Art and Culture

World Poetry Day event in honour of Mahmut Islamoğlu

On the occasion of 21 March World Poetry Day, Girne Municipality together with researcher, writer and poet Neriman Cahit, honoured one of the important names of Turkish Cypriot Literature and poetry, Folklore writer and Poet – Mahmoud Islamoğlu. Merter Refikoğlu and Serkan Soyalan read poems and Hasan Günyüz provided a music concert.

Girne Mayor Nidai Güngördű, drew attention to the awards of Neriman Cahit, researcher writer, literary writer, women’s rights advocate, journalist and teacher who has published numerous books. Mayor Güngördü, said folklore writer and poet Mahmut Islamoğlu has attended international congresses, seminars and symposiums and has in the best way promoted our culture and our country, and emphasized that he has also received many awards. Güngördü pointed out that Islamoğlu, who is also a teacher, and is the first honorary doctorate writer in the field of folklore in Cyprus has created many literary utterances and narratives that have been forgotten.

In his speech, Mahmut İslamoğlu expressed his happiness for having been honoured with the evening which had been organised and thanked everyone who had contributed to the event.  Mahmut Islamoglu said I follow the footsteps of Ataturk, I do not know the right-left. I was a Mujahid. I taught the Greeks and Turks. I taught at the English School. Islamoglu said that the poem he wrote on the Cyprus Peace Operation was composed by Jale Derviş and received an award. Islamoglu received a standing ovation with his poems.

Serkan Soyalan, the President of the Cyprus Literary Association, stated that the two important values of Turkish Cypriot Literature were mentioned with the poems at an event organized by the Girne Municipality on the occasion of World Poetry Day. Serkan Soyalan pointed out that poetry is a resistance against fascism and wished a world of love, brotherhood and peace.

Yiltan Taşcı, in turn, said that he felt fortunate to be able to work together with Mahmut İslamoglu. He add that Islamoğlu’s Cyprus Turkish Folklore works, expressed his favourite poems and the satire contained in them.