Beste Filiz

Writing for Children & Young Adults


Where Two Continents Meet—Beste Filiz’s Center supported work—is a middle grade novel-in-verse about a girl and her family who become refugees and are forced to flee Turkey and seek asylum in Great Britain. This work is based on the events of Filiz’s childhood. Filiz’s parents and Filiz became refugees when Filiz was three years old. The family fled from Turkey to England because Filiz’s mother spoke out against the Turkish government. Filiz wants to write about refugees and how they contribute to society rather than the stereotypical portrayal of them in much of mainstream media. Filiz wants to give refugees their dignity back in stories for children, especially during this time when there is so much anti-refugee and anti-immigrant rhetoric in the media. Filiz wants to show that political asylum seekers stand up against injustices in their home countries, that they are persecuted for their bravery, and that is why they are forced to leave their homes.

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