Bashabi Fraser is a poet, children's writer, critic and editor. She combines the grace of the East with the pragmatism of the West in her work, in a voice that is distinctive.
She has extensive experience in facilitating creative writing workshops, poetry reading sessions, engaging audiences in creative conversations, mentoring, tutoring, organising cultural events, working in writing residencies and in developing creative writing modules. Her recent awards include the Word Masala Foundation Award for Excellence in Poetry (2017), a special felicitations as a poet by the Public Relations Society of India at International Women's Day (March 2017), and Outstanding Woman of Scotland, conferred by Saltire Society (2015).
She is an Honorary Vice President of the Association of Scottish Literary Studies (ASLS), an executive committee member of Scottish PEN, Writers at Risk Committee (Scotland) and the Poetry Association of Scotland. Bashabi has worked with the British Council, BBC, BT Future Talk programme, and delivered keynote addresses and readings nationally and internationally at literary festivals and conferences. She has developed and taught Creative Writing modules at Edinburgh Napier University as a Professor of English and Creative Writing. Bashabi works with children from age 5 up to school leaving age, community groups and at educational institutions.