tony maniaty / ANTHONY EMANUEL MANIATY
As an author, journalist and photographer, academic and reviewer, working across a broad creative canvas, I’ve been helped by great mentors, and I've used that experience to help others with their creativity. Albert Camus said, 'We are all special cases', and that's my outlook: we're all equal, but unique in our ways. Like most writers I'm intrigued by human behavior. The great Hollywood film director Billy Wilder noted his classic movie scripts ('Ace in the Hole', 'Double Indemnity', 'Sunset Boulevard') were based on a profoundly simple question: 'What makes people do the things they do?'
We spend our lives trying to figure that out.
To colleagues and friends I'm Tony Maniaty.
I also use my full name Anthony Emanuel Maniaty in some creative endeavors. I'm based in Sydney and, after living and working in Australia, the United States, Britain, France, Greece and Denmark, and traveling through more than thirty countries, my outlook is decidedly global. My father was a Greek refugee from Asia Minor and a migrant to Australia, my mother's ancestry was Anglo-Saxon, and my sons have Latvian and Irish blood as well. My partner Galina Lazareva is an award-winning Russian poet and translator.
Cultural diversity - and sharing ideas, knowledge and experiences with others - is what makes life worth living.
To date I've published four books. (Seeing my first novel with the Penguin logo was a special moment.) The major themes of my work arise largely from my personal and family experiences, as well as my time as a correspondent: exploring the impacts of war and upheaval, and migration. I'm currently working on a cycle of novels about refugees and displacement. My blog explores these topics as well as the cultural spaces I enjoy: cinema, journalism, history and biography, photography, architecture and design, travel, music and - naturally - writing and literature, in all its wonderful forms.
Awards I've received include the NSW Premier's Writers Award and the National Short Story of the Year Award. The best thing about awards, apart from any monies involved, is the publicity they generate for literature generally. (And right now, the world badly needs its literatures.) In recent years I've also managed to complete a PhD. My thesis on the written memoirs and psychology of war correspondents was awarded the Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor's Commendation for Excellence.