Fantastic Fungus Day at the Whipple

Four our next writer-in-residence event at the delightful Whipple Museum of the History of Science in Cambridge, I am hosting a ‘Fantastic Fungus Day’ centred around a free poetry workshop. This event is open to all and FREE, so please sign up or help spread the word!


The workshop is part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas. It will take place on Saturday, 30 October from 10-2, with a 1-hour lunch break.
The workshop will encompass the spectacular Dillon Weston hand-made glass fungus models which are part of the Whipple Museum’s collection. You can read more about the glass models here.
What: FREE creative writing workshop. Please note that booking is required for this event.
Telephone: 01223 330906
Writers are invited to look, listen, and write in a workshop which will include a talk on the history of the glass fungi models on display in the Whipple Museum, a discussion on mushrooms in medicine, and a collection of poetry about mushrooms.
  • 10:00-10:30: Introductions; Kelley Swain, writer-in-residence at the Whipple, will lead a reading and discussion of samples of mushroom poetry. Guests will each receive a packet of collected mushroom poetry.
  • 10:30 – 11:00: PhD student Ruth Horry will give a short talk on the Weston display of glass fungi.
  • 11:00-11:30: Time for discussion, writing, and examining the glass fungi models.
  • 11:30-12:00: Reconvene for short talk on the history of mushrooms in medicine by Dr. Richard Barnett, author of the wonderful Medical London.
  • 12:00-1:00: Break for lunch.
  • 1:00-1:30: Time for discussion, writing. Real mushrooms will be available as writing prompts.
  • 1:30-1:50: Those who wish to share what they have written will be invited to do so.

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