About the author / Yazar Hakkinda: Nermin Yildirim
Nermin Yildirim

Nermin Yildirim

Born in Bursa in 1980. Became interested in literature at a young age. Wrote her first poems and stories during her years in primary school, won awards. When her uncle typed these writings, reproduced them by photocopy and bound them as books she had her first unofficial book at the age of nine. In 2002, she graduated from Eskisehir Anatolian University Faculty of Communication Sciences Department of Press. Then she worked as journalist, editor and columnist for various newspapers and magazines, and as copywriter for advertisement agencies. In 2010, she moved to Barcelona. Her first novel The Forget-Me-Not Building was published in 2011 by Doğan Kitap, one of the most important publishing houses in Turkey. The same year, the book garnered much acclaim in literature circles and was awarded “Novel of the Year” award by the French high schools in Istanbul and Izmir. Yıldırım’s second novel “Dreams Are Untold” was published once again by Doğan Kitap in 2012, on March 7th which is also the author’s birthday.
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1980 yılında Bursa’da doğdu. Edebiyata ilgisi küçük yaşlarda başladı. İlk şiir ve hikayelerini ilkokul yıllarında yazdı, yarışmalarda ödüller aldı. Bu yazılar amcası tarafından daktiloya çekilip fotokopiyle çoğaltılarak kitap formuna sokulunca, gayri resmi ilk kitabını 9 yaşında iken eline almış oldu. 2002 yılında Eskişehir Anadolu Üniversitesi İletişim Bilimleri Fakültesi Basın Yayın Bölümü’nden mezun oldu. Sonrasında İstanbul’da çeşitli gazete ve dergilerde muhabir, editör ve köşe yazarı olarak çalıştı; reklam ajanslarında metin yazarlığı yaptı. 2010 senesinde Barselona’ya yerleşti. İlk romanı Unutma Beni Apartmanı, 2011 senesinde Türkiye’nin en önemli yayınevlerinden Doğan Kitap tarafından yayınlandı. Edebiyat çevrelerinde büyük ilgiyle karşılanan eser, aynı yıl İstanbul ve İzmir’deki Fransız Liseleri’nden “Yılın Romanı” ödülünü aldı. Yıldırım’ın yine Doğan Kitap tarafından yayımlanan ikinci romanı “Rüyalar Anlatılmaz” ise 2012 yılında, yazarın doğum gününe denk gelen 7 Mart günü kitap raflarına çıktı.

Read an extract of The Forget-Me-Not Building – English | Turkish

Nermin Yildirim’s sixth letter

Dear Jenn, When we began corresponding, in our heads there were a whole lot of words waiting to be written for a long time. But time is one of the most deceptive things on Earth. Of course, it went by

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Nermin Yildirim’s fifth letter

Dear Jenn, I wrote this letter to you the day I arrived at my home in Barcelona after a long journey which lasted more than a month and took me through Barcelona-Istanbul-Ankara-Yalova-Istanbul-Manchester- Lancaster-Preston-Manchester-Barcelona-Londra-Barcelona. After so much running around, I’m finally

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Nermin Yildirim’s fourth letter

Dear Jenn, Ever since speed became a goal rather than the means to achieve it, many of our old habits such as writing letters have been put away after being tagged as nostalgic, even romantic. Now we prefer to spend

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Nermin Yildirim’s third letter

Dear Jenn, Finally, after days of nauseating heat, it’s raining in Barcelona today. A perfect weather for writing a letter! With each letter, the topics deepen and the writing process becomes more and more enjoyable. To me, trying to get

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Nermin Yildirim’s first letter

Dear Jenn, Last winter in Barcelona, I followed a project in which directors sent videos they had filmed to one another as letters. I had watched the videos, I mean letters, with great interest, enjoying being a guest in their

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About Manchester Letters

Manchester Letters features an online correspondence between UK author Jenn Ashworth and Turkish writer Nermin Yildirim. Over the course of the next few months, they will be sharing insights into their working lives; discussing current works in progress, sources of inspiration and how their social and political environments impacts on their creativity.

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