For the next Campus Book Festival, the National Book Council and Għaqda tal-Malti – Università are promising a vast programme of activities, ranging from workshops and films related to literature, to readings and interviews with authors, painters and illustrators – as well as language discussions, guided tours around the University Library, live music and a number of collaborations with other.

The festival will be held on 21, 22 and 23 March, kicking off daily at 9 am with back-to-back activities planned until 4 pm. On Friday the activities will continue until late in the evening.

The special guest this year is Jasmin B. Frelih, the Slovenian author whose novel Na/Pol (In/Half) earned him the European Prize for Literature in 2016. He will be present on Campus for special events scheduled on each of the three days, with a creative writing workshop on 21 March, a discussion with Maltese writer and poet Immanuel Mifsud on Slovenian literature on 22 March, and an interview with Noel Tanti on 23 March. On Friday afternoon, Inizjamed will be contributing an Open Mic session featuring Frelih.

The festival will close on Friday night with live music by Cryptic Street and Fuzzhoneys. The publishers and distributors participating in the festival are BDL, EDE BOOKS, FARAXA BOOKS, HORIZONS, MIDSEA BOOKS, PJATTAFORMA and SENSIELA KOTBA SOĊJALISTI (SKS). These publishers and distributors will be selling their books at their stand and organising their own book launch events.

The planned activities are held by HoASA and Marisa Attard, Dr Bernard Micallef and Dr Olvin Vella, in collaboration with the University Library, Glen Calleja along with the Department of Maltese within G.F. Abela Junior College, DESA, Jesmond Vassallo, Noah Fabri, Tradizzjoni Orali – Dipartiment tal-Malti, l-Università, Colette Sciberras, Fattima Mahdi, Moritz Sommer, BDL, Immanuel Mifsud, Inizjamed, Clare Azzopardi and Leanne Ellul, Salvu Catania and Gloria Lucia Laurente, Noel Tanti, Pjattaforma, Alfred and Gabriel Buttigieg, Michael Zammit and Horizons.

Opening times and dates are: Wednesday 21 March and Thursday 22 9am–4pm; Friday 23 March 9am–late. The Festival is open to all, free of charge.

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