Presentation of “This Fair Land” in London

‘This Fair Land’ – Maltese in London/Il-Malti f’Londra is an event organised by the National Book Council in collaboration with Francis Boutle Publishers to celebrate and promote Maltese literature in London with readings from ‘This Fair Land: An Anthology of Maltese Literature’ edited by Charles Briffa with a foreword by...

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‘X’Aħna Smart!’ by Stephen Lughermo at Central Public Library

‘X’Aħna Smart!’ – an activity organised by the National Book Council in collaboration with Malta Libraries on Saturday 3rd October at the Central Public Library, Floriana. Stephen Lughermo, the writer of ‘X’Aħna Smart!’ (Winner of the Literary Contest of Novels for Youth 2014 organised by the National Book Council and...

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National Book Prize 2015 Shortlist

The National Book Council wishes to announce that the National Book Prize finalists for 2015 have just been shortlisted. The shortlist composed by the Independent Adjudication Board of the National Book Prize serves as a sample of the best books published locally in the previous year. These books are available...

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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 Fund 2015 results are out

The National Book Council has just finalized the evaluation of Malta Book Fund applications and it is proud to announce the selected applicants (see below). The Malta Book Fund is an initiative launched this very year by the National Book Council, in a bid to subsidize publications of high cultural...

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PLR payments for 2nd quarter of 2015

The National Book Council would like to announce that the third PLR (Public Lending Rights) payment is being distributed to authors, illustrators and photographers whose books were borrowed from Public Libraries in Malta and Gozo in the period covering the 1st of April 2015 till the 30th of June, 2015. The...

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“Imeldina” – reading at the Central Public Library

“Min ma jħobbx iċaflas? Tista’ ċċaflas fl-ilma tax-xita u tista’ ċċaflas fil-baħar, imma Imeldina ssib tarf iċċaflas kullimkien! U tibqa’ tibqa’ sakemm …” On Wednesday the 5th of August, the National Book Council, in collaboration with Malta Libraries, organized another activity for young children – an reading session with Sandra...

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“Stedina għal Sabrina” reading and drawing at the Central Public Library

On Saturday the 1st of August, 2015, the National Book Council, in collaboration with Malta Libraries, invited children of ages ranging from 4 to 7 together with their parents to an educational reading session with Louise Sammut, the author of the local publication “Stedina għal Sabrina” at the Central Public...

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‘Spins and Spells’ – a MAF and NBC collaboration

The National Book Council was responsible for curating the literary section of the ‘Spins and Spells’ Malta Arts Festival event on the 21st of July, 2015 at Auberge d’Italie, Valletta where a selection of poetry by young upcoming poets Leanne Ellul, Kit Azzopardi, Marie Gion and Clifford Jo Zahra was...

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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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Provision and prices for the acquisition of ISMN for notated music

The National Book Council (NBC) would like to inform those interested in producing and publishing notated music that the NBC is now the official agent for Malta and Gozo for the issuing of ISMN (International Standard Music Number). Whoever requires an ISMN from the NBC may get in touch with...

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Winners of the NBC PBS Short-Film Contest 2015

The National Book Council would like to announce the winners of the NBC PBS Short-Film Contest 2015: Manuel Xuereb and Federico Chini of 2 Doors Media with their short-film proposal Dar ir-Rummien – an adaptation of a story with the same title by author Pierre J. Meilak from his collection...

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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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Another Book Donation to Malta’s Libraries 10/06/2015

Today, the 10th of June, 2015, another substantial book donation from the National Book Council was presented to Maltese Public Libraries in the presence of the NBC’s Secretary, Mr. Joe Debattista and Ms. Cheryl Falzon, representing the Central Public Library, Floriana. These books, a selection of the finest titles from...

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Launch of Malta Book Fund – 12/05/2015

The Hon. Evarist Bartolo, Minister for Education and Employment; Permanent Secretary, Mr. Joseph Caruana and Mr. Mark Camilleri, Executive Chairman of the National Book Council have just launched the Malta Book Fund in a press conference which took place in the Board Room of the Ministry of Education. The Malta...

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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 collaborates with the National Literacy Agency – ‘Aqra kemm Tiflaħ’

The National Book Council is proud to announce its collaboration with the National Literacy Agency which forms part of the Ministry for Education and Employment on its ‘Aqra kemm tiflaħ’ programme targeting the first years of primary education. For the first phase of the programme, the NBC has spent around...

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Applications are out for National Book Prize 2015

Every year, this press release is dedicated to the National Book Prize, but as of this year, the NBC will be launching applications for two different prizes instead of one. Aside from announing that the applications for the National Book Prize 2015 (for books published in in 2014) are out,...

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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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Donation of National Book Prize Winning Books to CPL

The National Book Council has just presented the Central Public Library with its annual donation of National Book Prize winning books. The NBC encourages the general public to pay regular visits and make better use of public libraries which are being regularly replenished with quality titles. Make sure you also...

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Second PLR payment

The National Book Council would like to announce that it will be issuing the second Public Lending Rights payment to those authors, illustrators and photographers whose books were borrowed from Public Libraries in Malta and Gozo fro 9th December, 2014 till the 31st of March, 2015. Below please find the...

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ISBN Prices for Books in ebook format

In addition to the Govermnet Gazette notice dated 29th August, 2014 regarding the purchase of ISBNs for books in ebook format, the National Book Council would like to announce that a bundle of hundred (100) ISBNs for books in ebook format costs €50. The price for one ISBN for a...

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NBC and PBS: Call for Interns to work on set of short-film

Public Broadcasting Services and the National Book Council are seeking 3 MCAST students from the MCAST institute of Art and Design specializing in Creative Media Production to work as paid-interns on the set of a short-film based on a locally published story. The short-film will be produced during Summer 2015...

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Book Donation to the ‘Centre Franco-Maltais’ – 20/03/15

The National Book Council has just donated a considerable amount of publications in French to the ‘Centre Franco-Maltais’. Ms. Doreen Farrugia (Education Officer – French) appected the donation on behalf of the French Resoure Centre at the Junior College in Msida during a short ceremony with Mr. Mark Camilleri (Executive...

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Applications for the Literary Contest of Novels for Youth – 2015

The “Konkors ta’ Kitba – Letteratura għaż-Żgħażagħ” is an annual contest organised by Aġenzija Żgħażagħ and the National Book Council. The purpose of this contest is to select, reward and publish Maltese novels that are written specifically for young people; novels that explore contemporary youth hood, with all that this...

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World Book Day – Donation to CPL 05/03/15

Come join us at the Central Public Library, Floriana! Today the National Book Council is celebrating World Book Day by donating more and more books to CPL. Ms. Cheryl Falzon (Deputy Librarian, Malta Libraries) and Mr. Joe Debattista (Secretary, NBC) were present for the occasion. So, browse through our photos...

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Book Donation to Marsa Primary 23/02/2015

The National Book Council has just presented €5,000 worth of books in an official book donation to Marsa Primary School, San Ġorġ Preca College. The majority of the books donated will be used as readers in the classroom, however the rest will be made available for students to borrow from...

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NBC and Horizons donate books to Corradino Correctional Facility Library

Today, Wednesday the 18th of February 2015, the National Book Council together with Horizons managing director David Bezzina, presented the library of the Corrective Facility in Kordin with a substantial book donation.   The NBC believes that every sector in society is entitled to have access to books and libraries,...

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Book Donation to Floriana Primary

The Floriana Primary School Headmaster Mr. Stephen Miceli together with teachers and staff from the school and San Ġorġ Preca College Principal Mr. James Camilleri hosted National Book Council representatives for a short ceremony to mark today’s book donation to the school. The NBC executive chairman Mr. Mark Camilleri opened...

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PBS and NBC launch the Short Film Contest – 02/02/2015

In a press conference held on Monday, 2nd February, 2015 at the PBS headquarters in Gwardamangia, the Executive Chairman of the National Book Council (NBC), Mr. Mark Camilleri together with PBS Chairman, Mr. Tonio Portughese signed the memorandum of agreement to launch the Short Film Contest – a collaborative project...

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Launch of PLR Scheme

The National Book Council (NBC) would like to announce that today, payments to Maltese authors according to the Public Lending Rights scheme have been issued for the first time ever. Said remuneration has been made possible following an extensive consultation process and a carefully formulated political and administrative plan to...

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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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Reading Activity with Charles Casha at CPL

The National Book Council in collaboration with the staff at the Central Public Library hosted a group of young children from Agenzija Appoġġ’s Qawra Community Service to a reading activity in the Junior Section of the Central Public Library – Malta. A reading was followed by a Q&A and book-signing...

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Book Donation to Valletta Primary School

In the presence of the Headmaster Mr. Bernard Riolo, the San Ġorġ Preca College Principal Mr. James Camilleri and several teachers from the school, the National Book Council’s executive chairman Mr. Mark Camilleri and secretary Mr. Joseph Debattista donated a considerable amount of books toValletta Primary School. The short ceremony...

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Book Donation to CPL on ‘Library Day 2014’

The National Book Council has just donated €7,000 worth of books to the Central Public Library in Floriana during the activities of Library Day. The books, mostly Melitensia publications, will be divided between public libraries across Malta and Gozo very soon. Present for the donation were Ms. Cheryl Falzon representing...

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National Book Prize: Books 2013

The National Book Council would like to announce the winners of the National Book Prize: Books 2013. The official prize giving ceremony took place on the 5th of December 2014 at Auberge de Castille. All National Book Prize finalists were present alongside distinguished guests for official speeches by the Prime...

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Expression of Interest – The Literary Contest of Novels for Youth

The National Book Council kindly invites publishers to submit an expression of interest regarding the winning manuscripts of the Literary Contest of Novels for Youth 2013-2014 organized by the same National Book Council in collaboration with Aġenzija Żgħazagħ. The two winning manuscripts of this contest are: X’aħna Smart by Stephen...

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Expression of Interest – Anthologies

The National Book Council kindly invites publishers to submit an expression of interest in publishing two anthologies of translated prose and poetry by Maltese authors. One anthology is to be translated into English and the other into Italian. The extracts in Maltese will be chosen on the basis of their...

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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 Literary Contest of Novels for Youth 2013-2014

The prize-giving ceremony for the Literary Contest ‘Novels for Youth’ 2013-2014, took place last Sunday, 16th of November, 2014, in the Sacra Infermeria Hall, MCC, Valletta as part of the National Book Festival 2014 programme of events. The contest is a collaboration between the National Book Council and Aġenzija Żgħażagħ....

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PLR (Public Lending Rights) Scheme introduced in Malta

The National Book Council would like to announce that, following a series of debates and a Public Consultation Meeting with interested parties back in January of 2014, the much awaited Public Lending Rights Scheme (PLR in short) is set to be introduced in our public libraries by the end of...

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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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Book Donation to St. Margaret’s College

The National Book Council has just donated a substantial amount of books to St. Margaret’s College in a short ceremony held in the Cospicua Primary School library attended by the respective Heads of Schools, the College Principal Ms. Maria McNamara and the Hon. Chris Agius, Parliamentary Secretary for Research, Innovation,...

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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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European Day of Languages 2014 – Malta

On Saturday, 27th September, the European Commission Representation in Malta celebrated the European Day of Languages at Bay Street, St Julian’s. For the second consecutive year, the Għaqda tal-Malti – Università was responsible for its organization.     Activities started at 10am and ended at 6pm. Stands pertaining to different...

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National Book Prize Finalists – 2013 Books

    The National Book Council wishes to announce that the National Book Prize finalists have just been shortlisted. The Adjudication Board of the National Book Council recognizes this list of finalist books as a list of the best books published in Malta throughout the year 2013.   The winners...

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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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The Literary Contest of Novels for Youth 2013

The National Book Council would like to announce that the deadline for submission of applications is over   Please click on the link below to access a version of the amended criteria and regulations for 2014: Criteria and Regulations 2014   .

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Poetry Night at Raymond Caruana Gardens – Gudja

Following the positive reviews that emergent poets received following their participation in the Malta Arts Festival in mid-July, the National Book Council invited a number of other young poets and writers to present their work to an altogether new public.   Thanks to the Gudja Local Council, Demelsa Grech in...

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Emerging Artists – Malta Arts Festival 2013

The ‘emerging artists’ series of the Malta Arts Festival of 2013 presented an interdisciplinary showcase of music and literature. The collaboration took the shape of two concerts: one concert of classical music by young percussionist Luke Baldacchino and another by Nadine Galea on violin and Riyad Nicolas on piano –...

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The National Book Prize: BOOKS 2013

The National Book Council wishes to notify that this year’s applicants were duly examined by a board of expert adjudicators before being officially placed in the categories as shown below. Books that are not listed have been eliminated on the grounds that these did not pertain to any category listed...

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Book Donation to Malta Libraries

  On the 23rd of June, 2014, a substantial list of books ranging from classic novels to academic texts and melitensia was donated to Ms. Cheryl Falzon, deputy librarian for Malta Libraries by Mr. Mark Camilleri, Executive Chairman of the National Book Council (Malta)   All books will be available...

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‘The Digital Librarian’ Competition 2013

  On Thursday the 22nd of May, 2014, during a small ceremony at the Central Public Library, the National Book Council together with Mr. Joseph Mizzi (Managing Director of Klabb Kotba Maltin and Midsea Books Publications) and Mr. Edwin Catania ( Director of Nemo Publications) presented Ms. Askya Pizzuto with...

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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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Celebrating World Book Day 2014

    As part of our ‘World Book Day’ celebrations, on the 23rd of April, Mr. Mark Camilleri (Executive Chairman of the National Book Council), presented Mr. Oliver Mamo – CEO of Malta Libraries with a considerable donation of books. The donated publications, to be distributed across Malta via several...

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Book Donation and Q&A session at Mosta Primary A

This morning, the National Book Council was invited to hold a talk and Q&A session about the importance of reading, to parents of children up to the age of 8 who attend Mosta Primary School A. This was one of several events to be organized during ‘Book Week’; an initiative...

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Book Donation and Reading Session at Gżira Primary School

In yesterday’s charming ceremony organized by Gżira Primary School, the National Book Council donated the same school a considerable amount of books for all ages. An animated reading session to school children by Mr. Joseph Galea followed the presentation of the books. Also present for the occasion was the Minister...

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PLR Public Consultation Meeting 2014

On Monday 6th January, 2014 the National Book Council organised a Public Consultation Meeting that was held at the Grand Hotel Excelsior to discuss the introduction of a Public Lending Rights system for the islands of Malta and Gozo. Many suggestions were brought forward during the meeting of which the...

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Book Donation to Malta Libraries – December 2013

This considerable book donation to Malta Libraries was the first of its kind for the National Book Council. In the coming months the NBC plans to keep donating as many classic as well as contemporary titles, both local and foreign, to Malta Libraries in a bid to help replenish and...

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Annual Report 2013

  Please, click on the link below to access the National Book Council’s 2013 Annual Report: annual-report-ebook-engl

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National Book Prize: Books 2012

  Winners of the National Book Prize 2013 for books published in 2012:   Fiction:   1) ALEX VELLA GERA. “IS-SRIEP REĠGĦU SARU VELENUŻI” 2) ĠORĠ PERESSO. “IR-RAĠEL TA’ WAĦDU”     Non-Fiction:   1) CHARLES BRIFFA. “JOSEPH VELLA BONDIN, DRAMMATURGU” 2) ANDREW BORG U MARK MICALLEF. “ILWIEN IL-FESTI MALTIN...

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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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European Day of Languages – Malta 2013

The Għaqda tal-Malti – Università on behalf of the European Commission Representation in Malta thanks the National Book Council for participating in celebrating the European Day of Languages in Malta for 2013 and making it a success. This day would not have been possible without the support of Valletta Foundation...

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The Literary Contest of Novels for Youth 2012

The National Book Council would like to announce that it has just published both winning novels in the 3rd edition (2012) of The Literary Contest of Novels for Youth organized by Aġenzija Żgħażagħ in conjunction with the National Book Council (NBC). The winning titles are ‘Ħabib fil-Bżonn’ by Tony C....

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Bedtime Reading Project

On Thursday, 23rd January 2013, in a ceremony where both the Education and the Health Ministers were present, the NBC handed over a number of specially-designed pouches to the Parentscraft Section of Mater Dei Hospital, containing two books of stories for newborn children and a manual for parents.These publications were...

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