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The Watch have delivered a comprehensive report on last month’s highly successful Watch Open Weekend to the Palace this morning, The Times can exclusively reveal. Spokesperson Captain Shivers was available to comment,  describing  the  weekend  as a "hugely over-


SIR TERRY PRATCHETT - The man, the myth, the legend

Author of the bestselling Discworld series, as well as numerous other books for both young adults and grown-ups; Award-winning documentary maker; Tireless campaigner for Alzheimer's awareness, assisted dying, and orangutans; Journalist, Knight and probably even Blackboard Monitor. But you knew all these things already - he's the very reason that there even is an Irish Discworld Convention.

He attended the inaugural IDWCon in 2009, and conducted exclusive video interviews at both the 2011 and 2013 IDWCons. Unfortunately, due to his passing away in March 2015, he won't be attending the 2015 IDWCon, but previous evidence does not contradict his making an appearance in one form or another...

ROB WILKINS - PA to Sir Terry and international man of mystery

Rob has been a central figure in Discworld events for some time now, and is probably the busiest guest at any convention. No lounging around the lobby playing werewolf for him - he's got movie producers to wrangle and top secret calls to make. He is also a key player in the Discworld-based production company Narrativia (which will be bringing Discworld stories to our screens in no time at all). But the best thing to say about Rob is he's really nice, super fun and is always happy to chat - at least, until the next interruption!

Rob made an appearance at the first IDWCon, and took part in video interviews at the 2011 and 2013 IDWCons.

ISOBEL PEARSON - Key part of the Emporium and chief Bernard wrangler

Born in Reading, Berkshire, Isobel was already a lover of Discworld before becoming involved (at the same time as Bernard) in 1991. Ever since then, she has been the help that goes with the hindrance (i.e. Bernard) and the ultimate organizer (property Discworld Emporium). She now oversees production of The Complete Discworld Atlas and Guide Book. And as far as us outsiders can tell, the project is going quite well! Another major project that Isobel was involved in was the memorable Discworld figurines and The Unreal Estate, which Bernard sculpted while Isobel rang Sir Terry frequently with questions and queries about characters and locations. When not caught up in Discworld shenanigans Isobel likes to tend her garden and spend as much time as she can with her beautiful grandchildren.

JACK COHEN - Esteemed academic and Sir Terry's co-author

What can we say about Dr. Jack Cohen that doesn't make it seem like he has lived the lives of three (very accomplished) people? His CV runs to an impressive seventeen pages that include his experience and qualifications obtained over fifty years of educating some of Britain’s finest - including one (so far) Nobel Prize winner. Without his work on IVF, thousands of people would not be here today. His publications began in Nature when he was only 24, and have continued in every prestigious scientific journal possible since then.

His first collaboration with respected mathematician Ian Stewart in 1991 on a paper entitled “Chaos, Contingency and Convergence” led to many more papers and eventually, in 1999, to The Science of Discworldand its three sequels, as well as two other Sci-Fi novels (Wheelers and Heaven), and sundry other articles and books on a variety of subjects.

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