One of the events featuring Sir Salman Rushdie, this year’s special guest of the Malta Book Festival, is the digital Q&A which will take place on the evening of Thursday 12 November at 6:30 pm.

The Booker Prize winning author will be directly engaging with students and readers from the general public. To better preserve the spirit of a direct exchange, the number of spaces is being limited to forty audience members. Participants interested in booking a place at the Q&A event are invited to submit the one question they would like to ask Sir Salman Rushdie: the more fascinating the question, the better the chances of securing a place. Everyone will still be able to follow the discussion which will be live-streamed on the Malta Book Festival Facebook page and on the National Book Council’s website.

Calling on the general public and all University of Malta students

Twenty out of the forty ‘seats’ will be reserved for the best questions received by the National Book Council. You should be submit your question by email to by 31 October with the subject line ‘MBF2020 Q&A’ and include your name, surname and contact number.

We want to make sure that students can make the best of the opportunity to meet of the noted public intellectual and one of the most thought-provoking proponents for free speech today. This is why we’re collaborating with the Department of English at the University of Malta, and the Department of English Students Association (DESA) to make twenty places at the Q&A exclusively available for UOM students.

UOM students wishing to join the Q&A, are invited to send in the question they would like to ask Sir Salman Rushdie to DESA at, including their full name, course, year of study and contact number also by 31 October.

The full programme of events for the 2020 Malta Book Festival – the virtual edition (11-15 November) will be published in the coming weeks. For the latest updates, please visit the NBC’s Facebook page and our website

Photo credit: Beowulf Sheehan



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