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The Way Through The Woods | The Nature Club

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Discover, like mycelium networks, our interconnectedness, between beings, ourselves and our emotions.

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What does it mean to care and relate with the world around us? How do we respond to feelings of grief, loneliness and loss? We probably will come back uncertain, but nature (and mushrooms!) has its way of showing us different possibilities - alternatives from the way things are now. It does not have to stay like this. We can do better. The hope is for us to discover, like mycelium networks, our interconnectedness, between beings, ourselves and our emotions. Whether you are an environmentalist or just curious, we welcome all to join us on this journey of holding space.During this book club session, we will be reading and discussing excerpts in zoom breakout rooms. You can read the book ahead of the session, or just come with a curious mind to share your thoughts!  

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When Long Litt Woon loses her husband of 32 years to an unexpected death, she is utterly bereft. An immigrant in his country, in losing the love of her life she has also lost her compass and her passport to society. For a time, she is stuck, aimless, disoriented. It is only when she wanders off deep into the woods with mushroom hunters and is taught there how to see clearly what is all around her, and learn how to make distinctions, take educated risks and hear all the different melodies in Nature's chorus, that she returns to life and to living. And it is mushrooms which guide her back. In this book, she describes how they saved her, and how they might save you. 

About the clubThe Nature Club aspires to be an intergenerational book club (for all ages), creating a space that centres the narratives and discourse that matter so dearly to us. Crises like the climate crisis - among others - often inject moments of ecological grief, hurt and isolation, and it is in such times, when we need to come together as a community and as people. We hope to find some of that in stories; Stories we read in our younger days, stories we may see in a movie or film, and the stories that speak closest to our hearts. 

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This programme is inspired by The Way Through the Woods: Of Mushrooms and Mourning, a featured title of Read! Fest 2021. Borrow the title here

For other programmes related to this title, visit go.gov.sg/mushroom

For the full listing of Read! Fest programmes, visit go.gov.sg/readfest21

About Read! Fest 2021

Read! Fest 2021 invites you on a forward-looking journey of self-discovery. With the theme of Reboot, take a moment to re-examine and refresh your lenses on day-to-day aspects that shape our lives.

Anchored by 12 key books and topics, Read! Fest will host over 60 programmes – from talks by world-renowned authors to workshops and experiences – each curated to immerse you in a world of thoughtful ideas for our time.

From myths and minimalism to work and womanhood, stretch out to explore new worlds and perspectives. Where will you find yourself?

For more info, visit go.gov.sg/nrm-readfest21.


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