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Oreste Calleja
ORESTE CALLEJA

Born in Ħamrun, (Malta) Calleja studied at the Lyceum and St. Michael’s Training College for Teachers (1964-66). He left Malta in 1974 to study at the University of London, Birkbeck College, and then in 1990 he attended North Florida University, and Jacksonville University, Florida, from where he obtained a BA in Art and French. 

Calleja was a committee member of the Moviment Qawmien Letterarju in the sixties. At the same time he started writing plays for the stage, radio, and television. These include Anestesija (1969), Għargħar (1979), Ċens Perpetwu (1969), Satira (1970), Jum Fost l-Oħrajn (1970), En Passant (1970), Iġsmaiħirsa (1970) and Għażiż Angelo (1971). Before he emigrated in 1974, he published Erba’ Drammi (1972) which is still used in secondary schools as a text in Maltese literature. Since his return to Malta in  1991, he has written and published three other plays, Għasfur taċ-Ċomb (1993), Il-Belliegħa fil-Bir (1994) and U l-Anġlu Ħabbar... (1995)

Calleja's success as a dramatist is mainly due to his integration of the realistic style with symbolic characteristics that make his plays universal.  

From Maltese Biographies of the Twentieth Century,
PIN Publications, Malta, 1997.

 

Other published works include:

2015 - 2016  The ScreenPlays Series

In November 2015 and later in 2016,  Oreste Calleja published the first three volumes of the Screenplays Series - SKART, 3 SILTIET  and  GĦASFUR TAĊ-ĊOMB, the complete screenplay adapation of his 3 act play.

OTHER HARDBACKS  published in 2016:

GĦAŻIŻANGELO     SKUŻI TA     JUM FOST L-OĦRAJN     EN PASSANT

as well as the reprint in a first hardback edition of:

U L-ANĠLU ĦABBAR   and  IL-BELLIEGĦA FIL-BIR.

 

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NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS

2002 and 2004
Other publications by Oreste Calleja include Il-Festa bil-Bandieri
(publ. 2002)  and Pawlu Redux (publ. 2004), both winners of the National book award for drama for the respective years of publication.

See also WIKIPEDIA




     MORE....................................................
 

 
INTERVIEW  WITH ORESTE CALLEJA
by Prof. J. AQUILINA

SUNDAY TIMES OF MALTA - Meeting People
 


"XSENURU 1972"

Moviment Qawmien Letterarju
and
The Univeristy Players
"IĠSMAIĦIRSA"

 

Radiodrama Competition Award 1973
With Louis Buttigieg, Head of Programmes and Joe Avellino, General Manager, Rediffusion, Malta..
GĦAŻIŻ ANGELO - FIRST PRIZE.

 


 



 

ART LINKS
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KUMITATI|: Oreste Calleja served for several years in literary committees, including in the early years of the MQL when he was co-editor of  Il-POLZ and SAGHTAR and in recent years in the Akkademja tal-Malti when he was the Treasurer and web-site coordinator in 2004/2005.
 






 



Moviment Qawmien Letterarju (1970s) 
Bilwieqfa: Dennis Aguis, Albert Marshall, Frank Galea,
Vanni Riolo, Mario Bezzina, Carmel Attard.
Bilqiegħda mix-xellug: Oreste Calleja,  Ritchie Vella,
Oliver Friggieri, Frans Sammut, Vincezno M. Pellegrini
Akkademja tal-Malti (2004-2005)
Bilwieqfa: Trevor Żahra, Anthony Sammut, Inġ. Maurice Mifsud Bonnici, Rev. Victor Xuereb, Joseph P. Borg
Bilqiegħda mix-xellug: Oreste Calleja, Lina Brockdorff,
Dr Bernard Micallef, George Farrugia, Dr Josette Attard
 

 

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