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A monthly examination of Terry Pratchett's Discworld book series from an academic perspective, hosted by literature scholars Joshua Bulleid and Alice Capstick. Episode Transcripts and Bibliographies: https://monash.academia.edu/JoshuaBulleid/Podcasts Support on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/doctorprometheuspod Contact: unseenacademicalspod@gmail.com A Doctor Prometheus podcast.
 
Join writer Elizabeth Flux and comedian Ben McKenzie on their six(ish) year mission to read every Terry Pratchett novel – not just the Discworld ones! They’ll read one a month, and discuss them with special guests, puns and footnotes. Episodes released on the 8th of each month (Australian time); check pratchatpodcast.com and the end of each episode for notice of the next book, and send in questions to us via social media! The explicit tag represents a fairly average Australian level of coars ...
 
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Comics artist Erica Henderson visits the island to talk versatility in genre fiction, stories about stories and the 28th Discworld novel, The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents. This season of Desert Island Discworld is brought to you with the kind support of Handheld Press, publishers of fine forgotten fantasy fiction. Visit Desert Island Di…
 
Episode 7A of Unseen Academicals, discussing Carpe Jugulum and exploring Pratchett's subversion of the triple goddess, magpie rhymes, Gothic landscapes, modernisation, notions of progress, "quilted" signifiers and more! We were going to do a deep dive in to the history of the vampire a a literary type in this episode as well, but we haven't had tim…
 
Arts journalist, critic and broadcaster Richard Watts joins Liz and Ben on a trip sideways in time with reluctant wizard Mervin (with a V) in Pratchett’s 1995 short story “Once and Future“, originally published in the Arthurian collection Camelot. As he stands on the beach waiting for the right hopeful king to come along, professional time traveler…
 
Writer and producer John Rogers joins us on the island to talk about the need for Robin Hoods in today's world, the challenges of writing a heist a week and the 40th Discworld novel, Raising Steam. This season of Desert Island Discworld is brought to you with the kind support of Handheld Press, publishers of fine forgotten fantasy fiction. Visit De…
 
Radio 1 and 1Xtra's film critic Ali Plumb joins us on the island to talk about the economics of film journalism, the joy of junkets and the 25th Discworld novel, The Truth. This season of Desert Island Discworld is brought to you with the kind support of Handheld Press, publishers of fine forgotten fantasy fiction. Visit Desert Island Discworld at …
 
Comedian Eleanor Morton visits the island to talk about dorky Aragorn, the Miss Jean Brodie theme park and the 23rd Discworld novel, Carpe Jugulum. This season of Desert Island Discworld is brought to you with the kind support of Handheld Press, publishers of fine forgotten fantasy fiction. Visit Desert Island Discworld at http://desertislanddiscwo…
 
Author, activist and journalist Cory Doctorow joins us on the island to talk democratising Disney World, inventing your own awards and the 36th Discworld novel, Making Money. This season of Desert Island Discworld is brought to you with the kind support of Handheld Press, publishers of fine forgotten fantasy fiction. Visit Desert Island Discworld a…
 
Did you know Alice does another podcast called Of the Devil's Party, where they and their friend Rowan do a deep dive into dark hero archetypes? It's really good. You should listen to it! ...It also might help explain what all this "Byronic" stuff we keep talking about is. On this bonus/preview episode Alice and Rowan begin their discussion of Goth…
 
Join me for an hour long live reaction to New Spring by Robert Jordan. THIS EPISODE CONTAINS SPOILERS THROUGH KNIFE OF DREAMS. Seriously!!!!! I'm not joking! Don't you listen to this if you haven't read Knife of Dreams! Twitter: @stuckonarrakis Email: stuckonarrakis@gmail.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/stuckonarrakis…
 
We discuss Maskerade, exploring the origins triple goddess, the many guises of The Phantom of the Opera,distinctions between high and low culture, the gentrification of opera, masks, physical appearances, the archetype of the Gothic Villain and its theatrical transformation into a Romantic Hero of Sensibility and more! Episode Transcripts and Bibli…
 
Freelance writer and journalist Ben Riley joins Liz and Ben for a magical history tour as Susan Sto Helit teams up with a couple of monks to stop time…er…stopping in the twenty-sixth Discworld novel: 2001’s Thief of Time. In Ankh-Morpork, a mystery woman tasks the odd but talented Jeremy Clockson to build a clock so accurate it can measure the tick…
 
Let's talk about Pyramids by Terry Pratchett, the seventh Discworld book! Anna and I giggle for an hour about all the amazing jokes and references in this book. This episode contains spoilers for the first seven books of the Discworld series and possibly some vague hints for future books. Twitter: @stuckonarrakis Straw Haired Chits Discord: https:/…
 
Join Christine and Lesley as we discuss Assassin's Quest by Robin Hobb! This episode contains spoilers for the Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb. It does not contain any spoilers past the first series! Twitter: @stuckonarrakis Stuck on Arrakis Discord: https://discord.gg/TqPt9Pm Email: stuckonarrakis@gmail.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/stuckonar…
 
Preview for our first ever bonus episode of Unseen Academicals, covering issue 19 of Neil Gaiman's comic series The Sandman: "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (1991). We compare Gaiman's treatment of Shakespeare's titular play to that of Pratchett's Lords and Ladies (1992), while examining the history of Shakespeare in comics and fairy illustration, the …
 
Science comedian and public health nerd Alanta Colley joins Liz and Ben on their second trip through Discworld into Roundworld, as they join Rincewind and the wizards of Unseen University in Pratchett’s second collaboration with Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen: 2002’s The Science of Discworld II: The Globe. While on a team-building exercise in the woods…
 
Our second part on Lords and Ladies, exploring evolving literary and cultural representations of elves and fairies through the works of William Shakespeare, J. R. R. Tolkien, T. H. White, Lord Dunsany, Rudyard Kipling and more! Referenced transcripts: independentresearcher.academia.edu/JoshuaBulleid/Podcasts Contact: unseenacademicalspod@gmail.com …
 
The last battle is getting closer! This podcast is SPOILER FREE! It does contain spoilers for the first eleven books (duh), but there are no spoilers past the first eleven books because I haven't read them yet! GO CHECK OUT THE WOT PODCASTATHON!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vGe43xbR3c Twitter: @stuckonarrakis Stuck on Arrakis Discord: https:/…
 
Writer and editor Deanne Sheldon-Collins joins Liz and Ben as they return to the infinite worlds of the Long Earth to discuss Pratchett’s second collaboration with Stephen Baxter: 2013’s The Long War. It’s now ten years since anti-stepping extremists nuked natural stepper and explorer Joshua Valienté’s home town of Madison on the original “Datum” E…
 
The first of two episodes on Lords and Ladies (1992), covering quantum continuities, simulacra warrior queens, performative dressing, glamour, the ethics of borrowing, vegetarianism, pagan landmarks, horny gods and more! Referenced transcripts: independentresearcher.academia.edu/JoshuaBulleid/Podcasts Contact: unseenacademicalspod@gmail.com Alice's…
 
Join Josh and Lesley as we discuss Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb! This episode contains spoilers for the Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb. It does not contain any spoilers past the first series! Twitter: @stuckonarrakis Stuck on Arrakis Discord: https://discord.gg/TqPt9Pm Email: stuckonarrakis@gmail.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/stuckonarrakis…
 
With the ei- the twice-fourth Australian Discworld Convention postponed until next year, Liz and Ben fired up their crystal balls to project themselves live for the one-day online event, Nullus Anxietas: The Lost Con! In this special one-hour mini-episode, we revisit the very first book discussed on the podcast: the fifteenth Discworld novel, 1993’…
 
Lesley and Georgie get high and talk about Georgie's Booktube channel and the Wheel of Time. This episode contains spoilers through Crossroads of Twilight by Robert Jordan. Georgie Twitter: https://twitter.com/georgierreads YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeUg3UBe0k0OGEMtHLVwSOQ Me: Twitter: @stuckonarrakis Stuck on Arrakis Discord: https…
 
Surprise! In the great Australian tradition of Christmas in July, Liz and Ben are joined by writer and literary horror fan Penelope Love to discuss Pratchett’s short story “Twenty Pence, With Envelope and Seasonal Greeting”, first published on the 16th of December, 1987. It’s Christmas Eve, 1843, and the driver of a missing Mail Coach is discovered…
 
We wrap up our extended coverage of Witches Abroad with an examination of mirrors in feminist literature and fairytale revisions, Lilith's origins, Granny's cultural chauvinism, Mrs Gogol, Carnival and the power of parody in combating postmodern pastiche. Referenced transcripts: independentresearcher.academia.edu/JoshuaBulleid/Podcasts Contact: uns…
 
Let's talk about Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett, the sixth Discworld book! And meet my new cohost for Discworld episodes, Anna! We had way too much fun talking about Granny, Nanny, and Magrat. This episode contains spoilers for the first six books of the Discworld series and some vague hints for future books. Twitter: @stuckonarrakis Straw Haired …
 
For the second time – and coincidentally for another of the books in The Long Earth series – we’ve made a change in our schedule! Our next book will still be The Long War, as announced in #Pratchat44, but we’re postponing that until August. Our forty-fifth episode, #Pratchat45, will instead discuss Pratchett’s 1987 short story, “Twenty Pence, With …
 
The Oggisms continue as we explore the cultural impact and implications of fairy tales featured in the Genua section of Witches Abroad, including Cinderella, Bluebeard, Puss in Boots, Rumpelstiltskin and Disney itself. We also figure out what simulacras are all about and whether Nala stands a chance in a Disney Princess Deathbattle. Apologies for t…
 
We’ve waited two and a half years for its 35th anniversary, but finally Joel Martin rejoins Liz and Ben to resolve the Discworld’s first (and most literal) cliffhanger in The Light Fantastic, the second Discworld novel, first published on the 2nd of June, 1986. When we last saw them, failed wizard Rincewind, Twoflower the tourist and Twoflower’s ma…
 
Poet and writer Dottie James visits the island to talk about the magical nature (or otherwise) of treacle tarts, the online Wild West and the 32nd Discworld novel A Hat Full of Sky. This season of Desert Island Discworld is brought to you with the kind support of Handheld Press, publishers of fine forgotten fantasy fiction. Visit Desert Island Disc…
 
Comedian Stuart Goldsmith visits the island to talk about weaponising empathy, stealing plates and the 24th Discworld novel, The Fifth Elephant. This season of Desert Island Discworld is brought to you with the kind support of Handheld Press, publishers of fine forgotten fantasy fiction. Visit Desert Island Discworld at http://desertislanddiscworld…
 
Episode 4A of Unseen Academicals, discussing the third book in the Witches Series, Witches Abroad (1991), and using it to explore the characterisation of Magrat and her tension with Granny Weatherwax, crises of identity, homoerotic familiars, fairy godmothers, how fairytales shape culture, way too much about Sleeping Beuaty and The Wizard of Oz, a …
 
Welcome to a new tradition: the Pratchat Eeek Club! Each year, on the Glorious 25th of May, we will release a bonus episode discussing topics selected by our Eeek tier subscribers. This year, the topics are: How would Ankh-Morpork deal with COVID-19? What would happen if Granny Weatherwax was head of Unseen University – or if Angua commanded the Wa…
 
Vanity Fair senior writer Joanna Robinson joins us on the island to talk the resurgence of watercooler TV, covering the Oscars during a pandemic and the 35th Discworld novel, Wintersmith. This season of Desert Island Discworld is brought to you with the kind support of Handheld Press, publishers of fine forgotten fantasy fiction. Visit Desert Islan…
 
Environmental campaigner and podcaster Dave Powell visits the island to talk the Emperor's New Clothes, Mrs McGinty's recycling and the 37th Discworld novel, Unseen Academicals. This season of Desert Island Discworld is brought to you with the kind support of Handheld Press, publishers of fine forgotten fantasy fiction.…
 
Poet and writer Sally Evans joins Liz and Ben as they rejoin Tiffany Aching for a trip up into the mountains to meet the next generation of witches in A Hat Full of Sky, the 32nd Discworld novel, first published in 2004. Note that while this episode discusses a book for younger readers, it does contain swearing and we discuss concepts only appearin…
 
Anthropologist and Artificial Intelligence specialist Dr Beth Singler joins us on the island to talk about robot uprisings, Artificial Stupidity and the 19th Discworld novel, Feet of Clay. This season of Desert Island Discworld is brought to you with the kind support of Handheld Press, publishers of fine forgotten fantasy fiction.…
 
Let's talk about Sourcery by Terry Pratchett, the fifth Discworld book! Rincewind and a few new friends save the Disc from being destroyed by Sourcery while alcohol saves the world from ending. This episode contains spoilers for the first five books of the Discworld series. Cultural references for this book: https://www.lspace.org/books/apf/sourcer…
 
Episode 3 of Unseen Academicals, examining the second book in the Witches Series, Wyrd Sisters (1988), and using it to explore theories of humour, the power of words, Shakespeare, the history of Macbeth, evolving depictions of witches, broomsticks, Black Aliss, vegetarian ghosts, and more! The sound on this on is pretty rough. As Alice and I have a…
 
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