I can’t believe I’d never heard of this! A small Somerset town twinned itself with Ankh-Morpork, Sir Terry Pratchett’s fabulously stinking fictional city, way back in 2002. The town, Wincanton, has hit the papers again recently because Wimpey Homes – yes Wimpey, not exactly best known for thinking outside the box – has named two streets after those featured in Pratchett’s Discworld novels.
I love this idea, partly because I’ve been a fan of Pratchett’s novels since my early teens (thanks for getting me into them grandma!) and partly because it’s creating real world ties to literature – something that seems increasingly important as books are only set to become less tangible in the digital age.
Apparently tourism and trade has boomed in the town since twinning with Pratchett’s creation, I’m not surprised ’cause I wouldn’t mind dropping in if I happened to be road tripping in the area – although it’d be hard pushed to provide anything like the thrills and spills I’d expect in the pungent city of Ankh-Morpork.