Media scheme for exhibitors // Malta Book Festival 2020

The National Book Council would like to announce the launch of a media scheme for prospective exhibitors of the Malta Book Festival 2020. Applicants may send in their application forms by 14 August to secure their place at this year’s Malta Book Festival and listing in the official programme. New...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Donovan Gatt

F’dan l-episodju mis-sensiela Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara tkellmet ma’ Donovan Gatt. Mal-mistieden tkellimna primarjament dwar il-ġabra ta’ novelli tiegħu Sixpack u Sonża. Staqsejnieh dwar l-element tal-ġustapożizzjoni fin-narrattiva tiegħu, espressa sa mit-titlu tal-ktieb, ix-xilja li ssir min-narratur fuq is-soċjetà Maltija, anki bis-saħħa tar-riferimenti storiċi, il-karattri antieroj tiegħu u anki l-element antiletterarju, fost affarijiet oħra....

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Doriette Grech

F’dan l-episodju mis-sensiela Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara tkellmet ma’ Doriette Grech. Mal-mistiedna tkellimna primarjament dwar il-ktieb tagħha The Mighty Creatures Lost Their Crown. Iddiskutejna l-psikoloġija edukattiva, ir-riżorsi li intużaw biex dal-proġett seta’ jseħħ, ir-rikonoxximent li ngħata l-ktieb mill-International School Psychology Association (ISPA), u b’liema grad se jintlaqtu l-istudenti u min jista’ jintlaqat...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Joe Julian Farrugia

F’dan l-episodju mis-sensiela Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara tkellmet ma’ Joe Julian Farrugia. Mal-mistieden tkellimna dwar il-ġeneru tal-kitba tal-bijografiji, l-istil tal-kitba bijografika li jliegħeb bejn id-dokumentazzjoni bir-reqqa u l-aspett uman tal-karattru u d-distanza professjonali li hi parti importanti f’dax-xogħol, fost oħrajn. Isma’ l-intervista sħiħa hawnhekk. Joe Julian Farrugia huwa kittieb ta’ bijografiji, testi...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Janice Caruana

F’dan l-episodju mis-sensiela Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara tkellmet ma’ Janice Caruana. Mal-mistiedna tkellimna dwar il-ktieb tagħha Il-Majjistra u t-twelid fil-komunità Maltija fis-seklu 20. Ħarisna lejn il-kodiċi professjonali li kien jiggwida lill-majjistri fl-antik, il-basket famuż tal-qabla u l-għodda ta’ ġo fih, il-protokol ġenerali tat-twelid fid-dar, is-superstizzjonijiet marbuta, il-professjoni tal-qabla llum il-ġurnata, u temi...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: John Aquilina

F’dan l-episodju mis-sensiela Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara tkellmet ma’ John Aquilina. Mal-mistieden tkellimna dwar il-preokkupazzjoni tal-poeta bis-sinjfikat tat-tluq, il-poeżija tal-post, id-determiniżmu fil-poeżija, u r-relazzjoni tal-awtur mad-dramm, fost oħrajn. Isma’ l-intervista sħiħa hawnhekk. John Aquilina beda jikteb il-poeżija fl-1994, l-iktar bil-Malti, imma riċentement ukoll bl-Ingliż. L-ewwel ġabra tiegħu, Leħnek il-Libsa Tiegħi, ġiet ippubblikata fl-2010...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Louise Vella

F’dan l-episodju mis-sensiela Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara tkellmet ma’ Louise Vella. Mal-mistiedna tkellimna dwar l-ewwel ġabra ta’ poeżiji tagħha Lethe: A rhapsody of life remembered. Ħarisna lejn l-għażla tal-isem, l-istorja warajh u l-metafora li jimplika u li tixxeblek mal-bqija tax-xogħlijiet fil-ġabra, il-kitba multilingwi tagħha, il-lehma femminista u awtodeterminattiva f’għadd ta’ poeżiji, l-għalqa...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Karl Schembri

F’dan l-episodju mis-sensiela Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara tkellmet ma’ Karl Schembri. Mal-mistieden tkellimna dwar ir-ribelljoni letterarja, soċjali u politika fil-kitba tiegħu, l-aktar fir-rumanz, u kif dawn ġew espressi minn gruppi ta’ pressjoni f’Malta, l-iżvilupp tal-ġurnaliżmu fid-dawl ta’ skorrettezzi politiċi aktar elaborati, id-diżinformazzjoni b’ħarsa lejn Neil Postman, l-esperjenza tiegħu tan-nies f’Gaża bi...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Keith Sciberras

F’dan l-episodju mis-sensiela Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara tkellmet ma’ Keith Sciberras. Mal-mistieden tkellimna dwar l-interess tal-awtur fl-arti Barokka f’Malta fis-Seklu 17, ir-riċerka tiegħu dwar Caravaggio f’Malta, il-mixja tal-arti f’Malta fis-Seklu 17, dwar min kienu x-xerrejja tal-arti f’daż-żmien f’Malta, u d-dixxiplina tal-Istorja tal-Arti lokalment, fost affarijiet oħra. Isma’ l-intervista sħiħa hawnhekk. Il-Professur Keith...

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The 22nd PLR payment is out

The National Book Council would like to announce that the twenty-second 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 2020 till the 31st March 2020.  The...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Lou Drofenik

Fil-programm ta’ dil-ġimgħa mis-sensiela Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara tkellmet ma’ Lou Drofenik. Mal-mistiedna tkellimna dwar l-esperjenza tal-emigrazzjoni fil-ħajja attwali u fil-kitba tagħha, dwar ir-riċerka akkademika tal-awtriċi dwar emigranti nisa, l-irwol tan-nostalġija minkejja esperjenza emigratorja li rnexxiet, u dwar l-involviment tal-kittieba f’movimenti għad-drittijiet tan-nisa fl-Awstralja, fost oħrajn. Isma’ l-intervista sħiħa hawnhekk. Lou Drofenik...

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2020 World Book and Copyright Day

On the occasion of World Book and Copyright Day and Libraries Day 2020, the National Book Council teamed up with Lovinmalta as part of the wider promotion of Maltese books and reading. Jon Mallia and Rachelle Deguara are the protagonists of a jaunty and brazen video interview on the benefits...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: John Baldacchino

F’dan l-episodju mis-sensiela Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara tkellmet ma’ John Baldacchino. Mal-mistieden tkellimna dwar uħud mid-diversi kotba li kiteb, fosthom l-aktar riċenti Sejjieħ il-Ħsieb: Limitu u Ħelsien. Iddiskutejna wkoll dwar ir-relazzjoni tal-arti viżiva mat-tagħlim, dwar il-kunċett tal-‘unlearning’, iċ-ċentralità tal-arti fil-politika, u anki l-estetika ġeopolitika tal-Mediterran. Missejna wkoll is-suġġetti li huma trattati fl-artikli li...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Ramona Depares

F’dan l-episodju mis-sensiela Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara tkellmet ma’ Ramona Depares. Mal-mistiedna tkellimna dwar l-ewwel ktieb tagħha Beltin, li huwa ġabra ta’ anedotti dwar it-tfulija tagħha fil-Belt. Staqsejnieha dwar kif dil-komunità pinġietha fil-ktieb, il-mixja narrattiva mal-umanità tal-karattri u l-element poeprożajku tal-kitba, fost affarijiet oħra. Isma’ l-intervista sħiħa hawnhekk. L-aqwa ħaġa li Ramona Depares tgħallmet...

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Revamped Malta Book Fund is now open for applications

The National Book Council is pleased to announce that the call for applications for the new and revamped Malta Book Fund is now open. The Fund, developed to foster cultural growth in the local book market, is this year being increased in scope and value to a total of €105,000 encompassing two distinct categories funding...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Kristina Borg

F’dan l-episodju mis-sensiela Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara tkellmet ma’ Kristina Borg. Mal-mistiedna tkellimna dwar il-proġett interdixxiplinarju tagħha li ssarraf ukoll fil-ktieb Imkejjen u Rkejjen (Ede Books). Ma staqsejnihiex biss dwar l-għan letterarju tal-ktieb, iżda anki dwar il-kummentarju psikoġeografiku tax-xogħol, jiġifieri kif l-ambjent ġeografiku jaffettwa l-emozzjonijiet u l-imġiba tan-nies. Mal-artista tkellimna wkoll dwar il-proġett...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Ivan Said

F’dan l-episodju mis-sensiela Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara tkellmet ma’ Ivan Said. Mal-mistieden tkellimna dwar il-ktieb tiegħu Mikiel Anton Vassalli – it-Traduttur… li jiffoka fuq MAV bħala traduttur. Staqsejnieh dwar x’tip ta’ traduttur kien MAV, x’kotba qaleb u għaliex għażel li jaqlibhom, il-motivazzjonijiet politiċi għal dawn it-traduzzjonijiet, kif ukoll dwar tradutturi oħra bħal...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Jesmond Sharples

F’dan l-episodju mis-sensiela Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara tkellmet ma’ Jesmond Sharples. Mal-mistiedna tħadditna dwar il-poeżija tiegħu li tinsab fiż-żewġ ġabriet Il-qtar li nħobb (Horizons) u Ra (Klabb Kotba Maltin). Tkellimna dwar is-seħer tal-postijiet fuq il-kitba tal-poeta u l-proċess internalizzanti li joħroġ minnu, in-nebħ mitoloġiku u l-kunsiderazzjoni tal-qarrej waqt ħin il-kitba, il-periklu tal-isterjotipizzar, kif ukoll ħarisna...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Steve Borg

F’dan l-episodju mis-sensiela ‘Taħt il-Qoxra’ Rachelle Deguara tkellmet ma’ Steve Borg. Mal-mistieden tkellimna dwar iż-żewġ volumi tiegħu ta’ riċerka etnografika: Il-Maltin: Għemilhom, Drawwiethom, Ġrajjiethom, speċjalment it-tieni volum li għadu kif rebaħ bih il-Premju Nazzjonali tal-Ktieb. Ħarisna lejn in-nozzjonijiet ta’ ‘Malta l-qadima’ u ‘Malta l-ġdida’, in-natura ta’ xogħol etnografiku, il-grad tal-involviment tal-awtur...

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Stay at Home, Read a Book

The ongoing pandemic has disrupted everyday life and is keeping people at their home. The National Book Council is launching the campaign “Stay at Home, Read a Book”. The NBC is inviting you to send us a picture of yourselves with the book you’re reading at the moment. We will...

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The 2020 Campus Book Festival is postponed

After much consideration, it is with disappointment but with a sense of public spirit that we must announce that the 2020 Campus Book Festival, scheduled to take place at the University of Malta from 25 to 27 March, is being postponed until further notice, following the escalation of COVID-19 Coronavirus...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Mario Cardona

F’dan l-episodju mis-sensiela Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara tkellmet ma’ Mario Cardona. Mal-mistieden tkellimna dwar it-temi varji li itfaċċaw fil-ġabra ta’ poeżiji tiegħu Fuq kaxxa tal-birra rasha ‘l isfel, u kif dawn jirrelataw kemm mal-ħajja professjonali u x-xogħol akkademiku tiegħu dwar l-edukazzjoni u l-ġustizzja soċjali, kif ukoll mal-ħajja ċivika tiegħu fit-tmexxija ta’ razzett...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Marie Briguglio u Steve Bonello

F’dan l-episodju mis-sensiela Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara tkellmet ma’ Marie Briguglio u Steve Bonello. Mal-mistednin tkellimna primarjament dwar il-ktieb No Man’s Land: People, Place and Pollution (Kite Group, 2018) li huwa l-ewwel rebbieħ tal-kategorija l-ġdida tal-Premju Nazzjonali tal-Ktieb, il-Letteratura mhux Fittizja. Ħarisna lejn il-ġeneru msemmi, it-‘traġedja’ tar-riżorsi komuni tal-pajjiż u t-tema ambjentali, fost...

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The Art of Protest at the 2020 Campus Book Festival

Drawing on the recent contributions from local artists and writers, the 2020 Campus Book Festival is dedicating an evening to literature and music of protest. The National Book Council has invited a number of established and emerging literary writers and musical practitioners to participate in a roundtable discussion starting at...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Omar Seguna

F’dan l-episodju mis-sensiela Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara tkellmet ma’ Omar Seguna. Mal-mistieden tkellimna dwar l-element politiku fil-poeżiji tiegħu, l-irwol tal-poeżija fil-politika, u dwar il-linja editorjali tal-gazzetta li jikteb fiha fl-aħħar xhur ta’ taqlib politiku. Isma’ l-intervista sħiħa hawnhekk. Omar Seguna studja l-Università ta’ Malta fejn kiseb Baċellerat fl-Edukazzjoni, it-Teknoloġija u l-Istudji Umani...

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The National Book Council announces revamped Malta Book Fund

While thanking the Arts Council Malta for its valuable contribution towards the visibility of Maltese writing over the past years with the Cultural Export Fund Translation Grant, the National Book Council (NBC) is be pleased announce that it will be taking over the administration of the Grant as part of...

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T.S. Eliot Prize winner Mark Doty among the international guests at the 2020 Campus Book Festival

The 2020 Campus Book Festival will be benefitting from a greater international presence over previous years. The Festival will be hosting three international guest writers and researchers from various disciplines, in collaboration with the UOM departments of Translation, Terminology and Interpreting Studies; English; and Philosophy. The public will have the...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Toni Sant

F’dan l-episodju mis-sensiela Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara tkellmet ma’ Toni Sant. Mal-mistieden tkellimna dwar l-arkivjar diġitali tal-materjal, in-natura tal-eżistenza tal-prodott artistiku, il-katalgu ta’ mużika Maltija M3P, l-arti bħala parti minn arkivju, meta jew jekk għandux jinqered materjal artistiku arkivjat, Charles Clews u l-ktieb Parallel Existences rebbieħ tal-Premju Nazzjonali tal-Ktieb għall-Aħjar Produzzjoni ta’ Ktieb...

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New appointments at the National Book Council

The National Book Council would like to announce two new appointments within its ranks. Simona Cassano is being entrusted with the role of Executive Director and Matthew Borg will take on the role of Senior Manager. Simona joined the NBC in 2017, at a time when the Council was building...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Christian Colombo

F’dan l-episodju mis-sensiela Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara tkellmet ma’ Chtistian Colombo. Mal-mistieden tkellimna dwar il-ġeneru tar-rumanz tal-idea li taħtu jaqa’ l-ktieb tiegħu L-istorja ta’ Malta f’ta’ Maria, l-ideat prinċipali li jimmotivaw dal-ktieb, l-isfond politiku tan-narrattiva, il-mezz letterarju bħala għodda għal ideat politiċi, id-defiċit ta’ maturità politika ta’ Malta u kif jidher fil-karattri...

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Alfred Sant: Recipient of the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Alfred Sant is the winner of the 2019 National Book Prize Lifetime Achievement Award, a prestigious recognition celebrating a lifetime of contributions to literature and the book culture in Malta. The Award was bestowed upon Sant for the role he played in enriching Maltese literature and society. It relates...

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Annual Writers and Publishers Consultation Meeting

The National Book Council  is holding its annual Writers and Publishers Consultation Meeting at 10:00 am on Saturday 15 February at the Grand Hotel Excelsior, Bellavanti Hall. The meeting is of special interest to all authors and publishers, and provides an opportunity to share thoughts and information on the following agenda items: ...

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Clarification regarding the 2019 National Book Prize

In view of the controversy surrounding the results of this year’s National Book Prize (NBP), the National Book Council would like to provide clarifications on a number of questions that have been raised during the intense public discussion of the past few days. The National Book Council confirms that according...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Simone Inguanez

F’dan l-episodju mis-sensiela ‘Taħt il-Qoxra’ Rachelle Deguara tkellmet ma’ Simone Inguanez. Mal-mistiedna tkellimna dwar il-vuċi tal-poeta u kif tmexxi lill-qarrej, in-nuqqas ta’ skema fil-mużikalità tax-xogħlijiet tagħha b’kuntrast mal-iskematiċità formali, sehem l-immaġni fit-tifsil ta’ poeżija u l-influwenza tagħha fuq l-emozzjonijiet espressi, ir-relazzjoni bejn il-‘mara’ u t-‘tifla’ f’waħda mill-ġabriet poetiċi, u oħrajn....

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Winners of the National Book Prize announced tomorrow

The winners of the National Book Prize 2019, for books published in 2018, will be announced tomorrow, 30 January, during a private awards ceremony held at San Anton Palace, under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Malta, H.E. George Vella. The Prize will be publicly announced right...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Richard Attard

F’dan l-episodju mis-sensiela Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara tkellmet ma’ Richard Attard. Mal-mistieden tkellimna dwar l-ispunti storiċi fir-rumanzi tiegħu, il-figura ta’ Vassalli u l-importanza tal-qarrejja għall-awtur, fost oħrajn. Isma’ l-intervista sħiħa hawnhekk. Richard Attard huwa awtur ta’ rumanzi tal-avventura u l-azzjoni. L-ewwel xogħol tiegħu kien ir-rumanz Il-Kodiċi Vassalli fl-2009, imbagħad Ix-Xabla Leġġendarja, L-Aħħar Vjaġġ u Difrejn il-Falkun. Il-Kunsill Nazzjonalli...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Josette Attard (it-tieni parti)

F’dan l-episodju mis-sensiela Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara kompliet titkellem ma’ Josette Attard. Din id-darba ħarisna lejn ix-xogħol akkademiku tagħha, b’enfasi speċjali fuq l-estetika letterarja: ir-relazzjoni bejn il-filosofija u l-letteratura, il-filosfi li influwenzaw lill-ħassieba Maltin, u temi oħra. Isma’ l-intervista sħiħa hawnhekk. Dr. Josette Attard li hija lettur anzjan tal-Estetika Letterarja fi ħdan...

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The 21st PLR payment is out

The National Book Council would like to announce that the 21st 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 2019 till the 31st December 2019.  The...

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The Campus Book Festival 2020 – date announcement and special guests

The National Book Council is announcing the dates and the special guests for this year’s Campus Book Festival. The seventh edition of the Festival will take place between Wednesday 25 and Friday 27 March at the University of Malta Quadrangle, in collaboration with Għaqda tal-Malti – Università and the Department...

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UPDATE: National Book Prize 2019 – Date Announcement

Further to the cancellation of the ceremony last November 2019, the National Book Council is pleased to announce that preparations have been ongoing since last December to organise the award-giving ceremony at the Office of the President in San Anton Palace. The National Book Prize 2019 awards ceremony, for books...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Raymond C. Grech

F’dan l-episodju mis-sensiela Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara tkellmet ma’ Raymond C. Grech. Mal-mistieden tkellimna dwar l-intertestwalità bibblika fiż-żewġ ġabriet tiegħu Qasab Iċaqċaq u ‘ il barra mill-prIŻMI, ir-relazzjoni mad-divin u l-kelma poetika tiegħu, l-għeluq fil-poeżiji tiegħu mifhuma bħala djarju tar-ruħ, ix-xebh bejn il-poeżija u l-Bibbja, il-lessiku qadim karatteristika f’ħafna mix-xogħlijiet, u kif...

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The Literary Contest of Novels for Youth 2020: applications are open

The Literary Contest of Novels for Youth 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, and that explore themes related to adolescence and the typical...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Josette Attard (l-ewwel parti)

F’dan l-episodju mis-sensiela Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara tkellmet ma’ Josette Attard. Mal-mistiedna tkellimna dwar ix-xogħol artistiku tagħha, jiġifieri l-ħajku u t-traduzzjonijiet letterarji. Fit-tieni parti nitkellmu dwar ix-xogħol akkademiku tagħha, jiġifieri l-estetika letterarja. Isma’ l-intervista sħiħa hawnhekk. Dr. Josette Attard li hija lettur anzjan tal-Estetika Letterarja fi ħdan id-Dipartiment tal-Malti fl-Univrsità ta’ Malta....

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Robert Thake

F’dan l-episodju mis-sensiela Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara tkellmet ma’ Robert Thake. Mal-mistieden tkellimna dwar il-kollezzjoniżmu tal-Melitensja, dwar żminijiet partikulari fl-istorja tal-ktieb Malti, sejbiet importanti fil-qasam, dwar ir-rakkont attribwit lil Francesco Agius de Soldanis bit-titlu Mustafà Bassà di Rodi schiavo in Malta u r-realtajijiet politiċi f’Malta u f’Ruma li għamlu dan it-test kontroversjali,...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Joe Pace

F’dan l-episodju mis-sensiela Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara tkellmet ma’ Dr. Joe Pace. Mal-mistieden tkellimna dwar elementi li huma kontroversjali biss fil-wiċċ fir-rumanz Papa Aħmed, il-figura tal-Papa fi produzzjonijiet varji fl-aħħar snin barra minn Malta, u l-influwenza tal-professjoni medika fil-kitba tiegħu, fost affarijiet oħra. Isma’ l-intervista sħiħa hawnhekk. Joe Pace twieled il-Furjana,...

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The NBC donates books to Malta Libraries

The National Book Council has donated a substantial amount of books to Malta Libraries. The donation includes books for children, adolescents and adults comprising some of the best titles available in Malta, amongst which are shortlisted titles for the National Book Prize 2019 and other publications pertaining to special guests...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Andrew Debono Cauchi

F’dan l-episodju mis-sensiela Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara tkellmet ma’ Andrew Debono Cauchi. Mal-mistieden tkellimna dwar il-poeżija, b’referenza għall-ewwel ġabra tiegħu Ħlief Memorji u Dellijiet. Isma’ l-intervista sħiħa hawnhekk. Andrew Debono Cauchi hu student tal-filosofija u l-klassiċi. Għadu kemm ippubblika ġabra ta’ poeżiji Ħlief Memorji u Dellijiet. Il-Kunsill Nazzjonalli tal-Ktieb jirringrazzja...

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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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Taħt il-Qoxra: Lawrence Gatt

F’dan l-episodju mis-sensiela Taħt il-Qoxra, Rachelle Deguara tkellmet ma’ Lawrence Gatt. Mal-mistieden tkellimna dwar il-kitba tal-letteratura f’qafas usa’ ta’ attività politika, in-novelli tal-awtur bħala rappreżentazzjoni u l-preservazzjoni tal-karattru Malti, is-sors tad-drama fil-kitbiet tiegħu, l-istil realistiku u r-relazzjoni tiegħu ma’ Ġużè Chetcuti, fost l-oħrajn. Isma’ l-intervista sħiħa hawnhekk. Lawrence Gatt ġie elett...

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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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NBC Film Adaptation Fund 2019: Results

Yesterday evening the National Book Council announced the results of its 2019 Film Adaptation Fund following the premieres of Ġulina (Peter Sant), and Storja ta’ Storja (Charlie Cauchi, Martin Bonnici) at the Malta Book Festival. The fund, launched in July 2019, is intended to further promote Maltese literary works by...

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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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Taħt il-Qoxra: Walid Nabhan

F’dan l-episodju mis-sensiela Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara tkellmet ma’ Walid Nabhan. Mal-mistieden tkellimna dwar il-letteratura bħala mezz biex awtur isir parti mill-istorja ta’ pajjiż, in-natura reċiproka tal-kitba ta’ Nabhan, is-sens t’appartenenza u anku l-ħtieġa tal-ħarba fil-poeżija tiegħu, il-kuntest soċjali, politiku u kulturali tal-letteratura, u x-xogħol ta’ Nabhan fit-traduzzjoni tal-poeta nazzjonali Malti, fost...

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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: Aleks Farrugia

F’dan l-episodju mis-sensiela Taħt il-Qoxra, Rachelle Deguara tkellmet ma’ Aleks Farrugia. Mal-mistieden tkellimna dwar it-tendenzi soċjali fir-rumanz Grasshopper, għaliex l-awtur iġġustifika l-kitba tar-rumanz imsemmi bl-Ingliż meta qal li hi l-aħjar għodda biex biha taqbad iz-zeitgeist ta’ żminijietna, l-idea tat-telf tal-profondità u l-iskejjel tal-Frankfurt School u anke Guy Debord, il-ġurnaliżmu u l-letteratura, l-akbar...

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The main local guests at the Malta Book Festival 2019: Loranne Vella and Dr. Lillian Sciberras

Under the direction of the National Book Council, the Malta Book Festival continues to provide a unique and important platform for events which celebrate the authors that have made, or are still making, significant contributions to Malta’s literary heritage. Among the local guests at this year’s Malta Book Festival, 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: Dr Maria Brown

F’dan l-episodju mis-sensiela Taħt il-Qoxra, Rachelle Deguara tkellmet ma’ Dr. Maria Brown. Mal-mistiedna tkellimna dwar l-edukazzjoni tal-adulti u l-iżvilupp fil-komunitajiet, il-mod kif nanalizzaw il-klassijiet soċjali f’Malta, jekk l-edukazzjoni hix assoċjata żżejjed max-xogħol u l-ekonomija, il-vuċi tal-NGOs f’Malta, ir-Riforma Parlamentari għall-Bilanċ fil-Ġeneru (Gender Balance in Parliament Reform), il-kapitali soċjali u l-irwol tal-lingwa...

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Reading, children and the Malta Book Festival 2019

The Malta Book Festival 2019, the most prominent and prestigious book celebration of the year, will take place at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta, starting from Wednesday 6 November and going on till Sunday 10 November. For yet another year the Malta Book Festival will be dedicating a lot of...

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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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Taħt il-Qoxra: Luke, Peter, Ivan u Greta…il-komik

F’dan l-episodju mis-sensiela Taħt il-Qoxra, Rachelle Deguara tkellmet mat-tim li pproduċa l-komik Taħt u l-għaqda mhux governattiva Graphic Novel Malta. Isma’ l-intervista sħiħa hawnhekk. Ivan Ellul kiteb episodju għat-teledrama Maltija, u komiks li jesploraw l-avventuri fir-rakkonti popolari Maltin. Peter Magro ħadem fuq diversi produzzjonijiet lokali tal-komiks, u bħalissa huwa l-Viċi-President tal-għaqda...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Salv Sammut

F’dan l-episodju mis-sensiela Taħt il-Qoxra, Rachelle Deguara tkellmet ma’ Salv Sammut. Mal-mistieden tkellimna dwar il-portafoll vast tal-kittieb, in-natura lingwistika tal-poeżija u r-realtà tal-ħajja, l-involviment emozzjonali, it-trejdjunjoniżmu u r-razziżmu, fost suġġetti oħra. Isma’ l-intervista sħiħa minn hawnhekk. Salv Sammut huwa kittieb u trejdjunjonista attiv. Fil-kitbiet tiegħu hemm element qawwi ta’ osservazzjoni dettaljata...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Prof. Paul Bartolo (it-tieni parti)

F’dit-tieni parti tal-intervista, Rachelle Deguara kompliet titkellem ma’ Prof. Paul Bartolo. Wara li fl-ewwel parti tkellimna dwar il-kitbiet ta’ Prof. Bartolo li għandhom x’jaqsmu mal-Istorja ta’ Malta, did-darba ffukajna aktar fuq il-pubblikazzjonijiet akkademiċi tiegħu relatati mal-psikoloġija tal-edukazzjoni. Fost oħrajn, trattajna l-inklużjoni fil-klassijiet, id-differenzi umani fl-istudenti, id-diffikultà jew in-naturalezza ta’ sistema...

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Judge Rosemarie Aquilina is the special guest of the 2019 Malta Book Festival

The National Book Council is pleased to present Judge Rosemarie Aquilina as the special guest of the 2019 Malta Book Festival. Aquilina, daughter of a Maltese father and German mother, both emigrants, is most notable for presiding over the 2018 USA Gymnastics sex abuse scandal, which found former Olympic doctor Larry...

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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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Taħt il-Qoxra: Joe Debattista

F’dan l-episodju mis-sensiela ‘Taħt il-Qoxra’, Rachelle Deguara tkellmet ma’ Joe Debattista. Mal-mistieden tkellimna dwar l-istorja tal-librerija ċentrali u l-Kunsill Nazzjonali tal-Ktieb, id-diversi inizjattivi li żviluppaw tul is-snin, x’jiġri minn wara l-kwinti tal-KNK biex il-Kunsill jopera kif sippost, u l-irwol tiegħu fl-industrija tal-ktieb, fost oħrajn. Isma’ l-intervista sħiħa minn hawnhekk. Joe...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Elizabeth Grech

F’dan l-episodju mis-sensiela Taħt il-Qoxra, Rachelle Deguara tkellmet ma’ Elizabeth Grech. Mal-mistiedna tkellimna dwar l-ewwel ġabra ta’ poeżiji tagħha, Bejn baħar u baħar, l-oqsma li ħadmet fihom u kif dawn bnewlha l-karattru tax-xogħol artistiku tagħha, il-Mediterran u l-influwenza tal-baħar fit-tematika tal-poeżiji, il-politika f’kitbietha, u l-irwol tat-traduzzjoni fil-Letteratura Maltija, fost oħrajn. Isma’ l-intervista...

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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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Taħt il-Qoxra: Tyrone Grima

F’dan l-episodju mis-sensiela ‘Taħt il-Qoxra’, Rachelle Deguara tkellmet ma’ Tyrone Grima. Mal-kittieb tkellimna dwar it-temi soċjali li jixirfu fil-kitbiet tiegħu, primarjament il-faqar u l-omosesswalità fis-soċjetà Maltija, kif għaqqad ix-xogħol tiegħu mal-arti tad-drama, u punti aktar speċifiċi dwar il-pubblikazzjonijiet tiegħu. Isma’ l-intervista sħiħa hawnhekk. Dr. Tyrone Grima huwa Head of Care...

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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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Taħt il-Qoxra: Alfred Degabriele

F’dan l-episodju mis-sensiela Taħt il-Qoxra Rachelle Deguara tkellmet ma’ Alfred Degabriele. Mal-mistieden tkellimna primarjament dwar il-Moviment Qawmien Letterarju u l-irwol politiku tiegħu fix-xena lokali tas-Sittinijiet. Staqsjenieh kellux biss funzjoni letterarja dan il-moviment, dwar movimenti oħra kontemporanji, il-ġustizzja soċjali u l-MQL, u finalment anki dwar il-poeżiji tiegħu. Isma’ l-intervista sħiħa hawnhekk....

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Keith Attard

F’dan l-episodju mis-sensiela ‘Taħt il-Qoxra’, Rachelle Deguara tkellmet ma’ Keith Attard. Mal-mistieden tkellimna dwar l-importanza ta’ dizzjunarji li jkopru reġistru partikulari (f’dal-każ ir-reġistru tal-logħba tal-ballun), is-sorsi varji li ġab l-informazzjoni minnhom, jekk ‘Ballun Pinġut’ laħaqx l-għan tiegħu li jsir għodda għax-xandara sportivi, kif ukoll dwar studju lingwistiku ieħor li jqabbel...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Michael Cini

F’dan l-episodju mis-sensiela Taħt il-Qoxra, Rachelle Deguara tkellmet ma’ Michael Cini. Mal-mistieden tkellimna dwar l-element storiku fir-rumanzi tiegħu, post ir-rumanz storiku fil-Letteratura Maltija u r-relevanza tiegħu llum, il-fil patrijottiku fil-kitba tiegħu u l-patrijottiżmu fil-kuntest kurrenti, u kif jirrelataw flimkien ir-rumanzi tiegħu b’kuxjenza nazzjonali għal dawk b’kuxjenza aktar intima u personali, fost...

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Taħt il-Qoxra: Lorraine Galea

F’dan l-episodju mis-sensiela Taħt il-Qoxra, Rachelle Deguara tkellmet ma’ Lorraine Galea. Mal-mistiedna tkellimna dwar it-temi soċjali li jixirfu u jispirawha, l-element awtobijografiku fit-tfassil tar-rumanzi tal-kittieba u l-aspett volontarju fil-ħajja tagħha u kif dan jimxi id f’id mal-kitba, fost oħrajn. Isma’ l-intervista sħiħa hawnhekk. Lorraine Galea hija l-awtriċi ta’ 4 rumanzi għall-adulti...

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