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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. .
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 .
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 .
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. .
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 […]
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 […]
Please, click on the link below to access the National Book Council’s 2013 Annual Report: annual-report-ebook-engl .
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 […]
The National Book Council would like to bring to your attention this year’s edition of the national book fair, held from Wednesday 13th November to Sunday 17th November at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta. In order to mark the inclusive and holistic nature of this prestigious annual event, the book fair was held under the […]
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The Għaqda tal-Malti – Università on behalf of the European Commission Representation in Malta thanks the National Book Council for participating in celebrating the European Day of Languages in Malta for 2013 and making it a success. This day would not have been possible without the support of Valletta Foundation 2018, Żgħażagħ and Pjazza Tignè. […]
The National Book Council would like to announce that it has just published both winning novels in the 3rd edition (2012) of The Literary Contest of Novels for Youth organized by Aġenzija Żgħażagħ in conjunction with the National Book Council (NBC). The winning titles are ‘Ħabib fil-Bżonn’ by Tony C. Cutajar and ‘L-Ewwel Darba li […]
On Thursday, 23rd January 2013, in a ceremony where both the Education and the Health Ministers were present, the NBC handed over a number of specially-designed pouches to the Parentscraft Section of Mater Dei Hospital, containing two books of stories for newborn children and a manual for parents.These publications were to be distributed to all […]