Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Terry Pratchett news

Terry Pratchett fans may be interested in the following news (a quote from Terry himself) received via the Discworld Monthly Newsletter:

"The news here is that Making Money has gone off to the publisher; currently the various works in progress are The Folklore of Discworld, which I am working on with Jacqueline Simpson (co-author of The Lore of the Land, among many other books on folklore). Lu Tse's Yearbook of Enlightenment (the next Discworld diary) and Nation, a young adult book for next year, which is not Discworld, and not what people are usually thinking about when they use the term fantasy. I am about 10,000 words into it already and actually wrote about 5,000 words of it when I was at the Australian convention a few weeks ago. Well, if the jetlag means you are wide awake at three o'clock in the morning, why waste the time!"

Making Money is another story about Moist Von Lipwig, the protagonist of Going Postal, which I thoroughly enjoyed, so I look forward to this novel. And The Folklore of Discworld sounds fascinating !

Also mentioned in the DWM newsletter, was "The Art of Josh Kirby", an exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool which will run from 16 June to 30 September 2007.

It's the first retrospective exhibition of science fiction artist Josh Kirby, who was 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; he is probably best known for his cover illustrations of Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels. The exhibition will comprise around 150 works spanning the whole of his career, such as artwork for book covers and magazines, personal studies, large-scale oils, film posters, and preparatory sketches. Selections from the Discworld series will be included, but the exhibition will also reach far beyond that to show visitors the full range of his output. It will be packed with visions of weird worlds, fantastic and magical creatures, monsters, maidens and much more. The incredible detail, imaginiation and skill behind Josh's art will be fully revealed.

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