Exploring The Fungarium: Poetry, Form and Fungus
Abi Palmer and writer / mycologist Nathan Smith present Exploring The Fungarium: Poetry, Form and Fungus, a day-long experimental poetry workshop at Kew Gardens.
From penicillin to porcini, disease to detergent, the world of fungi contains an extraordinarily diverse range of treasure. But for a kingdom with so much interaction with humanity, it is remarkably absent from literature. Beginning with a tour of Kew Gardens’ seldom-seen fungarium, this workshop offers the mycologically curious a unique opportunity to explore the how the fascinating shapes, structures and growing habits of fungus can influence our use of language. Think form, shape and structure – ‘mushroom as metaphor’ and poems which reproduce and spread of their own accord.
This day-long workshop includes:
- All-day access to Kew Gardens;
- An educational tour of the Fungarium and introductory talks about Fungi;
- ‘Ways to approach Fungi’: an experimental poetry session;
- Space to write and develop your own work within Kew’s extraordinary surroundings.
The event will conclude with a feedback seminar. There will be an opportunity to perform your work later in the year.
Exploring The Fungarium happens on August 20th at Kew Gardens, running from 11am – 6pm. Tickets come priced at £38 standard, £28 concessions (seniors, visitors with a disability, full-time students and people with a low income), and are available to purchase online here. There isn’t mushroom left in the workshop so better get booking!
For more information contact Abi Palmer on firstname.lastname@example.org.