All Philippa Francis aka Lockwoodwriter Wants for Christmas Is...

5 People to invite to a Christmas Banquet:
  • George Bailey after Clarence the angel has taught him a lesson (in It's A Wonderful Life). He really understands how to celebrate life.
  • Mrs Oldknowe in The Children of Green Knowe by L. M. Boston.. Such a magical character in a classic children's tale.
  • Cole Hawlings from The Box of Delights by John Masefield. He's seen so many Christmases, he'd have such tales to tell.
  • Frances Hardinge - writer of The Lie Tree, & A Skinful of Shadows (among others), volcano-lover and hat-wearer.
  • Chris Riddell - artist and all-round nice chap. He could do cartoons of us all.

4 Books under your tree this Christmas:
  • Winter Magic, a collection curated by Abi Elphinstone - short stories are perfect for such a busy time of year.
  • The Winter's Child by Cassandra Parkin - reviewers tell me it's dark and dream-like, the writer has a painterly eye for detail - and she's from Yorkshire like me!
  • Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones - A Goblin King, a stolen child, music and sacrifice - right up my street.
  • I'll be Home for Christmas anthology for Crisis . A bit of a cheat as I have the kindle edition - but I'd love the actual book. Writers include Melvin Burgess,  Juno Dawson, Non Pratt, Marcus Sedgwick, and Benjamin Zephaniah. 

3 Christmas foods:
  • Panettone: it's like eating scented clouds and it ought to be made by little Italian cherubs.
  • Clementines: such fun to squeeze the skins and make the candles fizz with their oil.
  • Pigs-in-blankets: fabulous name and so savoury.

2 Christmas films I couldn't live without:
  • Nightmare before Christmas - I love a bit of spookiness at Christmas.
  • Muppets Christmas Carol - pure Dickensian genius - with Kermit!

1 Christmas song:
'2000 Miles'  by The Unthanks - two sisters singing a haunting version of the classic Pretenders' song.

K. M. Lockwood writes and edits in The Garret.
Once downstairs, she runs a tiny writer-friendly B&B or wanders off  looking for sea-glass on the Sussex coast.
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