Azize Ethem

Azize Ethem is a writer now living on the shores of Lake Iznik. Her diary ‘Village Voices’ is a regular Cornucopia feature. She is the author of Beyond the Orchard which describes the trials and tribulations of starting a new life in the tiny Turkish village of Dereköy near Marmaris. Her husband Selim died in April 2009.


  • Village Voices: Issue 53

    Iznik Diary

    From Issue 53

    After a wet and stormy summer, the Iznik olive harvest plummeted last winter and Azize Ethem’s neighbours fear for the future of a life on the land. On a cheerier note, there are biscuits to be baked and stories with happy endings

  • Village Voices: Issue 49

    Iznik Diary

    From Issue 49

    When Azize Ethem revisits the small village near Bodrum where she and Selim, her late husband, made their first home in Turkey, the memories flood back – not least the bizarre behaviour of tourists, newly arrived on the Aegean and causing consternation amongst her neighbours

  • Village Voices: Issue 48

    Iznik Diary

    From Issue 48

    Azize Ethem continues her diary with a look back over a spring and summer shared with many a visitor, both human and avian. While yet more travellers run marathons around the lake, she finds herself helping a local bachelor hone his courtship technique

  • Village Voices: Cornucopia 51

    From Issue 51

    Azize Ethem emerges from a wintry sea of mud to excitement over new archaeological finds – a Roman basilica and a mosaic floor – and local-election candidates wooing voters with lemonade and cakes. A trip to Iznik market, meanwhile, turns up those deliciously sweet little Turkish bananas

  • Living legends

    From Issue 18
  • Issue 42: Village Voices

    From Issue 42
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