Chris McCully


2021 Chris McCully has been writing, publishing and fishing for many years. On his 65th birthday he retired from academic and professional life. What are probably to be his last book-length projects have been or are are scheduled to be published in 2022-23 and these span his interests in poetry and linguistic/cultural history; in angling and ecology; in lexicography; in theories of place and belonging. Retirement has now taken him back to Yorkshire and (he hopes) to a quieter life where he can fish more, read and reflect more, play the piano more and continue to bring on his dog(s) - and another garden, the last of those he's designed and implemented over the years.

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.

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:
Names of the Fish (2022) has won an award...

"'Chris McCully’s stargazy pie of a book is rich in natural lore and assembled with etymological rigour' (of Names of the Fish, 2022.)" - David Profumo, The Spectator, 2022

Note: with some minimal though­ important exceptions, you're free to download, share or cite anything in these pages, including photos. If you do so, however, please include an acknowledgement of the source in the new context, e.g. 'Text: Chris McCully, 2023', 'Photo: Richard Faulks 2022' and so on. Please note that otherwise-unattributed photos are invariably my own. Finally, do be aware that one or two images remain the copyright of the photographer who took the shot (or of the publishing house which retains the image) and where this is the case I have indicated it, so that no use of the relevant image is possible without obtaining written copyright permission first. Thank you.

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