Taħt il-Qoxra: Prof. Charles Briffa

F’dan l-episodju ta’ ‘Taħt il-Qoxra’, Rachelle Deguara titkellem mal-Professur Charles Briffa dwar is-sengħa tat-traduzzjoni f’Malta tul iż-żmien u bħalissa, bil-preġji u l-isfidi li ġġorr magħha. Prof. Briffa jibda billi jgħid li t-traduzzjoni orali kienet ilha sseħħ qabel dik tal-kitba. Jirrimarka li l-kelma interpretu bil-Malti fl-antik kienet ‘turċman’. Fil-kuntest tal-proża, Prof....

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Emanuel Psaila

F’dan l-episodju ta’ ‘Taħt il-Qoxra’, Rachelle Deguara titkellem ma’ Emanuel Psaila dwar ir-riċerka tiegħu fuq Ġużè Ellul Mercer u kif żviluppat il-kitba soċjalista f’Malta biż-żmien. Psaila jidħol fil-fond dwar ir-rumanz li Ellul Mercer jibqa’ mfakkar għalih, ‘Leli ta’ Ħaż-Żgħir’, biex jislet riflessjonijiet dwar is-soċjetà Maltija fi żmien Mercer u issa,...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: John A. Bonello

F’dan l-episodju ta’ ‘Taħt il-Qoxra’, Rachelle Deguara titkellem ma’ John A. Bonello dwar il-ktieb tiegħu ‘It-Taár’, li hu wkoll finalist għall-Premju Nazzjonali tal-Ktieb fil-kategorija tar-rumanzi bil-Malti u l-Ingliż. ‘It-Taár’ jieħu lill-qarrej 70 sena wara attakk nukleari li qered lid-dinja. Il-ftit li baqgħu ħajja jgħixu f’kundizzjonijiet ħżiena, iżda grupp ieħor ta’...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Andrei Vella Laurenti

F’dan l-episodju ta’ ‘Taħt il-Qoxra’, Rachelle Deguara titkellem ma’ Andrei Vella Laurenti, li għal numru ta’ snin kien membru tal-ġurija fil-bord tal-aġġudikazzjoni ta’ bosta konkorsi letterarji, fosthom tal-Premju Nazzjonali tal-Ktieb. Vella Laurenti jidentifika karatteristiċi ta’ kwalità li l-aġġidukaturi jfittxu meta jkunu fil-proċess li jagħżlu ktieb rebbieħ. X’inhu li jqarreb awtur...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Dr. Frank Fabri

F’dan l-episodju ta’ ‘Taħt il-Qoxra’, Rachelle Deguara tkellmet ma’ Dr. Frank Fabri, Segretarju Permanenti tal-Ministeru tal-Edukazzjoni. Din id-darba l-intervista ma daritx ma’ ktieb, iżda Dr. Fabri sab quddiemu mistoqsijiet intriganti dwar suġġetti varji. Ara kif wieġeb meta mistoqsi dwar skejjel fl-inħawi t’isfel ta’ Malta, jekk hux qed joqtol il-kreattività l-fatt...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Louis Briffa

F’dan l-episodju ta’ ‘Taħt il-Qoxra’, Rachelle Deguara titkellem mal-poeta Louis Briffa dwar il-poetika tiegħu, b’referenza għall-aħħar ġabra ta’ poeżija tiegħu, ‘Bil-Boqxiex’. Briffa jgħid għala ta dan l-isem lil din il-ġabra, wara li anki t-titlu tal-ewwel ġabra tiegħu, ‘Bil-Varloppa’, ġej mid-dinja tax-xogħol bl-injam. Il-kultura klassika, il-mitoloġija, l-allat Ħindu, il-moda…kollha referenzi kulturali...

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New trends and surprises in the National Book Prize shortlist 2018

The 2018 shortlist for the National Book Prize bears evidence of changes in trends that are worth taking note of, particularly in the category of ‘Novels in Maltese and English’. Out of a total of 8 selected finalists, three belong to the sci-fi genre, a relatively under-represented genre in the...

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‘Il-kotba jieħdu l-ħajja’ fil-Festival Nazzjonali tal-Ktieb 2018

  ‘Il-Kotba Jieħdu l-Ħajja’ hija attività li se tittella’ għall-ewwel darba waqt il-Festival Nazzjonali tal-Ktieb 2018 (Dar il-Mediterran, il-Belt Valletta) u se tkun għaddejja matul l-aħħar tlett ijiem tal-Festival: il-Ġimgħa, 9 ta’ Novembru fis-7.30pm, is-Sibt 10 ta’ Novembru fis-7pm u l-Ħadd 11 ta’ Novembru fit-3pm. Id-duo Danusan flimkien mal-Kunsill Nazzjonali...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Carmel Scicluna

F’dan l-episodju ta’ Taħt il-Qoxra, Rachelle Deguara titkellem ma’ Carmel Scicluna, ħassieb u poeta, li jistqarr li hu bniedem reliġjuż ħafna. Scicluna jitkellem dwar poeżiji tiegħu minn ġabriet differenti, u magħhom insiru nafu minn fommu stess kif żviluppa l-karattru kuntrastanti tiegħu, fost affarijiet oħra, kif iħares lejn il-poeżija tal-imgħoddi u...

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Literary Contest – Novels for Youth: Deadline fast approaching

The National Book Council announces that the deadline for the submitting of applications for the Literary Contest – Novels for Youth, is fast approaching. Applications will stop being considered after noon on Friday, 7th September. The contest, in conjunction with Aġenzija Żgħażagħ, is now in its eight year and throughout...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Nadia Mifsud

F’dan l-episodju ta’ Taħt il-Qoxra, Rachelle Deguara titkellem ma’ Nadia Mifsud dwar ir-rowl tal-kittieba nisa fix-xena letterarja lokali. Tista’ ssegwi t-taħdita hawnhekk. Il-Kunsill Nazzjonali tal-Ktieb jirringrazzja lill-PBS u lill-ħaddiema ta’ Radju Malta 1 għall-għajnuna bix-xandir tal-programm.

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National Book Prize and Terramaxka Shortlist 2018

  The National Book Council is hereby releasing the National Book Prize 2018 Shortlist for books published in 2017. The Adjudication Board communicated the choice of finalists yesterday during a formal meeting at the NBC premises. The selection process started on 11 May with a total of 172 entries, out...

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Taht il-Qoxra: Ġużè Stagno

F’dan l-episodju ta’ Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara titkellem ma’ Ġużè Stagno dwar il-ġeneru tal-letteratura pop u r-rumanzi tiegħu. Tista’ ssegwi t-taħdita hawnhekk. Il-Kunsill Nazzjonali tal-Ktieb jirringrazzja lill-PBS u lill-ħaddiema ta’ Radju Malta 1 għall-għajnuna bix-xandir tal-programm.

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National Book Prize and Terramaxka Prize 2018

The National Book Council would like to notify the public that the adjudication board for the 2018 edition of the National Book Prize and the Terramaxka Prize will convene next week in order to decide on the shortlist, which will be published on the website of the Council and in...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Claudia Gauci

F’dan l-episodju ta’ Taħt il-Qoxra, Rachelle Deguara titkellem ma’ Claudia Gauci dwar ix-xogħlijiet riċenti tagħha – kemm fil-poeżija kif ukoll fil-proża. Tista’ ssegwi t-taħdita hawnhekk. Il-Kunsill Nazzjonalli tal-Ktieb jirringrazzja lill-PBS u lill-ħaddiema ta’ Radju Malta 1 għall-għajnuna bix-xandir tal-programm.

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National Book Festival 2018: events and authors

The opening conference of the Malta Book Festival has been a permanent feature of the Festival ever since its re-branding in 2013. This year’s conference will be themed on ‘Literature in Diaspora’ and will take place on 7 November 2018 at Sir Temi Zammit Hall (MCC), starting 7pm. The participants...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Michael Zammit

F’dan l-episodju ta’ Taħt il-Qoxra, Rachelle Deguara titkellem ma’ Michael Zammit dwar il-ktieb tiegħu Metamorfosi, traduzzjoni ta’ siltiet mill-poeżija epika ta’ Ovidju. It-taħdita ddur mat-temi u r-realtajiet psikoloġiċi li Ovidju jesplora f’dan ix-xogħol. Tista’ ssegwi t-taħdita hawnhekk. Il-Kunsill Nazzjonalli tal-Ktieb jirringrazzja lill-PBS u lill-ħaddiema ta’ Radju Malta 1 għall-għajnuna bix-xandir...

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The Literary Contest of Novels for Youth: Winners 2013-2017

  Set up in a bid to encourage literature written purposefully for youths and young adults, the Literary Contest of Novels for Youth is now in its 8th edition. The contest has also served to launch the career of emergent authors – two of the winners of the contest have...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Edward Attard

F’dan l-epsidoju ta’ Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara titkellem ma’ Edward Attard dwar il-kotba u r-riċerka tiegħu fil-qasam tal-istorja tal-kriminalità f’Malta. Tista’ ssegwi t-taħdita hawnhekk.. Il-Kunsill Nazzjonalli tal-Ktieb jirringrazzja lill-PBS u lill-ħaddiema ta’ Radju Malta 1 għall-għajnuna bix-xandir tal-programm.

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Literary Contest – Novels for Youth 2018

The National Book Council reminds the public that the deadline for submissions to “The Literary Contest – Novels for Youth” is 7 September 2018. The contest, set up annually by Aġenzija Żgħażagħ in collaboration with the NBC, is open to writers of all ages. Submitted works should be original, written...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Rita Saliba

F’dan l-episodju ta’ Taħt il-Qoxra, Rachelle Deguara titkellem ma’ Rita Saliba dwar ix-xogħol letterarju tagħha fl-oqsma ta’ kitba għat-tfal, rumanzi għaż-żgħażagħ u novelli għall-adulti. Tista’ ssegwi t-taħdita hawnhekk. Il-Kunsill Nazzjonalli tal-Ktieb jirringrazzja lill-PBS u lill-ħaddiema ta’ Radju Malta 1 għall-għajnuna bix-xandir tal-programm.

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The 15th PLR payment is out

The National Book Council would like to announce that the fifteenth 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, 2018 till the 30th June, 2018. As...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Victor Fenech

F’dan l-episodju ta’ Taħt il-Qoxra, Rachelle Deguara titkellem ma’ Victor Fenech dwar ix-xogħol letterarju tiegħu, kif ukoll il-ħidma li wettaq fil-qasam tax-xena kulturali lokali. Tista’ ssegwi t-taħdita hawnhekk. Il-Kunsill Nazzjonalli tal-Ktieb jirringrazzja lill-PBS u lill-ħaddiema ta’ Radju Malta 1 għall-għajnuna bix-xandir tal-programm.

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Open conference Breaking barriers – Contemporary use, models and allocation of ISBN across the world: list of speakers and agenda

The National Book Council of Malta is pleased to announce the list of speakers for the open conference Breaking barriers – Contemporary use, models and allocation of ISBN across the world, organised  in collaboration with the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies (UK) and Logos. The conference will be held at...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Gioele Galea

F’dan l-episodju ta’ Taħt il-Qoxra, Rachelle Deguara titkellem ma’ Gioele Galea dwar ix-xogħol liriku u poetiku tiegħu, kif ukoll ir-rumanz li ħareġ is-sena li għaddiet, Tħabbat xtaqtek (2017, Horizons). It-taħdita tmiss mat-temi importanti li jidhru fix-xogħol ta’ Galea u t-tifsira tagħhom fil-kuntest personali u spiritwali. Tista’ ssegwi t-taħdita hawnhekk. Il-Kunsill...

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Statement by the executive chairman of the National Book Council on the EU Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market

The no vote passed by the European Parliament on the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive was unexpected. The directive was a rational compromise between European creators and publishers which, basically, would have harmonised European copyright laws with the online world. The vote has inflicted irreparable damage on European...

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National Poetry Contest Amante Bountempo 2018

The National Book Council and Għaqda Poeti Maltin invite poets to participate in the 2018 edition of the Mons. Amante Bountempo National Poetry Contest. This year three cash prizes will be awarded to three poems in each of two categories, poems in Maltese and poems in English. For each category,...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Stephen Lughermo

F’dan l-episodju ta’ Taħt il-Qoxra, Rachelle Deguara titkellem ma’ Stephen Lughermo dwar ir-rumanz tiegħu Jarmuk u l-implikazzjonijiet soċjali u politiċi ta’ dan ix-xogħol letterarju. Tista’ ssegwi t-taħdita hawnhekk. Il-Kunsill Nazzjonalli tal-Ktieb jirringrazzja lill-PBS u lill-ħaddiema ta’ Radju Malta 1 għall-għajnuna bix-xandir tal-programm.

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Joseph A. Pirotta

F’dan l-episodju ta’ Taħt il-Qoxra, Rachelle Deguara titkellem ma’ Profs. Joseph A. Pirotta dwar ir-riċerka u l-kitba tiegħu fuq l-istorja politika ta’ Malta mill-1945 sal-1964. Tista’ ssegwi t-taħdita hawnhekk. Il-Kunsill Nazzjonalli tal-Ktieb jirringrazzja lill-PBS u lill-ħaddiema ta’ Radju Malta 1 għall-għajnuna bix-xandir tal-programm.

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Audrey Friggieri

F’dan l-episodju ta’ Taħt il-Qoxra, Rachelle Deguara titkellem ma’ Audrey Friggieri dwar ir-rumanz tagħha Tangerine Glow (2017, Horizons) u t-temi soċjali li jmiss il-ktieb, b’mod partikolari r-rowl tradizzjonali tal-mara fis-soċjetà Maltija. Tista’ ssegwi t-taħdita hawnhekk. Il-Kunsill Nazzjonalli tal-Ktieb jirringrazzja lill-PBS u lill-ħaddiema ta’ Radju Malta 1 għall-għajnuna bix-xandir tal-programm.

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Glen Calleja

F’dan l-episodju ta’ Taħt il-Qoxra, Rachelle Deguara titkellem ma’ Glen Calleja dwar il-kitba tiegħu, il-proċess kreattiv u l-implikazzjonijiet soċjali u politiċi tal-ħidma letterarju tiegħu. Tista’ ssegwi t-taħdita hawnhekk. Il-Kunsill Nazzjonalli tal-Ktieb jirringrazzja lill-PBS u lill-ħaddiema ta’ Radju Malta 1 għall-għajnuna bix-xandir tal-programm.

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Loreto J. Dalli

F’dan l-episodju ta’ Taħt il-Qoxra, Rachelle Deguara titkellem ma’ Loreto J. Dalli dwar il-ktieb u l–riċerka tiegħu fil-qasam tal-istorja tal-Gudja. Tista’ ssegwi t-taħdita hawnhekk. Il-Kunsill Nazzjonalli tal-Ktieb jirringrazzja lill-PBS u lill-ħaddiema ta’ Radju Malta 1 għall-għajnuna bix-xandir tal-programm.

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REMINDER: Call for papers for the academic conference on ISBN on 22 September 2018

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF PAPERS EXTENDED TO 15 JUNE 2018 at 12 noon.   Conference title: Breaking barriers – Contemporary use, models and allocation of ISBN across the world. The National Book Council, in collaboration with Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies and Logos, will be hosting an open conference...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Carmel Cassar

F’dan l-episodju ta’ Taħt il-Qoxra, Rachelle Deguara titkellem ma’ Profs. Carmel Cassar dwar il-ħidma tiegħu fil-qasam tal-istorja soċjali ta’ Malta. Tista’ ssegwi t-taħdita hawnhekk. Il-Kunsill Nazzjonalli tal-Ktieb jirringrazzja lill-PBS u lill-ħaddiema ta’ Radju Malta 1 għall-għajnuna bix-xandir tal-programm.

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Summer Book Festival in Gozo 2018

  The National Book Council is setting up the Summer Book Festival in Gozo for the second year running. This year the festival will be held at Exhibition Hall, Ministry for Gozo (Victoria) on 22 and 23 June 2018. A total of nine participants will be exhibiting their books –...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Francis Ciappara

F’dan l-episodju ta’ Taħt il-Qoxra, Rachelle Deguara titkellem ma’ Profs. Francis Ciappara dwar il-ktieb tiegħu The Social and Religious History of a Maltese Parish: St Mary’s Qrendi in the 18th Century (2014, Malta University Press) Tista’ ssegwi t-taħdita hawnhekk. Il-Kunsill Nazzjonalli tal-Ktieb jirringrazzja lill-PBS u lill-ħaddiema ta’ Radju Malta 1...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Michael Refalo

F’dan l-episodju ta’ Taħt il-Qoxra, Rachelle Deguara titkellem ma’ Dr. Michael Refalo dwar ix-xoghol u r-riċerka tiegħu fil-qasam tal-istorja tal-kummerċ f’Malta u l-implikazzjonijiet ekonomiċi, soċjali u politiċi ta’ din l-istorja. Tista’ ssegwi t-taħdita hawnhekk. Il-Kunsill Nazzjonalli tal-Ktieb jirringrazzja lill-PBS u lill-ħaddiema ta’ Radju Malta 1 għall-għajnuna bix-xandir tal-programm.

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National Book Prize and Terramaxka 2018

  Submissions for the National Book Prize and Terramaxka Prize 2018 for books published in 2017 have been examined by the board of adjudication and placed in their respective categories. This is the first step in the process of adjudication. In the coming months, members of the board will be...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Anthony Aquilina

F’dan l-episodju ta’ Taħt il-Qoxra, Rachelle Deguara titkellem ma’ Athony Aquilina dwar il-ħidma letterarja tiegħu fil-qasam tat-traduzzjoni. Tista’ ssegwi t-taħdita hawnhekk. Il-Kunsill Nazzjonalli tal-Ktieb jirringrazzja lill-PBS u lill-ħaddiema ta’ Radju Malta 1 għall-għajnuna bix-xandir tal-programm.

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Joseph Charles Galdes

F’dan l-episodju ta’ Taħt il-Qoxra, Rachelle Deguara titkellem ma’ Joseph Charles Galdes dwar ir-riċerka tiegħu fil-qasam tal-lingwistika fuq l-ugwaljanza bejn is-sessi. Tista’ ssegwi t-taħdita hawnhekk. Il-Kunsill Nazzjonalli tal-Ktieb jirringrazzja lill-PBS u lill-ħaddiema ta’ Radju Malta 1 għall-għajnuna bix-xandir tal-programm.

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The 14th PLR is out

The National Book Council would like to announce that the fourteenth 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, 2018 till the 31st March, 2018.  The...

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NBC Celebrates World Book and Copyright Day

On occasion of World Book and Copyright Day, the National Book Council has donated a large number of prize-winning books to Malta Libraries. All the donated books were winners in different categories of the National Book Prize 2017, including novels, poetry books, collections of short stories, translated works and research...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Dr Sandra Hili Vassallo

F’dan l-episodju ta’ Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara titkellem ma’ Sandra Hili Vassallo dwar il-kitba għat-tfal u l-kwistjonijiet soċjali u personali konnessi ma’ din il-kitba. Tista’ ssegwi t-taħdita hawnhekk. Il-Kunsill Nazzjonalli tal-Ktieb jirringrazzja lill-PBS u lill-ħaddiema ta’ Radju Malta 1 għall-għajnuna bix-xandir tal-programm.

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Malta Book Festival 2018 // Application Form is Out

Applications for exhibitors wishing to participate in the upcoming edition of the Malta Book Festival 2018 are open. As usual, the Festival will be held in the first two weeks of November, 7-11, at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta. The application is open to all publishers, book distributors, bookshops...

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Cospicua Book Festival for children

The Cospicua Book Festival for Children, a new collaborative project by the National Book Council and the Cospicua Local Council, is a one-day festival that will take place on 29 April at the Bormla waterfront and will be dedicated to children and children’s literature. A total of 5 publishers will...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Joseph A. Xerri (it-tieni parti)

F’dan l-episodju ta’ Taħt il-Qoxra, Rachelle Deguara tkompli t-taħdita tagħha ma’ Joseph A. Xerri dwar l-istorja tal-edukazzjoni. Tista’ ssegwi t-taħdita hawnhekk. Il-Kunsill Nazzjonalli tal-Ktieb jirringrazzja lill-PBS u lill-ħaddiema ta’ Radju Malta 1 għall-għajnuna bix-xandir tal-programm.

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Joseph A. Xerri

F’dan l-episodju ta’ Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara titkellem ma’ Joseph A. Xerri dwar ir-riċerka tiegħu fl-istudju tal-istorja tal-edukazzjoni f’Malta.  Tista’ ssegwi t-taħdita hawnhekk. Il-Kunsill Nazzjonalli tal-Ktieb jirringrazzja lill-PBS u lill-ħaddiema ta’ Radju Malta 1 għall-għajnuna bix-xandir tal-programm.

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Maria Grech Ganado

F’dan l-episodju ta’ Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara titkellem ma’ Maria Grech Ganado dwar il-poeżija u l-ħdima tagħha fix-xena letterarja lokali. Fl-2016 Ganado ingħatat il-Premju Nazzjonali tal-Ktieb għall-Kontribut Siewi fil-Qasam tal-Kitba, mhux biss għax-xogħol poetiku tagħha iżda wkoll għall-ħidma li wettqet sabiex tippromwovi l-letteratura Maltija lil hinn minn xtutna. Fit-taħdita Ganado...

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Book Festival on Campus opens this Wednesday

The Book Festival on Campus kicks off this Wednesday at 9:00 am at the University quadrangle. It will be running for three days with back-to-back activities from 9am until 4 pm on Wednesday and Thursday. On Friday, the last day of the Festival, activities will go on till late, ending...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Achille Mizzi

F’dan l-episodju ta’ Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara titkellem ma’ Achille Mizzi dwar il-poeżija u l-ħdima tiegħu fil-qasam tal-kultura, kif ukoll il-kwistjonijiet politiċi, soċjali u personali konnessi max-xogħol letterarju tiegħu. Tista’ ssegwi t-taħdita hawnhekk. Il-Kunsill Nazzjonalli tal-Ktieb jirringrazzja lill-PBS u lill-ħaddiema ta’ Radju Malta 1 għall-għajnuna bix-xandir tal-programm.

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National Book Prize and Terramaxka Prize – Applications

Applications for the National Book Prize 2018 are open. Applications are also open for Terramaxka – The National Book Prize for Children and Adolescents. As always, the applications are for books published the year before and are open to all local publications in English or Maltese, given the books fall...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Sephora Francalanza u John Grech

F’dan l-episodju ta’ Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara titkellem ma’ Sephora Francalanza, il-president tal-Għaqda tal-Malti-Università, u John Grech, il-maniġer tal-Kunsill Nazzjonali tal-Ktieb, dwar il-Festival tal-Ktieb fuq il-Kampus, li ser iseħħ mill-21 sat-23 ta’ Marzu fil-‘quadrangle’ tal-Università. Il-Festival huwa mtella’ mill-Għaqda tal-Malti flimkien mal-Kunsill Nazzjonali tal-Ktieb. Tista’ ssegwi t-taħdita hawnhekk. Il-Kunsill Nazzjonalli...

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London Book Fair 2018

The National Book Council will be taking part in the London Book Fair 2018, a yearly 3-day event held at Olympia, Kensington, in which some of the world’s largest and most important publishers, book agents and rights negotiators convene in order to broker publication deals. NBC representatives will be exhibiting...

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Celebrating Frankenstein at the Campus Book Festival 2018

As 2018 celebrates the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the National Book Council is organising the screening of J. Searle Dawley’s silent short Frankenstein (1910). It will be followed by a discussion on its cinematographic adaptation and its impact on the collective imagination by Prof. Saviour Catania and Prof....

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Sur Trevor Żahra

F’dan l-episodju ta’ Taħt il-Qoxra, Rachelle Deguara titkellem ma’ Trevor Żahra dwar il-kotba u l-karriera tiegħu bħala wieħed mill-kittieba l-iktar magħrufa f’pajjiżna. Tista’ ssegwi t-taħdita hawnhekk. Il-Kunsill Nazzjonalli tal-Ktieb jirringrazzja lill-PBS u lill-ħaddiema ta’ Radju Malta 1 għall-għajnuna bix-xandir tal-programm.

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Jasmin B. Frelih at the Campus Book Festival

Award-winning Slovenian writer Jasmin B. Frelih is the special guest of this year’s Campus Book Festival, which will be held between March 21 and 23 at the University’s quadrangle. This is a unique opportunity for University students and the public to meet this exceptionally talented author in person, and to...

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Annual Report 2017

The National Book Council is publishing its comprehensive Annual Report for 2017, a most significant year for the Council due to the acquisition of its new status as a legal entity, the granting of new premises for the Council in Valletta and the intensification of its activities in the promotion...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Profs. Yosanne Vella

F’dan l-episodju ta’ Taħt il-Qoxra, Rachelle Deguara titkellem ma’ Yosanne Vella dwar l-istorja tan-nisa; tema li qabel ftit li xejn kienet tiġi investigata mill-istoriċi. Tista’ ssegwi t-taħdita hawnhekk. Il-Kunsill Nazzjonalli tal-Ktieb jirringrazzja lill-PBS u lill-ħaddiema ta’ Radju Malta 1 għall-għajnuna bix-xandir tal-programm.

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Literary Contest – Novels for Youth: results and a new call

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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Cultural Export Fund – Translation Grants

Malta based individuals, Maltese registered or international publishers, and legally recognised organisations are all eligible applicants for the Arts Council’s 2018 Cultural Export Translation grant, which aims to increase the visibility of local literature by financing translation projects from Maltese into any other language.  For the purposes of the grant...

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Award ceremony of the Literary Contest of Novels for Youth 2017

The prize-giving ceremony for the Literary Contest ‘Novels for Youth’ 2017, set up by the National Book Council in collaboration with Aġenzija Żgħażagħ, will take place at the offices of the National Book Council in Belt-is-Sebħ, Floriana, in the presence of the CEO of Aġenzija Żgħażagħ, Miriam Teuma, and the...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Mark Montebello

F’dan l-episodju ta’ Taħt il-Qoxra, Rachelle Deguara titkellem ma’ Mark Montebello dwar il-kotba tiegħu u l-implikazzjonijiet politiċi u soċjali tal-viżjoni artistika tiegħu. Tista’ ssegwi t-taħdita hawnhekk. Il-Kunsill Nazzjonalli tal-Ktieb jirringrazzja lill-PBS u lill-ħaddiema ta’ Radju Malta 1 għall-għajnuna bix-xandir tal-programm.

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The 13th PLR is out

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

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Guzi Gatt

F’dan l-episodju ta’ Taħt il-Qoxra, Rachelle Deguara titkellem ma’ Guzi Gatt dwar il-kotba tiegħu u l-implikazzjonijiet politiċi u soċjali tal-viżjoni artistika tiegħu. Tista’ ssegwi t-taħdita hawnhekk. Il-Kunsill Nazzjonalli tal-Ktieb jirringrazzja lill-PBS u lill-ħaddiema ta’ Radju Malta 1 għall-għajnuna bix-xandir tal-programm.

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Joseph Vella Bondin

F’dan l-episodju ta’ Taħt il-Qoxra, Rachelle Deguara titkellem ma’ Joseph Vella Bondin dwar il-ktieb tiegħu ‘The Great Maltese Composers’ u l-implikazzjonijiet storiċi, politiċi u soċjali tal-ktieb. Tista’ ssegwi t-taħdita hawnhekk. Il-Kunsill Nazzjonalli tal-Ktieb jirringrazzja lill-PBS u lill-ħaddiema ta’ Radju Malta 1 għall-għajnuna bix-xandir tal-programm.

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The National Book Council at the Cairo Book Fair

The National Book Council of Malta (NBC) will be present at the Cairo Book Fair for the launch of two Maltese books by major Arab publishers. The books are the Arab translations of Immanuel Mifsud’s Jutta Heim, a winner of the prestigious Malta Book Prize for prose, and Walid Nabhan’s...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Monica Gatt

F’dan l-episodju ta’ Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara titkellem ma’ Monica Gatt dwar ix-xogħol letterarju tagħha, kif ukoll il-kwistjonijiet politiċi, soċjali u personali konnessi mal-kitba tagħha. Tista’ ssegwi t-taħdita hawnhekk. Il-Kunsill Nazzjonalli tal-Ktieb jirringrazzja lill-PBS u lill-ħaddiema ta’ Radju Malta 1 għall-għajnuna bix-xandir tal-programm.

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Mark Vella

F’dan l-episodju ta’ Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara titkellem ma’ Mark Vella dwar ix-xogħol letterarju tiegħu, kif ukoll il-kwistjonijiet politiċi, soċjali u personali konnessi mal-kitba tiegħu. Tista’ ssegwi t-taħdita hawnhekk. Il-Kunsill Nazzjonalli tal-Ktieb jirringrazzja lill-PBS u lill-ħaddiema ta’ Radju Malta 1 għall-għajnuna bix-xandir tal-programm.  

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Applications for the Malta Literary Short Film Contest 2018 are open

The National Book Council has opened the call for applications for the Malta Literary Short Film Contest 2018. The contest calls on film-making teams to submit a screenplay, together with a project plan, for a film based on a published Maltese short story. The proposed film should be of a...

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Call for papers for the academic conference on ISBN on 22 September 2018

Conference title: Breaking barriers – Contemporary use, models and allocation of ISBN across the world. The National Book Council, in collaboration with Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies and Logos, will be hosting an open conference with a list of speakers on the subject of the ISBN. Librarians, academics, ISBN...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Immanuel Mifsud

F’dan l-episodju ta’ Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara titkellem ma’ Immanuel Mifsud dwar il-kotba tiegħu, kif ukoll il-kwistjonijiet politiċi, soċjali u personali konnessi mal-kitba tiegħu. Tista’ ssegwi t-taħdita hawnhekk. Il-Kunsill Nazzjonalli tal-Ktieb jirringrazzja lill-PBS u lill-ħaddiema ta’ Radju Malta 1 għall-għajnuna bix-xandir tal-programm.                ...

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Important dates for 2018

For the benefit of the public, the National Book Council is announcing some of the most important dates in its calendar of cultural events for the year 2018. As usual, a full programme of events has been planned, including both large-scale and smaller-scale events such as book festivals, book donations,...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Antoine Cassar

F’dan l-episodju ta’ Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara titkellem ma’ Antoine Cassar dwar il-ktieb tiegħu Erbgħin Jum, kif ukoll il-kwistjonijiet politiċi, soċjali u personali konnessi miegħu. Tista’ ssegwi t-taħdita hawnhekk.

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Loranne Vella

F’dan l-episodju ta’ Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara titkellem ma’ Loranne Vella dwar il-kotba u x-xogħol letterarju tagħha, kif ukoll il-kwistjonijiet politiċi, soċjali u personali konnessi magħhom. Tista’ ssegwi t-taħdita hawnhekk.

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Dr Adrian Grima

F’dan l-episodju ta’ Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara titkellem ma’ Dr Adrian Grima dwar il-kotba u x-xogħol letterarju tiegħu, kif ukoll il-kwistjonijiet politiċi, soċjali u personali konnessi magħhom. Tista’ ssegwi t-taħdita hawnhekk.

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Roberta Bajada

F’dan l-episodju ta’ Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara titkellem ma’ Roberta Bajada dwar il-kotba tagħha u l-kwistjonijiet politiċi, soċjali u personali konnessi magħhom. Bajada rebħet il-Premju għall-Aħjar Kittieba Emerġenti fi ħdan il-Premju Nazzjonali tal-Ktieb 2017. Tista’ ssegwi t-taħdita hawnhekk.

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Vacancy at the National Book Council

The National Book Council is looking for a part-time event organiser to join our growing and dynamic team. The event organiser will help current team members in organising book fairs, festivals and other events. The event organiser will also have to draft communiques, update our website and do other activities...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Alfred Sant

F’dan l-episodju ta’ Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara titkellem ma’ Alfred Sant dwar il-ktieb tiegħu Western u l-kwistjonijiet politiċi, soċjali u personali konnessi miegħu. Western rebaħ il-Premju Nazzjonali tal-Ktieb 2017 fil-kategorija ‘novelli bil-Malti u bl-Ingliż’. Tista’ ssegwi t-taħdita hawnhekk.

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Award-giving Ceremony for the National Book Prize 2017

The award-giving ceremony of the 2017 edition of the National Book Prize was held at Auberge de Castille yesterday evening, under the patronage of the Prime Minister. The event, presented by well-known TV presenter Mark Laurence Zammit, started at 7:30 pm with an opening address by the National Book Council...

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Results of the Malta Book Fund 2017 are out

  The National Book Council announces that the adjudication board of the Malta Book Fund 2017 has decided and agreed on the winning submissions for the 2017 edition of the Fund. The winning projects have been chosen according to a set of pre-determined criteria, chief among which is the cultural...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Clare Azzopardi

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

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National Book Prize 2017

  The National Book Prize 2017 for books published in 2016 will be celebrated this week on Thursday 7 December at Auberge de Castille. Out of a total of 35 shortlisted books in six categories, excluding the drama category in which none of the entries were shortlisted, the winners in...

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