Turhan Selçuk smiles satirically, almost vaguely, and you find yourself joining him – Yaşar Kemal
By Luke Frostick | July 12, 2019
And that, as the great novelist said, is what great art is about. Minimalism is the key to Turhan Selçuk’s art – his drawings all bold black lines and harsh angles. However, as is so often the case with the best artists, simplicity can be deceptive. His torpedo passing through...
Exhibitions, Fine Art, Literature
How four words on the side of a bus triggered Yeşim Cimcoz’s cure for writer’s block
By Yeşim Cimcoz | June 10, 2018
‘New York Writes Itself.’ Splattered across a city bus, the words roll past me (writes Yeşim Cimcoz, photographed above by Monica Fritz). Maybe that was what started it all. I grab my mobile phone, write in the web address and before me opens a bright yellow website. People all over...
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...
Architecture, Books, History, Literature, Music and Performing Arts, News
Submissions for the 9th Nâzim Hikmet Poetry Competition due January 15
By Emma Harper | January 10, 2017
Calling all poets: the 9th Nâzim Hikmet Poetry Competition, organised as a tribute to the pre-eminent Turkish poet, is open for submissions. The competition and accompanying festival, held annually in the town of Cary, North Carolina, are proof that Nâzım Hikmet Ran, once a cult figure of the Communist world,...
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...
Books, Contemporary Art, Design, Exhibitions, History, Literature, Music and Performing Arts, News
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...
Books, Literature, News
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
Books, Literature, News, Shopping
Applications due October 31, 2016
By Emma Harper | April 2, 2016
Have an idea for a research project related to things Turkish or textiles? Now is the time to put pen to paper and apply for the Ancient & Modern Prize, an award of £1,000 given to a candidate aged under 26 or over 60. Applications are open until October 31,...
Archaeology, Architecture, Culinary Arts, Design, History, Islamic Art, Literature, Textiles
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...
Books, History, Literature, News
By The Cornucopia Blog | December 16, 2015
Artists, it’s time to flex your proposal-writing skills – applications for the Moon and Stars Project winter grants are due on January 31. Founded by the American Turkish Society in 2002, the Moon and Stars Project highlights and supports the best of Turkish arts and culture in the United States,...
Architecture, Contemporary Art, Literature, Music and Performing Arts
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...
Books, Literature, News
By Victoria Khroundina | March 20, 2015
Joobin Bekhrad’s moving tribute to Yaşar Kemal in Reorient
magazine perfectly encapsulates the legacy the novelist left not only within Turkey’s literary history, but for storytelling in general. Bekhrad lovingly calls Kemal, who passed away last month, a ‘hero’. Writing the piece in his Toronto apartment, Bekhrad is surrounded by Kemal’s...
Entries now open
By Victoria Khroundina | February 6, 2015
Established to encourage translation of modern and contemporary Turkish poetry into English, submissions are now being accepted for the 2015 Meral Divitçi Prize for Turkish Poetry in Translation. Organised within the scope of the Seventh Annual Nâzım Hikmet Poetry Festival, which will be held on Sunday, April 26 at Page-Walker Arts and History Center...
By Tara Alisbah | October 10, 2014
Four years ago, about four months after I’d arrived in Turkey, I went to Mardin for a slightly trumped up work visit. I was researching NGOs serving at-risk children and youth, and I could have gone to any city in Turkey, but Mardin had been calling to me ever since...
Culinary Arts, History, Literature, Travel
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’,...
Architecture, Books, Contemporary Art, Film, Fine Art, History, Literature, News, Photography, Talks and Lectures
Applications now open
By THE CORNUCOPIA BLOG | April 23, 2014
A good thing to keep in the back of the mind is the Turkish Cultural Foundation’s (TCF) fellowship programme. There are two types: the Fellowship in Turkish Culture and Art and the Cultural Exchange Fellowship. The TCF Fellowship in Turkish Culture and Art has provided funding to young and established scholars since...
Contemporary Art, Culinary Arts, Design, Film, Fine Art, History, Islamic Art, Literature, Museums, Music and Performing Arts, News
The Fourth World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies
By Victoria Khroundina | January 3, 2014
The Fourth World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES), touted as ‘the most important global event in Middle Eastern studies in 2014’ will take place at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara between August 18th and 22nd, 2014. Organised in collaboration between the METU and the Turkish Social...
Culinary Arts, Design, Film, Fine Art, History, Islamic Art, Literature, Music and Performing Arts, News
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...
Books, History, Literature
The ‘Boğaziçi Chronicles’ residency programme
By Victoria Khroundina | October 29, 2013
Boğaziçi University – originally founded as Robert College in 1863 by a missionary, Cyrus Hamlin, and a businessman, Christopher R Robert – is celebrating it's 150th birthday by hosting international academics, artists, writers, philosophers and historians as part of its ‘Boğaziçi Chronicles’ programme. The residency programme, says the programme's co-ordinator,...
Film, History, Literature, Music and Performing Arts, News, Photography
Istanbul Tanpınar Literature Festival
By Victoria Khroundina | October 24, 2013
Time is fast approaching for the Istanbul Tanpınar Literature Festival (this year taking place between October 31 and November 3). The brainchild of the Kalem Literary Agency, the Festival is now in its fifth year and aims to promote the country’s literary scene by bringing international and Turkish authors to...