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George E. Kissaun
George E. Kissaun was born in Sliema at the advent of World War II, on 24 June 1938. His whole family had to leave their residence in Sliema, when it became clear that Germany was going to pound Malta until it surrenders in 1941-42. The family took refuge in Attard and later transferred to Fleur-de-Lys in Birkirkara, before returning to Sliema at the beginning of 1945. He was educated at the Montessori Junior School and St Anthony’s private school in Sliema. At the age of eleven years, he sat and was successful in the Lyceum entrance examination and started his adult education at the Lyceum in Ħamrun. He transferred to Valletta in 1953 for his final three years up to Sixth Form or “Sesta”, as it was popularly known.
His first job was as a Clerk at the General Retailers and Traders Union and then successfully started his short Government career, also as a Clerk. His Army career started after his mother refused his successful application to join the Royal Air Force for a commission in Her Majesty’s Services. George was commissioned in the British Army in 1962, an ambition that satisfied his mother’s traditions. In 1970, he was selected to join the Palace staff as Aide-de-Camp to the Governor General Sir Maurice Dorman and promoted to Captain in 1971. After his service at the Palace came to an abrupt end, he went on to pursue a highly successful career in aviation. His mentor was Rigas Doganis, a Professor at Cranwell University, well known for its aviation specialisation. George participated in very important conferences and spoke on General Aviation in Austria as it celebrated 25 years of flying since the first flights were permitted after the war. In 1984, he was appointed to the Administrative Board at the National Tourism Organisation Malta (NTOM), and also a member of the Air Terminal Committee. He was appointed Head of Administration and deputy Chief Executive at NTOM, and later head of the first Environment Department. George’s expertise saw him involved directly with the extension of the old Air Terminal and a member of the Committee that built the new Air Terminal. He served as Executive Secretary of the Airport Users Committee, and from 2005 to 2013 as Chairman of the Airport Council. His skills in financial and organisational matters saw him part of a team that built the dual carriageways and the University Complex Pool.
The final years in Government were mainly spent pursuing Systems Auditing, and he became Senior Internal Auditor until his retirement. Once he left the Public Service, he immediately tried his skill at Local Councils from which he retired in 2009. In 1998, he was invited to join the Single European Sky I team at Euro Control in Brussels, and carried on in the main team until Countries eventually signed the SES. George has been a non-paid Chairman of the International Air Rally of Malta for 50 years, an aviation event very close to his heart, and lived to see the General Aviation scene in all its branches flourish and move forward to the state it is today.
Lawrence 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 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 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.
Lorna 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.
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
- 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)
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.