Ahsan Akbar was born in London, and subsequently grew up in Dhaka, before moving back to the UK at 16 on his own. He studied at Exeter, worked as a vinyl record seller, bookseller, and as an equities trader in the City and Southeast Asia. His debut book, The Devil’s Thumbprint, is a collection of poems.
He is a producer of Hay Festival Dhaka and board member of Bengal Lights, Bangladesh’s most prominent new English literary journal. He lives in London, and is currently at work on a novel.