The Yellow Nib

The Yellow Nib is a poetry journal produced in association with The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s University, Belfast. The magazine publishes poetry, criticism and reviews by new and established writers.

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The Yellow Nib No 8 contains poems by Christopher Reid, Fleur Adcock, Rachael Boast, Miriam Gamble, Mark Granier, Rita Ann Higgins, Sinéad Morrissey, Christopher Reid, Carol Rumens, Fiona Sampson and Jack Underwood.

Also: Tara Christie Kinsey untangles Paul Muldoon's literary friendship with Warren Zevon, while Peter McDonald discusses 'The Learning of Poetry' and creative writing.

We have reviews Kay Ryan, Billy Collins, Tom Paulin, Kerry Hardie, Michelle O'Sullivan, Moya Cannon, Joh F Deane, Eamon Grennan, Harry Clifton, Paul Durcan, Dennis O'Driscoll, Peter Redgrove and Tess Gallagher.

The Yellow Nib No 7, Spring 2012, is edited by Frank Ormsby and Leontia Flynn and contains poems by Fleur Adock, Kerry Hardie, David Harsent, Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley, Penelope Shuttle and David Wheatley.

John Wilson Foster discusses the poetry of Titanic and John F Deane recalls his work translating Tomas Tranströmer.

Also: An interview with John Montague and reviews of Carol Ann Duffy, Lavinia Greenlaw, Martin Mooney, Jean Bleakney, John Kinsella, Sean O’Brien, John Burnside, Justin Quinn, John McAuliffe, Derek Mahon and John Montague.

The Yellow Nib No 6: The Yellow Nib Modern English Poetry by Indians. 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 and the singer Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin and Ciaran Carson.


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.  (Ciaran Carson, Director)

Online version of Issue 6 is available here: download here.

The Yellow Nib Issues 1 – 5 are edited by Ciaran Carson.

Back numbers are available. Contact The Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen's University Belfast, 48 University Road, Belfast, BT7 1NN or email