Charles Casha was born in il-Marsa on the 21 September, 1943. He is a Prolific writer. He became a teacher by profession and served for over forty years in the education department until his retirement in 2004.
In 2007 he was awarded Ġieh il-Marsa by the Local Council of his native village and in 2013, the Local Council of Ħaż-Żabbar honoured him with Ġieh Ħaż-Żabbar.
In 2012 he was awarded the Midalja Għall-Qadi tar-Repubblika for his contribution to Maltese Literature and the Maltese Language.
In October 2012 Casha represented Malta as an author at the Tanpinar Literature Festival, in Istanbul, where he met several authors from other countries and gave talks to students at one of the Istek Schools.
His contribution, as a prolific writer, to Maltese Literature spreads over 40 years.
His writings are aimed at different ages although at times these two orientations seem to meet somewhere halfway. He explores situations and characters taken from real life and creates characters about whom he writes with love and respect describing them as if he were a portrait painter.
Most of his short stories, especially those in Burraxki form a kaleidoscope of characters who are continually facing the turmoils of life in different situations. The reader can identify with any of these situations and indeed the characters themselves. His stories are usually short but they surely make the reader reflect.
Casha makes his characters so real and sympathetic that the reader feels he needs to get to know more about them. The story of each character is usually so poignant.
His triology Minn tarf sa tarf tat-triq, Minn fuq l-Għatba u Mill-Gallarija may well be interpreted as the early memoirs of the author. He maintains that when he wrote the 68 stories of the triology, he was inspired by a nostalgic feeling of his childhood days and some of the village folk who gave life and shape to the village where he was born and brought up. This trilogy, besides entertaining to read, gives us a glimpse of post-war Malta, Maltese trade and traditions, religious rituals, entertainment, politics, the division of social classes and the influence of the English in Malta.
Reading Casha’s novels, short stories and poems one gets the impression that he was greatly influenced by the Maltese poet, Rużar Briffa, who he admits is his favourite poet, together with the contemporary poet Ġorg Borg.
In some of his writings, both for adults and young readers, he made good use of humour, although he admits that this genre is not his favourite. Fra Mudest, whom he created in 1967 for the Children’s Own, was his greatest success and has indeed become a legendary character in Maltese literature for children. Those who read the stories about the jolly friar when they came out in the late sixties and later in book form, are now grown ups, but they still cherish Fra Mudest as a much loved character of their childhood days.
As a teacher, Casha appreciated drama as an effective teaching tool. With this in mind, he wrote a number of plays for school children. Four of these plays, with a social theme, were published in Minn Bejn il-Kwinti.
Fantasy is another genre tackled by Casha and his book Il-Prinċep u t-Trogloditi was well received by young readers. This book was awarded first prize in the National Book Awards organized by the National Book Council.
In 1997 Casha published a book for young adults entitled Klabb: L-Għaxar Anniversarju which was awarded first prize in the children’s category of the National Book Prize organized by the National Book Council. His book Martina@chat.com is also aimed for young adults. In 2013 he was awarded first prize for his novel for teenagers L-Ewwel Darba li ħassejtek.
The first book in Maltese to be included in the International Children’s Digital Library was Pandolino/Galatea, written by the author. The main aim of this library is to inspire children to become members of the global community by placing international literature on line.
Casha was at times sidetracked in his ambition to write for adults for many years while he was producing books which he felt needed to be written. In spite of the strong demand he had for children’s literature, he managed to publish seven novels and six books of short stories for adults.
His novel L-Appartament fir-raba’ sular deals with the theme that time, as space in itself allows for people’s destinies to take shape. The concept of us all being victims of one another is also portrayed in this novel. The end of this novel is faithful to the flow of the narrative which is purely human drama. In this novel Casha did not make extensive use of dialogues as in Ktieb għal Amy but again, the ruminations and thoughts of the characters lead us to an interesting end. These two novels, are in a class of their own from the other three (Kolin, Stefan and Is-Seħer tat-Tempju) when it comes to style, narrative and genre. In his latest novel for adults, Il-Ktieb ta’ Barabba, a dying man expresses his wish with his childhood friend Dwinu B. (now a well established writer) to publish in a book certain episodes of his turbulent life.
Besides Burraxki, he published Għad-Dawl tal-lampa, and rakkontigriżi, two other collections of short stories.
Going back to books for young readers, in Avventura f’Għar il-Kbir, Il-Ħalliel tal-Figorini, Il-Misteru ta’ San Luċjan and Il-Misteru tal-Maqluba, Casha makes use of adventure as a vehicle to include interesting information connected with the locations where the story unfolds. In his latest novel for young readers il-baħri, Żaren, a retired seaman narrates a story to young children in the village, about a magic ring.
Mumenti and Riflessi hold a collection of his poems.
In one of his interviews published in a local paper, Casha categorically states that he cherishes certain values which do not change by time or become obsolete according to fashion. This he keeps in mind when he comes to write a novel or a short story. On the one hand he believes that literature should be free and authors should not be hindered from expressing what they feel but at the same time shuns those resorting to the use of vulgar language and sexual descriptions, solely aimed at increasing sales.
Charles Casha published an impressed total of 59 books in 57 separate publications, one of them his autobiography in 2013, under the title Jien Ukoll Għandi Storja xi Ngħid.
Charles is married to Mary nee’ Casingena and has three children Stefania, Mark and Kristjana Casha known for her role as 'Ġiżimina' in the drama Gizelle.
Books By Charles Casha 1968 - 2014
Here serveral list of books that was wright by Charles Casha:-
|01||Fra Mudest||1971-1995-2012||Merlin Library|
|02||Matul is-Snin||1973||Merlin Library|
|03||Aktar Praspar Dwar Fra Mudest||1974-1996||Merlin Library|
|04||Darbtejn Insiru Tfal||1975-1996-2012||Klabb Kotba Maltin|
|05||Is-Salib tad-Deheb||1975-1989||Merlin Library|
|06||Il-Vleġġa Ta’ Robin Hood||1976||Merlin Library/Ladybird|
|07||Mill-Ħorġa ta’Fra Mudest||1977-2002-2012||Merlin Library|
|08||Il-Misteru ta’ San Luċjan||1979-1997||Klabb Kotba Maltin|
|09||Nitgħallem Naqra (series of four books)||1981/82||North Star Publications|
|10||Ħalli Nara x’Fhimt||1984||Merlin Library|
|11||Kun Af||1987||Merlin Library|
|12||Kemm Taf||1987||Merlin Library|
|13||Il-Ħalliel tal-Figorini||1988||Bugelli Publications|
|14||Kif Tibni Komponiment||1989||Merlin Library|
|15||25 Test||1990-1993||Merlin Library|
|16||Naqraw ma’ Reno u Sara||1994||Merlin Library|
|17||Naqraw ma’ Marjo u Liza||1995||Merlin Library|
|18||Mid-Dinja ta’ Fra Mudest||1995-2011||Merlin Library|
|19||Naqraw ma’ Mark u Tanja||1996||Merlin Library|
|20||Minn Bejn il-Kwinti||1996||PIN Publications|
|22||Avventura f’Għar il-Kbir||1999||Merlin Library|
|23||Ġummienu||2000||Klabb Kotba Maltin|
|24||Il-Misteru tal-Maqluba||2001||Klabb Kotba Maltin|
|25||Mid-Djarji ta’ Stefan u Marika||2001||Merlin Library|
|26||Mid-Djarji ta’ Lara u Robert||2002||Merlin Library|
|27||Pipettu||2002||Klabb Kotba Maltin|
|28||Il-Kliem bħaċ-Ċirasa||2004-2008||Agius and Agius/AVC|
|29||Ali Kali/Mammaroka||2004||Merlin Library|
|32||40 sena Fra Mudest||2007||Merlin Library|
|33||Vapuri tal-Karti||2008||Uptrend Publishing|
|34||Il-Prinċep u t-Trogloditi||2008||Klabb Kotba Maltin|
|35||Il-Baħri||2014||Klabb Kotba Maltin|
Books For Teenagers
|No.||Books For Teenagers||Year||Publisher|
|01||Il-Klabb: L-Għaxar Anniversarju||1997||Merlin Library|
|02||Martina @ Chat.com||2009||Klabb Kotba Maltin|
|03||L-Ewwel Darba li Ħassejtek||2013||Kunsill Nazzjonali tal-Ktieb|
Short Stories And Novels
|No.||Short Stories And Novels||Year||Publisher|
|01||L-Għalqa fuq il-Għolja||1968||Librerija it-Torċa|
|02||Għad-Dawl tal-Lampa||1978||Self Published|
|03||Kolin||1979||Klabb Kotba Maltin|
|04||Stefan||1984||Klabb Kotba Maltin|
|05||Is-Seħer tat-Tempju||1987||Klabb Kotba Maltin|
|06||Minn Tarf sa Tarf tat-Triq||1996||Agius and Agius|
|07||Ktieb Għal Amy||1999||Klabb Kotba Maltin|
|08||Minn Fuq l-Għatba||2001-2010||Klabb Kotba Maltin|
|09||L-Appartament fir-Raba’ Sular||2004||Klabb Kotba Maltin|
|10||Burraxki||2005||Klabb Kotba Maltin|
|11||Mill-Gallarija||2007||Klabb Kotba Maltin|
|12||Il-Ktieb ta’ Barabba||2010||Klabb Kotba Maltin|
|13||Rakkontigriżi||2011||Klabb Kotba Maltin|
|01||Jien ukoll għandi storja xi ngħid||2013||Klabb Kotba Maltin|
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