Sadie Plant was born in 1964 in Birmingham. She read Philosophy at Manchester University, lectured at the University of Birmingham and was Research Fellow and Director of the Cybernetic Culture Research Unit at the University of Warwick. Her book, Writing on Drugs, was published in 1999 and explores the profound and pervasive nature of the influence of drugs on contemporary culture.

Psychoactive substances have been integral to its economic history, its politics, media and technologies. They have influenced its poetry and stories, and shaped some of its most fundamental philosophies. They have even exposed the neurochemistry of a human brain which, like its cultures, has never been drug-free.