Thanks to everyone who voted for the absent guest to whom John Keats would have most enjoyed chatting at the unique gathering, hosted by Benjamin Robert Haydon in December 1817.
Not surprisingly, the list includes a number of writers and poets, however, the final results show a mix of names, with artists, politicians, fictional characters, journalists, freedom fighters, philosophers and others from the world of music and entertainment.
In FIRST place with 4 nominations, are Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Oscar Wilde; we can only imagine how the conversations would have flowed throughout the evening!
In joint SECOND position with three nominations are Robert Burns, Mary Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, Bob Dylan, John Milton, William Shakespeare, Kamala Harris and Stephen Fry. Never a lull in the conversation with this line-up of illustrious guests.
Coming in a close THIRD with 2 votes each, are Percy Bysshe Shelley, John-Jacques Rousseau, Josiah Wedgwood, W H Auden, Leigh Hunt, Dante Alighieri, Sir Bob Geldof and Aristophanes.
Each claiming an individual vote, John Keats might have looked forward to a lively and entertaining dinner in the company of the following guests!
Sir Les Patterson,
Sir Ivor Roberts,
Philip K Dick,
Sir David Attenborough,
W B Yeats,
Pliny the Younger,
Jorge Luis Borges,
Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa,
George Frederick Handel,
T S Eliot,
Richard E Grant,
Neil Hannon (of Divine Comedy),
Marie Lockhart Michiovἁ,
Ian McMillan (The Barnsley Poet),
George Elliot (Mary Ann Evans),
Lady Emma Hamilton,
A warm thank you to everyone who cast their nominations to make The Immortal Dinner competition such a fitting tribute to literary London at its most vibrant.
A number of the Keats-Shelley 200 activities and events have been postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, but the programme will go ahead during 2021 and 2022.