Meltem Arıkan is a Turkish author and playwright who has dedicated her life to write against Patriarchal system and to fight for freedom of speech and expression.
Meltem Arikan, born on January 7, 1968, in Ankara, is a Turkish author and playwright who has dedicated her life to write against Patriarchal system and to fight for freedom of speech and expression. Arikan is known by her sharp critique of society and fearless and outspoken voice in all her novels, plays, poems and articles.
Arikan’s first short stories and essays were published between 1992 to 1995 in various literary journals. Her first novel was published in 1999. Her fourth novel Yeter Tenimi Acıtmayın (Stop Hurting My Flesh) was banned in early 2004 by the Committee to Protect Minors from Obscene Publications. The ban was lifted after had fight and Arıkan has been awarded with “Freedom of Thought and Speech Award 2004” by the Turkish Publishers’ Association.
Arikan has written 9 novels, 1 book of research and 3 plays. She has received several awards and was short-listed for the Freedom of Expression Award in 2014 by Index on Censorship for her play ‘Mi Minor’ which the Turkish authorities claimed was a rehearsal for the Gezi Park demonstrations in 2013. Their subsequent hate campaign, fuelled by state sponsored media, forced her to leave Turkey to start living in the UK.
Since 2011 her articles are being published in various web sites in different countries including, News Junkie Post, Index on Censorship on a regular basis on digital world, censorship, woman rights, child abuse, defending freedom of expression.
1999, And… Or… Maybe…, (Arkadaş Publications (4th edition, 2011)
2000, Yes… But… As If… Arkadaş Publications (4th edition, 2011)
2002, Undressing Herself, Arkadaş Publications (6th edition, 2011)
2003, Stop Hurting My Flesh, Arkadaş Publications (7th edition, 2011)
2005, You Exist In No Way, Everest Publications (5 editions, 2005-08)
2006, Hope is a Curse, Eksik Parça Publications (5 editions)
2009, The Tempest of Yearning, Yitik Ülke Publications (3 editions), Shkupi Publishing House (2012) (translated to Albanian by Ahmed Quazimi published in Macedonia)
2015, Erospa, Akılçelen Publications
2018, Tek Bildikleri Aşktı, Eksik Parça Publications
2008, The Body Knows, Destek Publications (4 editions)
2007, I’m Breaking the Game, 10+ (premiered at the Zurich Theater Spectacle)
2009, Parallel (dramaturgy), 10+ (premiered at Linz 2009: European Capital of Culture program)
2012 – 2013, Mi Minor, İstanbul
2017, Enough is Enough, Wales
2019, Y Brain / Kargalar, Wales
AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS
2004, “Freedom of Thought and Speech Award ” by the Turkish Publishers’ Association for Stop Hurting My Flesh
2007, “New Unique Play” prize by Lions Theatrical Awards for I’m Breaking the Game
2012, Mi Minor, “Best Play of the Year” prize by Readers of Radikal Newspaper
2013, Mi Minor , “Best Play of the Year” nomination at Lions Theatrical Awards
2014, “Freedom of Expression in Arts Award” shortlisted by Index On Censorship