Chris McCully


Eastern arch ­Welcome to Chris McCully's website. Chris's new translation of Beowulf appeared in September 2018 from Carcanet Press ( and a short collection of travel essays, Four Places, appeared in July 2018 (The Muscaliet Press ( In 2019 Stour Diaries - on the angling, history and culture of the Stour valley - will appear from The Medlar Press (!/STOUR-DIARIES/p/143105029). Chris will also continue work on projects relating to the English language and different forms of writing, and on 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 the 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). For a further glimpse of Chris's work, please use these links:

Academic work and other prose
All Chris's books - a chronological list

Latest News:
Readings and talks at the Colchester Festival

"I guarantee that by the end of [the book], you should be able to go out and buy the correct fish for pike on water near you, confident that you are using the right gear....Someone once described Chris as a writer who does a bit of fishing. That is as maybe. But this is a real jewel of a book and I wish Chris had written it a long time ago. " - Andrew Herd, reviewing Fishing and Pike Lures (2009) in Waterlog, autumn 2010.

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