Bradford University awards honorary degree

Author Terry Pratchett at his honorary degree ceremony in Bradford today

Author Terry Pratchett at his honorary degree ceremony in Bradford today

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Assistant Editor (Content)

Fantasy author Terry Pratchett left Discworld for a heroic quest to Bradford in order to have his latest honour bestowed upon him.

The 61-year-old hugely-prolific writer – who became Sir Terry in the Queen’s honours this year – swapped his trademark black hat for a cap and gown to receive an honorary Doctor of Letters at the University of Bradford today.

Sir Terry has written 36 comic fantasies set on Discworld – a flat world balanced on the back of four elephants, which in turn ride on a vast turtle swimming through space – as well as a slew of non-Discworld titles, including his children’s novel Nation, which has garnered huge praise and a clutch of awards.

But he is as well-known for his publicly-documented battle with early onset Alzheimer’s disease, and has done a huge amount of work raising the profile of the illness.

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