Debjani Chatterjee

Debjani Chatterjee

Debjani Chatterjee MBE is an Indian-born British poet. She was born in Delhi but now lives in Sheffield. She had lived in India, Japan, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Egypt, and Morocco, before coming to Britain in 1972. She attended seven schools and four Universities, receiving a BA from the University of Kent and a PhD from Lancaster University, as well as a PGCE and honorary Doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University.

She has written, translated, or edited more than 45 books, starting with the poetry collection I Was That Woman in 1989. She has won a number of prizes, including the Peterloo Poets Prize, and her book The Elephant-Headed God and Other Hindu Tales was selected for Children's Books of the Year in 1990.

In August 2010 Chatterjee contributed to an eBook collection of political poems entitled Emergency Verse - Poetry in Defence of the Welfare State edited by Alan Morrison.

She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2008 New Year Honours.

The Sun Rises in The North was published by Smith/Doorstop in 1991.


'Here is an impressive collection of poems, with each writer an accomplished poet.... Debjani Chatterjee manages, without imposing, to close the gap between reader and writer.... A rich collection of four of the country's most imaginative voices' — Susi Miller, Artscene

'Debjani Chatterjee writes lively, cross-cultural poems with effective resonances. She can be very funny and sharply critical at the same time' — Jeffery Wheatley in Northern Lights

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