Raised in the hardy forest communities of British Columbia, scientist Suzanne Simard overturned conventional beliefs in proving that trees and plants are connected underground by an immense web of fungal mycelia, at the centre of which lie the Mother Trees: the mysterious, powerful entities that sustain the forest.
She joined us live on stage in London to tell the story of a lifetime spent uncovering startling truths about trees: their perceptions, behaviours, healing capacities, language, memory and wisdom. Simard’s landmark work has been immensely influential, revealing the complex cycle of forest life – on which we rely for our existence – and offering profound lessons about resilience and kinship.
Praise for Suzanne Simard’s Finding the Mother Tree:
‘Finding the Mother Tree is not only a deeply beautiful memoir about one woman’s impactful life, it’s also a call to action to protect, understand and connect with the natural world’ Amy Adams
‘A scientific memoir as gripping as any HBO drama series’ Kate Kellaway, Observer
This event is presented in partnership with How To Academy.
Sophy Roberts is a British writer whose work focuses on the wild places from Papua New Guinea to the Congo. She began her career assisting the writer Jessica Mitford, and trained in journalism at Columbia University in New York. She regularly contributes to the Financial Times and the US edition of Condé Nast Traveler, among others. The Lost Pianos of Siberia is her first book. She wrote a column for 10 years with The Financial Times called How To Spend It, and now writes across a wide range of international titles.
Dr. Suzanne Simard was raised in the Monashee Mountains of British Columbia. She is Professor of Forest Ecology in the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Forestry, and has earned a global reputation for her research on tree connectivity and communication and its impact on the health and biodiversity of forest. Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal are collaborating on the film of Finding the Mother Tree, in which Amy Adams will star as Suzanne Simard.