Chris McCully


Fishing ­Welcome to Chris McCully's website. 2018 has so far been a significant year. Chris's new translation of Beowulf appeared in September from Carcanet Press ( and a short collection of travel essays, Four Places, appeared in July (The Muscaliet Press ( Chris also completed his work on the angling, history and culture of the Stour valley (Stour Diaries) and he is putting the finishing touches to (his part of) a second edition of Nomads of the Tides. Both these last titles are destined for The Medlar Press ( Chris will also continue work on projects relating to metrics and English verseform and is slowly putting together a new collection of poems (working title A Few Late Wasps) - pieces which will probably open a more extensive Collected Poems. (Fairly) recent other titles include Serengeti Songs (poems and photographs, 2016, Carcanet Press); Nomads of the Tides: Fishing for Irish Sea-Trout (2013, with Ken Whelan and James Sadler, Medlar Press); titles from 2011 include Selected Poems (Carcanet) and Outside (Two Ravens Press). A further co-edited work, Analysing Older English, appeared in December 2011 from CUP. For a further glimpse of Chris's work, please use the links below:

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

"[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)

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