Pratchett, who says he has been a fan of the
show since his youth, is most upset by what he sees as the BBC
scriptwriters' reliance on that hoary old literary device, the deus
ex machina -- an outside force that arrives inexplicably to solve a
problem. While the device gives writers the chance to introduce a
last-minute solution into a storyline to save the day -- not to
mention the plot -- Pratchett says it is ruining Doctor Who..."
The sole commenter on this wonders, as does your Editor, if
Donaldson read the same article as the rest of us...
...while Emily Moulder, on Channelhopping, did understand what
Pterry meant: "Don't hate us but we're kind of with him on that
one. Although the Doctor's fast paced speech and his ability to
solve with something out of the blue is something we've grown to
love and except, it does seem to be the ending of almost every
On Love Reading, Mitchell Davids says, "Writing for SFX, Pratchett,
who has garnered a substantial international following for his
titles which include Only You Can Save Mankind, reveals that an
appointment with the time-travelling doc is one he somewhat
reluctantly makes each week. While he commends the show's
'professionally-written' script and 'wonderful moments', he claims
that it is by no means a work of science fiction..."
07) THE SECRETS OF HIS SUCCESS
In an interview with Chris Hall of the Daily Mail, Pterry talks
about his principles for living and the important things he's
discovered over the years:
"Now that many schools don't have orchestras and don't sing, people
are missing opportunities to find out what they can be. Somewhere
out there in this country is a child who's probably now carrying a
hod on a building site because he's never put his hands on a piano.
I think once people know what they're capable of being, they become,
not a better person, but less likely to be an unpleasant one..."
08) OUR FAVOURITE AUTHOR LENDS A HAND...PRINT
The website anorak.co.uk reports on Pterry's meet-and-greet in
Kingwell Rise in the lovely town of Wincanton, twinned with Ankh-
Morpork. With some fine iconographs! -- including one of an Irish
Discworld fan who not only shares my first name but also appears to
have nicked my favourite coloured contact lenses. I wondered where
"Sir Terry Pratchett OBE was meeting fans of his Discworld books at
Kingwell Rise, the small Somerset town, which has Discworld-inspired
road names in keeping with the town's official twinning with the
fictional city of Ankh-Morpork. Pratchett left hand imprints and his
signature in concrete on a Hollywood style 'walk of fame'. These
books are the next big budget films -- just as soon as Hollywood has
some big budgets to spend. Go long on pointy ears -- you can't have
a big fantasy drama without the pointy ears..."
And here we have the Cunning Artificer's much more in-depth report
on the event, also addressing why being twinned with A-M is
important to the economy and civic life of Wincanton:
"...the housing developers, Taylor-Wimpey, asked the Discworld
Community to suggest suitable names for some of the streets in the
new development. Thus Hen and Chicken Fields, Treacle Mine Road and
others have now become part of the town's history. So as the first
phase of development was finished Taylor-Wimpey thought it a good
idea to have the occasion marked with a stone-laying ceremony...
over the years our Discworld folk have trickled in to the town in
their thousands from all over the world. Teachers, administrators,
bus conductors, doctors, nurses, lorry drivers, lawyers, university
professors, housewives, husbands, wives, lovers, friends, friends of
friends and assorted children and pets. That they have spent serious
amounts of money in the pubs and shops goes without saying. That
they have donated money to a lot of local charities is less well
known and that includes The Balsam Centre, Church Tower, Health
Centre, Football Club, Cricket Club and skateboard park. It makes a
09) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
9.1 MASKERADE IN CAERPHILLY
The Caerphilly Players (UK) are presenting their production of
Maskerade this week.
When: Wednesday 26th May 2010 to Friday 28th May 2010
Where: Caerphilly Workmens Hall and Institute
20 Castle Street, Caerphilly CF83 1NY.
Time:Curtain up is 7:30pm
Tickets: £7 Adult, £5 Child, available on the door only.
For enquiries relating to joining or productions, email
9.2 MEN AT ARMS IN GALWAY: A REMINDER
The Stephen Briggs adaptation of Men At Arms, directed by Alex Perry
and produced by Maria Anastacia Keogh, will be performed by Croi8
productions at the Nuns Island Theatre on Friday May 28 and Saturday
29 at 8pm.
Tickets are 12/10 concession and are available from the Galway
Arts Centre (091 565886) or on the door.
The royalties to stage this play will be given to the Orangutan
9.3 WYRD SISTERS IN BEDFORD: A REMINDER
The Country Players company will present their production of Wyrd
Sisters in May.
Where: The Place Theatre, Bradgate Road, Bedford
When: Tuesday, 23rd May to Saturday, 29th May
Time: Each performance kicks off at 7.30pm
Tickets: 7.50 GBP (6 GBP concession)
Tickets can be purchased at:
9.4 DISCWORLD VERSUS SHAKESPEARE: WYRD SISTERS IN DUBLIN
The Dublin Shakespeare Festival 2010 is coming, and there's a
special Discworld feature on!
Du Players will be performing scenes from Terry Pratchett's Wyrd
Sisters as part of the Festival. Performances will take place at St.
Stephens Green at 2pm on Monday 7th of June and The GMB, Trinity
College Dublin at 2pm on Tuesday the 8th.
There will be a different selection of scenes each day, so come
along on both days for maximum Wyrd fun!
9.5 WYRD SISTERS IN BRAINTREE
The Braintree Dramatic Society of Braintree, Essex (UK) are holding
auditions for a production later this year of Wyrd Sisters.
Rachel, of the Braintree Dramatic Society, says:
"I'm hoping to bring the story of Granny et al to life - with a
tiny budget, lots of enthusiasm and a few small personal touches! I
would like to invite anyone who is interested in having a part, big
or small, to our auditions. They will be held on the 26th and 29th
of July at 8.00 o'clock. Anybody wishing to join us will have to be
able to attend evening rehearsals at least once a week (twice for
bigger parts) on Mondays and/or Thursdays in Braintree. Anybody
wishing to help behind the scenes, from costume making to props,
will be gratefully received. I will make the firm details of the
production dates available to you all as soon as I know for anyone
interested in seeing it."
Or email Rachel directly at rayj6@...
10) SIR PTERRY AT WINCHESTER
As mentioned last month, Sir Pterry will be the keynote speaker at
the prestigious Winchester Writers' Conference in late June. The
conference runs from 25th-27th June, with writing workshops from
28th June-2nd July. The conference promises "Carol Ann Duffy, Poet
Laureate, and Robert Goddard, renowned author of more than 20
books... lead the glittering line-up of 65 authors, poets,
playwrights, producers, literary agents, commissioning editors and
industry specialists who dedicate themselves to supporting fledgling
and published writers at this international event."
His talk will be titled Why Are You Listening To Me When You Should
be at Home Writing? Also, apparently Pterry has won -- among his
many other awards -- the Smarties Prize Silver Award. Why were we
not told? And did he get lots and lots of choccies?
11) CONVENTION NEWS
11.1 NADWCON 2 NEWS
It's time to air out your tourist shirt and start saving those
rhinu! The 2011 North American Discworld Convention is on the way!
With Guest of Honor Sir Terry Pratchett and much, much more,
Madison, Wisconsin is the place where all the magic will be
happening from July 7-12, 2011, at the Madison Concourse Hotel and
Governor's Club. More details on the 2011 convention will be
announced shortly, so stay tuned!
Among the several reasons the Guild feels confident that Madison
will put on a stupendous NADWCon are the enthusiasm, convention
experience, and love of all things Discworld exhibited in their bid
proposal. So congratulations to Madison! We look forward to seeing
great things from them.
Over the next few weeks the Guild will be working closely with
Madison's committee to pass along information, resources, and advice
to help them in their convention plans, and I know that they have
already set to work on putting those plans in motion...
Thanks again to Seattle for their interest and enthusiasm in hosting
an NADWCon, and we hope to see that interest again when it comes
time for 2013 convention proposals.
Cheers to all, and see you in Madison in 2011!
Emily S. Whitten
The Guild of Chelonavigators
To see the original, longer announcement, go to:
11.2 AUSDWCON 2011: WATCH THIS SPACE, MATE
The third Australian Discworld Convention will be held on 8th, 9th
and 10th April 2011 at the Penrith Panthers conference centre in
Keep checking in at http://ausdwcon.org/events for information as
the website will be updated gradually, and the draft list of events
has already been posted. Join the forums and get ready for the
upcoming Inter-Guild online Scavenger hunt.
Registration is now open at early bird prices, and a draft programme
of events has been added to the website.
Volunteers are needed! Contact enquiries@... (no mimes --
by order of the Patrician).
Want to help publicise this Convention in your area? Contact
For daily teaser tweets, follow @nullusanxietas3 on Twitter
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