Louise Gornall’s Dream Literary Dinner Party

Louise Gornall

Hello! For my stop on the Under Rose Tainted Skies blog tour, Louise shares with us who she’d like at her dream dinner party, and how she’d like it planned out as well! Read on to find out… 


The second writing a blog post about a literary-themed dinner party came up, I was in. My imagination began ticking, and honestly, I had the thing planned out in mere minutes. It was like picturing your perfect wedding, but better because books!

So, my dream literary dinner party would be directed by Tim Burton. I don’t know if that’s a thing, but we’re making it a thing. It would be, candlelit, in a gothic library, with a chequered floor, goblets, vases full of book-page roses, and antique furniture. We’d be eating Italian; garlic mushrooms, garlic bread, pasta, and biscotti because yum!

And now, the guest list. I read that first paragraph out loud to my twin sister, so she’ll be there. She’s pretty insistent about this, but she loves books so… I know this is a literary dinner party, but we gotta have music, right? Right. I’m glad we agree, which is why Freddie Mercury, and David Bowie will both have to be there. We could definitely talk these two into giving us a tune. Well, it would be rude not to.

My list of contemp YA authors alone is currently at 35, so let’s cap this at 12, including me, my twin, and our two musical geniuses. So, first of all, Courtney Summers, Jandy Nelson, Malorie Blackman, and Harper Lee. I’m trying to mix contemp with classic because just wow. (This dinner party might have to include breakfast, as well as lunch, and stretch for the entire week.) I’d love to split a cheesy garlic bread with the likes of William Shakespeare, Jane Austen and Emily Brontë. I want to share an espresso with Thomas de Quincey, and talk renaissance poetry with Claude Mckay. Oops! That’s 13, and I haven’t even gotten round to inviting any of my author friends, like, debut contemp writer, Laurie Flynn, or Suzanne Van Rooyen who has written some amazing contemp, SF, and Fantasy…oh, and Tolkien… how cool would it be to have a chat with him about his Lord of The Rings vision…??

You know what? I need to stop. This is getting out of control. Way out of control, I-might-need-to-go-and-write-me-some-literary-dinner-party-fiction out of control. Well, I’ve got to see how it ends!



Under Rose Tainted Skies is out now from all good bookshops across the UK. I highly recommend you read it, it’s an amazing book (I reviewed it here)! Thank you to Louise for writing this wonderful guest post, and make sure you check out all the other blog tour stops, which you can find from the blog tour banner on the left! 


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