Author • Turkish literature
He was born in 1959, in a little village named Piyadeler in Alaşehir, Manisa. After graduating from Erzurum Atatürk University, Department of Turkish Language and Literature, he worked as a teacher for a couple of years. Then he moved to İzmir and worked as a documentary program producer and director at TRT (Turkish Radio Television) for many years. His first children’s novel Speedy Tosbi (Hızlı Tosbi, 2005) was published simultaneously with its picture book (in “Colour Your First Book” series) for younger readers Little Tosbi Looks for His House (Minik Tosbi Evini Arıyor, 2005). Speedy Tosbi was awarded as IBBY Turkey Children’s Novel of the Year 2005. Bertan gathered his stories for children in a book named The Great Duo (Muhteşem İkili, 2006). He retold some traditional tale motives in his novel Cengâver, The Bewildered Hero (Şaşkın Cengâver, 2009). He greeted street animal friends with his children’s novel named Gawky, Stumpy, and Bitty, Tramp Tramp Tramp! (Hödük, Güdük, Bir de Bıdık, Rap Rap Rap!, 2012). His historical adventure series “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia” caught readers attention in every age: Prisoner of Golat Castle (Golat Kalesi Tutsağı, 2006) told what happened in Cappadocia thousands of years ago; Tiger Queen (Kaplan Kraliçe, 2008) took readers to Black Sea Amazons who revolt against cruelty; The King’s Ambassador (Kralın Elçisi, 2009) made us read a magnificent novel about Hittite, the Land of Thousand Gods; Midas and the Magician (Midas ve Sihirbaz, 2010) told us a breathtaking adventure extended from Anatolia to mysterious world of Ancient Egypt; Bull Fighter (Boğa Güreşçisi, 2011) took us to years 1200’s and told a Turcoman nomad’s migration; Pirate Girls (Korsan Kızlar, 2013) invited us to a voyage guided by Captain Piri’s unique maps to the eerie, deep blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, and Golden Slave (Altın Köle, 2014) made us travel to three thousand years ago to Urartu Land, the country of cliffs in the midst of East Anatolia… Many books of “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia” series sold to Bulgaria and Serbia. Bertan also writes for adults. He lives in İzmir with his wife; he has a daughter and a son.