"Is it because I spent my teen years chasing sunsets instead of boys, spent them romancing the pinks and violets of the sky?"
Shruti Chauhan is a British Indian poet and performer based in Leicester. She has won slams internationally in Chicago and Mumbai, and has performed at Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Southbank Centre, the Green Mill in Chicago, the US Embassy’s American Centre in New Delhi, and at poetry festivals and events across the UK.
In 2015 she toured Three the Hard Way – Part 2 nationally with Jean Binta Breeze MBE and Lydia Towsey. She is an MGCfutures bursary recipient and one of 200 British BAME writers featured in Speaking Volumes' Breaking Grounds publication. Shruti was voted Best Spoken Word Performer at the 2018 Saboteur Awards. She won the National Poetry Library's Instapoetry competition the same year, and her work was exhibited at Southbank.
Shruti wrote the song lyrics for the BBC Four documentary, My Asian Family – The Musical as part of the BBC's Big British Asian Summer season. Her pamphlet, That Which Can Be Heard, is published with Burning Eye Books.
"Shruti's work is exquisite. A still, clear voice."
Jean Binta Breeze MBE
"She is one of the true strong young voices who speak of and for the rich cultural flux of today's England."
"An original voice in a sea of imitations."
"Listening to Shruti performing is a sheer delight. Her poetry is lyrical, heartfelt and intoxicating. Her words will draw you in."
"Shruti Chauhan has a unique self-awareness that mixes humour with vulnerability; word-play with authenticity, without compromising any of them. Her poems can be carefully observed, painful, down-to-the-bone or full of day-dreams. She's always thought-provoking and often very moving."