A two-day creative writing workshop led by noted poet Anisur Rahman at Alliance Française de Dacca ended on February 11.
Among others Professor Kajal Bandyopadhya, Department of English, University of Dhaka; Professor Muhammad Samad, Institute of Social Welfare and Research; Poet Dr Sheikh Mehedi Hassan; Poet Shorab Hassan, also joint editor of Daily Prothom Alo; Swedish poet Dan Melin and art critic Takir Hossain, also Editor, Art and Culture Department, The Daily Observer took part at the workshops as guests.
Nearly 30 enthusiasts for writing and reading participated at the workshops. The guests expressed their opinions and experiences through the discussions. Many dilemmas of varied creative faculties, lack of professionalism, nepotism of cultural and literary arena and many more issues had also been discussed. The discussants felt that lack of proper educational system and deficiency of intellectual thinking process are the main bar for making a good literary milieu.
Anisur Rahman (b. 1978) is a poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, journalist, literary critic and translator. He is a member of The Swedish Writers’ Union and Honourary Member of The Swedish PEN. He sits in the programme and reference group for the Swedish Literature Centre in Uppsala (www.litteraturcentrum.se). Anisur Rahman has recently been awarded with the 2013 Prince Wilhelm Scholarship (184-1965) from the Swedish PEN. Anisur, debuted in 2003 with the poetry collection “Empty Glass”, has command in writing in Bengali, English and Swedish. He currently lives in Uppsala, Sweden, where he was also a writer in residency (2009-2011). He has been educated in Bengali and English language, literature, history, film and theatre studies from the University of Dhaka and the University of Stockholm. He has also been skilled in Scandinavian languages. He works with creative writing literary programmes through the Study Promotion Association in Sweden (Studiefrämjandet). Ananya Publishing House has brought one collection of poems, one monologue on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and a collection of short stories for young readers at the Amar Ekushe Book Fair this year.