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ORESTE CALLEJA

 
 

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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.

 

 



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.


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"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..
 

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