Applications for the Literary Contest – Novels for Youth

The Literary Contest – Novels for Youth is an annual contest set up by the National Book Council in collaboration with Aġenzija Żgħażagħ with the aim of selecting and rewarding novels in Maltese that manage to address young adults and the various issues that the latter have to deal with...

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Malta Book Festival 2017 – Dates and Events

As preparations for the Malta Book Festival are underway, the National Book Council would like to announce the first details of its official programme of events. As always the programme of events will feature conferences on themes of literary and sociopolitical importance, book and author presentations, book launches, fun activities...

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Immanuel Mifsud at the Summer Book Festival

The National Book Council is proud to present one of its better-known guests for the Summer Book Festival – EUPL winning author and poet Immanuel Mifsud, who will be reading some of his yet unpublished poetry on Saturday 15 July at 15:30. Widely considered to have been a key figure...

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Maria Grech Ganado at the Summer Book Festival

The second and last day of the Summer Book Festival, 15 July, will be a day dedicated to poetry in honour of the late Gozitan poet Ġorġ Pisani. Among the events planned for the day, there will be reading sessions and interviews with Maltese poets. Maria Grech Ganado, winner of...

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Youth and Literature at the Summer Book Festival

A highlight event of the first day of the Summer Book Festival in Gozo, due on 14 July, is a panel discussion on youth culture and literature, set up by the National Book Council. Publishers and writers will engage in a conversation  on literature and young readers. The conversation will...

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A Reading Session with Various Authors – Summer Book Festival

The Literary Contest – Novels for Youth, which is set up annually by the National Book Council in collaboration with Aġenzija Żgħażagħ, challenges authors to produce original novels of between 20, 000 and 25, 000 words that explore themes related to the experiences and choices that young adults face in...

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Clare Azzopardi and Loranne Vella at the Summer Book Festival

The first day of the Summer Book Festival on 14 July will be dedicated to youth and literature. Both the National Book Council and a number of local publishers will set up events based on the chosen theme, in order to analyse different aspects of literature for youth and youth...

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Book Donation on the Opening of the Summer Book Festival

The Summer Book Festival, due on 14 and 15 July, will open with a book donation to Sir MA Refalo Post Secondary School, which has generously offered to host the two-day festival. Both the opening and the book donation will be made in the presence of the Hon. Minister for...

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Results of the Malta Literary Short Film Contest are Out

The National Book Council is pleased to announce that the Adjudication Board for the Malta Literary Short Film Contest 2017 has reached a unanimous decision and have awarded funding to the project Dritt għall-Punt, presented by Mr. Charles Stroud and his company Mitħolma. The project proposal is the screen adaptation...

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Funds for Literary Translation

Creative Europe’s ‘Literary Translation’ scheme is a substantial injection of capital into the creation and promotion of quality translated literature. Its aim is to promote the transnational circulation of literature by  supporting translation projects whose source or target language is officially recognized in EU or EFTA countries. In particular, the...

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Summer Book Festival – Gozo

The National Book Council announces it has prepared a treat for all book lovers this Summer: the Summer Book Festival – Gozo, a two-day event packed with cultural activities as well as a book fair. It will take place in Gozo on 14 and 15 July at Sir M. A....

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A new website for the National Book Council

The National Book Council is proud to present its newly redesigned website, which was launched today, as part of a rebranding project. The new features on the website will allow users easier access to the contents, together with direct links to our Facebook page. The public is invited to visit...

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MALTA BOOK FUND: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

The following is an FAQ for those members of the public who wish to apply for the Malta Book Fund. For the sake of those who have never applied for funds before and have no experience of such procedures, we will first of all point out the importance of paperwork,...

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Notice // Malta Book Festival 2017 Application Form is out

The National Book Council has opened applications for exhibitors to participate in the upcoming edition of the Malta Book Festival 2017. As is customary, the Festival will be held in the first two weeks of November, 8-12, at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta. The application is open to all...

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Spotlight on Literary Contest – Novels for Youth 2016

The world of youth is a world marked by incessant change. It is enough to consider the flux of technological innovation in communications and media, and the impact it has on the language and lives of youth. One challenge for novelists targeting audiences that fall within that age group is...

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10th PLR PAYMENT IS OUT

The National Book Council would like to announce that the tenth 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, 2017 till the 31st March, 2017. The...

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More Book Donations by the NBC

As part of the celebrations for World Book Day 2017 and Libraries Day 2017, the National Book Council took part in two events this week – a Literacy Fest for schoolchildren co-organised with Dingli Local Council and St Nicholas College Primary (Dingli) on the 27th and a book donation to...

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NBC book donation to Dingli Primary School, St Nicholas College

In the presence of the Headmaster of the Dingli Primary School, Ms. Elisabeth Galea, St Nicholas College Principal Ms. Maria Camilleri, and several teachers from the school, the National Book Council’s Counsellor Mr. Charles Calleja and Cultural Events Organiser Ms. Simona Cassano donated a considerable amount of books to St...

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Adjudication Process of the National Book Prize has started

The adjudication process for the National Book Prize started off last week with the first meeting of the Independent Board of Adjudication at the premises of the National Book Council in Floriana. The process of sorting out the entries and checking that each entry has been listed in the correct...

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NBC Celebrates World Book and Copyright Day

The National Book Council this week will be celebrating World Book and Copyright Day in a number of events which aim to increase the public’s awareness of the local book culture and to promote the book as a means of intellectual empowerment. On Thursday 27th April, the National Book Council...

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Malta Book Fund 2017 is Open!

The National Book Council announces it has opened the Malta Book Fund today for the second time. The Fund, which carries a total value of 40,000 euros and is open to both writers and publishers, is comprised of two types of grants – publication and education grants, each grant carrying...

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Literary Art Contest: Call for Artists

The National Book Council is issuing a call for artists to submit artwork for a Literary Art Contest, in which competitors will be asked to create a work of art based on a Maltese literary text of their own choice. A total of ten artworks will be chosen by an...

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Spotlight on the Campus Book Festival: The End

Yesterday evening the Book Festival on Campus came to an end with an event in honour of author Caroline Smailes, the special guest of the Festival. Smailes led a number of workshops on different aspects of literary writing and the art of story-telling during the three days of the Festival....

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Spotlight on the Campus Book Festival: Day Two

The second day of the Book Festival on Campus opened with an event that appeals strongly to those with an interest in art and philosophy. Prof. Hubertus von Amelunxen, provost of the European Graduate School (EGS) and well-known for his work as a curator and a member of art organisations,...

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Spotlight on the Campus Book Festival: Day One

The Book Festival on Campus opened yesterday at 10:00 am with a book presentation for primary school children: Toni Aquilina’s translation of ‘Il-Ġgant id-Dħuli’ by Gladys Masters, published by Faraxa. The children were encouraged to read excerpts from the book, which they enjoyed immensely. In fact, the young readers were...

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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...

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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?...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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