Writer (b. 18 November 1944, Kuruçeşme / İstanbul). Her full name is Filiz Tansu. Sami Karayel (1890-1948), father of her mother was one of the pre-eminent journalists of his time. She attended the Sarıyer Elementary School, the Ata College (1964), and graduated from Istanbul University, Faculty of Literature, Department of Philosophy (1972). She completed her master studies at the Research and Applying Center of Woman Problems of the Institute of Social Sciences at İstanbul University (1995-1997). Her thesis was "Cumhuriyet Dönemi Erkek Yazınında Kadın Kimlikleri" (Female Identities in the Male Literature of the Republican Period). This thesis was published as a book with the title Erkek Yazınında Kadın (Woman in Man's Literature), and was awarded by the Ministry of Culture in the contest of 75th Anniversary of the Republic. She did not work as a teacher; but mostly engaged in writing. She is a member of the Writers Syndicate of Turkey (also a member of the executive board for some time), Turkish Union of Authors, the Association of Children Publications, the PEN Association of Writers, the Association of Writers of Literary and Scientific Works, the Association in Support of Contemporary Living, and the Association of Woman Researches.
Her first essay (Has Bahçenin Gül Ağacı - The
Rose Tree in the Royal Garden) was published in September 1984, and first story
(Ah Benim Bir Başıma İstanbul Kadınlığım - Oh My Womanhood Alone in
İstanbul) in June
Two of her four children's plays, one of which was published, were staged by the Society of Supporting Contemporary Life. In the context of the activities of the Children's Club of the Association in Support of Contemporary Living, of which she is a member, she gave speeches about "actualizing philosophy" at primary schools and universities. She ranked first at the Sanat Olayı Review's Short Story Award in 1984 with her story Ah Benim Bir Başıma İstanbul Kadınlığım (Oh My Womanhood Alone in İstanbul), second at the Turkish Aeronautical Association Short Story Award in 1991 with her story Masalcı (Fable-Teller), the achievement award by the Ministry of Culture in the branch of criticism at the contest of Works of 75th Anniversary of the Republic in 1998 with her book Erkek Yazınında Kadın (Woman in Man's Literature), and first at the Eyüboğlu Culture and Arts Foundation's Sabahattin Eyüboğlu Essay Contest in 2003 with her book Ağır Dünya (The Heavy World).
SHORT STORY: Ah Benim Bir Başıma İstanbul Kadınlığım (Oh My Womanhood Alone in İstanbul, 1990), Ay Geceye Yalnız Doğar (The Moon Rises at Night Lonely, 1993), Yazdan Kalan (Remaining from the Summer, 1999), Son İstanbullu (The Last Native of İstanbul, 2004), Kararsız Can (Hesitant Can, children's short story, 2004).
MEMOIR-SHORT STORY: Bir Yaz Boyu Akçay'da (In Akçay for a Summer, 1997).
RESEARCH: Erkek Yazınında Kadın (Woman in Men's Literature, 1998).
BIOGRAPHY: Bana Işığı Anlat (Tell me About Light, biography of Mahmut Makal, 2000), Dilden Düşünüşe Uzun Koşu (The Lon Run from Tongue to Thinking, biography of Osman Bolulu, 2004).
ESSAY: Kadın - Yazın - Siyasa (Woman - Literature - Politics, 2000), Ağır Dünya (The Heavy World, 2003).
CHILDREN’S NOVEL: Bircan'ın Günlüğü (The Diary of Bircan, 1995), Mişko (Mişko, 1998).
CHILDREN’S PLAY: Çoğalacağız Daha (We Will Increase More, 2002), Ülkemin Bütün Çocuklarına (To All Children of My Country, 2004).
JUVENILE NOVEL: Garip Kızın Öyküsü (Story of the Destitute Girl, 2000), Kırk Kuş Kırık Kuş (Forty Birds, Broken Birds, 2004).
COLLABORATIVE WORKS: Türkiye'nin Ders Kitapları (Text Books in Turkey, with the title Felsefeye Giriş Ders Kitabına İlişkin Gözlemler - "Observations on the Curriculum Book of Introduction to Philosophy", 1991), Kadın Gerçeklikleri (Woman Realities, edited by Necla Arat, with the part "Ölmeye Yatmak: Bir Aykırılığın Romanı"-Lying to Die: Novel of An Incongruity, 1996), Kadınların Gündemi (Agenda of Women, edited by Necla Arat, with the addition "Orhan Pamuk'un Cumhuriyet Kadınına Bakışı ve Sessiz Ev" Orhan Pamuk's View of the Republican Women and His Sessiz Ev-"Silent House", 1997).
Besides, she has a text book of philosophy and a riddle book for children.
REFERENCE: Muazzez Menemencioğlu Tansu Bele‘yle Söyleşiyor (Karşı dergisi, Şubat-Mart 1994), İlhan Selçuk / Bir Yaprakta Bütün Evren (Cumhuriyet, 21.6.1992), Şükran Kurdakul / Şairler ve Yazarlar Sözlüğü (gen. 6. bas. 1999), Muzaffer Uyguner / Bana Işığı Anlat (Cumhuriyet Kitap, 13.7.2000), Fatma Gürel / Yazınımızda Kadın Kahramanlar (Cumhuriyet Kitap, 27.12.2001), Yazdan Kalan (Cumhuriyet Kitap, 1.3.2001), TBE Ansiklopedisi (c.1, 2001), İhsan Işık / Türkiye Yazarlar Ansiklopedisi (2001, 2004) – Encyclopedia of Turkish Authors (2005) - Resimli ve Metin Örnekli Türkiye Edebiyatçılar ve Kültür Adamları Ansiklopedisi (2007) – Ünlü Edebiyatçılar (Türkiye Ünlüleri Ansiklopedisi, C. 2, 2013) - Encyclopedia of Turkey’s Famous People (2013), Tansu Bele / Ağır Dünya (2003).