Matjaž Chvatal about himself

I was born May 1st 1960 in Ljubljana Slovenia. My childhood is long forgotten for me. I only vaguely remember my first grade in elementary school, children and other events elude my memory. But the books I had read and studied, I remember those as if I read them yesterday.

Even back then, when I was only 12 years old, I had a few articles published in TIM, a periodical for pupils. In 1979 the Gorenjski Glas newspaper published my short story about exploration of cave Brezno pri Leški planini at Jelovica (Slovenia). Their readers were very fond of it, so I was asked to keep on writing about it. That’s how the 27 part feuilleton was created. Later on I published the same articles in a book called Chasm (Brezno).

The house is built, the tree has grown, the book is published, and new horizons are opening themselves in front of me…

Even back then, when I was only 12 years old, I had a few articles published in TIM, a periodical for pupils. In 1979 the Gorenjski Glas newspaper published my short story about exploration of cave Brezno pri Leški planini at Jelovica (Slovenia). Their readers were very fond of it, so I was asked to keep on writing about it. That’s how the 27 part feuilleton was created. Later on I published the same articles in a book called Chasm (Brezno).

During that year I played the Go game and explored the caves. In order for some change to find its way into my pocket, I started writing about caving for two Slovenian newspapers, Delo’s sport section and Gorenjski glas. At times I also managed to sell a longer article.

My ten years long creative void followed. Many people said to me that one cannot make a living writing books in Slovenia. And I was naive enough to believe them. I dabbled in this and that, I tried many handicrafts. It’s not that I wasn’t successful, I just didn’t see myself in those ventures. Years went by, and I became more and more miserable with each and every one of them.

So I went back to what I loved doing. In 1994 my first tourist guide was published and a year after that, another one… Since then I’m walking my own creative path with no intention to stray off of it again. What I am today, what I’m doing, is exactly what I wanted to become when I was a child.

Matjaz Chvatal

WRITER, PHOTOGRAPHER, PUBLISHER

Since 1994 he’s been a tourist guide author and designer. Ever since March 1997, when he and his life partner founded a family business Turistika Publishing, his main focus was production of tourist guides on Slovenia in different foreign languages.

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