Books: X’Seta’ Ġralu lil Kevin Cacciattolo?

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Part whodunnit, part political intrigue and part a touching exposé about autism, X’Seta’ Ġralu lil Kevin Cacciattolo? promises to keep readers guessing. Ramona Depares asks writer Mark Vella about what prompted this debut novel. An edited version of this interview was originally published on The Sunday Times of Malta. This month sees the release of […]

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Review: Kulħadd Ħalla Isem Warajh

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Kulħadd ħalla isem warajh by Clare Azzopardi My rating: 4 of 5 stars Feminist literature has a bit of a scary ring to it, so I am quite wary of using this label. However, Clare Azzopardi’s Kulħadd Ħalla Isem Warajh, fits the description perfectly, because it is feminist literature as it should be done. Azzopardi’s […]

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The demise of the public library

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  Reading books has become a dying art and its death has turned our public libraries into ghost towns. Can this trend be reversed? An edited version of this report was published on The Sunday Times. There are 54 public libraries spread across Malta and Gozo, with over 21,000 members across the whole network.  And […]

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Plotting the readers’ return

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The very definition of reading has nowadays been extended to include newspaper reports, blogs and websites. Web-site ranking service Alexa.com lists local and international news portals as being among in the top 50 most-visited websites by the Maltese. Yet, we have no way of knowing how much time is spent engaging in actual reading, beyond […]

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Book review: L-Aħħar Tlettax

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“Use Grammarly’s free plagiarism checker, because copy-cats will be promptly ‘adopted’ by the cat lady.   Ivan De Battista: L-Aħħar Tlettax. Merlin Publishers, 2013. 149 pp. Some people are born under a lucky star, everything they touch turning into the proverbial gold. Then there’s the protagonist of Ivan De Battista’s latest novel. His grandmother was […]

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It’s just culture, right?

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An edited version of this opinion piece was first published on The Sunday Times of Malta. Opinions are free to air, but should not go unchallenged. Last week, the V18 Foundation announced that it is using a percentage of its budget to help organise an international football league. Many disagree. Now that excitable emotions have […]

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Areola Treat’s Walk into Nothing review

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An edited version of this review was published on The Sunday Times of Malta. If Björk, PJ Harvey and Siouxie Sioux were to have a love child (don’t ask, just go along with it) Walk into Nothing, the latest album from indie punksters Areola Treat, might be the result. There might also be some DNA […]

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So cool they’re hot – 2013 culture roundup

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An edited version of this feature was published on The Sunday Times of Malta. It’s been a strange year on the culture front. As we move one year closer to the big year – that’s 2018 – when Valletta will be officially crowned Capital of Culture, we’ve had hits, misses and glitches that are making […]

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Malta Comic Con: Charlie Adlard interviewed

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 An edited version of this interview was first published on the Sunday Times of Malta. Fans of AMC’s The Walking Dead know that there’s only one thing better than the television series – and that is the comic version.  I had a chat with CHARLIE ADLARD, the illustrator who brings the original characters to life, […]

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Idiots abroad: What Happens in Brussels stays in Brussels

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This review was first published on The Sunday Times of Malta. First sentences. So important in any book. They can turn you off completely, make your eyes skim uninterestedly over the words and your hands chuck it back to its shelf. Or they can reel you in, like William Gibson’s legendary “The sky over the […]

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