I am a writer living near the ancient city of Troy in northwestern Turkey. I arrived in Turkey from Ireland on a roundabout route which circumnavigated the globe. Arriving without a word of the language, I began writing as a way to freely express myself and explore my new life.

A dark-haired white woman, with blue eyes, wearing glasses and a white roll neck jumper, Catherine Yiğit, is pictured in front of a stack of logs.

I was fortunate to contribute to two anthologies written by foreign women with connections to Turkey: Tales from the Expat Harem: Foreign women in Modern Turkey edited by Anastasia M. Ashman and Jennifer Eaton Gökmen and Expat Sofra – Culinary Tales of Foreign Women in Turkey edited by Katherine Belliel and Francesca Rosa.

Overcoming my language difficulties, I participated in the Young Translator award hosted by the British Council in 2012 making it to the final round in Istanbul. I have worked as a translator and editor for academic papers for the last decade.

Currently, I’m working on a novel set in the near future.

I blog at the Skaian Gates about life in general as a writer, immigrant to Turkey and an Irish person abroad.