Whilst commemorating its 99th anniversary, the Akkademja tal-Malti honoured author Victor Fenech with the ‘Ġieħ l-Akkademja tal-Malti’ Gold Medal in recognition of his strong contribution over the years to Maltese literature and the Maltese language.
Fenech has been writing in both English and Maltese for the past 60 years, having started when he was still a student at University.
Victor Fenech, who is 84 years of age, is known for his poems with socio-political themes. He had become known as the ‘protesting poet’, with his poems on safeguarding the environment, the family and society, among other issues.
Despite having been involved with writing throughout his life, Victor still has a dream.
“I survived the war, I have been through many events, and I would very much like to put them all together. A book of memories.”
Victor Fenech’s literary works have been honoured with the award of the ‘Ġieħ l-Akkademja tal-Malti’ Gold Medal, with President George Vella officiating at the investiture ceremony during a soiree at San Anton Place on Academy Day.
Guests included a number of members of the Akkademja tal-Malti who were also celebrating the 99th year since the foundation of the Academy, which had been set up as a society for writers in Maltese.
President Vella congratulated Mr Fenech, describing him as a person who had distinguished himself, mainly for his efforts over the years towards the development of the Maltese language and literature. The President added that the values embraced by the Maltese, and lost or forgotten as a result of so-called progress, are to be found in Fenech’s works.
Dr Vella added that this occasion continues to strengthen the efforts already launched by the Presidency to raise more awareness about the Maltese language.
This was the fourth award of the Gold Medal. The first award was to Oliver Friggieri in 2016, followed a year later to Monsignor Lawrence Cachia, and last year to Trevor Zahra.