The 2020 Malta Book Festival

The 2020 Malta Book Festival is organised by the National Book Council and will take place from 11-15 November at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta.

While preparations for this year’s edition are now well underway, the National Book Council will be following the national health authorities’ directives on public gatherings and is aware that plans for the festival may have to be altered accordingly.

Partners and prospective visitors are encouraged to follow our website and Facebook page for updates.

The MBF Story

The Malta Book Festival is the foremost book celebration in the country’s cultural calendar. Annually, the MBF boasts an attendance rate of 40,000 visitors, the participation of more than 40 exhibitors, and offers extensive networking opportunities for industry professionals.

The first edition of the MBF was held in 1979, then called the Malta Book Fair (1979-2012), and has since grown into a festival that celebrates the book culture in all its forms. The international dimension of the Festival is increasingly reflected in the lineup of guest authors and publishers which in previous years have included Gilbert Sinoué, Ros Barber, Shad Alshammari, Basma Abdel Aziz, Patrick McGuinness, Alek Popov, Marie Darrieussecq, Maram al-Masri, Dan Sociu, Ros Barber, Vera Duarte, Tim Parks, Philip ò Ceallaigh, Naomi Klein and Judge Rosemarie Aquilina.

Visit

Opening times:
Wednesday 11 November:  09:00 – 13:00, 17:30 – 21:30
Thursday 12 November:  09:00 – 13:00, 17:30 – 21:30
Friday 13 November:  09:00 – 13:00, 17:30 – 22:00
Saturday 14 November:  09:30 – 22:30
Sunday 15 November:  08:30 – 20:00

Admission free

Mediterranean Conference Centre (MCC), Triq l-Isptar, Valletta, VLT 1645

School visits

Weekday mornings at the Festival are dedicated to school visits. A special programme of cultural and fun activities for students and teachers alike is set up, including theatre pieces, readings and meetings with writers.

Every year a professional team of actors adapts the Terramaxka Prize winners of the previous years, according to the age group of students. 

COVID-19 – notification

While preparations for the Malta Book Festival 2020 are well underway, the National Book Council is aware that plans may have to be altered should the authorities instruct to avoid public gatherings. Follow our website and Facebook page for updates.

Exhibitors

Applications for exhibitors, including publishers, and book sellers wishing to participate in the 2020 Malta Book Festival are now open. Download the application form here and make sure you peruse all terms and conditions before you apply.

Send your application as an email attachment to Michael Mercieca (michael.mercieca@gov.mt) and by post at the address that follows, by not later than Friday 14 August 2020 at noon (12 pm): Malta Book Festival 2020, National Book Council, Central Public Library, Prof. J. Mangion Street, Floriana, FRN 1800, MALTA.

The Sacra Infermeria and La Valette Halls will be hosting publishers, NGOs and libraries, as well as book sellers and bookshops.

Families

Please tune in later on for further information on family shows held during the Malta Book Festival 2020.

Exhibitors’ Media Scheme

New to this year’s edition, exhibitors may request a media subsidy whereby exhibitors who promote their participation at the Festival in the local press will be able to request a refund on their application fee.

The Exhibitors’ Media Scheme Application Form and scheme regulations can be downloaded here.

PREVIOUS EDITIONS

The 2019 Malta Book Festival

View the programme of events for the 2019 Malta Book Festival from here (mobile version here) – which featured book launches, presentations, poetry readings, meetings with authors, conferences and seminars.

A literary conference, relating to the genres of sci-fi and fantasy kicked off the festival on the evening of 6 November. Participating guest authors were Loranne Vella, author of the 2018 National Book Prize winner Rokit (Merlin Publishers), Malta-born Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Kali Wallace and Dave Rudden.

Special Guest to the 2019 edition of the Festival was American-Maltese Judge Hon. Rosemarie Aquilina, who skyrocketed to international fame after sentencing serial rapist Larry Nassar to 175 years in jail in a case that became a lightning-rod for the ‘#MeToo’ era.

The 2018 Malta Book Festival

The cultural programme for 2018 Malta Book Festival featured well over 80 events in book launches, readings, meetings with authors, and seminars. It enjoyed the Government’s support as part of Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture programme.

The highlight of this edition was world-renowned author and activist Naomi Klein, who was interviewed by local journalist Matthew Vella. Klein is the author of international bestseller The Shock Doctrine about disaster capitalism, which increased Klein’s prominence, with the New Yorker judging her ‘the most visible and influential figure on the American left’.

View or download the programme of events of the Malta Book Festival 2018.

Malta Book Festival 2018 School Visit feedback form

 

The 2017 Malta Book Festival

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MBF 2019 in pictures

MBF 2018 in pictures

MBF 2017 in pictures

The 2024 edition of the Malta Book Festival will be taking place between 6 and 10 November 2024. Applications for exhibitors will be open soon.

The Malta Book Festival is the foremost book celebration in the country’s cultural calendar. Annually, the MBF boasts an attendance rate of 50,000 visitors, the participation of some 50 exhibitors, and offers extensive networking opportunities for industry professionals.

2024 Malta Book Festival

The Malta Book Festival 2024 returns for its 40th edition and will be taking place between 6-10 November.

This year’s edition of the festival carries the theme #binding worlds, reflecting the multifaceted nature of the publishing process, from the inception of an idea to the final product. Through this play on words, the Festival underscores its commitment to showcasing all aspects of the literary world, from writing and illustration to printing and binding. The programme of events will range from shows and activities for the family and students, to book launches and discussions, writing workshops, performative readings, and professional meet-ups between the public and book industry stakeholders.

Attendance to the Festival and to all other events is free of charge.

The Malta Book Festival 2024 Poster

Illustrated by Ed Dingli and designed by Sarah Cachia Falzon, the official poster for the 2024 Malta Book Festival will be launched soon and will showcase #bindingworlds: four distinct ‘worlds’ that will take centre-stage throughout our campaign, leading up to the MBF in November.

→ Shining the spotlight on star authors, both local and international, attendees will delve into their literary universes and explore their acclaimed works.

→ Designed for engaging talks, captivating theatre shows and interactive activities tailored for young readers and school audiences, the Festival promises an immersive experience for all.

→ Celebrating the diverse spectrum of literature, various book genres and types will be showcased, catering to readers of all interests and preferences.

→ Focused on hands-on experiences, activities, events and workshops invite attendees to immerse themselves in the art of bookmaking and creative expression.

The MBF Story: 40 years

The first edition of the MBF was held in 1979, then called the Malta Book Fair (1979-2012), and has since grown into a festival that celebrates the book culture in all its forms. The international dimension of the Festival is increasingly reflected in the lineup of guest authors and publishers which in previous years have included Gilbert Sinoué, Ros Barber, Shad Alshammari, Basma Abdel Aziz, Patrick McGuinness, Alek Popov, Marie Darrieussecq, Maram al-Masri, Dan Sociu, Ros Barber, Vera Duarte, Tim Parks, Philip ò Ceallaigh, Naomi Klein, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, Sir Salman Rushdie, Irvine Welsh, Joe Sacco, John Boyne and Sam Blake.

Exhibitors

 


Accommodating over 40 exhibitors, the 2024 Malta Book Festival will take up an unprecedented 1,800+sqm of stand space. Comprised chiefly of publishers and booksellers, the exhibitors also include a number of NGOs, organisations and other entities, including the book-based and cultural arms of various diplomatic bodies on the island, as well as self-published authors.

We invite you to check out the Malta Book Festival 2024 Exhibitors here.

Useful Information

Programme

Coming soon

Schools

School visits at the 2024 Malta Book Festival are back. School visits are free, however schools must book their visits in advance. We reached out to schools to invite them to visit with their students and enjoy the shows and of course lots of book browsing.

All registered students will be receiving a €5 voucher redeemable at the Festival and will be able to attend an age-appropriate show at the Festival Theatre, or enjoy street theatre performances in the Bookshop area.

Families and Children’s Activities

The Malta Book Festival makes for a great family outing, and it’s no different this year.
Throughout Festival week (Wednesday 6 – Sunday 10 November) we’re putting up a number of shows to entertain the whole family.

More information coming soon.

The Malta Book Festival 2024 Animation Video

Coming soon

From Illustration to Book Exhibition

The third edition of an exhibition dedicated to book design and illustration, showcasing the work of Malta’s leading contemporary book illustrators and designers, as well as paying homage to the country’s book illustration and design pioneers. This initiative forms part of a strategic collaboration between the National Book Council and Arts Council Malta.

Competitions

Coming soon

The MBF 24 Map

Coming soon

Opening Hours

Coming soon

Sensory-Friendly Room

This autism-friendly space (with low stimulation and some basic sensory items and autism-friendly resources) allows children on the spectrum to have access to storytelling activities in a safe and inclusive environment. Il-Kamra Sensorja is managed by Inspire Foundation and supported by APS Bank. Access is allowed to children accompanied by their parents/educators.

Previous Editions