Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival 2017

Thursday 24 | Friday 25 | Saturday 26 August 2017 | Fort St Elmo, Valletta. 8.00pm


John Aquilina (UK/Malta) | Asja Bakić (Bosnia Herzegovina) | Mourid  Barghouti (Palestine) | Lilia Ben Romdhane (Tunisia) | Mark Camilleri (Malta) | Immanuel Mifsud (Malta) | Jean Portante (Luxembourg) | Alfred Sant (Malta) | Zoë Skoulding (Wales)| Ma Thida (Myanmar) | Arvis Viguls (Latvia) | Gjoko Zdraveski (Republic of Macedonia)


The XIIth edition of the Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival organized by Inizjamed will be held on Thursday 24th, Friday 25th and Saturday 26th August, at Fort St Elmo, in Valletta, at 8.00pm. Twelve writers from eight countries are reading in the festival, which also features Maltese and foreign poetry films, Maltese jazz bands, a book stall, a book binding stand, drinks and food. Entrance to all events is free. The pre-Festival events start on Sunday 20 August 2017.

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Ma Thida

The authors participating in this XIIth edition are Asja Bakić (Bosnia Herzegovina), Mourid  Barghouti (Palestine), Lilia Ben Romdhane (Tunisia), Jean Portante (Luxembourg), Zoë Skoulding (Wales), Ma Thida (Myanmar), Arvis Viguls (Latvia), Gjoko Zdraveski (Republic of Macedonia), and John Aquilina, Mark Camilleri, Immanuel Mifsud, and Alfred Sant from Malta.

Readings will be mostly in Maltese and English, but some works will also be read in their original language.

The Festival Programme (Provisional)

malta-arts-fundThe XIIth edition of the Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival organized by Inizjamed will be held on Thursday 24th, Friday 25th and Saturday 26th August, at Fort St Elmo, in Valletta, at 8.00pm. Twelve writers from eight countries are reading in the festival, which also features Maltese and foreign poetry films, Maltese jazz bands, a book stall, a book binding stand, drinks and food. Entrance to all events is free. The pre-Festival events start on Sunday 20 August 2017.

The writers reading on Thursday 24th August are the Maltese poet based in London, John Aquilina, whose debut book of poetry won the National Book Prize; Tunisian poet and performer Lilia Ben Romdhane who writes in the Tunisian dialect; poet Gjoko Zdraveski from the Republic of Macedonia; and Maltese novelist Alfred Sant, who will be interviewed by writer Mark Vella.

This first evening features the premiere of one of two Maltese poetry films commissioned by Valletta 2018 Foundation and Inizjamed and presented by film director and lecturer Kenneth Scicluna. Emerging film makers Nicky Aquilina and Lyanne Mifsud are working on a poetry film which presents Maria Grech Ganado’s work “Relazzjoni”, while artist and academic Trevor Borg is producing a poetry film of Victor Fenech’s work “Fuq Għoljiet Dingli”.. Live music will be provided by the internationally renowned jazz guitarist and artistic director of the Malta Jazz Festival, Sandro Zerafa, accompanied on the bass by Oliver Degabriele.

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Mourid Barghouti (http://www.thenational.ae/arts-lifestyle/books/mourid-barghouti-brings-his-poetry-to-the-emirates-airline-festival-of-literature)

On Friday 25th August, the writers invited to read are Maltese crime novelist Mark Camilleri; the French-language poet and novelist from Luxembourg Jean Portante; the Bosnian poet and short story writer Asja Bakić; and the celebrated Palestinian writer Mourid Barghouti, author of poetry and prose, including the memoir I Saw Ramallah, who will be interviewed by Norbert Bugeja.

v18This second night features the premiere of the second of two Maltese poetry films commissioned for this year’s festival by Valletta 2018 Foundation and Inizjamed and presented by Kenneth Scicluna. Live music on Friday will be provided by the duo made up of John Bartolo on drums and Jimmy Bartolo, who plays on Brikkuni’s latest album, on guitar.

The writers reading on Saturday 27th August are Welsh poet Zoë Skoulding; renowned Maltese poet and novelist Immanuel Mifsud; Latvian poet Arvis Viguls; and Burmese prose writer and political activist Ma Thida, who will be interviewed by writer Clare Azzopardi. Her most recent book, the English translation of her prison memoir Sanchaung, Insein, Harvard was published worldwide with the title of Prisoner of Conscience: My Steps through Insein in 2016 (Silkworm, Thailand).  This third and final evening also features a foreign poetry film and live music by John Bartolo on drums and Jimmy Bartolo on guitar.

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

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Five pre-Festival events

As part of the run-up to the Festival, Inizjamed is presenting five special events. These events are free and everyone is welcome to attend.

The first pre-Festival event is a round table discussion on literature on Sunday 21st August at 8.00pm with the participation of four of the writers reading at this year’s festival.

On Tuesday 22nd August at 8.00pm, two of the invited writers will be interviewed.

On Wednesday 23rd August, Inizjamed presents a special Festival edition of its open mic poetry sessions, with the participation of writers based in Malta and abroad.  This will be held at the Maori bar, Triq il-Lanċa, on the Valletta sea front (below Marsamxett Street).

On Friday 25th August at 7.00pm, before the start of the second night of the Festival at Fort St Elmo, as part of the Literary Europe Live project co-funded by the EU’s Creatve Europe programme, Inizjamed and Literature Across Frontiers present “The Maltese double agent”, a special session on promoting literature to non-Maltese audiences.

On Saturday 26th August at 7.00pm, before the start of the third night of the Festival at Fort St Elmo, as part of the Literary Europe Live project, Inizjamed and Literature Across Frontiers present “Iġri u Ġerri”, an unusual interactive session in which readers, writers, festival organizers, publishers, and literary agents meet briefly to talk about the ever-changing world of literature and publishing.

In the weeks leading up to the Festival, other literary events involving the invited Maltese writers are being held on Gozo, in a retirement home and at a summer school.

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Translating Each Other’s Work

The writers will be in Malta throughout the week of the festival to take part in the Malta LAF Literary Translation Workshop led by Keith Borg and Nadia Mifsud. They will be translating each other’s works, and reading some of these translations during the festival.
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The festival and literary translation workshop are part of the Literary Europe Live platform co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the EU. This project is being coordinated by Literature Across Frontiers, which has played a crucial role in the setting up and development of this annual literary event. A number of festival organisers and partners with Inizjamed in Literary Europe Live are coming to Malta to attend this year’s edition of the Festival.

For the first time, this year’s edition of the Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival is part of a three-year Cultural Agreement Partnership betweeen 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.

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The 2017 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, and The Fortress Builders – Fortifications Interpretation Centre. The MMLF is the recipient of the EFFE Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe label.

The Festival is on Facebook and at inizjamedmalta.wordpress.com.

 

 

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