Joe Friggieri

Joe Friggieri

Foremost Poets, Writer at The Malta Council for Culture

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Ms Cynthia de Giorgio  - 

doctorates  - Milan and Oxford


Member  - Broadcasting Authority

Chairman  - Manoel Theatre

Editor  - Illum

Editor  - Arti

Professor of Philosophy and Head of Department  - University of Malta

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Professor Joe Friggieri
professor of philosophy, University of Malta; poet, playwright and theatre director Joe Friggieri is professor of philosophy at the University of Malta. He holds doctorates from Milan and Oxford and is also a poet, playwright and theatre director. His publications include two books on the English philosopher J. L. Austin, three volumes of poetry, three collections of short stories, a number of plays, as well as In-Nisga tal-Hsieb, the first history of philosophy in Maltese. He has won several literary awards, including the National Literary Prize three times (1993, 1999 and 2003). Professor Friggieri is well-known among theatre audiences for his exciting and highly original productions of over forty plays, including seven of Shakespeare's best-loved works, and for his translations of Aristophanes, Molière, Ibsen, Chekhov, Pirandello, Ugo Betti, Ionesco and Arthur Miller. Joe Friggieri was chairman of the Manoel Theatre (1990-93), member of the Broadcasting Authority (1993-96), editor of the arts journal Arti (1971-74) and of the monthly newspaper Illum (1975-80), chairman of the Malta Council for Culture and the Arts (2003-05), founder-editor of Kultura 21, as well as presenter and producer of cultural programmes on radio and television. He was guest research scholar and lecturer at the Universities of Venice, Amsterdam, St Andrews, Augsburg, Sassari and Genova. He is president of the Philosophy Society, chairman of the Board of Theatre Studies and a regular contributor to political, social and cultural debate. Professor Cooper wrote: 'Joe Friggieri conveys a gentle nostalgia for times not so very long past, and embellished by memories of a childhood that never quite was.

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With a guest appearance of Maltese band Red Electrick this year's concert will feature the lyrics of one of Malta's foremost poets, writer, and philosopher Joe Friggieri.

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Presentation of Memorandum to the Chairman of the Malta Council for Culture and the Arts, Prof Joe Friggieri
Arts council chairman Joe Friggieri said there were many young Maltese who wrote verse even though they had never really got any exposure. "These initiatives should encourage them to come forth and make their voices heard," Prof. Friggieri said.

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