Icelandic author headlines Campus Book Fest

Publishers, authors and associations celebrate book culture on campus from April 5 to 7

Poet and novelist Gerdur Kristny (Iceland)
Poet and novelist Gerdur Kristny (Iceland)

The Għaqda tal-Malti – Università and the National Book Council, are organising the third edition of the University Book Festival, known better as the Campus Book Fest. The Festival will take place from April 5 to 7 – opening from 09:00 till 14:00 and from 16:00 till late. 

Several publishers and distributors will be participating in this year’s edition of the Festival with their own stand space and selection of books such as BDL, EDE, Inizjamed/Edizzjoni Skarta, Faraxa, Horizons, Sensiela Kotba Soċjalisti (SKS) and the Students Philosophical Society, with a wide range of philosophy books. Present along with the above, the Għaqda tal-Malti and the National Book Council will also be present in the Festival tent to answer queries and give out tokens to the first hundred who visit the Festival.

During the Festival several activities will be put up, ranging from workshops to films, from readings to discussion, and so on. The activities are held by Mark Scicluna and Moira Zahra, ESO, Insite, Faraxa Books, KSU (Education Commission), Highlight Arts, Inizjamed, Glen Calleja, Għaqda tal-Malti, Trevor Żahra, Fat Lady Productions, The National Council for the Maltese Language, Akkademja tal-Malti, Kunsill Nazzjonali tal-Ktieb, TAĦŻIŻ, Aġenzija Żgħażagħ, Miriam Calleja, EDE, Mistura, Michael Spagnol, Graphic Novels Library, and DESA.

On the three days of the Festival, the University Library will be opening its doors to students and visitors with a series of activities and tours to less accessible areas of the library. The Għaqda tal-Malti will be exhibiting the photos submitted for the competition ‘Ħudli Ritratt’, which is open till April 1. Matthew Schembri will also be setting up an art installation, namely Ixorbu l-Kotba. 

This year’s special festival guest is the Icelandic writer Gerdur Kristny, who will be joining us on Campus for special events scheduled on each of the three days. On April 6, Kristny will be giving a workshop related to the re-writing of Norse Mythology and on April 7 the festival will be closing off with a reading of her work followed by a Q&A session. The Festival is open to all free of charge.