Faruk Ahmed Roni

Founder and Chair of Shanghati Literary Society

Faruk Ahmed Roni, a community worker, was born in Biani Bazar, Sylhet and moved to London in 1986 at the age of eighteen. His journey in establishing a space for Bengali literature began as soon as he arrived in the UK, starting with the Young Writers Group in Surma Newspaper based in Whitechapel. In 1988, along with his childhood friend Abu Taher and other young people with similar interests, he set up Shanghati Literary Society. Coming from a family passionate about the arts and culture, Mr Ahmed’s journey in poetry writing began at an early age. His poems were regularly published in the school magazine and after completing his high school, he started sending his poems to the local and national newspapers. Growing up in a village with little access to news media, he used his poetry to inform the locals of local events. Mr Ahmed has edited numerous Bengali cultural publications in East London and has published 4 books. His first anthology of poetry ‘Ami ek noshto jubok’ was published in 1993. 

Sound Clip

1. Poetry as a source of news in the villages





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