Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fantastic Fungus Day - Whipple Museum

What: FREE creative writing workshop.
Please note that booking is required for this event.
Email: Telephone: 01223 330906

Where: The Whipple Museum of the History of Science, Free School Lane, Cambridge.

When: Saturday 30 October 2010, 10am – 2pm with lunch break from 12-1.

This event is part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas.

How did a history of science museum end up with a case of hand-blown glass models…of fungus? Come find out!

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 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 by Dr. Richard Barnett on mushrooms in medicine.
  • 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.
  • 1:50-2:00: Feedback forms!

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