ANOTHER SEEING and other poems – Press release
The sixty poems in Lucilla Maclaren Spillane’s collection are written with a keen eye for detail and draw on her wide range of experiences in several countries. Some of the poems deal with disabilities, including the author’s own epilepsy. “I hope that my poems will provoke thought on the broader implications of disability, on the way others respond to it, and the effect it can have on a person’s life and that of their relatives and friends,” says Lucilla.
“In poetry we can put into words our most acute thoughts and feelings and can express them in a concise form. There are many people who sincerely believe they will never enjoy poetry and I hope that, in publishing this collection, I may be able to enlighten them and help them to recognize, appreciate and enjoy what I regard as true poetry.”
Lucilla Maclaren Spillane was born in Oxford, England, of Scottish parentage and now lives in Malta and Ireland. Her poetry has been described as “simple, effective and sometimes extremely beautiful.” Her poem, “ A Child in Freedom Square,” won first prize in the 2009 Petersham Festival Poetry Competition. Another Seeing is her first book of poetry.
Written in traditional form and with an ear for harmony, her poems are memorable and easy to read. They range from the deep understanding she shows in “Another Seeing,” through the beauty of “The Lake” in Wisconsin, “The Fountain” in Oxford and “Street Lamps” in Malta to the stark humanity of “The Beggar, ” “The Widow” and “A Lonely New Year.” “Lift Off” re-creates the tension of a Space Shuttle Launch; “Dragon” the secret fears of a child with epilepsy; “No Time to Die” the redemption of an alcoholic; “Sunday Bells” the frustrations of the writing process; whilst “Haggis Night” vividly depicts the fabled Hogmanay Hunt for Haggis in the Highlands of Scotland.
The notes to the poems contained within this volume give the poems added depth and interest, explaining how and where they were inspired and what it was that prompted her to write each of them. The afterword explores her influences, philosophy and beliefs with regard to poetry.
Rumanz ġdid ta’ Charles Micallef St John
Xi jġib u jlaqqa’ flimkien lill-familji Bajada u Magro? Żewġ familji differenti għal kollox minn xulxin, bi stili ta’ ħajja kompletament opposti, b’kuntrasti kbar bejniethom u sitwazzjonijiet diffiċli.
Ir-rumanz ġdid ta’ Charles Micallef St John, L-Eku tas-Sirena jiżvolġi storja ta’ żewġ familji li tibda minn ftit wara t-Tieni Gwerra Dinjija. Bil-maġija ta’ kitbietu, l-awtur jeħodna lura fiż-żmien biex lill-qarrej iddaħħlu fil-fond u jlaqqgħu ma’ dak li sawwar lill-familja Bajada mix-Xgħajra u l-familja Magro minn Ħaż-Żabbar. Iġib lill-qarrej wiċċ imb wiċċ mat-traġedji li ż-żewġ familji jgħaddu minnhom, mingħajr ma jitlef bil-kapaċità naturali li għandu biex joħloq sitwazzjonijiet umoristiċi wkoll. B’kollox ma’ kollox, Charles Micallef St John joħloq bilanċ li permezz tiegħu, il-qarrej isibha diffiċli li jitlaq il-ktieb minn idejh.
Toni Bajada raġel sempliċi, b’delizzji ftit li xejn, għajr l-ossessjoni għall-baħar u l-ħut. Missieru, Karmnu, mekkanik tal-karozzi prim kien ferm aktar fuq ruħu; jiġri man-nisa Ingliżi, jixxala u jgħix għal-lum. Sakemm iltaqa’ ma’ Grazzja, soċja tal-M.U.S.E.U.M. Iżda l-istorja ma bdietx b’Toni u lanqas b’missieru…
L-istorja ta’ Toni mhix waħda komuni. Tfulitu msawra biss bil-fantasija li jibqa’ jgħixha sal-aħħar. Is-sigrieti ta’ Toni jinfetħu beraħ ma’ kull paġna tal-ktieb, li b’ritmu mexxej jakkumula tensjoni pjaċevoli li tibqa’ sejra sal-aħħar paragrafu tal-ktieb.
Charles Micallef St John irnexxilu għal darb’oħra permezz ta’ dan ir-rumanz ġdid tiegħu, L-Eku tas-Sirena jikkontribwixxi volum letterarju ieħor, miktub b’ċerta passjoni, b’sinċerità, bi stil mexxej, kultant romantiku u innoċenti iżda b’lingwaċċ mill-aktar miftuħ u skjett.
Wara s-suċċess tas-saga f’erba’ volumi, Suwed Ulied il-Lejl u s-satira moderna L-Olimpjadi tad-Dagħa, Charles Micallef St John jirritorna b’rumanz ieħor miktub b’pinna matura, versatili u fuq kollox oriġinali.
L-Eku tas-Sirena jinsab għall-bejgħ mingħand il-librara ewlenin.
Small Effort, Better Maltese!
Charles Daniel Saliba, BDL 2012, pp. 88
Charles Daniel Saliba has also launched his latest book on the Maltese language. This one, featuring the latest developments in Maltese orthography, is aimed at self-learners who want to bring their knowledge up to date and to improve their grammar and spelling. It is the companion workbook for the pocketsize Malti Aħjar bi Sforzi Żgħar! (Small Effort, Better Maltese!), whose reprint is released at the same time. Multi-topic worksheets and exercises help learners improve proficiency by brushing up their Maltese grammar while learning the new spelling rules. The author is a Maltese language teacher who has taught all MATSEC levels, so he knows where students find difficulties and has designed practical exercises to help them: specific and general exercises on different aspects of the Maltese language; exercises on Deċiżjonijiet 1, the new orthographic regulations published by the National Council for the Maltese Language; three Maltese language proficiency exams; creative revision exercises and games like crosswords and snakes and ladders; and advice on writing and examples of essays, formal and informal letters, emails, circulars and memos. All the answers are in the back of the book.This book is now available in bookshops.
Maltese O-level at your fingertips!
Charles Daniel Saliba, BDL 2012, pp. 112
After the success of Qawsallinu, Maltese language teacher Charles Daniel Saliba has launched Suċċessinu 1. This book builds on its predecessor’s foundation by preparing students for the first paper of the SEC (O-level) exam. Information is presented in a clear, logical and concise way. It includes: a detailed explanation of the examination paper; a time-management plan for sitting the exam; advice on writing and examples of essays, letters (formal, informal, and to a newspaper), emails and reports; guidance on the SEC oral exam with notes on the Maltese linguistic culture and other current themes; five model papers of the oral exam and five of Paper 1 of the written exam. All the answers are given in a separate section, making the book ideal for self-learning. Suċċessinu 1 conforms to the latest developments in Maltese orthography and is intended for those sitting the 2014 SEC examination.
Charles Daniel Saliba, BDL 2012, pp. 176
Saliba has also launched Suċċessinu 2 to complement the official textbook for the 2014 SEC (O-level) Maltese exam syllabus. The new book covers all the texts listed in the syllabus for Paper 2 and helps students gain a true appreciation of Maltese literature while arming them to pass the exam with flying colours! Written for all students starting their fourth year in September and conforming to the latest developments in Maltese orthography, Suċċessinu 2 includes:
Notes on all the poems and prose listed in the syllabus and published in the literature anthology Bejn Ħaltejn;
- Plenty of exercises based on the anthology;
- Advice on good essay writing skills;
- Model answers in the form of essays;
- A detailed list of the figures of literary discourse with full explanations and creative exercises;
- Three model papers of the written exam.
All the answers are given in a separate section, making the book ideal for self-learning.
Suċċessinu 2 complements Suċċessinu 1, a book that prepares students for Paper 1. Together, the two books are perfect for anyone who has to teach, learn or administer the new O-level syllabus and get ready for the 2014 exam. Both books are available in bookshops now.
The Breeding Birds of Malta – Review in British Birds
A review of the The Breeding Birds of Malta has appeared in this January’s issue of British Birds. The review has been written by Prof. Dr Jeremy Greenwood formerly Director of the British Trust for Ornithology. He is currently working in an honorary capacity at the Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling of the British Trust for Ornithology. He is also one of the Directors of the British Birds Journal.
Ktieb ġdid mis-sensiela Fil-Kċina m’Anton – PIZZA
Pizza No. 7 li se jkun għall-bejgħ aktar tard f’Awissu huwa ktieb ieħor mis-sensiela Fil-Kċina m’Anton.
Dan il-ktieb jagħti l-opportunità lil kull min iħobb il-pizza, li jagħmel din l-ikla, li dejjem qiegħda isir aktar popolari mal-Maltin. Bħas-soltu Anton jagħtina varjetà kbira ta’ pizez. Fost oħrajn f’dan il-ktieb insibu pizzez bil-brunġiel, bit-tiġieġ, bil-brokkoli, bil-patata, bl-ispinaċi friska u saħansitra bl-aruka. Barra mir-riċetta klassika tal-pizza nsibu riċetti tad-deep pan, il-calzone u l-focaccia.
Kull min iħobb jiekol il-pizza għandu jkollu ktieb bħal dan fil-kċina tiegħu.
Kotba oħra f’din is-sensiela:
75 Lehma 75 Fehma
Gozitan, Charles Daniel Saliba, has recently launched a new book named 75 Lehma 75 Fehma. This poem anthology is intended to help students appreciate Maltese literature while passing examinations with flying colours. The book is an important tool for students currently in Junior Lyceums or Secondary schools because it covers nearly all the poems enlisted in the Education division syllabi and private and church schools syllabi. It includes a short note on every poet in this anthology, a selection of poems of these poets, accompanied by explanatory notes and exercises at different levels on each poem.
Apart from all this, there is a detailed explained list of the figures of literary discourse accompanied by exercises, a detailed explanation of examination questions, including SEC questions, good studying skills, and two cultural activities for Maltese and Gozitan students, as well as a detailed explanation of the most common grammatical errors. As expected this book follows the latest developments in Maltese orthography.
The poets included in this anthology are:
Ġan Anton Vassallo (1817–1868); Annibale Preca (1832–1901); Dwardu Cachia (1858–1907); Dun Karm Psaila (1871–1961); Anastasju Cuschieri (1876–1962); Ninu Cremona (1880–1972); Guzè Delia (1900–1980); Mary Meilak (1905–1975); Rużar Briffa (1906–1963); Ġorġ Zammit (1908–1990); Ġorġ Pisani (1909–1999); Anton Buttigieg (1912–1983); Karmenu Vassallo (1913–1987); Dun Frans Camilleri (1919–1990); Parti Marjanu Vella (1927–1988); J.J. Camilleri (1928–); John Sciberras (1932–2004); Victor Fenech (1935–); Daniel Massa (1936–); Achille Mizzi (1939–); Carmel Attard (1943–1994); Joe W. Psaila (1943–); Mario Azzopardi (1944–); Dun George Mercieca (1944–); Philip Sciberras (1945–); Ġorġ Borg (1946–); Joe Friggieri (1946–); Oliver Friggieri (1947–); Carmel Calleja (1948–); Raymond Mahoney (1949–); Charles Bezzina (1961–); Adrian Grima (1968–); Louis Briffa (1971–); Donovan Gatt (1986–); Vanessa Attard (1989–).