Welcome to the site for my novel, PhD and play about my grandmother, Olga Stambolis, who was a spy in Greece in WW2.

I teach journalism at RMIT University in Melbourne, passing on my 26 years experience as a journo/presenter at the ABC.

I was in Greece in November-December 2017 doing research for a drama-based PhD play title Unbroken which is a conversion of the novel into a three hander play.  I drove in the central and northern parts of Greece, through where the andartes (resistance fighters) did their thing against the Germans. We went on roads that were almost impassible in 1941 to see the villages, places like Theodoriana and Rendina. Then on to Greek Macedonia and back down the path taken by the Germans as they moved towards Athens in April 1941. This invasion was the beginning of a tragedy that killed 100,000 Greeks, including many in villages across the country.

See the section “Play Diary” to see how the writing of the play and the PhD is progressing.

Please feel free to get in contact, either about my work as a broadcaster, an RMIT academic, or as the author of this this bit of Greek history.


“moves with that narrative panache”

Tom Keneally (Booker Prize winner)

“The lead-in is tantalising and the main character persuades from the moment we first meet her.”

Les Murray (Australia’s unofficial Poet Laureate)