Chris McCully


Winter blossom ­Welcome to Chris McCully's website. 2018 will be a significant year. Chris's new translation of Beowulf will appear from Carcanet Press ( and a short collection of travel essays, Sane Places, will appear from The Muscaliet Press ( If he ever catches an estuary mullet on the fly and a tench in the river, Chris will also complete his work on the angling, history and culture of the Stour valley (Stour Diaries) and he will embark on 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 writes so well, and is so funny, always hinting at the profundity below the surface, [that] this collection is a joy.'" - about Sketches with Fishing Rods, 2008. Henry Giles, Trout and Salmon

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