Yaşar Seyman

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Yaşar Seyman

She was born on 17 March 1954 in Erzincan. She studied at Ankara Education Institute and Banking Institute. She began her career at İş Bankası, where she worked in 1976–1987. She has been involved in syndical work with BASİSEN (Bank and Insurances Employees Syndicate) since 1989, when she was elected as labour representative. She is currently the head of Ankara and Central Anatolia Region. In 1998-2000, she was members of CHP Party Assembly and Central Executive Committee, as well as deputy to the head of the party. She was elected to all these positions.

Her first piece, "Ozan Ali Yüce ile Söyleşi" was published in 1982 in Hürriyet Gösteri. In the following years, she was published in Milliyet, Cumhuriyet and Bizim Gazete newspapers. Since 14 April 2004, she has been writing her column at BirGün newspaper. Her first book, Hüznün Coşkusu Altındağ received the 1986 Akademi Kitabevi research award. The same book was adapted into a play in 1993 and was staged by the State Theatre. In 2005, it was made into a musical and was performed by Van State Theatre.

In 1993, she received the Arts Foundation Praiseworthy Writer Award and in 1995 Special Award of the Ministry of Culture. Her play Cam Bahçe Kadınları is in the repertoire of the State Theatre. In 1998, she was one of the 75 Women of Enlightenment, chosen by the newspaper Sabah to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the foundation of the Republic. On 13 April 2007, she received the Contemporary Journalists Association's article award. On 23 April 2007, she received Europe's Most Successful Women Syndicalist Award in Athens.

She is the head of SANDER European Artists Association. She is members of BASİSEN, TÜRK–İŞ, Writers Union, Association of People of Letters and Language Association. She is also the Ankara representative of PEN and lives in Ankara with her son Fırat.


  • Hüznün Coşkusu Altındağ (1986)
  • Umut Gün Işığında (1990)
  • Kadın ve Sendika (1992)
  • Yüksek Sesle Düşünmenin Tam Sırasıdır (1997)
  • Söz Sözü Açtı mı? (1998)
  • Asmin (2000)
  • Fındık Çiçek Açınca (2002)
  • Tarihin Deltasına Yolculuk: Sina Akşin Kitabı (2009)
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