Turkey’s mighty punk pen
Novelist and political commentator
“Sometimes there happens to be a particularly determined person in the audience who asks, ‘So where is the hope?’ My answer is always the same: ‘Follow the young women.’”
Award-winning Turkish novelist and political commentator Ece Temelkuran has been described as a ‘marvellously punk writer’ and the author of books that ‘vibrate with outrage.’ Her journalism has appeared in the Guardian, New York Times, New Statesman, Frankfurter Allgemeine and Der Spiegel.
Ece won the Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book award for her novel Women Who Blow On Knots and the Ambassador Of New Europe Award for Turkey: The Insane and the Melancholy. She’s also the pen behind internationally acclaimed How to Lose a Country.
Her latest work Together: 10 Choices For a Better Now is “about what kind of world we want to live in now, and the joy we can take in finding our dignity again.”