Gülse Birsel

Test yourself: Are you a true Aegean hedonist?

"That's it. I'm coming back to İzmir to settle here and nothing you say or write will dissuade me," said a friend after I wrote that "white Turks" should think twice before settling in İzmir. "Besides, shame on you for trying to stop us as you flaunt your new-found Aegean hedonism with selfies in vineyards, beaches, sails, luncheons with girls and exhibitions on your Facebook account."

Daily Hürriyet columnist receives Social Success Award from English organization

Daily Hürriyet columnist, screenwriter and actress Gülse Birsel has received the Social Success Award from the Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) in London on Oct. 28. 

Birsel, who usually writes two humorous columns for daily Hürriyet a week evaluating the Turkish society and the daily issues most of the people in Turkey face, was awarded CEFTUS' Social Success Award.