Books: X’Seta’ Ġralu lil Kevin Cacciattolo?


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 […]


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, […]


The skin I live in


It’s a sub-culture that attracts more negative reactions than most, but the goth scene in Malta harbours a perhaps unexpectedly gregarious bunch. RENE FARRUGIA (aka DJ HADES), one of the very few local DJs who specialise in the genre, talks about music and misconceptions ahead of his upcoming Halloween event at Coconut. An edited version […]


Geeks, pop culture and super-heroes


The fourth edition of Malta Comic-Con hits Malta next weekend, bringing together a veritable fleet of international and local industry heavyweights. I got a sneak preview from one of the organisers, Christopher Muscat.   Gone are the days when ‘comics’ were considered the poor cousin of bona fide books. Used to be a time when […]


Kronos Quartet interviewed

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  Kronos Quartet boasts almost 40 years of incredibly diverse repertoire, a totally different approach to your ‘traditional’ string quartet and numerous awards. I interviewed violinist David Harrington about their return to the Malta Arts Festival.   Last year the ensemble played in Floriana under a perfectly starlit sky, in what they described as one […]


Gemma Ray


With her eerie, sometimes melodramatic sound and vintage look, Gemma Ray is being hailed as the new queen of dark pop and retro. She’s working on a soundtrack for a Gozo-based movie together with Bad Seeds drummer Thomas Wydler. Even without actually hearing her music, that should be enough to get you all excited. Add the […]


Monobrow MP

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Lukas Grech and Jorje Bosios have been enchanting audiences with their music for the past year; following their Gozo gig, they will now be travelling overseas to….Coach & Horses. I interviewed the duo about the upcoming gig and the release of their new CD, Carpet Clown. How did Monobrow get together? The project came about […]


Queen of the night concert


Preparations are in full swing for Malta’s ribute event to the late Whitney Houston. I spoke with singer Eleanor, the brains and creative soul behind this event. Planning a massive themed concert to celebrate the musical legacy of one of the most well-loved singers of our times brings with it a number of headaches. Just […]


Comedian James Redmond interviewed


  He first rose to fame on the set of British soap opera Hollyoaks, before moving on to the equally popular medical drama Casualty. But there’s more to James Redmond than chiselled good looks and dramatic acting as he has now made a strong name for himself in stand-up comedy. I took the opportunity to […]


The doyenne of afternoon TV


Sixteen years after Sellili went on air for the first time, Claudette Pace’s magazine programme is still going from strength to strength on national television. I interviewed the presenter to find out how the show has evolved through the years. When Claudette Pace first came up with the concept for the television show Sellili, little […]