Faced with the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, award-winning author Krissy Kneen (Affection, An Uncertain Grace and The Three Burials of Lotty Kneen: Travels with My Grandmother’s Ashes) was forced to rethink her writing practice and took an unexpected deep dive into the world of mushrooms. In this Curiosity Lecture, she makes the case for why mycologists are the cheeriest scientists and delves into how mycelium might become the saviour of our planet and humankind.

Krissy Kneen (Australian)

Krissy Kneen

Krissy Kneen is the author of the bestselling memoir Affection; the novels Steeplechase, Triptych, The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine; and the Thomas Shapcott Award–winning poetry collection Eating My Grandmother. Her novel An Uncertain Grace was shortlisted for the Stella Prize, the Norma K Hemming Award and the Aurealis awards, while Wintering was longlisted for the Colin Roderick Award and shortlisted for the Davitt Award and the QLA for Fiction and A Work of State Significance. She is currently developing two TV series with TAN and a feature film with Like a Photon. Krissy has previously written and directed broadcast television documentaries with SBS and ABC TV. She is the current Copyright Agency Ltd Non-Fiction Fellow.