About the Festival

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Marc Nair reading at the Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival in 2016 (Picture by Virginia Monteforte)

The Festival Mediterranju tal-Letteratura ta’ Malta or Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival is an established annual international literary festival organized by the voluntary cultural organization Inizjamed in collaboration with the European network Literature Across Frontiers and other national and international partners including Arts Council Malta, Valletta 2018 Foundation, Heritage Malta, and the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. The first edition was held in 2006. The weeklong Malta LAF Literary Translation Workshop is an integral part of the Festival.

The Festival brings together active writers and literary translators from Malta, the Mediterranean and beyond, to showcase contemporary writing and thinking, promote interaction across languages, geographies and artistic genres, and to discuss some of the major issues of our time.

By fostering collaboration within specific programmes and across artistic genres through an annual literary festival, a literary translation workshop and other pre-festival events, the Festival Mediterranju tal-Letteratura ta’ Malta aims to consolidate the place of Maltese literature in its simultaneously global and Mediterranean context.

All events are open to the general public and are free of charge.

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Noria Adel (Algeria), Marlene Saliba (Malta), Giacomo Sferlazzo (Lampedusa), and Bel Olid (Catalonia, Spain) during the Malta LAF Literary Translation Workshop in 2014. (Picture by Virginia Monteforte)