Chris McCully


Thames at Pangbourne ­Welcome to Chris McCully's website. In March 2016 Chris's new collection of poems, Serengeti Songs (poems and photographs) was published by Carcanet Press ( Chris has also recently delivered the typescript of The English Funerals (93 10-line prose poems) to Carcanet, and publication of Beowulf is expected in 2018. Work on the angling, culture and history of the Stour valley continues (Stour Diaries, eight chapters of ten now complete). 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. 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

"[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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