Chris McCully


Wild trout ­Chris McCully's 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 appeared in July 2018 (The Muscaliet Press, Chris continues to work on projects relating to the English language and different forms of writing and is slowly assembling a new collection of poems (A Few Late Wasps) - pieces which will open the Collected Poems (2023). Other titles include Serengeti Songs (2016, Carcanet Press) and Nomads of the Tides: Fishing for Irish Sea-Trout (2013, with Ken Whelan and James Sadler, Medlar); 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

"Chris McCully captures perfectly his complex relationship with fly fishing, water, and fish and insects that swim. McCully reveres words as rising trout and writes like he must fish - with patience, humility, and inquisitiveness. The Other Side of the Stream is one of the year's best books about fishing." - Jay Nichols (about the US edition of the text, Stackpole Books 2004)

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