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Terry Pratchett Symposium in DCU

Terry Pratchett Symposium in DCU

Date & Time: 10am-5pm, Saturday, 28 May 2016

Location: Room Q119, Business School Building, Glasnevin, DCU

Price: €10 Euro - booking with eventbrite (

Keynote speakers: Professor Farah Mendlesohn (Anglia Ruskin University, UK), Professor (Emeritus) Edward James (University College Dublin), Dr Andrew M. Butler (Canterbury Christ Church, University, UK)

Terry Pratchett was, without doubt, one of the most remarkable authors ever to refrain from trying to write ‘literature.’ In a career that spanned more than four decades, he secured the affection and admiration of legions of readers, prompting them to consider, among other issues, what it might be like to live on a flat world, perched on the backs of four elephants, which in turn stand on the back of a giant turtle, swimming endlessly through space.

Although probably most celebrated for his Discworld series of novels (1983-2015), Pratchett also produced highly acclaimed works for children and young adults, as well as science fiction, and his writings collectively demonstrate both his moral acuity and comic genius. They also reveal, though, what can happen when a truly great writer explores the complex nature of literature and genre, and encourages his readers to do so as well. In the company of Farah Mendlesohn, Edward James and Andrew M. Butler, editors of Terry Pratchett: Guilty of Literature (2004), this one day symposium will celebrate Terry Pratchett’s memory by facilitating a critical discussion of his work and putting forward possible reasons for its appeal and significance.

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25th May, 2016