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. Although occasional shorter pieces of work will continue to appear, what were probably his last single-authored book-length projects were 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.

Chris's 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.

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

"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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