|The Mycelium Parish News
Earlier this year, on a walk with James Burt, he proposed that the two of us produce a “parish newsletter”, to let our friends know what our other friends have been up to.
James and I first met on the Cerne to CERN pilgrimage. Between us and the other 69 pilgrims exist fecund networks of creative folks. But none of those folks has a full picture of what all the others have been up to.
James suggested we publish a newsletter, listing as much of the good stuff as we could track down. The result is The Mycelium Parish News. It features 2022’s books, podcasts, radio, TV, exhibitions, theatre, videos, newsletters and more. Here’s James’s introduction:
WTF is a mycelium?
The mycelium refers to a network of countercultural groups and events, and it’s a term we first heard through theatre-maker Daisy Campbell. In nature, a mycelial network is the inter-connections that grow between fungi. Also known as the wood-wide web, these networks allow communication between different plants in a forest. It is a brilliant metaphor for culture: the fungal threads are often hidden underground, but when they cross, then a mushroom can appear.
Our particular mycelium includes a whole jumble of things, including arts labs, Festival 23 and the Cosmic Trigger crew, as well as various fellow travellers. Common touchstones include the KLF, Robert Anton Wilson, and Discordianism (which is either a joke disguised as a religion or a religion disguised as a joke).
That explanation may not make you any the wiser. Regardless, this zine lists the work of many amazing people over the last year, and you will definitely find something of value inside that you didn’t know about before.
Somewhat wonderfully, we managed to keep the price of the magazine to £2.30, including UK postage (or £5 if you’re outside the UK). So there’s no excuse for not buying one now.
If you want a downloadable version, you’ll have to wait; this zine was designed to be a thing, a thing to hold, to read, and to love, and to attract tea-stains.
Here are some spreads from the 44-page zine:
|Introduction and editorial
|Feature on The Lost Doctor
|Some miscellaneous podcast appearances
|Some books published this year
|Some videos published this year
|Advertising Shits In Your Head