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  • The slush pile

    The slush pile

    Spring is book fair time, with two of the world’s largest and most influential fairs happening virtually back-to-back. Bologna is a specialised children’s books fair, while London is more of an all-rounder beast, encompassing everything print and...

  • Chilean poet Pablo Neruda reburied after tests for 'poison'

    Chilean poet Pablo Neruda reburied after tests for 'poison'

    The remains of Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda have been reburied at his favourite home in a Chilean town overlooking the Pacific Ocean, despite lingering questions surrounding his mysterious death. The writer died in the chaos following...

  • Bringing a story to life

    Bringing a story to life

    Italian illustrator Beatrice Costamagna recently worked on the Merlin publication Imedlina u l-Imbarazz, a book for children aged between three and six. She gives Escape an insight into her art and her work. What inspired you to become an...

  • Getting to know Lucy

    Lara Calleja: Lucy Min?Merlin Publishers, 2016. Lara Calleja’s debut novel Lucy Min? has made a hit with record-breaking sales starting from the day of the launch itself. This coming-of-age story didn’t only have us asking ‘who?’ But also ‘why?’.

  • In need of a culture change

    In need of a culture change

    Professor Charles Mifsud, the coordinator of the National Literacy Strategy, addresses the need to change the reading habits and attitudes towards books among the Maltese. The National Literacy Strategy for Malta and Gozo has been described by...

  • Making poetry accessible

    Making poetry accessible

    France-based poet NADIA MIFSUD tells Stephanie Fsadni that the local poetry scene is thriving, yet getting poems published has become ‘next to impossible’. She gives tips on how poetry can become more popular among the community by being taught in...

  • Book with a noble cause

    Book with a noble cause

    Djamantini (small diamonds) is a collection of prose, poetry and song of its first kind in Malta: it marks a collaborative and thorough effort between students, teachers, established authors and songwriters, and all the proceeds from its sale will...

  • An artistic narrative

    An artistic narrative

    Three Stories showcases Ruben Buhagiar’s recent photographic work, a body of three coherent photo essays which, in many ways, gives the viewer a visual manifesto of Buhagiar’s approach to his creative practice. Three Stories:Ruben Buhagiar.EDE...

  • Baroque and the city

    Baroque and the city

    Cynthia De Giorgio: The Conventual Church of the Knights of Malta.Midsea Publications, 2016 (revised edition). 144 pp. Few churches in Malta – or in Europe, really – can compete with the splendour of St John’s Co-Cathedral. And it is exactly this...

  • A Nordic page turner

    A Nordic page turner

    As the Campus Book Fest rolls into University for the third time, Jo Caruana chats to this year’s special guest, Icelandic author and poet Gerður Kristný. Books and universities go together likes horses and carriages. And yet, since technology...

  • Constitutional and human rights law in Malta

    David J. Attard: The Maltese Legalsystem, Vol. II,Part A.The Malta University Press, 2015.pp. xxxii + 422 I salute the first textbook that engages with the very structure and workings of the fundamental laws of Malta. Whatever happens in this...

  • Legends of the fall author Jim Harrison dies aged 78

    Jim Harrison, the fiction writer, poet and outdoorsman who wrote with gruff affection about the US landscape and rural life, has died at the age of 78. He is best remembered for his 1979 historical saga Legends Of The Fall, which gave him some...

  • Tribute to Malta’s queen of pop

    Tribute to Malta’s queen of pop

    As Ira Losco’s Eurovision entry, Walk on Water, defies all controversy and continues gaining popularity,we bring you a selection of iconic photographs of the singer as captured through the lens of Allen Venables and reproduced in Ira Losco: A...

  • Nobel panel condemns Rushdie death warrant 27 years later

    Nobel panel condemns Rushdie death warrant 27 years later

    The Swedish Academy, which selects the winners of the Nobel Prize in literature, has condemned an Iranian death warrant against British writer Salman Rushdie, 27 years after it was pronounced. Two members quit the academy in 1989 after it refused...

  • Did JK Rowling warn us about Dumbledore’s death?

    Did JK Rowling warn us about Dumbledore’s death?

    It seems like the Harry Potter series can still surprise us after all these years. While fans keep making theories of hidden messages and riddles in the famous books, one particular piece of foreshadowing has caught the Internet's...

  • Maltese architecture through the years

    Maltese architecture through the years

    Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti recently released its latest publication, Maltese Architecture 1900-1970: Progress and Innovations, by Mark Geoffrey Muscat. The event included a presentation by the author about the architectural highlights of the...

  • Archbishop's homilies bound in new book

    Archbishop's homilies bound in new book

    The Curia has released the book Kelma ta’ Ħabib to mark the first anniversary of Mgr Charles Scicluna’s installation as Archbishop of Malta. This book is a collection of over 100 homilies delivered by Mgr Scicluna on variousoccasions since his...

  • Malta’s magnificent century

    Malta’s magnificent century

    Keith Sciberras:From Caravaggio toMattia Preti. Baroque Painting in Malta.Midsea Books, Malta, 2015.192 pp The 17th century was to see Malta experience its most glorious period in painting. Not only did it attract two great masters (one of them a...

  • Now I am one of them, too

    John A. Bonello:Jien, Wieħed MinnhomMerlin Publishers, 2015. Some books have the ability to suddenly make you look at a genre in a different way. Jien, Wieħed Minnhom by John A. Bonello, throws us deep into the action of an episode that started in...

  • Adventure and works of art in story format

    Is it possible for books, art and museums to be instantly appealing to children? Roberta Bajada’s children’s novel, Arloġġ u Tila, aims to do just that with a fun combination of classic paintings, museums with vanishing acts and a gripping mystery...

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