WRITER OF HONOR OF THE 36th INTERNATIONAL İSTANBUL BOOK FAIR
Ayla Kutlu was born on August 14, 1938 in Antakya. She finished primary and secondary school in İskenderun and went to Gaziantep for high school. She graduated from the Ankara University Faculty of Political Science in 1960 with a scholarship from the Ministry of Internal Affairs. She completed her compulsory service with the Ministry of Internal Affairs, working on personnel training, method and organization. For 20 years, Kutlu worked in various government offices such as the State Statistics Institute, the Office of the Prime Minister, Pension Fund, and General Directorate of Ziraat Bank. She retired from government duty in 1980.
Ayla Kutlu's journey in literature began in 1975, when she started writing book reviews and short stories in the Özgür İnsan magazine under the pseudonym ‘Aygen Berel’. She became more involved in literature after retirement. She published her first novel Kaçış in 1979 and went on to publish more novels in quick succession. Her characters were always representative of their specific social and historical circumstances. In the 1990s, Kutlu focused on children's literature and published 20 children's books. She also dealt with women's issues in her work. In 1992, Kutlu organized the first International Turkish Language Symposium in Turkestan. She was a member of the Women's Congress in 1995.
Kutlu received numerous literature prizes and her books were translated to many languages, all of which she discusses in her autobiography Zaman da Eskir (2006). Ayla Kutlu is the Writer of Honor of the 36th International İstanbul Book Fair to be held between November 4 and 12, 2017.
- Kaçış (1979)§ Islak Güneş (1980)
- Cadı Ağacı (1983)
- Tutsaklar (1983) (reprinted in 2004 as Ateş Üstünde Yürümek)
- Bir Göçmen Kuştu O (1985)
- Hoşça Kal Umut (1987)
- Kadın Destanı (1994)
- Emir Bey’in Kızları (1998)
- Asi… Asi (2010)
- Taş Duvar Açık Pencere (2009) (compilation)
- Yedinci Bayrak: Urumeli’den İzmir’e (2016)
- Hüsnüyusuf Güzellemesi (1984)
- Sen de Gitme Triyandafilis (1990)
- Mekruh Kadınlar Mezarlığı (1995)
- Zehir Zıkkım Hikâyeler (2001)
- Merhaba Sevgi (1989)
- Yıldız Yavrusu (1994)
- Başı Kuşlu Çocuk (1995)
- Beceriksizler Sirki (1995)
- Gezgin Kertenkele ile Kutup Ayısı (1995)
- Çiçek Elli Robot (1995)
- Küçük Mavi Tren (1995)
- Kendini Köpek Sanan Ayakkabılar (1995)
- Harika İkizler 1 / İkizlerin Sırrı (1997)
- Harika İkizler 2 / Artık Çok Oldunuz (1997)
- Harika İkizler 3 / Zavallı Mideler (2000)
- Minik Sultan Sihirbaz (2000)
- Minik Sultan ile Deniz Kızı (2000)
- Minik Sultan Beceriksiz Palyaço (2000)
- Mavi Saçlar Pembe Gözler (2007)
- Huvava İlk Çevre Koruyucusu (2009)
- Melek ve Dostları (2013)
- Eyvah Kardeşimi Sevmeye Başladım (2015)
- Her short story “Babaya Çiçek Götürmek” won Best Screenplay Award in the 13th Antalya Film Festival in 1976. This story was published in her 1984 book Hüsnüyusuf Güzellemesi.
- Her 1985 novel Bir Göçmen Kuştu O won the 1986 Madaralı Novel Prize.
- Her 1987 novel Hoşça Kal Umut won the 1988 Rüştü Koray Prize by Political Science Alumni Association.
- Her second short story book Sen de Gitme Triyandafilis received the Sait Faik Short Story Prize when it was published in 1990.
- Her 1994 short story book Mekruh Kadınlar Mezarlığı won the 1996 Yunus Nadi Short Story Prize.
- The 1996 film “Sen de Gitme” adapted from her short story Sen de Gitme Triyandafilis won the Best Screenplay Award (with Tunç Başaran and Macit Koper) in the Altın Koza Film Festival, and the Best Second Film Award in the Altın Portakal Film Festival in the same year. Tunç Başaran received the Best Director Award in the Altın Portakal Film Festival with this film.
- İzinli: A short story in her book Hüsnüyusuf Güzellemesi, it was made into a film in 1980.
- Hoşça Kal Umut: Adapted to film in 1993 from the novel with the same title.
- Cadı Ağacı: Adapted to film in 1995 from the novel with the same title.
- Sen de Gitme: Adapted from her short story Sen de Gitme Triyandafilis in 1996.
- Solgun Bir Sarı Gül: A short story in her book Mekruh Kadınlar Mezarlığı, it was made into a film in 1998.
- Her short story Mekruh Kadınlar Mezarlığı was made into a play by Zeynep Kaçar and directed by Zafer Kayaokay for the Erzurum State Theater ensemble.
- Her short story Sen de Gitme Triyandafilis was made into a play by Seyfettin Babat and directed by Serhat Nalbantoğlu for the Ankara State Theater ensemble.