SEMINAR & BOOK LAUNCH – Underground Lovers



Underground Lovers – Encounters with Fungi

Once overlooked, fungi are the exhilarating new poster organisms reconfiguring our understanding of the natural word and capturing the public imagination.

Alison’s new book, Underground Lovers presents compelling questions and insights about fungi but is also an intimate celebration of their astonishing beauty and complexity. It melds science and personal reflection to explore overlooked themes, among them – fungi and fire, fungi and climate change, fungi and aesthetics, fungi in ecosystem restoration, and fungi and indigenous wisdom. The book explores fungi through first-hand stories – from the Australian desert to Iceland’s glaciers to America’s Cascade Mountains – where we encounter glowing ghost fungi and the enigma of the lobster mushroom. We’ll dwell with fungal allies and aliens, discover how fungi hold forests together, and why humans are deeply entwined with these unruly renegades of the subterrain.

What can we learn from the lives of fungi? Underground Lovers brings us to our knees, magnifier in hand, to find out.

Join us for this launch of Underground Lovers: Encounters with Fungi to hear some stories from Alison’s adventures during the writing of the book. Delight in a display of local fungi. Then stay for supper and take part in an interactive discussion of the importance of fungi in ecosystem restoration and Landcare initiatives.

Further workshops can be viewed at this link.

This event is sponsored by the Mid Loddon Catchment Management Network.



TIME: 7pm–9pm

VENUE: Lockwood South & District Community Hall, 784 Calder Alternate Hwy, Lockwood South VIC 3551

BOOKINGS: Judy Crocker –

COST: gold coin donation