chris mccully, born in Bradford, Yorkshire in 1958, worked as a full-time academic, specialising in the history of the English language and on English sound-structure as well as on verse and verse-form, at the University of Manchester (1985–2003). From 2003–13 he worked part-time at various universities in the Netherlands (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam; Rijksuniversiteit Groningen) while writing books for several publishers. His Selected Poems (Carcanet) was published in 2012. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies at the University of Essex.