One of the reasons why I have not blogged for an embarrassingly long time is that I have been busy working on a new book about gender equality in higher education. It's an academic recipe book, containing recipes, articles, photos an illustrations by student and staff from the University of Edinburgh. My co-editors were Alison Williams and Derek Jones (we worked together on the original BITE book about remarkable research), as well as Lara Isbel and Daphne Loads. Alan Tait and Elspeth Maxwell did a cracking job of the design and illustration, and I still live in trepidation and awe of Vince Robbins, the proof reader.
We thought writing about gender equality would be hard, but it turned out to be much harder, and much more satisfying than we ever imagined. There are 71 pieces of written content and 18 student drawings and photos, all from 67 contributors. Working with an editorial team of five was necessary to manage the work load (although it did bring a communication overhead which we largely managed to deal with by using Basecamp). Somehow my co-editors and I made it through 2 years without any serious fallings out and with a lot of (slightly hysterical?) laughter along the way. The book is so much better for having all of our points of view. My advice to you is never attempt a project on this scale on such a sensitive topic without a strong team of people who will challenge you and support you and disagree with you and cheer you up when it all goes to hell.
EqualBITE is now published! You can get a free PDF or buy a paper copy. (Even my dad bought a copy, which is cool but unprecedented) The launch party will be in March 2018. I'll be blogging a few of the recipes over the next few months to give you a flavour of what it is like.