Photo: Vidyan Ravinthiran. Photo credit: Jenny Holden.
Vidyan Ravinthiran (b. 1984, Leeds) started work on The Million-petalled Flower of Being Here with no intention of publishing it. ‘I began writing sonnets to my wife, privately – they were genuinely for her ears only’, he says; it was only in the middle of the sequence that he began to realise that it might be of interest to other readers.
Ravinthiran is a Senior Lecturer in North American Literature at the University of Birmingham and an editor from the online magazine Prac Crit. The Million-petalled Flower of Being Here, which takes its title from a line in Philip Larkin’s poem ‘The Old Fools’, is his second collection; his debut, Grun-tu-molani, was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Seamus Heaney Prize.