The XIII Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival

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The XIIIth edition of the Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival organised by Inizjamed will be held on Thursday 23th, Friday 24th and Saturday 25th August 2018, at Forti Manoel in Manoel Island, at 8.00pm. The pre-Festival events start on Sunday 19 August. Entrance to all events is free.

Eleven writers from eight countries are reading at the festival, which also features Maltese and foreign poetry films, Maltese musicians, a book stall, a book-binding stand by Kotba Calleja, drinks, and a selection of food provided by CORE GREEN organic & fair trade.

The authors participating in this XIIIth edition are Juana Adcock (Mexico/UK), Massimo Barilla (Italy), Jean-Rémi Gandon (France), Arjan Hut (Ljouwert, Netherlands), Laia López Manrique (Spain), Sjón (Iceland), Ali Thareb (Babel, Iraq), and Clare Azzopardi, Caldon Mercieca, Teodor Reljić, and Philip Sciberras from Malta. Readings will be mostly in Maltese and English, but some short works will also be read in their original language.

This year the festival will also screen two poetry films. Clare Azzopardi and Ken Scicluna are working on a poetry film which presents Achille Mizzi’s work “Kafè”, while Abigail Mallia and Carlos Debattista are producing a poetry film of Oliver Friggieri’s work “Il-Lejl f’Dan l-Istazzjon”. This project is being run in collaboration with the Valletta 2018 Foundation.

Robert Farrugia is the festival’s guest musician while this year a resident band will also be participating.

During the readings on Friday (8.00pm – 11.00pm), children are being invited to attend an open workshop in Maltese and English on story writing and building papier-mâché models for festivals and other outdoor activities. This parallel event, which is part of the Oħloq Kultura programme, is being organized by More or Less Theatre in collaboration with the Valletta 2018 Foundation.

The writers will be in Malta throughout the week of the festival to take part in the translation workshop led by Nadia Mifsud. They will be translating each other’s works, and reading some of these translations during the festival.

The pre-Festival events featuring the invited authors, festival organisers and publishers are being held on Sunday 19th August, Tuesday 21st, and Wednesday 22nd, all starting at 8.00pm. There are also three events at Fort Manoel that start at 7.00pm on Thursday 23rd, Friday 24th and Saturday 25th. The literary agent, publisher and festival organiser present with us this year are Pierre Astier, Mohamed El-Baaly, and Anne-Lise Dyck-Daure.

In the weeks leading up to the Festival, other literary events involving the invited Maltese writers are being held, including an Open Mic session, an event with Philip Sciberras at the San Vinċenz de Paul Residence and a summer school visit.

The 2018 edition of the Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival and the translation workshop are being held in partnership with Arts Council Malta and Literature Across Frontiers, and with the support of Valletta 2018 Foundation, The Manoel Island Foundation, Għaqda tal-Malti – Università, the volunteers of Tal-Kultura, and Studio Solipsis. The MMLF is the recipient of the EFFE, Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe label.

Parents who would like to enrol their children for this workshop are to write to, indicating what time they will be attending

The Festival logo and other promotional material were designed by artist Pierre Portelli.

More information is available on Facebook on pages of Inizjamed Malta and the Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival 2018 and at

Images: Virginia Monteforte

Paula Fleri-Soler

Paula has a pedigree in TV and stage production (children's and family entertainment) and a passion for the arts. She's taken the reins on The Artists' Directory - Malta and the relevant content for the site.

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