Chris McCully


Serengeti Songs cover ­Welcome to Chris McCully's website. In March 2016 Chris's new collection of poems, Serengeti Songs (poems and photographs) was published. This title can be ordered from the publisher, Carcanet Press (discounts with pre-orders: Chris has also recently delivered the typescript of The English Funerals (93 10-line prose poems) to Carcanet, with the hope that this text can be published at the same time as Chris's new translation of Beowulf, probably in 2019. Chris's work on Irish sea-trout, Nomads of the Tides: Fishing for Irish Sea-Trout (with Ken Whelan and James Sadler, Medlar Press, supplementary website on, appeared in 2013. Three further books appeared in 2011 including Selected Poems (Carcanet) and Outside (Two Ravens Press). Reviews of all Chris's Carcanet titles can be found on the Carcanet website. A further co-edited work, Analysing Older English, appeared in December 2011 from CUP. Other recent(ish) titles include The Sound Structure of English (2009), Polder (poems, 2009) and Fishing and Pike Lures (2009). For a further glimpse of Chris's work in different fields, please use the links below:

Academic work and other prose
Recovery from addiction
All Chris's books - a chronological list

Latest News:
Review of Serengeti Songs

"'McCully's [poems]...have many of the qualities of his prose - patience, tenacity, restless curiosity - as well as a fascination with form and an additional wit, even playfulness....I particularly like the late poems, which for me have echoes of young Eliot and late Lowell....Above all, Chris McCully gets the life of words, their swing and weight, resonance and cadence. The poems spark with great lines and phrases.....'" - Andrew Greig, reviewing Selected Poems in The Literary Review, May 2011

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