A prose writer, a poet, a musician, a composer, born in 1973, a native of Eskişehir. He began with poetry and received the Yunus Nabi Award for the collection of poems Ayabakanlar [Moon Watchers]. He studied filmmaking at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul, made several short films, his first feature film, Adını Sen Koy [Name Him Yourself], appeared in cinemas in 2009. He played and sang in the rock band Kumdan Kaleler [Sand Castles], released a solo album Kendi Halinde [Laid-Back Guy], founded a rock band named Atlas. Among his 10 novels are Git Kendini Çok Sevdirmeden [Leave Before I Fall In], Bu İste Bir Yalnızlık Var [Way Of Loneliness] – made into a film five years ago, A.Ş.K. Neyin Kısaltması? [What Does the Abbreviation L.O.V.E. Mean?], Selanik’te Sonbahar [Autumn in Thessaloniki], or Uçan Halıların Ayrodinamik Sorunları [Aerodynamic Problems of Flying Carpets].
Born in 1980. A journalist and reporter who spent many years contributing for the “Gazeta Wyborcza” daily and its “Duży Format” weekly supplement. More recently, he has been working for the “Dzień dobry TVN” TV programme. For close on two years, he lived and studied in Turkey. In 2010, his anthology of reportage from Turkey, The Assassin from Apricot City (Stork Press 2013, trans. A. Lloyd-James) came out in Poland, awarded with the Beata Pawlak Prize shortly afterwards. The book was later awarded the British PEN Club Prize and acclaimed as one of the most important non-English fiction books of 2013 in the US. Later, he went on to publish e.g. Dancing Bears (Penguin 2018, trans. A. Lloyd-James) and Sprawiedliwi zdrajcy. Sąsiedzi z Wołynia (2016). His most recent book is entitled Merhaba (2018) and includes a personal Polish-Turkish dictionary. “For me, Turkey is like a ferry carrying so many extremities, so that I am sometimes really not sure which direction it is going to take,” he says.