A Final farewell to Sir Terry Pratchett-
Last night I was fortunate enough to attend a very special event to celebrate the launch of Terry Pratchett’s final book The Shepherd’s Crown.
Waterstones Piccadilly made a fantastic effort at setting the scene for the 200 fans lucky enough to get a ticket. Many fans turning up over an hour early to queue, have pics taken and get in the spirit of things, with an impressive amount of people taking the opportunity to make use of the Discworld dress code. This was no half hearted effort either standing close by were Rincewind, Tiffany Aching, Queenie and Two-Flower, whilst some Nac Mac Feegles & the fantastically dressed Librarian (Oook) walk past. I myself went as Death & Auri as Susan Sto Helit.
With the doors opening just after 10:30pm, the barrage of Witches, Wizards and Trolls enter Waterstones. (With may I add the Waterstones staff doing a fantastic job.) Upon entering we all get our promised goody bags which is in fact a Shepherds Crown tote bag, with a poster, bookmark & tea-towel. Immediately I was stunned by how amazing floor 3 of Waterstones looked and how much effort had clearly gone into to creating a Discworld environment for a handful of Terry’s biggest fans. The lights are dimmed, there are gorgeous little lamps with bees attached, fluffy clouds on the ceiling and rock shrines.
A stall of Discworld munchies was offered with all sorts of delights,
as well as a constant flow of drinks, unfortunately me & Auri had to toast with OJ as we were driving back to Southampton after the event.
There is only one problem 200 people dressed up in heavy velvet robes, rubber masks carrying luggage it was seriously hot. After my interview with the Evening Standard. I could no longer resist the urge to grab a tissue and wipe the sweat from my face, destroying my partner’s hard work with the face paints and brushes.
After mingling or in my case just generally scaring people Rob Wilkins (Terry’s best friend.) came onto the stage in a very heartwarming and emotional 30 minutes, but with Terry Pratchett you are never far away from a good laugh, Rob Wilkins words bringing tears of sadness as well as laughter. Rob told us some stories of Terry, a particularly heart-warming one after a lady who had travelled from Singapore asked what Terry’s last words had been to him and it was clear that despite Terry’s ’embuggerance’ as he called it, he was never defeated by death and used every last minute of his life to continue his writing, come up with new ideas and imaginative stories to entertain his huge following which he has all over the world. I expect when death did arrive a character that is used so frequently in Terry’s work he was ready and maybe even brought a smile to the face of the reaper.
We were privileged to have a few chapters read to us from Shepherd’s Crown which I will not in anyway spoil. After this we were able to be the first people in the country to collect our books and have them very specially stamped to mark the occasion & dated by Rob who was an absolute gentleman.
I think I may have scared him
A fantastic night to celebrate a huge fantasy icon, a sir, a legend. RIP Terry Pratchett.
I did pick up extra copies for my store as this was a very limited opportunity to get hands on this book with a commemorative stamp as well as one of the goody bags I will post these up in my store when I get the opportunity.