Ayla Kutlu was born in Antakya in 1938. She is the second child but the only daughter of Selahattin and Sabriye Kutlu. Her father was one of the first teachers of the republic and her mother was a housewife. Kutlu describes her childhood memories in her book Zaman da Eskir, which was published in 2006. She lived and studied in Antakya during her primary and secondary school education. For high school, she went to Gaziantep. After graduation, she studied at Ankara University, Faculty of Politics on the scholarship of Ministry of Internal Affairs. When she graduated, she worked for the Ministry. In 1964, she married Sahir Behlülgil. He had graduated from the same university and department and worked as a governor. After thirteen years of marriage, they got divorced. They have a son, Ahmet Kemal Behlülgil. He is an engineer and works at Middle East Technical University.
In 1980, Kutlu retired and for twenty years, she worked at various high positions. Yet, from time to time, her position was affected by the political atmosphere in the country. Kutlu’s literary journey begins with her pieces in Özgür Insan Journal in 1978. She used the pseudonym, Aygen Berel. At first, she wrote brief reviews of literary works, then she wrote stories. Yet, her actual writing career began after her retirement. Her first novel Kaçıs was published in 1979. After that she wrote regularly and published her books almost biennially. She was also awarded for several of her works. Bir Göçmen Kuştu O received the Madaralı Novel Award, Hoşça Kal Umut received the Association of Mülkiyeliler Rüştü Koray Award, Sen de Gitme Triyandafilis received the Sait Faik Story Award and Mekruh Kadınlar Mezarlığı received the Yunus Nadi Story Award. Some of her works were also adapted to cinema such as Cadı Ağacı and Sen de Gitme Triyandafilis
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