One of my favourite writers on the topic of perfume is world renowned author and perfume expert Michael Edwards. His book, Perfume Legends, is a key resource when I am researching legendary perfumes of the 20th century. His Fragrances of the World database is a reference I always use when I write about a perfume on my blog. Michael Edwards has an office here in Australia and Mrs Edwards is Australian, so even if a majority of his time is spent in Europe, America and more recently, the Middle East, Michael returns to Australia every year and I have had the fortune of hearing him give talks about perfume for the past two years; his fragrance masterclasses are also legendary. Earlier this year, Michael accepted my request for an interview and I began recording my conversations with him as part of my research. The final recording I made with him was a talk he gave for Sydney Perfume Lovers, a group of Sydney-based perfume enthusiasts that meet regularly – their calendar of events is posted on their Meetup website. For this event, the group’s founder, Catherine du Peloux Menage organised a Q&A with Michael. Catherine and I asked him questions about his career and the perfume industry in front of the group. The recording I made was too good to use only as research. Those of you who have heard a Michael Edwards talk will know he is an engaging public speaker. I decided that the best way I could pass on Michael Edward’s story to you, my readers, would be to create an audio blog post. The interview can be streamed directly from this page:
or if you prefer to have a mp3 file downloaded to a computer, tablet or phone, you can download the audio file directly from my Dropbox using the following link:
I hope you enjoy the recording!