Directory: Vayu Naidu – Writer & Storyteller

Vayu Naidu – Writer & Storyteller


Vayu Naidu writes literary and historical fiction with women as protagonists. Her PhD is in Indian epics as Storytelling in Theatre.

Vayu writes, lives in and loves London.

Appointed the first 'Sage in Residence' at Windsor's Eton College, she decided to write her first novel Sita’s Ascent (Penguin India: 2013). It is about a woman in exile and her challenges in remaining human. It was nominated for the Commonwealth Book Award.

Her storytelling – written and oral – spans diaspora urban, epic, folk and tribal stories inspired from multiple literary and street sources. Determining identity for people who live across cultural borders is a strong feature of her writing.

Her second novel The Sari of Surya Vilas (Speaking Tiger-India, Affirmpress- Australia: 2017) is historical fiction set in the Madras Presidency and Norfolk, England from 1857-1916. The silenced stories woven in a wedding sari is symbolic of  a woman's identity and India's freedom.  The novel was featured in Australia's ABC Broadcast as Book of the Week. She is a Literature Festival enthusiast and has chaired many panels promoting emerging and renowned writers at Jaipur Lit. Fest, Byron Writers Festival, British Library.  She has written for Theatre, BBC Radio Drama, and tours internationally as a Writer and Performance Storyteller.  Her work is archived in the SADAA website.

Her PhD (Leeds) and AHRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship (Kent) enabled academic research and Apprenticeships in Intercultural Storytelling and she set up Licence to Tell as a London Pub series of seasonal Storytelling. She received the Humanities Teaching Award University of Kent, and donated it to Tsunami survivors working with the Fishing community Tamil Nadu. Her work in category A Prisons, with women emerging from domestic violence, and young people has strengthened her belief in the transformative capacity of the Word and the Arts. Vayu Naidu Intercultural Storytelling Theatre, an Arts Council England RFO enabled new writing and International touring and participatory work with Refugees at Margate. In London Vayu volunteers with THRIVE horticultural therapy, and at Chelsea Physic Garden for

She is now  Royal Literary Fund Fellow at  University of London's Royal Holloway  History Department, and a Research Associate at CCLPS SOAS, and a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society.

She is Director of  The Write Place : destination Writing and Storytelling Residencies: 2019-2020

  •  September 10-18 by the Himalayas with heritage bird walks, Nainital.
  • December 28 -  2020 January 02, by the shore temples of Chennai.
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Her forthcoming third novel set in seventeenth century England and India is about the triumph of art over political treachery. Vayu is  seeking  a British Agent, and is enthusiastic for her work to be in European languages.

Events coming up:

Dr. Vayu Naidu,
Royal Literary Fund Fellow 2018-2019 UWL; 2019-2020 RHUL

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