Dr Giuliana Fenech

Dr Giuliana Fenech

Dr Giuliana Fenech


Senior Lecturer

Room 201D
Old Humanities Building (OH)
University of Malta
  +356 2340 2679
Giuliana Fenech (PhD) is an academic researcher and practitioner in literature and technology, multimedia literature, Digital Humanities and storytelling, with a special interest in children and young adult literature.

She is interested in exploring matters and sites of human connection, the impact of technology on storytelling as well as notions of risk, play, and make-believe. Throughout her career, she has been involved in the set up and curation of numerous projects involving stories and multimedia, stories and cultural heritage, stories and children, as well as dramaturgy.

She lectures in the Department of English, at the University of Malta, and runs a storytelling organisation, Lignin Stories.

She has been the recipient of numerous grants, including the Malta Arts Fund multiple times, the Federation of European Storytellers grant, and an Erasmus+ fund to research the representation of STEM and girls in stories for children.

Her work has been published in prestigious journals and her stories performed on stage and in schools.
  • Digital Humanities
  • Literature and the Multisensory
  • Play and Performance
  • Transmedia Narrative
  • Critical Media Studies
  • Children's Literature
  • ENG1077 - Literary Criticism and Theory: An Introduction
  • ENG1277 - Concepts of Literature
  • ENG2089 - An Introduction to Cultural Criticism
  • ENG2097 - Children's Literature
  • ENG3051 - Synoptic Study-Unit 1: Ideas and Concepts
  • ENG3052 - Synoptic Study-Unit 2: Readings, Interpretations, Applications
Selected Creative Publications/Performances/Collaborations

‘Creative SDGs’, a virtual compendium of science and girls stories (Esplora Interactive
Science Centre & Seven Stories UK, 2018-2021), Writer/ Researcher

‘The Day the Sleeping Lady Woke’, Presentation (Radio Cavolo, Italy, November 2020), Guest

‘Maltese Folktales and Legends’, Presentation (Bakul Foundation, India, November 2020), Guest

‘How Stories Can Help Me Parent’, Interview (Jai Institute for Parenting, US, May 2020),
Guest Speaker

‘Storytelling our Heritage’, writing and retelling old folktales related to museum artefacts
(Heritage Malta, 2018-2020), Convener

‘Story Solutions for Parents’, online course (Lignin Stories, 2018-2020), Convener

'Telling Stories to Children', presentation (Seven Stories Centre for Children’s Literature,
Newcastle, July 2019), Guest Speaker

‘Parallel Universe’, Teaching Science through Stories Conference (Malta Arts Council &
Esplora Interactive Science Centre, 2017-2019), Convener

‘Storytelling our Heritage’, writing and retelling old folktales related to museum artefacts
(Heritage Malta, 2018-2020), Convener

'Sansuna and the Carob Tree’, a contemporary Maltese fairy tale performance (Ziguzajg
Festival & St James Cavalier & Malta Arts Council, November 2018), Writer

‘Points of Contact’, a storytelling course for adults (Victor Pasmore Gallery & Fondazzjoni
Patrimonju Malti, 2017-2018), Convener

‘Quintessence [CITY]’, a sound story lab and interactive installation (Valletta Capital of
Culture, 2017-2018), Researcher/ Writer

‘Of Fairy Tales and You’, a storytelling workshop for children (Ziguzajg Festival & Edinburgh
Scottish Storytelling Centre & Centro di Storie Italiano, September 2017), Convener

‘Pasmore at Play, with Poetry’ (Victor Pasmore Gallery & Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti, March
2017), Speaker

Transgressive Textualities Conference (Dept. of English, University of Malta, May 2016),

‘Alice in Absentia’, a multisensory performative adaptation (St James Cavalier, December
2015), Writer/ Researcher

Alice through the Ages Conference (University of Cambridge, September 2015), Speaker

Bodies on Stage Conference (Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, June 2015), Speaker

‘Anima/ Animus’, archetypal story told through sound (St James Cavalier, May 2015), Co-
Writer/ Researcher

‘Je Tiens La Reine’, a dance performance (Argotti Gardens, July 2015), Dramaturg Malta
National Dance Company

Arts Council Malta Create 2020 Strategy Launch, (Malta Arts Council, December 2015), Chair

‘Borderless’, a dance performance (Pjazza Teatru Rjal, May 2014), Dramaturg Malta National
Dance Company