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.
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 focus on the Troy Footprints project about the Troad, or Biga Peninsula in modern terms, an area full of ancient sites and natural beauty visited for millennia by notables such as Alexander the Great and Mehmet the Conqueror.
I blog at the Skaian Gates about life in general as a writer, immigrant to Turkey and an Irish person abroad.