Terry Pratchett Forced to Cancel Appearance

July 3rd, 2014

Dear Discworld Convention Attendees,

I have been putting off writing this little announcement for quite some time and on good days thought I wouldn’t have to write it at all.  However, it is with great reluctance that I have to tell you all that I will not be able to attend the upcoming UK Discworld Convention.  I am very sorry about this, but I have been dodging the effects of PCA and have been able to write for much longer than any of us ever thought possible, but now The Embuggerance is finally catching up with me, along with other age-related ailments.  I know people will have already made plans far in advance and some will be travelling a long way, but this is the first time ever that I have been unable to attend a UK convention and I really am very sorry.  They say time marches on, and it does, even though I have been running very fast to keep one step ahead of it.  I really was looking forward to seeing your smiley, happy faces.  Have fun everyone.  Yes, on this occasion, have lots of fun.

Terry Pratchett

Read the Guardian’s article on Sir Terry’s announcement.

Comments for: Terry Pratchett Forced to Cancel Appearance

  1. Peeter says:

    Sir Terry, I am a longtime fan of your works and it saddens me greatly to hear, that your health is declining further. Your books have always been a source of good laughs and as awkwardly as it may sound a source of guidance for me. Your work has brought so many good things into my life, and for that i would like to sincerely thank you. I would also like to give you a big manly hug(!) and wish you good luck in the fight against the Embuggerance.

  2. Bret says:

    Dear Terry,
    I am very saddened to read of your indisposition. Nevertheless, I am very grateful for the opportunities you have given me through your books to laugh and cry and know the myriad wonderful worlds of your imagination. Please accept my thanks and admiration for all of the fruits of your imagination and your determination to carry on as far as you can. You have brought joy and inspiration to my life and many others, and you have our continuing gratitude.
    In thanks,

  3. Mike says:

    Hello Sir Terry.

    Sorry to hear the embuggarment is being a bit of a swine.
    We are currently going through a weird thing with my mother-in law , who thinks she’s in a hotel, luckily the services appear to be very good.

    As I am sure you know, Churchill was keen to tell us to
    ‘Keep buggering on’.. Please can you take some comfort in the fact that there are many people who hope you are as happy as you can be,

    Very best wishes man.

    Have you read A Winters Tale, . Not the play, the book by Mark Halpern. It’s pretty good..

    May your path be smooth..

    Cheers Big Tel.

    Many Thanks chap.

  4. Lauryn Rockliff says:

    I’m sorry you will not be able to attend.

  5. Schagné Venter says:

    Dear Sir,

    My sister created an Ankh-Morpork mod for her favourite game SIMS as she is a huge fan of Sir Pratchett’s work. She shared it freely on a share site for all fans and had a bit of help from some of them to complete it. She is too modest to present it to Sir Pratchett herself so I thought I would share it with you on her behalf. I hope you find some enjoyment in it and can recognise your wonderful characters and city-state in these creations. She would be absolutely pleased to know that this creation of hers gave you a smile because you’ve given her, and me, many, many hours of smiles with your work. http://calinselene.wordpress.com/ankh-morpork/

  6. Robert Paul says:

    Thx @ Terry!
    Discworld helps me and my Life!
    I write since 2005 rhymes…
    and now I know for what….

    the continue of the best Lifework in my Life!
    Terry Pratched….

    The name of my first Child is:

    “The Way of Modern Magic”

    the other Magic as the others
    and their dangeruses….

    with yor Magic i find my way
    at darkest hour in my life and anytime else , back!

    best greets from germany
    have great time on this side….

    And it is because of this perspective that Discworld and the Modern Magic continues to grow worldwide and to propagate the dream of Professor Dr. Terry P. at world heritage.

  7. Don Wentler says:

    I read a book quite a long time ago and I cannot remember if it was an anthology or a single novel. I remember that you, Mr. Pratchett were one of its authors or editor. One of the stories in it was about a man who discovered that by reciting a mathematical formula he could translate himself to a different time/space/reality. One of those was when he translates himself to the realm of Norse mythology and meets Thor. He is able to speak to Thor and understand him but does not know how because when he writes the word for man it has four characters instead of English’s three. Can you tell me the name of the book or the name of the author if it was not you?

    Thanks in advance.


  8. Ilan Shimony says:

    Sir Terry, I saw an astonishing TED talk about treating brain disorders by direct stimulation, by Dr. Andres M Lozano. Parhaps some hope may be gleaned this way?
    I wish you full recovery and well-being. Your work has been a major source of joy for me and my family ( I read my daughter “Where’s my cow” most nights).

  9. B Alex says:

    You are an amazing human being. Your books have taught me a lot about life, people, science, philosophy and the real magic we all have inside us that doesn’t go *twing*.

    I hope things get better and that you can continue to change lives and minds for many more years, but as you go from Can to Can’t, I just want to share the most simple yet profound lesson you have reminded me of…. (if I got it right)

    Omnes Quae Contendunt…


    You are loved and respected.

  10. Dr. John Maydak says:

    I have read all your books so many time I almost know them by heart, I need you around to write more to keep me going. My mother had Alzheimer’s in a severe form. If I can help(I trained at the Cleveland Clinic) please let me know. We need you around to keep the Librarian going.

  11. Brian Todd says:

    Thank you for existing and for brightening the world with your presence . To my mind you tower above Shakespeare and every other writer throughout history .Your understanding of drama , humour & the human condition puts them all to shame.

  12. Vlad says:

    Dear sir Terry Pratchett, I am writing to you from Russia, don’t you believe what they say, we don’t need the crisis in Ukraine, why? To us, this crisis needs in the United States, although what I mean? Not long finished reading the novel,”I’ll wear midnight” and was slightly disappointed, I really like Roland and I can’t understand why you’d marry them, because in the book you point out that they still love each other, other. Yes and I think that they complement each other. And finally the idea of Roland, he wanted to marry Tiffany, and she’d agreed. So why did you do differently?
    P.S If you want to answer, write me an email. Cool.mackarov2015@yandex.ru. And I want to ask you to write a book about Osovets Russian fortress during the first world war. And you still too early to die.
    With best wishes, Vlad Makarov, your only reader in the school number 12 in the town of spring.

  13. Neil Dupree says:


    You are truly one of my favorite authors. I hope you read these comments and know of the joy you bring to people like myself.

    Thank you for sharing your genius, humor, and insight with us all.

  14. Christina Freeman says:

    I am sorry to hear that the Embuggerance has stopped you from attending conventions. You are a big inspiration to me, and I would like to meet you in person if possible. I hope you keep well, keep fighting, and don’t let it beat you just yet. You have so much more that you can do, and all your fans are behind you to help you achieve that. You are more than just a writer, Sir Terry, you are a thinker and we need every single one of those we can get our hands on!

  15. Matthew Squire says:

    Mr Pratchett,
    Thankyou for offering escape from day to day life through the discworld. I flirted with your books as a teenager but i never found the time to give them a chance. Ironically it is your books for younger readers, (Nation & the Tiffany Aching series) that inspired me to return to the discworld and read on. Since then i have introduced my friend Les to the discworld and he is hooked. With any luck one day we will get to meet you, and say thankyou in person. In the meantime i’m halfway through Lords and Ladies second time round. All the best.

  16. Jim Hewlett says:

    Hang, as the Goblins say.

  17. Lisa says:

    Just reading a slip of the keyboard. Thank you for everything. Thinking of you x

  18. Barry Powell says:

    Sir Terry
    Wishing you well in your fight against The Embuggerance.

    My Mother is a keen fan of the discworld novels and is eagerly awaiting the next one.

    By the way, she’s 94

  19. Pat farrell says:

    Ive just read the dimbleby lecture on the case for assisted suicide and just want to say thank you humbly and fully and gratefully to terry for all he has done for words and humans in general thanks also for your courage terry bless you
    Pat ( a bit of a nanny og!)

  20. Debbie Solomon says:

    Dear Sir Terry,
    Just wanted to thank you for the Discworld. I have been in a Sam Vimes reread mode, but have moved on to Tiffany Aching. I just recommended the coach scene in AHOS as an antidote for someone feeling down. I’m also a big fan of Granny Weatherwax. Your characters are humorous, but also inspiring, like you. I was honored to meet you at World Con about 20 years ago, and I’m sorry that your health issues are keeping you from meeting fans now. I wish you the best.

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