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Leah Broad

Researcher in Nordic culture - AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinker 2016

Leah is currently studying for a DPhil at the University of Oxford, specialising in Scandinavian theatre. She is one of the AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinkers 2016, and won the 2015 Observer/Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism. Her DPhil work is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

The First Female Doctor, Or The Thirteenth Doctor?

It's completely unfair on Whittaker to frame this achievement through her gender. She is the thirteenth Doctor, and a formidable actor. As a <em>Doctor Who</em> fan, I'm looking forward to seeing what she does with the role - will she go in <em>Broadchurch</em>'s emotionally tortured direction, or give us something more in the vein of her St Trinian's performance? Or something entirely different?
17/07/2017 09:36 BST

Why It's A Good Thing Bob Dylan Won The Nobel

The power of Dylan's lyrics comes from the fact that they are precisely that -- they are part of his songs. Awarding the prize to someone who is primarily a songwriter is a welcome move, as it appreciates that lyrics are literature too.
16/10/2016 23:55 BST

International Translation Day: Beyond Nordic Noir

The Nordic countries are synonymous with crime fiction -- the bleak and murderous landscapes of Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell. But the Nordic countries offer a wealth of literary riches in a broad range of genres. For me, some of the most exciting writing from the North is found outside of the detective's territory.
30/09/2016 15:28 BST