kunuma has us on a desert isle, but this being the festive time of year, I'm going for a more social event(*)
You are hosting a lovely sit-down formal dinner. Everyone on your guest list is an author! Any author, living or dead (well, we'll assume time warp rather than zombies...it is Christmas, after all!).
The catch? Well, you must invite some pony book authors (of course!), but you must also invite additional, major award winning authors (Pulitzer, Nobel, Whitbread, Man Booker, US National book awards....you get the picture).
As an excellent host/hostess, your goals are that everyone will have a good time, that there is lively discussion, without open hostility or (gasp) a total rout. So you need pony book authors who can hold their own with their illustrious colleagues.
If we get up enough responses, I'll add a poll and we can all vote for our favorite guest list/dinner we'd most like to attend
*footnote: "going for a more social event" is internet virtual-reality only....in real-reality, I'm curled up in a flannel robe, with a lap rug, completely defeated by the season. Yes, to borrow from the old song, I feel as if I've been run over by a reindeer. Possibly an entire herd
All three Pullein-Thompson sisters, Pat Smythe, Stacey Gregg, Anna Sewell for the pony authors, Jilly Cooper, Dr William Barclay, Glubb Pasha, George MacDonald Fraser, Rev Awdry, OS Nock, Conan Doyle and John Wainwright and if I was feeling very brave Mrs Edward Kennard, John Masters and CS Lewis
I don't do serious fiction, but from the world of non-fiction we have a former head of New Testament studies at Glasgow University and the founder of the Jordanian army which are probably similar weight to Booker prize in distinction - 18 at table, little unbalanced at 8 ladies and 10 men - so perhaps Maggie Dana and the Queen?
"The importance of being a good horsemaster should be impressed on every mounted soldier. He should be taught to look upon his horse as his best friend, to study it, to take a pride in its appearance and to look after its wants before his own"
Glad this is a virtual party, as in real life I'm not keen on crowds!! So I would have to hold my party outside as I'd not want to be in a room with that many people, even nice ones!! So it's a vegan barbecue out of doors, and my guests, well pony book authors would be Ruby Ferguson, Monica Edwards and Lucy Rees.
For my nobel prize winners, well Konrad Lorenz of course, plus perhaps Tinbergen and Karl Von Frisch. If I can use Royal Society author awards I'd be able to go for my beloved Brian Cox (can't I sneak off with him at the end??),Richard Dawkins, Steven Hawkings, Roger Penrose and Brian Greene.
Of course we can't have all known fact and no fiction, so I'd add a few Nebula and Hugo award winners, such as Frank Herbert, Arthur C Clarke, Robert Heinlein, and of course, Isaac Asimov!
LOL, of course you can have any award winners you like....for Nobel, I was thinking the literature prize. Any big names work....Poet Laureates, Royal Society, go for it!
Re not keen on crowds....I'm with you there....if more than two people (including me), it's a crowd. (Only if they're with me, I'm fine with crowds of strangers...like in the theatre....all you have to do is smile politely and get up to let them in the row).
Patricia Leitch, Monica Edwards, K. M. Peyton, Stephen Fry, Wilkie Collins, Henry Fielding, I'll have Richard Dawkins too when he's finished from Kunuma's dinner party. Can we also add a fictional book character to the mix? If we can resurrect dead authors we can use some of that magic to bring the characters to life. If so, I'll have Major Holbrooke. Oh and Old Jim from the Romney Marsh series would be a hoot at a dinner party!
All the PTs but if only allowed one, Josephine, KM Peyton, JRR Tolkien, John Galsworthy, John Buchan, Jane Austen, Edith Wharton, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Antoine de St Exupery, Dorothy L. Sayers, Nevill Shute. I am going to need a bigger table and a lot more cutlery..
fizz: Is it too late to read the Francis book and watch the film?
Aug 17, 2017 22:08:46 GMT 1
fizz: My show went well, good to have being painting again
Aug 17, 2017 22:09:07 GMT 1
Claire: Glad the show went well, wish I could paint! Yes, join in with the film and book any time you want.
Aug 20, 2017 0:08:05 GMT 1
cally: I need to make $ to emigrate. I can write non fiction, but fiction has me stumped.
Oct 14, 2017 11:52:49 GMT 1
cally: I need to make $ to emigrate, buy a rural property in the Yorkshire Dales area, start an animal rescue sanctuary and a service to take animals in to see the elderly, sick, disabled etc.
Oct 14, 2017 11:54:33 GMT 1
cally: Oh I see how this works now- don't press the return button, eejit. How do I start to write a pony book having read hundreds, and not accidentally or intentionally accidentally 'borrow' ideas?
Oct 14, 2017 11:56:41 GMT 1
Claire: Hi Cally! What great ambitions!!
Oct 14, 2017 20:59:09 GMT 1
cally: My lap top stuffed so am trying to get all my stuff over to slow crap I pad so had to go through log in thing and change password so I hope I come up as me. So this is a test!
Oct 24, 2017 5:27:39 GMT 1
Claire: Yep Cally it's you alright!!
Oct 26, 2017 22:30:22 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all, just to say have put my 2 Christmas 'Pumble' stories in the Christmas 2017 in case anyone fancies a re-read.
Dec 24, 2017 13:48:15 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all apologies for not being around the last few days. Have been away travelling with no intyernet
Mar 8, 2018 13:53:52 GMT 1
Claire: Or even internet lol
Mar 8, 2018 13:54:08 GMT 1
brumby: Hi Claire, what has happened to the Pony Mad book Lovers Website??
Mar 18, 2018 8:23:22 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all sorry the website has been down due to technical problems with web host. All back up and running now!
Mar 22, 2018 19:19:12 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all the offical Reading Challenge thread is now up and running!
Jun 12, 2018 18:08:13 GMT 1
Claire: Hi all just to say have added a few Autumn/Halloween themed quizzes for you
Oct 9, 2018 15:02:48 GMT 1
Claire: Yet more Pooboards problems - sorry it is not letting anyone post as a guest at the moment - will contact them and try and sort it out.
Nov 4, 2018 12:50:07 GMT 1
aud: Can anyone tell me if they know of a Pony book that has a story line with A nesting Pair of Osprey Birds(thats as well as Ponies)i have been told it is either Alisons Island Adventure by Sheila Stewart or one of the Jinney books by patricha Leitch.
Dec 10, 2018 19:03:28 GMT 1
tali: One of the Jinny books has a sub story line of egg stealing so may be the one you are thinking of. It is one of the books that features the character Claire Burnley.
Dec 24, 2018 12:54:11 GMT 1
ginslinger: It is one of the early Jinny books. I only read the first few and I found the storyline upsetting.
Jan 4, 2019 19:17:50 GMT 1