Chris McCully


Orkney ­Well. I wondered whether we might take down the website in the autumn of 2020 but was amazed at the number of queries as to where the old site had gone, why it had gone wherever it had gone and when it was coming back. I hadn't realised I had so many kind readers. And so here we are again - changed but the same, as it were. Or almost the same.... A bit older, a bit wearier, a bit more baffled, true, but still above ground and still more or less intact.

In these pages you'll encounter listings of and links to Chris's work. That work spans writing of different kinds (poems, translations, prose both academic and creative). This site offers comments on that together with some analysis of angling and related topics, haphazard accounts of and untrustworthy notes on angling days as they happen, some photographs, a list of Chris's major publications and a page of links. There's also some downloadable content here too, in the form of blog entries or drafts of essays. Thanks for reading - and for keeping this site going.

To explore some of the themes of this site please click on the links below:

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

Latest News:
The English Funerals published, March 2021

"[Chris McCully's] short stories are acutely observed, wonderfully evocative and very, very funny.... The sixteen 'sketches' contained in his latest book are, by equal measure, both hilarious and poignant. They make for some wonderful reading.... Clearly no stranger to adventure, Chris's accounts of derring-do in Mombasa, or epic battles on the Fraser River are written with an honesty rarely seen. However, more appealing to me is his ability to see beyond the ordinary and to find the humour in the every day." - Ade Bristow (reviewing Sketches with Fishing Rods (2008) in Journal of the Grayling Society)

Note: with some minimal though­ important exceptions, you're free to download, share or cite anything in these pages, including photos. If you do so, however, please include an acknowledgement of the source in the new context, e.g. 'Text: Chris McCully, 2021', 'Photo: Richard Faulks 2020' and so on. Please note that otherwise-unattributed photos are invariably my own. Finally, do be aware that one or two images remain the copyright of the photographer who took the shot (or of the publishing house which retains the image) and where this is the case I have indicated it, so that no use of the relevant image is possible without obtaining written copyright permission first. Thank you.

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