Gillian Bouras


Gillian Bouras was born in Melbourne and is an expatriate Australian writer who has written
several books, stories and articles, many of them dealing with her experiences as an Australian
woman in Greece.

Bouras published her first book, the autobiographical A foreign wife, in 1986.

In 1996, her younger sister Jacqui committed suicide, after decades of mental illness. Bouras’
book, No Time for Dances, explores her sister’s life in an attempt to understand her suicide.

She spends her time between London and Greece, as well as maintaining ties with Australia.

She has had short stories and articles published in newspapers and journals including Meanjin 
and Island and presented papers at conferences and literary events, in Australia and elsewhere.


Cross cultural keys to meaning

MemoirSOME YEARS BEFORE her death at the age of eighty-eight, Aphrodite, my Greek mother-in-law, gave up walking. There was no physical or medical reason for this; she simply decided that she didn’t want to walk any more and so...

Like mother, like son

MemoirWE NEVER LIKE to think about the fact, but history repeats itself. Well, often it does: I am now exactly the age my father was when he farewelled me at Tullamarine Airport one morning in 1980. "Mind you come...

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