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The Yellow Nib is a poetry journal produced in association with The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s University, Belfast. Issues 1 – 5 are edited by Ciaran Carson.  Issue 6 is an online version only and is guest edited by Sudeep Sen entitled The Yellow Nib Modern English Poetry by Indians.  Issue 7 is edited by Frank Ormsby and Leontia Flynn. The magazine appears in March and December and publishes poetry, criticism and reviews by new and established writers.


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.
We have 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.

It is available to order through http://theyellownib.blogspot.co.uk/p/about.html.  You can also subscribe to future issues of the Yellow Nib on this site.

Back numbers are available. Contact The Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen's University Belfast, 48 University Road, Belfast, BT7 1NN or email g.hellawell@qub.ac.uk.


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, 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.  (Ciaran Carson, Director)

Online version available to download here.