Vayu Naidu is a writer, storyteller, performer, and a Royal Literary Fund Fellow.
Her PhD from the University of Leeds was in performance oral traditions. She was the first storyteller to transpose the Ramayana and the Mahabharata in English with western orchestras and museums. She won the Humanities Teaching Award from the University of Kent for her work with tsunami survivors in Tamil Nadu in 2004. She was the Arts and Humanities Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellow in Creative and Performing Arts, leading on intercultural storytelling in performance, multicultural literacy, mental health, and migration.
Her acclaimed work includes the play Lives of Clay; a memoir co-authored across four continents, Our Mothers Ourselves; the novels Sita’s Ascent, nominated for the Commonwealth Book Award, and The Sari of Surya Vilas; and the short story Madurai Mystery of Victoriana.