My passion for history and all things archaeological stem from several things, My Dad and Uncle – Both 1970’s detectorist’s and passionate history buffs, And Mick Murphy.

For as long as I can remember from being a child, Mike Murphy has been a caver, dragging my older brother along potholing in his youth. Me – I’m way too big, although Mikes Passion and knowledge, as well as giving me access to his finds, images and pointing me in the direction of easy access caves, also advising in a professional manner of a cave excavation I was a part of in 2003 in North Wales.

‘Mad Mick’ as he is known locally and in the caving world is, I believe, one of the UK’s foremost cavers. Formally of the Grovesnor Caving Club and now a lead figure of the United Cavers Exploration Team and area Cave rescue team, His tales and places visited are fantastic.

So My mum tipped me off that Mike had recently published a book on caving, I had to have a copy, then the unexpected twist, It was a book of poetry.

Poetical Expressions from Worlds Below. By Mike Murphy is probably one of the only books of its type. Subterranean poetry. I never knew he had in him, and gives a softer, gentler, more relaxed side to the Mike Murphy I know.

Some of the Poems included are taken from actual events that have occurred in the world below which Mike has been privy too.

Plenty of Images taken by Mick and colleagues also appear and add to the feeling.

A genuine and expressive book which can be enjoyed by many other than the caving fraternity.

Poetical Expressions from Worlds Below. By Mike Murphy is available directly from the author at or via the United Cavers Exploration Team website

Dave Sadler – Editor