The National Book Council and Għaqda tal-Malti – Università are proud to present the sixth edition of the Campus Book Festival (FKK), which will be held on 27, 28 and 29 March, kicking off daily at 9 am with back-to-back activities planned until 4 pm. On Friday the activities will continue until late in the evening.
The purpose of the festival is to promote literature across the board while, at the same time, giving publishers and book distributors a space in which they can sell and promote their publications with a mature audience, such as university students. A vast programme of activities will be put up during the festival, ranging from workshops and films related to literature, to readings and interviews with authors, painters and illustrators – as well as language discussions, guided tours around the University Library, live music and a number of collaborations with student organisations.
The special guest this year is British poet, literary critic and translator Rod Mengham, whose latest book Grimspound and Inhabiting Art is both a poetic meditation on a place (the Bronze Age site of Grimspound on Dartmoor) and a series of short essays on different cultural habitats.. He will be joining us on Campus for special events scheduled on each of the three days, with a seminar on translating poetry on 27 March, a book-club style discussion with students on his latest book on 28 March and an interview with Maltese poet Antoine Cassar on his body of work on 29 March. On Friday afternoon, Inizjamed will be contributing an Open Mic session featuring Mengham.
The festival will close on Friday night with live music by Maltese band The Busker.
The publishers and distributors participating in the festival are BDL, EDE BOOKS, FARAXA BOOKS, HORIZONS, and MIRANDA. These publishers and distributors will be selling their books at their stand and will be organising their own book launch events.
The planned activities are held, among others, by Prof. Dominic Fenech; Prof. Bernard Micallef and Dr. Olvin Vella, in collaboration with the University Library; the National Council of the Maltese Language represented by Prof Albert Borg and George Farrugia; Għaqda tal-Malti – Università; the Department of Translation Studies represented by Prof. Clare E. Vassallo; the Notarial Archives represented by Chanelle Briffa; the Department of Sociology and the Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences; and Inizjamed. The programme of activities with the full list of activities will be published shortly.
Opening times and dates are: Wednesday 27 March and Thursday 28 from 9am–4pm; Friday 29 March from 9am–late. The Festival is open to all, free of charge.
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