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Antoni Jach Antoni Jach i(A12361 works by) (birth name: Antoni Michael Jach)
Born: Established: 1956 Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Male
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Antoni Jach was born in East Melbourne to a Polish father and an Anglo-Australian mother. He was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Education degree from La Trobe University and has worked as the coordinator of the Associate Diploma of Arts (Professional Writing and Editing) at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, while also teaching short story writing and small press publishing there. He became a member of the Australian Society of Authors, The Victorian Writers Centre and Darebin Writers Incorporated.

Jach's poetry and short stories have appeared in several anthologies and magazines. His play Boy in a Potato Patch was performed at La Trobe University and The University of Melbourne in 1976 and another play, Some of the Best Years, was performed at the University of Western Australia and La Trobe University in 1977. His novel in manuscript, Dina Club, was shortlisted in the 1990 Vogel/Australian Award. He was also shortlisted for the fiction section of The Age 'Book of the Year' in 1999. Jach has published translations of the poetry of Baudelaire, Eluard and Apollinaire in several periodicals and journals. His work was read on ABC television for The Arts Show in 1999 and he was featured on a video titled Writers on Screen '99.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2011 State Library Victoria Fellowship Creative Fellowship For 'artist's book, "In Ruins: Luxor and Thebes Past and Present".

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Travelling Companions Yarraville : Transit Lounge , 2021 21996952 2021 single work novel

'Solitary travellers and a couple encounter Nina, an eloquent storyteller, on their travels through Spain, France and Italy. She entrances them all with her tales, which prompts her fellow travelling companions to share their own stories.

'A handsome young man from Staten Island, who believes that life forms exist in other galaxies, vows to never work in an office again and travels by container ship to a commune in Italy. A lonely postal worker from Łódź takes home and reads the most interesting love letters, often becoming convinced a relationship needs his intervention, before delivering them the next day. A woman named Pauline calls herself Kim because her surname is Nowak. Depressed about turning forty, she mysteriously disappears from her own birthday party. Told by people on a journey, these are stories – rich with unexpected wisdoms – of lives in transit.

'Travelling Companions is charming, amusing and philosophical – a wholly original exploration of what it means to honour our strangest dreams and disappointments. It is both a confrontation with, and a sweet diversion from, these, the darkest of times.'

Source : publisher's blurb

2022 longlisted APA Book Design Awards Best Designed Literary Fiction Book

Also longlisted: international author Alfred Döblin.

Also shortlisted: international author Jessica Gaitán Johannesson.

designed by Josh Durham, Design by Committee.
Who Are These People? 1991 single work short story
— Appears in: Mattoid , no. 39 1991; (p. 100-108) Below the Waterline : 31 Australian Writers Choose Their Best Short Stories 1999; (p. 347-359)
1990 second The Deakin Literary Society Prose Prize
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