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Antoine Cassar

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Antoine Cassar (1978) is a Maltese poet, translator, and creative activist for universal freedom of movement. His multilingual composition Merħba, a poem of hospitality was awarded the United Planet Writing Prize in 2009. Passaport, a long poem printed in the form of an anti-passport for all peoples and all landscapes, has been published in ten languages, with profits donated to grassroots associations supporting refugees in the community. The poem has been adapted for the stage in Malta (awarded Best Production and Best Actress at the 2010 MADC One Act Play Festival), France, Belgium, Italy, and Australia. Cassar’s latest publications are the collection Bejn / Between (Ed. Skarta, 2011) and the booklet Mappa tal-Mediterran (Għaqda tal-Malti, 2013). As a translator, Cassar has rendered a number of his fellow Maltese authors into English and Spanish, and he is an avid translator into Maltese of Neruda and Whitman. Cassar is also the founder of the social media project Spread poetry, not fear, launched in reaction to the 2015 Paris attacks and the subsequent media scaremongering and manipulation. Author photo by Kate Evans.

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