the morning of March 08 I was on the lookout for people gathering at the
entrance of the road that was going to be named after Filiz Naldöven, the poet.
She left this level of existence in 2016 but will continue to live now through
her poetry books and the street near Zeytinlik village and overshadowed by St.
Hilarion. Perhaps the one or the other pedestrian will wonder who this poet was
and will buy a book of hers.
Mayor of Girne, Nidai Güngördü mentioned that she was a constantly producing
artist, which as a fact is right; she lived poetry; her poetry sense was always
wide open and the most unspectacular object gave her a reason to create poetic
thoughts. The Mayor and Nehir Demirel, Filiz Naldöven’s daughter who herself is
a successful theatre woman, a theatre director, were pulling the strings to
uncover the new road plate with the name on it: ‘Sair Filiz Naldöven’. With this inauguration the International Women’s
Day was being celebrated and the Mayor attached a bunch of red carnations to
the guests attending, then heard some poems read by Fatoş Avcısoy Ruso and Ceyhan
Özyıldız, both literary persons, before we all parted and went into different
directions to continue with our own life.
interview with Filiz Naldöven is included in my book ‘Art and Creativity in
North Cyprus’ Volume II. Please click on the link to read her story.
PS: An afterthought.... Where were the many Turkish Cypriot poets, I wondered, to honour the name giving?