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Sir Terry Pratchett OBE Is Keynote Speaker At Winchester Writers' Festival 2010

Posted at 8:17AM Monday 12 Apr 2010

The University of Winchester is proud to announce that the award-winning author Sir Terry Pratchett OBE will give the plenary address at the 30th Winchester Writers' Conference, Festival and Bookfair on 26 June as part of the weekend festival (25-27 June). The conference will be followed by a week of in-depth writing workshops.

Terry Pratchett's talk is titled Why Are You Listening To Me When You Should be at Home Writing? The bestselling fantasy writer joins a team of more than 60 novelists, poets, playwrights, literary agents, commissioning editors and book industry specialists who will give workshops, lectures, seminars and one-to-one appointments at this year's festival of writing.

"Sir Terry is a master storyteller," said Barbara Large MBE, Founder and Director of the Winchester Writers' Conference based at the University. "He has an incisive wit, is a keen observer of the fantastical and has the profound ability to entertain and inform us with his spectacular inventive comic satire. We're very much looking forward to welcoming him to the University."

Terry Pratchett is the creator of the bestselling Discworld series which now contains 37 books and has sold more than 60 million books worldwide with translations made into 32 languages. He received an honorary degree from the University of Winchester in October last year and has enjoyed considerable success with his writing, winning the British Science Fiction Award, the Carnegie Medal, the Writers Guild Award (Children's Books) and the Smarties Prize Silver Award.

In 2009, as well as being in the running for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2009, his family epic Nation scooped up the Boston Globe-Horn book award in the poetry and fiction category and Honor Book for the Michael L. Printz. An adaptation of Nation by Mark Ravenhill received outstanding reviews at the National Theatre recently.

In December 2007 Terry Pratchett was diagnosed with posterior cortical atrophy, a rare variant of Alzheimer's disease. BBC 2 ran a two-part documentary series in February 2009 based on his illness titled Terry Pratchett: Living with Alzheimer's. Following this, the BBC awarded him the title of Campaigner of the Year in its Oldie Awards for raising awareness of Alzheimer's disease. Last February Terry Pratchett gave the 34th Richard Dimbleby Memorial Lecture at the Royal College of Physicians. His lecture, Shaking Hands with Death, has attracted international debate on the care of those suffering from Alzheimer's and the moral issues surrounding euthanasia.

To receive a conference programme for the Winchester Writers' Conference please contact the Conference Director, Barbara Large MBE, Research and Knowledge Exchange Centre, University of Winchester, Winchester, Hampshire S022 4NR. For more information call 01962 827238, email or visit

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