Brisbane’s Hogswatch in July

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Daughter about to wield an Axe (it is of the rubbery variety of course, no real axes)

On the weekend the family headed off to our First Hogswatch in July.  What’s that I hear you ask?

It’s an annual festive village fair run by Brisbane Arts Theatre (since 2013) based upon the Discword novels  of Terry Pratchett.

This year they used the Pozible Platform to raise some funds to hire a petting zoo, trophies for prizes (hammer throwing,cabbage throwing, costume and obstacle race).  It’s great that they did because it didn’t cost anything to enter the fair, watch the Morris Dancing or enter any of the competitions.

They were also sponsored by a few organisations, and I just loved that one of the sponsors was a Funeral place! Classic and in keeping with the novels.

Brisbane Arts Theatre is Brisbane’s home of the performing arts, with a long history of staging adaptions of Sir Terry Pratchett’s cult Discworld novels.  Later in the year they are staging Mort (22nd August -3rd October).

These novels are set in an alternative reality where the world is flat, resting on the shoulders of four cosmic sized elephants standing on the back of an impossibly large turtle swimming through space.

The absolute highlight for my children was the Weefreeman signing them up for the axe throwing competition.  My youngest ended up winning the junior section in a play off of a tied place. Exciting stuff.

As for my daughter she loved the steam punk inspired clothes and jewelry and enjoyed buying up at some of the stalls (goggles was the main thing she acquired).

We didn’t stay for the whole day, but there was something for every age and the program ran from 10am until 4pm.  With crafts, obstacle races for Witches and Wizards, a costume competition, photo booths and a tribute book to the dear Sir Terry Pratchett.

Before we left we took our daughter to have a photograph with Mort.  She wore her brand new goggles! A print of this is on the way in the mail.

(I heard there are Steam Punk Morning Teas in Town. Anyone with more details please let me know.)

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My son with the Weefreeman
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He won!

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Morris Dancing

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Cake Stall
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Wizard Trophy

You can find out more at their facebook and website.

Mort is on 22nd August to the 3rd of October.

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Will you share a joke with Death?

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Like many of his fans today I say, ‘farewell Sir Terry Pratchett.’ Bon Voyage.

My family lined up once to meet and have him sign a book in Penrith. It was a long line. I remember the dark hat and coat; he dressed as above.

Jayden Smith, reportedly calls this Einstein dressing and adopts it too – that is the genius is the man in the clothes, not the clothes. Pratchett was a genuis, no doubt about it. He chose humour and fantasy to understand life, where someone like Stephen Hawking chooses science.

I’ve been enjoying reading all the wonderful quotes people are sharing from his books.

Some of my favourites are: “It’s still magic even if you know how it’s done. – from A Hat Full of Sky” http://t.co/RdDGdXsbLJ

“Fantasy is an exercise bicycle for the mind. It might not take you anywhere, but it tones up the muscles that can.”

The best tribute I can pay to him though is to keep writing my very first fantasy novel, which I hope can reach the witty depths and observations of life of this hilariously profound storyteller.

The BBC are calling on people to share their tributes, as creatively and in as many mediums as they want. They can act out scenes from his books, send a personal memory, design a costume and more.I wonder what people will do.

I read what Neil Gaiman wrote of his friend, such a beautiful piece, and wonder if Death, measures up to Sir Pratchett’s imagination.

I think Sir Pratchett would tip his hat to all who fight that monster we call Alzheimers and suggest we continue to give donations into research into the preservation of our faculties as we head into the journey of old age, but what better way to pay him tribute then to read or watch one of his stories before going to sleep tonight.

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(c) June Perkins