Writer/critic, musician, comic. Author of the biography "The Magic of Terry Pratchett", and bass player for The Men Who Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing. 🏳️‍🌈
We're kicking off the Year of the Beleaguered Badger with something a little different: an international guest, and a short story! Unofficial Pratchett biographer Marc Burrows joins us from the UK to discuss the third Discworld short story: 1998's The Sea and Little Fishes! Without much else but the carefully applied annoyances of Nanny Ogg to occupy her time, Granny Weatherwax is ready to win the annual Witch Trial - just as she does every year. But Lettice Earwig, self-appointed leader of a sort of witch committee, has decided this is discouraging new witches, and asks Granny not to participate. She also tells Granny to try being "nice" - and the worst part is, Granny appears to be taking her advice... Very long for a short story, The Sea and Little Fishes delves into the relationship between two of Pratchett's most beloved characters, and introduces people and concepts he'd later expand upon in the Tiffany Aching novels. In a sense it's a story in which almost nothing happens, but then that's largely the point - someone like Granny Weatherwax hardly has to do anything at all to move mountains. Where did you read it? What do you think of the title? And how long can a story be while still being considered "short"??? Let us know! Use the hashtag #Pratchat39 on social media to join the conversation. Guest Marc Burrows is a writer, musician and comic. His articles and reviews about music and culture have appeared in The Guardian and a variety of other publications, but he's currently best known as the author of the first, unofficial Terry Pratchett biography, The Magic of Terry Pratchett, which you can learn all about at askmeaboutterrypratchett.com. He is also a member of the band The Men Who Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing, and has two upcoming non-fiction books about music. The best place to find Marc online is as @20thcenturymarc on Twitter and Instagram, and you can sign up to his newsletter "The Glom of Nit" via tinyletter.com. You can find the full show notes and errata for this episode on our web site. We plan to cover short stories once or twice a year to help us all keep up with the schedule, in part because our original plan - to cover them as live shows - hasn't worked out this last year. But next month it's back to the Discworld novels, and the Watch, with The Fifth Elephant - and we're welcoming back one of our earliest guests, Richard McKenzie! Send us your questions via email, or social media using the hashtag #Pratchat40. Want to make sure we get through every Pratchett book - and maybe make a few more live episodes like this? You can support Pratchat for as little as $2 a month and get subscriber bonuses, like the exclusive bonus podcast Ook Club!
Journalist, musician and comedian Marc Burrows joins us on the island to talk about the nature of faith, finding comfort in familiar worlds and Terry Pratchett's first trilogy for younger readers, the Bromeliad. Visit Desert Island Discworld at http://desertislanddiscworld.com, on Twitter at @DIDiscworld, on Patreon at http://patreon.com/DIDiscworld, or contact us at desertislanddiscworld@gmail.com.
The Truth Shall Make Ye Fret is a podcast in which your hosts, Joanna Hagan-Young and Francine Carrel, read and recap every book from Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series in chronological order. This week, a glorious bonus episode! We talk to Marc Burrows about his new Pratchett biography - The Magic of Terry Pratchett. Buy The Magic of Terry Pratchett here:Hard copy from the publisherKindle Apple BooksMarc’s online stuff:AskMeAboutTerryPratchett.com@20thcenturymarc (Marc Burrows’ Twitter)Find us on the internet:Twitter: @MakeYeFretPodInstagram: @TheTruthShallMakeYeFretFacebook: @TheTruthShallMakeYeFretEmail: thetruthshallmakeyefretpod@gmail.comWant to follow your hosts and their internet doings? Follow Joanna on twitter @joannahagan and follow Francine @francibambi Other things we blathered on about: Thy Last DropThe Museum of CuriosityNo Such Thing As A FishNigel Planer - IMDb Colin Smythe’s extensive Pratchett-related materials archive
Steve and Colm divert from their usual trek through the Discworld books to speak with Marc Burrows about his forthcoming book, The Magic of Terry Pratchett. Marc has written the first full biography of the great man and it's jammed with insights, anecdotes and truly fantastic footnotes. You can follow Marc on Twitter @20thcenturymarc & find the book at his website, askmeaboutterrypratchett.com. The Magic of Terry Pratchett will be released on July 30th.
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