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British Turks get their first English language magazine T VINE

Short for ‘Turkish Grapevine’ and just launched, it covers lifestyle, news, people, places, culture, wellbeing and more. The cover for its first edition is inspired by young Turkish designer Merve Kahraman’s Hybrid deer chair, which features at a forthcoming central London exhibition about Turkish creative talent. Ipek Ozerim, owner of culture and communications agency Prickly Pear, is behind the new magazine venture and called it “long overdue”. 

T-VINE’s April edition has a four-page feature on the stand-out exhibitors at Istanbul Inn London taking place 12-15 April, such as award-winning architect Emre Arolat, interior designer Merve Kahraman and top Bulgarian Turkish chef Silvena Rowe. There’s an exclusive interview with singer Sezen Aksu revealing her favourite places in Istanbul, while film critic Evrim Ersoy offers a two-page review of the best of this year’s London Turkish Film Festival.

The 36-page magazine contains cultural previews of Sila’s forthcoming Hackney Empire concert, the Top 5 Turkish books, albums and movies, alongside a news roundup of the UK Turkish community, North Cyprus and Turkey. There are regular sections such as Naciye Nene’s Cookbook – this month with a recipe for ‘Dolma’ (stuffed vine leaves), Secrets of a Happy Life with Embargoed!’s Ismail Veli, Get Away on holidays to Devon and Istanbul, and Ask the ‘Uzman’ (expert) and Ask Your ‘Abla’ (big sister), which this month respectively cover structural cracks and family pressure to marry early.

Out on the first Friday of each month, the magazine is available from well-known Turkish outlets across London and the South East, and cities such as Brighton and Manchester where there is sizable British Turkish community. The online version, T VINE.COM, has a greater range of content, with more articles, opinion pieces, music, videos, and an online directory.

T-VINE chief Ipek Ozerim said, “This publication is long overdue. We have second and third generation British Turks who care about their community and roots, but crying out for the information to be in English. We are pleased and excited to be filling this gap.” She continued, “As a consumer publication, we wanted to deliver fresh, diverse and relevant content for our community. It should also be a good read for non-Turks curious about our world.” Since opening its doors in 2006, T-VINE’s sister company Prickly Pear has worked with the leading lights in the UK’s Turkish speaking community, Turkish superstars Sezen Aksu and Tarkan, and on various projects for North Cyprus.

People can pick up a copy of the magazine from retail outlets and Turkish community centres across London and the South East, or pay for postage and packaging and have it sent direct to them. More details are on the T-VINE website. They can contact T-VINE by email: [email protected] for news, [email protected] for advertising, and info@t for general enquiries. Alternatively they can call on 05602 093 459.

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