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Upcoming Terry Pratchett exhibition to showcase his previously unseen artwork

An exhibition in the UK, which opens on September 16, will feature the artwork and some treasured possessions of the late fantasy author Terry Pratchett.

books Updated: Aug 03, 2017 14:49 IST
Terry Pratchett in his office in June 2001.
Terry Pratchett in his office in June 2001.(Salisbury Journal)

Terry Pratchett died in March 2015, having achieved fame for his Discworld novels, which have sold tens of millions of copies worldwide. The final Discworld novel -- the 41st title in the series -- went on sale later in 2015, following Pratchett’s death.

Plans for Terry Pratchett: His World at the Salisbury Museum in the UK were first announced earlier this year, with further details revealed last week. The exclusive major exhibition will offer an insight into the mind of Pratchett, creator of some of the most beloved fantasy worlds and characters.

Image by Paul Kidby for Pratchett’s The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents. (Salisbury Journal)

Terry Pratchett: His World is due to open in Salisbury -- where Pratchett lived from 1993 -- on September 16. It is being presented by the museum along with the late author’s estate and artist Paul Kidby, whom Pratchett chose to design many of his Discworld book jackets and publications.

The star of the show is a full-size recreation of Pratchett’s office -- known as The Chapel -- allowing visitors to see the space in which he worked, complete with objects in situ.

Paul Kidby, Discworld Massif 2014: A group portrait of over 70 favourite characters from Discworld. (Salisbury Journal)

Other highlights include Pratchett’s first published story, The Hades Business, as well as his first typewriter, which he bought with the earnings from that story.

Paul Kidby, Great A’Tuin -- owned by Pratchett and never displayed before. (Salisbury Journal)

The exhibition will also feature artwork by Pratchett as well as 40 original paintings and drawings by Kidby. Many of these artworks are from Pratchett’s personal collection and have not been exhibited previously, according to Kidby, whose own exhibition Paul Kidby: The Charmed Realm will appear alongside His World from September 2 through January 6, 2018.

Terry Pratchett: His World runs from September 16 to January 13.

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