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

"'If you collect together all the words that have ever been written about sea-trout in Ireland, and put them together between the same set of covers, the result will be a pale shadow of the tome that McCully and Whelan have delivered, which is not so much impossible to put down, as difficult to pick up, there is so much of it. The 480 pages cover every trickle that once smelt a white trout and in the process you get treated to more insider knowledge and more good advice and more stories than any reader has a right to wish. Truly, they do not write books like this any more, almost certainly because you don't come across such stellar combinations of writers more than once in an epoch.' " - about Nomads of the Tides (2013). Andrew Herd in Waterlog, Winter 2014.

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