Food writers and academics Polly Russell and Barley Blyton reflect on their year as the 2015 inaugural Goodison Fellows. The jointly-held Fellowship was entitled ‘Food Matters’ and focused on the over 300 Food: From Source to Salespoint interviews, many of which are now available online.
Being awarded the Goodison Fellowship allowed us to dedicate ourselves to researching the food recordings and to finding different audiences for them. To this end we gave talks to food writers and food studies scholars, provided BBC Radio 4 and the World Service with NLS clips for food-focused features and wrote about Food: From Source to Salespoint for a scholarly food journal and for the Financial Times Saturday magazine. We also spent a significant amount of time drafting a Food Stories book proposal and working closely with producers at Radio 4 to create an entire episode of the Food Programme celebrating NLS food recordings entitled ‘An Archive for Food’, broadcast in June 2016.
For further reflections on the ‘Food Matters’ Goodison Fellowship see the 2015-2016 National Life Stories Review and Accounts