The National Book Council (NBC) salutes the memory of poet and Judge Emeritus Philip Sciberras, and sends its deepest condolences to his family.

Sciberras will be remembered for the poetry collections he published in his lifetime, especially his 1984 collection Mandala; selections from this collection have been studied by students throughout the years. His other publications include: Priżmi, co-written with Dun Lawrenz Cachia in 1968; Dawl fil-Persjani (1972); and his last collection Mirja, published in 2014, which collects his entire poetical oeuvre from 1963 till 2013. In the sixties, Sciberras was a member of the Moviment Qawmien Letterarju.

Two years ago, the NBC interviewed Sciberras on his writing interests, both artistic and legal; the theme of existentialism; honesty as a prerequisite for writing radical poetry; the distribution of the monumental publication Alfabett tal-Kodiċi Ċivili; and the Russian and Italian influences on his writing among other topics.

Listen to the interview here:

The poet is pictured at the Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival, where he was invited to read his work a few years ago.

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