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Lawrence Gatt

Lawrence-SalibaLawrence Gatt twieled ir-Rabat, Malta, fit-12 ta’ Mejju 1941. Ħa l-edukazzjoni tiegħu fil-Liċeo u fl-Università ta’ Malta minn fejn iggradwa bħala perit fl-1967. Miżżewweġ lil Agnes née Sciberras u għandhom tlitt itfal – Louiselle, Etienne u Joseph.

Ikkontesta l-elezzjoni ġenerali f’isem il-Partit Nazzjonalista għall-ewwel darba fl-1971 u ġie elett. Baqa’ jiġi elett fl-erba’ elezzjonijiet li ġew wara. Hekk għal ħamsa u għoxrin sena rrappreżenta l-kostitwenti tiegħu fil-Parlament.

Għal ħdax-il sena (1976–87) kien Shadow Minister tal-Agrikoltura u Sajd. Wara l-elezzjoni tal-1987 ġie maħtur Ministru tal-Iżvilupp tal-Produzzjoni (1987–90), Ministru tal-Agrikoltura u Sajd (1990–92) u Ministru tal-Ikel, Agrikoltura u Sajd (1992–94).

Għal tlieta minn erba’ laqgħat tal-Ministri tal-Agrikoltura tal-Ewropa, organizzati mill-F.A.O. ġie appuntat viċi chairman u mexxa laqgħa fit-tlitt okkażjonijiet.

Kien il-moħħ wara l-introduzzjoni tal-Akkwakultura f’Malta, it-twaqqif tal-Istitut tal-Agrikoltura fl-Università ta’ Malta kif ukoll l-introduzzjoni tad-Drip Irrigation fuq skala nazzjonali. Ġiet stabbilita wkoll it-teknika moderna tal-micropropagation, u d-Dipartiment tal-Konsumatur li kien jaqa’ taħt il-Ministeru tiegħu.

Lawrence Gatt ingħata l-onorefiċenza “Ġieħ il-Mosta” mill-Kunsill Lokali tal-Mosta. Kien l-ewwel President tas-Sirens Football Club ta’ San Pawl il-Baħar u żamm din il-kariga għal tmienja u għoxrin sena. Huwa membru tal-Għaqda Poeti Maltin u tal-Akkademja tal-Malti.

Il-Pubblikazzjonijiet tiegħu huma: ktieb ta’ stejjer umoristiċi, Stejjer mill-Għorfa (1996), ġabra ta’ poeżiji Fejn Tħabbat il-Qalb, (1998), tliet rumanzi, Marlene – meta l-Qalb Tħobb (2000), Il-Ġurament tal-Ħatra (2013), Id-Dnub ma Jorqodx (2015), novelli Il-Qlugħ Aħmar u 31 Novella oħra (2016) u r-rumanz Rabtiet (2017).

Mario Gauci

Mario Gauci studied at the University of Malta for a Bachelor’s Degree in Libraries, Information and Archives Studies in 2010 and a Masters in Arts and Baroque Studies in 2013. He has been serving as Senior Assistant Archivist for the Metropolitan Cathedral Archives in Mdina since March 2005. Prior to his current position, Mario worked for the Government Libraries Department. His scholarly work specializes in ecclesiastical archives and processed significant institutional documents and personal papers of Maltese scholars. He took keen interest in the restructuring programme of the Cathedral Archives and was appointed ex-ufficio member and secretary of the Cathedral Archives Management Board.

His work entails, the administrative and managerial, preservation, cataloguing and classification of the archival documentation. He monitored the digitization project of the Archdiocese of Malta and collaborated with the Malta Study Centre of the Hill Monastic Library for Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, USA. He promotes and facilitates effective collaboration between foreign scholarly institutions and the Cathedral Archives. Mr Gauci was offered a brief scholarship in the Archivio di Stato of Bologna 2011 and participated in a conference organized by Archivo della Congregazione per la Dottrina delle Fede at the Vatican in May 2018.

His published and unpublished studies include: art history, architecture, social history and the archival scenario in Malta.

Ursola Borg

Ursola Borg BDL BooksUrsola Borg was born in Xaghra, Gozo. She attended the Xaghra Primary School and Secondary School in Victoria, Gozo. The area where she grew up overlooked Ramla Bay. She was surrounded by nature and this instilled in her, from a very young age, a love of simple things, beautiful landscapes and nature in all its moods. She is a very down-to-earth person and this also influences her writing. Her children’s stories reflect her upbringing in the rural countryside of Gozo. When in her teens, she moved to Malta to further her studies.

She is married to Carmel, a mother to two daughters and also a grandmother. Her hobbies are reading, gardening and travelling. She is a TEFL teacher and loves her job. She also enjoys meeting people from different cultures as this broadens her horizons. Her dream to publish her stories for children is seeing the light of day as some of her books now have been published and more are in the pipeline.

Monica Gatt

Monica Gatt qualified as a teacher from Mater Admirabilis Teachers’ Training College, Tal-Virtù, with history as her special field of study. Subsequently she followed a career teaching history in secondary schools and junior lyceums. She has also served as Guidance and Counselling teacher and was seconded to the Guidance Unit to conduct careers seminars for Form 5 students.
 
She holds two diplomas from the University of Malta: a Diploma in Educational Guidance and Counselling and a Diploma in Educational Administration and Management. She attained the grade of assistant head in the secondary sector.alt
 
From a young age she has been an avid reader. She reads about a wide spectrum of subjects; however, her favourite literature is biographies and historical novels.
 
For the last three years or so she has taken up a new hobby, that of writing novels with a historical background. So far she has written three novels, two of which have been published while the third is yet to be published.
 
She likes crossword puzzles, sudoku and codebreakers. On television, she likes watching documentaries, news reports and light entertainment programmes. A good comedy show is much to her liking!

Lorna Vassallo

altLorna Vassallo (B.A., L.P., M.Jur.) graduated as a legal procurator and specialized in European law, but went on to embrace the teaching career in state schools. Along the years she gained prolific experience in the teaching of the main European languages (English, Italian, French and German) and also obtained basic certification in Arabic, Spanish and Russian. In 2011 she did a postgraduate conference interpreting course at the University of Malta. Presently employed as Administrative Manager at the Cooperatives Board. she is also a licensed tourist guide and a regular newspaper columnist. In the past she also worked as a radio and television producer/presenter.

Natalino Fenech

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(15.12.1962-). Journalist.
 
Fenech graduated in communications and journalism from the University of Malta, and also has a doctorate in geography from Durham University, England. 
 
​He started his journalistic career in 1992, first as news editor for The Malta Independent, and in 1997 he joined The Times and The Sunday Times. Between January 2008 and May 2013, Fenech served as registered editor and head of news with the Public Broadcasting Services. 
 
He wrote, and co-authored several scientific papers, short notes and popular articles about Maltese ornithology for international journals, including Bird Conservation International, British Birds, Dutch Birding, Birdwatch and Gli Uccelli d’Italia.
 
He also wrote seven books, two of which won first prize in the National book awards in 2007 and 2010.
 
Books:
1992: ​The Fatal Flight: The Maltese Obsession with Killing Birds (London)
2004: ​Lark Mirrors: Folk Art from the Past (with H.F. Arensten)
2007: Richard Ellis – The Photography Collection Valletta & Floriana Volume 1 (BDL Books)
2008: Richard Ellis – The Photography Collection Grand Harbour & Cottonera (BDL Books)
2010: A Complete Guide to the Birds of Malta (Midsea Books)
2016: Kif Dieb il-Gemiem, rakkonti dwar kaċċa u nsib mill-passat (Midsea Books)
2017: Birds of the Maltese Islands, Nature Guide Series (BDL Books)

George Said Zammit

George A. Said-Zammit was born in Sliema, Malta, in 1969. He studied at the University of Malta, graduating in 1990 (B.A. in Archaeology and Classics). Between 1992 and 1994 he read for a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Archaeology at the University of Durham under the supervision of Dr J. L. Bintliff. His thesis was concerned with mortuary practices in the Punic Mediterranean, with particular reference to the Maltese islands. His thesis was published by British Archaeological Reports (B.A.R.) in 1997, entitled Population, Land Use and Settlement on Punic Malta. Between 2007 and 2009 he read for a Post-Graduate Diploma in Educational Management and Administration from the University of Malta, graduating with distinction. In 2011 he registered for a Ph.D. degree at the University of Leiden. His research was supervised by Prof. Dr J. L. Bintliff (Faculty of Archaeology, University of Leiden) and co-supervised by Dr H. Stöger (Faculty of Archaeology, University of Leiden).

Between 1988 and 1990 he was involved in the updating of the Malta’s Antiquities List, which led to the publication of the National Protective Inventory in 1990. He was also co-supervisor in the National Coastal Survey of the Maltese islands, which was organized in 1989 by the Department of Geography of the University of Durham, in collaboration with the University of Malta. Between 1988 and 1997 he also took part in archaeological excavations in Malta and Gozo. He participated and presented papers in a number of seminars and conferences in Malta and abroad. He is the author of various published articles and studies which focus on the built heritage of the Maltese islands as well as on mortuary practices and archaeology in the Punic world. He also gave public lectures in Malta and abroad on different aspects related to the archaeology of the Maltese islands. From 1990 onwards he taught a number of credit courses at the University of Malta, both at the Faculty of Arts as well as the Faculty of Education.

For more than fifteen years Said-Zammit worked as a teacher in a private secondary school in Malta, teaching History, Latin and Environmental Studies. In 2008 he was appointed as Education Officer of Social Studies and European Studies within the Directorate for Quality and Standards in Education. In 2014 George A. Said-Zammit was appointed Director of the Student Services Department within the Directorate for Educational Services (Ministry for Education and Employment).

Stephen C. Spiteri

BDL Books - Stephen C SpiteriStephen C. Spiteri (born 15 September 1963) is a Maltese military historian, author, lecturer and preservationist. His work mainly deals with the military history of Malta, particularly military architecture, and he is regarded as the “leading expert on Malta’s fortifications.”
Spiteri studied at St. Aloysius’ College and the University of Malta. He is the Research Co-ordinator of the Restoration Directorate, the Maltese government’s entity responsible for restoring historic buildings, and he is also a lecturer at the International Institute for Baroque Studies of the University of Malta. Spiteri previously served as the Superintendent of Fortifications for a decade, and he was also Acting Curator of the Palace Armoury in the Grandmaster’s Palace in Valletta. He later became curator of the Fortifications Interpretation Centre, also in Valletta.
Spiteri wrote a number of books dealing with the fortifications of Malta or fortresses built by the Knights Hospitaller. He also edits Arx – Online Journal of Military Architecture and Fortification, which is published via his website MilitaryArchitecture.com. Spiteri is one of the founding members of the Sacra Militia Foundation for the study of Hospitaller Military and Naval History, as well as the Fortress Explorer Society.
Publications
  • Fortresses of the Cross: Hospitaller Military Architecture (1136–1798) (1994)
  • British Military Architecture in Malta (1996)
  • The Fougasse, The Stone Mortar of Malta (1999)
  • Fortresses of the Knights (2001)
  • Armoury of the Knights (2003)
  • The Great Siege (2005)
  • The Art of Fortress Building in Hospitaller Malta (2008)

Rita Grech

Rita Grech, awtriċi ta’ rumanzi bil-Malti. Twieldet fl-1975 u hija minn Bormla. Ilha tikteb għal dawn l-aħħar għaxar snin.Rita Grech - Authors - BDL Books

S’issa ppubblikat 22 rumanz. Fosthom Markuż li hu pubblikazzjoni ta’ BDL Books. Il-ġeneru favorit tagħha huma l-kotba għall-adolexxenti. Tieħu gost ħafna tikteb għal din l-età għax taħseb li hija età partikolari fejn jidħol qari, peress li mhux faċli jsibu xi ħaġa li tassew iżżommhom biex ikomplu jaqraw. Tħobb tibbaża l-istejjer tagħha fuq ir-realtà. L-ikbar sodisfazzjon għaliha huwa meta jgħidulha li l-kotba tagħha jintgħoġbu.

Tħobb ukoll tagħti s-sehem tagħha biex tkompli tinkoraġġixxi l-qari bil-Malti, speċjalment fl-iskejjel. Temmen li l-lingwa Maltija hija xi ħaġa li aħna l-Maltin għandna biex inkunu kburin ħafna biha u għalhekk m’għandniex nitilfulha s-sens tagħha billi nużaw lingwi oħra minflokha. Tħobb ħafna l-qari u dejjem tgħid li aktar ma taqra aktar tispira ruħha biex tikteb! Ħaġa oħra li tagħtiha ispirazzjoni hija l-mużika. Infatti kull ktieb li tikteb ikollha kanzunetta konnessa miegħu.

Fil-futur għandha f’moħħha li tippubblika aktar rumanzi għall-adolexxenti, kif ukoll xi kotba għat-tfal u anke rumanzi oħrajn.

Prof. Conrad Thake

altProf. Conrad Thake is an architect and architectural historian. He graduated B.E.&A.(Hons.) from the University of Malta (1988) and pursued postgraduate studies at the University of Waterloo, Canada with an MA degree in Urban and Regional Planning (1991) and a Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley, USA (1996).

He has co-authored with the late Dr. Quentin Hughes, the two volumes Malta – The Baroque Island, (2003) and Malta – War & Peace, an Architectural Chronicle 1800–2000, (2005). He has published a monograph on the British Admiralty architect William Scamp in Malta and one of his most recent publications is The Ottoman Muslim Cemetery in Malta.

He has published in several prestigious international journals such as Abitare la TerraL’ArcaDemetraPalladio, and Spazio e Società

Thake is a Salzburg fellow and a Member of CICA – Comité International des Critiques d’Architecture / International Committee of Architectural Critics. He is currently an associate professor in the History of Art department within the Faculty of Arts, University of Malta. 

 
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