She was born in 1962 in Ankara. She graduated from the Dentistry Faculty in Ege University in 1984. She started writing early in her teens and continued to pen many- an-amateur stories for twenty years before she quit her private practice to pursue her calling as an author. Today, she is one of the most renowned contemporary Turkish authors who have written over one hundred children’s, young adult and adult books. Her works vary in many genres such as children’s novels, poems, short stories, fairy tales, radio plays and theatre scripts and she writes for both children and adult. However her primary audience is children and she has devoted her life to children’s literature. Besides writing, she has worked as an editor for many children’s and young adult books. She writes book reviews and articles in the children’s section of the literature supplement of Cumhuriyet newspaper. She also produced and hosted two radio programmes titled “Sounds in our Hearts” and “Book Worm”. Her short stories, fairy tales and poems appear in school text books. The plays she wrote “Purple Night, Blue Day” and “Red Umbrella” have been put on stage by Ankara State Theatre and Istanbul State Theatre respectively. She has also written radio plays. Her play “Little Girls Little Boys” represented Turkey in International Theatre Festival and was put on stage in India. Yener does workshops on children’s literature, attends symposiums on children’s literature all around the world and gives lectures at universities. She also represented Turkey in Tiran and Split at Literature in Flux, an annual organization aiming to connect literary centers of Europe, in 2012. Various papers, M.A. and PH.D. thesis were written on her. Her literary works have been translated into a number of languages. She is a member of P.E.N. She works on braille books for blind children.
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