Guests

 

Attending Guests

Making your trip to the Discworld very special indeed are our very special guests! These wonderful people will be around to talk about their work with Terry and the fandom, and you'll have the opportunity to meet with them at their panels, klatches1, and most likely also at the bar2.

Stephen Briggs

Stephen and Terry played together on Discworld for 25 years and had a lot of fun along the way. They built a city on a brownfield site, then mapped a world to put it onto. With nothing else to do with their spare time, they wrote the Companion, several diaries, another map and a cook book. Stephen also took on the unabridged audio books and has recorded more than thirty for Isis, AudioGo and Random House (UK) and Harper Collins and Random House (US), winning several industry awards that he’s secretly very pleased with.

It's plays, though, that got him into Discworld, and he's adapted, and published, around twenty Pratchett playscripts, which have been staged in more than 22 countries. Although he is still cheaper than Charles Dance and Jeremy Irons, his tragedy is that the only way he can get cast as Vetinari is to direct his own plays. Amongst a couple of top secret projects, Stephen's also now working on a fast-paced steam punk dramatization of 'Raising Steam'.

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@StephenPBriggs

Daniel Knight

Daniel became a filmmaker because Terry Pratchett wasn't embarrassed by the idea of him adapting and directing a short film from his Discworld story Troll Bridge. Assuming Terry must have grossly overestimated his ability, Daniel then spent the next fourteen years studiously dedicated to the craft lest anyone learn of the ruse. This has apparently resulted in a career, awards, and a very confused balding man wondering what happened to his dreams of becoming a royal magician.

Some of his other shorts include such monsters as Blood on the Game Dice (if you've ever played a pen and paper RPG), Undead Ted (which has more than a little Reg Shoe in it), and Run Rincewind Run! if you've never been to an Australian Discworld Convention before. All can be watched on the internet if you ask it nicely.

Troll Bridge, however, remains Daniel's magnum opus - and he is proud of what has become the largest, most complicated, and most thoroughly detailed cinematic fan undertaking in history.

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@snowgumfilms

Professor David Lloyd

Professor David Lloyd is Archchancellor... sorry, Vice Chancellor of the University of South Australia. He has the honour of being the only person to award Terry not only two honorary doctorates but also a professorship. While Dean of Research at Trinity College Dublin, David invited Sir Terry to receive an honorary doctorate and in return was presented with a Doctorus cum Adamus Flabello Dulci from Unseen University. David later asked Sir Terry back to Trinity College again to be a visiting Professor in Creative Writing in the School of English, which he only agreed to because of the special hat involved. Later still, Terry's second honorary doctorate presented by David came from UniSA, and this one involved a hat with corks.

After Sir Terry's passing, Rob Wilkins and the Discworld Foundation worked with David at UniSA to arrange the perpetual Sir Terry Pratchett Scholarship, allowing UniSA masters students to spend a semester studying at Trinity College. The first scholarship recipient was awarded in 2016.

David is one of the very few and lucky members of the Order of the Honeybee.

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Martin Pearson

Martin has entertained attendees at all of the Australian Discworld Conventions since 2007 with his wonderful renditions of Discworld and Roundworld folk songs. His versions of "The Hedgehog Song" and "A Wizard's Staff Has A Knob on the End" are particularly known for their rowdy audience participation.

To quote Martin himself, he is "the world's funniest male, long-haired, Victorian, Piscean folk singer", he can also be found lurking around various comedy, music, and medieval festivals across the country regaling fans with his "The Unfinished Spelling Errors of Bolkien", a musical love letter to Middle-Earth. If you have not yet heard this, we are certain Martin will be happy to sell you his CDs.

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Virtual Guests

Given that being girt by sea makes Fourecks particularly difficult (not to mention expensive) to get to, the following wonderful guests will not be present physically but will be able to chat with us via the wonders of the magical Omniscope3

Professor Ian Stewart

Ian Stewart was born in 1945, educated at Cambridge (MA) and Warwick (PhD). He has five honorary doctorates (Open University, Westminster, Louvain, Kingston, and Brighton) and is Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at Warwick University. He has published over 100 books including: Mathematics of Life, Professor Stewart's Hoard of Mathematical Treasures, Professor Stewart's Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities, Why Beauty is Truth, Flatterland, What Shape is a Snowflake?, Nature's Numbers, Does God Play Dice?, and the bestselling series The Science of Discworld I, II, III, and IV with Terry Pratchett and Jack Cohen.

His awards include the Royal Society's Faraday Medal, the Gold Medal of the Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications, the Public Understanding of Science Award of the AAAS, and the LMS/IMA Zeeman Medal. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2001 and currently serves on Council, its governing body. His Letters to a Young Mathematician won the Peano Prize and The Symmetry Perspective won the Balaguer Prize. His app Incredible Numbers won the Digital Book World award for adult nonfiction, and he shared the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science with Steven Strogatz in 2015.

Website

@JoatStewart

Ray Friesen

Ray Friesen is a cartoonist and graphic designer living in California, USA. He met Terry Pratchett and Rob Wilkins at the 2009 North American Discworld convention, and was hired to draw cartoons for them a week later. After creating the dweenicon Discworld character cartoon icons, Discworld Playing Cards, and the Death of Rats/Librarian plush icons, Ray finally weaseled his way into illustrating a full Discworld comic book - 2015's Small Gods Graphic Novel Adaptation, a thrill and an honor.

Ray can neither confirm nor deny he's working on another Discworld comic adaptation, but the answer is 'probably'. Ray has a mustache, and a toddler, and is very proud of both. Ray has visited Australia several times in the past, and loves your country, but regrets he probably won't be able to attend Nullas Anxieties VI in person. He will be appearing via hologram, like some kind of space wizard.

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@raisegrate

The Discworld Emporium - Bernard and Isobel Pearson, Reb Voyce and Ian Mitchell

Bernard and his wife Isobel founded the fantasy figurine company Clarecraft in 1980, and began producing Discworld figurines in 1991, before going on to found the Discworld Emporium in Wincanton, Somerset, UK in 2000 under the patronage of Sir Terry himself.

Bernard has now left the running of the Emporium to Ian and Reb while he loiters in his shed playing with lumps of wax. To this day, the Emporium continues to produce a wide range of Discworld inspired collectables, sculptures, art, wearables and sundries, using the original artwork of both Bernard and Ian.

Since officially twinning Wincanton with Ankh-Morpork in 2002, the shop has become as sacred as an Omnian temple to Discworld fans across the world. As well as generally ensuring everything just works, Reb maintains the website and takes the photos which enable fans unable to make the pilgrimage themselves to be parted from their hard earned money. To quote the Emporium themselves, "Why Wincanton, you may ask... well, on signing the deeds Terry said that we would be close enough to work with, but not too close as to be a nuisance, and we couldn't argue with that!"

Uncle Bernard refused to make the trip out to Fourecks as he fears his pipe is too great of a fire danger in our tinderbox of a country. And Ian and Reb need to stay home to feed the cats.

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@Discworldshoppe


1 A small intimate chat of about 10-15 people. You will receive klatch nomination forms in your convention bag, and can enter these forms at Ops to go in the draw to be one of the lucky few in the klatches. More details will be available at the convention.
2 Offer to buy them a drink.
3 Otherwise known as a video chat over the internet.