The XIth edition of the Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival organized by Inizjamed will be held on Thursday 25th, Friday 26th and Saturday 27th 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, two Maltese jazz bands, a book stall, a book binding stand, drinks and food by Ġugar. Entrance to all events is free.
The authors participating in this XIth edition are Samantha Barendson (France), Roja Chamankar (Iran), the Cuban-born Rodolfo Häsler who lives in Barcelona, Elias Khoury (Lebanon), one of the New Voices from Europe Ciwanmerd Kulek (Kurdistan/Turkey), Marc Nair (Singapore), Abderrahim Sail (Morocco), and Joe P. Galea, Daniel Massa, Rita Saliba, Mark Vella, and Abigail Ardelle Zammit from Malta.
Readings will be mostly in Maltese and English, but some works will also be read in their original language.
On Friday 26th August at 7.00pm, before the start of the second night of the Festival at Fort St Elmo, Literature Across Frontiers will launch the Kurdish Literature Website, an event chaired by the director of LAF, Alexandra Büchler, in the Chapel of the Piazza d’Armi. The launch features the participation of the writer from Kurdistan/Turkey Ciwanmerd Kulek, Ezel Yilmaz (Diyarbakir Arts Centre), and Monique Agius.
The writers will be in Malta throughout the week of the festival to take part in the Malta LAF Literary Translation Workshop. They will be translating each other’s works, and reading some of these translations during the festival.