Published on September 21st, 2009 | by Lisa McInerney14
Holy Blind Io! It’s the 1st Irish Discworld Convention!
If you’ve ever thought the name “Havelock” sexy, or used the Vimes’ Boots Theory at a dinner-party discussion, or roared, “I Aten’t Dead!” at yer da, then you’ll be just as excited as I am that the first ever Irish Discworld Convention takes place from the 6th to the 9th of November in the Falls Hotel, Ennistymon, Co. Clare.
Discworld, for the uninitiated, is a series of comedic fantasy books by Sir Terry Pratchett set on the … well, Discworld, a flat world balanced on the backs of four gigantic elephants, carried through space on the back of a celestial turtle. Lest that frighten you back into your Al Gore tomes, it should be stated that the Discworld books are probably the most side-splittingly funny, savagely satirical, and emotionally validating books you’ve never read. In short, if you’re not familiar with Discworld due to “ooh, not much liking fantasy, thank you very much”, or some other ludicrous excuse, I really must insist you give it a try.
For the rest of us, we get the chance to meet other die-hard fans of the series who wholly understand why Night Watch is the best crime novel of the new millennium, or why it’s not at all hard to pick a favourite anthropomorphic personification. Planned highlights include an interview with Sir Terry, a Discworld Oscars-themed formal dinner, talks from a great selection of special guests, an auction of Discworld Memorabilia to raise money for The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland, and, of course, plenty of Music With Rocks In.
Further information can be poured over like an orangutan on a mission (in-joke alert!) at the official website, where you can also register for attendence. Full weekend membership is €40, with discounts for children, students and families.
Me? I’ll be there with bells on, especially at the Channelling Vetinari competition. What. A. Dreamboat.