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  • Bookworms invited to Gozo festival

    A two-day book festival is taking place in Gozo. The festival will include open mic sessions, readings of local works of literature, literacy and literary activities, and a guided tour through Rabat visiting the houses of Gozitan poets. The...

  • The praying priests of Għarb

    Horatio Caeser Roger Vella needs no introduction. With his translations of renowned works from Latin into Maltese or English, he has gradually become Malta and Gozo’s leading scholar of classics and classical literature. However, the ancient...

  • The poetic woodworker

    Bil-Boqxiex, the second poetry collection penned by Louis Briffa, follows Bil-Varloppa. In both books, it seems he likens the honing of his writing skills to the refining of wood in carpentry, for both titles depict old tools used to smoothen wood...

  • Love, sorrow and belief

    Louis Briffa: Bil-Boqxiex: Poeżiji The author, 2018 ISBN 978-99957-1-206-8 272pp. Hbk. Though I have to admit to little or no familiarity with the poetry written for many years by Louis Briffa, he is a writer who has been praised by important...

  • Poetry of political praxis

    Xewqat tal-Passa/Migrant Desires Horizons, Malta, 2017.Reviewed by Dr. Francois Mifsud, lecturer, Department of Inclusion and Access to Learning, Faculty of Education, University of Malta. April 2018. The recent collection of poetry by Professor...

  • Brave new world

    Science fiction in Maltese remains a not-so-very popular genre. Melisande Aquilina interviews Mark Anthony Fenech, author of It-Tawmaturgu, about the inspiration behind his dystopian narrative In a perhaps not-so-distant future, humanity is not...

  • Maltese author nominated for 19th Golden Trailer Awards

    Maltese author nominated for 19th Golden Trailer Awards

    Maltese author James Vella-Bardon has made international headlines after the trailer of his debut novel The Sheriff’s Catch was nominated in the category of Best Trailer for Book or Novel at the Golden Trailer Awards. Since its inception in 1999,...

  • Malta: a refuge for Italian exiles

    Angela Picca: Pugliesi per l’Italia Unita, dalla Rivoluzione Partenopea (1799) a Porta Pia (1870) 2v Roma, L’Esagramma, 2012-2017 This is an attractive, very readable and nicely illustrated addition to the vast literature on the Italian Risorgimento.

  • A study of our domestic space

    A study of our domestic space

    George A. Said-Zammit: The Development of Domestic Space in the Maltese Islands from the Late Middle Ages to the Second Half of the Twentieth CenturyOxford: Archaeopress Publishing Ltd, 2016. This attractively edited volume brings to publication...

  • Dating in the modern era

    British author Fattima Mahdi recently self-published her debut title, Love Don’t Come Easy: The Modern Struggle, a book she wrote to highlight the ways in which we have socially evolved through modern technology and the effect this has on our...

  • A fresh take on historical fiction

    James Vella-Bardon:The Sheriff’s Catch Unbound, 2018 Within the first few pages of James Vella-Bardon’s novel, the reader is served with combat scenes, house burnings and a quest for revenge. The year is 1585 and the initial setting is the...

  • Nicholas Monsarrat’s masterpiece translated by Wistin Born

    Nicholas Monsarrat’s masterpiece translated by Wistin Born

    Less than a year after the well-known English novelist Nicholas Monsarrat first published The Kappillan of Malta back in 1973, Wistin Born, the famed author of Is-Salib tal-Fidda (The Silver Cross), had already translated it into Maltese. The main...

  • Women, marriage and modern society

    Joe Friggieri: Il-Gżira l-bajda, u stejjer oħra Kite, 2017 Coming less than two years after his successful collection  Nismagħhom Jgħidu, Joe Friggieri is now offering a new volume of short stories, honed with precision. Their prose often...

  • The Kappillan in Maltese

    The Kappillan in Maltese

    Nicholas Monsarrat’s The Kappillan of Malta, first published in 1973 and soon earning international acclaim, will, for the first time in almost five decades, be released in Maltese. The translation had been made by Wistin Born, of Is-Salib...

  • Music to Gozitan ears

    Music to Gozitan ears

    A particular group of renowned personalities who made a name for themselves in the history of our islands have a common denominator: they hail from the island of Gozo. Among these I would like to mention Ġorġ Pisani, Mary Meylak, Ninu Cremona,...

  • Behind closed doors

    Author George Cini rightly launched his book Strait Street: Secrets and Stories from Behind Closed Doors as Valletta became the European Capital of Culture. One can hardly speak about the capital city and not mention its red light district of...

  • Read through…

    Etching of a Shepherd’s Purse Etching of a Shepherd’s Purse, by Francis Attard, is an anthology that gives readers an eclectic choice ranging from the one-line verse to the longest poem exceeding 100 lines. Haikai, the vernacular and mainstream,...

  • Mass abductions in 16th century Gozo

    Mass abductions in 16th century Gozo

    Miriam Calleja interviews Geoff Nelderabout Xagħra’s Revenge, a fictional account of the mass abduction of Gozitans by 16th century corsairs, ahead of the author’s book-signing in Malta. Have you ever wondered what happened to the Gozitans in the...

  • Of national politics and social problems

    Alfred Buttigieg: The collected playsSelf-published, 2017 Alfred Buttigieg is one of a handful of Maltese authors who have established themselves as playwrights on the Maltese stage in the past half-century. A co-founder, with Michael Fenech, of...

  • 51 winners of Man Booker vie for 50th anniversary prize

    51 winners of Man Booker vie for 50th anniversary prize

    All 51 winners of the Man Booker will be pitted against each other for a special award to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the prize. The Golden Man Booker will crown the best work of fiction from the last five decades. It will span from the...