By Hatice Utkan
As Turkey is the guest of honor at the 2013 London Book Fair, a Turkish delegation of writers, translators and academics totaling 120 people attended more than 50 cultural and professional activities as part of the fair.
After the London Book Fair, the program for May includes the Art in Movement film festival, which will take place in seven cities on the Black Sea coast, celebrating European film in partnership with the European Union National Institutes for Culture. “We are also working with Anadolu Kültür to provide a residency in Diyarbakır for a video artist from the U.K. who will work with the local community to create new video art. We have some particularly exciting and inspiring projects in contemporary art and film lined up for the autumn,” said Karen Brodie, British Council Turkey head of arts.
Speaking to the Hürriyet Daily News, Margaret Jack (photo), British Council director Turkey said, “The British Council is supporting 20 writers, identified after wide consultation with partners, writers, readers and literature experts in both Turkey and the U.K. in order to find a selection of writers who best represent the range of contemporary writing from Turkey and would be of interest to U.K. audiences.”