• Basenotes live-tweeting from tonight's Scratch + Sniff


    We'll be live-tweeting again from tonight's Scratch + Sniff event in London. There are apparently a few tickets left, so if you're interested snap them up fast as last month's sold out. Tonight's event is called 'Scent and the Pen' and explores the relationship between literature, language and scent.

    “Can anyone remember love? It’s like trying to summon up the smell of roses in a cellar. You might see a rose, but never the perfume.”
    - Arthur Miller

    Thought scent appreciation was about being able to identify notes and ingredients? Think again. With its ability to immediately trigger memories, places, people and emotions, scent is a so much more than lemon, lavendar and roses. In this Scratch+Sniff, we’ll discover how poets have managed to find the language to describe a smell, before experiencing some of the most interesting and complex perfumes ever created; perfumes that have as much to say and are as subtle as a great painting, and that will bring to life vivid characters and concepts in your mind.


    We’re delighted to be joined from Cambridge University by poet and academic Dr Ian Patterson and by Dr Rowan Boyson, who is currently writing a book on Smell in the 18th Century.
    You can find out more, and book tickets here.

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