The first night of the 11th edition of the Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival is taking place tonight at Fort St Elmo, Valletta, at 8pm.

The writers reading are Maltese novelist Mark Vella, the writer from Kurdistan/Turkey Ciwanmerd Kulek, Maltese poet Joe Galea, and the acclaimed Iranian poet Roja Chamankar who will also be interviewed on stage in English by Nadia Mifsud.

Readings will mostly be in Maltese and English, but some works will also be read in their original language. It should be noted that some of the literature read during the festival will only be suited for an adult audience.

Tonight will also see the premiere of a short film by Martin Bonnici commissioned by Inizjamed and the Valletta 2018 Foundation – the film was inspired by Meta tiġi Mariros, a poem by Lillian Sciberras.

Live jazz music will be provided by Effie Azzopardi (trumpet), Rafel Grima (drums), David Grech (guitar), and Samwel Grima (double bass).

The festival is being organised by Inizjamed, a network partner of Literature Across Frontiers which coordinates the Literary Europe Live platform, funded by the EU’s Creative Europe programme, of which the festival forms part.

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The 2016 edition of the Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival and the Malta LAF translation workshop are being held with the support of Arts Council Malta, Heritage Malta, Valletta 2018 Foundation, Għaqda tal-Malti – Università, the Fortress Builders – Fortifications Interpretation Centre, Spazju Kreattiv, and Highlight Arts. The festival is the recipient of the EFFE Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe label.

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