Top literati and diplomatic community came together Thursday for a cultural evening hosted by Turkish Ambassador Mustafa Osman Turan.
What ensued was a lively discussion on art, storytelling and plural identities followed by short readings by the authors.
The event marked the launch of an anthology of contemporary short stories and poems published by the University Press Limited (UPL), curated by author Shazia Omar, called "Golden: Bangladesh at 50."
The collection includes pieces by both published and unpublished writers, some from those living in Bangladesh, others from the diasporas in New York, Chicago, London, Rome, San Francisco, Hong Kong and Toronto.
Ambassador Mustafa Turan said: "In many ways Turkey and Bangladesh are similar. Our people love music, stories and poetry. We need to explore ways to encourage and support creativity and expression in a big way as this is how new ideas are born. We look forward to extending cultural exchange with Bangladesh."
Mahrukh Moinuddin, managing director of the UPL – the publisher of the book, said: "I loved the collection and was happy to publish it as a gift to readers."
Sabrina Fatma Ahmad, the founder of Sehri Tales, wrote "Fultokka" – a story about childhood, bullies, and lessons of empathy.