Francis Ebejer

Francis Ebejer ( born August 28, 1925 in Dingli, Malta, † June 10, 1993 in Swieqi, Malta) was a Maltese writer.


Ebejer, one of the leading Maltese writers of the 20th century, was the oldest of seven children. Both parents were teachers and he grew up in an educated middle-class milieu. Ebejer studied medicine at the University of Malta from 1942 to 1943 and then worked until 1944 as an English -Italian translator for 8.Armee the British Armed Forces in Tripolitania. Ebejer occurred after the war in the footsteps of his parents and became a teacher for the English language. He worked as a teacher in the places Siggiewi and Zurrieq until 1977. As a writer, he worked bilingual, he wrote both in English as in Maltese.

Ebejer began his literary work with radio plays, television programs, and short stories. Some of his short stories published 1980-1992 in New York, a part of his radio plays and television programs produced by the BBC.

Later Ebejer also wrote for the theater and set new standards in production and direction of modern Maltese theater. He also emerged as a novelist, with most of his novels have been published in New York and London. Translations of his works were made primarily into Italian, but also into Dutch.

Since 1961 Ebejer was a member of English PEN Centre.


Ebejer received the Malta Literary Award ( four times ), the 1984 Cheney Award for the Best Producer, 1982 and 1985, the Phoenicia Trophy for Culture and the price Citta de Valletta 1989. 1989 he was awarded the Medaille d' Honneur de la Ville d' Avignon. He was a member of the Academy of Maltese Writers and honorary member of the Accademia de Vaucluse France).

Works in selection

  • 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 )
  • Leap of Malta Dolphins (1982 )
  • The Malta Baron and I Lucian ( posthumously 2002)
  • Author of radio plays
  • Author
  • Literature ( English )
  • Literature ( Maltese )
  • Literature ( 20th century)
  • Radio drama
  • Theater director
  • Man
  • Maltese
  • Born in 1925
  • Died in 1993