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.*

Pratchat is produced on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to their elders, past and present, and recognise that sovereignty of country was never ceded.

Episodes are released on the 8th (or 7Ath) of each month**, and are anywhere between 90 minutes and two and bit hours long. We follow the plot of the 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, 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 subscribe to the podcast so you never miss an episode; see below for some guidance on how to do that.

* There will also be the occasional bonus and live episodes to cover things like the television adaptations of his work, his short stories, and other bits and pieces. Hopefully we can find some shortcuts through L-Space...

** According to local Melbourne time. As we release them in the morning, to some listeners (and indeed major podcast directories) it may appear episodes are being released on the 7th.

The Pratchatters

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

Elizabeth Flux (Pratchat Library Captain) is a freelance writer with a focus on film and pop culture, and previous editor of Voiceworks magazine. 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 is a comedian, writer and game designer. His work includes PlayStation VR game Table of Tales: The Crooked Crown with Tin Man Games (as lead writer), and, as actor, writer and producer, time travel audio comedy Night Terrace (as heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra). He tweets at @McKenzie_Ben, has a web site at benmckenzie.com.au, and his favourite dinosaur is Stegosaurus. Ben also co-hosts the podcasts Splendid Chaps and re:Discovery, and appears regularly as a guest and/or co-host on the Night Terrace after show, On the Terrace.

The Supporting Cast

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

Our artwork is by Adelaide-based cartoonist and illustrator George Rex, who has also been a guest on the podcast (talking about Eric and Josh Kirby’s art in #Pratchat7, “All the Fingle Ladies“)!

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

How to Subscribe to Pratchat

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