Homer’s Odyssey named ‘world’s greatest tale ever told’

BBC Culture asked writing experts around the globe to pick stories that have endured across generations and continents and changed society. It comes as no surprise that Homer’s Odyssey topped their poll of 100 Stories that has shaped the world. “If any story can be considered the greatest tale ever told, Homer’s Odyssey has a better claim…

Stamatia X: story of being torn between two countries

The year is 1973 and a military junta is in power. A modern Greek tragedy subverts notions of family, culture and gender. A yiayia in a swimsuit, a blasphemous Greek Orthodox priest, a corrupt regime. An explosive epic. Weaving Greek mythology, religion and the study of grammar, Stamatia X is the story of a Greek-Australian…

World’s best bookshop is located in Santorini

Inside one of Santorini’s stunning whitewashed houses in the small village of Oia, you will find Atlantis Books, an independent bookstore that has been featured across the globe. From huge write ups in The New York Times and Vanity Fair, to being named the best bookstore in the world by National Geographic last year, this…

The many talents of Billy Cotsis

You don’t come across many people like Billy Cotsis day to day. A second generation Greek Australian with an unfaltering desire to discover and promote the Greek communities that are to be found in remote areas all around the world, including villages in Albania, Beirut and the Ukraine. If there are Greeks there, you can…

It’s the Port, re Malaka!

A profile of Christos Ikonomou A brisk walk from Omonia in the heart of Athens takes you to Stadiou Street. Once upon a time you’d encounter high end boutiques and fancy cafes on this strip that leads to Syntagma, where the imposing Parliament shadows the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Nowadays though you’ll find two-bit…

Melina Mallos- bilingual children’s author

Greek-Australian Melina Mallos is a bilingual children’s author and children’s cultural educator. She has just published a unique workbook for children, bringing some fun and travel to the process of learning Greek as a second language. “Growing up, my family travelled to Greece regularly to see my Yiayia and reconnect with Kythera, where my ancestral…

Daphne Kapsalis- Best selling Author

By Penny Zalalas Daphne Kapsalis is a Greek born Londoner who left her job and security in the UK and headed alone to her family home on the island of Sifnos to write a novel. To Daphne’s surprise her first published book ‘100 days of solitude’- a personal journey- has now become a worldwide bestselling…

Petros Márkaris- top drawing card for Spain’s crime-writing festival

Greece’s best-selling novelist Petros Márkaris is this year’s top drawing card at the Semana Negra crime-writing festival in Spain. As well as his literary achievements, his bold political views also draw huge crowds and readers everywhere he goes. The Semana Negra is an annual fiesta, located in Spain’s northern coast of Gijon and it celebrates crime-fiction…

The Greek Salad – Η Χωριάτικη Σαλάτα

A bilingual book for children aged 2 to 8 written by John Nikolakopoulos. “Today is Sofia’s name day and her cousins are coming to visit. She has to prepare a salad, but all the ingredients are busy in the Olympic games! Can she and Artemis her cat make the salad in time?” Greek Australian Peter…