The author was hosted at our residence within our cooperation with the International Organization of Turkic Culture. In December, Nariste Alieva from Kyrgyzstan will also visit our residence in Debrecen, and in spring 2023 two Hungarian writers will have the opportunity to spend a few weeks in Turkey or in another Turkic state as a resident.
Aigul Seilova had a great time in Nyíregyháza, which according to her is a small but charming city. In response to our question, she highlighted the many green spaces and the charm of the little streets in the city centre. Although she was not spared rainy days during her stay, the low temperatures didn't bother her much, as she is used to much colder winters than in Hungary, having come from the north of Kazakhstan. She will remember the sunrises and sunsets for a long time, she said.
The director of the Zsigmond Móricz County Library, Anita Tomasovszki and her colleagues told the writer many interesting stories and anecdotes about the history of the city, and she also visited the collection of the Kállay Mansion. Being a journalist herself, Aigul Seilova visited the editorial office of the county's daily newspaper, where she was welcomed by the editor-in-chief, Zsolt Nyéki.
One of the most exciting moments of her stay was meeting Kazakh students studying in Nyíregyháza and Debrecen and the opportunity to share their experiences of everyday life in Hungary.
Before returning home, Aigul Seilova added: “Unfortunately, there are wars in the world, including in Hungary's neighbourhood. That is why we must cherish every quiet corner, every peaceful place where we can create. I found this in Nyíregyháza.”