The 13th edition of the Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival, organised by Inizjamed, kicks off today.

The authors participating in this year’s 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.

Two poetry films will be screened, with Clare Azzopardi and Ken Scicluna 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.

A pre-festival event today at 7pm, titled Il-Qarrejja Waslu Qabel (l-Awturi), will see students reading for a diploma in Maltese literature discussing the literary experience of reading novels and the multiple ways in which text may be read and interpreted.

The festival is being held from today until Saturday at Fort Manoel in Manoel Island, from 8pm onwards. Entrance is free.


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