Pratchat is a podcast from Splendid Chaps Productions in which hosts Elizabeth Flux and Ben McKenzie are embarking on a six (ish) year mission to read every Terry Pratchett novel*, one a month, and discuss them with special guests.**

A photo of a two people smiling at the camera: a woman with long dark straight hair in a light grey knitted jumper, and a man with mid-length long curly red hair, moustache and glasses wearing a yellow T-shirt with an illustration of sad robot on it. They are holding an open box linked in blue material containing a trapezoid-shaped glass trophy with writing etched into it. The writing is not legible. In the background are some Christmas lights and an Australian native tree decorated with Christmas baubles.
Pratchat hosts Elizabeth Flux and Ben McKenzie with their Ditmar Award in December 2023.

Pratchat is produced on the lands of the Wurundjeri and Woi Wurrung peoples of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to their elders, past and present, and recognise that sovereignty of this country was never ceded. Pratchett himself clearly had respect for the storytelling traditions of First Nations, and we encourage you to learn more about them and read their stories in their own words.

Episodes are released on the 8th (or 7Ath) of each month***, and are anywhere between 90 minutes and two and half hours long. We recap the plot of each book from start to finish, but we don’t let that stop us from following the discussion wherever it may go. This approach means each episode contains major spoilers for the book it is discussing, and possibly others we’ve already discussed, though we’ll try and keep spoilers for other books to a minimum. We also have footnotes! They’re added in post-production to clarify or comment on the discussion without derailing it in the moment.

You can listen via this site – click on the post for the episode and find the built-in audio player right there on the page, usually just under the description of the book. You can also follow the podcast so you never miss an episode; see below for some guidance on how to do that.

Pratchat was nominated for the Ditmar Award for “Best Fan Publication in Any Medium” in 2019 and 2021, and won the category in 2023.

* We really mean this – it’s not just the Discworld ones! We’ll also try and cover his most significant short stories, some of his non-fiction writing, collections of his short work for children, and who knows what else…

** There will also be the occasional bonus episodes, but the monthly schedule keeps us pretty busy. Hopefully we can find some shortcuts through L-Space…

*** Usually – we have had to move things around a bit on occasion, as life gets in the way. Bonus and delayed episodes will usually be released on the 25th of the month. Note that we also release episodes in the morning, Melbourne time, so to some listeners (and indeed major podcast directories) it may appear episodes are being released a day earlier. We can’t help it if we live in the future.

The Pratchatters

Pratchat hosts Elizabeth Flux and Ben McKenzie backstage at the 2018 Speculate festival in Melbourne.
Hosts Liz and Ben backstage at the Speculate festival in 2018.

Elizabeth Flux (she/her), Pratchat Library Captain, is a freelance writer with a focus on film and pop culture, previous editor of Voiceworks magazine, and current Arts Editor for The Age, Melbourne’s major broadsheet newspaper. She has been published in Film Ink, Metro, Junkee, The Lifted Brow, Spook and Kill Your Darlings and can be found tweeting terrible puns @ElizabethFlux. Pratchat is Elizabeth’s first podcast.

Ben McKenzie (he/him) is an actor, comedian, writer, teacher and game designer. His work includes the VR game Table of Tales: The Crooked Crown and time travel radio comedy Night Terrace. He teaches comedy writing, podcasting and more at the Australian College of the Arts, and also works with younger people through 100 Story Building. Ben tweets at @McKenzie_Ben, his favourite dinosaur is Stegosaurus, and his favourite element is helium. Ben’s previous podcasts include Splendid Chaps, re:Discovery and On the Terrace.

The Supporting Cast

David Ashton created the music for the show, including all variations of the intro and outro themes, and the music for our footnotes and “previously on” montages. Find him via Sample and Hold Studios on Facebook.

The main show’s cover art is by Adelaide-based cartoonist and illustrator George Rex, who has also been a guest on the podcast talking about the two illustrated Discworld novels: Eric in #Pratchat7, “All the Fingle Ladies” and The Last Hero in #Pratchat55, “Mr Doodle, the Man on the Moon”. The art for our subscriber-only bonus podcast, Ook Club, was created in George’s style by her Papercuts Comics Festival co-director, Owen Heitmann.

At the end of every episode, you’ll hear the dulcet tones of actor and singer Petra Elliott.

How to Follow Pratchat

“Following” a podcast means using an app – sometimes called a “podcatcher” – that checks our podcast feed periodically for new episodes and downloads them for you. Most podcast apps run on smartphones, and according to our stats the most popular ones include Apple Podcasts (the built-in one for iPhones), Overcast (free, for iPhone and iPad only) and Pocket Casts (also free, for iPhone and Android phones). You can find us in various podcast directories and streaming services like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music and even YouTube; just search for “Pratchat”. You can also use the buttons below to find us on a specific service, and if we’re not on the one you use, let us know!

Note that Pratchat does not run ads, so if you hear any during our podcast they have been inserted by the service you are using to listen, and we don’t make any money out of them! You can help us get to the end of our mission by supporting us directly.

Pratchat - a Terry Pratchett and Discworld book club
Pratchat - a Terry Pratchett and Discworld book club
Splendid Chaps Productions

Join writer Elizabeth Flux and comedian Ben McKenzie on their six(ish) year mission to read every Terry Pratchett novel - not just the Discworld ones! They'll read one a month, and discuss them with special guests, puns and footnotes. Episodes released on the 8th of each month (Australian time); check pratchatpodcast.com and the end of each episode for notice of the next book, and send in questions to us via social media! The explicit tag represents a fairly average Australian level of coarse language.