Taħt il-Qoxra: Gabriel Schembri u Kit Azzopardi

F’dan l-episodju ta’ Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara titkellem ma’ Kit Azzopardi u Gabriel Schembri dwar il-ktieb Patria u l-kwistjonijiet politiċi, soċjali u personali konnessi magħhom. Tista’ ssegwi t-taħdita hawnhekk.

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End of Malta Book Festival 2017

The National Book Council thanks all members of the public who visited the Malta Book Festival 2017 and took part in the various activities that were set up for them. The NBC also thanks the exhibitors and all those who took part in the organization of the Festival. At the...

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Mons Amante Buontempo Poetry Contest: Results

The award-giving ceremony of the Mons Amante Buontempo National Poetry Contest was celebrated last week on Friday 10 November at Sir Temi Zammit Hall, MCC, as part of the cultural programme of the National Book Festival 2017. The event was set up by the Għaqda Poeti Maltin in collaboration with...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Alex Vella Gera

F’dan l-episodju ta’ Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara titkellem ma’ Alex Vella Gera dwar il-kotba tiegħu u l-kwistjonijiet politiċi, soċjali u personali konnessi magħhom. Tista’ ssegwi t-taħdita hawnhekk.

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Malta Book Festival opens today: Terramaxka Prize 2017

The Malta Book Festival had its official opening today at 7:30 pm with the prize-giving ceremony for the Terramaxka Prize 2017, led by Joe Dimech. The ceremony took place at Sir Temi Zammit Hall, Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta, presided by the executive chairman of the National Book Council, Mark Camilleri....

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Wayne Flask

F’dan l-episodju ta’ Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara titkellem ma’ Wayne Flask dwar il-ktieb tiegħu Kapitali u l-kwistjonijiet politiċi, soċjali u personali konnessi mal-ktieb. Tista’ ssegwi t-taħdita hawnhekk.

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Film Premiere at the Malta Book Festival 2017

The winning project of this year’s edition of the NBC Literary Short Film Contest is a 15-minute film adaptation of a short story by Prof. Joe Friggieri, Dritt għall-Punt, from his collection of short stories Nismagħhom Jgħidu. The project was submitted by Charles Stroud and his film company Mitħolma. As...

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Translating Żahra into Norwegian: Malta Book Festival 2017

A special treat in this year’s edition of the Malta Book Festival is an event set up by the National Book Council in order to celebrate the first ever translation of a Maltese novel into Norwegian, without the use of a bridge translation. Trevor Żahra’s Il-Ħajja Sigrieta tan-Nanna Genoveffa, a...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: John P. Portelli

F’dan l-episodju ta’ Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara titkellem ma’ John P. Portelli dwar il-ktieb tiegħu Xewqat tal-Passa u l-kwistjonijiet politiċi, soċjali u personali konnessi mal-ktieb. Tista’ ssegwi t-taħdita hawnhekk.

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Norbert Bugeja

F’dan l-episodju ta’ Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara titkellem ma’ Norbert Bugeja dwar il-ktieb tiegħu Nartiċi u l-kwistjonijiet politiċi, soċjali u personali konnessi mal-ktieb. Tista’ ssegwi t-taħdita hawnhekk.

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Ros Barber at the Malta Book Festival 2017

  UK poet, author and academic Ros Barber will appear at an event at the Malta Book Festival 2017 in which she will be talking to James Corby, senior lecturer and head of the Department of English at Malta University, about her books, her literary career and the themes and...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Jean Paul Borg

  F’dan l-episodju ta’ Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara titkellem ma’ Jean Paul Borg dwar il-ktieb tiegħu Mhux Nies u l-kwistjonijiet politiċi, soċjali u personali konnessi mal-ktieb. Tista’ ssegwi t-taħdita hawnhekk.

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Celebrating Mario Azzopardi at the Malta Book Festival 2017

  In the culture programme of this year’s Malta Book Festival, Mario Azzopardi, the renowned playwright, poet, educator and cultural journalist, will have a whole event dedicated to him as the winner of the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. The event, which was set up by Horizons in collaboration with the...

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Shahd Alshammari at the Malta Book Festival 2017

  A special guest of this year’s edition of the Malta Book Festival, Kuwaiti poet, writer and academic Shahd Alshammari will be talking to Toni Aquilina in an event set up by Faraxa in collaboration with the National Book Council at the Activity Area (MCC) on Thursday 9th November, starting...

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Gilbert Sinoué at Malta Book Festival 2017

    Gilbert Sinoué, the renowned French-Egyptian novelist, will appear in an event dedicated to his literary work on Thursday 9 November at M.A. Grima Hall, MCC, starting 19:45 pm. The author, whose works are considered modern classics in the genre of the historical novel, will be talking to Prof....

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Alex Vella Gera at the National Book Festival 2017

  Alex Vella Gera, the award-winning author of Antipodi, Is-Sriep Reġgħu Saru Velenużi and Trojan, will be the guest of an event dedicated to his literary work and artistic career on Thursday 9 November at the Activity Area (Mediterranean Conference Centre) starting 20:00 hours. Vella Gera will be talking to...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Lara Calleja

Fit-tieni episodju ta’ Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara titkellem ma’ Lara Calleja dwar il-ktieb tagħha Lara Min? u l-kwistjonijiet politiċi, soċjali u personali konnessi mal-ktieb. Tista’ ssegwi t-taħdita hawnhekk.

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Tliet Mistoqsijiet lill-Awtur: Taħdita ma’ Leanne Ellul

  Inkomplu s-sensiela ta’ intervisti ma’ awturi b’taħdita ma’ Leanne Ellul dwar il-ktieb tagħha Gramma.     Leanne Ellul hija l-kittieba tar-rumanz Gramma, wieħed mir-rebbieħa tal-Konkors ta’ Kitba – Letteratura  għaż-Żgħażagħ fl-2014. L-aħħar pubblikazzjoni ta’ Ellul – traduzzjoni għall-Malti ta’ Gosto de Ti tal-kittieba Portugiża Fernanda Serrano, Inħobbok!, ġiet magħżula...

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New ISBN application form.

Publishers and authors are to note that a new application form for ISBNs has been drawn up and has been uploaded on our ISBN page here. The updated version introduces a new caption: Product Format, which requires those applying for an ISBN to specify the format of the file in...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Taħdita ma’ Leanne Ellul

Fl-ewwel episodju ta’ Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara titkellem ma’ Leanne Ellul dwar il-ktieb tagħha Gramma u l-kwistjonijiet politiċi, soċjali u personali konnessi mal-ktieb. Tista’ ssegwi t-taħdita hawnhekk.

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Programm tat-TV: WIĊĊ IMB WIĊĊ

    Il-Kunsill Nazzjonali tal-Ktieb qed iniedi programm ġdid tat-TV f’kollaborazzjoni ma’ Antonella Axisa. Il-programm iġib l-isem ta’ “Wiċċ imb Wiċċ” u kull episodju huwa mfassal fuq il-qari ta’ silta minn xogħol letterarju Malti kontemporanju. Il-qari ser isir minn Antonella Axisa. Il-programm se jixxandar fuq it-TV Nazzjonali kull nhar ta’...

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Tliet Mistoqsijiet lill-Awtur: Taħdita ma’ Maria Grech Ganado

Inkomplu s-sensiela ta’ intervisti b’taħdita ma’ Maria Grech Ganado dwar il-ġabra ta’ poeżiji taħt il-kpiepel t’ġħajnejja.   Maria Grech Ganado studjat fl-Universitajiet ta’ Malta, ta’ Cambridge u ta’ Heidelberg. Hija tikteb bl-Ingliż u bil-Malti. Ħarġet erba’ ġabriet ta’ poeżiji bil-Malti, Iżda Mhux Biss, li rebaħ il-Premju Letterarju fis-sena 2000, Skont...

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Programm tar-Radju: Taħt il-Qoxra

    Il-Kunsill Nazzjonali tal-Ktieb iħabbar il-bidu ta’ programm ġdid tar-radju b’kollaborazzjoni ma’ Rachelle Deguara. Il-programm, bl-isem ta’ ‘Taħt Il-Qoxra’, huwa maħsub biex jippromwovi kittieba lokali, ix-xogħlijiet u l-ħsibijiet tagħhom. Rachelle Deguara, li hija studenta u kant-awtriċi, se tkun qed titkellem mal-mistiedna tagħha dwar diversi temi: il-kotba, il-letteratura, il-politika u...

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Tliet Mistoqsijiet lill-Awtur: Taħdita ma’ Alfred Sant

  Inkomplu s-sensiela ta’ intervisti b’taħdita ma’ Alfred Sant dwar il-ktieb tiegħu Western – Bejn Rakkonti, Bejn Divertimenti.   Tul il-karriera tiegħu, Alfred Sant (imwieled fl-1948) kien involut fil-politika, fil-ġurnaliżmu, il-letteratura u t-teatru. Huwa kiteb wkoll artikli għal għadd ta’ ġurnali u perjodiċi. Ir-rumanz tiegħu L-Għalqa tal-Iskarjota, ippubblikat fl-2009, jgħaqqad...

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Tliet Mistoqsijiet lill-Awtur: Taħdita ma’ Trevor Żahra

  Inkomplu s-sensiela ta’ intervisti b’taħdita ma’ Trevor Żahra dwar il-ktieb tiegħu Vespri.   Trevor Żahra ilu fix-xena letterarja mill-1971 meta ppubblika l-ewwel ktieb tat-tfal tiegħu. Minn dak iż-żmien ‘il quddiem huwa ppubblika regolarment, u sal-lum għandu aktar minn 130 pubblikazzjoni f’ismu. Ir-rumanz qasir tiegħu Il-Ħajja Sigrieta tan-Nanna Ġenoveffa ġie...

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Tliet Mistoqsijiet Lill-Awtur: Taħdita ma’ Immanuel Mifsud

    Inkomplu s-sensiela ta’ intervisti ma’ awturi b’taħdita ma’ Immanuel Mifsud fuq il-ktieb tiegħu Jutta Heim. Immanuel Mifsud. Mifsud huwa kittieb u poeta. Fl-2002 il-ktieb tiegħu L-Istejjer Strambi ta’ Sara Sue Sammut rebaħ il-Premju Nazzjonali tal-Ktieb fil-kategorija tal-prosa. Tnax-il sena wara, fl-2014, Mifsud għal darb’oħra rebaħ il-Premju Nazzjonali tal-Ktieb,...

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Tliet Mistoqsijiet lill-Awtur: Taħdita ma’ Clare Azzopardi

  Inkomplu s-sensiela ta’ intervisti ma’ awturi b’taħdita ma’ Clare Azzopardi dwar il-ktieb tagħha Kulħadd Ħalla Isem Warajh   Clare Azzopardi tikteb kemm għat-tfal kif ukoll għall-adulti. Hija l-Kap tad-Dipartiment tal-Malti fil-Junior College ta’ l-Università ta’ Malta u għal bosta snin kienet membru attiv ta’ Inizjamed. Ix-xogħol tagħha ġie tradott...

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Release of Shortlist of the National Book Prize 2017

    Today, on 28th August 2017, the National Book Council is releasing the National Book Prize Shortlist for books published in 2016. The shortlist is drawn up by an independent adjudication board of 9 jurors. The selection process started on 25th April from 203 entries, out of which 35...

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Tliet Mistoqsijiet lill-Awtur: Taħdita ma’ Rita Saliba

    Inkomplu s-sensiela ta’ intervisti ma’ awturi b’taħdita mal-kittieba Rita Saliba dwar il-ktieb tagħha Il-Kulur tal-Lellux.   Saliba rebħet il-Konkors Nazzjonali ta’ Kitba għaż-Żgħażagħ tliet darbiet bir-rumanzi tagħha Inżul ix-Xemx (2011), Bella Berger (2013) u Il-Kulur tal-Lellux (2016). Fl-2014 qalbet mit-Taljan għall-Malti  żewġ rumanzi oħra għall-adolexxenti, Il-Misteru tad-Dniefel tal-Ġebel...

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Book Donation to Malta Libraries

    The National Book Council has made another book donation to Malta Libraries, consisting mainly of fiction literature for adult readers, art books and Melitensia. The donation was made by the manager of the Book Council, Mr John Grech, at the premises of the National Book Council in the...

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National Poetry Contest: Last Year’s Winner

    The Mons. Amante Bountempo National Poetry Contest, set up by Għaqda Poeti Maltin in collaboration with the National Book Council, is a relatively new initiative which was first launched last year. The announcement of the winning entries and the prize-giving ceremony are among the events planned for the...

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Tliet Mistoqsijiet lill-Awtur: Taħdita ma’ Alex Vella Gera

    Taħdita ma’ Alex Vella Gera dwar il-ktieb tiegħu Trojan. Alex Vella Gera (imwieled fl-1973) issa jgħix fi Brussell, fejn jaħdem bħala traduttur għall-Unjoni Ewropea. Fl-2011 kien fiċ-ċentru ta’ kontroversja kbira dwar iċ-ċensura f’Malta wara l-pubblikazzjoni tan-novella espliċita tiegħu Li Tkisser Sewwi fil-gazzetta universitarja Realtà . Huwa ppubblika l-ewwel...

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Help with the Application for the Malta Book Fund

As the deadline for the Malta Book Fund is approaching, the NBC would like to remind all interested applicants that it is offering help with the application, in particular for those who are not applying through a publisher. While it is recommended that applicants identify publishers who have expressed an...

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Dun Kixott mill-Manċa: a Malta Book Fund project

The publication of Dun Kixott mill-Manċa (SKS, 2016), a translation of Miguel de Cervantes’ masterpiece into Maltese unrhymed verse by the notable scholar and writer Pawlu Montebello, was made possible by funding from the 2015 edition of the Malta Book Fund. The book is a perfect example of the kind...

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Malta Arts Council Translation Grants

The Cultural Export Fund Translation Grants, which are managed and distributed by the Malta Arts Council, aim to increase the visibility of Maltese literature on international platforms by offering funding for translation projects of Maltese language texts into other languages. The grants are meant to cover translators’ and revisors’ fees ...

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Applications for the National Poetry Competition are open

The National Book Council and Għaqda Poeti Maltin invite poets to participate in the 2017 edition of the Mons. Amante Bountempo National Poetry Contest, which opens today and closes on 4 September 2017. The contest requires participants to submit up to three poems in Maltese of up to thirty six...

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The 11th PLR Payment is out

The National Book Council would like to announce that the eleventh 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, 2017 till the 30th June, 2017. The...

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Education Grants within the Malta Book Fund

In a bid to enhance the book culture and the quality of publications in Malta, the Malta Book Fund includes education grants with a maximum fund of 5,000 euros for each project.  These grants are meant to finance travel, lodging and participation fees for authors and publishers wishing to attend...

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A Malta Book Fund Project: Kif Dieb il-Gemiem

The Malta Book Fund is an NBC initiative that aims to foster cultural growth in the book sector by supporting both publication projects and education projects for authors and publishers. The fund carries a total of 40,000 euros to be distributed among a minimum of 8 grants. Publication grants are...

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Literary Arts Contest for the Malta Book Festival

The National Book Council would like to remind local artists that the call for submissions for the Literary Arts Contest, which is part of the programme of cultural events for the 2017 Malta Book Festival is due to close on 31st July. In order to participate, artists are asked to...

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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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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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