Chris McCully


Up the Wharfe ­Chris McCully's new title Stour Diaries - on the angling, history and culture of the Stour valley (Suffolk/Essex) - appeared in 2019 from The Medlar Press (!/STOUR-DIARIES/p/143105029). His translation of Beowulf appeared in September 2018 from Carcanet Press ( and Four Places (essays on place and journey) appeared in July 2018 (The Muscaliet Press ( Chris continues to work on projects relating to the English language and different forms of writing, and on 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 the Collected Poems. (Fairly) recent other titles include Serengeti Songs (poems and photographs, 2016, Carcanet Press) and Nomads of the Tides: Fishing for Irish Sea-Trout (2013, with Ken Whelan and James Sadler, Medlar Press); books from 2011 include Selected Poems (Carcanet) and Outside (Two Ravens Press). For a further glimpse of Chris's work, please use these links:

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

"'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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