The Pratchett Sized Hole In Poets’ Corner

Earlier this year I was lucky enough to be invited to attend Stream, WPP’s incredible “unconference”. To really get the most out of events like this I think it’s pretty important to dive in, feet-first, and so that’s why I put myself up for the Ignite session on the first night.

Essentially it’s a super-quick presentation, lasting just 4-minutes*, where the slides auto-advance. It’s best to keep things simple and to the point. Hopefully I did both. I’ll let you be the judge.

I wasn’t the only one presenting and to be honest I was happy just to not fall over, especially considering the quality of some of the others. The one on exponential growth was pretty mind-blowing.

Whilst my topic was sort of tongue-in-cheek, I really do feel that Terry Pratchett deserves much greater recognition than he has had to date (a Knighthood just isn’t enough) as I think he was one of the greatest British authors of the last 40-odd years: he may not have written literature, but he touched the lives of tens of millions more people than most winners of the Booker Prize.

*A “proper” Ignite lasts 5 minutes but at Stream it’s 4.

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