On until January 2018, the Salisbury Museum with donations and support from The Estate of Terry Pratchett, and Paul Kidby – Sir Terry Pratchett’s artist of choice – present an exhibition entitled ‘Terry Pratchett: His World’.
The exhibition is a unique collection of artefacts which portray his amazing life and career, from his first novel The Carpet People which was published in 1971 to his later novels including the Discworld series. Artwork from the Discworld novels including over 40 original illustrations by Paul Kidby adorn the walls and will make any Discworld fan nostalgic for the books.
A reconstruction of his office also makes up part of the exhibition. The attention to detail here is amazing! 6 simulated computer screens on Pratchett’s desk show him typing a novel, receiving emails from the likes of Neil Gaiman, and reading news articles about himself. Printed versions of his bookshelves along the back wall, his golden eagle lectern where his famous hat is often seen perched on top. The longer you stand there the more you will notice.
Plenty of other paraphernalia from Pratchett’s life also fills the rooms of the museum. Without giving too much away for anyone who wants to visit, you will also find one of his typewriters, silver-plated resin versions of his books, a notebook containing his signature, and even his Carnegie Medal – which comes with a funny story from Terry himself about eating the medal in chocolate form.
Quotes from Pratchett also cover the walls and bring a very familiar closeness to the author that makes the exhibition all the more emotional. One quote that truly represents Pratchett’s captivation of an audience even after his death reads, “No-one is finally dead until the ripples they cause in the world die.”
One of the best parts of the exhibition, in my opinion, is in the final room where you can sit at a desk and write a letter to the late-great Sir Terry Pratchett. These can then be posted in the post-box and will be given to the family. On the wall are also similar letters from some famous names in Pratchett’s life including Neil Gaiman whose lovely letter is somewhat tear-inducing.
The event began with Boyne briefly outlining the novel, the tale of wannabe writer Maurice Swift who will do anything to make himself a famous writer including begging, borrowing and stealing stories. This was then followed by a brilliant reading from the book by the author himself which drew me in and made me want to read the book all the more.
Kit told John that she had greatly enjoyed A Ladder to the Sky, listening to the audiobook, narrated by Richard E. Grant, she was so gripped she didn’t want to get out the car to do her food shopping. Read More
To celebrate the week, a library in Rumford, Maine created a display featuring books that have, and continue to be, banned in various parts of the world. As you can imagine, books focusing on the topic of same-sex relationships are heavily censored, and thus the display featured several LGBT books such as Kabi Nagata’s My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness and David Lev’s Two Boys Kissing. Both books have been released to great acclaim from critics but also face heavy resistance, with Two Boys Kissing being the fifth most banned book of 2016. Read More
The study was conducted by data collection provider QRS research and it shows that the festival generated a whopping £25.8 million in the local area in 2018, more than 25% higher than in 2016.
As The BookSeller reports, the week long event will see book related activities take place across Ireland with the focus being on celebrating Irish books and writers who have played an important role in shaping Irish culture. Read More