Twice nominated for the prestigious Pushcart Prize by two different publishers in New York and Los Angeles respectively, between June and November 2017, Raymond Fenech Gonzi PhD creative writing was appointed Associate Editor of Adelaide Literary Magazine and Adelaide Book Publishers, listed as one of the top 100 literary magazines and book publishers in March 2018. The publishers have offices in both Lisbon, Portugal and on 5th Avenue, New York, USA. Their monthly literary magazine is published in both English and Portuguese and they publish between 20 and 30 books a year.
Born in the fishing village of St. Julian, Malta, the author embarked on his writing career at 17, freelancing for two major Maltese political newspapers, The Democrat and Il-Mument and consequently became a full time journalist with the leading English newspapers, The Times and Sunday Times of Malta.
Despite the fact that in the 60s and 70s journalism and writing in Malta were not even considered as a profession, and there were no academic courses in any field of writing, the young aspiring writer pursued with unfailing determination what seemed to everyone else as an 'impossible dream' which seemed destined to remain that way.
In 1986, Raymond left journalism and embarked on a totally different adventure where he sought a position in which he could use his creative writing skills more freely. For the following 26 years, he worked in advertising as a PR, copywriter, manager and consultant for four different advertising agencies.
The Writing style, the flow of the stories, introduction and development of the complex characters, intense and multilayered plots with exciting twists and turns, original setting of each of the stories – everything about this collection of short stories
When dealing with human emotions, the poetry of Ray Fenech brings to the fore the force behind them. Man’s continuous struggle with these hidden forces inside and outside him become the nourishment of the soul.
His versatility both of style and themes is evident … the unusual descriptions of nature, reminiscent of Robert Browning is astonishing in one so young.