Bashabi Fraser is a poet, children’s writer, translator and editor. Her publications include Raga & Reels (2012), Scots Beneath the Banyan Tree: stories from Bengal (2012), From the Ganga to the Tay (2009), Bengal Partition Stories: an unclosed chapter (2006, 2008, for which she was awarded a British Academy research grant), Tartan & Turban (2004) and A Meeting of Two Minds: the Geddes–Tagore letters (2005, which received a Moray Foundation grant). Her commissioned works include The Ramayana, a play written with a Scottish Arts Council writer’s grant, and her co-edited anthology Rainbow World: poems from many cultures (Hodder & Stoughton, 2003), which was runner-up for the Emma best book award.
Bashabi has worked with the British Council in Bangladesh, India and Mauritius, with the BBC, and as a writer-in-residence on the BT Future Talk programme. She has taught creative writing at the Arvon Foundation and the Open University and participates in literary festivals. Her prizes include the AIO award for literary services in Scotland (2009). Bashabi is a member of Scottish Pen and a committee member of the Poetry Association of Scotland and Writers in Prison Committee (Scotland), Patron of the Federation of Writers (Scotland) and on the Management committee of Scottish Writers Centre. She is joint director of the Scottish Centre of Tagore studies and teaches English and creative writing at Edinburgh Napier University.