Özgür Uyanık is an author and filmmaker. His debut novel CONCEPTION is out now, published by Fairlight Books, and he is a contributing editor for an anthology of creative essays JUST SO YOU KNOW—ESSAYS OF EXPERIENCE from Parthian Books, published August 1st 2020. You can read the essay in the Wales Arts Review.

Interviews with Özgür about his novel can be found in The Cardiff Review, The Mechanics’ Institute Review and Fairlight Books website.

Read his winning short story entry for A Criminally Good Crime Writing Competition.

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‘Özgür Uyanık’s debut novel sizzles with subversive humour and macabre energy. This book engages all the senses, while alluding to deeper concerns than those it ostensibly addresses.’  Richard Gwyn, poet and novelist.


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“Smart, bold and fresh—these are voices we need to hear.” Darren Chetty, writer and contributor, “The Good Immigrant”


Özgür has directed award-winning ad campaigns and short films in the UK and Turkey. He is the writer-director of feature film “Resurrecting the Streetwalker” (nominated Best UK Feature, 17th Raindance International Film Festival) distributed by Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment. His screenwriting has been long-listed by the BBC Drama Room and he was a PAGE International Screenwriting Awards top-10 finalist in the horror/thriller category, 2018. He was selected for the British Film Institute’s Emerging Filmmakers program during the London Film Festival 2016, supported by Film Cymru Wales as part of NET.WORK@LFF. Selected participant BAFTA Crew 2018-2020.

His current feature film projects in development that include HOLY MEN and THIS IS NOT A TRUE STORY have been selected by the Binger Writers Lab in Amsterdam (2014-2015 with an International Scholarship from Creative Skillset), Creative Europe MEDIA’s The Film Garage genre film workshops in Torino (2015), Ffilm Cymru Wales Cinematic scheme (2017) and the BFI Network Wales Horizons Fund (2016-2018).

Currently he is undertaking a PhD in creative & critical writing at Cardiff University about othering the self in Turkish arthouse cinema, exploring the Western Gaze and researching a route towards more meaningful cross-cultural dialogue.

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