Recalibrating our literary compasses

In the era of Amazon, who can resist a text “recommended for you”? But with each *click*,  metadata expands and a cycle of the same books fill our shelves. However, long before Kamila Shamsie’s female-forward challenge to publishers, Ann Morgan uncovered yet another void in our literary marketplace.

The Changing Face of the Cookery Book

Recipes and cookery books have been a long-standing bastion of elitism, copied down by the literate, and preserved by head chefs in royal kitchens. One example, The Forme of Cury from 1390, documents several hundred dishes, and a list of ingredients for a feast held by king Richard II.

Historical Fiction: A Responsibility To Educate?

Historical fiction provides an enjoyable means of learning about the past, making history accessible for those who haven’t, or don’t want to, read a scholarly dissection of the French Revolution or the Tudor Court. Learning about history through fiction provides a fun and engaging alternative, but what are the perils and pitfalls for both authors and consumers?

Smartphones: The New Manuscripts

Books have been part of our existence for thousands of years. In the Middle Ages books and manuscripts were one of the main  source of “material” knowledge. Through books, a small number of people learned their history, how society works, how to flirt… almost everything.

Turning Back To Movement By Turning A Page

Art is part of our everyday life. We read when we travel, we turn on the stereo after a long day, we coexist with art. However, even though we are strongly connected to art, we are drawing away from it by separating ourselves from the process of making art.