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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.



ChaosTrulyReigns Tue 23-Oct-12 00:27:15

Hullo, Dawn, thank you for coming onto Mumsnet. And welcome.

I hope you've got your favourite biscuit answer sorted.

I'd like to know whether you had any inkling at school that creative writing would be one of your BowStrings when you were a grown up?

<<checks spellings carefully>>

ChaosTrulyReigns Tue 23-Oct-12 00:28:09

(JaneG - could you get one of the ohters to show you which cupboard they hide the stickies in?)


aristocat Tue 23-Oct-12 13:30:03

Hello Dawn, thrilled to have you at mumsnet.

My question is - you have been so successful as a mother, comedian, writer and actress, is there anything else that you would like to do?


rubyslippers Tue 23-Oct-12 13:32:10

I'm to think of a question other than how do you get your hair so glossy and beautiful blush

FWIW, I loved your last book - found it warm and wonderful

BeardofZeus Tue 23-Oct-12 13:43:57

Rubyslippers, I was going to ask the same!

I would ask as you are clearly a magnificent writer, do you think you would have been a novelist all along?

BewitchedBotheredandBewildered Tue 23-Oct-12 13:53:11

Hi Dawn, thank you for coming to mumsnet.
I've always thought you are fabulous and hilarious.
One of my favourite moments ever was the Hugh Grant snog!

I'd love to know where you like going for holidays, and what you like doing when you get there.

A word of warning - if MNHQ offer you any refreshments, scoff 'em quick because last week Justine nicked Miranda's banana!

BeardofZeus Tue 23-Oct-12 14:04:52

Rubyslippers, I was going to ask the same!

I would ask as you are clearly a magnificent writer, do you think you would have been a novelist all along?

Mono1 Tue 23-Oct-12 14:10:04

Yeah, Dawn French, my hero! I spent many many hours watching and reciting French and Saunders sketches with my sister as teenagers christ that makes me feel old now
What's your favourite sweary word? Go on, everyone's got one.

JudeFawley Tue 23-Oct-12 14:22:03

I wanted to ask the shiny hair question!

But I'd also like to know how and where you write. Laptop? Long hand? Do you squirrel yourself away for weeks on end?

PS my mate interviewed you when 'Dear Fatty' came out. She wouldn't stop going on about how lovely you were.

dinkystinky Tue 23-Oct-12 14:27:20

Dawn - you're a brilliant role model to so many women and girls out there. Successful, charming, witty and lovely with it. Who were your role models growing up?

And a follow up question - what's your favourite biscuit?

mouldyironingboard Tue 23-Oct-12 14:28:15

Ok, it's the obvious question. Is chocolate better than sex? What is your favourite chocolate bar?

trice Tue 23-Oct-12 14:34:42

I bet it's not sodding chocolate orange.

I loved the book. Who is your favorite comic writer?

TheCunningStunt Tue 23-Oct-12 14:37:46

Dawn!!! Hello! I will def be buying your book!

You are being interviewed by Sue? You are also appearing in 'heading out' that was written by Sue aren't you? Are you two good friends?


Shakey1500 Tue 23-Oct-12 14:41:09

Hi Dawn grin

What's your favourite way to unwind?

cm22v077 Tue 23-Oct-12 15:20:34

Hi Dawn!

Please can you explain how you filmed the vicar-of-dibley-puddle-scene?
My friend thinks it's CGI!

Just incase you have forgotten:

TanteRose Tue 23-Oct-12 15:30:17

just to say, read her other webchat before posting, maybe? all the same questions would be boring, innit grin

Welcome back Dawn!

no question - but would like to say how much I enjoyed Roger and Val Have Just Got In. Lovely, lovely programme. That is all.

YouSmegHead Tue 23-Oct-12 15:35:59

Dawn aaagggghhhhhh

Oh My God

Sorry but totally love you, love everything you've done. Top of the pops is Roger and Val, the way you two work together is amazing. To be able to go from laughing to crying to laughing again. Your face in the final scene when the little boy was coming had tears rolling down my face with a huge grin.

Anywho better ask a question.........what advice do you have for a dreamer who wants to write?

Big live and sloppy kisses. X

MorrisZapp Tue 23-Oct-12 15:41:17

Hiya Dawn!

Your XDH blabbed mentioned in the Guardian that you and he are both dating other people now. Are you going to tear him a new one for this indiscretion?

And more importantly, how does a National Treasure do dating? You, I mean.

dinkystinky Tue 23-Oct-12 15:43:26

But TanteRose - Dawn didnt answer the biscuit q last time round (a Wagon Wheel is NOT a biscuit - I'm with Justine on that one)

ShowOfBloodyStumps Tue 23-Oct-12 16:10:01

Wotcha Dawn. Welcome back. I'm so pleased you've returned. You're very much liked in our house.

What are your Christmas plans this year? Will you be on television at all? My Christmas list has your book on it. You can put 'ShowOfHands' turgid outpourings' on your list if you want to even things up a bit. Prepare for disappointment though. But then what's Christmas without a bit of disappointment to gild your indigestion?

worldgonecrazy Tue 23-Oct-12 16:40:25

Hi Dawn

I'd like to ask if you have ever had a "sliding door" moment, and if so where would you be now if you'd taken a different path.

I know we're not supposed to ask two questions but can you say Hi to my mum because she thinks you're fab too, but doesn't do internetty stuff.

flubba Tue 23-Oct-12 17:05:25

I love your work Dawn French (can't quite bring myself to call you 'Dawn')! Very excited to listen (???) to your webchat demain.

You have been on my 'who would you invite to your dream dinner party?' list ever since I can remember thinking about dinner parties, which is a vey, vey long time now grin so my question to you is who would you have at your dinner party (other than my good self of course)? Just so you know I also have a couple of historical 'interesting' people grin), George and Brad (because you just have to have someone to dribble on) and a couple of others too and it'd be a great laugh.

I loved Dear Fatty lots and lots and I felt you were actually writing to me personally lots of times. You were, secretly, weren't you?

cocolepew Tue 23-Oct-12 17:41:22

Hi Dawn, book or kindle?

(Another one who loves your hair)

butisthismyname Tue 23-Oct-12 17:49:06

Hello Dawn ( gibber) have you ever thought about writing childrens books?

{I <3 you} giggle

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