Dhaka Lit Fest speakers at a glance

The much-awaited Dhaka Lit Fest (DLF) will begin on November 17. This year the leading Bangladeshi writers and poets will be joined by 60 international creatives including a Noble Laureate, representing over 18 countries. Here is a list of some of the speakers participating in the sixth edition of the Dhaka Lit Fest.

Anjum Hasan, author of the novels The Cosmopolitans, Neti, Neti and Lunatic in my Head, and the short story collection Difficult Pleasures. She has also published a book of poems called Street on the Hill. Her books have been nominated for various awards including the Man Asian Literary Prize, the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, the Hindu Best Fiction Award and the Crossword Fiction Award. Her short stories, essays and poems are widely published, including most recently in Granta and Griffith Review. Anjum is books editor at The Caravan, India’s leading magazine of long-form reporting and essays.

Firdous Azim, a Professor of English and Humanities at BRAC University, and a member of Naripokkho, a woman’s group in Bangladesh. She combines both literature and feminist concerns in her writings. Her books include The Colonial Rise of the Novel (Routledge, 1993), and she has co-edited Infinite Variety: Essays on Society and Literature (University Press Limited, 1998). She is part of the Feminist Review and Inter-Asia Cultural Studies editorial board, and has edited special issues for both journals. Read more