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Tickets on general sale from Fri 12 July

UK Exclusive: Terry Pratchett and Friends

Sun 29 Sep 2pm, Concert Hall, Brighton Dome From £15 (£12 conc)

Terry Pratchett 1 (c) Rob WilkinsThis year’s main event sees Sir Terry Pratchett and friends take to the stage. Sir Terry is a phenomenon, and despite having a rare form of early onset Alzheimer’s, he’s still writing. Whether you’re a seasoned Discworld traveller or are just entering the Pratchett multiverse, come and celebrate the pleasure of reading with one of Britain’s best loved writers. Expect conversation, excellent hats, readings as well as film excerpts from adaptations.
Tickets: (01273) 709709 / BOOK ONLINE

Guards! Guards! Live (includes supper)

Fri 13 Sep, 7pm, Marquee, Hove Lawns £24 (including supper)

wine_CandlesJoin us for a lip-smacking interactive live reading from one of Terry Pratchett’s bestselling titles. The team behind last year’s sell out production of Tales from the Spotted Dog are reunited: for one night only. Join them for a live reading from Stephen Briggs’ stage adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s Guards! Guards! Expect delicious food, live music, locally sourced ale, fun, frolics and a modicum of group audience participation from a discreet distance. Possibly.
Tickets: (01273) 709709 /

Scales and Terrifying Tales

Sat 14 Sep, 11am – 4pm, Jubilee Children’s Library, FREE

dragon and clockA dragon has been summoned to Jubilee Library. Families are invited to come and share the magic of City Reads and add to the dragons tail! Join artists to create the terrifying scales for a Guards! Guards! inspired dragon. The enormous dragon, by artists Bec Britain and Sharon Mee from award winning Same Sky, will take over the main hall. Write a message to the Ankh-Morpork dragon, to Terry Pratchett, a mini review or add words, phrases and fears!

City Reads Book Quiz  SOLD OUT

Tue 17 Sep, 7.30pm, The Latest Music Bar (upstairs) £5

pile-of-booksThis perennial City Reads favourite returns to test your knowledge on all things bookish. From genre fiction to literary classics; from lowbrow to highbrow to no brow at all, there’s conundrums and brainteasers aplenty for book lovers of all persuasions. There’s also a special Terry Pratchett round, so pay attention! Come along and join a team or bring your own. This event always sells out, so book early to avoid disappointment.
Tickets: (01273) 709709 /

Baron Munchausen

Sun 22 Sep, 2pm, Duke’s at Komedia (1988; 126mins)

baron-munchausen_2Terry Gilliam’s account of Baron Munchausen’s improbable travels and fantastical experiences demonstrates a visual imagination that rivals Terry Pratchett’s. The film takes us on a wild ride through bizarre landscapes as the Baron and his band of misfits encounter characters such as the deranged King of the Moon and the grim reaper. With an all-star cast including Eric Idle, Robin Williams, Oliver Reed and Uma Thurman it has definite appeal to Discworld fans.

Jess Richards – Creating Other Worlds

Thurs 19 Sep 7.30pm, Waterstone’s Brighton £5

Jess_Richards_(C)_Alan_RichardsNovelist Jess Richards creates vivid imaginary worlds that are both similar to yet startlingly different from our own. An aficionado of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels, she discusses the possibilities involved in creating worlds complete with their own history, geography and culture, and explores the fun and invention needed to write a novel based in a fantasy setting. Jess is the author of Snake Ropes and new novel Cooking with Bones.
Tickets: (01273) 709709 /

Vintage Fair: featuring The Book Doctor

Sat 21 Sep, 10am – 4.30pm, The Old Market, Hove £2 (on the door)

1950sGlamour1‘Such clothing as was visible had been chosen for sensible hardwearing qualities, possibly by a previous generation by the look of it…’ Terry Pratchett on Lady Sybil’s bedroom.

The City Reads Vintage fair is back by popular demand. Come and rummage through our vintage bargains, with stalls selling clothes, furniture, accessories and homeware.

Book Doctor

Sat 21 Sep, 2pm – 4pm, The Old Market, Hove

The Old Market LogoNeed a cure for tired old reading habits? Need an inoculation against boring book choices? A visit to the book doctor will invigorate your reading and your personal book prescription will have you reaching for new literary delights.

“Laura’s passion for books and her empathic qualities come together in her role as Book Doctor. Her ‘prescriptions’ are always spot on.” Sandeep Mahal, Project Manager, The Reading Agency

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