I have collaborated with the best-selling writer Sir Terry Pratchett on a large number of publishing and other projects.
I've recorded over thirty of Terry's unabridged novels for the UK audio publishers, Isis, and also for the US publisher, Harper Audio. I have also now recorded Pratchett titles for AudioGo in the UK and for Random House, in the UK and in the US.
I received a US industry award (an Audie) for my recording of 'Monstrous Regiment' (2004) and have been shortlisted for Audies for three other recordings. I received the Audible Download Book of the Year award in 2008 for my recording of 'Good Omens'. I won an Odyssey award in 2009 for my recording of 'Nation' and then two awards from AudioFile - Best Voice of the Year & Earphones Award (in 2010) for my recording of 'Unseen Academicals'. I received two more AudioFile Earphones Awards in 2014 - for 'Raising Steam', and for 'The Science of Discworld'. I was also a part of the BAFTA award-winning team responsible for Sky TV's online publicity for their movie of 'Hogfather'.
HOW DID I END UP ON DISCWORLD?
My involvement in Discworld came about almost by accident. I was (still am) a keen member of an amateur drama club
Studio Theatre Club - and I had adapted Monty Python’s ‘Life of Brian’ and ‘Holy Grail’, and Tom Sharpe’s ‘Porterhouse Blue’ and ‘Blott on the Landscape’ for the stage. While looking for a new project, someone suggested that I might like to try the works of Terry Pratchett – and my life passed into another leg of the trousers of time!
Terry Pratchett attended my drama club’s production of ‘Wyrd Sisters’ in 1991 and gave us permission to adapt ‘Mort’. While working on ‘Mort’, I suggested to Terry that a ‘Companion’ to Discworld might be fun and found myself working on it via a circuitous route taking in a map of Ankh-Morpork along the way. Several of these titles made it into the UK best sellers' listings.
From there, my involvement in Discworld blossomed. Terry and I collaborated on a number of projects, I’ve adapted loads of Terry’s books for the stage and they are now produced by amateur groups all over the world - from Zimbabwe to the Antarctic. The royalties from productions of the plays have so far raised over £100,000 for the Orangutan Foundation. (See 'the plays' for more info.)
IN 2017 ...
- I was pleased to play a small part in the BBC documentary, Terry Pratchett: Back in Black, and to have written an article for the BBC media online page.
- I guested at the German Discworld Convention in May (Castle Ludwigstein), at the Australian one (Adelaide) in August, the North American one (New Orleans) in September and the Irish one (Cork) in October.
- I compiled the book, Terry Pratchett: HisWorld - a Brief Guide to Discworld. This was sold at the Salisbury Museum exhibit and I was delighted that it raised £20,000 for the Bath-based charity, RICE.
- I delivered a talk about mapping the Discworld at Salisbury Museum in September, and did a talk, and some readings, at Oxford's Story Museum.
IN 2018 ...
- I am about to start rehearsing a new Discworld play - HOGFATHER. We'll be staging it in November. More info here.
- I've recorded a children's story - Marmaduke Mousington and the Million Year Picnic for the Josh Kirby Estate.
- I did an interview with Julia Reuter, from Ȍ1 (the radio channel operated by Ȍsterreichischer Rundfunk, the Austrian national broadcaster). They were building a feature on Terry Pratchett.
- I attended the Discworld Day at Birdworld on 26 May (photos HERE).
- I was delighted to play a supporting role - Drumknott, to Ray Fearon's Vetinari - in Dirk Maggs' excellent audio dramatisation of Unseen Academicals for Audible. (Now available for download!)
- I am guesting at the UK Discworld Convention in August.
- I'm giving a talk at Beaconsfield Library in October - 'Creating a World with Terry Pratchett'.
- I'm working on the potentially final update of the Discworld Companion.
- I'm looking forward to my adaptations of Lords & Ladies and Hogfather being published (probably early 2019) along with my Discworld/Shakespeare mashup, The Shakespeare Codex.
Talking at the Irish Convention in October 2017
'Lord Vetinari' speaking to a packed Barbican for Terry's Memorial.
Rob and I at the unveiling of Terry's plaque at Beaconsfield Library.
Talking to fans at the US Convention. New Orleans 2017.
The day Terry and I first met....
Recording at Tom, Dick & Debbie (Oxford)
Interviewed by Austrian radio
At The Royal Navy Theatre Awards 2015
at the 'Hogfather' premiere party, with Rob, and Michelle Dockery
Talking about mapping Discworld at Salisbury Museum in 2017
Reading at the Oxford Story Museum 2017
Signing at the 2017 German Discworld Convention.
Dirk Maggs directing me (Drumknott) and Ray Fearon (Vetinari) in 'Unseen Academicals' for Audible.
"Stephen Briggs brings his usual expertise to his narration, warmly delivering dialogue and narrative. In particular, his mastery of dialect distinguishes characters without overacting." (The Science of Discworld)
"Stephen Briggs’s sharp insight and sharper delivery are an excellent match for Pratchett’s engrossing reimagining..." (The Amazing Maurice...)
"Briggs lends authenticity to every word." (Raising Steam)
I was very honoured to hear, at Terry's Memorial, that he'd included me in his special Ancient Order of the Honey Bees.