Vayu Naidu

Vayu Naidu is a novelist and concert performance storyteller of oral traditions. As the Founder and Artistic Director of the Vayu Naidu Company, funded by the Arts Council England from 2001-2012, she has collaborated with a range of agencies and worked with people in prisons, victims of domestic and abused children across Britain and Ireland. Her first novel Sita’s Ascent was nominated for the Commonwealth Book Award. Her second novel, The Sari of Surya Vilas,  is historical fiction set in the Madras Presidency from 1857-1916. A SOAS Research Associateship has enabled research for her forthcoming novel about the impact of texts circulating in the 17th century across diverse belief systems.

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A two-day taster of ‘the greatest literary show on Earth’
09 & 10 June
A packed programme of talks and performances animate four venues at the Library, celebrating South Asia’s literary heritage, oral and performing arts, books and ideas. Speakers confirmed so far include William Dalrymple, Meghnad Desai, Paulo Lemos Horta, Suki Kim, Ashis Ray, Suhel Seth, Preti Taneja and Shashi Tharoor.
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