at Marsa, Malta on the 21st September 1943. He was educated at the
Lyceum and after completing a two-year course at St.Michael's Training
College he joined the Education Department as a teacher in the Primary
Sector. In 1970 he started teaching Maltese in the Secondary Schools.
He was also a school-librarian.He retired from the Department in
In 1982 he was
awarded a certificate in Library Techniques and in 1985 a diploma
in Language Studies (Maltese) from the University of Malta.
He started writing
while still a young student at the Lyceum. In the late sixties he
became well known among young readers with his humorous stories
about the jolly character "Fra Mudest"
which were first published in the "Children's Own". However
his writings for children include also adventure novels, short stories,
plays and text-books. The set of books "Kun
Af " gained popularity in a very short time and are still
widely used in schools all over Malta. The same could be said for
the series "Naqraw ma'...."
His book "Il-Klabb - L-Ghaxar Anniversarju
", written for adolescents was awarded the Literary Prize for
Children's Literature in 1998. In 2001 his book "Gummienu"
was awarded the Literary Prize for Children's literature. His novel
"L-Appartament fir-raba' sular"
(the Apartment on the fourth floor ) was awarded 2nd prize in the
National Literary Awards.His book Trasport
won was also awarded second prize in the National Book Awards.He
has also written a number of books for adults, namely five novels
and short stories. Total number of publications
amount to 49
is married to Mary nee Casingena and has three children, Stefanja,
Mark and Kristjana.
FUQ L-GHOLJA (1968)
HUMOROUS STORIES FOR CHILDREN)
the Marsa Local Council
appreciation of his Literary Works
th April 2007