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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Malta Book Festival 2017 – Dates and Events

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

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Immanuel Mifsud at the Summer Book Festival

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guests for the Summer Book Festival – EUPL winning author and poet Immanuel Mifsud, who will be reading some of his yet unpublished poetry on Saturday 15 July at 15:30.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

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Maria Grech Ganado at the Summer Book Festival

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

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Youth and Literature at the Summer Book Festival

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

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A Reading Session with Various Authors – Summer Book Festival

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

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Clare Azzopardi and Loranne Vella at the Summer Book Festival

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

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Book Donation on the Opening of the Summer Book Festival

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

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Results of the Malta Literary Short Film Contest are Out

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

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Funds for Literary Translation

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

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Summer Book Festival – Gozo

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

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A new website for the National Book Council

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

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MALTA BOOK FUND: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

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

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Notice // Malta Book Festival 2017 Application Form is out

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

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Spotlight on Literary Contest – Novels for Youth 2016

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

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10th PLR PAYMENT IS OUT

The National Book Council would like to announce that the tenth PLR (Public Lending Rights) payment is being distributed to authors, illustrators and photographers whose books were borrowed from Public Libraries in Malta and Gozo in the period covering the 1st of January, 2017 till the 31st March, 2017. The...

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More Book Donations by the NBC

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

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NBC book donation to Dingli Primary School, St Nicholas College

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

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Adjudication Process of the National Book Prize has started

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

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NBC Celebrates World Book and Copyright Day

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

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Malta Book Fund 2017 is Open!

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

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Literary Art Contest: Call for Artists

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

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Spotlight on the Campus Book Festival: The End

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

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Spotlight on the Campus Book Festival: Day Two

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

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Spotlight on the Campus Book Festival: Day One

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

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Malta’s Highlight at London Book Fair 2017

This year’s highlight for Malta at the London Book Fair was Walid Nabhan with his novel “L-Eżodu taċ-Ċikonji”, originally published in Maltese by Klabb Kotba Maltin. A profoundly unsettling but moving tale of Nabil, a Palestinian refugee caught up in the various dilemmas of the here-and-there and the then-and-now, the...

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Expression of Interest for the Publication of a New Anthology

The National Book Council of Malta is inviting editors and publishers to submit their application for an upcoming anthology of Maltese works in English translation. Would you like to help create and publish an anthology of Maltese works in English translation and contribute to attracting foreign publishers to Maltese literature?...

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The Programme of Events for the Campus Festival 2017 is out

The National Book Council is publishing the programme of events for the Book Festival on Campus 2017, which will take place at University on the 4-5-6th of April, starting 10:00 hours and continuing till late. The purpose of the Festival is to promote literature as a whole, while at the...

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Seminars on Maltese contemporary poetry @ the Poetry Pavilion, LBF

The National Book Council would like to announce that during the London Book Fair 2017, which is taking place in London Olympia on 14, 15 and 16 March, poetry seminars have been prepared on the Poetry Pavilion. Poetry readings by Maltese performer Sarah Naudi have been scheduled from 11:30 am on...

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British Author Caroline Smailes at the Book Festival on Campus

As was announced in a press release earlier this week, the special guest for the 2017 Book Festival on Campus is British author Caroline Smailes. The Festival, which is the product of a collaborative effort by the National Book Council and Għaqda tal-Malti – Universita’, has as its main aim...

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Applications for the National Book Prize 2017 are out

The National Book Council is pleased to announce that applications for the National Book Prize 2017 (for books published in 2016) are out, as well as those for Terramaxka – The National Book Prize for Children and Adolescents. This prestigious award selects and awards publications of the year before (in...

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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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Preparations for Maltese Literary Event in Brussels

The National Book Council would like to announce that the preparatory work for the reading event in Librebook Bruxelles has been brought to an end today with the arrival of books of authors participating in the event. The authors are Alex Vella Gera and Loranne Vella, who will appear on...

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Annual Report 2016

The National Book Council is happy to present its comprehensive Annual Report for 2016 – a year in which the contribution of the council to the local book scene reached a new level of intensity with the introduction of several new collaborations and innovative projects. As the council expands its...

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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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Prize-giving Ceremony for Literary Contest ‘Novels for Youth’ 2016

The prize-giving ceremony for the Literary Contest ‘Novels for Youth’ 2016, set up by the National Book Council in collaboration with Aġenzija Żgħażagħ, will take place at ‘Youth Village’ Aġenzija Żgħażagħ at 6:30 in the evening on the 3rd of March 2017 and will be presided over by the Hon....

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Clare Azzopardi and Maria Grech Ganado at Librebook-Bruxelles

On 18th March, at Librebook-Bruxelles, a literary cafe in Brussels, two well-known and prize-winning authors will take part in an event set up by the National Book Council on occasion of Malta’s EU presidency. The event starts at 14:00 hours with Clare Azzopardi, who will be reading excerpts from her...

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Alex Vella Gera and Loranne Vella at Librebook – Bruxelles

On 17th March, at Librebook – Bruxelles, a literary cafe in Brussels, two well-known and prize-winning authors will appear in an event set up by the National Book Council on occasion of Malta’s EU presidency. The event starts at 18:00 hours with Loranne Vella, who will read excerpts from her...

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A taste of Maltese Literature in Brussels

A taste of Maltese literature in Brussels The National Book Council would like to announce it has set up a literary event in Brussels on occasion of Malta’s EU presidency. Four well-known and prize-winning authors will treat the audience to excerpts of their work. Alex Vella Gera and Lorrane Vella...

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Applications for the Malta Literary Short-Film Contest are Open!

    13/02/2017   Press Release: Applications are out for the Malta Literary Short Film Contest 2017 organised by the NBC The National Book Council would like to announce that the application period for the Malta Literary Short-film Contest is open. This is a contest open to film-making teams making...

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9th PLR Payment is out

The National Book Council would like to announce that the ninth 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 2016 till the 31st December, 2016. The...

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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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ISBN open data

In the spirit of the festive season, The National Book Council would like to express its greetings to the public by making a gift of its ISBN database which has been modified as open data. The database, which is hosted on the Council’s website, now allows users to create and...

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Malta at the New Literature from Europe Festival NY

Between Dec 7th and 10th, the Arts Council Malta in NY in association with the National Book Council (Malta) presented leading contemporary Maltese poet and novelist Immanuel Mifsud, winner of the European Union Prize for Literature (2011) and both the Malta National Award for Prose (2002, 2015) and for Poetry...

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Winners of the National Book Prize 2016

The National Book Council would like to announce the winners of the National Book Prize 2016: Books 2015. The official prize-giving ceremony took place on Friday the 2nd of December 2016 at Auberge de Castille. Participants in the Malta Book Prize were present alongside distinguished guests for official speeches by...

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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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8th PLR Payment is out

The National Book Council would like to announce that the eight 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 July 2016 till the 30th September, 2016. The...

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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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NATIONAL BOOK PRIZE 2016 and TERRAMAXKA BOOK PRIZE 2016 SHORTLIST

The National Book Council is pleased to announce that the Independent Adjudication Board has selected and communicated the shortlisted finalists for the National Book Prize and the Terramaxka Prize 2016. As is customary, we are publishing the list for the benefit of the public: the titles that appear in the...

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The History of the National Book Prize

The Literary Prize was first set up in 1971 for books in Maltese published during the preceding year. Government’s aim was to encourage Maltese literature and to reward the year’s best authors. The first winners were Anton Buttiġieġ with his poetry collection ‘Fl-Arena’ and Francis Ebejer with ‘Id-Drammi Vol. 2’...

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7th PLR payment is out

The National Book Council would like to announce that the seventh 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 2016 till the 30th June, 2016. The...

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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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NATIONAL POETRY COMPETITION Mons. Amante Buontempo – 2016

The Maltese Poets Association, in collaboration with the National Book Council, is launching the National Poetry Competition Mons. Amante Buontempo 2016   Those wishing to take part are requested to submit up to three poems, each one no longer than thirty lines, in Maltese. The poems must be type-written on A4...

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National Book Prize and Terramaxka Prize Participants 2016

The National Book Council is proud to announce the following official list of National Book Prize and Terramaxka Prize participants for 2016. The NBC also notifies that the books listed below have been examined by an adjudication board and placed in the respective categories as indicated for both contests and...

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Winner of the NBC PBS Short Film Contest 2016

The National Book Council is proud to announce that the winner of the NBC PBS Short Film Contest for 2016 is Ryan Gatt with his proposal to adapt Walid Nabhan’s short story ‘Il-Kompliċi’ from the collection of short stories ‘lura d-dar u ġrajjiet oħra li ma ġrawx’ (Klabb Kotba Maltin,...

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Malta’s ISBN Database

The National Book Council would like to announce that the database containing all local books published under an ISBN has just been finalised. This database may be accessed free of charge from the NBC’s website. The ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is a unique number allocated to every book in...

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Beyond a Satin Sea & Tangerine Sky

On Saturday the 7th of May, the National Book Council organised a small reception for everyone involved in the making of Beyond a Satin Sea and Tangerine Sky – two exciting collections bringing together translated selections of poetry and prose excerpts by the recipients of the National Book Prize for...

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Press Release: Safeguarding the Copyright of Books in Schools

During a series of consultation meetings with publishers and authors earlier this year, the National Book Council (NBC) was informed that one of the major problems effecting local pubishers and their market is the breaching of copyright law in schools due to the incessant photocopying of books. The NBC is...

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World Book Day 2016

As part of the celebrations for World Book Day 2016, the National Book Council together with St. Michael’s Secondary School (Santa Venera) have organised two meet-the-author sessions for the students of said school. The authors Leanne Ellul and Walid Nabhan spoke of their literary journey and encouraged the students to...

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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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6th PLR payment is out

The National Book Council would like to announce that the sixth 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 2016 till the 31st March, 2016. The...

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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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NBC at CRICKIDS Festival 2016

The National Book Council, together with Malta Libraries and the Central Public Library set up a Pop-Up library at CRICKIDS Festival this Easter weekend at tal-Virtu’ in Rabat. The NBC disseminated booklets about the improtance of reading to the young and Malta Libraries enrolled several new library members of all...

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