My short story Mud, a version of the Orpheus myth - involving a fake wizard, a camera crew, scallops that can speak and tonnes of mud - has just been published as an ebook by Galley Beggar in their Digital Singles series. It costs just £2 though you can become a member of their Singles Club and receive a story a month for just £12.
The air grew stronger as they got higher. All she could hear was the wind. A voice above her was repeating, Good. Good – keep moving – that's good, remember the air!
It occurred to her as she crawled that she didn't know what a pocket of air, in mud, actually looked like.
The voice shouted from the top of the hill:
– It's a wrap – we've got it!
Mud is available as an ebook from Galley Beggar for £2here
My work crosses artforms and genres including poetry, fiction, non-fiction, drama and visual art. I have been shortlisted for The Ted Hughes Award and for the Republic of Consciousness Prize. Commissions include the BBC, British Library, Wellcome Collection and BFI. My latest poetry collection is The Triumph of Cancer which is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. I am the editor of Poems from the Edge of Extinction: An Anthology of Poetry in Endangered Languages. My first novel, Dedalus, is a sequel to Ulysses and my second novel Mud is a version of the Orpheus and Eurydice set underneath Hampstead Heath. I work as the National Poetry Librarian.