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    Malta’s Highlight at London Book Fair 2017

    This year’s highlight for Malta at the London Book Fair was Walid Nabhan with his novel “L-Eżodu taċ-Ċikonji”, originally published in Maltese by Klabb Kotba Maltin. A profoundly unsettling but moving tale of Nabil, a Palestinian refugee caught up in the various dilemmas of the here-and-there and the then-and-now, the novel won the National Book […]

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    Expression of Interest for the Publication of a New Anthology

    The National Book Council of Malta is inviting editors and publishers to submit their application for an upcoming anthology of Maltese works in English translation. Would you like to help create and publish an anthology of Maltese works in English translation and contribute to attracting foreign publishers to Maltese literature? An expression of interest is […]

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    The Programme of Events for the Campus Festival 2017 is out

    The National Book Council is publishing the programme of events for the Book Festival on Campus 2017, which will take place at University on the 4-5-6th of April, starting 10:00 hours and continuing till late. The purpose of the Festival is to promote literature as a whole, while at the same time giving publishers and […]

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  • Seminars on Maltese contemporary poetry @ the Poetry Pavilion, LBF

    The National Book Council would like to announce that during the London Book Fair 2017, which is taking place in London Olympia on 14, 15 and 16 March, poetry seminars have been prepared on the Poetry Pavilion. Poetry readings by Maltese performer Sarah Naudi have been scheduled from 11:30 am on all three days. These will […]

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    British Author Caroline Smailes at the Book Festival on Campus

    As was announced in a press release earlier this week, the special guest for the 2017 Book Festival on Campus is British author Caroline Smailes. The Festival, which is the product of a collaborative effort by the National Book Council and Għaqda tal-Malti – Universita’, has as its main aim the promotion of literature with […]

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    Applications for the National Book Prize 2017 are out

    The National Book Council is pleased to announce that applications for the National Book Prize 2017 (for books published in 2016) are out, as well as those for Terramaxka – The National Book Prize for Children and Adolescents. This prestigious award selects and awards publications of the year before (in this case, 2016) that meet […]

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    Preparations for Book Festival on Campus 2017 are underway

      The National Book Council and l-Għaqda tal-Malti – Università would like to announce that preparations for the 4th edition of the Book Festival on Campus are underway. The festival will take place from 4 to 6 April 2017 and the opening hours are from 10 am to 3 pm and from 5 pm till late in […]

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    Results of the Literary Contest of Novels for Youth are out

    Aġenzija Żgħażagħ and the National Book Council would like to announce that the winners of the Literary Contest of Novels for Youth 2016 are Antoinette Borg with with her manuscript  ‘Żejt fil-Wiċċ’ and Matthew Schembri with ‘Stessi’. Antoinette Borg is the author of a published work ‘Fittixni’ (2016, Merlin Publishers) while Matthew Schembri has participated in Taħżiż, an […]

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    Preparations for Maltese Literary Event in Brussels

    The National Book Council would like to announce that the preparatory work for the reading event in Librebook Bruxelles has been brought to an end today with the arrival of books of authors participating in the event. The authors are Alex Vella Gera and Loranne Vella, who will appear on Friday 17th March starting 18:00 […]

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    Annual Report 2016

    The National Book Council is happy to present its comprehensive Annual Report for 2016 – a year in which the contribution of the council to the local book scene reached a new level of intensity with the introduction of several new collaborations and innovative projects. As the council expands its scope and sets higher targets […]

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    London Book Fair 2017

    The National Book Council would like to announce that for the third year in succession, it will participate in the upcoming London Book Fair 2017. Representatives of the council will be meeting publishers and literary agents to explore new venues and possibilities for translating and publishing Maltese literature beyond our shores. There will be presentations […]

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    Prize-giving Ceremony for Literary Contest ‘Novels for Youth’ 2016

    The prize-giving ceremony for the Literary Contest ‘Novels for Youth’ 2016, set up by the National Book Council in collaboration with Aġenzija Żgħażagħ, will take place at ‘Youth Village’ Aġenzija Żgħażagħ at 6:30 in the evening on the 3rd of March 2017 and will be presided over by the Hon. Chris Agius, the Parliamentary Secretary […]

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    Clare Azzopardi and Maria Grech Ganado at Librebook-Bruxelles

    On 18th March, at Librebook-Bruxelles, a literary cafe in Brussels, two well-known and prize-winning authors will take part in an event set up by the National Book Council on occasion of Malta’s EU presidency. The event starts at 14:00 hours with Clare Azzopardi, who will be reading excerpts from her work Il-Qtates ta’ max-Xatt (2016, […]

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    Alex Vella Gera and Loranne Vella at Librebook – Bruxelles

    On 17th March, at Librebook – Bruxelles, a literary cafe in Brussels, two well-known and prize-winning authors will appear in an event set up by the National Book Council on occasion of Malta’s EU presidency. The event starts at 18:00 hours with Loranne Vella, who will read excerpts from her soon-to-be-released publication, Rokit. Rokit will […]

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    A taste of Maltese Literature in Brussels

    A taste of Maltese literature in Brussels The National Book Council would like to announce it has set up a literary event in Brussels on occasion of Malta’s EU presidency. Four well-known and prize-winning authors will treat the audience to excerpts of their work. Alex Vella Gera and Lorrane Vella will appear on 17th March […]

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    Applications for the Malta Literary Short-Film Contest are Open!

        13/02/2017   Press Release: Applications are out for the Malta Literary Short Film Contest 2017 organised by the NBC The National Book Council would like to announce that the application period for the Malta Literary Short-film Contest is open. This is a contest open to film-making teams making 15-20 minute short films in […]

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  • 9th PLR Payment is out

    The National Book Council would like to announce that the ninth 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 2016 till the 31st December, 2016. The list of said authors, their […]

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    Remember these dates! Book Festivals

    The National Book Council would like to announce some of the most important dates in its cultural calendar for 2017. We suggest the general public to list down these important dates and keep them free for what is coming.   Between the 4th and the 6th of April the National Book Council and the Għaqda […]

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    ISBN open data

    In the spirit of the festive season, The National Book Council would like to express its greetings to the public by making a gift of its ISBN database which has been modified as open data. The database, which is hosted on the Council’s website, now allows users to create and download reports in Excel format, […]

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    Malta at the New Literature from Europe Festival NY

    Between Dec 7th and 10th, the Arts Council Malta in NY in association with the National Book Council (Malta) presented leading contemporary Maltese poet and novelist Immanuel Mifsud, winner of the European Union Prize for Literature (2011) and both the Malta National Award for Prose (2002, 2015) and for Poetry (2015), at the New Literature […]

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    Winners of the National Book Prize 2016

    The National Book Council would like to announce the winners of the National Book Prize 2016: Books 2015. The official prize-giving ceremony took place on Friday the 2nd of December 2016 at Auberge de Castille. Participants in the Malta Book Prize were present alongside distinguished guests for official speeches by Hon. Minister of Education and […]

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    WINNERS OF THE MONS. AMANTE BUONTEMPO POETRY CONTEST 2016

    Below please find the Winners of the ‘MONS’ AMANTE BUONTEMPO’ Poetry Contest 2016 as announced in an official ceremony on the 11th of November 2016, in Temi Zammit Hall, Mediterranean Conference Centre Valletta during the Malta Book Festival 2016: FIRST PRIZE – Louis Briffa with his poem ‘Falco Peregrinus’ SECOND PRIZE – Paul P. Borg with his poem ‘…bini […]

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    8th PLR Payment is out

    The National Book Council would like to announce that the eight 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 July 2016 till the 30th September, 2016. The list of said authors, their […]

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    Malta Book Festival 2016 comes to an end!

    The National Book Council would like to thank members of the public who visited the Malta Book Festival 2016 and took part in the various activities and exhibitions that were set up for their benefit. It is very encouraging to see our efforts to make this event as educational, entertaining and memorable as possible pay off […]

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    Winners of the Terramaxka Book Prize 2016

    The National Book Council is proud to announce the winners of the Terramaxka Prize 2016 – a national prize for books written for children and adolescents throughout 2015. Winners were announced on Tuesday 7th November 2016 during the official opening of the Malta Book Festival (9-13th NOV) at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta in the […]

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    Malta Book Festival 2016 Opens Tomorrow!

    This morning at 9:00 am the Minister for Education and Employment, the Hon. Evarist Bartolo, and the Executive Chairman of the National Book Council, Mark Camilleri, held a press conference to announce the 2016 edition of the Malta Book Festival at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta. The festival will be open to the public from […]

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    Basma Abel Aziz at the Malta Book Festival 2016

    An extremely important guest in this year’s edition of the Malta Book Festival is no doubt Basma Abdel Aziz, the author of the acclaimed novel The Queue. A resident of Cairo, where she was born in 1976, Basma, who possesses a Master’s degree in Neuropsychiatry from Ein Shams University, is a member of El Nadeem […]

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    Malta Book Festival 2016 Promo

    National Book Council (Malta) is proud to present the Malta Book Festival 2016 Promo. This year’s edition of the Festival will be taking place between the 9th and the 13th of November at MCC, Valletta and one may download a copy of the official 5-day programme of events from this link: http://ktieb.org.mt/?p=2662. Events are open […]

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    Celebrating Cervantes during the Malta Book Festival 2016.

    The National Book Council would like to inform the public of a presentation it has set up in collaboration with the Department of Spanish (University of Malta) and the Spanish Embassy in Malta, together with SKS, titled ‘Cervantes and Don Quixote in Literature and Culture’. The presentation, which is one of the salient features of […]

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    Alek Popov at the Malta Book Festival 2016

    The National Book Council is pleased to present the Bulgarian writer Alek Popov who will be the among the special guests of this year’s edition of the Malta Book Festival. His participation will feature in two events – he is one of the guest speakers at the conference on Literature and Totalitarianism and he will […]

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    Malta Book Festival 2016 Programme of Events

    In anticipation of the upcoming Malta Book Festival, the National Book Council is releasing the programme for the Festival both to inform members of the public of the events that have been prepared for them and as a guide for visitors. Press this link here to download a copy: mbf-2016-programme-eng One of the highlights of this […]

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    Patrick McGuinness at the Malta Book Festival 2016

    The British academic and writer Patrick McGuinness will be among the special guests for this year’s edition of the Malta Book Festival. Born in Tunisia in 1968 to a Belgian French-speaking mother and an English father of Irish descent, he grew up in Belgium and also lived for periods in Venezuela, Iran, Romania and the […]

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    Maria Grech Ganado at the MBF2016

    In 2015 the National Book Council decided to dedicate an event to the winner of the previous year’s Lifetime Achievement Award. As it happened, our first guest was the late Prof. Godfrey Wettinger, best known for the joint discovery and first translation of the greatest literary treasure of the country: Il-Kantilena of Pietru Caxaro, and […]

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    Film Adaptation at the Malta Book Festival 2016

    The National Book Council would like to inform the public of a special event on film adaptation, which will take place in Temi Zammit Hall, MCC Valletta on Saturday at 20:00. It will feature a screening of this year’s winning entry of the NBC PBS Film Contest, Ryan Gatt’s film adaptation of Walid Nahban’s short […]

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    MBF2016 School Bookings are open!

    The National Book Council would like to invite all schools in Malta and Gozo to attend the Malta Book Festival 2016 which will be held from Wednesday 9th till Sunday 13th November 2016 at the Mediterranean Conference Centre (MCC) Valletta. The Malta Book Festival is the most prestigious event related to books in the Maltese […]

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    The NBC presents ‘Literature and Totalitarianism – A Conference’ during the MBF2016

    This year the Malta Book Festival opens with a highly anticipated event – a conference on Literature and Totalitarianism.  Basma Abdel Aziz, Patrick McGuinness, Alek Popov and Immanuel Mifsud are among the special guests invited to engage in a conversation with Jurgen Balzan (journalist) on how literature typically responds to systems of governance that seek […]

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    MBF2016 // Books and Literacy: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

    The National Book Council would like to inform the public of an important event, set up in collaboration with the Department of Library and Archives Sciences at the University of Malta and Malta Library and Information Association (MaLIA), which will be part of the activities featured in the upcoming Malta Book Festival. The event is […]

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    NATIONAL BOOK PRIZE 2016 and TERRAMAXKA BOOK PRIZE 2016 SHORTLIST

    The National Book Council is pleased to announce that the Independent Adjudication Board has selected and communicated the shortlisted finalists for the National Book Prize and the Terramaxka Prize 2016. As is customary, we are publishing the list for the benefit of the public: the titles that appear in the shortlist are guaranteed to be […]

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    Malta Book Festival 2016 Poster

    Malta Book Festival 2016 (9-13 NOV, MCC) http://ktieb.org.mt/?p=2515 Save the dates and spread the word! Artwork by ‘Julinu’

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    The History of the National Book Prize

    The Literary Prize was first set up in 1971 for books in Maltese published during the preceding year. Government’s aim was to encourage Maltese literature and to reward the year’s best authors. The first winners were Anton Buttiġieġ with his poetry collection ‘Fl-Arena’ and Francis Ebejer with ‘Id-Drammi Vol. 2’ which contained his three major […]

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    7th PLR payment is out

    The National Book Council would like to announce that the seventh 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 2016 till the 30th June, 2016. The list of said authors, their […]

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    Malta Book Festival 2016 – Dates, Events and Location

      The National Book Council is pleased to announce that preparations for the 2016 Malta Book Festival are underway and would like to inform the public of the dates, location and the kind of events they are invited to experience at the festival. The event will take place at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta […]

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    Call for Proposals – MBF2016 Exhibtion

      Malta Book Festival 2016 9-13 NOV – MCC Call for Exhibitors This is an open call for proposals for an exhibition on book-binding to be featured in the 2016 edition of the Malta Book Festival. The exhibition, which is expected to be put up and ready by 8th November, is to be housed in the […]

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    NATIONAL POETRY COMPETITION Mons. Amante Buontempo – 2016

    The Maltese Poets Association, in collaboration with the National Book Council, is launching the National Poetry Competition Mons. Amante Buontempo 2016   Those wishing to take part are requested to submit up to three poems, each one no longer than thirty lines, in Maltese. The poems must be type-written on A4 sheets, and three copies submitted […]

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    National Book Prize and Terramaxka Prize Participants 2016

    The National Book Council is proud to announce the following official list of National Book Prize and Terramaxka Prize participants for 2016. The NBC also notifies that the books listed below have been examined by an adjudication board and placed in the respective categories as indicated for both contests and listed separately. Following the adjudication […]

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    Winner of the NBC PBS Short Film Contest 2016

    The National Book Council is proud to announce that the winner of the NBC PBS Short Film Contest for 2016 is Ryan Gatt with his proposal to adapt Walid Nabhan’s short story ‘Il-Kompliċi’ from the collection of short stories ‘lura d-dar u ġrajjiet oħra li ma ġrawx’ (Klabb Kotba Maltin, 2009). This is a contest […]

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    Malta’s ISBN Database

    The National Book Council would like to announce that the database containing all local books published under an ISBN has just been finalised. This database may be accessed free of charge from the NBC’s website. The ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is a unique number allocated to every book in any format. The NBC is […]

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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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