I was just at the
end of my sixth form second year when I came up with the idea for
At the Upper Secondary School (where sixth form was) I had had a
modicum of success with a Maltese Language Society I had started
there, and we published a stenciled leaflet called "Mill-Mixtla
tal-Letteratura" ("From the Literary Plant Nursery" ... youth brings
with it bombastic titles!), of which we then went on to publish a
fully printed edition ... in those days, I must add, it was in BADLY
came out of that. I was eighteen
(or thereabouts) and all set to conquer the literary world. I went
round the most well-known authors of the time and asked them for
original works, and printed them along with works by less known
authors (including yours truly). Professor Guze Aquilina (then Chair
of Maltese at the University of Malta) wrote an introduction.
And I published it all out of pocket.
Then bosom buddies Gorg Cilia and Andrew Brincat assisted me in
Editorial chores, and well known writer Guze' Cardona (lost to us for
many years) and Alfred Degabriele, who were teachers of Maltese at the
sixth form, helped us by reading the proofs.
All of this happened in 1977. A LONG time ago...