“No one knows why, but all the most truly mysterious and magical items are bought from shops that appear and… …vanish like smoke… These shops turn up anywhere in the universe, and their immediate nonexistence in any particular city can normally be deduced from crowds of people wandering the streets clutching defunct magical items, ornate guarantee cards, and looking very suspiciously at brick walls.”
- Terry Pratchett, The Light Fantastic
After twenty years of welcoming Terry Pratchett fans through our door, we regrettably announce that our bricks and mortar shop is on a long hiatus and will remain closed to the public for the foreseeable future.
Over the past few years and especially since the events of 2020, our mail-order service has expanded exponentially. The Ankh-Morpork Post Office (Wincanton branch) is busier than ever packing and shipping our online orders, and what was once our shop space has now been fully transformed into a fantastically frantic mailroom facility!
Our founding members Bernard and Isobel have also had a taste of retirement over lockdown . . . and they really rather like it! In their thirtieth year of bringing Discworld to life and with a combined age of 155, this indomitable duo feel it an appropriate time to step away from shop duties to enjoy their twilight years in the company of fine gin, books and grandchildren. They will of course remain a huge part of the Emporium and the Discworld family at large, and while you can’t get rid of Bernard that easily we hope you’ll all understand their need for a bit more time in their lives and join us in wishing them an incredibly happy and well-deserved retirement indeed!
Being such a tiny team with a toddler in the ranks, it is now crucial that we devote our limited resources to designing our wares, managing our website and to looking after our customers all over the world. You can be assured that it'll be the same folks at the end of a phone call or clacks should you ever wish to make contact with us, and our reknowned building will remain emminent on Wincanton High Steet serving as our Headquarters, where we’ll be busy designing and shipping our Discworld merchandise behind closed doors.
Although this news may be very sad to many who have made or dreamt about a Pratchett pilgrimage to Wincanton, after two decades of the Emporium, thirty years since our creation of the first Discworld Merchandise as Clarecraft and fifty years since the publication of Terry’s first novel, the Carpet People, there is a lot to celebrate and look forward to this year. We’re also working on a brand new Discworld Emporium website due for launch this Autumn which will make visiting us online even easier, especially for all our wonderful friends and customers in the European Union!
We would like to thank our many visitors and supporters for making our little literary shop such a special place, and for helping us to bring the magic of Terry Pratchett’s books to life over the years. We hope you will continue to support us as the turtle moves ever onwards through the cosmos.
All the best & a hard-boiled egg,
Bernard, Isobel, Ian, Reb, Sarah, Eilis, Chris and Tipu the (bastard) cat!
++ THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND UNDERSTANDING! ++
“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”
― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky