A Life in Writing (The Guardian)

October 17th, 2011

Photograph: Eamonn McCabe for the Guardian

Photograph: Eamonn McCabe for the Guardian

Terry Pratchett is having a statue made. It’s a statue of a goddess, and he thinks she ought probably to be smoking a cigarette, and to be showing one breast. “There should be an urn, too. If there’s an urn it’s not porn – that’s a Discworld cliché,” he says, a bubble of laughter in his voice.

The goddess is one of Pratchett’s own invention: Narrativia, the deity of narrative who smiles on writers (and perhaps especially sunnily on her creator). Discworld, created by Pratchett 28 years ago, is the fantasy world held up by four elephants balanced on the back of a giant turtle.

It’s a concept which started out as an affectionate lampoon of the sword-and-sorcery fantasy genre, but it has, over the years, become an increasingly sophisticated swipe at contemporary society, pointing out the ridiculousness of everything from Hollywood to the postal service, newspapers, banks and football…

Visit the Guardian website to read the full article.

The Bookwitch Interview!

January 27th, 2010

Finding a spare second in Sir Terry Pratchett’s day is no easy task. But the bookwitch managed it!

Find out what happened when the Bookwitch met Sir Terry Pratchett.


Terry Pratchett in call for law to allow assisted suicides in UK

August 3rd, 2009

Sir Terry Pratchett wrote a very moving piece in the Mail on Sunday on 3rd August focusing on assisted suicides in the UK.

Visit the Daily Mail website to read the article in full.

Interview: Terry Pratchett by Emily S. Whitten

July 28th, 2009

Emily S. Whitten, Vice Chair of the North American Discworld Convention, 2009 was kind enough to share her interview with Terry Pratchett with SFRevu.

The interview took place on Sunday, August 24, 2008, at the UK Discworld Convention 2008, Birmingham, England and can be read in its entirety here.

Terry’s Hogfather Q&A for Digital Spy

December 15th, 2006

Digital Spy was in attendance at the star-studded premiere of Sky One’s adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s The Hogfather – set to air at Christmas. For the uninitiated, the story is set in an alternative Discworld universe and revolves around a vicious plot to murder their Santa Claus equivalent. But if the presents aren’t delivered on Hogswatchnight, then the sun will fail to rise the next day. To prevent a catastrophe, Death tries his skeletal hand at the role, accompanied by his servant Albert. Meanwhile, his industrious granddaughter Susan tries to track down The Hogfather in time to save him…

Visit the Digital Spy website to read the full Q&A.

Metro newspaper Q&A

March 3rd, 2004

Terry Pratchett’s first book in the Discworld series, The Colour of Magic, appeared in 1983. His novels have sold more than 21million copies worldwide and been translated into 27 languages. It was once calculated that he was responsible for one in every 100 fiction books sold in Britain. He spends most days typing at his computer.

What inspired Discworld? Only joking…

Don’t do that! If you knew how my stomach went into this little tight hard ball. After 33 books, I still get asked that question. The next one is: ‘Where do you get your ideas from?’…

Read the full Q&A at the Metro website.

Terry Pratchett in conversation – BBC Wiltshire

July 29th, 2003

Terry at the Swindon Festival of LiteratureBBC Wiltshire caught up with Terry Pratchett at the Swindon Festival of Literature for a chat about his favourite characters and the inspiration for his latest book ‘The Wee Free Men’.

Visit the BBC website to read the full article.