The Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival 2018

14 June 2018

If you consider yourself as a bit of a culture vulture, then be sure to book your flights to Malta and make your way to The Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival 2018.  Part of the V18 celebrations, this 12-year-old festival is back again with an even more inspiring programme. What’s more, entrance to all events is free!

The aim of the festival is to bring together a vibrant range of active writers and translators, from Malta and beyond. The annual event is organised by ‘Inizjamed” and celebrates language, international and local literature, translation and more. The programme combines a diverse selection of activities and events aimed at all ages, as well as a week-long Literary Translation Workshop.

Fort Manoel 

The Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival 2018

The event is held between the 23rd and the 25th of August, and its location is the incredibly beautiful Fort Manoel on Manoel Island, Gzira.  The theme is to create a consolidated platform that gives those creating literature in a global and Mediterranean complex, a means of showcasing their talent. It also hopes to create meaningful cross-cultural exchanges and to create debate through the collaboration and close engagement of local and international creative minds.

2018 is set to be a special year for The Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival as it will also showcase a unique multi-disciplinary edition of the festival in Valletta and the surrounding areas. The schedule of events will comprise of script, text, music and poetry films, to form a truly unique and diverse programme. 

Poetry on Film’, an audio-visual interpretation of Maltese poetry into short films, also a project in collaboration with Valletta 18, will be showcased in this promising festival.

Guest Authors

The Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival 2018

Image courtesy of Valletta 2018

Several writers will be reading at the festival, with this year’s confirmed guest authors being:  Juana Adcock (Mexico/UK), Clare Azzopardi (Malta), Massimo Barilla (Italy), Jean-Rémi Gandon (France), Arjan Hut (Ljouwert, Netherlands), Laia López Manrique (Spain), Caldon Mercieca (Malta), Teodor Reljić (Malta), Philip Sciberras (Malta), Sjón (Iceland), and Ali Thareb (Babel, Iraq). Whilst most readings will be in Maltese and English, some other short works will be read in their original language.


Various Maltese bands will complement the festival, with book, food and drinks stalls also being available. This year’s festival will be the perfect opportunity to discover the beauty of Maltese literature as well as to mix with like-minded individuals for a thoroughly superb cultural extravaganza. 

If you fly in especially for the event, just make sure to book an extra couple of days to explore the beautiful islands. Go swimming in the Blue Lagoon, visit the temples of Hagar Qim, and wander around the shady and winding streets of the Silent City of Mdina. Malta is full of amazing culture- from its literature to its music, food, history, and more. It is just waiting for you to discover it!

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