Born in Malta, Pierre
J. Mejlak has been writing novels and short stories since he was
young. His latest collection of short stories, Having Said Goodnight
(Merlin Publishers), won the European Union Prize for Literature.
Mejlak has written books for children, adaptations, a novel and
two collections of short stories, winning numerous awards, including
five Maltese National Book Awards, the Commonwealth Essay Writing
Award and the Sea of Words European Short Story Contest.
His first collection of short stories for adults, Qed Nistenniek
Niezla max-Xita (I'm waiting for you to fall with the rain) was
published to critical and popular acclaim in February 2009. His
second collection of short stories, Dak li l-Lejl Ihallik Tghid
(what the night lets you say) was published in June 2011.
A number of his short stories have been translated into English,
French, Catalan, Portuguese, Serbian, Arabic, Spanish, Indonesian
and Italian and were read at numerous literary festivals around
Europe and the Middle East. Mejlak's award-winning novel Rih Isfel
(southern wind) has been turned into a 13-episode prime-time TV
series for Malta's NET TV.
Two times winner of the Malta Journalism Award, Pierre J. Mejlak
worked as a journalist from 1999 to 2005. He was a BBC correspondent,
a regular columnist for Malta's daily In-Nazzjon and produced radio
shows - including 60 one-hour documentaries on rock legends - for
various national radio stations.
From an early age, Pierre J. Mejlak published a number of magazines,
including his very-own monthly magazine Il-Fwieha tan-Narcisa, which
he wrote, edited and published from January 1996 to December 2000.
In 2004 he left Malta to Brussels, where he still lives.