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Bob Devereux

Poet, Artist and Gallery Director

Since 1965 Bob Devereux has his time to painting and writing, to teaching and to curating the Salthouse Gallery.

In 1980 he opened the Salthouse Gallery representing the work of contemporary artists and craftsmen and over the years has helped launch many successful careers.

His own work has been exhibited widely in the UK and Europe and features in many collections. Bob has conducted painting and creative writing workshops in hundreds of venues from Oxford colleges to local primary schools, from National Trust properties to Marks & Spencer stores.

He has collaborated with numerous musicians and composers, producing libretti for eight operas and eight cantatas performed at major venues in Britain and abroad and has featured regularly in radio programmes. In 2000, as part of a millennium project, his poetry was carved into handrails beside the Tamar. This year his poetry was carved into granite boulders in remembrance of the Cornish Diaspora for the Heartlands regeneration project at Pool.

He helped resurrect the St Ives September Festival in 1993 and is now responsible for the St. Ives Literature Festival every May.

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More than just mushrooms

A fungus (plural fungi) is a member of a large group of eukaryotic organisms that includes microorganisms such as yeasts and molds  (British English: moulds), as well as the more familiar mushrooms. These organisms are classified as a kingdom, Fungi, which is separate from plants, animals, and bacteria. Visit the BBC's  Nature website for a viewpoint on fungi in nature.

Aspergillus as Beautiful Art Pieces

Aspergillus becomes a top subject for artist and sculpture Fiona Hepburn. Fiona has used various screen printing techniques to design her amazing sculptures based on Aspergillus fumigatus. Quote froom her " The final images I produce are one-off pieces, made up of thousands of multiples. Each tiny 'spore' is printed using hand drawn stencils exposed on to a screen. The screenprinted spores are printed on to fragile Japanese paper. I reproduce the spores until I have thousands of them, often in variations of colours and tones. Each tiny 'spore' is hand cut with a scalpel and attached to a pin. I construct the work by pushing these pins in to a background image either made through screenprint or woodcut. It allows me to control the growth of the image, allowing for different parts of the image to be seen at different levels. Making the work is like watching the cells of growing mould multiply.

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Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan was hospitalized on May 25, 1997 seriously ill with histoplasmosis, a potential life threatening fungal infection that causes swelling of the sac surrounding the heart. Histoplasmosis is caused by the fungus histoplasma capsulatum. Dylan was treated with antibiotics, and his condition was not considered life threatening. Doctors said his condition was made more severe by a delay in diagnosis

Links are found between asthma and fungal allergy.

There are up to 150,000 people suffering from severe asthma in the UK. From the research we discovered that they could benefit from taking antifungal medication already available from pharmacists - the pills used to treat everyday fungal infections greatly improved the symptoms of asthma in those patients that had an allergic reaction to one or more fungi.

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