Young Turks

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AR01The Happiness Of Blond People2010041320140708 (BBC7)
20140709 (BBC7)

Award winning writer Elif Shafak's story, The Happiness of Blond People, finds a father attempting to change his family's fortunes by altering his image, but events do not go according to plan.

The reader is Philip Arditti.

The Happiness of Blond People is the first in the short story series, Young Turks, which marks Istanbul's tenure as European City of Culture.

The three stories explore Turkey's contemporary literary scene by showcasing the work of some of the nation's newest and youngest generation of writers.

The writer: Elif Shafak is an award-winning bestselling writer whose novel The Bastard of Istanbul was long listed for the Orange Prize.

In the novel Shafak describes the massacres of Armenians as genocide, an opinion which led to her prosecution by the Turkish governemnt for insulting Turkishness.

The producer is Elizabeth Allard.

By Elif Shafak.

A father attempts to change his family's fortunes by altering his image.

By Elif Shafak. A father attempts to change his family's fortunes by altering his image.

Award winning writer Elif Shafak's story, The Happiness of Blond People, finds a father attempting to change his family's fortunes by altering his image, but events do not go according to plan. The reader is Philip Arditti.

The Happiness of Blond People is the first in the short story series, Young Turks, which marks Istanbul's tenure as European City of Culture. The three stories explore Turkey's contemporary literary scene by showcasing the work of some of the nation's newest and youngest generation of writers.

The writer: Elif Shafak is an award-winning bestselling writer whose novel The Bastard of Istanbul was long listed for the Orange Prize. In the novel Shafak describes the massacres of Armenians as genocide, an opinion which led to her prosecution by the Turkish governemnt for insulting Turkishness.

AR02The Smell Of Fish2010041420140709 (BBC7)
20140710 (BBC7)

In Hikmet Hükümenoglu's darkly comic story, The Smell of Fish, Cemile Abla finds an innovative but troubling way of dealing with unwanted marriage proposals.

The reader is Sirine Saba.

The Smell of Fish is the next in the short story series, Young Turks, which marks Istanbul's tenure as European City of Culture.

The three stories explore Turkey's contemporary literary scene by showcasing the work of some of the nation's newest and youngest writers.

The writer:

Hikmet Hükümenoglu was born in Istanbul in 1971.

After studying Physics and Management at university, he worked in the finance sector.

He eventually abandoned the corporate world for literary pursuits.

He has published three novels.

Hükümenoglu also writes short stories and dabbles in electronic music.

The translators are Amy Spangler and Mustafa Ziyalan.

The abridger is Richard Hamilton.

The producer is Elizabeth Allard.

By Hikmet Hükümenoglu.

Cemile finds an innovative way of dealing with marriage proposals.

By Hikmet Hukumenoglu. Cemile finds an innovative way of dealing with marriage proposals.

In Hikmet Hükümenoglu's darkly comic story, The Smell of Fish, Cemile Abla finds an innovative but troubling way of dealing with unwanted marriage proposals. The reader is Sirine Saba.

The Smell of Fish is the next in the short story series, Young Turks, which marks Istanbul's tenure as European City of Culture. The three stories explore Turkey's contemporary literary scene by showcasing the work of some of the nation's newest and youngest writers.

Hikmet Hükümenoglu was born in Istanbul in 1971. After studying Physics and Management at university, he worked in the finance sector. He eventually abandoned the corporate world for literary pursuits. He has published three novels. Hükümenoglu also writes short stories and dabbles in electronic music.

AR03 LASTFig Seed2010041520140710 (BBC7)
20140711 (BBC7)

In award winning writer Feryal Tilmac's story, Fig Seed, a family attempt to put painful events behind them, but is reconciliation the answer? The reader is Rosie Hilal.

Fig Seed is the last in our series, Young Turks, which marks Istanbul's tenure as European City of Culture.

The three stories in this series explore Turkey's contemporary literary by showcasing the work of some of the nation's newest and youngest generation of writers.

Feryal Tilmac was born in 1969 in Adana.

Her has appeared in a number of literary magazines and journals.

Her short story 'Trilobis' received first prize in the Altkitap 2006 Short Story Competition.

Her first collection of short stories Mevt Tek Hecelik Uyku (Mevt: Sleep in One Syllable) was published in 2007.

Tilmac received the prestigious Sait Faik Short Story Award in 2009 for her second short story collection.

Fig Seed was included in the Transcript Review's New Prose from Turkey special issue (November 2009), eds.

Amy Spangler and Idil Aydogan.

Translated by Ruth Whitehouse.

Abridged and produced by Elizabeth Allard.

By Feryal Tilmac.

A family attempt to put painful events behind them.

By Feryal Tilmac. A family attempts to put painful events behind them.

Fig Seed is the last in our series, Young Turks, which marks Istanbul's tenure as European City of Culture. The three stories in this series explore Turkey's contemporary literary by showcasing the work of some of the nation's newest and youngest generation of writers.

Feryal Tilmac was born in 1969 in Adana. Her has appeared in a number of literary magazines and journals. Her short story 'Trilobis' received first prize in the Altkitap 2006 Short Story Competition. Her first collection of short stories Mevt Tek Hecelik Uyku (Mevt: Sleep in One Syllable) was published in 2007. Tilmac received the prestigious Sait Faik Short Story Award in 2009 for her second short story collection. Fig Seed was included in the Transcript Review's New Prose from Turkey special issue (November 2009), eds. Amy Spangler and Idil Aydogan.