We’re often asked how we choose the writers we invite to read at the Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival and writers or their agents often approach us to take part. Please bear in mind that it’s a small festival with a very particular format and build up. It’s not just a matter of climbing onto the stage to do your thing.
The crucial thing to keep in mind is that we do not solicit proposals from writers or their representatives to participate in the workshop and festival. We don’t mind being approached because that shows that writers are keen to get involved but we ask people to understand that it is the organizing team that approaches writers rather than the other way round. We’re very happy to meet and discuss the festival with those who attend even though they have not been invited to read themselves. The festival is the main thing we do at Inizjamed but we’re involved in other intiatives too and we’re happy to explore possible forms of collaboration with writers who approach us.
Please also keep in mind that we are (unpaid) volunteers and there is only so much we can do.
We look forward to meeting you at this year’s edition of the festival.
Adrian Grima (Inizjamed coordinator)