Cultural historian and aesthete Beşir Ayvazoğlu was followed by one of the prominent poets of modern Turkish, Ömer Erdem, who talked about Istanbul in literature in his speech on “Istanbul in our Literature.” Erdem shared his literary experience and adventure with the participants, and talked about Istanbul’s contribution to him. “Istanbul is an enchanting city that evolves nonstop and that never ceases to surprise you. Therefore, I find myself in this city. Istanbul is part of my personal history. And I am a living part of that history,” he said.
“The literature of Turkish is the miracle of the Turkish nation. Therefore, the poems I have written belong to Istanbul and Turkish,” he added.