Summer Book Festival – Gozo: A 2-day treat for all book lovers

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Summer Book Festival - Gozo: A 2-day treat for all book loversA treat for all book lovers in Gozo has been prepared by the National Book Council this summer.

The Summer Book Festival – Gozo, will be a two-day event packed with cultural activities as well as a book fair.

The dates to keep free to make sure that you don’t miss this special event, are the 14th and 15th of July, at Sir M. A. Refalo Sixth Form in Victoria.

The National Book Council said that the activities in the cultural programme of the Festival will be based on the themes of youth literature and poetry.

The Council said that Friday the 14th is dedicated to literature for youth. Activities for this day include a panel discussion on the topic of Youth and Literature, which will touch upon various themes, among which youth literacy, and the problems of addressing youth issues without being patronising.

There will also be events that focus on particular authors who have distinguished themselves in literature aimed at, or concerned with, youth and youth issues.

Guests for the panel discussion and the author events, will include Leanne Ellul, Antoinette Borg, Matthew Schembri, Roberta Bajada and other winners of the Literary Contest – Novels for Youth, which is co-organised by the National Book Council and Agenzija Zghazagh.

Gozo and Malta summer school students will be invited to attend the Festival with their teachers and parents, as part of their summer school programme.

On Saturday, the 15th, it will be the turn of poetry to be the focus of the activities. The main event, in honour of the late Gozitan poet Gorg Pisani, will be set up by the National Book Council and will feature readings of excerpts of the poet’s work.

A number of well-known local poets will also make an appearance during the various activities in the cultural programme for Saturday. Among these Prof. Michael Zammit and Maria Grech Ganado.

The National Book Council is inviting all members of the public to remember the dates and find the time to visit the festival during the day or later in the evening.

“Do not miss out on this opportunity to browse through great literature while getting to meet some of the most exciting authors and poets active today on our islands.”

The publishers/associations participating for the event are: Merlin, Glen Calleja and EDE books, Faraxa, MCA (Malta Classics Association), Horizons, SKS, Midsea.

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