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Gauri Raje

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Contact: gauriraje2@gmail.com
Local authority: Argyll and Bute
Languages: English

Gauri is a storyteller, anthropologist and a migrant to the UK. She works multilingually, recognising the cadences of English spoken in different cultures. She tells folk tales, fairy tales and myths from non-European parts of the world. She also works extensively with biographical storytelling, especially with vulnerable adults and in the outdoors. Much of her community based work has been focused among migrants and the diaspora communities to the UK and among theatre persons, writers, charity workers, universities, teachers and students in India.

Her performance projects include directing East of the Sun, West of the Moon, a collection of stories for adults from around the world translated and told in 4 different Indian languages, Badlands, a storytelling of folk stories of the land and rivers of central India and Tales of Exile and Sanctuary, stories from around the world exploring themes of exile. She has researched and co-written a book with biographical stories of South Asian migrants to the West of Scotland with AwazFM, Glasgow called Making Lives, Making Communities: Scottish Asians in Glasgow.

Gauri’s current projects are focused around stories of water and creating workshops that create deeper connections between migrant communities and the land.

(Also works in Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati, Marathi, Punjabi)

Local authorities can visit

Argyll and Bute; Falkirk; Glasgow City; Highland; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Lanarkshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire

Events can deliver

Bilingual event; Mentoring; Multilingual event; Panel event; Performance; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop; Professional development, CLPL or CPD; Chairing events

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Care-experienced people; Carers; English as an additional language (EAL); Intergenerational learning; People living with dementia; Prisoners & young offenders; Reluctant readers; Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts)

Topics of work

Activism & protest; Adventure; Ageing; Animals; Biography & memoir; Characters of colour & BAME characters; Childhood; Class & society; Coasts, seas & oceans; Editing & editing your own work; Emigration & immigration; Environment & climate; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Food; Friendship; Gender equality; History; Human rights; Island communities; Loneliness & isolation; Music; Nature; Performance training; Politics; Poverty; Rural communities; Science; Translation; Travel writing; Urban communities; Violence & abuse; Wars & conflicts

Age groups published for

Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

6-8; 9-11; 12-14; 15-18; 18+

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500