BOOK TALK – Underground Lovers


The Kingdom Fungi is a kingdom of conundrums. Once overlooked, fungi are the exhilarating new poster organisms reconfiguring our understanding of the natural word and capturing the public imagination.

Underground Lovers is a captivating journey into the sensory realms of fungi. It’s told through first-hand stories – from the Australian desert to Iceland’s glaciers to America’s Cascade Mountains – we encounter glowing ghost fungi and the enigma of the lobster mushroom.

The book presents new questions and insights about fungi but is also an intimate celebration of their astonishing beauty and complexity. The author 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, fungi and indigenous wisdom.

Underground lovers brings us down to earth, and deeper. We’ll dwell with fungal allies and aliens, discover how fungi hold forests together, and why humans are deeply intwined 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.

This talk is part of the Writers at the Woolshed Literature Festival.

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CSU Riverina Playhouse Theatre, 8 Cross Street, Wagga Wagga