Mud by Chris McCabe


To end their relationship Borak and Karissa must find a bubble of air buried among twenty-four types of mud. On their descent into subterranean London they are followed by a film crew and its odious Director, documenting their quest.

As they chance upon bones, bricks and a talking mole, they must restrain themselves from throttling each other, and falling in love all over again.

Chris McCabe‘s macabre version of Orpheus and Eurydice brings its themes into the present day : a contemporary re-tuning of the mythic ‘Father of Song’.

Chris McCabe is the author of five poetry collections, most recently The Triumph of Cancer (Penned in the Margins). Pharmapoetica, with Maria Vlotides, was shortlisted for The Ted Hughes Award and his plays Shad Thames, Broken Wharf and Mudflats have been performed in Liverpool and London. His non-fiction series, searching for a great lost poet in one of London’s Magnificent Seven cemeteries, begins with In the Catacombs (selected as an LRB Bookshop book of the year) and Cenotaph South: Mapping the Lost Poets of Nunhead Cemetery. He co-edited, with Victoria Bean, The New Concrete: Visual Poetry in the 21st Century (Hayward Publishing, 2015). His debut novel Dedalus (Henningham Family Press) was LRB Bookshop Book of the Week and shortlisted for The Republic of Consciousness Prize 2019.

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