Thursday 13.3 at 5pm at Arkadia: A talk with Tarik Günersel on poetry and Turkey

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Dear friend of Arkadia,

You are invited to a talk with Tarik Günersel on poetry and Turkey on Thursday 13.3 at 5pm at Arkadia (Nervanderinkatu 11)

Poet and president of PEN Turkey, Tarik Günersel will present his initiative ‘Earth Civilization Project’, share poetry, and discuss the latest developments in Turkey, with the Finnish PEN.

The talk will be in English.


Warm regards,


Entrance is free but a donation of €3 (or more!) to fund the event is suggested and would be most welcome. If you have no loose change or coins we gladly accept payment via Visa Electron or Mastercard etc. !

Tarik Günersel is a poet, playwright, aphorist, librettist and short story writer. He is the president of PEN Turkey and an ex-member of the PEN International Board. He studied English Literature at Istanbul University. A self-exile after the military coup in 1980, he spent four years in Saudi Arabia with his wife Füsun and their daughter Bar??, teaching English. A playwright at Istanbul City Theater since 1991, he has acted on stage and screen and directed some of his plays. He proposed World Poetry Day in 1997 which was accepted by PEN International and declared by UNESCO as the 21st of March. His translations into Turkish include works by Samuel Beckett, Vaclav Havel and Arthur Miller. His works include The Nightmare of a Labyrinth (mosaic of poems and stories), and How’s your slavery goin’? His Olusmak (To Become), a “life guide for myself,” includes ideas from world wisdom of the past four millennia. He has recently initiated the Earth Civilization Project with the support of several intellectuals from various parts of the planet