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All These Things Aren't Really Lost

All These Things Aren't Really Lost

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By Ege Dündar

Paperback - Poetry

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Ege Dündar is a young poet and activist from Turkey, forced to relocate to London and Berlin unable to return home for over seven years. His debut poetry collection, written in English, dives into the pain and longing that loss brings, contrasted by the beauty of all that has been found. Relating his experience with the struggle for human rights and a wider exodus of self-discovery, Dündar holds on to poetry ‘when a titanic darkness descends and lights shine through minuscule cracks.'

‘Space unveiled ahead, a quietude akin to death, a blue cocoon behind, vacuumed, like the shelter that is a breath.’

Ege Dündar is a graduate of International Poltics at City University London and has been working at PEN International, a global NGO supporting writers at risk for over six years, most recently as youth engagement lead. There he organized local and global campaigns with PEN centres worldwide, founding the network İlkyaz (Early Spring) to amplify young writers under 35 and Creative Witnesses, a solidarity series organising artists to support those unjustly prosecuted.  He co-authored a fable book titled Duvar (The Wall) with his father, Can Dündar, a renowned journalist unlawfully jailed in Turkey for his reporting. Altough he was released with a Supreme Court decision, facing a gunman outside the courthouse as well as illegal confiscations of assets and passports, the family were eventually forced to leave the country. 

Ege was a Sunday columnist at Milliyet Daily, produced a report on Exile Media in Europe for Körber Stiftung and his writings were published in outlets such as: BirGün, Le-Manyak, PEN Transmissions, Dw B and Bosla Arts. Dündar also writes lyrics over compositions on piano and guitar, some of which are included in the debut collection.

 

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