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

Episodes are released on the 8th (or 7Ath) of each month, and are 90-120 minutes 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 to episodes via this web site, but most listeners will want to subscribe to the podcast; see below for some guidance on how to do that.

* It’s more like six years, but we may take a few shortcuts through L-Space where necessary.

The Pratchatters

Pratchat hosts Elizabeth Flux and Ben McKenzie backstage at the 2018 Speculate festival in Melbourne.Elizabeth Flux 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. He’s best known for the immersive live bank heist game Small Time Criminals and for writing, producing and starring in the time travel audio comedy Night Terrace. He tweets at @McKenzie_Ben, has a web site at benmckenzie.com.au, and his favourite dinosaur is Stegosaurus. Ben previously co-hosted the Doctor Who podcast Splendid Chaps.

How to Subscribe to Pratchat

Subscribing to a podcast means using “podcatcher” software that checks our podcast feed periodically for new episodes and downloads them for you. Most podcatchers run on smartphones, and according to our stats the most popular apps include Apple Podcasts (the built-in one for iPhones), iTunes (on Mac and Windows), Overcast (free, iPhone and iPad only) and Pocket Casts (about $6 Australian on iPhone and Android phones). You can find us in various podcast directories like Apple/iTunes, Google Podcasts (a new directory from, you guessed it, Google), and Stitcher; just search for “Pratchat”. You can also use the buttons below (which also appear in the sidebar menu at right).

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 subscribe to us and we’re not making any money out of them. Let us know if this is happening!

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