Author: Kit Ward

Brick Lane film still

Sod authenticity

The writer Monica Ali said in a recent interview that the critical reaction to her 2011 novel Untold Story tipped her into ten years of depression. Critics apparently thought she had strayed too far from the subject matter that made her name and that gave her writing voice ‘authenticity’.

Interior of a Tavern Adriaen Brouwer

Scents and sensibility

Who’s heard of the Odeuropa project? Me neither, until I saw it briefly mentioned in a newspaper article. It turns out to be a research project, staffed by academics from both humanities and sciences, whose goal is record and preserve Europe’s ‘olfactory heritage’.