James Russell's uncanny ability to inhabit the fears and pleasures of a 7-year old boy earns him third place in the Adult category of the Bloomsday Writing Competition 2020 organised by the Embassy of Ireland and Athens Insider. The judges described his writing as 'a considerable feat, to take us inside the mind of a child, with its yea...
Finn Brannigan's infectious account of an allergy-ridden day earn him the runners-up spot in the Under-18 category at the Bloomsday Writing Competition 2020.
Wish Flowers Wouldn’t Bloom-sday
The dream comes to an abrupt end. By force of habit, I keep my eyes squeezed shut. I know for a fact that opening them, even slightly, wil...
Felix Wahlström's evocative story of a sheep thief condemned to death earns him the third place at the Bloomsday Writing Competition 2020 in the under-13 category.
The Last Day of the Sheep Thief
It was the eighth of June 1854 in Co. Galway. The previous day a young man called M was sentenced to be hanged for sheep stealing. In...
Luke Barry's adventure-packed story earns him the second place in the Under-13 category of the Bloomsday Writing Competition 2020.
Sunrise 6 am
The sun rose majestically through the savannah. A pride of lions took full advantage of the shade of a tree before its broad leaves withered in the heat of the sun. The roaring sound of...
John Carr on why it’s better to be safe and sure until we find a vaccine pure.
We should have known it wouldn't last,
We tore up our wise rules too fast.
With Dr T no longer seen
On our living room wide screen,
Too many of us, scant of thought,
Decided that we simply ought
To take advantage of the start
Of a Greek summe...
We are thrilled and humbled to be chosen as the Best Travel Magazine in Greece at the Tourism 2020 Awards by a distinguished panel of judges from the tourism industry. Athens Insider started life in 2000 as a helpful magazine for expatriates and tourists; but soon established itself as a sophisticated and aspirational publication, success...
Send in your entries to our first-ever Bloomsday creative writing competition in English, organised by The Irish Embassy, in collaboration with Athens Insider, open to writers of all ages and nationalities. Bloomsday is marked around the world as a celebration of James Joyce, of course, but also as a celebration of Irish literature, moder...
Typically, as we head into the summer of 2020, sports newspapers would have been chock-a-block with articles on potential gold-medallists and the glory of sport. Time to travel all the way back, to the very beginning, to the very origin of some of the sports. Did you know that these popular modern sports have their roots in ancient times?...
Escape into books that give flight to your imaginations, and the miles they inspire you to hike, drive and fly. Here is our compilation of a few classics and a few contemporary reads on Greece that are as transformative as the journey itself.
The Colossus of Maroussi - Henry Miller
The esteemed writer Henry Miller explores human na...
The good doctor is taking a much deserved break and an eternally grateful nation thanks the selfless efforts of our epidemiological whiz. John Carr's paean to Dr. Sotiris Tsiodras.
Well, who'da thunk it, girls and boys,
He who never made much noise,
Yet measured out his words so clear,
Has opted out of the public sphere.
Whether they’re opening their lives up for public inspection, or through the exploratory lens of therapy, you will enjoy these laugh-out-loud New York Times best-sellers, Anna Roins suggests.
Becoming, by Michele Obama (Crown, 13 Nov 2018)
It’s been said that ‘First ladies are, for the most part, second-hand celebrities...