Festive season books – Part 2

The second installment in the recap series featuring some of the books discussed on the blog in 2020. Actress Actress is Irish author Anne Enright’s latest novel and tells the story of Katherine O’Dell by her daughter Norah, her life on the stage across continents and her relationships in her life, and

Festive season books – Part 1

This is the first of the festive season series that takes a look back at some of the books featured on the blog this year. Olive, again Olive, Again is Elizabeth Strout’s latest installment in her story of Olive Kitteridge, the retired maths teacher with a sharp wit and an even sharper

Hot flush fiction


It’s not just TV shows like Fleabag where women are finally breaking the silent code around menopause. In books and films women are dishing on the joys and challenges of middle-age hot flush life. Blood red takes on a whole new meaning after meno. Aaaand the Broad is back after a few

Zadie Smith on the craft of writing

Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith, giving a lecture on the craft of writing, admitted that despite being an award-winning author with a multitude of acclaimed books to her name, she feels uniquely unqualified to expand on the topic. “A lecture on craft… at once something fraudulent creeps into the enterprise, there’s a whiff of

After the pandemic, then what?

Understanding and attempting to get a sense of where things are headed is important to an industry that needs to reflect the mood of society and predict where it’s heading in the future. The Broad’s day job is writing about marketing and media - campaigns, brands, technology, data as

After this week, what next?

“Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it.”― Howard Zinn Image by Betty Martin from Pixabay The thing about the coronavirus is the way it’s exposing the fault lines in societies ― from our economies, job security and accessibility to technology to health equality,

Creative Women at Work: Kate Murdoch

Kate Murdoch

Kate Murdoch Before turning her hand to fiction writing, Kate Murdoch exhibited widely as a painter. Her novels include Stone Circle, a historical fantasy novel set in Renaissance Italy, and The Orange Grove, about the passions and intrigues of court mistresses in 18th century France. Kate spoke with the Broad about writing,

Is being an invisible woman life threatening?

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay While the pandemic rages on, Some Notes From A Broad will give you a range of posts, including the usual monthly round-up of recommendations of what to watch and read. If a subject feels suitable for the blog and the crisis at hand, I’ll consider

Home alone?

Photo by Chris Barbalis on Unsplash Like many of us, The Broad is now on work from home confinement and will be for the coming weeks. Not sick, just socially isolating. She sends good wishes for the health of you and your nearest and dearest in the coming weeks and months.

Will the real Calamity Jane please stand up?

Doris Day

Image by Annalise Batista on Pixabay Calamity Jane. When you read that name, you most probably think of the blond-haired, pretty, gunslinging character played by Doris Day in the movie Calamity Jane. It should come as no surprise to learn that Hollywood has taken a large dose of creative licence with