The inauguration ceremony of Kilin‘s bronze bust in Rabat also saw the launch of the author’s final publication, titled The Island Was Called Melite.
The book is a translation from Maltese to English of Kilin’s very own Tinsiex Publius Tinsiex. The author had laboriously worked on the translation at the frail age of 90, but then passed on the project to his daughter, Cecila Testa, who completed the last two chapters. The launch was conducted by his other daughter, Rosalie Caruana, in the heart of Rabat where Kilin was born and bred.
All the proceeds from the sale of the book are in aid of Dar Tal-Providenza – an organisation that was close to Kilin’s heart. The publication can be purchased from all Agenda outlets at €15.
During the ceremony, Mrs Caruana thanked the Minister for Education and Labour, Evarist Bartolo, who was the first person she contacted about the idea of her father’s bust. She also thanked the Minister of Finance, Prof Edward Scicluna, who offered financial aid through the Good Causes Fund, the Secretary of the Akkademja tal-Malti, Joe Borg, and author Trevor Zahra who was a close friend of Kilin. She also thanked Michael Pace, Principal of St Nicholas College, Primary School of Rabat.
The bronze sculpture is the work of Joseph Scerri, also from Rabat, who was praised by Mrs Caruana for his commitment towards the memory of her father through this monument.