Sir Terry Pratchett: ‘Imagination, not intelligence, made us human'

Sir Terry Pratchett: 'Imagination, not intelligence, made us human'

Sir Terry Pratchett is one of the modern world’s most renowned authors. The 38 tales of the Discworld series, set in a strange yet strangely familiar world on the back of a giant turtle, have defied the limits of genre and attracted adoring fans around the world. Translated into 32 languages and selling over 60 million copies worldwide, Pratchett received a knighthood in 2009. He has been winner of the British Science Fiction Award, the Carnegie Medal, the Writers Guild Award and the Smarties Prize Silver Award. He is also Britain’s most shoplifted author.

In this exclusive Melbourne appearance, the satirist, novelist and much-loved icon joins Michael Williams for a broad, entertaining discussion at RMIT’s Storey Hall. Touching on Pratchett’s early work as a journalist, his first forays into fiction and his thoughts on death and religion, the author also shares insights into his stories and characters.

Pratchett opens with a preview — read by his ‘insistent’, Rob Wilkins — of Sam Vimes' exploits from the forthcoming 39th Discworld book.

Who?

Portrait of Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the Discworld series, the first title of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983.

Portrait of Michael Williams

Michael Williams

Michael Williams is the Director of the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas in Melbourne. He has worked at the Wheeler Centre since inception in 2009, when he was hired as the Head of Programming before being appointed as Director in September 2011.

He has hosted Blueprint for Living (2015–2016), then Talkfest (2017–2019), on ABC RN. He remains a regular guest on ABC Radio and TV. Michael has also worked as a Breakfast presenter for Melbourne’s 3RRR, as a member of the Australia Council’s Literature Board, in publishing and has written extensively for the Guardian, the AgeSydney Morning HeraldAustralian and elsewhere.

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