(Turkey, 1966) is a writer and journalist who has been published in various Turkish newspapers and magazines. A collection of his articles, Some Like It Black, was published in 2012. In his 2014 novella We're Fine Here, three young Turkish men emigrate from their country after the Gezi protests. His novel Wounds in My Soul, about the Armenian Genocide, is slated to be published in 2020. He is working on a novel that portrays four generations of a Berlin family between the years of 1960 and 2010, as well as on a novella about the lives of intellectuals who fled Turkey after the attempted 2016 coup d'etat. Altuğ has been selected for a residency at Writers Unlimited, January 2020, as part of the exchange programme Be Mobile, Create Together.(WN 2020)
Archive available for: Barbaros Altuğ
The Vadercentrum Adam (Father Centre) is a pearl in the Laak district of The Hague. It is the place where men - and also more and more women - can go every day and get countless opportunities to develop themselves. eIt is a meeting place, but also a repair-café, a give away shop, a restaurant and a course centre for language, computer and sewing lessons, among other things. Host: Hassnae Bouazza.
Literature will also have a place here: Friday 24 January everyone is welcome from 17:00 at a literary three-course dinner on the theme of Turkey and Turkish literature. Volunteers will prepare a meal for you in the style of the Middle East. In between the courses you will meet the Turkish author Barbaros Altug. At the invitation of Writers Unlimited, he lives in The Hague for a month, to write his new novel. He talks about his books, about the history of his country and about Turkish life outside of Turkey.
Admission - including dinner - is free. Capacity is limited, so reservations are required! The food is halal, and on request vegetarian or vegan - please mention on entry. Reception from 17.00 hours. The conversations will be in English, with translation into Dutch.
Vadercentrum Adam, Jonckbloetplein 24, 2523 AR The Hague
Program in collaboration with Vadercentrum Adam and Be Mobile Create Together
The evening programme will be opened by poet Asha Karami. Her performance will be followed by the introduction of the Free the Word!-speech by PEN International Chair Jennifer Clement. The speech, with a focus on the freedom of expression, will be held by Syrian writer and journalist Samar Yazbek.
Yazbek, born in Jableh, Syria, is the recipient of the PEN Pinter award, the PEN Tucholsky award, and the PEN Oxfam Novib Award for her book A Woman in the Crossfire (2011). Her book The Crossing received the 2016 Best Foreign Book award in France. Her books have been translated into more than 15 languages, and in 2018 Yazbek was shortlisted for the Prix Femina for her novel, La marcheuse, that was recently published in Dutch translation as De blauwe pen by Orlando Uitgevers in collaboration with Oxfam Novib.
The prestigious Oxfam Novib PEN Award, given out by Oxfam Novib director Michiel Servaes, honours authors who currently risk their freedom and their lives to seek out and publish the truth.
After the ceremony, Palestinian poet Asmaa Azaizeh and Turkish writer and journalist Barbaros Altuğ will be interviewed, on behalf of PEN Netherlands, by Hassnae Bouazza and Liesbeth Staats. Azaizeh and Altuğ will also read from their works.
The evening will be enhanced with performances by classical accordeon player Oleg Lysenko and will be hosted by Hassnae Bouazza. The Free the Word - Oxfam Novib PEN Award Night is a collaboration between Oxfam Novib, PEN International, PEN Netherlands and Writers Unlimited.
Writers tell us about their favourite book: the book that inspires or touches them, that set their artistic, moral or intellectual compass. In short, the book they would recommend to everyone. Interview: Jet Steinz.
Exciting! Are these fairy tales or is this finally a decolonised world? Writers Unlimited asked a very international group of eight authors to sum up a day of colonisation-free existence in poetry or prose. Eight days of liberation, each in their own way.
In this event you will see and hear Akwasi, the Dutch rapper, actor and writer of Ghanaian background; Barbaros Altuğ, the Turkish writer, journalist and literary agent; Asmaa Azaizeh, Palestinian poet, journalist and cultural curator born in Lower Galilee in Israel's north; Petina Gappah, lawyer and writer from Zimbabwe; Cağla Meknuze, jounalist and poet from Turkey; Jolyn Phillips, writer, poet and composer from South Africa; Simon(e) van Saarloos, American-Dutch writer and philosopher; and Vamba Sherif, Liberian-Dutch writer and journalist.
The authors present their work in their preferred writing language or mother tongue; Dutch and English translations are projected simultaneously.