I’m Catherine Yiğit, a writer who lives in northwestern Turkey near the mythical city of Troy. I was born, bred and buttered in Dublin, Ireland and having circumnavigated the globe I arrived in Turkey in 2001.

The Skaian Gate is the south gate of Troy sometimes called the Dardanian Gate. It’s mentioned in the Iliad as being the gate from which Priam watched the Trojan War. Turns out that this area is full of the footprints of people who have crossed the Dardanelles. Some did it in style – Xerxes the Persian king built a bridge of boats, watching from a marble throne as it was constructed – some never crossed back – Alexander the Great never returned from his war against Persia – and some paid only a brief visit – Lord Byron, St Paul. Witnessing wars three thousand years apart Gallipolli and Troy are linked by an array of hidden footprints…

The Skaian Gate by Catherine Yiğit

I set up a language editing business Skaian Gates English, primarily editing the English of academic papers and articles and currently also offer translation services from Turkish into English. I previously blogged on Blogger and that blog remains as an archive.

I had the good fortune to become involved with two anthologies about foreign women living in 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.