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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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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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guests for the Summer Book Festival – EUPL winning author and poet Immanuel Mifsud, who will be reading some of his yet unpublished poetry on Saturday 15 July at 15:30.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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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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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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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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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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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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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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:...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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NBC at London Book Fair 2015

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

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NBC film: Laqgħa ma’ Mara Morbi

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

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National Book Festival 2014

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

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The National Book Festival Programme of Events 2014

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

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The National Book Festival 2014 – PR

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

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National Book Festival 2014

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

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Hani Shukrallah at the University Book Festival 2014

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

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Book Festival on Campus 2014

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

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National Book Festival 2013 – 13-17 Nov MCC

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...

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