Short biography

Aylin Ünal © Imanuel Scheiko
Aylin Ünal © Imanuel Scheiko

Aylin Ünal


June, July, August 2023

Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur des Landes Brandenburg

Aylin Ünal, born in 1986 in Berlin. She has been publishing her short prose regularly for several years in literary journals and anthologies as well as in literary competitions, including the Austrian zeilen.lauf competition. She has given readings and performances at venues including Lettrétage and Schwartzsche Villa in Berlin, as well as on Berlin's Radio Kultur.

She is a board member of Netzwerk Freie Literaturszene Berlin e.V. (NFLB) and a member of the literary group "Haus der unbedachten Wörter".

In addition to her work as a writer, Aylin Ünal studied social sciences at Humboldt University, including a study visit to Iceland, and completed a master's degree in European Societies at Freie Universität. She then worked for several years as an editor and project manager, and since 2020 as a programmer.

In her literary work, she is particularly interested in strong female protagonists striving for freedom and independence. She is currently working on her debut novel, which deals with the themes of home and identity. During her fellowship at Schloss Wiepersdorf, she hopes to complete the revision of her manuscript. Another novel is already in the planning stage.