As an author, journalist and reviewer, photographer and academic, I've spent my life largely in the creative sphere, helped by great mentors, and I've used that experience to help others in their creativity and education. Albert Camus said, 'We are all special cases,' and that sums up up my outlook: we are all equal, and unique in our ways. Like most writers I'm intrigued by human behaviour. The director Billy Wilder said his classic movie scripts ('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. On creative works I also use my given name, Anthony Emanuel Maniaty, hence the 'double header' on this site. I'm based in Sydney and, after living and working in Australia, Britain, France and Denmark, and travelling through more than thirty countries, my outlook is global. My father was a Greek refugee from Asia Minor and an immigrant to Australia, my mother's ancestry was Anglo-Saxon, and my sons have Latvian and Irish blood as well.

For me, cultural diversity is what makes life worth living. 

I've published four books, with Penguin. (Seeing my first novel with the Penguin logo was a special moment.) The themes of my work arise largely from my family's past (what's the point of having a life if you're not going to write about it?) and my time as a correspondent: exploring the impacts of war and upheaval, displacement and migration. I'm currently working on a cycle of novels about refugees. My blog explores these topics, as well as the cultural spaces I enjoy: cinema, journalism, history, biography, photography, architecture and design, travel, music and - naturally - writing and literature, in all its wonderful forms. The site name, NEOTETTIX, comes from the Ancient Greek word for cicada, τέττιξ. 

Awards I've won over the years include the Martin Bequest for Literature, the New South Wales Premier's Writers Award, Senior Fellowships from the Australia Council for the Arts, 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.) Along the way I've also managed to complete a PhD. My thesis on war correspondents and the psychology of conflict reporting was awarded the Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor's Commendation for Excellence.

That makes me a Dottore, I guess. 


Fresh out of high school, I began a journalism cadetship with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. I've spent much of my life in broadcasting roles - Diplomatic Correspondent for Radio Australia, producing news with BBC World Service, European Correspondent for SBS TV's 'Dateline', Executive Producer of ABC TV's '7.30 Report'. I was also Associate Professor of International Journalism and Creative Practice at the University of Technology Sydney. Currently I have my own media and writing consultancy, Mediatettix. I'm available for literary festivals, media conferences and panel discussions, interviews and guest lectures. Use the CONTACT form for messages and media requests. I enjoy hearing from readers, and colleagues worldwide in media, publishing, cinema and academia. 

To discuss rights to my books, contact Penguin Australia: penguin.rights@penguinrandomhouse.com.au

If you'd like to read or hear some of my conversations with the media, click on the red button.


'Into the Heart of Darkness', Nick Galvin, Sydney Morning Herald, 5 July 2009.

'Balibo movie brings back memories for journo who escaped', Adam Gartrell, The Age, 5 June 2009.

'Ghosts of Balibo', Tom Hyland, The Age, 31 May 2009.


Conversations with Richard Fidler, ABC Radio, 4 June 2009. 

Late Night Live with Phillip Adams, ABC Radio National, 28 May 2009.

Mornings with Margaret Throsby, ABC Classic FM, 22 June 2009, rebroadcast 16 Oct 2015.

Arts Broadcasting, The Media Report, ABC Radio National, 27 November 2003.


Big Ideas, ABC Television, 7 August 2009.