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30 September 2021

Merlin Sheldrake Book Launch in the Theatre

Merlin Sheldrake Book Launch in the Theatre

It was a delight to welcome visitors at our first post-Covid external theatre event on Wednesday.

Merlin Sheldrake, winner of the Wainwright Prize for Conservation Writing 2021, author of the one of the most talked-about nonfiction books of the year, Entangled Life, gave a fantastic talk on his book.

The more we learn about fungi, the less the world makes sense without them.
Neither plant nor animal, they are found throughout the earth, in the air and inside our bodies. They can be microscopic, yet they can also account for the largest organisms ever recorded. They enabled the first life on land, can survive unprotected in space and thrive amidst nuclear radiation.

In fact, nearly all life relies, in some way, on fungi. These endlessly surprising organisms have no brain, yet  can solve problems and manipulate animal behaviour with devastating precision. In giving us bread, alcohol and life-saving medicines, fungi have shaped human history, and their psychedelic properties have recently been shown to alleviate several mental illnesses.

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