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7th June, 2007
Terry Pratchett Signing Tour - 2007 Dates

Saturday 6th October
Cheltenham Festival

Monday 8th October
Plymouth WHSmith
Time: 12.30-1.30
Store address: 73-75 New George Street, Plymouth, Devon PL1 1RP

Tuesday 9th October
Bath Toppings
Time: evening
Shop address: The Paragon, Bath, BA1 5LS

Thursday 11th October
Waterstone's Nottingham
Time: 5.30pm-6.30pm
Shop address: 1-5 Bridlesmith Gate, Nottingham NG1 2GR

Friday 12th October
Borders Cambridge
Time: 1pm (perhaps earlier start)
Shop address: 12-13 Market Street, Cambridge CB2 3PA

Saturday 13th October
Signing, venue in London to be announced

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BAFTA AWARDS held on 20 May. (the following courtesy of Colin Smythe)
HOGFATHER won the INTERACTIVITY category

(the definition of which is "A programme or series that has been extended and enriched by the interactivity offered by new media. Any form of new media is eligible including web, mobile and red button interactive TV, or any cross-platform combination. The emphasis is on the creative approach and how the programme has been conceived with new media as an integral part of the production.")

DISPATCHES - WAR TORN: STORIES OF SEPARATION - David Modell, Cassian Harrison, Oliver Doward (Dispatches/Channel4.com)
MELTDOWN AND THE BIG CLIMATE CHANGE EXPERIMENT - Frances McNamara, Jonathan Renouf, Paul Bradshaw, Tolu Aina (Supporting BBC Four)
THE SECRET POLICEMAN'S BALL - Clive Tulloh, Lisle Turner, Mike Agnew, Adil Abrar (Tiger Aspect Productions/4Laughs/C4)
TERRY PRATCHETT'S HOGFATHER - Aidan Conway, Giles Pooley, Rod Brown, Ian Sharples (Mob Film Company/Sky One Networked Media)

I also received an email from Ian Sharples at MOB Films, in which he wrote

"On the awards and such like, the run down is

*Winners of the Broadcast Press Guild, Best Multi Channel Programme award

*Nominated for Royal Television Society (RTS) for Drama Serial, but sadly didn’t win

*We have received nominations for the BAFTA Craft awards [held on 22 April], the technical awards for the crew, and we have two, not surprisingly, Gavin Finney our Director of Photography is nominated for the Photography and Lighting Category, [he was a runner-up to David Katznelson for his work on "Shoot the Messenger" (BBC)] and the CGI team from MPC, Oliver Money and Simon Thomas for the visual effects category [which they won]

Discworld Jamboree - Press Release
The Discworld Jamboree 2007 now has its own new and very shiny website with all the details anyone could need – the when, where, what, how much and who, though possibly not the why. Any interested Discworld fan now need only go to: www.discworldjamboree.com/

Better still, there is now a Members' Area which displays the Rules of the Ankh-Morpork & District Scouting Association (Unaffiliated) and the Oath, together with the Minutes of the Meeting to Form the Proposed Ankh-Morpork Federation of Scouts (in the chair, Captain Carrot).

To access this area you have to have to have joined up to attend the Jamboree, or have purchased our rather splendid 'scouters' goodie bag. If you have done all of these things then mail discworldjamboree@gmail.com to receive the appropriate password.

These have been posted at the request of the Chief Scout himself, so that those attending the Jamboree will fully understand the aims of the A-M Scouting Movement, the importance of personal hygiene (especially while under canvas), and what size battle axe is acceptable in a camping environment.

Members will need a username and password for access to this area which can be obtained by emailing:

The Discworld Jamboree 2007 will be held on a field in Wincanton, Somerset, between 3 and 5 August 2007. Amongst other attractions it will feature the Witch Trials and a Gang Show. It will be attended by the Chief Scout, Mr Terry Pratchett, ably supported by Mr Stephen Briggs and Mr Colin Smythe.

In creating the Jamboree website, we are indebted to the Chief Scout, Mr Terry Pratchett, and to Black Widow Web Design


 

24th April, 2007
Discworld Convention, Hogfather DVD and more...

Many thanks to Terry Pratchett's agent, Colin Smythe, for the information below:

For those who have not yet heard, the 2008 Discworld convention will be taking place at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, on 22-25 August. The hotel is at the National Exhibition Centre, which is a ten minute free shuttle from the airport and railway station

http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/BHXMETW-Hilton-Birmingham-Metropole-hotel/index.do

Sky One sent this out dated 20th April:
"Last night, Sky One's epic adaptation of Terry Pratchett's Hogfather, won the Visual Effects category at the BAFTA's prestigious Craft and Television Awards ceremony in London. It was awarded the gong for its use of groundbreaking digital wizardry, which spectacularly brought the extraordinary tale to life on the big screen.
"The lavish tale's win is the latest achievement for the amazing Sky One production. Terry Pratchett's Hogfather broke all existing audience records when broadcast over the Christmas period last year, becoming the most watched non-terrestrial series of all time."

The DVD went on sale yesterday (23 April), and Terry and Vadim Jean signed masses of covers at Forbidden Planet last night.
(Click here for the limited edition version and click here for the standard version)

(Hogfather had been nominated for two awards: Gavin Finney the Director of Photography was nominated for the Photography and Lighting Category, and the CGI team from MPC, Oliver Money and Simon Thomas for the visual effects.)

As to other Hogfather awards: I received an email from Ian Sharples at MOB Films, in which he wrote
"On the awards and such like, the run down is
*Winners of the Broadcast Press Guild, Best Multi Channel Programme award
*Nominated for Royal Television Society (RTS) for Drama Serial, but sadly didn’t win"

 

3rd February, 2007
Hogfather DVD available to order from Amazon

We've just been informed that the Hogfather DVD, due for general release in April, can now be ordered from Amazon UK. If you want to beat the rush and be the first to have it delivered to your doorstep, please click here.

There is also a Limited Edition version. Recommended retail price is £27.99, but you can order it at £20.99 at the time of writing!

Don't delay....click here and order the Hogfather DVD today.
 

23rd January, 2007
YouTube Videos Added To Our Links Section

Our links pages have always been popular and they're even more so now, with the addition of relevant YouTube videos in many of the categories. These serve no other purpose than to make browsing for other sites a bit of fun!!

You can view our links section at http://www.collectorsgifts.co.uk/links/ - a good example of the YouTube videos can be seen on the left of http://www.collectorsgifts.co.uk/links/3_Aviation.shtml

Enjoy!

10th January, 2007
Discworld 'Hogfather' Movie Props Spotted on eBay!

You've read the book, you've seen the film....now buy the props! Yep, that's right, genuine film props from the recent Hogfather movie have made it onto ebay, courtesy of Bernard 'The Stout' Pearson, a.k.a. The Cunning Artificer.

Click here and, if you're quick enough, you'll see what I mean! Already spotted are Wooden Toy Soldiers (six of these!), Great A'tuin on wheels (3 of these), The Little Hunter Soul Cake Duck, My Jolly Drummer Toy Drum, Pink Sugar Pigs and the imaginatively entitled "Castle with pointy blue bits"!

As these will all be one-offs from a very unique part of Discworld history, I would expect them to fetch good money now, and even more in the future! Even if you're not in the market to buy such pieces, they're well worth a look, just to see what they fetch! Here's the link again....click here.

 

3rd January, 2007 - More News From Colin Smythe
The Art of Josh Kirby
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 16 June to 30 September 2007

The first retrospective exhibition of science fiction artist Josh Kirby. Born in Liverpool in 1928 and trained at Liverpool School of Art he began his career producing film posters, moving to book and cover art for magazines. Some of his more famous work includes the first cover of Ian Fleming’s Moonraker and the poster for Monty Python’s Life of Brian and he is best known for his cover illustrations of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series. 

Gollancz/Orion Publishing have also announced a monthly newsletter, with competitions, author interviews, special offers, etc. For more details, visit http://www.orionbooks.co.uk/newsletter.aspx

15th December 2006 Discworld News From Colin Smythe:
Dear Colin

Please let people know that I will be replaying my interview with Terry from the Discworld Convention tonight as the Hogfather screens this weekend.

They can tune in at 9 p.m. at http://nettalkworld.com

Regards
Ross Hemsworth
 

14th December 2006 Discworld News From Colin Smythe:
The Book Show on Artsworld (Digital channel 267) will be showing a half-hour interview with Terry  this Thursday (today) at 8pm, and repeating it on Sunday the at midday and 6pm – for more information, have a look at the relevant page of the Show microsite - http://www.artsworld.com/thebookshow/pgFeature.aspx?id=39&se=2 - the programme page onArtsworld.com - http://www.artsworld.com/genre/features.asp?ID=4272&genreID=1
I believe Terry is also interviewed by Jonathan Ross on BBC Radio 2 on Saturday 16th

6th December 2006 Discworld News From Colin Smythe:
Wossname's Special Hogfather Bulletin has drawn my attention to the programme on SKY1 next Sunday (10 December) at 8.00pm called "The Making of Hogfather - The Whole Hog", which I'd not known was being televised then. Extracts have been used to make some of the
videos on Sky's Hogfather website.

4th December 2006 Discworld News From Colin Smythe:
Sky's website is now operational - www.skyone.co.uk/hogfather
 
There are twelve short items being added to it, starting 5th December - The Twelve Days of Hogswatch - These will be available from Sky television channels by pressing the red button and selecting 'Welcome to Hogswatch',  from the website and from I-Tunes, My-Space and You-Tube.
 



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