Born in 1958 in the small fishing village of St. Julian, Malta, Raymond Fenech embarked on his writing career as a freelance journalist at 18 working for leading newspapers, In-Nazzjon, Il-Mument and The Democrat. Consequently he worked for The Times and Sunday Times of Malta as a full-time reporter. In more recent years, he edited two local nation-wide distributed magazines and founded and managed an in-house advertising agencies of one of the leading travel tour operators.
In 2003, the author was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and was temporarily forced to an early retirement. For nine months, he was in hospital for intense chemotherapy treatment and on completion had a stroke. Miraculously, the author recovered and was well enough to get back on track founding his own business in copywriting and PR.
Fenech has a Bachelor of Arts degree in creative writing and more recently obtained a PhD. He was awarded a scholarship in Writing Therapy by the Creative ‘Righting’ Center, Touro College, Hofstra University, New York in 2009 and was mentored by the founder director of the National Association of Poetry Therapy, USA, Professor Sherry Reiter. Recently he completed a diploma course in Journal Therapy with the UK College of Holistic Training. The author has also completed several other specialized courses in various fields of writing.
The author took greater interest in the paranormal after his research on the ghosts of Malta was published in the International Directory of the Most Haunted Places by Penguin Books, USA. Between 2006 and 2008, the author completed four courses in paranormal studies with Flamel College, USA and was awarded a diploma in paranormal studies by the same college for his 158-page illustrated thesis, The Ghosts of York. As a result during the same year, Fenech founded the Paranormal Investigations & Research Foundation (Malta). In 2014, he completed a short course in parapsychology with The University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
He is member of the Canada Cuba Literary Alliance, The Institute of Copywriting, UK, The Salopian Poetry Society, UK and The International Ghost Hunters Society, USA.
In the author’s own words about poetry: I like to write poetry in a language everyone can understand, without mincing words, or losing my way in the obscure, or the abstract. Poetry from its very origins was intended to entertain the masses, even the illiterate. It is another form of communication and therefore each word has to be simple enough for the majority reader to understand. Like Hemingway, I think ‘the most important equipment for a writer is a built-in, shock-proof shit detector’, which can identify nebulous sentences. Readers usually want to associate themselves with the poet’s feelings, but to do so they first have to understand his writing.
The Author published poems in several magazines and literary journals in 12 countries including, The Envoy, official newsletter of the Canada Cuba Literary Alliance, Canada, White Ash Literary Magazine, USA, Boston Poetry Magazine, USA The Ambassador, the official literary magazine of the Canada Cuba Literary Alliance, the newsletter of the Professional Writers’ Special Interest British Group MENSA, UK, Poetry Canada, Flaming Arrows, Ireland, Expressions Online Magazine, Canada, Quantum Leap, Scotland, Verses Magazine, USA, Electric Acorn, Ireland, Poetic Licence, UK, Poemata the main poetry journal of the Canadian Poetry Association, Juju Magazine, Northern Ireland, Other Poetry, UK, The Affectionate Punch, UK, Breakfast All Day Magazine, France, Poeticdiversity the Litzine of Los Angeles, USA, the Adelaide Literary Magazine, USA and Lisbon and The Quail Bell Magazine, USA. Many of his poems have also been published in numerous poetry anthologies in Canada, the USA and the UK. Short stories and literary essays were also published in several other literary magazines and anthologies whilst his latest poetry collection, Blood Lines was published in Cuba.
Articles on various themes by the author were also published in Renaissance Magazine, USA the Globe Trotter Magazine, Living 2000, Island Life Visitor’s Guide, and The Sunday Times Motoring Magazine Malta.
Ray was recently nominated for the prestigious US Pushcart Prize 2017 by Adelaide Literary Publishers of New York and Lisbon. The nomination was announced after the author won first prize in the Essay Section of the Annual Literary Contest organized by the publishers with his work, “The Mysterious Priest”. The essay was published in the annual anthology,Adelaide Literary Award Anthology – Best of 2017. In the same year, the author was nominated for the same prize, by the Los Angeles Litzine, PoetciDiversity in the USA for his poem, “The Electric Storm”.
The author has been recently nominated editor of the (CCLA) Canada Cuba Literary Alliance Members’ Annual Anthology and the CCLA Ambassador for Malta.
He is listed in the International Who’s Who of Poetry and Writers, UK The Poetry Kit Online, UK and the Dictionary of Maltese Biographies. A permanent biography of the author was also published when he was the feature poet of the month of the Canadian Federation of Poets at: http://www.federationofpoets.com/featureraymondfenech.htm
Other more recent work by the author may be viewed at:
http://anyflip.com/fypa/xzbv (Adelaide Literary Magazine Award Anthology Best of 2017)
He is currently working on three books: his memoirs, Forgotten Fairy Tales, a book on the benefits of creative writing and another the memoirs of Malta’s leading veterinary surgeon.
Raymond designs custom-made courses in various writing disciplines for both adults and children. These include creative writing courses in poetry, fiction, article and short story writing, journalism, copywriting and PR. Course information is available on his web site:
Other web sites by the author are available at: www.pirfmalta.com/