WOSSNAME -- Early edition -- February 2014
Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
SPECIAL EARLY EDITION: PLAYS AND THINGS
February 2014 (Volume 17, Issue 2, post 1)
01) QUOTE OF THE MONTH
02) EDITOR'S LETTER
03) RAISING STEAM: USA RELEASE AT LAST!
04) EARLY DISCWORLD NOVELS HARDCOVER RELEASES CONTINUE
05) THE FUN OF THE (BOOK) FAIR...
06) ...AND PLAYING DRESS-UPS FOR THE STORYTELLING MUSEUM
07) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
08) NEW INTERVIEW IN LOCUS MAGAZINE
09) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
01) QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"When I was in my late teens, my mate Dave put on Steeleye Span at
11. It was ringing in my ears and that was it – I went to see them
whenever I could. Just hearing them has helped me."
– folk-rock fan TDJ Pratchett
02) LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR
So here we are in February, nearly half-way through, and I have to
report with some embarrassment and frustration that my health issues
continue to slow my WOSSNAME projects to snail's pace. Sorry about
that... but there is some news and quite a number of stage
productions to tell you about, so this will be the first of two
posts for this month.
Prog Rock Magazine have made a short documentary about the making of
Steeleye Span's Wintersmith album, featuring Sir Pterry, Maddy Prior
and other members of the band. The video is the second feature
window, barely a third of the way down the page:
There is also a 14-minute YouTube promo for the album, featuring
clips from the songs and well worth listening to!
Also of interest: on the French science fiction site "L'etrange
Librarium", an interview with musician-turned-translator Patrick
Couton who has been translating the Discworld series since 1993.
Those of you wishing to practice your "langue de Quirm" might enjoy
having a go; the rest of you can head to the translation engine of
your choice. My own Quirmish being a bit rusty but serviceable, I
can tell you that this interview tempts me to get hold of some of M
Couton's Discworld translations; he says the rendering of the text
is left up to him – and as a onetime English-to-French lyrics
translator, your Eidtor appreciates what a fine and taxing art that
is – and besides, "Monde merveilleux du caca" is an even better
title than "The World of Poo", n'est-ce pas?
And now, it's on we go!
– Annie Mac, Editor
03) RAISING STEAM IN THE USA
At last, the wait is over! And the cover's not bad either. Raising
Steam will be released across the water on the 18th of March. For
all you faithful Pratchett readers who had to wait, trust me, the
wait was worth it...
To pre-order your copy via links from USA publishers Doubleday:
For the record, on Amazon the pre-order prices are $17.04 for the
hardcover edition, $15.31 for the Kindle edition, and $23.63 for the
Audiobook CD; as usual, Amazon guarantees that if a lower price
becomes available by the shipping date, pre-orders will be
accordingly reduced in charge.
The Amazon page:
04) REMINDER: EARLY DISCWORLD NOVELS HARDCOVER RELEASES CONTINUE!
As you'll recall from our featured item in last October's main
issue, "The Discworld Collector's Library" is being released in
"thematic" sets, with hard covers illustrated by Joe McLaren, at a
very reasonable price of £9.99 each. The Death Collection,
consisting of Reaper Man, Mort, Hogfather and Soul Music, have
already been released, as has the Cultures of Discworld Collection
(Small Gods and Pyramids). This month of February sees the release
of two titles from the Unseen University Collection, Eric and
Sourcery, while March is scheduled for the release of the first
titles in the City Watch Collection, Guards! Guards! and Men at
Arms. Unfortunately, as publishers Gollancz have pointed out, they
only own the release rights to these lovely books in the UK and
Commonwealth countries with the exception of Canada, so North
American readers wishing to purchase any of the collections will
have to do so via UK or non-Canadian Commonwealth booksellers.
And here's a great place to buy them – the Discworld Emporium, on
the Street of Cunning Artificer (note lack of plural):
"Developed by Gollancz in consultation with Sir Terry Pratchett, the
Discworld Collector's Library is an affordable new set of hardback
editions of Discworld novels, from The Colour of Magic to Jingo.
These books look stunning on the bookshelf, with gorgeous artwork
and a fine print quality that make these books a collection to
treasure. The Books will be published in a series of themed sets
beginning with the 'Death' collection, and will be added to our site
as and when they become available."
05) AUTHOR OF THE DAY IS...
Sir Terry Pratchett, of course! This particular day being 8th April
2014, the opening day of the 2014 London Book Fair:
"The author's work will be the focus on a programme of events on
Tuesday 8th April to celebrate 'the writer's place at the heart of
the international publishing industry'... LBF director Jacks Thomas
said: 'Terry's presence at The London Book Fair 2014 is a complete
treat; a national icon and international inspiration, Terry has
created a literary fan base of millions around the world; his
contribution to the book industry is tremendous and his influence
continues to stimulate new generations of readers in numerous
markets and languages. We are looking forward very much to welcoming
him to Earls Court in April.' Larry Finlay, m.d. of Transworld,
said: 'All of us at Transworld and Random House Children's
Publishers are so proud to publish Sir Terry Pratchett. I cannot
think of another writer who has done more to entertain and inspire
readers across the last three decades.'..."
06) DRESS-UPS FOR STORY TIME!
In which Sir Pterry becomes Just William, for a wee while:
"Oxford's Story Museum will open this spring with a photographic
exhibition featuring famous authors dressed as the characters they
loved most as children. The 26 Characters exhibition will feature
children's laureate Malorie Blackman as the Wicked Witch of the West
in Frank L Baum's The Wizard of Oz, Terry Jones as the comic strip
character Rupert Bear, Terry Pratchett as Just William from the
Richmal Crompton series, and Neil Gaiman as Badger from Kenneth
Grahame's The Wind in the Willows, in a series of photographs taken
by Cambridge Jones... The museum is planning a full programme of
events and activities, with a talking throne and a dressing-up area.
The exhibition is supported by the Arts Council and will run from
April to November..."
07) DISCWORLD PLAYS NEWS
7.1 GOING POSTAL IN GEORGETOWN, ONTARIO
Georgetown Little Theatre are currently presenting their production
of Going Postal, with four shows remaining.
When: 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th February 2014
Venue: John Elliott Theatre, 9 Church St, Georgetown, Ontario (beside
Time: 8pm all shows
Tickets: price is not displayed anywhere unless one ent4rs the
credit card gate; for info and price(s), ring box office
905-877-3700 (Tuesday through Thursday from 2pm to 6pm, Friday and
Saturday from 1pm to 5pm, with extended hours on show nights) or
purchase online at
7.2 ...AND IN BASILDON
The Thalian Theatre Company,whose vast array of previous Pratchett
productions includes Wyrd Sisters, Men at Arms, Maskerade, Mort,
Guards! Guards! and Carpe Jugulum, are adding a new play to the list
when they present Going Postal in March.
When: 27th to 29th March 2014
Venue: Mirren Studio, Towngate Theatre, St. Martin's Square,
Basildon, Essex SS14 1DL
Tickets: £10 adult, £8.50 concessions, available from the theatre
box office on 01268 465465, or you can book tickets online by going
7.3 MAKING MONEY IN SALISBURY
Studio Theatre of Salisbury, whose production of Going Postal last
year was greatly enjoyed and praised by Sir Pterry himself, will
present another Discworld spectacular – Making Money, this time
– in March. Chris Hawley of the theatre group says, "Like last
time, we expect this show to sell out so to avoid disappointment
best to book early.This is what Sir Terry said about Going Postal
...' This was so well done that I wish I had written a better book!
I loved the voices, because it has to be about the voices. It was
done so people could see it and have a lot of fun. If they (Studio
Theatre) wanted to do some more Discworld, I would be here in the
When: 20th February-1st March 2014 (no performances on Sunday 23rd
or Monday 24th)
Venue: Studio Theatre, Ashley Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP2 7TN
Tickets: from Salisbury Information Centre, phone 01722 342860
7.4 REMINDER: WITCHES ABROAD IN PORTSMOUTH
Collingwood RSC Theatre Group, already veteran Pratchett play
presenters, will offer their production – a world premiere, no
less – of Witches Abroad in March.
When: Wednesday 26th through Saturday 29th March 2014
Venue: HMS Collingwood, Newgate Lane, Fareham, Portsmouth, PO14 1AS
Tickets: £6, available via the box office (07502 037922)
To see their whimsical Kidby-pastiche poster, go to
7.5 WYRD SISTERS IN ACCRINGTON, CHESHIRE
Oswaldtwistle Players will present their production of Wyrd Sisters,
adapted by Stephen Briggs and directed by Martina Burns, in late
April and early May.
When: 30th April - 3rd May 2014
Venue: Oswaldtwistle Civic Theatre, 157 Union Road, Oswaldtwistle,
Accrington BB5 3HZ
Tickets: £8.50 (concessions £7.50); all tickets £7 on 30th April
7.6 WYRD SISTERS IN NEWPORT, ESSEX
The Newport Free Grammar School, a fine old institution whose former
pupils include the fine actor James Frain and a rather well-known
cook fellow called Jamie Oliver, will be presenting their production
of Wyrd Sisters in March.
When: Thursday 13th to Saturday 15th March 2014
Venue: Newport Free Grammar School, Nedwport, Essex CB11 3TR
Tickets: £8, concessions £6
Booking is through the Finance office on 01799540237
For more information, and a good-looking poster (reproduced with
permission, too), go to:
7.7 MEN AT ARMS IN KEW
The Q2 Players, "Kew's Leading Amateur Theatre Group", will present
their production of Men at Arms in April.
When: Thursday 3rd – Saturday 5th April 2014
Venue: Kew Community Centre, St. Luke's in The Avenue, Richmond,
Surrey TW9 2AL
Time: Thurs-Sat shows at 8pm; Sat Matinee 2.30pm
Tickets: £8 (concessions £6) Box office TBA; email
7.8 NATION IN TEMPE, ARIZONA
The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts will present a
production of Mark Ravenhill's NT stage adaptation of Nation in
April, directed by Megan Weaver.
When: 4th–13th April 2014
Venue: Galvin Playhouse, 51 E. 10th St, Tempe, AZ 85287 (at Mill
Avenue & 10th Street, University of Arizona Tempe campus)
Time: 4th, 5th, 10th and 12th at 7.30pm; 6th and 13th at 2pm
Tickets: $8-$16; to buy online, go to http://tinyurl.com/lhb2oyw
Herberger Institute students are offered free admission on tickets
reserved in advance.
7.9 MONSTROUS REGIMENT IN CHICAGO
Chicago has already experienced Discworld on stage a few months ago,
and now the Windy (and currently bloody freezing) City gets another
taste: Lifeline Theater will present their production of Monstrous
Regiment, as adapted by Chris Hainsworth and directed by Kevin
Theis, on various dates in May, June and July, a veritable season!
When: 30th May – 20th July 2014
Venue: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N Glenwood Ave, Chicago, IL, 60626
Time: evenings at 7.30pm on Thursdays and Fridays and at 8pm on
Saturdays; matinees at 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays
Tickets: $20 for previews (30th May-8th June), $40 for Regular Run:
June 12-July 20 (Thu & Fri at 7:30pm, Sat at 4pm & 8pm, Sun at 4pm).
To book online in advance, go to http://tinyurl.com/kzehtaw and
click on the desired dates at the bottom of the page (or scroll
through from there to the June or July calendars for tickets on
08) NEW INTERVIEW IN LOCUS MAGAZINE
Here be a few quotes from the Pratchett interview in this month's
"I just love steam engines. Even here in Britain, if a steam train
goes through the countryside, it never spoils the countryside! Oh,
there's all the stuff it's chuffing out, but we nod that off. The
old fashioned railways, the steam engines, they lived and they
"I want to live in a world where I go into the office and I say,
'Put up the piece I was doing yesterday and get me Dave on the
phone.' And the computer would say, 'Yes, Terry, I'm giving you the
last thing you wrote yesterday and I believe you mean Dave Busby
because he's the Dave you most often speak to.' Regrettably the
technology hasn't got me there yet, but at least when I walk through
the office door the computer starts up and Word is already there on
the screen, waiting for me to start talking. It's not difficult to
do. We are monkeys, so talking to other monkeys comes naturally.
Some people say there's no charm in dictation. To hell with that,
it's down there on the page...
"I want to do another Tiffany Aching novel, too. Have you heard of
Steeleye Span? They're an English folk group, and they're putting
quite a lot of Tiffany Aching in an album inspired by Wintersmith.
When you see her again she'll be a bit older than she was in the
last novel, of course, because I can do that sort of thing, but I
think she's going to have different problems from now on. I write
these days in what I call 'carpet squares.' I do a bit, noodle
around, see what it looks like. I've got carpet squares all over the
place! I know there's a story in there somewhere. I've got most of
it in my head, but I don't know what the ending is, although I think
she's going to tell me what it is when I'm good and ready...
"We haven't talked about my Alzheimer's. It doesn't bother me at
all. I mean, I have it. But a lot of better writers than me, born
around the time I was born, are now lost..."
To read more extracts, go to http://tinyurl.com/ocdh55w
The full interview is available in the February 2014 issue of Locus.
09) IMAGES OF THE MONTH
The USA cover of Raising Steam: http://tinyurl.com/mtn2jgt
Somewhere in deepest Queensland, Australia, there's a civic planner
who loves Discworld: http://tinyurl.com/mr3w6b7
A very nice group of people playing a round of Treefrog's "The
Witches" Discworld board game and loving it. There may just be a
WOSSNAME Newshound in there: http://tinyurl.com/n4zyffw
And that's it for the moment. But we'll be back before the end of
the month with more news, reviews, reports and whatnot. Enjoy your
Valentines and don't forget to cook those pancakes! And also
remember, a far more readable online version of this issue is
available at http://wossname.dreamwidth.org/2593.html
– Annie Mac
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