Bashabi Fraser is an Indian-born Scottish poet, children’s writer, editor, translator and academic. Bashabi writes about transnationalism, culture and identity. Her publications include Raga & Reels, Scots Beneath the Banyan Tree: stories from Bengal, From the Ganga to the Tay, Bengal Partition Stories: An Unclosed Chapter, Tartan & Turban and A Meeting of Two Minds: the Geddes–Tagore letters.
She has worked with the British Council and the BBC, as well as the Pushkin Prizes in Scotland, The Scottish Book Trust, The Scottish Arts Council, The Poetry Society, and The Arvon Foundation. She has taught at Calcutta University, Rabindra Bharati University, the Open University, the University of Edinburgh and is currently a professor at Edinburgh Napier University where she co-founded the Scottish Centre of Tagore Studies (ScoTs). Bashabi is also a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Dundee University.
In 2014 Bashabi was awarded the Rabindra Bharati Society Honour, the Women Empowered: Arts and Culture Award in 2010 and the IAS Prize for Literary Services in Scotland in 2009. Bashabi is a Patron of the Federation of Writers in Scotland, an executive committee member of the Writers in Prison Committee (Scotland) and the Poetry Association of Scotland. Bashabi is also on the management committee of the Scottish Writers Association and has been on the executive committee of Scottish PEN for two terms. She is a Trustee of the Kolkata Scottish Heritage Trust, was invited to join as the Board of Directors for the Patrick Geddes Trust and has been a Consultant Advisor for the Kolkata British Council's Kolkata-Scotland Connection programme.
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