Francis Ebejer

Francis Ebejer
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Francis Ebejer was born in Dingli, Malta, in 1925. He was the eldest of a family of seven children, and grew up in an educational environment with both parents being teachers. Ebejer followed in his father's footsteps, teaching English language and becoming head teacher in two localities, namely Siggiewi and Zurrieq. He was a bilingual writer (Maltese and English) and began his literary career with radio and television plays and short stories, some of which were published in New York between 1980 and 1992, others broadcast over the network of the BBC. Many of these were translated into Italian and Dutch. Ebejer forged ahead with writing and producing for stage and succeeded in creating a revolution in Maltese modern theatre production and direction.

He was also a writer of novels, with most books being published in New York and London. His best-known novels are A Wreath of Maltese Innocents (1958), Wild Spell of Summer (1968), In the Eye of the Sun (1969), Come Again in Spring (1973), Requiem for a Malta Fascist (1980), and Leap of Malta Dolphins (1982).

Ebejer won many honours and prizes for his work produced either on Tv or on the stage and was awarded The Malta Literary Award four times, the 'Cheyneh Award for the Best Producer' in 1984, the 'Phoenicia Trophy for Culture" in 1982 and 1985, and the prize 'Citta' di Valletta' in 1989. In 1986, he received the Medaille d'Honneur de la Ville d'Avignon in France for one of his plays translated in French.

Ebejer died at his residence in Swieqi in 1993, and the burial ceremony at Dingli Cemetery was attended by a huge crowd of mourners including members of Parliament, actors, actresses, stage producers and publishers.

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