Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival 2018

Thursday 23 | Friday 24 | Saturday 25 August 2018

Fort Manoel, Manoel Island, Gżira. 8.00pm


Juana Adcock (Mexico/UK)Clare Azzopardi (Malta) | Massimo Barilla (Italy)Jean-Rémi Gandon (France) Arjan Hut (Ljouwert, Netherlands)Laia López Manrique (Spain)Caldon Mercieca (Malta) | Teodor Reljić (Malta) | Philip Sciberras (Malta) | Sjón (Iceland) | Ali Thareb (Babel, Iraq)


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The XIIIth edition of the Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival organized by Inizjamed will be held on Thursday 23rd, Friday 24th and Saturday 25th August 2018, at Fort Manoel, Manoel Island, Gzira, at 8.00pm. The pre-Festival events start on Sunday 19 August and include two discussions with the participation of the invited writers, an Open Mic session and presentations by international publishers, a festival organiser, and an agent. Entrance to all events is free.

Eleven writers from eight countries are reading at the festival, which also features Maltese and foreign poetry films, Maltese electonic music, a book stall, a book binding stand by Kotba Calleja, drinks and a selection of food by CORE GREEN organic & fairtrade.

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Ali Thareb (Babel, Iraq)

The authors participating in this XIIIth edition are Juana Adcock (Mexico/UK), Clare Azzopardi (Malta), Massimo Barilla (Italy), Jean-Rémi Gandon (France), Arjan Hut (Ljouwert, Netherlands), Laia López Manrique (Spain), Caldon Mercieca (Malta), Teodor Reljić (Malta), Philip Sciberras (Malta), Sjón (Iceland), and Ali Thareb (Babel, Iraq).

Readings will be mostly in Maltese and English, but some short works will also be read in other languages. Food

cpaThe festival is part of a three-year Cultural Partnership Agreement between Inizjamed and Arts Council Malta. This is an important agreement because it offers concrete support in terms of training and financial resources to three editions of this independent festival and allows Inizjamed to plan ahead with peace of mind.

This year we are screening two new poetry films, Clare Azzopardi and Ken Scicluna are working on a poetry film of 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.

Robert Farrugia is our guest musician for all three evenings, but this year there will also be a resident band on stage.

Thursday 23rd August 

The writers reading on Thursday 23rd August are …

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Live music on Thursday will be provided by ….

Friday 24th August

On Friday 24th August, the writers invited to read are ….

This second night features the premiere of the poetry film of …’s work “…” by …, which will also be introduced by …. Live music on Friday will be provided by ….

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Juana Adcock (Mexico/UK)

During the readings on Friday (8.00pm – 11.00pm), children are being invited to attend an open workshop in Maltese and English on story writing and building papier-mâché models for festivals and other outdoor activities. This parallel event, which is part of the Oħloq Kultura programme, is being organized by More or Less Theatre in collaboration with the Valletta 2018 Foundation. Parents who would like to enrol their children for this workshop are to write to info@moreorlesstheatre.com, indicating what time they will be attending.

Saturday 25th August

ghmuThe writers reading on Saturday 25th August are …. This third and final evening also features the screening of …. The film is based on the poem “…” by … and will be introduced by …. Live music will be provided by ….

Some of the literature read during the festival might require an adult audience.

Pre-Festival Events

The writers will be in Malta throughout the week of the festival to take part in the Malta LAF Literary Translation Workshop led by writer and translator Nadia Mifsud. They will be translating each other’s works, and reading some of these translations during the festival.

Pre-Festival events featuring the invited authors, two publishers, a festival organizer and a literary agent are being held on Sunday 19th August, Tuesday 21st, and Wednesday 22nd, all starting at 8.00pm. There are also two events at Fort Manoel on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th that start at 7.00pm.

On Sunday 19th August, at 8.00pm at …, invited writers will be taking part in a round table discussion on “Losing my Space: The Nature of Literature,” with the participation of writers …. Nature has always been the focus of literature, a source of renewal, spiritual, pure. The relation of authors with nature has changed because our landscapes and seascapes have changed, but nature remains a source of inspiration and concern, a concern transfixed by agony. How does the lack of natural environment and open spaces translate to literature? How do we write trees and fields when trees and fields are no longer? How do we write the colour of the changing sea? Our space and light are being stolen by buildings that reach for the sky. How does literature deal with this daylight robbery? How does it document our struggle for space?

On Tuesday 21st August at 8.00pm, invited writers will be taking part in a round table discussion on “Writing fragile | Literature and Mental Health” at …. Can literature alleviate, explain and deploy the pain of living? To tell of an illness, and to hear it being told, has always served as an effective instrument of reshaping all the fragments which make it up, and which compose and structure our composite relationship with the world. A shattered world, and one that we now find ourselves strenuously trying to reassemble, word by word.

On Wednesday 22nd August at 8.00pm, Inizjamed presents a special festival edition of its monthly multilingual Open Mic (Palk Ħieles) sessions coordinated by Jean Paul Borg, at …. Writers and singer-songwriters are welcome to present their work.

On Friday 24 and Saturday 25, at 7.00pm at Fort Manoel, before the start of the festival evenings, Inizjamed presents two special events. On Friday, two….

On Saturday 25 at 7.00pm, again at Fort Manoel, the pre-Festival is hosting a session ….

Other Pre-Festival Events

In the weeks leading up to the Festival, other literary events involving the invited Maltese writers are being held, including an Open Mic session in Gozo, and readings in the San Vinċenz de Paul Residence and in a summer school.

unnamedThe 2018 edition of the Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival and the Malta LAF translation workshop are being held in partnership with Arts Council Malta and Literature Across Frontiers, and with the support of Valletta 2018 Foundation, Manoel Island Foundation, Għaqda tal-Malti – Università, the volunteers of Tal-Kultura, and Studio Solipsis. The MMLF is the recipient of the EFFE, Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe label.

This year, within the framework of the Festival, Inizjamed is active within HELA, the Hub for Excellence in the Literary Arts which is supported by the Platform of Creative Industries of Arts Council Malta. It is also collaborating with the project on The Phoenician Route supported by the European Council.

More information is available on Facebook on the pages of Inizjamed Malta and the Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival 2018.

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