PEN Turkey Duygu Asena Award goes to Saturday Mothers

Since 1995, mothers of hundreds of "lost" progressive youngsters had been meeting in Istanbul every Saturday -till, when the number of silent gatherings reached 700 in October 2018, the authorities put an end to their peaceful meetings.  Since the silent 'sitting' protests with photos in Galatasaray on the Istiklal Street near the Taksim Square is no longer possible, each Saturday a symbolic press release is announced in front of the Human Rights Association in that district, repeating the same rightful demand: "The Saturday Mothers" ("Cumartesi Anneleri" in Turkish) expect official information about their children who were "lost" under custody.

Moris Farhi'yi Yitirdik...

Değerli, büyük yazar Moris Farhi eserleriyle yaşayanlar arasına katılarak bize veda etti.

Türkiye doğumlu yazar uzun yıllar İngiltere'de yaşamış ve P.E.N Başkan yardımcılığı yapmıştır.

Üzerine rahmet yağsın derken, Uluslararası P.E.N ailesine sabır diliyoruz.

P.E.N Türkiye Merkezi

Come on younsters, "İlkyaz/Early Summer" is waiting for you!

“İlkyaz/Early Summer”, founded with the support of International PEN, has started publication. It is a platform to publish poems and stories by writers and poets under 35 years.

Ege Dündar, the founder and coordinator of the project, states the goal of “İlkyaz” as such: “İlkyaz is a platform established both to exhibit and to nourish the imagination of writers under 35. Meaning, our subjeçt is literature. Our job is to share. It’s a valuable common ground where we can cheer up by staying away from disintegration at a time when lack of communication is running rampant.

"Saturday Mothers"

On 25 August Saturday;  The Istanbul police have broken up the 700th weekly vigil by  "Saturday Mothers"  the  mothers demanding accountability for "disappearances"  of their beloved ones  since decades. Tear gas was fired and dozens were detained while defying a protest ban.

 On Sunday 25.08.2018  PEN Turkey made this declaration:

PEN TURKEY declares: "Don' be scared of mothers!"

They are those who heed the calls to "find me mother!"... They are those  who seek justice... They are those who want to find a trace, or at least   the bones of their children who disappeared since 1995 in the hands of police brutality and  secret forces...                                        2 days ago                                                                                              2 years ago

We condemn this attack on the peaceful 700th demonstration of those "Saturday mothers"; on writers, artists who support them;  the hatred vested on journalists who try to do their jobs....                                                                                                                                            

In full awareness that this  violence and rage is a manifestation of impotent injustice, we reiterate our plea to all  relevant authorities to opt for commonsense and cry out once more: "Do not be scared of mothers!"                      


Türkiye'nin Adalet Arayışı...

İtalyan PEN merkezinin dergisinde Türkiye' deki adalet arayışına geniş yer verildi...

CENGİZ BEKTAŞ'ta Şairlik ve mimarlık bir bütündür.

PEN Şiir Ödülü  Cüneyt Türel- Maya Sahnesi'nde  yapılan ödül töreniyle Şair-Mimar Cengiz Bektaş'a verildi.  PEN Türkiye Başkanı Zeynep Oral, "Dünya Şiir Günü"nün bir çok ülkede PEN Türkiye'nin önerisiyle kabul edildiğini  ve kutlandığını vurguladıktan sonra  sözü konuşmacılara bıraktı.

Eray Canberk,  Cengiz Bektaş'ın   Anadolu Uygarlıklarından  ve halk şiirinden beslenen şiirini, "Rönesans Aydını" özelliklerini vurgularken;   Yaşar Miraç  Bektaş'ın yapı ustalığıyla söz ustalığının nasıl birbirini etkilediğini , gençlere aktardığı zenginliği örneklerle  gösterdi.  Egemen Berköz ise şu konuşmayı yaptı.

Şiirinin Özü Sevgidir:

PEN Turkey Duygu Asena Women's Rights Award goes to the esteemed lawyer Nazan Moroğlu:


PEN Turkey Women's Rights Award in the name of the late feminist novelist and journalist Duygu Asena has been presented to the activist lawyer Mrs. Nazan Moroğlu, who is also an author and academic. Hosted by Goethe Institute in Istanbul, the award ceremony gave a chance to exchange views on the present situation in Turkey in a global context. PEN Int'l Declaration on Women's Rights was mentioned as a vital contribution.

(Group photo: author Zeynep Göğüş, PEN Turkey President Zeynep Oral, award recipient Nazan Moroğlu, poet Inci Asena -Duygu Asena's sister, with film critic and translator Sevin Okyay, Tarık Günersel, short story writer and General Secretary Tülin Dursun, and Vice-President Halil Ibrahim Özcan.)

Greetings and News from PEN Turkey Centre -wishing a fruitful year

Dear PEN Int'l Board led by our Int’l President and friend Jennifer Clement,  former -but always concerned- PEN Int’l President John Ralston Saul, Int’l Vice Presidents each of who is a unique leader, Int’l PEN Int’l Secretary Kätlin Kaldmaa, who combines joy with depth, sister PEN Centres that illuminate these dark times with their members and solidarity,
devoted Int’l Chairs of our four committees, Network volunteers –idealist realists, and, last but not least,  our hard-working PEN Int’l Staff led by poet Carles Torner,
Dear Friends,

We are glad to announce that the Congress of PEN Turkey Centre was held on January 6th, 2018, and all but one member were re-elected

The March for Justice in Turkey - Zeynep Oral

History will record this march, my child: We are walking as a silent protest for justice, without which there can be no democracy. By justice, I mean real justice, beneficial not only to the government but to everybody equally.
This march is for the right to oppose, which has been denied. It is to be able to give voice to thoughts without fear.
See, my child, this march is to defend the rights of the coal miners who were killed in Soma, western Turkey, because of working under inhuman conditions. It is to put an end to the indecency of the scandalous disregarding the value of human life. It is to highlight the fact that the right to live is the most precious value among all.
Our march is to defend the rights of more than 100 thousand civil servants and hundredths of Academics  who lost their right to work. It is to prevent the deaths of the two devoted teachers who have been on hunger strike for more than four months now: Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça. They are among the citizens unfairly expelled from their jobs.

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