Paris est une fête

  In early 19th century Greece and Athens were occupied by the thankfully-extinct Ottoman Empire. In March 1821 the Greeks revolted against their Turkish oppressors and Athens fell into their hands without a fight. The entire Turkish garrison of the city retreated up the Acropolis hill and barricaded themselves within the most important temple of Western…

An Existentialist Day in Firenze

If you had a day in the Tuscan capital of Firenze – let’s by all means call it by its local name, it’s one of those places that sound better in the local tongue – and you had to choose between spending it shopping or sightseeing: what would you do? I know what you’re thinking….

Poems I Wrote In Salsomaggiore

Sleeping Salso A mosaic of pines in my nose, A morning still in its womb Cradled by the amber moon. Walk in silence, in nothing more, No other wind But the white wind that laps the eye-lashes. Cruelty is still asleep in its braided cage. Improvise perfection with last night’s melancholy In the patio of…

Valencia Streetscapes

Walking, strolling, exploring the urban Barrios of Valencia one discovers a homely city ready to claim anyone’s inspiration. It was said of Buenos Aires that there are fairies dwelling in the streets called Duende that cast a spell on you and ensure you always return. Valencia has its own Duende fairies and they hover and…

On Travel

On Travel “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust. Being sea-locked on a small, limited island in the core of the Mediterranean, travel, for me, necessarily involves flight or sail. My first flight happened to me at age nineteen – after a lifetime of…

Why I wrote Sons Of Immersion

And the cycle begins again. The summer is upon me and a new novel is manuscripted, awaiting, like a hopeful embryo, to be published, birthed. Literary agents and publishers all over the world know of its existence and…who knows, this could be the one. The novel is Malta’s equivalent of Midnight’s Children; at least, that…