Taħt il-Qoxra: Alex Mizzi

F’dan l-episodju mis-sensiela Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara tkellmet ma’ Alex Mizzi. Mal-mistieden tkellimna dwar il-passjoni għall-kitba wara snin ta’ waqfien, it-tema tan-nuqqas ta’ ċertezza fil-finzjoni tal-awtur, l-istil ‘anti-letterarju’, fi kliem Oliver Friggieri, tal-awtur, u post l-osservazzjoni fix-xogħol, fost oħrajn. Isma’ l-intervista sħiħa hawnhekk. Alex Mizzi ddeċieda li jieħu l-kitba bis-serjetà wara karriera...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Charles Casha

F’dan l-episodju mis-sensiela Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara tkellmet ma’ Charles Casha. Mal-mistieden tkellimna dwar il-letteratura għat-tfal u l-karattru ta’ Fra Miudest, post id-didattiċiżmu u l-moralità fil-letteratura, l-udjenza bħala tfal, il-ġeneru konfessjonali fil-kitba għall-kbar, u r-relazzjoni tal-awtur mal-kritika letterarja, fost oħrajn. Isma’ l-intervista sħiħa hawnhekk. Charles Casha huwa kittieb prolifiku li beda...

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The National Book Prize ceremony is cancelled

The National Book Council regrets to announce that the 2019 National Book Prize Ceremony planned for 9 December cannot be held under the heavy shadow of the Office of the Prime Minister having been implicated in the investigation for the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia. Whilst this does not constitute...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Maryanne Fenech

F’dan l-episodju mis-sensiela Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara tkellmet ma’ Maryanne Fenech. Mal-mistiedna tkellimna dwar il-letteratura fantaxjenfitika għaż-żgħażagħ: l-element realistiku, l-influwenza tal-anime fuq l-awtriċi, il-letterarjetà tal-ġeneru u l-awturi tal-fantaxjenza u kif iħarsu lejn il-ġeneru, fost oħrajn. Dan kollu fl-isfond tar-rumanz tagħha Fables from Miragasia: The Upbringing. Isma’ l-intervista sħiħa hawnhekk. Maryanne Fenech bdiet...

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National Book Prize 2019 – Date Announcement

The National Book Prize (NBP) is the highest literary prize awarded to authors, publishers and illustrators for works published locally during the preceding year. The National Book Prize 2019 awards ceremony, for books published in 2018, will be held on Monday 9 December at Auberge de Castille under the patronage...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Clare Vassallo

F’dan l-episodju mis-sensiela ‘Taħt il-Qoxra’ Rachelle Deguara tkellmet ma’ Prof. Clare Vassallo. Mal-mistiedna ddiskutejna l-prattika tat-traduzzjoni letterarja u l-kunsiderazzjonijiet li jrid iżomm f’moħħu traduttur tal-letteratura, kemm għandu jitbiegħed mit-test oriġinali jew jekk jeżistix dan il-limitu, dwar il-kitba bl-Ingliż tal-Letteratura Maltija, u dwar testi Maltin li għall-mistiedna ma jistgħux jinqalbu, fost...

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Doreen Micallef National Poetry Contest 2019: Results

The award-giving ceremony of the 2019 Doreen Micallef National Poetry Contest was celebrated on Friday 8 November at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, during the Malta Book Festival 2019. The first edition of the Contest for poetry in the Maltese language was launched in June, earlier this year. Prof. Charles Briffa,...

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The Malta Book Festival opens tomorrow!

The Malta Book Festival has now established itself as the most prestigious event in Malta revolving around books. It will open its doors to the public tomorrow, Wednesday 6 November, and will be on until Sunday 10 November. This evening, during the Book Festival opening ceremony, the 2019 Terramaxka Prize...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Il-Festival Nazzjonali tal-Ktieb

F’dan l-episodju mis-sensiela Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara tkellmet ma’ Simona Cassano, Matthew Borg u Andrew Ricca, it-tim li pprepara l-Festival Nazzjonali tal-Ktieb. Mal-mistiedna tkellmet dwar il-ħsieb wara l-Festival Nazzjonali tal-Ktieb, l-importanza tat-tfal u l-familji fit-tfassil tal-programm tal-attivitajiet, il-mistiedna internazzjonali, l-attivitajiet imtellgħin mill-Kunsill f’ħidma mal-eżebituri u msieħba oħra, u l-bqija tal-programm tal-attivitajiet...

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The 20th PLR payment is out

The National Book Council would like to announce that the twentieth 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, 2019 till the 30th September, 2019.  The...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Mark Camilleri

F’dan l-epiosodju mis-sensiela Taħt il-Qoxra, Rachelle Deguara tkellmet ma’ Mark Camilleri. Mal-mistieden tkellimna dwar ir-rumanz polizjesk u l-karatteristiċi tiegħu, id-differenzi fini bejn ir-rumanz polizjesk u ġeneri oħra qrib bħar-rumanz thriller, kriminali, ġjallesk jew tal-misteru, il-formula tal-ġeneru u r-riskju li s-suspans jindera u jintilef, it-trasferiment tal-Ispettur Gallo mir-rumanz għal blogg u s-sinjfikanza...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Alfred Buttigieg

F’dan l-episodju mis-sensiela Taħt il-Qoxra, Rachelle Deguara tkellmet ma’ Alfred Buttigieg. Mal-mistieden tkellimna dwar it-tematiċi differenti f’xogħlu, l-avangardiżmu ta’ Ateatru fit-tmeninijiet, l-influwenza ta’ drammaturgi bħal Samuel Beckett u Harold Pinter, l-esperjenza taċ-ċensura, il-kuntest storiku tad-dramm Ir-Rewwixta tal-Qassisin, fost oħrajn. Isma’ l-intervista sħiħa hawnhekk. Alfred Buttigieg twieled fl-1956, u beda jippubblika fil-bidu tat-tmeninijiet....

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The NBC establishes the first National Writers’ Congress

On the 14th of September the National Book Council (NBC) organised the first National Writers’ Congress to take place in Malta. The historic moment brought together Maltese writers to collectively recognise their common economic rights. Over 65 authors participated in the Congress. The primary aim of the Congress was the...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Prof. Paul Bartolo (l-ewwel parti)

F’dan l-episodju mis-sensiela ‘Taħt il-Qoxra’, Rachelle Deguara tkellmet ma’ Prof. Paul Bartolo. F’din l-ewwel parti tal-intervista tkellima mal-mistieden dwar il-pubblikazzjonijiet tiegħu li għandhom x’jaqsmu mal-Istorja ta’ Malta, speċifikament dwar il-ktieb X’kien ġara sew fis-7 Giugno. Staqsejnieh għaliex meta jikteb jagħżel in-naħa ta’ min jitmexxa jew hu oppressat, is-sens ta’ ġustizzja...

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Books donated to the San Blas Therapeutic Community (Caritas Malta)

The National Book Council (NBC) has  donated a significant number of books to the Therapeutic Community of San Blas (Caritas Malta) which runs rehabilitation programmes for people struggling with substance abuse, among other services. The books were presented at the newly refurbished library of the facility, currently undergoing extensive restructuring....

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The NBC presents the Draft Writers’ Bill of Economic Rights

Following extensive consultation meetings which the National Book Council (NBC) held with local authors earlier this year, the NBC is now presenting the Draft Writers’ Bill of Economic Rights guaranteeing the basic and minimum economic rights for writers and authors in Malta. This will be the first step for the...

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Il-KNK jesprimi s-sogħba tiegħu għall-mewt ta’ Pawlu Mizzi

Il-Kunsill Nazzjonali tal-Ktieb jixtieq jesprimi s-sogħba tiegħu għall-mewt ta’ Paul Mizzi, li ħalliena llum, il-5 t’Awwissu 2019. Mizzi, il-fundatur ta’ Klabb Kotba Maltin (1970) u Midsea Books Ltd (1974), kien pijunier fl-industrija tal-kotba f’Malta u miegħu hemm ippubblikati bosta mill-aktar kotba fundamentali fil-letteratura Maltija, fosthom id-dizzjunarji ta’ Ġużè Aquilina u...

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Malta Book Festival 2019 // Application Form is Out

Applications for exhibitors wishing to participate in the upcoming edition of the Malta Book Festival 2019 are open. As usual, the Festival will be held in November (from Wednesday 6 to Sunday 10) at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta. The application is open to all publishers, book distributors, bookshops...

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Maltese Literature Nights featuring Lou Drofenik and Loranne Vella

In collaboration with Librebook – Bruxelles, the National Book Council is pleased to announce the presence of two prize-winning Maltese authors, Lou Drofenik and Loranne Vella, for a series of readings and discussions on their works, the Maltese literary landscape, and more. Maltese Literature Nights will be taking place on...

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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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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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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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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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Call for Translator and Editor: the Poetry of Dun Karm Psaila

    The National Book Council is launching a new translation project of national importance – the publication of a selection of poems by Dun Karm Psaila, translated into English. The project has been entrusted to the NBC by the government with the aim of ensuring that the poetry of...

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Tliet Mistoqsijiet lill-Awtur: Taħdita ma’ Alfred Sant

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

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Tliet Mistoqsijiet lill-Awtur: Taħdita ma’ 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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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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