The 2019 Malta Book Festival

Preparations for the 2019 Malta Book Festival, taking place between Wednesday 6 and Sunday 10 November, are well underway!

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

The programme for the MBF 2019, featuring book launches, presentations, poetry readings, meetings with authors, conferences and seminars, will be published in the second week of September.

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 Ros Barber, Shahd Alshammari, Tim Parks, Philip ò Ceallaigh, Vera Duarte, and Naomi Klein


Opening times:
Wednesday 6 November:  09:00 – 13:00, 17:30 – 21:30
Thursday 7 November:  09:00 – 13:00, 17:30 – 21:30
Friday 8 November:  09:00 – 13:00, 17:30 – 22:00
Saturday 9 November:  09:30 – 22:30
Sunday 10 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. Students and teachers can expect a special programme of cultural and fun activities, including theatre pieces, readings, and meetings with writers. Antonella Axisa will be also leading her troupe to adapt last year’s Terramaxka Prize winners for the stage.

We want your visit to be a pleasant one – this year’s performances are being held at the MCC’s Republic Hall, facilitating the management of student numbers during the Festival.

Apply for your school visit!
Teachers are invited to follow this link for more information.


Following last year’s success, the popular comedy duo Danusan will be once again staging their show ‘Il-Kotba jieħdu l-ħajja’ (Books come to life). The performances will be inspired by the works awarded with the 2019 Terramaxka Prize,  announced during the Festival’s opening ceremony on 5 November.

Tickets for the three shows (Friday 8 November at 7pm, Saturday 9 November at 8pm and Sunday 10 November at 3pm) are now available for sale on the MCC’s website and Ticket prices start at 5€.



Applications for exhibitors, including book distributors, bookshops and book agencies, wishing to participate in the 2019 Malta Book Festival are now open. NGOs and public entities involved in the publication of literary material or the promotion of literature are also invited to apply.

The Sacra Infermeria will host publishers, NGOs and libraries, whereas book sellers and bookshops will be hosted in the La Vallette Hall.

The 2019 Application Form with updated rules and regulations can be downloaded here. Applications should be sent either as an email attachment to to [email protected] or by post, by not later than 9 August 2019.

Previous editions

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.

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

Malta Book Festival 2018 School Visit feedback form