3rd December 2021

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Pratchett fans take over Diplomat Hotel

A Llanelli Hotel was taken over for the whole weekend by fans of the writer Terry Pratchett.

The Best Western Diplomat Hotel in Llanelli played host to people from across the World as they gathered to take part in an immersed experience from the world of Terry Pratchett’s series of books ‘Discworld’.

Discworld is a comic fantasy book series written by Terry Pratchett, set on the Discworld, a flat planet balanced on the backs of four elephants which in turn stand on the back of a giant turtle. The series began in 1983 with The Colour of Magic and continued until the final novel The Shepherd’s Crown was published in 2015, following Pratchett’s death. The books frequently parody or take inspiration from J. R. R. Tolkien, Robert E. Howard, H. P. Lovecraft, Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare, as well as mythology, folklore and fairy tales, often using them for satirical parallels with cultural, political and scientific issues. Forty-one Discworld novels have been published.

Newly released Discworld books regularly topped The Sunday Times best-sellers list, making Pratchett the UK’s best-selling author in the 1990s. Discworld novels have also won awards such as the Prometheus Award and the Carnegie Medal. In the BBC’s Big Read, four Discworld novels were in the top 100, and a total of fourteen in the top 200. More than 80 million Discworld books have been sold in 37 languages.[

The hotel became Llamedos Holiday Camp complete with signs, holiday camp reps and cleaners.

Paul Jenkins of the Diplomat Hotel said: It’s been quite interesting. The hotel has been fully booked and I believe there are people staying at other hotels in Llanelli. It is great for local businesses with guests coming from places as far away as America and Australia. We have had to close the hotel to the public while the event was taking place but we are back to normal now.

Rachel Anthony Rowlands the organiser of the event spoke to us on Saturday. She said: “We turned the hotel into a fictitious holiday camp. I have been fortunate in writing about Terry and we spend a lot of time with the fandom. There are conventions all over the world and the fans were crying out for this. Terry had a satirical take on the world. Several of the main character are based on real people. Terry took our world and put it into a fictional setting. People have come from Australia, France, Belgium and Finland. Terry suffered with Alzheimers and we do a lot with charities supporting people with Alzheimers.”

Commenting on her stay in Llanelli Rachel Rowlands said: “The Diplomat hotel is brilliant. The guys here are amazing.”

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