Friday, January 1, 2010

Charles Magro (1943 - )

Membru Tal-Għaqda Poeti Maltin

MAGRO, CHARLES M, (29.9.1943-). Union Activist
Born in Birżebbuga,Magro was educated at De La Salle College, the Lyceum, St.Micheal's Training College , and UM from where he graduated BA(Gen).
In 1961 Magro was employed as a Teacher, and taught in various schools at Primary and Secondary levels, where he also served as Librarian and Guidance Teacher. In 1995 he was promoted to Assistant Head of School in Primary Schools. Magro was also Part-time Lecturer of Italian at the Institute of Tourism Studies , the Circolo Dante Alighieri, and the Police Academy . Magro was also involved in Trade Unionism, and in 1995 was appointed Secretary General of the C.M.T.U. He was a Council Member of the Malta Union of Teachers for 14 years.
Magro is a regular literary correspondent and book reviewer for Maltese and foreign newspapers and book reviewer for Maltese and foreign newspapers and magazines. He was the Editor of Leħen il-Fgura, and also served on the Editorial Board of the Eku magazine, and Sagħtar. He is currently the Editor of il-Huggiega, and a Member of the Editorial Board of Versi and Flimkien.
Magro is the Secretary of the Għaqda Poeti Maltin. He was nominated Accademico di Merito of the Accademia Internazionale Iblea di Lettere, Scienze e Arte. He is a Member of the Akkademja tal-Malti, and of the Għaqda tal-Malti (Universita') He was Chairman of the Fgura Parish Council for 13 years, and he is the International Secretary of the Malta Catholic Action. He was Vice President of the Circolo Dante Alighieri. For a short spell he also served on the Malta Community Chest Fund. He served as member of the panel of the Government Employee of the Year Award and currently of the Hospital Worker of the Year Award.
Currently he is a Member of the Board of the Governors of the Malta Mediation Centre. He also teaches Maltese to adults.
Magro's publications include Fatima Minn Fomm Luċija (1989), Is-Sena Internazzjonali tal-Familja(1993), It-Tfajla Ġurdien u Stejjer Oħra(1994), and Madwar l-Ewropa bl-Istejjer (2005), apart from poems in various anthologies. He also wrote an Oratorio dedicated to Our Lady of Mount Carmel (1995). He also wrote the official Hymn of Fgura. He also translated into Maltese The Life of Madre Curcio (who was beatified last November) and "Read Me or Rue It" (a pamphlet about Purgatory); both these books are in the process of ;being published.
(Taken from "Maltese Biographies of the Twentieth Century", published by PIN in 1997

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