Panelists

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Syed Manzoorul Islam

Syed Manzoorul Islam is perhaps the only bilingual author in Bangladesh who writes with equal ease and fluency in both Bangla and English. He has six short story collections to his credit including Prem O Prarthonar Golpo and Ondhokar O Alo Dekhar Golpo; and five novels including Tin Porber Jibon and Dinratriguli. He received the prestigious Bangla Academy Award for literature in 1996. Islam’s first collection of short stories in English The Merman’s Prayer and Other Stories was launched at Dhaka Hay Festival 2013.

Islam is Professor of English at the University of Dhaka, and the Co-ordinator of the Department of English and Humanities at BRAC University.He is an award winning fiction writer and an art critic who has curated Bangladesh art exhibitions in the UK, India and Iran. He is a noted column writer and contributor to leading Bangla dailies.