Rot

Claire Morgan

Dead Owls and Blue Bottle Flies

Heather Swan, author of Where Honeybees Thrive, explores the taxidermy art of Claire Morgan alongside her own encounters with owls and death.

Breathing Trees

On a writing residency in the Andrews Experimental Forest, Oregon, Gavin Van Horn embraces the vital possibilities of more-than-human perspectives.

Coring Europa / induction rhetoric

Two new poems by Josh Allsop, whose research explores the experience of difficulty in the poetries of Geoffrey Hill and J.H. Prynne.

Spoiled Waters Spilled

Previewing an exhibition exploring rivers, contamination and cross-border circulation. Part of Manifesta 13 Les Parallèles du Sud.

John Stark

Pharmakeia

The Circe myth updated for the age of synthetic biology: disconcerting new writing by Erin Rogers, with accompanying art by John Stark.

Leila Nadir and Cary Peppermint microbial selfies

Editorial: Rot

Editor Julia Cavicchi introduces Rot, a section of The Learned Pig exploring multispecies creativity through modest tales of collaboration and coexistence.

In The Fray

“Sewing is an act of care and kindness,” says artist Hana Wilde. “I look for the shared textures, colours and forms between the human and non-human.”

Petites Morts

An ongoing photographic collaboration between artist Nadège Meriau and mushrooms gathered from an ancient woodland in North London.

Redundant, Outdated, Trivial

In praise of decomposition, fermentation and transformation by Fin Jordão, the water and waste officer at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales.

Collaborations on the Corner

Collaboratively produced paintings on cardboard by Phill Hopkins and Jadene Imbush – part of a larger project on the UK’s burgeoning homelessness crisis.