In November 2009 a delegation from the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry visited Hyderabad, Kolkata, and New Delhi. The participants included Michael and Edna Longley, Professor Ed Larrissy, the singer Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin, and myself.
I had the privilege, at a reception held at the home of the Irish Ambassador in New Delhi, of meeting the Indian poet Sudeep Sen, and before long we had established that our notions of poetry and its dissemination were very similar. I outlined to him the philosophy behind the Seamus Heaney Centre’s journal The Yellow Nib, and discovered that he also edited a journal called Atlas, which featured, among other things, the best of contemporary Indian writing in English.
It was a short step from that to invite him to edit a guest issue of The Yellow Nib (volume 6) featuring the best of Indian writing. So it came to pass. The result is a magnificent anthology which brings new voices to our attention, and features writers who have already made their mark in these islands: a book which reshapes our understanding of Indian literature.
This edition of the journal is available as a download only. Download here.