Periot piece…

By Jason Goodwin | March 26, 2017


There’s an app on my daughter’s phone which distorts faces, pulls them round, to give people Habsburg chins or googly eyes or enormous teeth, writes Jason Goodwin (portrait by Monica Fritz). It’s amusing enough, but it isn’t really very illuminating. It merely makes monsters of us all, unlike Yusuf Bey’s...
Posted in Books, Exhibitions

Rewarding reads: February 2017

Celebrities in Cappadocia, prefab chalets and poorly puppies

By Emma Harper | March 18, 2017


In this blog series, we highlight some of our favourite Turkey-related articles and news titbits that we’ve read over the past month. ‘I never thought I’d be saying this, but I’m a big fan of Martha Stewart’, writes Robert Ousterhout in a delightful post for the Penn History of Art...
Posted in Architecture, Books, History, Literature, Music and Performing Arts, News

Looking back from London

The Book Fair returns to the classics

By Roger Williams | March 14, 2017


The London Book Fair opened today with Poland as the ‘Market Focus’ country, and trade looked brisk. The behemoth publishing houses occupied centre stage with vast stands and clients checking in for their appointment. Better to wander around the edge of Olympia’s Exhibition Halls to find publishers less susceptible to...
Posted in Books, News, Shopping

Rewarding reads: January 2017

Magical snow, sweet-and-sour pomegranate molasses and Turkish fairy tales

By Emma Harper | February 22, 2017


In this blog series, we highlight some of our favourite Turkey-related articles and news titbits that weve read over the past month. ‘Snow in Istanbul always feels magical,’ writes Tim Arango in The New York Times. He documents how last month’s blizzard, the heaviest snowfall in Istanbul since 2009, came as...
Posted in Books, Culinary Arts, History, News, Orientalism, Travel

Rewarding reads: October 2016

Guest workers, Turkish humorists and Byzantine acoustics

By Emma Harper | November 21, 2016


‘Rewarding reads’ is a new feature on the Cornucopia blog. In this series, we highlight some of our favourite Turkey-related articles and news titbits that we've read over the past month. Kornelia Binicewicz is at it again, filing more gaps in the history of the Turkish music industry (she previously...
Posted in Books, Contemporary Art, Design, Exhibitions, History, Literature, Music and Performing Arts, News

The 2016 Talât Sait Halman Translation Award

IKSV is accepting submissions until November 4

By The Cornucopia Blog | August 16, 2016


Great translation, despite being incredibly difficult, often goes underappreciated.So we were delighted to learn that the 2016 Talât Sait Halman Translation Award is now accepting submissions. For the second year the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) will be giving out this award in an effort to support outstanding...
Posted in Books, Literature, News

Opportunities for artists in the second half of 2016

Applications are open for the Moon and Stars Project grants and the Turkey–Scandinavia Connections 2016 residency programme

By The Cornucopia Blog | July 8, 2016


Editor’s note: The application deadline for the winter instalment of the Moon and Stars Project grants has been extended to August 31. When making plans for the autumn, artists would do well to consider the following two funding opportunities. The first is the winter 2016 instalment of the Moon...
Posted in Books, Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Music and Performing Arts, News, Photography

Readers’ retreat

The Vitali Hakko Creative Industries Library in Nakkaştepe overflows with fashion, art and architecture titles

By Emma Harper | June 7, 2016


My visit to the Vitali Hakko Creative Industries Library coincided with the last truly cold day of spring – a frigid wind whipped off the Bosphorus, pushing the rain sideways such that no umbrella could prevent it from stinging my face. The normally suffocating humidity of the metro bus came...
Posted in Architecture, Books, Modern Art

The London Book Fair 2016

Istanbul printers travel the world

By Roger Williams | April 12, 2016


The sun shone through the great glass roofs of the London Book Fair on its opening day today, when publishers from around the world brought their books to market. Sometimes it seemed more like a travel fair, and trips could be planned around such tempting titles such as Medieval Georgian...
Posted in Books, Literature, News, Shopping

Queen Elizabeth and the Islamic World

A new book sheds light on a time of unexpected alliances

By Roger Williams | March 27, 2016


This unattributed portrait of Abd el-Ouahed ben Messaoud, Moroccan Ambassador to the Court of Elizabeth I in London, was painted in 1600. Excommunicated by the Pope and at war with Catholic Spain, the Tudor queen had made alliances with the Muslim world and was selling arms to Morocco. The story...
Posted in Books, History, Literature, News

The real Black Russian

Letters to the Editor

By Cornucopia | December 4, 2015


The author Vladimir Alexandrov writes: I read with interest Thomas Roueché’s piece ‘Dancing Until Daybreak’ about Jazz-Age Istanbul in issue 51 of Cornucopia and am pleased that he cited my book, The Black Russian (and also reviewed it in issue 53).  However, I don’t think that the black man in...
Posted in Books, History, Letters to the Editor

The Talat Sait Halman Translation Award

This newly-established award is open for submissions

By Emma Harper | October 30, 2015


Translators, your day in the sun has come. The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) has established the Talât Sait Halman Translation Award to be given out annually in support of outstanding translations of literary works into Turkish, including but not limited to poetry, short stories and novels. The...
Posted in Books, Literature, News

Black Week makes you ask ‘Whodunnit?’

By Emma Harper | October 21, 2015


Black Week. It sounds sinister, doesn’t it? While not exactly as evil as it sounds, this literary festival in honour of Agatha Christie (it would have been her 125th birthday on September 15) does celebrate the murders, the crimes, the twisted plots that make murder-mystery writing one of the most...
Posted in Books, Talks and Lectures

The simple beauty of Anatolian kilims

A new publication featuring kilims from a private collection

By Emma Harper | September 2, 2015


With the publication of The Poetry of Simple Things (Die Poesie des Einfachen), Harry Koll and Sabine Steinbock have provided a valuable new resource for those interested in Anatolian kilims. The limited-edition monograph, which is written in both German and English, displays 131 Anatolian kilims from the authors’ private collection....
Posted in Books, Textiles

An extraordinary portfolio

By Julie Witford | May 27, 2015


At HALI at the Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair – taking place between June 18 and 28 – Cornucopia will unveil an extraordinary ethnographical portfolio published by Annette and Volker Rautenstengel. Following their in-depth studies of Central Asian nomadic textiles, the Rautenstengels, with the help of Peter Alford Andrews (recipient of...
Posted in Books, History, News, Photography, Textiles, Travel

Embroidering history

New title available from the Cornucopia store

By Victoria Khroundina | May 6, 2015


The newest title to be added to the Cornucopia store is the English author Kathryn Gauci’s first novel, The Embroiderer. With a background in textile design and specialisations in carpet design (she worked as a carpet designer in Athens for six years), Gauci is well-versed in both textiles and Greece to tell...
Posted in Books

‘Images of the Other’ conference: an overview

By Victoria Khroundina | September 5, 2014


A fascinating conference took place this week exploring how cities are perceived through imagery. Scholars, architects, photographers, writers, artists and film-makers convened in a spacious and acoustically pleasing room at the sumptuous Austro-Hungarian embassy in Yeniköy, on the European shore of the Bosphorus. The conference, entitled ‘Images of the Other’,...
Posted in Architecture, Books, Contemporary Art, Film, Fine Art, History, Literature, News, Photography, Talks and Lectures

Albanian adventures

By JASON GOODWIN | November 20, 2013


When I visited Albania, in 1996, the imam at the Tirana Mosque very kindly invited me to accompany him up the minaret. I shuffled my feet nervously onto the balcony while he issued the call to prayer, gazing down over the roofs of the city, and away to the encircling...
Posted in Books, History, Literature

Meet the author

By Cornucopia | December 6, 2011

Professor Robert Ousterhout is in London next week to launch his new book. John Henry Haynes: A Photographer and Archaeologist in the Ottoman Empire 1881–1900 Robert G Ousterhout. Please join us at these events (admission is free): Monday 12 December 2011, 6.30pm, Royal Asiatic Society THREE INTERSECTING LIVES Archaeologists and Travellers...
Posted in Books, Photography, Talks and Lectures

Art space age

By Cornucopia | June 22, 2011

Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin: 'I am not a studio artist' SALT Beyoğlu Istiklal Caddesi, 136 Beyoğlu Istanbul April 9 – August 7, 2011 Another year, another contemporary art space on Istiklal Caddesi. Platform Garanti closed their doors in 2007, and reopened in April 2011 as SALT - a new art...
Posted in Books, Contemporary Art, Film
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