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Kwarta Ktieb – a new podcast series by the National Book Council

The National Book Council is proud to present Kwarta Ktieb, a new literature podcast featuring readings from some of Malta’s best-loved books.

From today you’ll be able to listen to 15-minute reads from locally-published short stories, excerpts from novels and poetry, read by an array of authors and personalities hailing from the arts sector.

In this first series we’ve put together a diverse anthology of literary works spanning nearly a century of Maltese literature, revisiting classic works such as the ever-so relevant socio-political satire Ulied in-Nanna Venut fl-Amerka by Juann Mamo, poetry by Doreen Micallef, and some of the last decade’s best-sellers including Ġużè Stagno’s What Happens in Brussels Stays in Brussels and Immanuel Mifsud’s prize-winning Fl-Isem tal-Missier (u tal-Iben). 

Each episode is guaranteed to provide listeners with moments of discovery or to transport readers back to their favourite worlds via the voices of guest readers featured on Kwarta Ktieb, which include Antonella Axisa, Loranne Vella, Kenneth Scicluna and Mikhail Basmadjian.

You can listen to all 10 episodes on MaltaToday and Anchor.

Kwarta Ktieb is the latest initiative by the National Book Council aimed at further promoting Maltese literature with local audiences.
It is being produced in collaboration with MaltaToday.

Episode 1
Mikhail Basmadjian reads from Fl-isem tal-Missier (u tal-Iben) (KKM, 2010) by Immanuel Mifsud

Episode 2
Sharon Bezzina reads ‘Jelly Babies’ from Clare Azzopardi’s Il-Linja l-Ħadra (Merlin Publishers, 2007)

Episode 3
Kenneth Scicluna reads from Erbgħin Jum by Antoine Cassar (EDE Books, 2017)

Episode 4
Sab Mulligan reads ‘I went to see her’ from Having Said Goodnight by Pierre J. Mejlak (Merlin Publishers, 2015)

Episode 5
Mark Vella reads from Ulied in-Nanna Venut fl-Amerka by Juann Mamo (SKS, 2013)

Episode 6
Nadia Mifsud Mutschler reads from De Profundis by Doreen Micallef (Klabb Kotba Maltin, 1979)

Episode 7
Antonella Axisa and Mikhail Basmadjian read from Fil-Parlament ma jikbrux Fjuri by Oliver Friggieri (Bugelli Publications, 1985)

Episode 8
Rachelle Deguara reads from Amina by Antoinette Borg (Merlin Publishers, 2018)

Episode 9
Steve Hili reads from What Happens in Brussels Stays in Brussels by Ġużè Stagno (Merlin Publishers, 2013)

Episode 10
Loranne Vella reads from Il-Manifest tal-Killer by Karl Schembri (Choppy Books, 2006)