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

"Another recent Fyfield book is Chris McCully's versions of Old English poetry. McCully has combined the acuity of the scholar and the talents of a poet to produce a muscular set of translations which get as close to the sheer physicality of Old English poetry and the life portrayed there as may be possible. His Introduction is compelling: it is scholarly without being inaccessible, in tone lively and personal. He declares 'In the end I have merely tried to make the poems as attractive to readers as they are to me.' In this he surely succeeds." - (about Old English Poems and Riddles); Matt Simpson, 2008

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