ESSAY: Dark Sides, by Adrian Grima

Adrian Grima
Adrian Grima by James Cunningham

Adrian Grima (Malta, 1968) is a poet writing in Maltese. He teaches Maltese Literature at the University of Malta and has read papers on literature, culture and the Mediterranean at conferences in Europe and the USA.

In 1999 he published It-Trumbettier, a book of poetry in Maltese, with illustrations and English translations, which won second prize in the Premio Tivoli Europa Giovani for books of poetry published in Europe in 1999. His second collection of poetry, Rakkmu, was published in 2006. In June 2008, together with Immanuel Mifsud and other contributors, he published a book of poetry about climate change, Riħ min-Nofsinhar (Malta: Edizzjoni Skarta, 2008) which won the special prize for Most Creative Book at the Malta National Book Awards. His poetry has been translated into 13 languages and published in international collections. Some of his poems translated into English have appeared in The Tragedy of the Elephant (Inizjamed and Midsea Books, 2005). Hochroth of Berlin have recently published a collection of his poems translated into German. He also writes poems and short stories for children. Adrian Grima is the coordinator of the Mediterranean cultural organization Inizjamed which organizes the international Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival and is part of the Literature Across Frontiers European network.

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