Asuman Celen Pollard was born in northern Turkey and spent her childhood in Izmir. She spent many years in Istanbul teaching both English and Turkish as foreign languages. From 1992-6 she taught Turkish at the Brasshouse Language Centre in Birmingham. She has also taught Turkish at Birmingham University, since 1992 at the Centre for Byzantine and Ottoman Studies and, since 1996, also at the Centre for Modern Languages. Now she also runs her own business as a Turkish/English Language expert.