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Win a copy of Semra Eren-Nijhar’s new book Turks in London

Books in English about London’s diverse Turkish community are hard to come by. One of the community’s foremost authorities is sociologist, writer and filmmaker Semra Eren-Nijhar. At the turn of the millennium Eren-Nijhar embarked on a six-year project to ‘give a voice’ to “[Turkish] people from different walks of life”living in the capital.  She interviewed […]

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Turks in London – the new book by Semra Eren-Nijhar
 

London’s Turkish community may be celebrating its centenary in Britain, but there are few books on its history, personalities and heritage. Sociologist and documentary-maker Semra Eren-Nijhar has been at the forefront of researching the community. Earlier this year her latest book titled Turks In London: The Unheard Voices was published in paperback. The 237-page book […]

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The Red Haired Woman by Orhan Pamuk: “a profound pronouncement on the importance of balance: East and West, individualism and authoritarianism”

When Orhan Pamuk’s name is mentioned, a lot comes to mind: Turkey, Turkish Literature, the Nobel Prize, East and the West, history and politics. Translated by Ekin Oklap, The Red Haired Woman is an exciting journey into the mysterious unknown with its multi-layered structure, originality and imagery in the context of individuality and authoritarianism. Pamuk […]

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Win a copy of The Battle of Kokkina about the struggle of Turkish Cypriots during the Cyprus Conflict

  Recently released, Nejla Clements’ book The Battle of Kokkina is the true story of how a besieged Turkish Cypriot community survived attempted annihilation as they defended a key coastal village in Northern Cyprus. The book is based on Erenköy ve Hayat– the extraordinary autobiography of Nejla’s uncle Fadıl Elmasoğlu (both pictured above), who led […]

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Bi-communal Cypriot theatre and book launch in London to promote Friendship Week

  This weekend, the Union of Cypriots in the UK (EKA) and various Greek and Turkish Cypriot organisations, the Cypriot Artists Platform UK and Turkish Cypriot Association for Democracy are coming together to celebrate Friendship Week between Cypriots. The 3-day programme includes theatre performances at the Cypriot Community Centre in Wood Green, North London, followed […]

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Burhan Sönmez’s Istanbul Istanbul wins EBRD Literature Prize

  Earlier this week, the London Book Fair announced Turkish author Burhan Sönmez’s Istanbul Istanbul, translated by Ümit Hussein, had won the inaugural EBRD Literature Prize. Judged by historian Peter Frankopan, poet Gabriel Gbadamosi, Lucy Hannah, who founded and manages the Commonwealth Writers platform, and journalist Rosie Goldsmith, the prize awards €20,000 to the winning title, which is […]