Author´s Reading: Gerald Ganglbauer “GEOGRAFIE DER LIEBE”





Born Horst Gerald Ganglbauer, he studied Communication at University of Graz (1986), and more recently Web Development at the SIT (2006). In 1984 he started the independent press Gangan with his then wife Petra Ganglbauer. After their divorce he lived for several years in Vienna. Since 1989 he has lived in Sydney and Perth, Australia under dual citizenship, and is listed as one of Styria’s Top Expatriates.

1982/83 he was a founder and editor-in-chief of the magazine perspektive, 1987/88 editor in chief of the literary journal gangan viertel, ZeitSCHRIFT über Literatur,[4] and in 1990/91 he launched Gangaroo in Sydney. In 1992 he co-edited with Andreas Puff-Trojan Textwechsel,and in 1996 launched the international online magazine Gangway. In 2001 he introduced Gangart Awards, an intercultural competition for the arts on the net, which were awarded till 2005 by an international jury, and only ended due to his illness. Gangan published books in print for ten years, and then online.

In the last decade he was involved in resident action groups and was elected chairman of the Ultimo Precinct Committee in Sydney. He is founder of the forum for Austrians Abroad (2004) and since 2007 has been on the board of directors of the World Federation of Austrians Abroad (AÖWB). He was also convenor of Free Beach Action NSW,[10] a lobby group for naturism in New South Wales.


Gerald Ganglbauer’s PON (Parkinsonline, the friendly support group)
In 2006 he was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s disease, which forced him into retirement in 2007, before the age of 50. With this dramatic change in his life, he became active in Parkinson’s support groups in Austria (Parkinson Selbsthilfe Steiermark) and New South Wales (Parkinson’s NSW Inc.) and, despite his illness was re-elected AÖWB director in 2010.Together with Viennese neurologist Dr Wilibald Gerschlager he started the Austrian Parkinson’s forum Parkinsonberatung and ran it from June 2007 to January 2011, and, after that, a Facebook page and a Twitter microblog for the umbrella organisation Parkinson Selbsthilfe Österreich. On Skype he introduced Parkinsonline IM groups in August 2010. In Sydney he convened an inner city support group, moved back to Austria in 2013, and became first elected president of Austrian Parkinson’s association PON, in 2014. He is also a contributing author to Dr Gerschlager’s book on Parkinson’s disease.

In den letzten zehn Jahren war er aktiv in verschiedenen Bürgerinitiativen und war Chairman des Ultimo Precinct Committee in Sydney. Er ist Vorstandsmitglied des Auslandsösterreicher-Weltbundes und Gründer der Free Beach Action NSW, einer Gruppe von Aktivisten zur Bewahrung der Freikörperkultur an den traditionellen FKK-Stränden von New South Wales.


Evading the jaws of giants, Independent publishing in Austria. Editions Review, Falter, Gangway #1
Multicultural Publishing: How hard is it to do in Australia? Key note Carnivale Literary Festival
Publishing My Way. Key note National Young Writers Festival

Cyberspace – die Verbundenheit der Differenz: Kommunikation ohne Grenzen. Conference paper TUAC 2003
Virtuelle Gemeinschaften | Virtual Communities. Conference paper IRICS 2005
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