Sunday, August 6, 2017

Terry Pratchett: 'Imagination, not intelligence, made us human'

Sir Terry Pratchett is one of the modern world's most renowned authors. The 38 tales of the Discworld series, set in a strange yet strangely familiar world on the back of a giant turtle, have defied the limits of genre and attracted adoring fans around the world. Translated into 32 languages and selling over 60 million copies worldwide, Pratchett received a knighthood in 2009. He has been winner of the British Science Fiction Award, the Carnegie Medal, the Writers Guild Award and the Smarties Prize Silver Award. - Terry Pratchett is also Britain's most shoplifted author.

In this exclusive Melbourne appearance, the satirist, novelist and much-loved icon joins Michael Williams for a broad, entertaining discussion at RMIT's Storey Hall. Touching on Pratchett's early work as a journalist, his first forays into fiction and his thoughts on death and religion, the author also shares insights into his stories and characters.

Pratchett opens with a preview — read by his 'insistent', Rob Wilkins — of Sam Vimes' exploits from the forthcoming 39th Discworld book.

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