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Aldona Grupas. Tights for sale

Klaipeda At the end of the 1980s, a business sprang up in Lithuania producing what became known as “consumer goods”. I decided to join the ranks of these new entrepreneurs, and became involved in a business that was becoming trendy: sewing women’s tights. I bought myself a sewing machine and put it in the kitchen. With my new workspace set up, I was ready to make my first million. It turned out that someone I knew, a girl who worked at the local clinic called Bronya, was also making all sorts of beautiful creations on her own […]

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AHMET KURT (TÜRKİYE) BE WOMAN

Should a woman stay in the family and stay at home, or should she join the society and become a productive entrepreneur? It was for the family, our women and girls, whom we were most fond of protecting from a young age. Our women and girls, whom we put under taboos, so that they can never do what they should do as they want. We never question whether this is normal or an abnormal attitude. Wasn't our country one of the first in the world to give women the right to vote and be elected? Or was […]

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JONATHAN CAMPION. Ukrainian translation: Russia’s destruction of the Slovo writers’ house in Kharkiv – Chytomo

My first published translation from Ukrainian is for Chytomo, a literature and culture website run by a team of creatives in Kyiv. It is an article by Ukrainian literary critic Vira Aheeva, about Russia’s bombing of the ‘Slovo’ writers’ house in Kharkiv, and how it echoes the damage done to the building by Stalin’s NKVD in the 1930s. The article begins: “During the mass bombing of Kharkiv, a city of over a million people close to the border with Russia, the ‘Slovo’ writers’ house was badly damaged. The house is a significant building in Kharkiv, associated with the renaissance of […]

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Buket Işıkdogan KÖSE

Buket Işıkdogan KÖSE Buket was born in Kocaeli Gölcük /Turkey in 1969,  graduated from Anadolu University Open Education FacultyDepartment of Business Administration. She published her first poetry book BUKETÇE in 2016 and her second poetry book İMBATIM MAVI in 2020 . Her poetry book GÖÇEBE RUHLAR DURAĞI in 2021. Buket writes for current magazines such as SporLife , Devir  and local newspapers . She presents Bouquet Bouquet Poetries program at Wesidamedia TV, also writes for the newspaper Life in the Aegean. Her articles are published every month in hello magazine.The international research editor of the unending quest […]

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Gamze CANTÜRK

Gamze CANTÜRK Writer (poetry-writing), program, producer, presenter and trainer (Pilates Method) Gamze was born on October 16, 1974 in Izmir. Graduated from 9 Eylül Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Business Administration. She got married in 2004 and had a daughter from this marriage. Gamze Gürel, who started her education life in the field of exercise in 2011, started to give exercise training lessons, called Pilates Method, professionally in 2014. In 2015, she received Theater Education for five years within the body of the Izmir Chamber of Industry (EBSOV) Women's Union Foundation and acted as […]

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Аldona Grupas. Like a kitten in water

In Southport, I was given accommodation shared by employees at the same place of work. The workers were of various nationalities, and I was very happy to discover that among them was a Lithuanian woman. I shared a room with an Icelandic woman who enjoyed chatting, and I was happy for the opportunity to practice my English.  The day after I moved into my lodgings, I was given directions to my new place of work. I went there to get acquainted with my workplace – a small, private nursing home for elderly people. The manager was cold, […]

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Firdausa Khazipova. The case of Toratau.

An owl lives inside Ruzana's body, which every morning, startled by the ringing of the alarm clock, begins to grumble, and last ten years after graduating from uni, just yells to exhaustion: "Let me sleep."The owl stopped flapping its wings and being indignant after a certain insidious virus from the hitherto unknown city of Wuhan somehow encircled the globe with lightning speed and, cutting out the population from active life, forced humanity to isolate itself.     Ruzana stayed at home, going out only when necessary, and enjoyed her freedom. Sleep, read as much as you want, cook, knit […]

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Valentina Corcoran. From alpha to omega

 – Wha-a-a-at is this? – What? – What is this? I’m asking you, – the PE teacher was vigorously pointing his finger into my birth certificate. On the reverse side of the certificate, in beautiful calligraphic handwriting, was printed: God’s servant Valentina took the rite of baptism… (such-and-such date, in such-and-such a church).  -It’s pretty.  -What is pretty? –The PE teacher’s face reddened.  -It’s written beautifully. I can’t write like this… and the ink is brown… – I have not had time to understand the meaning of what was written. How did I not take notice of […]

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