In The Last Prince of Bengal, author and academic Lyn Innes shares the astonishing true story of her royal ancestor, Nawab Nazim, and his family’s incredible journey from Indian riches to relative anonymity.

Perceived as a threat to the British, the Nawab was forced to abdicate, leaving his power and kingdom behind and choosing a new life in England.

During this eye-opening conversation, hosted by Bengal-born poet and writer Bashabi Fraser, Innes will take us inside a story that spans the extremes of British rule and prejudice, while detailing how her ancestors navigated key moments in Indian, British and Australian history.

About The Author

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Lyn Innes

Lyn Innes is the great-granddaughter of His Royal Highness, the last Nawab Nizam of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa. Born and educated in Australia, she moved to North America and developed her interest in cultural nationalism, focusing on Irish, African, African American and Caribbean literatures. She earned a PhD from Cornell University and taught at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she became associate editor of OKIKE: An African Journal of New Writing, founded by Chinua Achebe. Innes co-edited two volumes of African short stories with Achebe. Innes is currently Emeritus Professor of Postcolonial Literatures at the University of Kent, Canterbury.

About The Chair

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Dr Bashabi Fraser

Dr Bashabi Fraser, CBE is Professor Emerita of English and Creative Writing and Director of Scottish Centre of Tagore Studies (ScoTs), Edinburgh Napier University, Honorary Fellow, Centre for South Asian Studies, University of Edinburgh and of the Association of Scottish Literary Studies (ASLS) and Consultant, Royal Literary Fund. Bashabi is an award-winning poet, children’s writer, editor and academic. She is the recipient of a CBE (2021 New Year Honours) for Education (academic work), culture (poetry) and cultural integration (her bridge building projects linking Scotland and India). She has been declared Outstanding Woman of Scotland by Saltire Society in 2015.  Her most recent award is the Maheshwar Neog IPPL Award for Poetry, 2022. 

Her work traverses continents. She has authored and edited 23 books, published several academic and creative articles, and been widely anthologized as a poet.  Her recent publications include Patient Dignity (2021), Rabindranath Tagore (2019) and The Ramayana, A Stage Play and a Screen Play (2017). Books in press include A Meeting of Two Minds: The Tagore-Geddes Letters, 4th revised edition, Lakshmi’s Footprints: The Scoto-Indian Interface (co-ed) and HABITAT, a poetry collection. She is the Chief Editor of the international peer-reviewed e-journal, Gitanjali and Beyond. 

Bashabi is a Trustee on the Board of Scottish PEN, an executive committee member of Poetry Association of Scotland, Writers at Risk and Writers for Peace Committees (Scotland), a Director on the Board of the Patrick Geddes Trust, a Trustee of the Kolkata Scottish Heritage Trust, and Honorary Vice President of the ASLS. Bashabi is on the Editorial Board of several international peer-reviewed journals and has been an Adjudicator for several national and international creative writing competitions. Right now, she is on the panel of judges for the Kavya Prize, initiated this year as a major Scottish literary prize.