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'Jimmy Saks' 'Jimmy Saks' i(A23181 works by)
Also writes as: Janis Sakurovs
Born: Established: 1926
Former Soviet Union,
Eastern Europe, Europe,
Gender: Male
Arrived in Australia: ca. 1949
Heritage: Latvian
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Janis Sakurovs, who writes as 'Jimmy Saks', was born in Istra, Latvia, of Russian/Latvian parents and has published mainly in English and occasionally in Latvian. Before settling in Australia, he spent time in a number of displaced persons camps.

In Australia he came first to Barmera, South Australia, as a grape-picker, and after that worked near Mount Gambier. He moved to Victoria, and then to Queensland looking unsuccessfully for work, then decided he may as well try for the 'big smoke'. In Sydney he worked as a warder at the Long Bay Penitentiary, then found work with the Police Force where his ability with languages proved an asset in police work with migrants. The story of his time in the Force and the corruption he found there is disguised as fiction in his novel Vortex. On leaving the Police Force he worked for the New South Wales Railways.

Sakurovs has been active in community entertainments, singing, acting and writing sketches, has edited Banksnotes: Independent Monthly for Writers and has been a member of the Fellowship of Australian Writers (FAW). He has read at multicultural literary gatherings at the Performance Space, the Poets Union, Parramatta Town Hall and elsewhere.

Most Referenced Works


  • Author writes in these languages: LATVIAN; ENGLISH

Personal Awards

1991 winner FAW Far North Coast Regional Literary Awards for his article Ethnic Dilemma
1981 Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Literature Board Grants General Writing Grant The grant was to complete How Do You Like Australia?

Known archival holdings

State Library of NSW (NSW)
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