By Heidi Trautmann
Ozanköy village is getting
more and more attention, especially it had a son born more than 100 years ago,
a son who became a poet and writer, Osman Türkay. I had heard of him when we
first came here in 1999. He even was nominated twice for the Literature Nobel
I walk and how thoughtfully,
the places towards times
I stand for a meaning in the
abstraction of numbers
Words on tongues, sounds in
And a bell rings down the
throat of a camel
Words echo, sounds echo,
As if they collide and crash
the mountains in a fight.
Read a review I found on the
occasion of his 88th birthday…
Mayor of Girne Nidai Güngördü welcomed the festival goers and participating
artists and stand owners, while the typical smell of the corab molasses reached
our noses; there was a big zinc/copper kettle on a fire place. The mayor had
come with a big entourage of politicians.
Their first act was to inaugurate the new monument our unique sculptor
Zehra Şonya had created in many months’ time down by the Girne Amphitheatre. I
had visited the place several times to see the progress. The monument is set up
in the centre of the village right by the church; it consists of several parts
with the centre stone with Osman Türkay’s bust. I do hope that the monument
will make an important part in a small park one day where people can sit and
relax, also on warm summer evenings and perhaps other poets come and recite
poems to them. You will find some verses by Osman Türkay included in the
monument printed on small plates.
first of three festival days ended with concerts and dance shows. There is a
programme that shows what is on daily.