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    Beyond a Satin Sea & Tangerine Sky

    On Saturday the 7th of May, the National Book Council organised a small reception for everyone involved in the making of Beyond a Satin Sea and Tangerine Sky – two exciting collections bringing together translated selections of poetry and prose excerpts by the recipients of the National Book Prize for Poetry and Prose between 2001 […]

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    Press Release: Safeguarding the Copyright of Books in Schools

    During a series of consultation meetings with publishers and authors earlier this year, the National Book Council (NBC) was informed that one of the major problems effecting local pubishers and their market is the breaching of copyright law in schools due to the incessant photocopying of books. The NBC is in agreement with publishers and […]

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    World Book Day 2016

    As part of the celebrations for World Book Day 2016, the National Book Council together with St. Michael’s Secondary School (Santa Venera) have organised two meet-the-author sessions for the students of said school. The authors Leanne Ellul and Walid Nabhan spoke of their literary journey and encouraged the students to read more and cultivate a […]

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    Notice // Malta Book Festival 2016 Application Form is out

    Download a copy of the Malta Book Festival 2016 Application Form with updated Rules and Regulations for Exhibitors from this link: Malta Book Festival 2016_application form Festival dates for 2016 are the 9th to the 13th of November (MCC). Should you have any queries regarding eligibility for participation please feel free to contact Maria Muscat at […]

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    6th PLR payment is out

    The National Book Council would like to announce that the sixth PLR (Public Lending Rights) payment is being distributed to authors, illustrators and photographers whose books were borrowed from Public Libraries in Malta and Gozo in the period covering the 1st of January 2016 till the 31st March, 2016. The list of said authors, their […]

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    NBC at the London Book Fair 2016

    The National Book Council has just returned from The London Book Fair 2016 where, for the second time running, it set up a prominently located stand with a wide range of Melitensia including National Book Prize winners’ books alongside the latest prose publications and quality reference books by Maltese publishing houses. For 2016, the NBC collaborated […]

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    Book Festival on Campus 2016 – it’s a wrap!

    Yesterday the 7th of April marked the end of the Book Festival on Campus 2016 – three days of book sales alongside a full literary programme of events organised by the National Book Council and Għaqda tal-Malti – Universitá as well as publishers exhibiting in the festival and various University-based student organisations. We are very […]

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    NBC at CRICKIDS Festival 2016

    The National Book Council, together with Malta Libraries and the Central Public Library set up a Pop-Up library at CRICKIDS Festival this Easter weekend at tal-Virtu’ in Rabat. The NBC disseminated booklets about the improtance of reading to the young and Malta Libraries enrolled several new library members of all ages over the two days […]

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    Notice // Konkors ta’ Kitba: Letteratura għaż-Żgħażagħ 2016

    Aġenzija Żgħażagħ together with the National Book Council annually organise this writing contest which selects, rewards and publishes Maltese novels written for young adolescent readers. The contest is open to those aged 20 and over and the manuscripts submitted should target young people aged between 13 and 18 and explore themes related to the different […]

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    Notice // National Book Prize 2016 (Books 2015) submission period is open

    The National Book Council would like to remind authors and publishers that the submission period for National Book Prize 2016 and Terramaxka Prize 2016 applications (for books published throughout 2015) has opened in the first week of March and will close on the 8th of April at 12:00. Applications are to be addressed to: National […]

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    Book Festival on Campus // 5-6-7 April

    The Għaqda tal-Malti – Università and the National Book Council are organising the third edition of the University Book Festival, known better as the Campus Book Fest. The Festival will take place from the 5th to the 7th of April – opening from 9:00 till 14:00 and from 16:00 till late. Several publishers and distributors […]

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    NBC in the ‘Salon du livre et des cultures du Luxembourg’ 2016

    In the 16th edition of the Salon du livre et des cultures du Luxembourg and the 33rd of the Festival des migrations, des cultures et de la citoyenneté, which took place in the LuxExpo, Kirchberg on the 12th and 13th of March, the Maltese book was given pride of place. Following the initiative of author […]

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    Celebrating World Book Day UK

    Tomorrow, the 3rd of March, the UK will be celebrating World Book Day. World Book Day as recognised by UNESCO will be celebrated around the world on the 23rd of April, and therefore the National Book Council would like to take this opportunity to share its message in favour of reading and books in general. […]

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    ISBN Users Manual in Maltese

    The National Book Council would like to inform the general public that it has just published the Maltese translation of the sixth edition of the ISBN Users’ Manual entitled ‘Manwal għall-Utenti tal-ISBN’. This manual is an important tool which explains the way in which the ISBN of every publication, be it for a print or […]

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    Winners of Konkors ta’ Kitba Letteratura għaż-Żgħażagħ 2015

    Aġenzija Żgħażagħ and the National Book Council would like to announce that the winners of Konkors ta’ Kitba Letteratura għaż-Żgħażagħ 2015 are Rita Saliba with her manuscript entitled ‘Il-kulur tal-lellux’ and Roberta Bajada with ‘Termini u Kundizzjonijiet Japplikaw’. The awards ceremony was held on Thursday the 11th of February, 2016 at the Aġenżija Żgħażagħ’s ‘Youth […]

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    Applications are out for the NBC PBS Short Film Contest 2016

    The National Book Council (NBC) together with the Public Broadcasting Services (PBS) would like to announce that the application period for the NBC PBS Short Film Contest is open as of today the 11th of February, 2016. This is a contest open to film-making teams making 15-20 minute short films in Maltese based on a […]

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    Annual Report 2015

    The National Book Council is happy to present its comprehensive Annual Report for 2015 – a year of several successful firsts, a year full of hard work by a small yet growing team, a year marked by several collaborations, but more importantly, a year dedicated entirely to the promotion of books and reading. Here’s a […]

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    PLR payment covering October-December 2015

    The National Book Council would like to announce that the fifth PLR (Public Lending Rights) payment is being distributed to authors, illustrators and photographers whose books were borrowed from Public Libraries in Malta and Gozo in the period covering the 1st of October 2015 till the 31st December, 2015. The list of said authors, their […]

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    Public Consultation on the drafting of the National Book Council Law 16/01/16

    At the moment, the National Book Council (NBC) is consulting authors and publishers as part of a process that will lead to the drafting of National Book Council legislation. The NBC, which falls under the Ministry of Education, was created in 2001 to co-ordinate institutional services relating to books such as the National Book Prize, […]

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    Christmas Book Donation to the Central Public Library

    Annual Christmas Book Donation to Central Public Library including latest Maltese publications, National Book Prize Winning and Shortlisted books together with a selection of French and Italian titles to be disseminated in libraries across the island in the coming days. The National Book Council wishes you all the best for the festive season and urges […]

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    ‘GRAMMA’ with Leanne Ellul @CPL

    Reading and more from ‘GRAMMA’ by Leanne Ellul Winner of the ‘Konkors ta’ Kitba – Letteratura għaż-Żgħażagħ 2014′ organised by Aġenzija Żgħażagħ and the National Book Council. Published by Merlin Publishers. Saturday 12th December 2015 Central Public Library Floriana This event was organised as part of the programme of events ‘Christmas at the Central Public […]

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    Winners of the National Book Prize 2015

    The National Book Council would like to announce the winners of the National Book Prize 2015: Books 2014. The official prize giving ceremony took place on Friday the 11th of December 2015 at Auberge de Castille. National Book Prize participants were present alongside distinguished guests for official speeches by Hon. Prime Minister, Dr. Joseph Muscat […]

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    Announcement: National Book Prize 2015 Ceremony

    The National Book Council is proud to announce that the Prize giving Ceremony for the National Book Prize 2015 (for books published throughout 2014) will take place on Friday 11th December at 7:30pm, Ambassadors Hall, Auberge de Castille. The Hon. Prime Minister of Malta, Dr. Joseph Muscat will be present for the ceremony together with […]

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    Malta Book Festival 2015 memories

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    InTranslation Conference

    The Creative Europe Desk Malta (CED Malta) is proud to present this publication (click here:  intranslation ) focusing on the funds and opportunities available to those involved in the Literary Translation sphere. The conference which it accompanies – In Translation – was specifically organised to acknowledge the growth in the sector over the past years, and […]

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    Winners of the Terramaxka Book Prize 2015

    The National Book Council is proud to announce the winners of the Terramaxka Prize 2015 – a national prize for books written for children and adolescents throughout 2014. Winners were announced on Tuesday 3rd November 2015 during the official opening of the Malta Book Festival (4-8 NOV) at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta in the […]

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    Trailer of ‘Dar ir-Rummien’ is out

    The trailer of ‘Dar ir-Rummien’ is out! ‘Dar ir-Rummien’ Trailer ‘Dar ir-Rummien’ is a film adaptation by 2Doors Media of Pierre Mejlak’s short story from the critically acclaimed book ‘Dak li l-Lejl Iħallik Tgħid’ This film won the NBC PBS Short Film Contest 2015. By means of this contest the NBC hopes to strengthen the link between the […]

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    Changes in Malta Book Festival 2015 opening hours

    The National Book Council would like to announce some changes to the opening hours of the Malta Book Festival due to national requirements related to the international conference on immigration which is scheduled to happen in the days following the Festival in Valletta. The Malta Book Festival will not remain open all day on Sunday […]

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    Malta Book Festival 2015 – Programme of Events

    The National Book Council is proud to announce the official Malta Book Festival Programme of Events 2015. MBF 2015 – Programme – ENG – web Back in the day they used to say that the traditional book form will be cast aside due to computer technology, however, this can’t be further from the truth in […]

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    NBC issues PLR payments covering July-September 2015

    The National Book Council would like to announce that PLR (Public Lending Rights) payment is being distributed to authors, illustrators and photographers whose books were borrowed from Public Libraries in Malta and Gozo in the period covering July 2015 to September 2015. The list of said authors, their books and total remuneration can be found […]

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    Terramaxka Prize 2015 Contenders

    TERRAMAXKA PRIZE 2015 is the Prize for books published throughout 2014 and aimed for children and adolescents. Winners of the Terramaxka Prize will be announced a day prior to the Malta Book Festival (4-8 NOV, MCC, Valletta) and celebrated on weekday mornings during school visits. The contenders for the prize in their respective categories are […]

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    Presentation of “This Fair Land” in London

    ‘This Fair Land’ – Maltese in London/Il-Malti f’Londra is an event organised by the National Book Council in collaboration with Francis Boutle Publishers to celebrate and promote Maltese literature in London with readings from ‘This Fair Land: An Anthology of Maltese Literature’ edited by Charles Briffa with a foreword by Oliver Friggieri. Prof. Charles Briffa delivered […]

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    ‘X’Aħna Smart!’ by Stephen Lughermo at Central Public Library

    ‘X’Aħna Smart!’ – an activity organised by the National Book Council in collaboration with Malta Libraries on Saturday 3rd October at the Central Public Library, Floriana. Stephen Lughermo, the writer of ‘X’Aħna Smart!’ (Winner of the Literary Contest of Novels for Youth 2014 organised by the National Book Council and Aġenżija Żgħażagħ) was interviewed by […]

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    National Book Prize 2015 Shortlist

    The National Book Council wishes to announce that the National Book Prize finalists for 2015 have just been shortlisted. The shortlist composed by the Independent Adjudication Board of the National Book Prize serves as a sample of the best books published locally in the previous year. These books are available for purchase from all general […]

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    The Malta Book Festival from the 4th-8th of November, 2015

    The most important event for the Maltese book market is upon us: the event which gathers all local publishers and authors under one roof. The National Book Council would like to announce that the Malta Book Festival will take place from the 4th till the 8th of November at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta.   […]

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    Terramaxka Prize 2015: the National Prize for Children and Adolescents’ Books

    The National Book Council would like to announce that as of this year, the National Book Prize will be divided in two distinct sections: the Prize for books aimed for adults, the celebration of which will take place as per tradition at Auberge de Castille under the Prime Minister’s patronage; and the Prize for books […]

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    Malta Book Fund 2015 results are out

    The National Book Council has just finalized the evaluation of Malta Book Fund applications and it is proud to announce the selected applicants (see below). The Malta Book Fund is an initiative launched this very year by the National Book Council, in a bid to subsidize publications of high cultural value, publications which could very […]

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    PLR payments for 2nd quarter of 2015

    The National Book Council would like to announce that the third PLR (Public Lending Rights) payment is being distributed to authors, illustrators and photographers whose books were borrowed from Public Libraries in Malta and Gozo in the period covering the 1st of April 2015 till the 30th of June, 2015. The list of said authors, […]

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    “Imeldina” – reading at the Central Public Library

    “Min ma jħobbx iċaflas? Tista’ ċċaflas fl-ilma tax-xita u tista’ ċċaflas fil-baħar, imma Imeldina ssib tarf iċċaflas kullimkien! U tibqa’ tibqa’ sakemm …” On Wednesday the 5th of August, the National Book Council, in collaboration with Malta Libraries, organized another activity for young children – an reading session with Sandra Hili Vassallo, author of the […]

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    “Stedina għal Sabrina” reading and drawing at the Central Public Library

    On Saturday the 1st of August, 2015, the National Book Council, in collaboration with Malta Libraries, invited children of ages ranging from 4 to 7 together with their parents to an educational reading session with Louise Sammut, the author of the local publication “Stedina għal Sabrina” at the Central Public Library in Floriana. Following the […]

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    ‘Spins and Spells’ – a MAF and NBC collaboration

    The National Book Council was responsible for curating the literary section of the ‘Spins and Spells’ Malta Arts Festival event on the 21st of July, 2015 at Auberge d’Italie, Valletta where a selection of poetry by young upcoming poets Leanne Ellul, Kit Azzopardi, Marie Gion and Clifford Jo Zahra was read to an altogether new […]

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    Malta Book Festival 2015 (4-8 NOV, MCC)

    Just imagine .. all the latest books, their authors and publishers congregating under one roof; someone reads out a story, another reads out a poem. Authors debate, artists illustrate and hundreds of books find new homes. Children flock to Valletta for a dream-come-true experience. The NATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL – with us once more come November […]

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    Provision and prices for the acquisition of ISMN for notated music

    The National Book Council (NBC) would like to inform those interested in producing and publishing notated music that the NBC is now the official agent for Malta and Gozo for the issuing of ISMN (International Standard Music Number). Whoever requires an ISMN from the NBC may get in touch with the Secretary on: joe.debattista@gov.mt or […]

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    Winners of the NBC PBS Short-Film Contest 2015

    The National Book Council would like to announce the winners of the NBC PBS Short-Film Contest 2015: Manuel Xuereb and Federico Chini of 2 Doors Media with their short-film proposal Dar ir-Rummien – an adaptation of a story with the same title by author Pierre J. Meilak from his collection of short-stories Dak li l-Lejl […]

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    List of participants for NATIONAL BOOK PRIZE 2015 and TERRAMAXKA PRIZE 2015

    The National Book Council is proud to announce that the official list of books participating in the National Book Prize 2015 as well as the Terramaxka Prize 2015 is out. Local publishing houses and their authors have responded to the NBC’s call for applications for books published throughout 2014 and the response has been astounding. […]

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    Malta Book Festival 2015: Application Form

    The National Book Council would like to announce that prospective exhibitors of the Malta Book Festival 2015 may send in their application forms by the 17th of August to secure their place and listing in the official programme. Applicants must also submit their event proposals and requests for related subsidies. The Malta Book Festival will […]

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    Press Conference at the Madonna tal-Ġilju Band Club, Mqabba 10-06-2015

    The Soċjetà Mużikali Madonna tal-Ġilju, Imqabba organized a Press Conference in order to launch a catalogue of articles about the local feast, published by the same band club; a work amassed by Prof. Horace Ceaser Roger Vella, as well as this year’s edition of the annual feast publication which, for the first time ever, has […]

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    Another Book Donation to Malta’s Libraries 10/06/2015

    Today, the 10th of June, 2015, another substantial book donation from the National Book Council was presented to Maltese Public Libraries in the presence of the NBC’s Secretary, Mr. Joe Debattista and Ms. Cheryl Falzon, representing the Central Public Library, Floriana. These books, a selection of the finest titles from several Maltese publishing houses, will […]

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    Launch of Malta Book Fund – 12/05/2015

    The Hon. Evarist Bartolo, Minister for Education and Employment; Permanent Secretary, Mr. Joseph Caruana and Mr. Mark Camilleri, Executive Chairman of the National Book Council have just launched the Malta Book Fund in a press conference which took place in the Board Room of the Ministry of Education. The Malta Book  Fund is an initiative […]

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    Campus Book Festival – 5th-7th MAY 2015

    The National Book Council and Għaqda tal-Malti – Università are organizing the second edition of the Campus Book Festival which will take place on the 5-6-7 of May 2015. Opening hours: 09:00 – 15:00 u 19:00 – 21:30. This festival offers a platform for Maltese publishers and distributors to promote their material with a mature […]

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    NBC collaborates with the National Literacy Agency – ‘Aqra kemm Tiflaħ’

    The National Book Council is proud to announce its collaboration with the National Literacy Agency which forms part of the Ministry for Education and Employment on its ‘Aqra kemm tiflaħ’ programme targeting the first years of primary education. For the first phase of the programme, the NBC has spent around €15,000 on books to be […]

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    Applications are out for National Book Prize 2015

    Every year, this press release is dedicated to the National Book Prize, but as of this year, the NBC will be launching applications for two different prizes instead of one. Aside from announing that the applications for the National Book Prize 2015 (for books published in in 2014) are out, the NBC is also announcing […]

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    World Book Day 2015 – Guy Bass visits St. Theresa College School

    As part of the celebrations organized locally for World Book Day 2015, author Guy Bass carried out animated readings and book-signing with students from St. Theresa College Middle School in Birkirkara – this was a National Book Council and Merlin Library collaboration.   .

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    NBC at London Book Fair 2015

    The National Book Council was in London for the London Book Fair 2015 in order to promote Maltese books and the Maltese book market in general with foreign publishers and related entities. The London Book Fair is an international fair which brings together all the big names in the global book market as well as […]

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    Donation of National Book Prize Winning Books to CPL

    The National Book Council has just presented the Central Public Library with its annual donation of National Book Prize winning books. The NBC encourages the general public to pay regular visits and make better use of public libraries which are being regularly replenished with quality titles. Make sure you also visit the Central Public Library […]

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    Second PLR payment

    The National Book Council would like to announce that it will be issuing the second Public Lending Rights payment to those authors, illustrators and photographers whose books were borrowed from Public Libraries in Malta and Gozo fro 9th December, 2014 till the 31st of March, 2015. Below please find the list of authors/illustrators/photographers and related […]

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    ISBN Prices for Books in ebook format

    In addition to the Govermnet Gazette notice dated 29th August, 2014 regarding the purchase of ISBNs for books in ebook format, the National Book Council would like to announce that a bundle of hundred (100) ISBNs for books in ebook format costs €50. The price for one ISBN for a book in ebook format remains […]

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    NBC and PBS: Call for Interns to work on set of short-film

    Public Broadcasting Services and the National Book Council are seeking 3 MCAST students from the MCAST institute of Art and Design specializing in Creative Media Production to work as paid-interns on the set of a short-film based on a locally published story. The short-film will be produced during Summer 2015 and the interns will be […]

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    Book Donation to the ‘Centre Franco-Maltais’ – 20/03/15

    The National Book Council has just donated a considerable amount of publications in French to the ‘Centre Franco-Maltais’. Ms. Doreen Farrugia (Education Officer – French) appected the donation on behalf of the French Resoure Centre at the Junior College in Msida during a short ceremony with Mr. Mark Camilleri (Executive Chairman – NBC). The books […]

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    Applications for the Literary Contest of Novels for Youth – 2015

    The “Konkors ta’ Kitba – Letteratura għaż-Żgħażagħ” is an annual contest organised by Aġenzija Żgħażagħ and the National Book Council. The purpose of this contest is to select, reward and publish Maltese novels that are written specifically for young people; novels that explore contemporary youth hood, with all that this phase of life entails. Hence, […]

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    World Book Day – Donation to CPL 05/03/15

    Come join us at the Central Public Library, Floriana! Today the National Book Council is celebrating World Book Day by donating more and more books to CPL. Ms. Cheryl Falzon (Deputy Librarian, Malta Libraries) and Mr. Joe Debattista (Secretary, NBC) were present for the occasion. So, browse through our photos and have a look at […]

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    Annual Report 2014

    Please click here to view: e-Annual Report English.

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    Book Donation to Marsa Primary 23/02/2015

    The National Book Council has just presented €5,000 worth of books in an official book donation to Marsa Primary School, San Ġorġ Preca College. The majority of the books donated will be used as readers in the classroom, however the rest will be made available for students to borrow from class libraries as well as […]

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    NBC and Horizons donate books to Corradino Correctional Facility Library

    Today, Wednesday the 18th of February 2015, the National Book Council together with Horizons managing director David Bezzina, presented the library of the Corrective Facility in Kordin with a substantial book donation.   The NBC believes that every sector in society is entitled to have access to books and libraries, including individuals serving time in […]

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    Book Donation to Floriana Primary

    The Floriana Primary School Headmaster Mr. Stephen Miceli together with teachers and staff from the school and San Ġorġ Preca College Principal Mr. James Camilleri hosted National Book Council representatives for a short ceremony to mark today’s book donation to the school. The NBC executive chairman Mr. Mark Camilleri opened the ceremony by going through […]

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    PBS and NBC launch the Short Film Contest – 02/02/2015

    In a press conference held on Monday, 2nd February, 2015 at the PBS headquarters in Gwardamangia, the Executive Chairman of the National Book Council (NBC), Mr. Mark Camilleri together with PBS Chairman, Mr. Tonio Portughese signed the memorandum of agreement to launch the Short Film Contest – a collaborative project between both entities in a […]

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    Launch of PLR Scheme

    The National Book Council (NBC) would like to announce that today, payments to Maltese authors according to the Public Lending Rights scheme have been issued for the first time ever. Said remuneration has been made possible following an extensive consultation process and a carefully formulated political and administrative plan to rule the issuing of payments. […]

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    NBC film: Laqgħa ma’ Mara Morbi

    The National Book Council is now on Youtube… Click and Share our channel >> National Book Council MALTA   As part of the NBC’s strategy to promote books and reading in Malta, the NBC in collaboration with ONE TV Complex and Shadeena had premiered this short film based on ‘Laqgħa ma’ Mara Morbi’ – a story […]

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    Reading Activity with Charles Casha at CPL

    The National Book Council in collaboration with the staff at the Central Public Library hosted a group of young children from Agenzija Appoġġ’s Qawra Community Service to a reading activity in the Junior Section of the Central Public Library – Malta. A reading was followed by a Q&A and book-signing session with the author Charles […]

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    Book Donation to Junior College Library

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    Book Donation to Valletta Primary School

    In the presence of the Headmaster Mr. Bernard Riolo, the San Ġorġ Preca College Principal Mr. James Camilleri and several teachers from the school, the National Book Council’s executive chairman Mr. Mark Camilleri and secretary Mr. Joseph Debattista donated a considerable amount of books toValletta Primary School. The short ceremony took place in a newly […]

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    Book Donation to CPL on ‘Library Day 2014’

    The National Book Council has just donated €7,000 worth of books to the Central Public Library in Floriana during the activities of Library Day. The books, mostly Melitensia publications, will be divided between public libraries across Malta and Gozo very soon. Present for the donation were Ms. Cheryl Falzon representing the Central Public Library, Mr. […]

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    National Book Prize: Books 2013

    The National Book Council would like to announce the winners of the National Book Prize: Books 2013. The official prize giving ceremony took place on the 5th of December 2014 at Auberge de Castille. All National Book Prize finalists were present alongside distinguished guests for official speeches by the Prime Minister and the Executive Chairman […]

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    Expression of Interest – The Literary Contest of Novels for Youth

    The National Book Council kindly invites publishers to submit an expression of interest regarding the winning manuscripts of the Literary Contest of Novels for Youth 2013-2014 organized by the same National Book Council in collaboration with Aġenzija Żgħazagħ. The two winning manuscripts of this contest are: X’aħna Smart by Stephen Lughermo and Gramma by Leanne […]

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    Expression of Interest – Anthologies

    The National Book Council kindly invites publishers to submit an expression of interest in publishing two anthologies of translated prose and poetry by Maltese authors. One anthology is to be translated into English and the other into Italian. The extracts in Maltese will be chosen on the basis of their literary worth and following their […]

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    National Book Festival 2014

      The 2014 edition of the National Book Festival was, once again, held at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta between the 12th and the 16th of November with the busiest programme of events and the most numerous attendance yet.   The NBC proudly welcomed, for the second time running, ‘La Boccherie’ bookshop courtesy of the […]

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    The Literary Contest of Novels for Youth 2013-2014

    The prize-giving ceremony for the Literary Contest ‘Novels for Youth’ 2013-2014, took place last Sunday, 16th of November, 2014, in the Sacra Infermeria Hall, MCC, Valletta as part of the National Book Festival 2014 programme of events. The contest is a collaboration between the National Book Council and Aġenzija Żgħażagħ.   The two winners selected […]

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    PLR (Public Lending Rights) Scheme introduced in Malta

    The National Book Council would like to announce that, following a series of debates and a Public Consultation Meeting with interested parties back in January of 2014, the much awaited Public Lending Rights Scheme (PLR in short) is set to be introduced in our public libraries by the end of this year. Payment for PLR […]

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    The National Book Festival Programme of Events 2014

    The National Book Council has just launched the Programme of Events for this year’s edition of the National Book Festival happening over five days – 12th to the 16th of November, 2014 at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta. The Book Fest is open to all free of charge and with a programme of events boasting […]

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    Book Donation to St. Margaret’s College

    The National Book Council has just donated a substantial amount of books to St. Margaret’s College in a short ceremony held in the Cospicua Primary School library attended by the respective Heads of Schools, the College Principal Ms. Maria McNamara and the Hon. Chris Agius, Parliamentary Secretary for Research, Innovation, Youth and Sport. The donated […]

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    The National Book Festival 2014 – PR

          The National Book Council (NBC) would like to announce that the 2014 edition of the National Book Festival will be held next 12 – 16th November at the Mediterranean Conference Centre.   The National Book Festival is a continuation of the National Book Fair which has been re-branded in 2013 in the […]

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    European Day of Languages 2014 – Malta

    On Saturday, 27th September, the European Commission Representation in Malta celebrated the European Day of Languages at Bay Street, St Julian’s. For the second consecutive year, the Għaqda tal-Malti – Università was responsible for its organization.     Activities started at 10am and ended at 6pm. Stands pertaining to different language schools, embassies cultural centers […]

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    National Book Prize Finalists – 2013 Books

        The National Book Council wishes to announce that the National Book Prize finalists have just been shortlisted. The Adjudication Board of the National Book Council recognizes this list of finalist books as a list of the best books published in Malta throughout the year 2013.   The winners will be announced in an […]

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    National Book Festival 2014

        Below is the application form for interested exhibitors: application form 2014     access print versions of the 2014 poster here:   A4: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BxQ_P8udFPM1WnAxdWl0M1ZGN0E/edit   A3: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BxQ_P8udFPM1aXAtaXF4UFIySzQ/edit  .

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    The Literary Contest of Novels for Youth 2013

    The National Book Council would like to announce that the deadline for submission of applications is over   Please click on the link below to access a version of the amended criteria and regulations for 2014: Criteria and Regulations 2014   .

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    Poetry Night at Raymond Caruana Gardens – Gudja

    Following the positive reviews that emergent poets received following their participation in the Malta Arts Festival in mid-July, the National Book Council invited a number of other young poets and writers to present their work to an altogether new public.   Thanks to the Gudja Local Council, Demelsa Grech in particular, Beverly Agius, Nigel Baldacchino, […]

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    Emerging Artists – Malta Arts Festival 2013

    The ‘emerging artists’ series of the Malta Arts Festival of 2013 presented an interdisciplinary showcase of music and literature. The collaboration took the shape of two concerts: one concert of classical music by young percussionist Luke Baldacchino and another by Nadine Galea on violin and Riyad Nicolas on piano – both accompanied by Maltese poetry […]

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    The National Book Prize: BOOKS 2013

    The National Book Council wishes to notify that this year’s applicants were duly examined by a board of expert adjudicators before being officially placed in the categories as shown below. Books that are not listed have been eliminated on the grounds that these did not pertain to any category listed in the National Book Prize […]

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  • Book Donation to Malta Libraries

      On the 23rd of June, 2014, a substantial list of books ranging from classic novels to academic texts and melitensia was donated to Ms. Cheryl Falzon, deputy librarian for Malta Libraries by Mr. Mark Camilleri, Executive Chairman of the National Book Council (Malta)   All books will be available to borrow from a library […]

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    ‘The Digital Librarian’ Competition 2013

      On Thursday the 22nd of May, 2014, during a small ceremony at the Central Public Library, the National Book Council together with Mr. Joseph Mizzi (Managing Director of Klabb Kotba Maltin and Midsea Books Publications) and Mr. Edwin Catania ( Director of Nemo Publications) presented Ms. Askya Pizzuto with an iPAD for placing first […]

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    Hani Shukrallah at the University Book Festival 2014

    watch the whole interview here: Hani Shukrallah interviewed by Karl Schembri at the Book Festival on Campus. 30th April 2014.   Every revolution is messy   Hani Shukrallah, author of Egypt, the Arabs and the World, was the main guest at the first Book Festival on Campus   Egypt celebrated world press freedom day last […]

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    Book Festival on Campus 2014

    The Għaqda tal-Malti – Università in collaboration with the National Book Council have organized the first edition of the Book Festival on Campus. The Festival, held between the 28th and 30th of April kicked off daily at 9:00, till 15:00. Some of the activities were also held after 19.00.     Some of Malta’s leading […]

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    Celebrating World Book Day 2014

        As part of our ‘World Book Day’ celebrations, on the 23rd of April, Mr. Mark Camilleri (Executive Chairman of the National Book Council), presented Mr. Oliver Mamo – CEO of Malta Libraries with a considerable donation of books. The donated publications, to be distributed across Malta via several branch libraries, are a mix […]

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    Book Donation and Q&A session at Mosta Primary A

    This morning, the National Book Council was invited to hold a talk and Q&A session about the importance of reading, to parents of children up to the age of 8 who attend Mosta Primary School A. This was one of several events to be organized during ‘Book Week’; an initiative organized by the same school […]

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    Book Donation and Reading Session at Gżira Primary School

    In yesterday’s charming ceremony organized by Gżira Primary School, the National Book Council donated the same school a considerable amount of books for all ages. An animated reading session to school children by Mr. Joseph Galea followed the presentation of the books. Also present for the occasion was the Minister of Education and Employment, Evarist […]

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    Celebrating World Book Day 2014 – Book Donation to Zabbar B Primary School

    In a bid to celebrate World Book Day – the National Book Council has donated a list of 400 books to the Zabbar B Primary School Library. The Minister of Education and Employment, Evarist Bartolo was present for this celebration which included reading sessions and dramatic recitals for the school children. .

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  • PLR Public Consultation Meeting 2014

    On Monday 6th January, 2014 the National Book Council organised a Public Consultation Meeting that was held at the Grand Hotel Excelsior to discuss the introduction of a Public Lending Rights system for the islands of Malta and Gozo. Many suggestions were brought forward during the meeting of which the following emerge as the salient […]

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    Book Donation to Malta Libraries – December 2013

    This considerable book donation to Malta Libraries was the first of its kind for the National Book Council. In the coming months the NBC plans to keep donating as many classic as well as contemporary titles, both local and foreign, to Malta Libraries in a bid to help replenish and update public library shelves across […]

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    Annual Report 2013

      Please, click on the link below to access the National Book Council’s 2013 Annual Report: annual-report-ebook-engl .

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    National Book Prize: Books 2012

      Winners of the National Book Prize 2013 for books published in 2012:   Fiction:   1) ALEX VELLA GERA. “IS-SRIEP REĠGĦU SARU VELENUŻI” 2) ĠORĠ PERESSO. “IR-RAĠEL TA’ WAĦDU”     Non-Fiction:   1) CHARLES BRIFFA. “JOSEPH VELLA BONDIN, DRAMMATURGU” 2) ANDREW BORG U MARK MICALLEF. “ILWIEN IL-FESTI MALTIN VOL. 2”     Religous […]

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