Sunday, 4 June 2017

My Pilgrimage to Wincanton

I've been a fan of the late great Sir Terry Pratchett for more than twenty years now and I've read almost all his books. I always wanted to meet him but I didn't get the opportunity and that will always be one of my regrets.

I tried to get my older kids interested but, although my eldest son read a couple of books and came to see one of his adaptations at the theatre he never really got as interested as me.
I started reading his younger readers books to my girls and Star has enjoyed them. She loved Maurice and His Amazing Rodents and the short stories. I'm hoping she will continue to read his books and eventually move onto the Young Adult books featuring Tiffany Aching. She already knows all about Tiffany from what I've told her.

One of the things I've always wanted to do is visit the Discworld Emporium in Wincanton. For those unfamiliar with Terry Pratchett, the Discworld is his fantasy world where most of his books are set and Wincanton is in Somerset very near to the place where Terry lived. Wincanton is actually twinned with a fictional town from the Discworld, Ankh Morpork, however, now having visited Wincanton I can't imagine a place more different to Ankh Morpork.


After our holiday in Dorset I knew it was only a short hop across countryside to Somerset and that we could join the motorway home afterwards, so I persuaded my hubby to take me there. This was my pilgrimage, to visit the shop that was bought by Sir Terry Pratchett and see all the lovely memorabilia and goodies for sale there.


We got a parking space right outside the shop so I could manage without my wheelchair! We had to pose for the obligatory outside the shop photo. 

Once inside it felt like home.

I could have stayed there all day. The kids loved it too. I thought they might have been bored but there was plenty to keep them amused, The Little Man was rather taken by a 'rat onna stick with ketchup.' Boo was interested in the jewellery but wanted me to buy her 'Death's Sword.'  Star was looking at the books and recognising things from the stories I've read to her.

There was so much stacked into this little shop I had trouble choosing things to fit in my budget. I could have blown it all in one but I chose some smaller items. I would have loved my own 'luggage' or a Granny Weatherwax necklace, even the Tiffany Aching necklace.

I absolutely loved the new covers on the Tiffany Aching series of books, they were beautiful. I already have the books but would happily buy them again for the new covers, they'd make a lovely collection for Star.

The counter of the shop is set out like a Consulate. You could, of course, have purchased your Ankh Morpork passport from there.


In the window sat the Life Timer of Sir Terry Pratchett, sadly with the sand all run out.



The window displays were particular inviting but I do wonder what someone who had never heard of Terry Pratchett would make of them.


Eventually, I made my choices and I purchased a book, an Unseen University keyring, a figure of Tiffany Aching (which Star chose for me) An egg with the quote, "Freedom, Truth, Justice and Reasonably Priced Love" and a lovely 'The Turtle Moves' bag.


We talked to the shopkeeper for a while who used to know Terry personally and regaled us with some tales of the great man.
I started by saying one of my greatest regrets was never meeting Sir Terry, I had the opportunity to go to conventions but never had anyone to go with and was too shy to go alone. Next year my hubby and kids are more than happy to join me on the next Discworld Convention and I've already registered for my tickets. If I can't meet Terry at least I can mingle with some of his fans, and I'm so looking forward to the cosplay.

Are you a fan of Terry Pratchett, have you even heard of him? Do let me know in the comments.
In the meantime, "Mind how you go."





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