Olivia Laing is a writer with an interest in books, art and landscape. She is the author of To the River (2012). Her new book The Trip to Echo Spring: Why Writers Drink is out in May.
A flowered planet
For all their intricate symbolic force, from the Paleolithic to today's herbalism, plants are still a deep mystery to us
Me, myself and I
Loneliness can be a shameful hunger, a shell, a dangerous landscape of shadowy figures. But it is also a gift