Myths and stories put their stamp on culture, and Homer's epic Iliad
are two of the foundational texts of Western literature.
These stories present varied and distinctive versions of masculinity.
But what do the men of myth offer modern notions of masculinity? Can we build on what's been passed down to us, or do we need new founding stories?
Hughes' powerful new Irish novel, Country, re-imagines Homer's Iliad, set amid the troubles of late 20th-century Northern Ireland. Hughes' first novel, The Countenance Divine, was published in 2016.
McCabe's debut novel, Dedalus, follows and responds to James Joyce's iconic Ulysses. McCabe's poetry collections include The Hutton Inquiry, Zeppelins, THE RESTRUCTURE and Speculatrix. He was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award in 2013 for his collaborative book with Maria Vlotides, Pharmapoetica.