Angelo Loukakis

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Angelo Loukakis is an Australian author. He was born in Australia, attended Fort Street High School, studied English Literature at the University of New South Wales, and acquired a Dip. Ed. from Sydney Teachers College and a Doctorate in Creative Arts from the University of Technology, Sydney. He has worked as a teacher, editor, publisher and scriptwriter. Angelo Loukakis is the author of three novels: Messenger, The Memory of Tides, and Houdini's Flight; two collections of short stories, as well as non-fiction work, such as a children's book on Greeks in Australia, a book on ancestry based on the Australian version of the television series Who Do You Think You Are? and a travel book on Norfolk Island.

Angelo’s parents came from the island of Crete, Greece and his novel, The Memory of Tides, which has as a backdrop the Battle of Crete, honours their generation. Of that novel he has said:

I wanted to show the extraordinary and positive relationships that were formed between Greeks and Aussies at a time of profound crisis. There were many instances of cross-cultural revelation during the Greek campaign. For humble, frightened village people an awakening and relief—they could scarcely believe that complete strangers would come from across the world to try to protect them from the Nazi tyrants. For Aussie boys, an awareness of a culture that had given birth to the very things they were fighting for—freedom and democracy.[1]

His collection of short stories For the Patriarch received a prize in the 1981 NSW Premier's Awards and was set on the NSW HSC syllabus between 1986 and 2001.[2] In 1980 his film, Dancing, was awarded a prize at the Melbourne Film Festival.

Angelo Loukakis was the founding Chair of the NSW Writers' Centre (1991)

Angelo was the Executive Director of the Australian Society of Authors (2010-16).


  • Loukakis, Angelo (1981). For the Patriarch. St. Lucia, Qld.: University of Queensland Press. 
  • — (1981). The Greeks. Sydney: Hodder and Stoughton. 
  • Norfolk: An Island and Its People (Adelaide: Rigby, 1984)
  • Vernacular Dreams (St. Lucia, Qld.: University of Queensland Press, 1986)
  • Messenger (Ringwood, Vic.: Penguin, 1992)
  • The Memory of Tides (Pymble, N.S.W.: HarperCollins Publishers, 2006)
  • Who Do You Think You Are? (Sydney, N.S.W.: Pan Macmillan, 2008)
  • Houdini's Flight (Pymble, N.S.W.: HarperCollins Publishers, 2010)
  • — (Mar 2012). "The ABC of cultural creativity". ASA View. Australian Author. 44 (1): 28–29. 
  • — (June 2014). "Writing for nothing : don't fall for it". ASA View. Australian Author. 46 (1): 32–33. 


  1. ^ “The Memory of War: Interview with Angelo Loukakis” by Scott Whitmont in Australian Bookseller & Publisher Magazine, 6 January 2007.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-08-18. Retrieved 2008-09-12. 

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