Introducing Ray il-Qarrej, the first of four captivating characters featured on this year’s Malta Book Festival poster! Ray is a bookworm who journeys through realms of imagination with each turn of a page, a fisherman who symbolises the magic of getting hooked on reading.

Ray is inviting you to dive deep into an ocean of stories and ideas to be discovered between the 18-22 October at the #beyondbooks themed 2023 Malta Book Festival. The Festival once again promises to be the biggest celebration of books and reading in Malta, this year lining-up almost 50 exhibitors each bringing readers the widest range of books by local and international publishers under one roof. 

But if you can’t wait that long to meet Ray, we’ve got you covered. This summer Ray will already be meeting young audiences with an entertaining message on the numerous intellectual and personal benefits of reading at Il-Fiera l-Kbira. Visit the bookshop brought to you by the National Book Council at Il-Fiera il-Kbira on 6-16 July at Montekristo Estate, Siggiewi, for your chance to meet ‘Ray il-Qarrej’ in person and listen to a story or two. 

Join us in a few weeks at Il-Fiera l-Kbira and later at the 2023 Malta Book Festival to celebrate the power of storytelling and the beautiful relationship between books and other media.

For the latest updates on the Malta Book Festival, please follow the NBC website, and the NBC Facebook page and Malta Book Festival 2023 Facebook page.

2023 Malta Book Festival Exhibitors

4Sightprint Tv & More 
Agenda Bookshop 
Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Malta 
Arts Council Malta 
BDL Books 
Bonfirraro Editore 
Deer Publications 
Embassy of France in Malta 
EDE Books / Kixott 
Faraxa Publishing 
Fondazzjoni Sagħtar 
German-Maltese Circle 
Għaqda tal-Malti -Università 
Heritage Malta Publishing 
Infomediaworks Limited 
INANNA publishers 
Istituto Italiano di Cultura La Valletta 
Jens C. Büdinger 
Joseph P Smith – Photographer 
Kite Group 
Klabb Kotba Maltin 
Kotba Calleja 
L-Aġenzija Nazzjonali tal-Litteriżmu
Mallia & D’Amato Bookshelf Curator 
Malta Film Commission 
Malta Libraries 
Martin Baron 
Meli Bookshop 
Mellieħa Local Council 
Merlin Library 
Midsea Books 
Ministry for Inclusion, Voluntary Organisations, and Consumer Rights 
Pandora Books 
Librerija Preca 
Redent Camilleri 
Service Dogs Malta  Foundation 
SKS Publishers 
Taste Malta 
The Little Island that was – Children’s Book Series 
The National Archives of Malta 
uXBT ltd 
Wikimedia Community Malta 
Wirt iż-Żejtun 
Wise Owl Publications 


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