Friday, September 26, 2008

Another big success for the Maltese Poets Association

Kilin at his desk

Charles Magro compering and the
hundredfold audience

On Thursday, 25th September, 2008, the Maltese Poets Association, together with the Rabat Local Council, held an evening dedicated to the late Kilin, prolific writer of poetry, short stories, novels, and more. And this thanks to a suggestion made earlier by Maltese Poets Association member, Pauline Zammit. The venue chosen was the Convent of the Dominicans in Rabat. Secretary of the MPA, Charles Magro, compered, while vice-President, Patrick Sammut, talked about the MPA activities during the years and its duty to pay tribute to well-known poets like Kilin who always helped the Association when asked to do so.

A number of MPA members read poems written by Kilin and also parts from "Fuq il-Ghajn ta' San Bastjan" and "Kappelli u Knejjes Zghar". Poet and member Therese Pace introduced Kilin's works, while Dr. Joseph Axiaq, also vice-Secretary of the MPA, read a short critical study about Kilin written by President, Alfred Massa.
Miriam Camilleri and Joanna Galea

The evening was accompanied by the music of folk singer and guitarist, Walter Micallef, and by the divine contributions of singer and MPA member, Miriam Camilleri who sang "L-Ewwel Imhabba", written by Marie Therese Vassallo - music by Frank Vassallo - (accompanied by Joanna Galea on the piano), and soprano Marie Therese Vassallo.

Walter Micallef

Marie Therese Vassallo

Mario Caruana, Therese Pace and Kilin's daughter, Rosalie Caruana, all read poems dedicated to Kilin. Agatha Zahra, another of Kilin's daughters, sang Kilin's "In-Namrat".

One of Kilin's daughters:
Agatha Zahra

The evening was closed by Rabat's Mayor, Alexander Craus, who expressed his love for books, reading, the Maltese language and writers (including Kilin), and Malta's cultural heritage. The Maltese anthem was sang by Miriam Camilleri.

Alexander Craus, Mayor of Rabat
Those present (over a hundred) were after invited to a reception.

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