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Discworld creator comes to Clare

Legendary fantasy writer Terry Pratchett will visit Clare later this year it has been confirmed.
Mr Pratchett, multi-million selling author of the Discworld series of books, will be the guest of honour at the first Irish Discworld Convention, which is being held in the county in November.

Having sold 55 million books worldwide, Terry Pratchett is now a household name and featured in a documentary earlier this year titled Terry Pratchett: Living With Alzheimer’s, which was broadcast on BBC.
Terry Pratchett won numerous awards throughout his career including a Carnegie Medal for his Discworld novel The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents. He has also been awarded honorary doctorates from seven universities, including Trinity College Dublin.
His next book, Unseen Academicals, is due out in October, shortly before the convention. Almost all of his books have been adapted for the stage, and several of them have also been adapted for BBC radio and television. Recently, David Jason starred in TV movie adaptations of Hogfather and The Colour of Magic shown on Sky One. Going Postal is currently in production with David Suchet playing the villain, Reacher Gilt.
Other guests expected to attend the convention include Colin Smythe, Terry’s agent and publisher of a number of books dealing with Irish folklore; Jack Cohen, co-author of the Science of Discworld books; Bernard Pearson, aka The Cunning Artificer, the man behind the models of Discworld characters and sets; Diane Duane and Peter Morwood, renowned fantasy and science-fiction authors who are long-time Discworld fans and, appearing by the power of the internet, Stephen Briggs, the man responsible for adapting many of the Discworld books for the stage.
Among the main events of the weekend are an interview with Sir Terry Pratchett; a masquerade fancy dress competition and talent show for which the top prize will be presented by the guest of honour; and, a Discworld Oscars-themed formal dinner. There will also be an auction of Discworld memorabilia to raise money for the convention’s chosen charity, The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland.
The convention will take place over the course of four days in early November.



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