POETRY: Antoine Cassar

Antoine Cassar
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Antoine Cassar was born in London to Maltese parents in 1978. He grew up between England, Malta and Spain, and worked and studied in Italy, France and Luxembourg.

In 2004, after a thirteen-year absence from the Maltese islands, he returned to the village of his family to re-learn a language he had long forgotten. He writes Maltese, English and multilingual verse.

In 2009, his composition Merħba, a poem of hospitality was awarded the United Planet Writing Prize. His Maltese poems have been translated into around a dozen languages. Cassar’s most important poetic work, Passport (2009), printed in the form of an anti-passport for all peoples and all landscapes, has been published and presented in several languages, in a number of European and Asian, with profits donated to local associations providing assistance to refugees and asylum seekers.

Bejn / Between, a selection of Maltese poems with parallel English translation, is forthcoming in late 2011 (Edizzjoni Skarta).

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