Book Launch: A stroll in the Pomegranate Garden: An evening with Haydar Ergülen

Book Launch: A stroll in the Pomegranate Garden: An evening with Haydar Ergülen

Monday, 25 November 2019 - 5:00pm
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Speaker(s): 
Haydar Ergülen
Catherine Stockford
Chair: 
Dr Laurent Mignon (St Antony's College)
Series: 
MEC Seminar

A selection of poems by one of Turkey’s leading poets, Haydar Ergülen will be published in English translation in October. Haydar Ergülen will be in the Oxford to promote his book 'Pomegranate Garden

The poetry of Haydar Ergülen unquestionably draws upon and expresses many of the basic forces that continue to shape Turkish culture and literature; however, as with most of the best poetry produced anywhere, its central focus is the common, down-to-earth concerns of humanity itself. At the core of Ergülen’s work is the pervasive sense of poetry-writing as an inseparable part of life: that the co-existence of poetry, goodness and love is indispensable to the poet as a human being.

Haydar Ergülen (b. 1956) is one of the most prominent poets writing in Turkey today. Author of more than a dozen books of poetry and another dozen of essays, his work is only beginning to appear in English and this selected works will change his reach significantly. His most recent book is Öyle Küçük Şeyler (Kırmızı Kedi, 2016). He lives in Istanbul.