October 18th, 2011
Visit the Washington Post website to read the full review by Kerry Fried.
October 18th, 2011
Where are you now and what can you see?
I am sitting in the W [hotel] in Seattle and I can see Rob [Pratchett's assistant] just beyond a lovely fluffy omelette and those delightful little potatoes they serve.
What are you currently reading?
For about the fifteenth time, ‘London Labour and the London Poor’ by Henry Mayhew, and I am looking forward to its arrival on my Kindle.
Choose a favourite author and say why you admire her/him
A favourite since my teens has been the late Paul Jennings, who used to have a slot in the ‘Observer’. I think I admire him because of the curious lopsided but delightful way he looked at the world.
Describe the room where you usually write
The Chapel. Once a stone stable, now renovated with stone floors, a mezzanine for the games computer so work and play can be kept apart. A lot of thought went into its design because I spend so much of my life there. Known as the Chapel not because of its huge mullion window but because of rumours there was once a chapel somewhere on our property.
What distracts you from writing?
Everybody. It’s a very unusual day that isn’t more or less shredded by demands on my time. In my heart I ought to be home writing, but the rest of my body is doing the US tour for ‘Snuff’, the latest Discworld book.
What fictional character most resembles you?
James Dixon as in ‘Lucky Jim’ by Kingsley Amis. Failing that, Rincewind [from Discworld].
What are your readers like when you meet them?
Far less strange than journalists would have you imagine. One who stopped me for my autograph this morning was an airline pilot.
Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?
Kneejerk? Nelson Mandela. But I like the guys who change the world from their sheds, like James Dyson and Clive Sinclair.
Source: The Guardian – Friday 14th October 2011
October 17th, 2011
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.
January 27th, 2010
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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.
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.