If you have ever wondered where Terry Pratchett’s fertile mind got it’s ideas from, this is the video for you. Terry gets his PA to do the speech as he is very unwell at the time (2010). It is very funny… A great overview of Terry’s background, love of books and stories; and his views on life. It’s a gem for all Pratchett fans. I was glued to it. I can see where his ideas came from.
As he says, he “absorbed writers and was astonished at the wealth laid out” for him. It was “better than writing tips.” Terry has since responded to a question on how to write by saying, don’t listen to me, just go and do it.
The link is set to start at 11 minutes and miss the obligatory “thanks to everyone who made this possible speech.” It was Terry’s first speech as Professor at Trinity College, Dublin.
Bio from his web site: “Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he is the author of fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. Worldwide sales of his books now stand at 70 million, and they have been translated into thirty-seven languages.”