The National Book Council and Għaqda tal-Malti – Università’s sixth edition of the Campus Book Festival will be held on March 27, 28 and 29, kicking off daily at 9am 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 special events scheduled on each of the three days, with a seminar on translating poetry on March 27, a book-club style discussion with students on his latest book on March 28 and an interview with Maltese poet Antoine Cassar on his body of work on March 29. On the 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 planned activities are held, among others, by Bernard Micallef and Olvin Vella, in collaboration with the University Library; the National Council of the Maltese Language represented by Albert Borg and George Farrugia; Għaqda tal-Malti – Università; the Department of Translation Studies represented by Clare 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.

The festival is open to all, free of charge.

For more information contact Matthew Borg on matthew.borg@ktieb.org.mt or Sephora Francalanza on ghaqdatalmalti@gmail.com.