Literary Speed Dating at the 2019 Malta Book Festival

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Literary Speed Dating is an opportunity for all those interested in the world of publishing to get to know people in the literary field, ask the questions they have been meaning to ask, or establish new professional relationships.

At the 2019 Malta Book Festival, the general public will have the possibility to engage in conversation with their favourite author, pitch their project to a local publisher, or discuss ways to make inroads in the book industry with an established professional.

The format is a 15-minute one-on-one meeting with an author or industry professional of your choice. Throughout the Festival, publishers, proofreaders, local and international writers, illustrators and more will be dedicating an hour to a literary speed dating session which will be taking place at the Authors’ Hub, Sacra Infermeria Hall.

Wednesday 6th November

5.30 – 6.30 pm – U.S. writer Kali Wallace          

5.30 – 6.30 pm – Journalist and writer Teodor Reljic       

Thursday 7th November

5.30 – 6.30 pm – Publisher Audrey Cassar (BDL Distributors, Malta) 

5.30 – 6.30 pm – English editor Elizabeth Cortis (Proofreading Malta)

6.30 to 7.30 pm – Printing professional Franco Portelli (Gutenberg Press, Malta)  

6.30 to 7.30 pm – Illustrator Marco Scerri (Malta)     

8.00 to 9.00 pm – UK writer Jon Courtenay Grimwood

Friday 8th November

5.30 – 6.30 pm – Publisher Joanne Micallef (FARAXA Publishing, Malta)     

5.30 – 6.30 pm – Publisher Tony Ward (Arc Publishers, UK)   

7.00 – 8.00 pm – Publisher Sarah Davis-Goff (Tramp Press, Ireland)        

7.00 – 8.00 pm – Irish writer Dave Rudden  

Saturday 9th November

10.00 – 11.00 am – Publisher Gordon Pisani (Kite Group, Malta)

12.00 – 13.00 pm- Illustrator Steve Scicluna (Malta, Spain)  

5.00 – 6.00 pm – Printing professional David Camilleri (Gutenberg Press, Malta)   

6.00 to 7.00 pm – Maltese writer Loranne Vella              

7.00 – 8.00 pm – Maltese proofreader and translator Kevin Saliba

Literary Speed Dating will be held during the Malta Book Festival from Wednesday 6th November to Saturday 9th November at the Authors’ Hub, Sacra Infermeria. This year’s festival will take place at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta, from Wednesday 6th November to Sunday 10th November.

The full programme of events may be found on the website. The printed programme of events is also being delivered to all households in Malta and Gozo.

Literary Speed Dating meetings need to be booked in advance online.