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Dawn French: live webchat Wednesday 24 October, 1.30-2.30pm

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JaneGMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 22-Oct-12 14:18:13

Hi everyone,

We're delighted that Dawn French will be joining us for a webchat about her new novel, Oh Dear Silvia, on Wednesday 24 October from 1.30pm to 2.30pm. You can see Dawn talking about the book in this trailer.

Dawn will be launching Oh Dear Silvia, which is published by Michael Joseph, at an exclusive event at The Criterion Theatre, Piccadilly, on Friday 26 October, where she will be interviewed by Sue Perkins. Tickets cost £15 and include a signed copy of the book. You can buy tickets here or on 0844 847 1778 and very excitingly, we have a pair of tickets to give away.

Anyone who posts a question on this thread for Dawn (either during the live webchat itself or in advance) will be entered into a draw to win a pair of tickets to the event, so do join Dawn for a chat on Wednesday or post a question for her in advance here.



CheckItOutFartShoes Tue 23-Oct-12 23:32:56

Hi Dawn,
Although great together, you and Jennifer have had your individual successes. Have you ever watched Jennifer in a part and wished it was you who had played it instead?

Go on, you can tell us wink

SoleSource Tue 23-Oct-12 23:55:53

Hi Dawn

I met Lenny in Brighton once, years ago. He sat next to me on a bench on the seafront. He told me he would never stay in a Premier Inn. He is huge!

twolittlebundles Wed 24-Oct-12 00:07:44

Hi Dawn- you are AWESOME and a legend in our house. Can you please update on your recent results in the frankly heroic search for great kissers? I won't be here for the actual chat (other side of the world) but would love to live vicariously through you hear about it!

westcoastnortherner Wed 24-Oct-12 06:20:48

Hi Dawn

We think you are fab too! What would you post on the "Am I being unreasonable?" thread? smile

YouSmegHead Wed 24-Oct-12 08:22:24

Dawn a sneaky second question, I'm in Cornwall ATM (st Ives) where do you recommend we go over the next few days x

ClutchingPearls Wed 24-Oct-12 10:44:02

Hi Dawn, you obviously have a great outlook on life and are a positive role model to many. What one thing/person/memory keeps you so positively minded and stops you reaching for the gin in a crisis?

saintlyjimjams Wed 24-Oct-12 10:57:15

Hi Dawn - how does it feel to have a base back in the south west?

(I was originally from Devon as well, moved away for a number of years, am now back and know I'll never move away from here again. It's surprised me how much of a difference it has made moving home).

delphinedownunder Wed 24-Oct-12 11:01:54

Hi Dawn,
I think you are completely wonderful and jolly pretty too . I Imagine I will be tucked up in bed when you go live (being the middle of the night here and having a full day cutting, sticking , glittering, confiscating Pokemon cards and generally being an old dragon ahead of me - can you guess my job?!). I loved Dear Fatty but really want to know what the story is with Keith Allen. Go on, spill the beans.

JenFrankenstein Wed 24-Oct-12 11:05:43

Important question here you Janner you. Jam and then cream or cream and jam?

<Waves at Smeg and apologises for the crap weather we have down here at the moment>

PrincessPumpkinshoutsBOO Wed 24-Oct-12 11:35:24

Hi Dawn <fawns>

We properly luffs you in the Boo house, I also love your books very much and really look forward to reading this new one. <fawning over for now, may return to it later though>

My question is also snogging related, I think I heard somewhere that if you have a really hot co star (Johnny Depp, Richard Armetage etc) you like to make sure you have a snogging scene with them (sorry if I am wrong, preggo brain, if I am right, then you go girl, I would if I could), who is next on your snogging list, and of those you have snogged, who would you recommend??

<back to fawning a little more, did I mention I luffs you?>

GreatGooglyMoogly Wed 24-Oct-12 11:52:44

Welcome back Dawn and well done on your amazing weight loss! What advice would you give to someone wanting to lose weight but lacking the determination to actually do it? And how do you keep it off?

kandinskysgirl Wed 24-Oct-12 12:00:42

Hi Dawn French!

Are you looking forward to Christmas? Here on Mumsnet there are a lot of people who are very determined to make Christmassy traditions (me included!)

Do you have a favourite Christmas tradition that makes you feel all warm and happy inside? (Mulled wine is very good at that I find grin)

jungandeasilyfreudened Wed 24-Oct-12 12:09:01

Hi Dawn

Thank you for designing such fabulously flattering clothes. Your range saved me from despairing at the state of my wardrobe when I gained some weight!

I'd love to know what you'd do on your perfect afternoon off from work?

I'm sure whatever you say will only convince me further we'd be great friends if we met grin

Ps. I also have hair envy... Have you ever attempted a fringe trim with the kitchen scissors? I tried it once to startling effect.

DianeEGS Wed 24-Oct-12 12:35:05

Hi Dawn.... another weight question ( do I sense a yawn?). Now that you look so fabulous, are you been treated differently? are you no longer 'national treasure' territory and more femme fatale?

MimsyBorogroves Wed 24-Oct-12 12:55:54


I've never done a webchat before, but I couldn't miss this one. In case of a babyscreaminghissyfit, I'll put a question in now:

Dawn, is there one single joke, pun, rhyme, etc (written by you or otherwise) that makes you almost wee with laughter?

DawnFrench Wed 24-Oct-12 12:57:49


allthefun Wed 24-Oct-12 12:58:16

Hi Dawn

Well done on all you have achieved (still think Comic Strip is the funniest thing out there.

Simple question - I really love that top you are wearing for the Sunday Times this week. Could you tell me where it was from?! xx

SoleSource Wed 24-Oct-12 13:02:02

Hello Dawn x

MmeLindor Wed 24-Oct-12 13:13:14

Hello Dawn,

If you could go back and give your 14 year old self some advice, what would it be?

Shakey1500 Wed 24-Oct-12 13:17:41

Dawn, have you broken MN?? shock wink

bbface Wed 24-Oct-12 13:19:53

Also desperate to know the secret to your gorgeous hair!

My question is who do you find funny?

NormaStanleyFletcher Wed 24-Oct-12 13:20:59

I have no question.

I do luff you though smile

As you were.

DawnFrench Wed 24-Oct-12 13:30:38

Hello Dawn rice pudding French here available to you for any amount webby abuse. Am feeling slightly scared, but also slightly moist. Bring it on!

TanteRose Wed 24-Oct-12 13:31:20

YAY! hello Dawn smile

JenFrankenstein Wed 24-Oct-12 13:31:31


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