A bit of history
Manfred is the son of a Russian born Latvian father and a Polish born German mother. He grew up in country Victoria, to an outdoors lifestyle and left home at an early age to do the "Great Circle" trip. During that time Manfred worked at a number of different jobs, steel-fixer on the Snowy Mountains Scheme (Blowering Diversion Tunnel), road gang on the Nullarbor (Balladonia), cane cutter FNQ (Ingham) and croc shooter in NT (out of Borrooloola) before a stint in the Services. Manfred also graduated as a mature age student with an IT Degree.
All this has given him a rich well of life's experiences to draw from.
He still travels, giving poetry workshops, judging and performing at festivals.
Since he started writing and performing, Manfred has won several awards including an Australian Bush Laureate Award for album of the year (2015) for his original poetic works. For his lyrics, he received a Golden Guitar (2016) for, "One Last Muster" in a co-write with Allan Caswell. Awards for his writing were also recieved from the Australian Songwriters Association (ASA) and the Tamworth Songwriters Association (TSA). Two People's Choice Awards are currently included in Manfred's collection.
As past president, and current serving committee member of the Australin Bush Poets Association, he remains committed to the growth of our Bush Poetry culture through educating the youth and bridging the digital divide.