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Welcome to the 250th Issue of Discworld Monthly!

To celebrate this milestone issue we opened a couple of cans of L-space voyager (from the wonderful guys at Ales By Mail and decided to have a bit of a spring clean and shuffle of the newsletter to mark the occasion.


In 2018 we are also celebrating another milestone, 21 Years of Discworld Monthly. We would love to hear from some of you who received issue 1 way back in April 1997 with your views on how the newsletter has changed over the years or even just a favourite highlight from 21 years of issues.

Do check out the stage productions section as there are several additions this issue, some of which happen this February. So go along, support your local production and write us a review telling us what you thought of their performance.

And if you fancy being in a production and live near Poole in Dorset UK, there will be auditions for parts in Jingo shortly.. Look in the Audition News section for where and when.

One last minute bit of event news. The Victorian Discworld Klatch is holding a Clickies night on the 23rd Feb. Look in the Conventions and Other Events section for more details.

Jason Rincewind Anthony-Rowlands (Editor and Wizzard)
Rachel Anthony-Rowlands (Tenacious Terrier)
William Barnett (Otherwise known as William "Bill" S. Preston Esq.)
Richard Massey (Small Screen Owner)

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Want to make your opinions about the Discworld known to the world?

Been to see a play or a Discworld related event and want to write a review about it?

Then get writing! We are always on the lookout for exclusive articles and reviews to share with our readers so don't hesitate, email us today with the subject Article/Review at

If you are putting on a stage production or know of a stage production near you, please email us and let us know about it.

We happily advertise all stage productions for free and we can help in other ways too. Email with the Subject line "Stage Production".

The deadline for submissions to issue 251 of Discworld Monthly is Wednesday 21st February 2018.

Here we are, writing the 250th issue of Discworld Monthly.

Wow, that is all I have to say. Jason keeps telling me that he never expected to make more than three issues before giving up. Yet, somehow we are still here almost 21 years later still producing a monthly newsletter. We are also proud to have have huge followings on our social media channels.

When the first issue of Discworld Monthly was published on the 30th April 1997, Terry had just finished writing Jingo and was working on The Last Continent so whilst we haven't been here since the very beginning, we have been around to see many of the novels appear on our shelves.

As Rachel quite rightly pointed out above I never really expected to get past issue 3 of the newsletter but somehow the love of Terry's writing and especially Discworld has kept us busy for over two decades. Terry's influence on me, Rachel and every one of his fans has been huge and while he sadly isn't with us any more (Can you believe it's been nearly three years?) the ripples he created are still very apparent. GNU Terry and, to badly paraphrase Douglas Adams, thanks for all the books! Jason

Good Omens is just a few weeks off wrapping up filming.It will then go into the long slog of post production before hitting your screens early in 2019.

It seems such a long time ago when we were first told that a TV series of Good Omens was finally going to happen, but in reality it was only 2 years ago at Terry's memorial in 2016 at The Barbican.

We would love to hear from you about what your expectations are of the series. (email Subject Good Omens)

We have seen so many images come out from the filming over the last few months via Neil Gaiman's twitter feed, and from what we have seen, it looks amazing. We really can't wait until 2019 to see the end result!

To trawl the images head over to Neil's Twitter and Instagram accounts: pencil drawings of beautiful mermaids 2018 ( and )

Terry Pratchett His world has now closed its doors at Salisbury Museum for good. For the five months it was open over 20,000 people walked through those doors to be greeted at the entrance by the amazing image of Professor Pratchett.

Something that kept getting asked all over social media and at the exhibition itself was "Will it be going on tour?" "Please let it go on Tour!"

Rob Wilkins decided to answer the thousands of fans asking just this via Twitter a couple of days after the exhibition closed.

"Terry Pratchett - Jan 16

Now that #HisWorld has closed its doors for the last time we'll answer a few of your questions:

1. We couldn't extend our stay as a new exhibition is already moving in.

2. No. We won't be touring.

3. Yes. We have future plans.

Watch this space! "

For those who didn't make the exhibition, we have a report with details and a link to photos on our website later in this issue.

The Broken Drum (yes you read that right) has been named Pub of the Year by the Society for the Preservation of Beers in the Wood (SPBW).

The Broken Drum located in 308 Westwood Lane, Blackfen, London DA15 9PT opened for business back in April 2005 and is a micropub. Owner Andy Wheeler took the name from The Broken Drum in Ankh Morpork.

A number of pubs were visited by the Judges and they were impressed with the quality and selection of beers, friendly service and the community that is present in The Broken Drum.

For those who are not familiar with the concept of micropubs, a micropub is a small freehouse which listens to its customers, mainly serves cask ales, promotes conversation, shuns all forms of electronic entertainment and dabbles in traditional pub snacks.

Mr Wheeler said: "With the number of micropubs in London rapidly growing, winning this award, along with the awards we already have from the Campaign for Real Ale, is a huge compliment. I am honoured."

For fans of micropubs, The Broken Drum is the opening stop on a micropub crawl in London.

Starting at the award-winning public house, those wishing to take on the challenge can board a 132 bus to The Long Pond in Westmount Road. From there a B16 bus will take you to The Door Hinge in Welling High Street before a 96 to Crayford takes you to the final stop at The Penny Farthing in Waterside.

If you fancy visiting, they have a website with opening times and other useful information.

Shhhhh...... It's coming....................

[Charity Auction News] Discworld Convention 2018 - Chesford Grange UK

During each Discworld Convention there is a Charity Auction, both to raise money for the charities they are supporting, and to give their members a chance to find some special Discworld-related items!

In the past, they have auctioned off everything from props from the television adaptations, to home-made knitted dolls of famous Discworld figures. All proceeds raised from the auction are split between the Convention's chosen charities.

How to donate an item

If you have something you'd like to donate to the charity auction, please email the auction team at with full details and a photograph of your item.

The closing date for registration is 20th April 2018. This is to allow the auction team time to produce a catalogue for all you prospective buyers out there.

What happens next?

The auction team will make a decision about your item and if it is accepted they will send you an email with instructions for getting your item to the auction.

The auction will have approximately 60 lots. The team require all items to be pre-registered so they may keep the auction varied with items for every pocket. Unfortunately, this does mean that they may have to turn down some offered items.

Any questions?

The email address for all enquiries regarding the auction, and to register is:

[NEW: UK] Poole- Jingo

Castle Players, Dorset are holding open auditions for Jingo on Tuesday 6th Feb at 8pm.

Location : Lytchett Matravers Village Hall BH16 6DD

Website :

Audition pieces available on the website. Production will be happening in April.

This issue, being the 250th Issue of Discworld Monthly, we thought we would pull five trivia questions from the last 249 issues. Bonus Points if you can get the issue the question comes from! We'll go back to our normal format next month.

Q1. What is the name of the Discworld's first tourist? Q2. Name Ankh-Morpork's premier entrepreneur. Q3. What objects did Nanny Ogg use to invoke and bind a demon? Q4. Jimkin Bearhugger's Old Selected Dragon's Blood Whiskey is usually matured for how long? Q5. What was special about Magrat Garlic's mirror?

The answers as always appear at the end of this issue.

By Rachel Anthony-Rowlands - mucked about with by Jason Anthony-Rowlands

Where do I start? I think I shall give you an imaginary tour.

Salisbury Museum is situated next to Salisbury cathedral in The King's House. One of the oldest buildings in Salisbury, the King's House started in the 13th century as the Prebendal residence of the Abbot of Sherborne. The house gained its royal appellation after Sadler played host to King James I here. It was heavily remodelled in the 16th and 17th centuries to achieve its rather curious style of medieval and Jacobean mixed together. In 1852 it became a teacher training college, in which role it is mentioned in Thomas Hardy's novel 'Jude the Obscure'.

It would have not looked out of place buried in the streets of Ankh Morpork, but it did mean the building was not designed to be a museum so it is full of smaller rooms with high ceilings.

You enter through an arched porchway into a corridor which leads to the "little shop" and here, the adventure begins.

Whilst stood waiting to get into the exhibition, behind you is a donations box with a rather special Feegle inside. The feegle was sculpted by Paul Kidby in 2017 and 25 of them were cast for sale at the sum of 3,250GBP each. This one is painted and he holds his hands out to catch the coins as they are dropped in the box. His name? Rob Anybody.

In the little shop is a variety of Discworld Merchandise, most was available for sale on Discworld.com or PaulKidby.com. It's nice to see them in the flesh. The special items here were the Little Blue Folios and the HisWorld merchandise, which included a pin badge and a mug with the exhibition logo on.

So as we start to head into the exhibition itself we stop and look through the glass door at a very large Professor Pratchett. This is the Professor Pratchett from the posters for the Exhibition and the cover of the Discworld Imaginarium. As we go through the doors, there are two portraits of Terry which were painted by Josh Kirby in 1993 for the 10th anniversary of the Discworld. Both have Terry's face made up of characters from his books. One has him smiling, the other has Terry looking quite annoyed.

This first room is filled with items and artwork from Terry's early years as a writer. The centre of the room has a glass case containing such wonders as Terry's Imperial 58 Typewriter that he bought with the 14 GBP he made from having The Hades Business published and the Gold Bee and Gold Grasshopper that he cast with the help of London Zoo, NHM and the Bee Research Association. The case also contained two 3D resin casts, one of the Carpet People book and one of The Colour of Magic. These had been sculpted as presents for Terry by none other than the cunning artificer Bernard Pearson. On the shelf below them was one of the 8 or 9 hand coloured 1st editions of The Carpet People. These had been hand coloured by Terry. It was wonderful to see Terry's own illustrations in the colours he intended for them. Around the room was much more of Terry's artwork for The Carpet People including the original sketches as well as one of the book launch folders for The Carpet People at Heals in Tottenham Court Road. It was also a rare chance to see the original artworks for Strata and the paperback of The Dark side of the Sun by Tim White, artwork for the hardback of The Dark Side of the Sun by Terry himself and The Colour of Magic by Alan Smith. The remaining two walls in this room had words from Terry himself about how it all began with varying quotes emblazoned across them.

In the corner of the room, was a familiar noise. A typewriter (not quite as old as Terry's) was on a desk with a ream of paper for those who had the inclination to type something. It was a reminder that once, all writers had to type their manuscripts. The wall beside it had a large pencil drawn image of Hex.

On one of the walls above a glass case were the words "So much universe, and so little time", beneath it was a montage of images of Terry, ranging from early school photos to Terry receiving his OBE. A lifetime of images of the great man himself. The case below it contained some of his most treasured items such as the letter Terry received from J R R Tolkien among them.

In the second room, we were met with a mannequin wearing Terry's hat, leather jacket, bag and that infamous T-shirt "Tolkien's Dead, JK Rowling said no, Philip Pullman couldn't make it, Hi. I'm Terry Pratchett." Propped against it was Terry's walking stick with a silver death head on the top. This stopped us dead in our tracks. It was odd seeing a faceless Terry stood before us. It felt like we were in a Doctor Who episode with the Autons. (Could you have imagined it if Terry had written an episode? It would have been amazing.) The last time we had seen that shirt, Terry was wearing it. A firm reminder that he is gone from this trouser leg of time. In the same glass cabinet was his sword, the one he made from Thunderbolt Iron and what strikes most people was how plain and simple it is. It is a short stabby sword rather than a long cutting sword. [In another life it would probably be quite useful for actually cutting people - Ed]. Among other things in this cabinet was a silver plated Death on Binky, given as a gift to Terry to celebrate 10 years of the Discworld from his publishers, a cast of a Psephophorus terrypratchetti vertebrae (sea turtle 40 million years old), a Toby Jug of Terry and a tiny Olivetti Quaderno laptop (that Terry used to write some of his novels).

On the wall behind us (as we look at the faceless Terry) was the original artwork for Reaper Man by Josh Kirby. It's amazing to see how bright the the colours are. Below it were several of Josh's sketches which were produced for Eric. It was nice to see the work in progress drawings from the late Josh, an insight we would not have seen otherwise.

The main attraction here is a peek into the office of Terry Pratchett. His desk with it's six screens and the wall full of books and paraphernalia behind it was what most people had come to see. The window had Paul Kidby's version of The Chalk painted upon it and the window sill had some crocheted characters, a typewriter and an hourglass. The Baron Knight stood guarding the room in the corner. The Venerable Order of the Honey Bee Luggage sat by the fireplace next to the pensive hare and the walls had Death, Tiffany Aching, The Wee Free Men and the Elephant rising hung upon them.

The screens were showing Doom, wikipedia, Meatloaf's Bat out of hell playing in Windows Media Player and Night Watch being written. As we stand and watch several emails pop up on one of the screens from various people such as: Rob Wilkins, Sandra Kidby, Bernard Pearson and Neil Gaiman. (We won't mention the infiltration of the typus typodia in the spelling of bestseller). The desk has a toy rat underneath it, a relic from the days when the cat slept in its underbelly. The noise of the keyboard mixed with the meowing of a ghost cat and birds singing added to the eeriness of the empty room. For the final few days of the exhibition Terry's directorial chair from the set of Good Omens was in place at the desk too.

As we walk away from Terry's Office, to the side of it, is the original of Discworld Massif and an interactive screen to allow you to find out more about the characters in the painting. Above the screen, the Great A'tuin and Science of the Discworld artwork was to be seen. The other side had a board full of photos of Terry in his office. The headline on it being "In 1993, we moved to a Domesday Manorette near Salisbury where I seem to be accumulating offices". [I stood and stared at the photos of Terry and the Massif for some time - thinking about Terry and the fact that all his wonderful characters are now frozen in time - Ed]

Before leaving the room, we had a look at three of Paul Kidby's artworks adorning the back wall of the room. The Amazing Maurice, The Band with Rocks in (a parody of Sgt peppers Lonely Heart Club Band) and the Dree your Weird. The cases below them had items from Terry's time in a gang show, his Blackboard monitor blackboard eraser, his Knighthood medal, his coat of arms, his Blue Peter Badge and the Carnegie Medal that he won for the Amazing Maurice.

And then we walked out the door and up the stairs. Here we find the cosplay wall where everyone had an opportunity to take a selfies dressed as their favourite character. The options here were limited to feegles, Tiffany, Rincewind and Moist. The very clever costumes were designed to be climbed into from the back by a local seamstress and were hung on special book hooks designed by Bernard Pearson and his team at the Emporium.

The next room contained the wall of memories, a place where you could post your memories of Terry in a specially designed postbox that would growl at you as you posted your thoughts. The wall had memories from Neil Gaiman, Rhianna Pratchett, Stephen Briggs, Bernard Pearson, Colin Smythe and others. It was worth stopping and reading them all.

The walls here were adorned with various Paul Kidby artwork, I could list them all, but I am sure if you get hold of a copies of the Imaginarium and the Charmed Realm you can imagine what was here. From Moist on the front of a train, to the map of Lancre to the most beautiful fairies and mermaids that have come from the brush of Mr Kidby, it was a wonderful breather from all the emotional memories on the memory wall.

Back downstairs, we head down the corridor with one wall featuring a large Rincewind printed upon it with information about the character and details about how a certain cunning artificer came to make the characters in "take home" form. There were original sketches by Terry for how he wanted Rincewind and Granny to look and below it, a Clarecraft Rincewind to show how they looked when finished. The opposite wall had more Kidby artwork hung upon it. Some of these were Death paintings such as Death on a Motorbike. This hallway lead us all to the end rooms.

Upon entering this room, we are greeted by a dark wall with cracks painted on it and the words "I'm slipping away a bit at a time and all I can do is watch it happen". It has the Check Mort painting hung upon it and details how Terry felt about how PCA and Alzheimer's was affecting him. To the right were sketches that Terry had drawn when he was in his prime, accompanied by drawings showing how badly his PCA had affected his spacial awareness. [It was a brutally honest and painful reminder of how PCA robbed Terry of so much - Ed]

Around this room were a couple of other artworks. Discworld Family Values showing the Death family was one, the Four Horsemen was the other. This room had a sombre feel to it unlike the rest of the exhibition but it was an important part of Terry's life and deserved to be explored here.

The final room contained a wall filled with words by Rob Wilkins about the last time they wrote together on the 5th December. I won't write what it says here. It's one where the image speaks a thousand more words than I could ever type. I'll let you look at the picture.

The case here held things that came after Terry's death. The destroyed hard drive that contains the unfinished works, the memorial folio and a shepherds crown.

The future was represented with a Good Omens script signed by the cast and crew, the name cards from the first read through of Good Omens and a "Venerable Order of the Honey bee" pin (an order formed, at Terry's request) to protect his legacy.

The rest of the room is filled with many of Paul Kidby's more recent artwork. The sculpted bronze bust of Terry and its wax form from which the bronze was cast drew the eye in a room full of Tiffany Aching paintings (from the various gift edition books) and The Silver Horde dominating the end of the room. The Mona Ogg was found here next to a piece of concept art for a future Terry Pratchett Sculpture in Salisbury.

The original The Imaginarium of Professor Pratchett stares at us with that wicked grin as we look up and see the word "Mind How You Go" over the exit of the exhibition.

This was not the end though. As we wandered through the corridors towards the "normal" side of the museum, we stumble across the Lego Mural of The Amazing Maurice which was enormous and designed exceedingly well because close up it looks all blocky but step just a few feet away and the blocks all merge to make the artwork we know and love.

I know too many who left the exhibition in tears, I hope I gave those of you who couldn't make it a mental map of how the whole thing was.

We will get the images uploaded onto the on the website in an album next week.

A big Thank You needs to be said to Richard Henry who received an a honorary Honey Bee at the close of the exhibition from Rob Wilkins. Richard was instrumental in making HisWorld happen and I am sure it won't be the last time we see him around.

A massive thank you also to all the volunteers and staff at Salisbury Museum. They made everyone feel so welcome from the second they walked in the door. [One or two of the lovely volunteers were genuinely upset that it was the last day of the exhibition - Ed]

Prebendal (for those, like me, that didn't know) is a senior member of clergy.

By Eugenia Biavati

"Maskerade" at the Progress Theatre, Reading is an extraordinary stage adaptation of Sir Terry Pratchett's novel that even those unfamiliar with the story can undoubtedly enjoy.

Nearly 3 hours long but so dynamic that time flies as the simple stage scenery is continuously re-adapted to match the action: the audience is taken seamlessly from the Lancre countryside to

Ankh-Morpork's Opera House with its galleries, dressing rooms and secret passages.

The script too is fabulous, the humours and witty prose of Sir Terry Pratchett masterfully maintained in the dialogues on stage.

As for performance, it was outstanding. Melanie Sherwood delivers an exceptional Granny Weatherwax and Liz Carroll's Nanny Ogg was everything I've always imagined the character to be as I was reading the novels.

I thought I'd see an amateur but well-meaning production but ended up with a wonderful script masterfully staged and an amazing cast to act it out perfectly.

A truly fantastic experience I'll treasure forever.

Everyone has a birthday. If you know someone who would like a mention or if you would like your birthday included in the listings, send us an email the month before your birthday and we will add it to the list! Email Subject: Birthday

We would like to wish a very Happy Birthday to everyone who has a birthday this month but special Discworld Monthly birthday wishes go to: David Offen-James, Vicky Lear (Hope you had a wonderful lunch with George and co), Elizabeth Navi, Nicola Gamble, Catherine Horner, Garry Oxley, Rob Liano (21 again Rob?), Iain Campbell, Andrew Raby, Jane Deal aka Toothy, Sara-Jane Ray, Christian Almgren, Charles Braham, Richie Watkins, Elizabeth Heather, Steven James, Dave Meriff, Astrid Stratton, Happy 50th to Andrea Potts-Pointer, Nigel Uzzell, Jeff Rupp, Martin Glauner, Kimberley Chandler, Beth Murray, Jerry Elsmore, Joe Pattison, Helen Cordingley, Edward Duke, Tom Foolery.

We would also like send our love and congratulations to Amy Davies for giving birth to adorable twin boys Seth and Rowan.

Last month we had a standard edition of the Discworld Imaginarium to give away. When we visited the HisWorld exhibition we took the prize with us and got Paul Kidby to sign it for the winner.

We asked you to answer the following question:

Q1. How many pages are in the Discworld Imaginarium?

The answer is 272!

And the lucky, randomly selected winner is: Claire Crampton of Hook in Hampshire. We'll get your prize in the post early next week - Ed.

This month's competition has a wonderful prize package which includes: a reading journal and a copy of Behind the Sofa - Celebrity memories of Doctor Who featuring a foreword by Terry.

Q1. What hat is Terry wearing in the infamous picture of him trying to get into a Tardis?

Send your answer and full postal address to by Wednesday 21st February 2018.

Your address will only be used for sending out your prize should you be the lucky winner. Once prizes are sent out all address details will be destroyed. Entries received after the closing date or sent to any other address will be ignored. No more than one entry per person will be accepted - multiple entries will result in a ban from the competition. Failure to answer the questions or provide your postal address will prevent you from being entered into the competition. Answers to the questions must not be posted to any websites before the competition ends. The judges' decision is final. The competition is open to all readers.

If you have any letters or comments, please email them to

We assume any correspondence is eligible for use in the newsletter unless otherwise stated, including the sender's email address. We may edit your letters whilst eating the last of the christmas chocolates which includes those melt in the mouth chocolate minty balls.

It is vitally important that you don't pass off other people's work as your own. If you use information from other resources please let us know so we can give proper credit.

From: "Steve Tingle"

I've been getting DWM for several years and enjoy every issue. But this is the first time I've written.

While browsing a quiz site I found this list of short books everyone should read, No 4 surprised me as it is mostly an American site, though I suppose he has his followers over there.

From "Ian Jopson"

First a note on your comment about the recent Mastermind questions on Terry Pratchett novels. I am only a regular reader, getting through the books every few years or so, and only managed to get five answers right. I usually manage only one or two answers correct through all four of the specialised sections, and mentioned to my wife that I thought the questions far simpler than the usual standard. Obviously the setters don't follow your newsletters!

Now I'd like to ask about the Annotated Pratchett File, if anyone can help. As far as I can see, the work stops just before Going Postal. Has any work been done on the later books?

I was looking for a reference to something I need to refresh my memory on. I'm sure that in one of the books Terry mentions a 'mythology' encyclopedia named after a bird, and I was trying to find out if this was a reference to Mythology ' that was published in the 19th century, and whether Terry may have gained many of his ideas from there. I've been re-reading the books, but haven't come across the reference again (yet).

If anyone can help I'd be grateful. Thank you.

From: "Steven Dean"

I have been a book dealer at every UK DWCon since 1998 but have decided not to attend any future ones. To that end I have a large stock of UK. Hardbacks that I'd like to sell cheap to clear my stock. They will be priced from 3GBP plus postage. If anyone would like a list of what's available please drop me a message at

Only You can save Mankind - Mark Beech Cover/Paperback

Only You Can Save Mankind will be published on the 22nd February 2018 by Corgi in the UK


Amazon UK

Book Depository

In the USA and Canada it will be available from the 25th September 2018


Amazon CA

Amazon US

The Wee Free Men Gift Edition

The Wee Free Men Gift Edition will be available from the 27th Feb 2018.

Wintersmith, I Shall Wear Midnight, A Hat full Of Sky and The Shepherd's Crown were made available in the Fall of 2017.


Amazon CA

Amazon US

Discworld Imaginarium USA and Canada

The Discworld Imaginarium standard edition will be available to buy in the USA and Canada from the 24th April 2018.


Amazon CA

Amazon US

The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents - New Cover

The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents will be re-released on the 26th April 2018 by Corgi in the UK. It will have a new cover illustration which may or may not be by Laura Ellen Anderson to match in with the Tiffany Aching series of paperback issued last year.

We currently do not have confirmation of who the cover artist is.


Amazon UK

Book Depository

In the USA and Canada it will be available from the 25th September 2018

Amazon CA

Amazon US

Johnny and the Dead - Mark Beech Cover - Paperback

Johnny and the Dead will be published on the 28th June 2018 by Corgi in the UK


Amazon UK

Book Depository

In the USA and Canada it will be available from the 24th July 2018

Amazon CA

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Terry Pratchett's Discworld Diary 2019

A ping on our radar has shown us that there will be a 2019 Diary. Currently called "Terry Pratchett's Discworld Diary 2019" it will be a hardcover book with 128 pages and currently the date of publication is the 9th August 2018 in the UK (subject to change)

ISBN-10: 1473223105

ISBN-13: 978-1473223103

Publisher: Orion/Gollancz

RRP 16.99 GBP

Pre-order from Amazon UK

Pre-order from Book Depository

Amazon CA

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Johnny and The Bomb - Mark Beech Cover - Paperback

Currently it looks like Johnny and the Bomb will be published on the 23rd August 2018 by Corgi in the UK


Amazon UK

Book Depository

In the USA and Canada it will be available from the 25th September 2018

Amazon CA

Amazon US

Father Christmases Fake Beard Slipcase Edition - USA and Canada

The Slipcased deluxe version of Father Christmases Fake Beard and other stories will be available in the USA and Canada from the 25th September 2018.


Amazon CA

Amazon US

Father Christmases Fake Beard - UK Paperback

The paperback version of Father Christmases Fake beard is scheduled for release on the 4th October 2018 by Corgi in the UK

R.R.P. 6.99GBP

Publisher : Corgi

ISBN-10: 0552576662

ISBN-13: 978-0552576666

Pre-order links

Amazon UK

Book Depository

French Translations

Coup de tabac - Snuff

Coup de Tabac is due out on the 8th Feb 2018, Published by Pocket its has 528 pages.

ISBN-10: 2266277146

ISBN-13: 978-2266277143

[Literal Translation of Coup de Tabac is Blow of Tobacco -RAR]

To preorder - Amazon.fr

La Longue Mars - The Long Mars

La Longue Mars is also due out on the 8th Feb 2018. Published by Pocket it has 512 pages

ISBN-10: 2266266292

ISBN-13: 978-2266266291

To preorder - Amazon.fr

Chapeau de Ciel - Hat Full of Sky

Chapeau de Ciel is due out on the 21st June 2018, published by l'Atalante.

ISBN-10: 2841728676

ISBN-13: 978-2841728671

[Literal Translation of Chapeau de Ciel is Hat of Heaven -RAR]

To preorder - Amazon.fr

Regiment Monstrueux - Monstrous Regiment

Regiment Monstrueux is due out on the 21st June 2018 Published by L'Atalante.

ISBN-10: 2841728668

ISBN-13: 978-2841728664

To preorder - Amazon.fr

Ronde de Nuit - Night Watch

Ronde de Nuit is another one due out on the 21st June 2018 published by l'Atalante.

ISBN-10: 2841728641

ISBN-13: 978-2841728640

To preorder - Amazon.fr

L'Aspirateur de la Sorciere - The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner

L'Aspirateur de la Sorciere is also due out on the 21st June 2018 published by L'Atalante

ISBN-10: 2841728633

ISBN-13: 978-2841728633

To preorder - Amazon.fr

Ch'Tits Hommes Libres - The Wee Free Men

Ch'Tits Hommes Libres is the last one to be published on the 21st June 2018 by L'Atalante

ISBN-10: 2841727718

ISBN-13: 978-2841727711

To preorder - Amazon.fr

German Releases

Helle Barden - Men At Arms

Helle Barden will be published in paperback by Goldmann Verleg on the 19th February 2018

ISBN-10: 3442486874

ISBN-13: 978-3442486878

To preorder - Amazon.de

Book Depository

Der Lange Mars

Der Lange Mars will be published on the 19th March 2018 in paperback by Goldmann Verleg.

ISBN-10: 3442487463

ISBN-13: 978-3442487462

To preorder - Amazon.de

Book Depository

Die Nomen: Die komplette Saga - The Bromeliad Trilogy

Die Nomen: Die komplette Saga will be published in hardback on the 3rd April 2018 by ivi

ISBN-10: 3492704867

ISBN-13: 978-3492704861

To preorder - Amazon.de

Book Depository

Ein gutes Omen - Good Omens

Ein gutes Omen in paperback will be published on the 2nd May 2018 by Piper with the glorious Josh Kirby artwork on the cover.

ISBN-10: 3492281664

ISBN-13: 978-3492281669

To preorder - Amazon.de

Book Depository

Die staubsaugende Schreckschraube: und andere Storys vom Schopfer der Scheibenwelt - The Witches Vacuum Cleaner and other stories

Die staubsaugende Schreckschraube: und andere Storys vom Schopfer der Scheibenwelt will be published on the 3rd July 2018 in paperback by Piper

ISBN-10: 3492281575

ISBN-13: 978-3492281577

To preorder - Amazon.de

Book Depository

Hohle Kopfe - Feet of Clay

Hohle Kopfe will be available in paperback on the 16th July 2018 by Goldmann Verleg

ISBN-10: 3442487412

ISBN-13: 978-3442487417

[Literal Translation of Hohle Kopfe is Hollow Heads - RAR]

To preorder - Amazon.de

Book Depository

Aus der Tastatur gefallen: Gedanken uber das Leben, den Tod und schwarze Hute - A Slip of the Keyboard

Aus der Tastatur gefallen: Gedanken uber das Leben, den Tod und schwarze Hute will be published on the 17th september 2018 by Goldmann Verleg in Germany

ISBN-10: 3442487293

ISBN-13: 978-3442487295

To preorder - Amazon.de

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Spanish Translations

El Marte Largo - The Long Mars

El Marte Largo will be published in paperback on the 1st February 2018 by Debolsillo

ISBN-10: 8466342931

ISBN-13: 978-8466342933

To Preorder - Amazon.es

Whilst we would love to get to every event and play to write reviews and articles about them, we just don't have enough time, petrol and a wide enough spread of friends to borrow the couch for the night. But you, our wonderful readers do have the time, petrol and often don't need the couches as the event or play is on your doorstep!

We don't have English degrees here and you don't need one either to write something for Discworld Monthly!

PS. If you know of a play or event that we don't know about (shock horror), email us. We like the surprise!

All submissions should be emailed to or

Don't forget to visit for our most up-to-date list of stage productions.

[UK] Cranbourne Amateur Dramatic Society presents Men at Arms as adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location: St Peter's Church hall, Hatchett Lane, Cranbourne, SL4 2EG

Dates: Thursday 15th Feb - Sat 17th Feb 2018

Time: 7.45pm Sat Matinee 2.30pm

Tickets: 9 GBP

Box Office: 01344 886456


[NEW, UK] OOOOK productions presents Feet of Clay as adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location: The Assembly Room Theatre, Durham, DH1 3ET, UK

Dates: Thursday 15th - Sat 17th February 2018

Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: 7.50GBP, 6.50GBP Students

Box Office:

[USA] Gainesville Theatre Alliance presents Monstrous Regiment as adapted by Stephen Briggs.

Location: UNG-Gainesville's Ed Cabell Theatre, 3820 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood, GA 30566

Dates: Fri 16th Feb - Sat 24th Feb 2018

Time: 7:30pm on the 16th, 18th and 20th - 24th, with matinees at 2:30pm on Sat 17th and Sat 24th

Tickets: 18-20 USD Adults, 16-18USD Seniors and 12-14USD Students


Box Office: 678 717 3624.

Special Events at this production

FREE Stage Tour (a peek behind the scenes!)

1st Feb 2018 at 6:00pm

Preview Performance: Ticket is 10USD (Preview tickets go on sale 29th Jan 2018)

Thursday 15th Feb 2018 at 7:30pm

FREE Opening Night Reception: In the lobby following the performance with the cast and crew, catered by ACE Catering

Friday 16th Feb 2018

Talk Back with Cast & Crew: a lively (and free) Q&A session following the performance on Tuesday 20th Feb 2018

[NEW: UK] Harlow Theatre Company presents Mort as adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location: The Victoria Hall Theatre, Bury Road, Old Harlow, CM20 1LL

Dates : Wed 21st Feb - Sat 24th February 2018

TIme : Curtains up at 7.30pm

Tickets: 13GBP Concessions 10GBP

Box Office:

Box Office: 0333 666 3366


[NEW, UK] Thorpe Players presents Wyrd Sisters as adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location: Roxley Village Hall, Yarmouth road, Thorpe At Andrew, Norwich. NR7 0QZ

Dates: Thurs 22nd - Sat 24th February 2018

Times: Doors open at 7:00pm Curtains up at 7:30pm

Tickets: 8.50 GBP


Box Office: 01603 702777

Box Office Website :

[UK] We are Theatre presents Maskerade as adapted by Stephen Briggs.

Location: The Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PR

Dates: Mon 26th Feb - Wed 28th Feb 2018

Times: 7:30pm

Tickets: 10GBP


Box Office: 07521364107

[Australia] Tribe Youth Theatre presents Wyrd Sisters as adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location: BTC Arts Shed, 15-17 Allingham Street, Golden Square VICTORIA 3555 Australia

Date: Thurs 5th April 2018 - Sat 8th April

Time: 7pm

Tickets: Adult - 22AUD, Conc - 20AUD, Student - 17AUD, Child under 12 - 14AUD. Family (2+") 57AUD

Box Office:


[USA] GreenMan Theatre Troupe presents Monstrous Regiment as adapted by Chris Hainsworth.

Location: First United Methodist Church, 232 S.York Street, Elmhurst, IL, USA

Date: 13th April - 29th April 2018 (Fri, Sat and Sundays only)

Time: Fri and Sat at 730pm, Sun at 2pm

Tickets: Adults 17USD, Students/Seniors 15 USD

Box Office: 630-464-2646


[NEW, Switzerland]

Trois soercieres (Wyrd Sisters)

Company: Theatre de la Cite de Fribourg

Adapted by: Stephen Briggs

French translation of the novel: Patrick Couton, for Librairie L'Atalante

Location: [CH] Theatre de la Cite de Fribourg, Grandes-Rames 36, 1700 Fribourg (Switzerland)

Dates: Thu 19th April - Sat 12th May 2018

Precise dates and times (will also be on our website):

Thu 19th, Fri 20th, Sat 21st April; Fri 27th, Sat 28th April; Fri 4th, Sat 5th May; Thu 10th, Fri 11th and Sat 12th May : 8pm (doors open 30 minutes beforehand)

Matinees: Sun 29th April and Sun 6th May: 5:30pm (doors open 30 minutes beforehand)

The 28th of April representation will be followed by a small celebration for Terry Pratchett's 70th birthday, and the public is of course invited

Tickets: CHF 18.- Adults, CHF 13.- Seniors and Students (no cards accepted); on Thursdays, a special price for students is applied: CHF 10.-

Website: (in French, but you can contact me at for information in English)

Reservations (recommended) by phone, from mid-January, at Fribourg Tourisme: +41 26 350 11 00 (tickets can be collected and paid for at the theatre)

[UK] The Chorley Little Theatre presents Guards! Guards! as adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location: Chorley Little Theatre, Dole Lane, Chorley, Lancashire, PR7 2RL

Dates: Monday 23rd April - Saturday 28th April 2018

Times: 7:30pm

Tickets: Mon-Wed 8GBP, Thu-Sat 10GBP


Box Office: 01257 264362

[UK] The Carlton Players presents Mort as adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location: The Little Theatre, Grange Road West, Birkenhead, United Kingdom, CH41 4BY

Dates: Tues 24th April 2018 - Saturday 28th April 2018

Time: Doors Open at 7pm. Show Starts at 7.30pm

Tickets: 8GBP Adults, U16's/Students 6GBP


Box Office: 0151 647 6593

Box Office Website:

Facebook Event:

These Stage Productions are at least a few months away on the calendar, but if you have a pair of the trousers of time you may be able to slide into the future and bring back a review for us now! If you don't have access to either then you should be able to purchase tickets and travel forward in time the old fashioned way - one day at a time.

[UK] Tilt Theatre - City College Plymouth Performing Arts presents Guards! Guards!

Location: Tilt Theatre, City College Plymouth, PL1 5QG

Dates: Wed 16th- Thurs 17th May 2018

Time : 7pm

Facebook Event:

[Australia] The Brisbane Arts Centre presents Men At Arms as adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location: Brisbane Arts Centre, 210 Petrie Terrace, Petrie Terrace QLD 4000

Dates: Thursday-Sundays from the 6th October - 3rd November 2018

Times: Thursdays 7.30pm, Fridays and Saturdays 8pm, Sundays 6.30pm

Tickets : 21 - 34 AUD

Box Office:


[UK] Kelvin Players presents Going Postal as adapted by Stephen Briggs

Location : The Kelvin Studio Theatre THE KELVIN STUDIOS, 253B Gloucester Road, Bishopston, Bristol BS7 8NY (Entrance on Wesley Road)

Dates: 5th - 8th December and 12th - 15th December 2018

Time : 7.30pm

Website :

[NEW, Australia]

Victorian Discworld Klatch's night at the clickies will happen on the 23rd February 2018.

Black Panther at Coburg Drive-in

Come to the Clicks - enjoy some banged grains in a drive in cinema.

We're seeing the movie Black Panther.


frantic whispering

What do you mean there won't be elephants- not even one?

more whispering


exasperated whispering

Sure we can- just round up a bunch of cats and paint them black, it'll be fine on film.

whisper we can't because the last time whisper whisper

Oh fine then. There'll be a character called Black Panther and apparently it will be Marvelous.

whispering again

Um, I mean it's the latest Marvel movie. Isn't that what I just said?


Location: Village Cinema Coburg Drive-in, 155 Newlands Road, Coburg

Date: Friday 23 February,

Time: 9.10pm to 12.10am

Buy ticket/entry on the day and BYO blankets, beanbags etc and we'll try and all park on the RIGHT side to gather easily.

Tickets : Adults: 19.00AUD, All Concessions: 15AUD, Kids under 12: free, Car Loads: 45.00AUD

Come join the event chat on the facebook event page.

They hope to see you there!

[UK Discworld Convention]

The location and date of 2018 Discworld Convention in the UK has been announced.

It will be at the Chesford Grange Hotel on the weekend of 3rd - 6th August 2018.

Memberships have been released and have SOLD OUT.

Don't fret though, ConCom are now operating a waiting list for those who wish to have a chance of attending.

To find out more visit

[Dutch Discworld Convention]

CABBAGECON 5 - Be a Barbarian hero!

Dates 20th - 21st October 2018

Location: Carlton President Hotel, Floraweg 28, 3542 DX Utrecht

Tickets: Weekend - Adult 65 Euros Child 35 Euros Student 50 Euros.

Single day tickets are available on their website.

To buy tickets and for more information head over to

Facebook event page:

[Australian Convention] Nullus Anxietas VII in Melbourne 2019

Will be held from the 12th to 14th April 2019 and is authorised by Ankh Morpork Post Office.

Currently you can guarantee your place by purchasing a supporting membership now at 40AUD from:

[Scheibenwelt Convention]

Scheibenwelt Convention have announced that the next German Discworld Convention will take place from the 3rd to the 6th of October 2019 at Castle Ludwigstein.

The theme will be Hogswatch.

Tickets are not on sale as yet but do visit their website to find out more information.

[IDWCon] The Irish committee has confirmed that the next Irish Discworld Convention will happen in 2019!

More info will come soonish.


It's happening in 2019. That's all we know. We'll update this when we get more news.

[UK] The Broken Drummers meet at The Monkey Puzzle, Paddington, London, W2 1JQ, England at 7pm. For more information contact Helen Nicholls on

Unless otherwise stated the Drummers meet on the first Monday of each month.

The Drummers are now holding irregular weekend meet-ups in addition to their regular Mondays. Dates are posted on their Facebook page and sent out via their mailing list.

The Drummers are always happy to welcome new visitors. You can find out more at: or

[Adelaide, Australia] The City of Small Gods is a group for fans in Adelaide and South Australia.

They have regular monthly dinner and games nights, longer games days, plus play outings, craft-y workshops, and fun social activities throughout the year. For more info and to join their mailing list, visit:

[Brisbane, Australia] The Pratchett Partisans meet monthly at either Brisbane or Indooroopilly to eat, drink and chat about all things Pratchett. For more info about their next meetup, check out:

[Melbourne, Australia] The Victorian Discworld Klatch is a social group for fans of Discworld and Terry Pratchett. We meet monthly for fun activities and to talk all things Pratchetty. Information on our current event can be found on or email

[Perth, Australia] The Treacle Mining Corporation meetup to celebrate the works of Sir Terry Pratchett, and welcome any fans of science fiction and fantasy.

Join them for their monthly discussion of Discworld, Terry Pratchett and all things sci-fi and fantasy. They meet the first Monday of each month, subject to holidays, and all are welcome.

The group meets up at Carpe Cafe, 526 Murray Street, Perth, WA. Meeting at a cafe means they are under-18 friendly!

For details follow them on Twitter, Instagram treacle_mining_corporation, and Facebook

Otherwise message Alexandra Ware directly at

Unless otherwise stated the group meets up on the first Monday of each month.

[Sydney, Australia] Sydney Drummers normally meet on the first Monday of every month.

Meeting location: 3 Wise Monkeys, 555 George Street, Sydney, 2000 from 6:30pm

For more information contact Sue (AKA Granny Weatherwax) on

[Sydney, Australia] Western Drummers (western suburbs of Sydney NSW Australia) meet 6pm on the third Tuesday of the month at the Nepean Rowing Club for dinner chat and games.

Calling USA / Canadian Fans

Appreciate Discworld and Sir Terry Pratchett? Want to chat and gather with other Discworld fans in the US and Canada? Regional Discworld fan Facebook groups are linked below!

Holy Wood Dreams (covers WA, OR, CA, NV, AZ, NM, and HI):

Central US Discworld Fans (covers ID, MT, WY, ND, SD, NE, UT, CO, KS, OK, and TX):

Midwest Discworld Fans (covers IL, IN, WI, MI, KY, MN, IA, and MO):

Southeast US Pratchett Fans (covers AR, LA, TN, MS, AL, GA, NC, SC, and FL):

Mid-Atlantic Discworld Fans (covers PA, OH, WV, VA, Washington DC, and MD):

New England Discworld Fans (covers DE, NJ, NY, CT, RI, MA, VT, NH, and ME):

Canadian Discworld Fans (covers Canada and Alaska):

If you are in a border state or a province between two groups, feel free to join both groups.

[Australia] Drumknott's Irregulars is a newly established Terry Pratchett social group based in Canberra. The group is open to anyone and their events are not heavily themed.


Google Groups:

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Q1. What is the name of the Discworld's first tourist? A1. Twoflower (or Zweiblum in German, Dwukwiat in Polish, Smorblomst in Danish, Deuxfleurs in French, TweeBloesem in Dutch or Tvablomster in Swedish) (Issue 13) Q2. Name Ankh-Morpork's premier entrepreneur. A2. Cut-Me-Own-Throat Dibbler (Issue 64) Q3. What objects did Nanny Ogg use to invoke and bind a demon? A3. The balding scrubbing brush of Art and the washboard of Protection (Issue 74) Q4. Jimkin Bearhugger's Old Selected Dragon's Blood Whiskey is usually matured for how long? A4. Up to 7 minutes. (Issue 96) Q5. What was special about Magrat Garlic's mirror? A5. Nothing - it was totally un-magical (just like Carrot's sword). (Issue 150)

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