26 Aug – 06 Sep at the Kizilbaş Church Youth Centre
By Heidi Trautmann
You know the old Orthodox Church in Kizilbaş, suburb
of Nicosia? It is officially used as Youth Centre and once a year end of August
the Işık Bookstore organizes the Book Fair. Visiting hours are from 10 am to 1
pm and 5 pm until midnight when the night is cool.
There are books for everybody's taste
at discount prices, for adults and children, novels, political and social
books, books for travelers in Cyprus, history books, books written by
researchers about everything which concerns Cyprus, on mining, tobacco, on
women. It is always great fun to go there. The books are mostly in Turkish but
there are also translations into English available.
There was and is - until Sep 6 - again
a very interesting programme in the evenings; intellectuals and knowledgeable
people from politics, literature, journalism and art spoke and will speak about
….the theme on the poster said JUSTICE….poor Justice hanging on a dead tree….as
a bound-up book…also about ethics and art and
about minorities, refugees etc. and how the Cyprus problem will be
solved with justice or do they mean
When you read this, the fair will be over, unfortunately,
but you can find Isik Bookstore in the Old City of Nicosia and experience the
atmosphere of an old Cypriot bookstore
where local writers and poets regularly meet and where you find everything I
mentioned above, also my book “Art and Creativity in North Cyprus”.