Press Release

04 March 2011

University Centre Folkestone will host two exciting lectures that will give an insight into the world of perfumes and natural scents, while inviting those passionate about reading to think about the future of the book.

David Pybus
David Pybus

David Pybus, aromancer and alchemist, is going to talk about his experience on the popular TV show, Dragons’ Den, on Tuesday 15 March, in his lecture ‘Dragon’s Breath – one man’s adventure in the Dragon’s Den’.

David Pybus took his ‘Scents of Time’ concept to the Dragons in 2007, driven by his desire to get people to stop their frenetic living and to enjoy the simple, yet fascinating smell of roses, coffee or cinnamon. Also known as the Indiana Jones of the perfume industry, he has spent a large part of his life searching for, collecting and re-creating perfumes from history.

After a fierce fight when pitching for the Dragons, David managed to get backing from Peter Jones and Theo Paphitis. In his lecture, he will describe how it really is like to be in front of the five moguls, what happens behind the scenes and what the end result of the encounter was.

The second lecture at University Centre Folkestone this month will take place on 31 March. Chris Meade, Digital Writer and Director of the if:book project, will delight the audience with a talk based on a burning question: ‘Is the book dead?’.

Chris will question whether the arrival of the iPad and Kindle is to be feared or celebrated by lovers of reading.

Chris said: “It is worth taking the time to ask ourselves: Does the book have a future? What is a book if it isn't defined as an object made of sheets of paper glued together down one side?

“In addition to analyzing the answers to those questions, my lecture will try to identify the implications for our literary culture now that we can all be 'amplified authors', capable of transmitting our words via blogs and social networks, to mix media and put our words on the global bookshelf of the web.”

Chris will also talk about his writing and the if:book projects like Songs of Imagination & Digitisation, a celebration of the poet WIlliam Blake illuminated online; HOTBOOK, a futuristic project for schools, and The Unlibrary, a new kind of space for creative readers and writers.

The lectures take place at University Centre Folkestone, Mill Bay, CT20 1JG. They start at 6pm and are free to attend. Reservations are required, to book a place call 01303 760 600.


Notes to Editor

David Pybus lived and worked for three years each in Mexico and South Africa. In the UK he runs a perfumery consultancy business, Pandora Limited, with two others. That company teaches perfumery selling to outlets which cover about 60% of all UK fragrance sales.

An accomplished author and co-author of three books related to perfumery, he is the Managing Director of Scents of Time Limited, a perfumery niche company associated with his Dragons’ Den success.

Chris Meade is Director of if:book London, the think and do tank exploring the future of the book in the digital age. He was previously CEO of Booktrust, the national charity responsible for the Bookstart scheme and a range of literary prizes and projects. From 1993-2000 he was Director of the Poetry Society where he set up the Poetry Cafe and Poetry Places, a national programme of residencies and commissions described by the former poet laureate, Andrew Motion, as 'a modern miracle'.

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With nearly 18,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.

• As a leading provider of teaching and health care courses we have produced nearly 3,500 health and social care professionals and 7,000 teachers in the last five years.
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